Happy Friday, everyone! I’m back today with a new foundation review. I mean, I say new. But I’m pretty sure that not only has this foundation been out for a while, I think I’ve had this one in my collection for a hot minute too. But today, I’ll be reviewing the Milk Makeup Flex Foundation Stick. A foundation that is purported to be easy to use and can be worn by anyone. We’ll see about that. Let’s get into the review!
MILK MAKEUP FLEX FOUNDATION STICK- $59.00 – sephora.com.au
*36 shades available*
Starting with the packaging, the Flex Foundation Stick is housed in a solid white cylindrical style tube. It’s literally just white. Even the embossing on the tube itself is white. I will say that it’s very eye catching. But I do wish the shape was different as I mistook it for my bronzer stick more than once when I had it in my stash. The plastic itself is very hard and rigid. The Flex Foundation Stick is vegan, cruelty free, and contains 10g of product.
In something of a unique move, the twist up mechanism for the Flex Foundation Stick is at the base of the tube. As opposed to the body of the tube, which is how pretty much every other foundation stick that I’ve tried has been. As you can imagine, this threw me off more than once. So, it’s definitely something to keep in mind.
When I purchased the Flex Foundation Stick initially, there were 31 shades in the line. They have since expanded the range to 36 shade. And from what I can tell, it appears that it was the deeper shades that had the expansion. We love to see it. The range spans from very fair to very deep. And there is a good variety of undertones. Including olive undertones for my warmer toned friends.
As always, I used the Temptalia Foundation Matrix to find my ideal shade. The one she gave me was Vanilla, described as being Light with Cool Pink Undertones. And this might be the first time that Temptalia has done me wrong. Because this was not a good shade for me. It leaned very peachy and almost grey in the wrong light. It also oxidised on me in a way that was very noticeable. If I were to repurchase, I would go for something more neutral, and maybe a shade lighter.
Let’s get into the nitty gritty of the Flex Foundation Stick. There are a few interesting ingredients here. It contains chamomile to help with redness, Marshmallow Root Extract for soothing the skin and helping to protect the skin from environmental factors, and Blue Lotus to help with hydration. On the opposite end, there are fragrances in this foundation. Most notably for me, Lavender Oil. Long time followers will know that I hate the smell of Lavender. And whenever I was applying this foundation, it was all I could smell. Fortunately, it doesn’t linger long. But if you’re sensitive to fragrance, you might want to stop reading now. This won’t be for you.
Application wise, I had success with both a sponge and a brush for blending. I never like using my hands to blend out stick foundations. Like all stick foundations, I never know exactly how much I use for each application. I just scribble all over my face, blend that out. And then add more if needed. I will say that this foundation layers really well without getting cakey.
The Flex Foundation Stick is described as being a medium to full coverage foundation with a natural finish. I agree with the first part, I often wore it close to full coverage. But on me, this wasn’t a natural finish. This felt so matte on me. It was very reminiscent to the NYX Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop Foundation that I reviewed last year. It was uncomfortable on the skin. And it never fully felt like it had settled down on my face either.
Which brings us to yet another wear test. And considering it was 39 degrees the day I did this wear test, the Flex Foundation Stick wore much better than I expected. It wore off on my chin and upper lip area. And it does want to sink into my forehead lines. But surprisingly, it didn’t cling to any dry patches or sink into my pores. The biggest gripe that I had with this foundation is the one that I mentioned earlier. I just didn’t like the way it made my face feel.
And it is for that reason that I do have to give the Milk Makeup Flex Foundation Stick a thumbs down. It’s not a total trainwreck, but this won’t be a foundation that I reach for in the future. Have you tried the Milk Makeup Flex Foundation Stick? Let me know in the comments.
Cheers and love