Monday, February 29, 2016

Product Review -- Stila Aqua Glow Serum Foundation and Concealer

There are a so many new foundation and concealers on the market at the moment, so as a total and utter foundation/concealer junkie, I've had a difficult time trying to decide which ones to try.

Now, ideally, I'd try each and every one of them, but I've got a limited budget so that just isn't practical.

But the fastest way to convince me that a foundation is worth trying is to put the word "glow" somewhere in the name -- which is why I grabbed the Stila Aqua Glow Serum Foundation and Concealer as soon as they were available.

The foundation comes in a gold-tinted glass bottle and features medicine dropper type dispenser as many serum foundations do. I think there's a learning curve with these types of dispensers because it's easy to squeeze out too much when you're not used to it (or don't know how much of the foundation you need for your face), but once you get the hang of it, it's pretty much as convenient as a pump.

Stila Aqua Glow Serum Foundation

Stila Aqua Glow Serum Foundation's medicine dropper dispenser
The first thing I noticed about the formula is that it's not as thin and liquid-y as most of the serum foundations I've tried. Don't get me wrong -- it's still thin, but there's a creaminess to it that makes it blend into the skin really well.

Stila also boasts about its "Electrolyte Balance System," which is a blend of ionized water, hyaluronic acid, and essential minerals to hydrate and nourish the skin. That sounds like some marketing hype, but the foundation is really nice on drier skin so maybe there's something to it.

The Aqua Glow also has a nice lightweight look and feel on the skin, while still offering medium coverage. Stila describes the foundation as buildable, though, and I agree -- it's lightweight, thinner consistency makes it easy to add an extra layer to the skin.

In terms of finish, it definitely has a lovely, glow-y look to it. You can tone it down a bit with powder, but there's still a nice radiant finish even when I use a powder over it.

Because of its finish and hydrating feel, I don't think this is a good option for oily skin. If you have dry, normal, or even combination skin, though, I think it's lovely foundation.

I purchased it in the lightest shade, Fair, and it is a very good match for my super pale skin.

Stila Aqua Glow Serum Foundation in Fair

The Aqua Glow Serum Concealer comes in a squeeze tube in the same gold shade as the foundation bottle. It has a strange looking plastic nozzle, but it seems to work just like all the other squeeze tube concealers I have so I don't really know what its deal is.

Stila Aqua Glow Serum Concealer

Stila Aqua Glow Serum Concealer's nozzle
The concealer also has a thin, lightweight consistency that blends easily into the skin, but manages to pack a surprising amount of coverage at the same time. Stila describes the finish as demi-matte, which I think is accurate -- so it doesn't look dry under the eyes, but can also work well on blemishes on other areas of the face.

I have it in the lightest shade, Fair, which is pretty much a perfect match for my very pale skin.

Stila Aqua Glow Serum Concealer in Fair
I am in kind of in love with both products -- I've been wearing them constantly since I got them. I think I prefer the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation over the Aqua Glow, but it's very close -- and if you have very dry skin, I think I would go with the Aqua Glow.

The foundation retails for $45 and the concealer goes for $27. You can purchase them at the Stila website, Sephora, Ulta, and anywhere else you purchase Stila products.

Have you tried the Stila Aqua Glow Serum Foundation and/or Concealer? Are you a fan?

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