PUR 4 in 1 Foundation Stick | Review & Swatches

*Products mentioned were sent for review. Opinions are my own* I'm a foundation hoarder. We know this. Since I'm on a missi...

*Products mentioned were sent for review. Opinions are my own*

Pur Cosmetics 4 in 1 Foundation Stick Review

I'm a foundation hoarder. We know this. Since I'm on a mission to try them all, we're going to talk about a new one today. The PUR 4 in 1 Stick Foundation is pretty new to their collection, and it intrigued me. Usually, I wouldn't take a second look at a stick foundation but they've become so popular recently that I've been sucked into the trend and here we are.
The PUR 4 in 1 Foundation Stick in described as a velvety matte finish with buildable medium-full coverage. This is formulated with a Ceretin Complex (age defying), and a skin nourishing Energy Complex. You can use this to conceal, highlight, and contour. This is said to brighten uneven skin tones, increase hydration, reduce dullness and pores, and protect against environmental stressors. 
Pur Cosmetics 4 in 1 Foundation Stick
The packaging is a silver, octagonal tube. It's very shiny and looks really nice on your vanity. It grabs fingerprints, though so keeping it shiny is nearly impossible. It's a very nice component, though.
So, let's talk about how this worked for me. First things to note, my skin type. I have dry skin at the moment. It varies between normal-dry. I also have dark spots, acne scars, and redness. 
I have five of the twenty-three shades.
  • PORCELAIN
  • BLUSH PORCELAIN
  • LIGHT PORCELAIN
  • LIGHT
  • GOLDEN LIGHT
The shade range is pretty good and I'm pretty happy with the shades I have.
Pur Cosmetics 4 in 1 Foundation Stick Review

The formula on these is said to be medium-full coverage and builable, which I can confirm is true. I don't use much and I can get medium coverage and they can absolutely be built up to a fuller coverage, but I'm just not into that. I prefer a lighter coverage, so I try to sheer these out. I've applied them with both a Beauty Blender and a foundation brush. The Beauty Blender takes a bit more effort because it's a stick foundation. It has a thicker, drier texture. Using a brush is easier, but foundation brushes and dry skin don't play well together so it's not my favorite. 
Pur Cosmetics 4 in 1 Foundation Stick Swatches

As I said, the color match is really good. I prefer to work harder and use my Beauty Blender, but it's not my favorite and here's why. I have dry skin and these are a little heavy for me. They don't look bad and they don't look cakey unless you overdo it, but you can tell you're wearing makeup. At first, it looks good but the longer I wear it, the drier it looks. It doesn't sink into my pores, lines, or anything like that though, which I can appreciate. I've worn these so many times and I do enjoy them. I love the way they look in photos, too. I just have to moisturize and prime very well to use them and my skin will still look dry after a few hours. 

These sticks are not totally smooth. A couple of mine are a little gritty. It's fine and it works fine, just not totally smooth. The last thing that bothers me is the smell. It has a distinct scent and I can't pinpoint it, but I don't like it. It's not too strong, you're obviously not going to smell it when you wear it so it's not a big deal. Just know, it's there and it's not great.

So we've reached the end and this has been a rollercoaster. To summarize all of my thoughts:

  • 23 available shades
  • 9g of product in tube
  • Creamy but not oily
  • Doesn't slip around
  • Sets without powder
  • Blush, bronzer, highlight blend perfectly on top
  • Gets drier as the day goes on
  • Weird scent
  • Sticks are a little gritty
  • Need to moisturize and prime well if you have dry skin
  • matte velvet finish
I've been using products to help with my acne scars and it's seriously dried out my skin. I think once I finish and my skin gets closer to a normal texture, this might be one of my go-to foundations.

You can find these on the PUR website and at Ulta. 

What foundation should I try next?

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