Undetectable Stick Foundation
Sonia Kashuk At-A-Glance
Strengths: Affordable and widely available (though exclusive to Target stores); good makeup remover; the makeup is still the star attraction, with impressive options for foundation, powder, blush, lip color, eyeliner and especially makeup brushes.
Weaknesses: The concealers, eye pencil, and brow shapers are a letdown; the makeup palettes may seem convenient, but several of the included products perform poorly.
Perhaps best known for her years of work with supermodel Cindy Crawford, makeup artist Sonia Kashuk’s well-chosen selection of makeup has been available exclusively at Target stores since the mid-1990s.
Kashuk’s brushes have been a strong point, and now that they’ve been redone they’re better than ever, and still affordable. This is definitely a makeup collection worth visiting, and you’ll find some premium options among Kashuk’s powder foundation, regular powders, and blush. Several other products, from foundation to lipsticks, are also worthy of attention, though this is not a line that caters to darker skin tones. Ironically, it’s the latest cosmetic products that met with the most critical reviews, largely due to poor execution or their gimmicky nature.
For more information about Sonia Kashuk, visit soniakashuk.com or www.target.com.
Note: Sonia Kashuk products are also available at select Bloomingdales locations in New York and California. The company also maintains freestanding stores in New York and New Jersey.
Leslie here, and we have a super popular/hyped up foundation to review for you today! This is from Sonia Kashuk- a makeup line sold exclusively from Target. This is one of those YouTube swayed purchases for sure- and I needed to see if it was worth the hype. So let’s check it out!
Sonia Kashuk Soft Focus Satin Matte Foundation, available at Target in only 6 shades.
$12.99 for 0.88 oz (if you are unfamiliar, 1 oz is the standard foundation size, so its super odd that this is less than that.) I picked mine up in the shade 03-Cream, swatches below.
There are no shade descriptions I could find anywhere, AND- this was the lightest shade I could seem to find at the time at any Target I went to! I finally gave in so that I could try the damn thing. It is obviously too dark- but the undertone seems to be a nice neutral.
There is really no info about this other than on Target.com – so here is what they have to say about it:
• Anti-aging formula
• Perfect for oily and combination skin types
• Medium to full coverage
• Shine free and silky smooth
• Creamy yet lightweight
Sonia Kashuk Soft Focus Satin Matte Foundation delivers flawless-looking skin with a matte-but-not flat finish. This foundation makeup is infused with blue lotus, daisy flower and mallow extracts to nourish, protect and brighten dull skin.
Anti-aging formula?! I had no idea! However, I can’t find the ingredients anywhere online. It’s actually kind of ridiculous.
But. Yo girl fished her packaging out the trash.
Sonia Kashuk Soft Focus Satin Matte Foundation Ingredients:
water, cyclopentasiloxane, propylene glycol, cyclohexasiloxane, silica, dimethicone, peg/ppg-18/18 dimethicone. polysorbate 20, ethylene/acrylic acid copolymer, sodium chloride, phenoxyethanol, synthetic beeswax, caprylyl glycol, silica dimethyl silylate, disodium cocoyl glutamate. potassium sorbate, sodium dehydroacetate, bellis perennis (daisy) flower extract, hexylene glycol, sodium cocoyl glutamate, sorbitan sesquioleate, fragrance, nymphaea coerulea (blue lotus) flower extract, malva sylvestris (mallow) flower/leaf/stem extract, alcohol, phenethyl alocohol, glycerin, disodium phosphate, melissa officinalis leaf extract
I see blue lotus, daisy and mallow; but I also see a lot of other crap- including fragrance and alcohol. But how do those contribute to anti aging? I like to refer to Paula’s Choice for info on ingredients and here is what the experts day:
Daisy flower extract
Rating: POOR. There is no research showing this extract has any benefit for skin. Also known as tansy, it can cause severe sensitivity and is considered unsafe for topical application.
Nymphaea tetragona (nothing on blue lotus, so maybe this is similar?)
Rating: BEST. Also known as pygmy waterlily. The stem has been shown to be a potent antioxidant.
Malva sylvestris extract
Rating: GOOD. Extract from the blue mallow flower, it may have some skin-soothing properties for the skin, as well as some potential antioxidant benefits.
So… 2 out of 3?
The Application / First Impresh
This foundation smells absolutely terrible. Like, it smells like a baby wipe. A USED baby wipe. It is one of the worst smelling face products I have ever smelled. Maybe it is the floral extracts, maybe it is the added fragrance. Either way, its not good.
That aside- which is hard to look past- it blends out really well and feels very lightweight. Coverage is a high medium with a matte but not flat (as claimed) finish. It does not accentuate my pores, although some slight settling into my forehead wrinkles. I liked it best applied with a damp beauty sponge, to keep it as natural as possible.
This foundation wears really well throughout the day. Oil breakthrough is minimal, barely any transfer, and it doesn’t melt off or fade throughout the day. And the scent fades after a while! Can oxidize a tad, but I also have a way too dark for me shade, so it was a little more obvious.
This foundation is a really nice soft matte finish foundation. Other than the anti-aging claims, which you can really only judge over an extended period of time, it stands up to all it claims to be. Great for oilier skin types, blends well, looks natural, and lasts all day.
But. I’m so terrified that it is going to break me out due to the ingredient deck, and it just smells too offensive for me to deal with when I’m getting ready. If you do not have sensitive skin or a sensitive nose, then you could probably really enjoy this!
Sonia Kashuk Undetectable Foundation Stick in Fawn and Tawny Review and Swatches
Beauty products in stick form have become so popular over the last year. Primers, foundations, concealers, blushes, even lip crayons are compact and convenient ways to beautify your day. Among these, I think foundation is the most important because it takes an otherwise high-maintenance product and makes it totally handbag friendly.
Sonia Kashuk recently launched the Undetectable Foundation Stick which goes hand in hand with the Undetectable Creme Bronzer. A barely-there feel with light coverage, it’s like wearing a second skin. But slightly better. There is a glowy satin finish from the creme that creates the healthy appearance we all crave.
The color range runs from Alabaster to Chestnut with eight shades and while this is not as extensive as some other brands, I am thrilled to see the darker end of the spectrum is gaining more shades. Fawn and Tawny are in the darker half of all the shades and Fawn is a very close match to my current skin tone. Because the coverage is light, having a shade not match my undertone exactly is hardly noticeable, if it all.
To apply I run the foundation over my skin focusing on the inner area of my face. I then use a buffing brush to smooth the surface and make the foundation seamless. I prefer a mattifying primer and good setting powder to increase the wear time of the foundation which is otherwise at 3 hours on my oily nose. Good thing it’s so easy to carry with me and to reapply! Speaking of touching up, I don’t find the creamy product caking up and it’s easy to blend with a finger while I’m out.
The “after” photo shows foundation over my undereye circles. I did this to demonstrate the level of coverage that Undetectable Foundation Stick provides but would not recommend applying there under concealer as the foundation does crease. I also require concealer over any blemishes and around my nose. In those areas I don’t have any trouble layering the two.
Summary: Sonia Kashuk Undetectable Foundation Stick is a quick product to apply, buff in, and toss in your bag for low coverage days. The packaging is sturdy and the cap clicks solidly in place so I don’t mind keeping it in my handbag. I recommend it for natural looking skin on combination to dry skin types. It’s an easy favorite for low-key days or no-makeup makeup looks.
Disclosure: These products were provided by PR for consideration.