This week’s foundation is from Kristofer Buckle and came to me in the Vanity Collection Volume 2 that I just purchased. Incidentally the 35% off sale for the kits runs through July 31st, 2020 if you are interested in giving any of them a go. (That code is EXCLUSIVE35, they also have a buy one get one sale with the vanity kits with code BOGO so that might be worth a try depending on what products you are interested in)
I am thinking of ordering the Volume 1 kit with the foundation in one shade lighter for the winter months before the sale ends actually, because I really liked the foundation stick.
But before I get into my opinions, let’s hear from the product page what should be expected.
Prime, blur and cover in one step. This 3-in-1 foundation stick primes skin, provides buildable coverage and has a soft focus effect. Triplicity® glides on effortlessly, covering imperfections while its priming core helps diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pores. Versatile foundation provides seamless coverage with a natural matte finish. Not dry or cakey, this foundation stick perfects skin in just one swipe.
- 3-in-1 foundation formula
- Priming core helps smooth the look of fine lines, wrinkles & pores
- Optical blurring ingredients provide a soft focus effect
- Buildable coverage with a natural matte finish
Okay, so I opened the stick and it is a pretty fat foundation stick. Holding it kind of reminded me of the glue sticks they used to give us in art class in elementary school. I remember the kid next to me taking a bite out of his actually. I thought it strange then and still do.
There was no eating of the foundation stick at my house, just in case you were wondering.
As with all foundations, I tried it first with no primer. The foundation glided across the skin easily. Some of the stick formulas can be a little harder than others which is why sometimes I use the brush on the tube. That way the skin doesn’t pull during application. This didn’t pull at all. I added my stripes and used my favorite foundation brush (the 999 Master Blender from Bdellium Tools, I seriously love this brush) to blend it in. Incidentally Bdellium Tools is having a 20% off sale for their studio collection. The sale runs through July 24th and the promo code is SUMMER20. (I don’t make anything off the code if you use it, but I do make a small commision if you use the link below when making a purchase. Feel free to get to the site without the link but they are great tools)
The foundation fairly melted into my skin and looked great. It was not cakey or mask like and it felt super light on my skin. It actually had the same feel on the skin as a really light moisturizer. That’s how it felt when I was blending it in. There was nothing stiff or waxy about it at all. And it kind of felt as though it was absorbed rather than just placed on top.
It’s not a sensation I tend to associate with foundations. I have to say I really liked wearing it. If you are concerned about foundation sitting on your skin, this might be something to check out, because it really didn’t feel like makeup.
But it worked like it. I had a nice smooth base to work from with the foundation. And I didn’t need to reach for the concealer after applying it which I appreciated. I should also point out that this week our air conditioner went out so not only was heat an issue but I slept very poorly all week. (Nothing wat touching the bags under my eyes.) I know it says buildable coverage, but I really didn’t see the need to build it up any further. A light application was all I needed to make my skin look great so I didn’t see the need to waste the product by seeing how much I could slather on. I simply didn’t need a second application.Plus given the heat, I kept my makeup light this week.
But foundation is a support system, not to be worn alone. This went well with the products I layered on top of them. I’m not too fond of the blush I chose for this week, but it didn’t have issues with the foundation. I did try it with a blush I knew I liked and the issues were clearly not from the Kristofer Buckle Triplicity Foundation.
But how does it wear?
I didn’t have any settling in the fine lines or any separation issues around my nose or mouth. I did find that mid day I had to reapply powder in my t-zone. But a pat or two and I was good to go. And considering the temps have been in triple digits lately with 90% + humidity and a walk to the mailbox causes sweat to roll down the hair line at 9 in the morning, I can’t really say that any product would escape unscathed. As all this had was a shine in my t-zone, I am quite pleased with it. I will say that their shade range isn’t as broad as it could be, but the one I picked up really suited my skin tone.
While my first trial was without a primer (all of these pics were taken on the day I used no primer), on successive days I did use a primer (the Touch in Sol Pores No More primer was in this week’s Make Up Bag). While the foundation works well without the primer. It works a lot better with the primer. I ended up putting the primer under it and found I liked my skin much better with the primer backing up the foundation.
I very much enjoyed using this product and I will definitely be keeping it around. Of the stick formulas I’ve tried, I think it is my favorite. It beat both the Anastasia Beverly Hills and the Revolution formulas, both of which I ranked high. I think I even like it better than my former top pick from NARS. It is a really good formula for my skin. (Normal leaning to oily in the summer especially in the t-zone).
I will be dipping back into their summer sales before they are through so I can stock up. I know the Vanity Kit, EXCLUSIVE35 code is good until July 31st. I’m not sure how long the BOGO code is good for, but the sale is going on as I write this. While this Triplicity Foundation Stick is definitely worth the full price, getting it with other products on sale is not a bad thing either and I for one will be taking advantage.