I was matched with Stila’s Hide & Chic Fluid Foundation ($51.00) in the shade Tan/Deep 1 and decided to test the formula on date night. I had pretty good results with Stila’s Lingerie Souffle Skin Perfecting Color and if this one didn’t work, I knew my husband wouldn’t call me an oompa loompa over a candlelight dinner...he’d wait until we got home and let me down gently.
Hide & Chic is described as “a magic elixir” infused with botanical ingredients that smooth, blur, refine and even the complexion. I love makeup enriched with skincare and this golden bottle contains plant collagen and vegetable extract to firm and tone, baobab tree root for moisture and Irish sea moss.
What I love most is the customizable coverage. The consistency is light and very liquid-y so the color blends effortlessly and provides a natural, skin-like veil that is long-wear, flexible and humidity-proof. It is also very buildable so you can easily go from medium to full-coverage with no trouble concealing blemishes and discoloration.
The foundation is quite runny so be careful when using the pump dispenser. Yesterday a stream of it shot across my vanity and ended up in a drawer.
Fortunately this shade makes my complexion look flawless. I used my beauty blender for quick, seamless application and it spread beautifully!
The swatches below show the texture of the foundation blended and unblended (FYI, my face is a completely different color than my forearm).
I always set my liquids with powder and after a full night of fun at the fair, my skin wasn't greasy at all! There was no transfer (my hubby occasionally complains about makeup on his shirt) and the color didn’t oxidize in the sun – no harsh red tones.
The silica coated pigments create a bouncy, breathable finish that feels silky and stays smooth with no caking or flaking. I didn’t experience any irritation and the formula is suitable for all skin types with the perfect balance of matte and dewiness. There is no dryness or shine (even in warm climates) and it does not accentuate lines, pores or uneven texture.
There are 30 shades to choose from and about half of them are in the tan, medium and deep range.
If you’re looking for a great foundation that makes your skin appear healthy and energized, I definitely recommend trying this one. Stila is available at Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart and beauty.shoppersdrugmat.ca.