The Yardley Stayfast Foundation has been on my radar for the longest time and I have been using it regularly the past few months. I haven’t used anything from Yardley in a long time and was actually really keen to try their Airbrush foundation, but unfortunately couldn’t find my shade. So what did I think? Let’s have a look!
Yardley Stayfast Foundation
Product: The Yardley Stayfast Foundation is a long-wear (24-hour wear apparently), full coverage, non-smudge foundation designed to make you use less product and save money as a result. The product contains moisturising amino acids, vitamins, SPF-20 and is dermatologically tested.
Packaging: The packaging is a simple plastic squeeze tube which is mess-free and practical, something I highly regard in terms of traveling.
Consistency: The Yardley Stayfast Foundation has a rather thick, but still creamy consistency that is really easy to blend and does not result in a cakey appearance.
Coverage: The incredibly versatility in terms of coverage is where the Yardley Stayfast Foundation really impressed me. You can literally do any level of coverage you want with minimal effort simply by using a different application tool and/or amount of product. It is so easy to achieve a sheer BB-cream-like finish or more medium coverage if you need a little more with this foundation.
I have always found proper, actual full coverage a rarity in terms of budget foundations. Lots of brands say that a given foundation is full coverage, but when you apply the product then more often than not it has medium coverage. This is disappointing if you are in fact looking for a full coverage product. Not the case with the Yardley Stayfast Foundation! It has actual full coverage without looking cakey or having to use half the tube in one go. When I mean you can do full cover with this product, then I mean FULL.
Finish: Even if you opt for full coverage the finish of this foundation is incredibly natural, leaning towards semi-matte. It looks like your skin but healthier and better.
Application: If you want full coverage a buffing brush like the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush is your best tool to use. For lighter to medium coverage a dampened beauty sponge works a charm.
Primer/No Primer: I am moving more and more towards not using primers. It’s a complicated situation which I will maybe do a blogpost on? I think this is a personal choice for every consumer though. In my experience the Yardley Stayfast Foundation performs best with no primer in terms of wear. I will touch more on this subject under the next point.
Wear: I need to touch on a few points in terms of the wear:
- The foundation does settles a little in pores and fine lines. Not to the point where it puts me off, but definitely something to consider if you have larger pores or wrinkles.
- On the plus side: this foundation does NOT oxidize at all!
- I am not agreeing entirely with the ‘non-smudge’ claim as I definitely experience the product transferring a little to a phone, a collar etc. But to be honest, so does Estée Lauder foundations if you are not careful.
- The foundation does not become oily or shiny during the day, neither does it dry out my skin. The Yardley Stayfast Foundation is thus really a very comfortable foundation to wear.
- The 24-hour claim… I kind of wish brands would not put wild statements like that on their products… No, this foundation does not last for 24-hours. It does not even stay in tact for a full 8-10-hours wear. Under ideal conditions I get about 6-hours wear before the product wears off around my nose and especially on my chin area. I, and I suspect most readers, will not be able to go a full workday without touching this foundation up. Obviously the lighter the coverage, the quicker it will wear off. It is certainly not the end of the world or a deal breaker necessarily, but I did expect the wearing-time to be a bit more generous.
Skintypes: The Yardley Stayfast Foundation is not an oil-free foundation and I would therefor not recommend it for combination or oily skintypes. The foundation worked pretty well for my drier skin and it will work well for normal or more mature skintypes too.
Shades: There are 15-shades available in the range, however, most stockists stock about 10-13-shades. You can click here to have a look. I use the shade Ivory which is a perfect match for my skintone.
Price: The price definitely differs a little between stockists. I paid R120 at Clicks in November, but it retails for around R150 from Foschini’s online store. Either or, I think it is very affordable.
What did I think? Despite the challenges with the wearing time, I think this foundation is excellent value for money from a brand that is often overlooked these days. The versatility of the finish is lovely and it does not oxidize in the least – both of which are major plus points in my opinion.
Look, there is no way that this foundation can complete with something like my beloved Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place foundation in terms of performance and wear. However, there is an enormous price difference between the two and if the budget doesn’t allow for a foundation upwards of R500, then I think the Yardley Stayfast Foundation is an excellent choice for more budget-concious consumers.
Will I buy this product again? Yes, I will actually! The Yardley Stayfast Foundation really is a wonderful foundation to use on days where you do not feel like ‘wasting’ your expensive foundation or for a tighter budget.