Stila One Step Makeup Review and Swatches

Stila‘s latest invention, One Step Makeup, promises to roll primer, foundation, concealer and powder all into one product to deliver weightless, high definition, long wearing skin perfection for all skin types. Let’s find out if it’s too good to be true!

The One Step Makeup is made from 100% natural mineral pigments with no paraben or fragrance. Ingredients include a new Youth Revival Bio-available Mineral Complex, which are 15 ionically charged minerals that read and react to all your skins needs, along with silicone, isododecane, hydrogenated didecene etc.

The foundation comes in a light plastic bottle with a pump, which is a great improvement from its previous heavy, pump-less glass bottles. There are 8 shades available to accommodate a variety of skin tones. I wear 30 Watts/C for Stila foundations and was sent Light, which is a light to medium color with neutral undertones.

The “light, mousse-like formula” is very different from your typical foundation. It has a creamy, fluffy texture similar to my favorite Dr. Denese SPF 30 Defense Day Cream. With one pump, you get a pea size amount that is so dense and blendable it will spread to cover most areas (under the eyes, around the nose and chin). The coverage is very light and natural so if you have problem skin, I would suggest adding a concealer on top. Because of the silicones, this foundation has a velvety, slightly matte finish so there is no need to set with powder. It also wears really well throughout the day without oxidizing and no touchups or blotting is required for me.

My only problem is it does not seem to sit well with my dehydrated combination skin. While it works great on my undereye area and cheeks, it tends to highlight any flakes that I have around my nose and chin. So as much as I like the concept of the One Step Makeup, it is more suited for those with normal to oily skin with minimal skin imperfections.

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The Stila One Step Makeup is available at Sephora, and ULTA for $44.

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Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. Ashley,

    The One Step Makeup is a nice product that will even out your skin but if you want to cover up your acne scars completely, you will definitely need something with more coverage.

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