Review & Swatches: Stila One Step Foundation

Stila One Step Foundation

Availability:, DermStore, Stila
Price: $44.00

Company’s Description

Primer, foundation, concealer and powder all in one easy step! This skin-loving formula combines the benefits of four complexion-perfecting products with 100% mineral pigments to deliver one high performance, high definition, long wearing, luxurious formula. The medium coverage foundation is buildable and blendable and leaves skin looking flawless.

Stila’s One Step Foundation is said to combine the attributes of a foundation, primer, concealer, and powder in one product. It is available in 7 shades. My shade and this review covers 03 Tone.

Unfortunately, Stila is phasing this foundation out. You can still purchase any of the shades at and Dermstore, but there are only 2 shades still in stock on Stila’s website.

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Packaging: 10/10

This foundation comes in an air-sealed, plastic bottle with a pump that dispenses a controlled amount of product. I’ve had no problems with the pump and the bottle keeps the foundation sanitary.

Quality: 9/10

The shade 03 Tone is a shade that works well for NC 20 skin. It imparts medium coverage. The One Step Foundation has a mousse formula that feels silky and applies onto the skin smoothly.

When looking up-close, you can see the mousse texture on the surface of the skin, but practically speaking, this foundation makes the skin look even and doesn’t appear patchy.

Stila makes broad claims about what this foundation can do. It will act as a sufficient concealer for light blemishes, but it didn’t cover up enough for me to be able to pass on under-eye concealer. It leaves an almost matte finish, so I only powder the most oil-prone parts of my face when using this foundation. For people with dry, normal or even combination skin, powdering may not be necessary.

The wear-time is pretty good. I did feel like the foundation’s coverage diminished a little by the end of the day (after about 8 hours of wear).

Overall, I like how this foundation makes the skin look–it evens out the skin without looking like a mask. The color matches well to NC 20 skin and the formula helps reduce oiliness. It doesn’t quite do all the things Stila claims it will, but it does more than a lot of other liquid foundations.

Ease of Use: 9.75/10

This foundation spreads quickly over the skin. I only need 2 pumps to get more than sufficient coverage. And I don’t need to powder my entire face afterward. I would suggest doing a close-up check to blend out any slight streakiness the mousse formula might leave.

Price: 7.25/10

For $44.00 you get 30 ml (1 fl oz) of foundation. This is the typical amount of product you get in a liquid foundation, but a much higher price-point. This price is on par with what luxury brands like Dior and Givenchy charge for liquid foundations.

Currently, Stila is offering the foundation for $22.00, but only shades Warm and Fair are available. and DermStore have all the shades available at full-price.

Final Grade

Stila One Step Foundation Box Packaging

Stila One Step Foundation in 03 Tone

Stila One Step Foundation

Stila One Step Foundation

Stila One Step Foundation Packaging

Stila One Step Foundation Swatch in 03 Tone

Stila One Step Foundation Swatch in 03 Tone Blended


Dimethicone, Water (aqua), Isododecane, Hydrogenated Didecene, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Tribehenin, Cetyl Peg/ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Glycerin, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Phenoxyethanol, Tropolone, Methicone, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Disodium Edta, Dimethicone/vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Kaolin, Malachite Extract, Illite, Montmorillonite, Smithsonite May Contain (+/-) Titanium Dioxide (ci 77891), Iron Oxides (ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499)

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