w3ll people | narcissist stick foundation

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On those rare occasions when I have a great skin day (not recently!), I like to use a minimal foundation that can be applied only to trouble spots so that the good skin may show through.

My favorite natural, nontoxic makeup for these days is W3ll People’s Narcissist Stick Foundation.

I’ve been using this stick foundation for quite some time (I’ve repurchased it three times!), so I’m not sure why it’s taken me a while to tell you about my experience with it. Blame it on blogger overload?!

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{This picture looks different from the other three because I took it about 10 minutes before the others and at a slightly different angle, so the light is very warm and golden. BUT you can still see those massive breakouts on my chin, which is the point of a “before” picture.}

As you can see from my “before” picture above (which is shot in a slightly warmer light — see the caption for explanation), my skin was in decent shape save for two mega cysts on my chin and a tiny breakout on my nose.

Though cystic acne is the bane of my existence, I’m not going to let two (two!) volcanoes on my face detract from the otherwise great-looking skin everywhere else.

Enter W3ll People Narcissist Stick Foundation.

I love using this to spot-cover the areas that need a little extra camouflage, as depicted below:

kimberlyloc tests w3ll people narcissist stick foundation

I simply drag the stick under my eyes, on my problem areas (damn you, hormonal acne chin), on my nose and around my nostrils and on a few spots on my forehead.

kimberlyloc testing w3ll people narcissist stick foundation

You can see that the color isn’t quite the perfect match (it’s a bit peachy instead of yellow), but the light shade is a good match to my neck, keeping me from having a mask-like look.

I may get another stick in the next darker color (I’m wearing No. 2) and do a little mixing, but it’s also good to note that once blush and bronzer is on, I look a little more normal.

kimberlyloc tests w3ll people narcissist stick foundation

As you can see in the picture above, the W3ll People Narcissist Stick Foundation in No. 2 lightly blurs my blemishes (though those mounds are still noticeable — no makeup can truly mask cysts!) and evens out my skin tone.

Again, it’s not a perfect match — even though my neck and upper chest is blurred out of focus here, you can see how my face looks peachy and my skin looks yellow — but with additional makeup blended in, it’s not too bad.

Can somebody please make a foundation shade for Asian girls who are light-ish but yellow?!

Now let’s talk blending. If you’re used to using RMS Beauty’s “Un” Cover-up, you will find that W3ll People’s Stick Foundation is a drier, chalkier formulation that requires a little warmth and a lot of blending to get moving.

If you are oily like me, this will be a positive for you! As much as I love RMS Beauty’s “Un” Cover-up, it’s very slippery on my skin, due to the coconut oil content, and is reserved for drier climates (it’s a nightmare to use in the summer!).

I’m just going to go ahead and say it: I like W3ll People’s Stick Foundation better than RMS Beauty’s “Un” Cover-up. I haven’t repurchased “Un” Cover-up in quite a while (and I had repurchased it maybe 2-3 times!) since this stick came into my life.

Instead of coconut oil, W3ll People’s Narcissist Stick Foundation has a base of sunflower oil, castor oil and beeswax, which gives it that thicker feel with less slip. It’s imperative to apply this to well-moisturized skin and use a sponge or brush to blend, blend, blend.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil*, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Silica, Castor Isostearate Beeswax Succi- nate **, Mica (CI 77019), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil (and) Organic Aloe Barbadenis (Aloe) Extract, Lysine, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Pro- prietary Essential Oil blend, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea)*, Roman Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile)** [+/-: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499)] *Certified Organic, **Eco-cert

I love this foundation and won’t be without it! It also works well underneath mineral foundations (which I have a better time at matching), so you can still get that breathable foundation look and be covered — and in the right color.

Have you tried W3ll People’s Stick Foundation? What brands are the hardest for you to get the right color match? What are your favorite minimal foundations? Tell me in the comments section!


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  • I can totally empathize with you on the cystic acne. It sucks SO much!!!! I have been trying Niora and it seems to be working well for mine.

    • Cysts — ugh! I’m glad Niora is working for you! It didn’t do anything for me :(

      • Oh no! It took a looong time before I noticed a thing. I’m coming off of the pill now, so I’m interested to see what happens and if it still works.

  • I love this foundation stick! It’s so easy to take on the go and has great coverage & wearibility. My skin is being a nuisance right now, which is making me want to reach for it all the more.

    • Yeah! I reserve it for my “good skin days,” but you’re right, it’s very buildable and you can make it give you the coverage you want. I hope your skin gets to behaving soon! xoxo

  • A

    I’m middle eastern with strong yellow to olive undertones and light skin and basically every green foundation has been formulated for white or European girls with peachy undertones. I would recommend gressa in number three for you but it might be too olive and not enough yellow, as it is on me.

    • Yet another vote for Gressa! Yeah, I’m not very olive … lightly olive and more yellow but light overall. It’s frustrating to find a good foundation match! Most of the foundations formulated for women of color are not for women of Asian / Middle Eastern descent, so we’re kinda left in the middle of pink-peach and deep tones. Sigh! This sounds like an entrepreneurial opportunity to me….

      • A

        Hah, sounds good to me. Kjaer Weis is supposed to be releasing new shades though! Fingers crossed. ALSO, Gressa has broken me out (several bumps every time I use it), so, just a word of caution.

  • Marcella Tam

    Here here! Light shades for yellow-undertoned women please. I’m neither fair nor medium, more like light-medium – so many brands are either fair golden or medium golden. I just ordered Gressa’s 04 which is medium but it could be forgiving, I hope.

    I think you look great with this foundation, it’s definitely better coverage than “un ” coverup. I have drier skin so the W3ll people foundation doesn’t really work for me. I get frustrated trying to blend it in!

    • Another vote for Gressa! I feel ya on the light-medium thing. I tan easily, but I tend to stay out of the sun. I wouldn’t say I’m fair either … just light + yellow! Goldens are always too tan and kinda muddy looking on me. Sigh! Gonna need to see your Gressa swatches please!

      My philosophy on makeup and skincare is this: If it’s too hard to use (blending / doesn’t smell good / etc.), you won’t use it, so don’t force it! Moving on from something that works so well for others sucks sometimes, but hey, you tried! :)

  • I have such a hard time finding fair foundation with yellow undertones as well (but I’m like extremely fair)! Gressa 02 is almost is the best fair yellow I have found.. just a tad more yellow would push it to perfection.

    • OK, keep hearing about Gressa. Time to add it to the list! Sounds like all of us fair-medium yellow ladies need to get with these makeup companies so they can really see our skin and match it! :)

  • Amanda

    Do you like this better than “Un”Cover Up? “Un”Cover Up broke me out after a week of usage and I find that Narcissist hasn’t so far, so I’m just wondering what your take on it is.

    • I think you must have missed this line in the post :) Yes I do! Thanks for stopping by xoxo

      • Amanda

        What’s wrong with me! Sorry about that – I apologize :-) Now the question is whether Kjaer Weis is better than W3ll People? I’m still deciding.

        • Haha, no worries babe! I think KW & W3ll are so different. I like KW for more coverage, and it’s also one that you have to blend a lot. It’s also one with coconut oil, so if you’re sensitive to that, it’s something to note. I keep my W3ll people for good skin days / light coverage. So the verdict? You need them both! :) Did you see my KW foundation review a few weeks back?

  • I’ve tried this and I love it as a concealer. It covers much more than un cover up but you’re right, nothing can hide cystic spots (like the one I have now!). As a foundation it didn’t work for me – I found it kinda leaves a weird sheen and is hard to blend on my combination skin.

  • This is one of my favorites too! I love the soft glow it gives to my skin. Weird fact is that I was matched to shade 5 (the number sounds way darker than it is) and it’s actually a better shade for my skintone which is light but more yellow-leaning like yours. I think when I tried shade 2, it was a bit too white for me. Maybe you’d be a match for #5 as well? I hear ya on more foundation/concealer shades for Asian girls!

  • I am also very fair with yellow/olive undertones. I’d love to try Gressa, but I’m lazy and want SPF in my foundation so I can combine 2-in-1. I absolutely love Coola Matte Tint SPF 30. The coverage is light – but its enough to blur imperfections and even things out, and the texture and color are perfection. And another thing is that it has never, ever irritated my skin or caused a breakout, which other foundations have done. I just can’t seem to replace it with anything else. It is the best color match I’ve come across for my fair yellow undertone skin.

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