I’d rather prefer foundation sticks over the liquid foundations. These foundation sticks are great while on travel and would be easy to carry for touchups too. Nykaa Cosmetics has come up with one such great product – NYKAA SKINGENIUS FOUNDATION STICK. In this post, I’ll be reviewing this foundation stick. 

Nykaa SKINgenius Face Foundation Stick has got you being clever about coverage on the go! Conceal, cover and contour – Whether, you’re on the move or always on the clock, this stick allows you to do your base makeup in one hot minute. This buildable, creamy formula gives you a natural matte finish. The unique formulation melts in your skin and blend effortlessly to you that perfected complexion. A super long wear, water-proof  foundation stick that provides high coverage in a smooth gliding, weightless formula . Nykaa SKINgenius is enriched with broad spectrum SPF15 for sun protection and Vitamin E for brightening and nourishing your skin. This easy-to-use twist-up foundation stick targets and delivers maximum coverage and blendabilty to expertly hide any signs of imperfections, that gives you a perfect complexion on the go!

  • Enriched with SPF15 and Vitamin E
  • Full coverage stick foundation and concealer in one
  • Water-proof and super long wearing 


PRICE : INR 525/- for a 9g product.

AVAILABILITY :  The Nykaa SkinGenius Foundation Stick is available only on website as it is a Nykaa Cosmetics line brand.

SHADES :  There are a total of 7 shades available starting from the fair to the dark range. Thankfully, Nykaa did keep in mind the darker skin tones while making these.

  1. Creamy Bisque 01
  2. Natural Buff 02
  3. Rose Beige 03
  4. Warm Honey 04
  5. Toasty Almond 05
  6. Golden Hazelnut 06
  7. Toffee Chisel 07

I chose 2 of the shades, just because I was so confused with the swatch card. I’ve 05 TOASTY ALMOND and 06 GOLDEN HAZELNUT shades with me.


The Nykaa SkinGenius Foundation Stick comes in a retractable bullet stick form. The outer cardboard packaging is the regular Nykaa themed with all the details and the shade name on the box. The stick is a matte black twistable one, which has Nykaa written in silver engraved on the body and the shade name mentioned at the bottom of the stick. The stick is pretty plastic-ey, yet it feels quite sturdy with the enclosure and stuff, making it a good travel-friendly foundation stick.


The stick foundation have a creamy texture to them. If you’re fond of using stick foundations, you’ll probably know the texture, it is very much the same. It applies very smoothly on to the face. I prefer using a buffing brush or mostly my PAC Flat kabuki brush to blend in the foundation. Due to its thick consistency, blending does take some time to achieve that flawless finish. Blending with fingers is also suggestible, but you know who wants to get their hands messy. In case of using any beauty blender, I’d recommend you use a damp blender and add some light weight oils for the foundation formula to move and blend nicely. It gives a medium-high coverage with a build-able option. The blending should be done perfectly, as there’ll be traces of streaks of the foundation on the face. It gives a velvet matte kind of a finish with a little dewy effect. The foundation needs a powder to be set in place, otherwise it tends to crease a bit and  get into the fine lines, which we absolutely  don’t want it to happen. The foundation doesn’t feel or give any dryness to the skin, it is pretty much hydrating as it contains vitamin E in it. It doesn’t cause any patchiness as and when applied, but in these freezing cold temperatures, over a couple of hours I did find my skin had dry patches here and there. Although it is suitable for all skin types, dry skinned ladies need that extra step of deep moisturizing their skin before going with the foundation. It did stay on  for a good  5-6 hours in this cold climate, but I’m sure this foundation stick won’t last long in hot  humid conditions.

Top – Golden Hazelnut, Bottom – Toasty Almond

TOASTY ALMOND 05 is an almond shade, and I find it a bit more cool brown toned. If you’re a deeper skin toned girl with cool under tones, this would be a perfect match.

GOLDEN HAZELNUT 06 is a warm toned golden amber shade with more orange tones in it. This would suit to all the NC42 girls and maybe NC43 girls too.

In Sunlight : T-B — Golden Hazelnut, Toasty Almond

For me, Golden Hazelnut is a bit orangey and Toasty Almond is a bit darker, and so I mix and match both the shades and make my custom shade. That’s the reason I opt for picking two shades when in doubt. I sometimes use the Toasty Almond shade on the outlines of my face to kind of give that bronzed look and sometimes use as contour shade for a subtle contour look and give definition to my face.

Did you try these new NYKAA SKINGENIUS FOUNDATION STICK?? Which shade are you  in? Lemme know your thoughts on it… untitled1


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