This Foundation Made Me Believe in Foundation Again

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A serum-like foundation that comes in a wide shade range and gives full coverage without that mask-like, heavy look.

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I’m not much of a makeup person. I rarely say that out loud because I work at a beauty magazine and the admission seems downright blasphemous, but it is unequivocally true. Throw some tinted moisturizer with SPF and a bit of brow pencil on me in the morning and I am good to go. Foundation, and everything else beyond that, is pretty much foreign and complicated to me. In fact, I think the first time I even wore it was because my mom chased me down before the senior prom and pleaded that I apply something, anything before I walked out the door—and I’ve rebelled by rarely wearing it in the 20-plus years that have followed.

So when Stellar hit Sephora last year, I wasn’t super stoked, as new makeup launches are more my coworkers' thing. Armed with my trusty notebook to report back to the team, I went to meet the brand’s creator, former-MTV VJ Monika Deol, completely interested in why she was launching a beauty company, but not with the open mindset that I would immediately introduce everything the line offered into my beyond-basic routine.  

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Two seconds in and I really liked the concept, mainly because the shade range—22 different ones that take undertones into account—is so large and customization is one of their cornerstones. Deol is also the real deal; she gets what on-camera makeup means and, being of Indian decent and growing up in Canada, she also gets that it’s a not-so-simple task to finding your perfect makeup shade. Plus, the very intelligent Sephora team was there, and they assured me that they knew how to match my complexion to a very customized shade of the star, Sephora-exclusive product, the Limitless Foundation (I’m pretty pale and have a ton of red undertones, and I was matched up to perfection with S03; if you go to a Sephora store, they can help match you via your Color IQ).

Fast-forward to five months later and I’m completely obsessed with this foundation. It almost impossibly delivers a lightweight, glowy, borderline-serum coverage, while still concealing everything and staying put from morning until you wash it off at night. It sounds clichéd, but a little goes a long way (I’m still on my first bottle) and, since it is still a full-coverage foundation, you only need a few drops to make magic happen, minus any weird mask-like, too-heavy results.

Now, I wear it on most days and, on the days I do, it’s almost a guarantee someone will say, “Your skin looks good;” on the days I don’t, I don’t totally feel like myself. Call me a convert.

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