Review, Clinque Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick

I was interested in trying a foundation stick formula because I was curious how it would work on my skin. I didn’t want to plunge and get any $50+ foundation stick from the likes of Makeup Forever or Hourglass. I thought I would try Clinque’s Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick because it did have decent reviews and was in a price range I was willing to pay.
What it is
A creamy stick foundation for full-face application and touch-ups that achieves Instant perfection on the go. (

$31.00 CAD (0.21 oz). After comparing other foundation sticks, this is one of the least expensive at Sephora. However, all foundation sticks contain less product compared to any of my liquid foundations which usually are a full ounce of product.

This packaging is very pretty and light and I love the green leaf and pink buds on the outer box. The actual stick is very cute as well. I like that the tube is the same colour of the foundation and love the silver lid and bottom. It’s also a perfect size to take on the go.
I purchased this in the shade 02 Abundant Alabaster which is a bit too pink and dark for me, even though it’s advertised as a neutral tone for very fair skin. Unfortunately, Clinque does not offer a wide shade range so I’m not sure what would have been a better match for me as the other shades appear too golden or dark for me. It does blend out well and I because I have lighter and yellower concealers I can generally get the rest of my makeup to match my skin tone better.
Application & Wear
I find this is a bit more difficult to blend compared to liquid foundation. I use a dense foundation brush to spread the product and then use my beauty blender to blend any rough edges and blur out the foundation a bit more. This does sit nicely once blended all over my face and unlike what I originally thought with stick foundation this one is quite hydrating and doesn’t extenuate any of my dry skin. I do find that the wear is good. I’ve worn it a few times to work and it does last me a full work day. I do like setting this with a little bit of powder before I move onto blush or bronzer so that they blend better on top of the foundation. I usually don’t need to worry about this step with my liquid foundations because they are thinner and don’t sit on top of my skin the same way. The coverage is medium and can be built to full coverage, however, I preferred to keep it as light as I could because it does not match my skin tone.
My Thoughts
I may not be a fan of the shade but I do really enjoy this formula. I wish Clinque would come up with more shades in this line, most of the range is fair to medium and I am pretty light in complexion. I may want to try another stick foundation someday but I think I will stick to my liquid foundations for now.

Have you tried Clinque’s Chubby in the Nude foundation? What foundation stick recommendations do you have?

Lots of Love,


10 thoughts on “Review, Clinque Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick

  1. This sounds interesting! I usually stay away from foundation sticks because some old ones I’ve tried just made my dry skin seem flakier. Looks like they’ve improved 🙂

    But I am with you on Clinique’s foundation shades! I’m NC25-30ish, and even so I have trouble getting a good match. They are all so peach and orange!! I really love the Beyond Perfecting foundation right now, though. I don’t understand why they don’t sort out their shade offering. It’s been like this for ages.

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    • For sure. Clinique needs to improve on its shade range. I did think the formula was good. I would probably use it more if I didn’t feel it made me look so pink!

      I did see the Beyond Perfecting foundation floating around, it has the large applicator tip too right? Similar to the Tarte shape tape?

      I’m glad I tried a foundation stick, I know a lot of people swear by them. I think I might just try one of the more popular versions next time.


    • I thought the formula was pretty good. I have dry skin and this just glided on nicely. It was a bit harder to blend, but with a little extra work I was able to get nice, even coverage. My biggest issue was only that the shade offered don’t fit me. They need to add more colours in their range. If you think it might match your complexion I would definitely suggest trying it!

      I’ve also heard amazing things about Makeup Forever and Hourglass stick foundations, there are so many to choose from!

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  2. I find stick foundations difficult to blend also. I have the Bobbi Brown one and I can’t get the hang of it although I should give it a few more test runs before I give up on it.

    I haven’t tried this particular stick foundation but I have the regular Beyond Perfecting foundation and I enjoy it but only for days where I want a heavier coverage (which isn’t often these days). But it is a good foundation.

    Is this the lightest shade? It really does not look light at all!

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    • I feel like my shade is the second lightest but when I got online I only find abundant Alabaster as the lightest shade which as you said doeant look light at all. It’s too bad because I really can’t wear it as a full coverage foundation.

      I wonder if all foundation sticks are a bit more work to blend because they are just thicker in general. My sister has the hourglass foundation stick and she doesn’t have any problems with it, she really loves the formula.

      I personally don’t think I’m a stick makeup kind of person, I like quick and easy application which I get from liquid foundation.


  3. It still amazes me that so many companies don’t have great shade ranges for some products. You’d think they’d want to have something for everybody to make more money!

    I have heard the Hourglass foundation stick is much easier to blend, also. I just don’t know if I’d want to spend my money on it when you get so much more product in a liquid for the same price or cheaper!

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