Glossier Stretch Fluid Foundation Review-Good for Mature, Oily Skin?

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Welcome to my little corner of the makeup universe, where age is just a number and oiliness is just a minor hiccup in the quest for flawless skin! Today, I’m diving into my review of the Glossier Stretch Fluid Foundation for the fabulous over-40 crowd with a touch of oiliness.

Glossier Stretch Foundation Packaging

I suggest you grab your favorite cup of coffee (or wine, no judgment here), cozy up, and let’s chat about finding that perfect balance of matte and mature. We’re on a mission to make those fine lines disappear and that glow shine, without turning into a greasy disco ball by noon.

So, fellow fabulous forties, let’s tackle this foundation journey together with a sprinkle of laughter and a dash of wisdom!


Before I dive into my Glossier Stretch Fluid Foundation Review, I think it’s best to tell you a little about my skin type. This way, if you have any similarities, it will help you determine if this foundation will work for you.

  • Aging/maturing skin. ( I’m 40)
  • very oily
  • acne prone
  • sunspots/acne scars
  • pink undertones

What is it – Glossier Stretch FLUID Foundation

Introducing a gel-cream foundation that is 89% skincare-based and provides a natural-looking finish while keeping your skin moisturized. The formula is designed to blend seamlessly with your skin and can last up to 12 hours without caking on top.

This foundation is free from harmful ingredients such as parabens, formaldehydes, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, sulfates SLS & SLES, triclocarban, triclosan, and contains less than one percent synthetic fragrance. Additionally, it is vegan and cruelty-free.


Let me tell you about all the claims the Glossier Stretch Foundation has.

  • Dermatologist-tested, formulated without fragrance, non-comedogenic.
  • formula feels flexible, looks like skin + allows skin to breathe
  • said formula is lightweight + feels like skincare
  • agreed skin looks hydrated after 12 hours
  • Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, sulfates SLS & SLES, triclocarban, triclosan, and contains less than one percent synthetic fragrance. It is also vegan and cruelty-free.
  • Clinical Results: In a 2-week, third-party consumer study with 54 people between the ages of 18 and 69:
  • – 100% agreed Stretch Fluid Skincare Foundation was lightweight and felt like skincare
  • – 98% agreed it looked like and adapted to their skin

*Based on a clinical study.

**Based on a consumer test of 122 subjects.

Information taken from


First up, let’s talk about squalane. Think of it as a superhero for your skin’s moisture levels. Squalane is a natural lipid that’s incredibly similar to the oils your skin produces naturally, making it a fantastic hydrator. It’s lightweight, non-greasy, and sinks beautifully into your skin, helping to replenish lost moisture without clogging pores. This makes it perfect for all skin types, including oily or acne-prone skin.

Now, onto glycerin. This little powerhouse is a humectant, It acts as a magnet, attracting moisture from the air and pulling it into your skin. It’s like giving your skin a big drink of water, helping to keep it plump, smooth, and hydrated. Plus, glycerin also forms a protective layer on the skin’s surface, locking in all that moisture and shielding your skin from environmental stressors like pollution and harsh weather.

When you combine squalane and glycerin, you get a dynamic duo that works together to support your skin’s moisture barrier in multiple ways. Squalane helps to replenish lost oils and keep your skin soft and supple, while glycerin pulls in moisture and locks it down, leaving your skin feeling nourished, hydrated, and oh-so-smooth.

let’s now talk about wild rose berry. Bursting with antioxidants and vitamins, wild rose berry extract is like a refreshing gulp of hydration for your skin. It helps to replenish lost moisture, soothe irritated skin, and protect against environmental aggressors. Its natural astringent properties help to compress pores and control excess oil production. This makes it particularly beneficial for those with oily or combination skin

Now, onto plankton extract. This marine marvel is rich in nutrients and minerals that help to nourish and revive your skin. It’s like a nutrient-packed smoothie for your face, delivering essential hydration deep into the skin’s layers while also helping to regulate sebum production. This means it can help to mattify oily areas while still keeping your skin moisturized and balanced.

When you combine wild rose berry and plankton extract, you get a powerhouse duo that works together to address the needs of all skin types. Wild rose berry helps to control excess shine and tighten pores, while plankton extract delivers a dose of deep hydration that keeps your skin looking and feeling its best. Whether you have dry, oily, or combination skin, this dynamic duo has got you covered, leaving your skin beautifully balanced, hydrated, and glowing with health.

Finally, we have Amino Acid Coated Pigments. These pigments are coated with amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins. This coating serves several purposes:

  1. Improved Adherence: The amino acid coating helps the pigment particles adhere better to the skin, resulting in a smoother and more even application. This enhanced adherence ensures that the color stays put and doesn’t fade or smudge easily.
  2. Enhanced Blendability: The amino acid coating makes the pigments more blendable, allowing them to seamlessly merge with the skin for a natural-looking finish. This ensures that the makeup looks effortlessly flawless without any patchiness or streaks.
  3. Reduced Sensitivity: Amino acids are known for their skin-conditioning properties and are gentle on the skin. Coating pigments with amino acids can help reduce potential irritation or sensitivity, making the makeup suitable for a varied range of skin types, including sensitive skin.
  4. Longevity: By improving adherence and blend-ability, amino acid coated pigments contribute to the longevity of the makeup. The color remains vibrant for longer, reducing the need for touch-ups.

By adding the ingredients found in Glossier Stretch Fluid Foundation to your skincare routine, you can achieve a smooth and healthy complexion. These ingredients work together to hydrate, protect, soothe, and rejuvenate your skin, leaving you with a radiant and refreshed appearance. Incorporating them into your routine can be a game-changer for your skin.

Glossier Stretch Foundation PACKAGING AND SHADE RANGE

I absolutely love the Stretch Fluid Foundation’s packaging. It’s sleek and minimal and feels high-quality.

The foundation comes in a glass bottle with a pump.

Glossier Stretch Foundation

The Glossier Stretch Foundation comes in 32 shades.

glossier shade range

I think Glossier did well with this foundation’s shade range. There is a decent variety of shades in all undertones.

Glossier Stretch Foundation shades

I opted for the shade Light 4, which has a pink undertone. This shade worked perfectly for me. One concern I have with foundations having pink undertones is that they can sometimes pull a little too pink and sometimes appear to look red on my face. That was not the case with the Stretch Foundation. It was like the shade Light 4 was made for me.


Finding the right shade is one of the most frustrating things about a foundation. Sometimes, I don’t have the luxury of going to the store to swatch the foundation physically, so I have to do some research and guess at my shade.

There are times I get lucky, and other times, not so much.

That said, I want to help any of you who are looking for help choosing a Glossier Stretch Foundation shade by giving you a few comparison swatches to some other popular foundations I have in my collection.

My Glossier Stretch Fluid Foundation shade is Light 4.

Shade Light 4

Any little bit helps, right?

Glossier Stretch Foundation comparisons
different typed of foundation swatches

What is the Best Way to Apply on Oily, Mature Skin?

The way a foundation appears can be greatly influenced by its application process.

Here’s the best way I like to apply Glossier Stretch Foundation on my oily, mature skin for a flawless finish:

  1. Prep Your Skin: Start with clean, moisturized skin. Opt for a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer that won’t add excess shine to your skin. Make sure to let the moisturizer fully absorb before applying the foundation.
  2. Use a Primer: To help control excess oil and prolong the wear of my foundation, I apply a mattifying primer specifically designed for oily skin. I’ll focus on the areas of my face prone to oiliness, such as my T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin).
  3. Choose the Right Tools: For oily, mature skin, the best way to apply the Glossier Stretch Foundation is with a makeup sponge, brush, or fingers. I’ll use a damp beauty sponge to help sheer out the foundation for a more natural finish. When I want a bit more coverage, I’ll use a dense foundation or my fingers.
  4. Apply Sparingly: The Glossier Stretch Foundation is known for its buildable coverage, so I always start with a small amount and gradually build up if it’s needed. This helps prevent the foundation from looking too heavy or cakey on my oily skin.
  5. Blend, Blend, Blend: I blend the foundation evenly over my face, focusing on areas where I need the most coverage. Use tapping or stippling motions with your sponge or brush to ensure a seamless, streak-free application.
  6. Set with Powder: To help control shine and prolong the wear of my foundation, I set it with a light dusting of translucent powder. I concentrated the powder on my oily areas, like the T-zone, avoiding over-powdering the rest of my face to maintain a natural finish. Too much powder on mature skin can tend to look dehydrated and cakey. And yes, this happens on my oily skin, too! 
  7. Touch Up as Needed: Throughout the day, I sometimes need to blot away excess oil with blotting papers or a clean tissue. I may then lightly powder any areas that have become shiny. This will help maintain a matte finish without disturbing the foundation underneath.

I find that by following these steps, I achieve a beautiful, long-lasting makeup look with Glossier Stretch Foundation on my oily, mature skin, ensuring a flawless finish that lasts all day.

It’s important to experiment with different application tools to find the one that best suits your skin type and desired finish.


The Glossier Stretch Foundation claims to have a natural finish and I do agree with that.

As you can see in the swatch, the foundation proves to have a natural finish.

Glossier Stretch Foundation Swatch

When I apply it to my oily skin, for the first few hours, it keeps that natural finish, but my oils do start to creep through, resulting in a more dewy finish. Now, I honestly don’t mind that at all. I think a little dewiness isn’t going to ruin my day. But if you are also an oily girlie and prefer not to have the dewiness, you may not love this foundation, or you may need to touch up with powder more often.

Overall, I agree that the Stretch Fluid foundation provides my skin with a beautiful natural finish.


The Glossier Stretch foundation is said to have a light to medium buildable coverage. Again, I totally agree with that.

This foundation’s formula is interesting, and unlike any other foundation, I’ve tried. It has an almost gel-like consistency, so I thought it may be harder to get more coverage out of it. But I was very wrong there.

Luckily, I started off by applying a small amount, and it spread nicely and didn’t feel cakey. There is no doubt about the coverage; it’s easily buildable.

I really like the formula. It feels super lightweight, not heavy at all.

Glossier Stretch Foundation first applied

You can layer this foundation to get more coverage. I prefer one light layer of coverage for my skin type, and I don’t mind having some imperfections peek through.

one layer of Glossier Stretch Foundation on girls face


The Glossier Stretch Fluid Foundation claims to have a wear time of 12 hours.

My experience with the Glossier Stretch Foundation is that it does last. But for 12 hours on my oily skin? Not really. Unfortunately, that’s the way it goes with an oily skin type.

I do have to say it doesn’t look horrible. Some foundations will almost melt off my face; I know a spectacular visual, but it’s true. But that is not the case with the Stretch Foundation. My face just gets oily, and if I take steps to touch it up with bloting papers and powder, it can absolutely last longer.

Typically, I apply my makeup around 7 a.m., and by 1 p.m., my face is oily. It happens with just about every foundation.

This photo was taken right after I finished my makeup, around 7:30 am. I have to say the Stretch Fluid Foundation looks pretty good.

I didn’t use a setting powder so that I could document how it looked by itself later in the day.

Glossier Stretch Foundation on womans skin

12:30 pm check-in. Here, you can see how the foundation is starting to get shiny. It’s the life of an oily girl.

girls face with makeup

Here is my final check-in at 6:30 pm. The Glossier Foundation doesn’t look awful. My face is shiny, for sure, but I don’t mind it mainly because it’s not feeling heavy or oily on my skin.

If you have oily skin, your oils will come through. If you want none of that, steer clear of this foundation.

close up of makeup on girls face


I turned forty last year, and though I do not feel my age (21 at heart), my skin is saying otherwise. Although I don’t consider my skin to be mature, it is certainly aging and has some fine lines and wrinkles.

Glossier Stretch Foundation Packaging

That being said, I find that some foundations work better on my almost mature, aging skin.

I think the Glossier Stretch Fluid Foundation can work well for mature skin; of course, this depends on individual preferences and skin needs. Here’s why:

  1. Hydration: The foundation contains hydrating ingredients like glycerin and oils, which can help to nourish and moisturize mature skin. This hydration can help plump fine lines and prevent the foundation from settling into wrinkles, giving the skin a smoother appearance.
  2. Natural Finish: Glossier Stretch Foundation is known for its natural finish, which can be flattering for mature skin. It adds a natural-looking glow, which can help to impart a more youthful appearance and make the skin look radiant.
  3. Buildable Coverage: The foundation offers buildable coverage, allowing you to customize the level of coverage you need. For mature skin, having the ability to build coverage where necessary while keeping a natural look is a big advantage, as it can help to even out skin tone without looking overly heavy or cakey.
  4. Lightweight Texture: Many users appreciate the lightweight texture of Glossier Stretch Fluid Foundation, as it feels comfortable on the skin and doesn’t appear cakey or heavy. This lightweight formula is particularly important for mature skin, which may be more prone to creasing and texture issues.

Remember, it’s essential to note that individual experiences may vary, and some users with mature skin may prefer foundations with different formulations or finishes. What I like in a foundation may not be what you like.

Additionally, factors such as skin type, concerns (such as texture, fine lines, or dryness), and personal preferences play a significant role in determining whether a foundation works well for someone’s skin. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to patch-test and experiment with different products to find what works best for your specific skin needs.


Alright, now let’s wrap up my completely honest overall thoughts on the Glossier Stretch Foundation for my lovely, oily, mature skin pals.

When I first applied the Glossier Stretch foundation, I liked how it looked. But as the day progresses, my oils come barging through. So, it is not a super long-lasting foundation for me. But as I mentioned earlier, I don’t mind some oils coming through.

I think the lightweight texture is fantastic, the light to medium coverage is superb, and I love the natural finish.

If you have oily skin, I’d say try at your own risk. And if you have more dry, mature skin, I think you may be a big fan of it.

So, dear friends with oily, mature skin, here’s the scoop on Glossier Stretch Fluid Foundation: it’s like that reliable friend who always has your back, even on your shiniest days!

With its hydrating formula and natural finish, this foundation brings some much-needed moisture and glow to our seasoned skin. It’s like a little pick-me-up for those days when our skin is feeling a bit lackluster.

Sure, it may not be the solution to all our skincare woes, but hey, what foundation is? It’s all about embracing our fabulous flaws and finding products that work with, not against, our unique skin quirks.

So, to all the oily, mature beauties out there, give Glossier Stretch Foundation a whirl and let your radiant selves shine through! After all, age is just a number, and a little dewy glow never hurt anyone. Cheers to fabulous skin at every age!

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