I have used Revlon Colorstay on and off for the last 4 or so years and it has always been a very solid foundation that I can depend on to make me look amazing on my worst skin days. I hadn't used it in about 8 months (I previously own the old formula) until I picked up a bottle of this 24hr formula last week. Is it as bad as everyone is saying? In my opinion, no. I do think it is a downgrade but I think people are judging based it on their angry feelings about Revlon changing the formulation and not really evaluating the product. I use the Normal/ Dry skin formula because I have dry, dehydrated skin which produces next to no oil. The first difference that I noticed from the old formulation is that the coverage of has been reduced by about 50%. I used to be able to get full, natural looking coverage on the first coat but now I have to apply 2 coats to get similar coverage and the first coat is always patchy....so I have to apply 2 coats every time even if I don't want super high coverage (I prefer to use a high coverage foundation and sheer it out to medium). I figured that it might just be patchy because I was using it with my beauty blender but the same results occurred with a brush and my fingers- the foundation would cake around my drier areas and where the skin is more normal, it would be so sheer it was practically unnoticeable which brings me to my next point...it clings to dry skin. Since I have dry, flaky skin, the fact that this foundation clings to dry patches just exacerbates the issue. It isn't super noticeable from an arms distance but when I look up close when I apply my makeup, I can definitely see it. A good point now- the formula did last all day on my skin! On the days I tested it out, I wore it for about 12-13 hours on average and every single time when I went to remove my makeup at the end of the day, the wipe was completely covered in foundation- that is a high score in my book. Lastly the effect that it had on the health of my skin was neutral. I like when I can put a foundation on at the beginning of the day and when I take it off, my skin looks a little better than it did but when I put this on, it doesn't look any better. That being said, it does not make it look any worse (ie, no extra pimples) so that is positive as well. One thing which has time and time again pushed me to buy this foundation is that even though it is WAY too overpriced for a drugstore foundation ($21.99 + tax in Canada), it doubles up as a concealer so I don't have to buy a separate one! I'm undecided at this point whether or not I'll repurchase this, I'll probably return the bottle I have now just because my skin is only going to get more dry in the winter and I don't need anything that is going to draw any unwanted attention to that but I really don't think that this foundation is bad at all. Not an A+ product like it used to be but a solid B. There are definitely better foundations out there but if you are looking to save a few dollars, it can't hurt to try. Just buy it at a store where you can return opened products and hopefully it works for you :)
I am on my second bottle of this foundation and even though i have mixed feelings about it, i will give it a positive review for many reasons.
So, i loved it because :
- lasts forever on the skin, all day long without the need of touching it with powder.
- matt finish all day long
- did not cause breakouts
- very good coverage
- very easy to apply, melts into the skin right away
- great eye makeup base
I don't like it because:
- it is very difficult to take it off the skin. I spent a lot on makeup removers since i use this foundation, i need to apply makeup remover two or three times on skin and erase it each time with cotton pads in order to get rid of all foundation. This foundation indeed sticks on the skin like a glue..
- it doesn't smell too great. I think it smells like glue or paint.
- it is a bit pricey
- i hate the bottle, I wish it had a pump.
- a bit too much pink..
I also experienced something very weird. My first bottle of Colorstay was Buff and it had a totally different texture than my second bottle which is Sand Beige . Buff was liquid and so much more dry, but Sand Beige is creamy and a bit moisturizer too.. Totally different texture even though both bottles were for combination/ oily skin. Not sure if Revlon changed a bit the product between my two purchases but foundations are indeed totally different from one to another.
I was a little scared when i repurchased my colorstay this time, with this new formulation, because I read some very bad reviews.
It's been a month since I use this new foundation and the only change I notice is that it's maybe a little more dry than the other formulation.
Everything else is just as fine as it was; great coverage, last for ages (and this can be a con, because it's not easy to remove, I have to use cleansing wipes + jojoba oil) and good oil control.
The only thing I'm not happy with is that I try a new shade: Nude, because I found a matching with NC25, but this is way too pale-pink for me :(
By the way; I use the combination/oily formula.
Overall, it's an alright foundation. My mom used this foundation and absolutely loved it. She told me it was more of a full-coverage foundation, which appealed to me, since I'm young and Asian, so I have acne and my skin scars very easily. I have dark marks all over my face, and would love a foundation that covers my blemishes without the use of a concealer. I tried this foundation, and wasn't very impressed from the beginning. First off, it's not full coverage. It may eliminate some of the redness, but nothing else. Also, while looking even kind of closely at my face, it looked like I had pounds of powder caked onto my face. Not a good look for me. And lastly, it is a MUST to wear a setting spray with this foundation, because otherwise, it will come off. Very easily. If I simply touch my face with a fingertip, I take my finger away and it's covered in foundation. Very disappointing. I will use it until it's gone, as I don't want to just throw it away, since it is still relatively usable, but I will definitely never buy it again.
I bought it yesterday and regret the purchase already. I have very dry skin that usually feels taut by lunchtime. Even with the foundation for dry skin, over a double helping of moisturizer and a hydrating primer, my skin felt dry after a few hours. It is definitely more drying than other foundations, and very sheer. More like a tinted moisturizer....except that it didn't moisturize :(
Think this is a great liquid foundation for the price, and good colour range. Blends easily when you have right brush. Does oxidise after a while and go a little cakey, but I find that the case with all foundations on my skin anyway, and is longer-lasting than a lot of others. Down side is the bottle (pump, please!) and that it breaks me out... But I find that with 9/10 products on my sensitive skin. Is also a bit drying, even though I have oily skin. So I would recommend but not necessarily for those with sensitive or very dry skin.
This is my second bottle of the product and I kind of have a love hate relationship with it! The first time i bought it I really liked the formula of it but the colour was way too pink on me which was annoying as i couldn't return it. I recently purchased the shade buff 150 which matches perfectly so I was happy to try it out. The first thing I noticed about the newer formulated foundation is that the coverage is not as full, which sucks for me because I have a few scars,breakouts and redness. It covered the redness but I had to use concelear for my spots and scars which I never usually had to do. Other than that I thought in general it looked very nice and natural with my mac mineralise skin finish natural on top to keep it in place ( this usually ALWAYS keeps foundation in place for me.) But when I got home after about 3 hours of wearing the foundation it had completely sunk into my skin! All my fine lines and pores where highlighted. My whole chin area had barely any foundation left on it, which has never happened before with any other product! I am so disappointed with this product as I used to love the formula of it but it would definitely not last 24 hours like it claims !
I'm so disappointed that this foundation has been reformulated!
I have been wearing the previous discontinued version all of last year and this year (as I stocked up last year at a revlon factory sale) and i ran out just a few days ago.
So i bought this new version, same colour (150 buff chamois). I was glad that they had installed a pump due to hygienic reasons.
But when i applied it to my face i felt an instant tingling/ burning sensation which i have never experienced with the product before (or any one of my other products). It lasted only from a a few seconds to a minute and then settled down. I also realised that it wasn't as thick as the previous formula (which i wasn't bothered by that much). However it didn't smell strongly of paint (like i thought the other one did which was good). Overall it still really matched my pale skin tone and i was happy with it. No burning sensation or irritation was felt during the day as well so i didn't give it a thought until the next day when i put it on again. The moment i put it on my skin, i felt the same burning sensation.
So that's why i'm disappointed, i think there's in ingredients in there (possibly the ones to make it last 24 hrs) that my skin is sensitive to/ being irritated by. Argh! :( Has this happened to anybody else?
I loved this product before and spent a lot of time before then trying to find a foundation that gave me good coverage and suited my skin tone/ type.
I hope once i start (and eventually like) something else that it doesn't become reformulated/ discontinued too!
I have used Colorstay liquid foundation oily/combo for more than 5 years. The old formula 16HRS was very good for my very oily combination & acne-prone skin. Did not transfer and did not look cakey. When the newer design and formulation 24HRS, i thought it is going to be better but i was wrong!!! It separates at my nose (oiliest part of my face) and looked really cakey after about 1-2 hours. To the point that i rushed to the nearest restroom to rub it off my nose and applied my maybelline clearsmooth 2 way cake (which wasn't that great but it was an emergency!).
It was my HG foundation before reformulation and i am going to throw this one away, after i find another liquid foundation that is long wearing with med-full coverage yet doesn't transfer. If anyone have a suggestion please drop me a message!
Minimal coverage and you cannot have any dry patches because it will accentuate them..although to be fair almost every foundation will accentuate my dry patches anyways.
There are tiny sparkles in this. Not glitter and its not as sparkly as their photoready foundation but its still there and its noticeable on my porcelain skin.
This just melts into my skin and disappears after an hour..its not long wearing, I can barely touch my nose and it will rub off, even when I use a powder ontop.
I will keep this around for light coverage but I won't be buying it again (especially not for $12.99).
I wish I would have tried the old version before but Im too late on that one! This review is for their reformulated version of 2013.