I used to like this foundation back in the day. I do think it broke me out sometimes. And was never something I wore I a regular basis. Only if I was very broken out it for a special occasion. I just wanted to WARN anyone who is allergic to SALICYLIC ACID like I am that try have changed the formula and added it to it. I saw it at target the other day and thought about buying some for info ever need it for a bad breakout day etc. and read the ingredients invade and sure enough they've changed it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I wanted to come and leave a quick review for those of you saying this foundation is too mask like. I love this foundation in the summer and if I want full coverage for evening I do use my fingers. But if I want light, natural coverage for daytime, I use a damp SK foundation sponge (the Beauty Blender knockoff). I will apply one dot of foundation per section of my face and bounce the sponge to blend out the foundation. It gives a lovely natural finish this way. Just worth a try. Do remember that since you will get a lighter coverage this way, you will need a sunscreen underneath.
*good color range, it wasn't difficult to find a color that suited me well. the one i picked was almost right on.
*price wasn't too bad. i didn't expect it to be dirt cheap because revlon is one of the more expensive drugstore brands but definitely was cheaper than a department store brand!
*smells nice, a very light smell. you can't smell it once its on your face, just when it's being applied.
*DEFINITELY controls oils! My face was shine free for a good 4 hours.
*the packaging. i hate pour out bottles. Id prefer a tube or pump bottle. I always pour out too much and it ends up wasting the product faster. Also not very hygienic to pour it out onto your hand all the time.
*you can DEFINITELY tell you have makeup on. This is not a natural looking foundation. Probably because it's a matte finish but just because something is matte doesn't mean you need to look like you have a mask on and honestly i felt like the Joker with this stuff on.
*Is a pain to apply. I like to be able to use my fingers. I don't feel like it looks as good when you use your fingers. Definitely use a Sigma F80 or a buffing brush for the best results.
*Can look cakey or streaky if not applied the best ways.
I read review and this was voted an amazing foundation for coverage. I HATE IT. I find the coverage
So many love this product and I am definitely one of them. It is very long-lasting, has a matte finish, keeps my t-zone oil free for a good amount of time, and also makes my skin look flawless by covering up majority of active pimples and my hyper pigmentation from previous breakouts.
It is oil-free and has never broken me out which is a big factor for me in foundation as I have oily/acne-prone skin. One let down though is the colour selection of Colorstay has always disappointed me. Golden Beige suits me at my lightest (NC30) and is said to be the most yellow-toned out of all the shades so I stopped using this because of that reason.
Recently in Australia they brought out a new version of Revlon's Colorstay that has a new 'time-release' formula finally with a pump! I had read reviews that it was easier to blend and had more yellow to their shades so I matched myself in store to 'Natural Tan' in the Combination/Oily formula, which is neutral leaning towards yellow so its my best match when my skin tone is normal to tan (NC35-37).
I have repurchased this many times in the past, but I now prefer the new formula/packaging (which is still very similar IMO) much better because the shade suits me a lot better.
I would recommend this if your looking for a full coverage/ long lasting foundation or if you have trouble with foundation lasting on your oily t-zone!
I used to use this last year in "buff" because ivory was too pink for my skin. Although the tone of buff was right, it was too dark for me. Although this is probably the best consistency for a foundation I've ever tried! It felt like it was barely there and provided good coverage, oil control and didn't oxidize. The bottle was annoying though, you have to pour it out and can easilt pour too much. If they had a better range of colours I'd definitely buy again.
I haven't used this foundation since high school. But I recently purchased again seeing that it has low SPF and should be good for flash photos. I have tried the whipped version but found it too heavy on the skin. When it comes to longevity and color, they seem to be identical. The only difference is the consistency. I really like the liquid one over the mousse whipped version due to how it feels on the skin. I only use this foundation when I am going out or for flash photography since there is no white cast. It is great for formal events, pictures, and etc. I wouldn't recommend this for everyday since it is full coverage and just a bit heavy on the skin. For more everyday matte wear and for longer wear time, you should try the Covergirl 3-in-1 foundation.
My skintone is about NC20-25, I'm using Sand Beige. I was previously using Buff Beige but it is slightly too light and Sand Beige is slightly too dark. Right now I'd rather use Sand Beige because it's summer time. Also be aware that the colors for the liquid and the mousse are different. In the mousse I wear medium beige.
Large color range
good oil control
good for flash photos due to low SPF of 6
(revlon and rimmel are the best drugstore alternatives for flash photography)
Smells really bad
Can feel heavy on the skin
Not recommended for everyday wear
Can look like you're wearing makeup, even if you use a damp sponge
I have very oily skin and I had heard such good things about this foundation. The color matched me very well, but around midday i started to get oily. I blotted and powdered, and when i got home, i was horrified. The foundation had settled into my fine lines and my it looked really cakey. I really wanted this foundation to work for me, but i was very disappointed.
Heck NO. This foundation left me cakey and looking like someone just pie-d me. The color range is not wide. I previously bought a bottle of this stuff in Nude. Caked my face slightly but the colour was too pale and too pink. Because of that, i decided to get another bottle in Sand Beige just to give it another go. My oh my did it suck! I feel as if I've wasted my money on these 2 bottles given that they're such an expensive drugstore foundation. I want to give them away but none of my friends are the shades! Total disappointment. Probably never buying this again. :(
i purchased this in golden caramel for my NC42 skin. its a perfect match. it has enough golden tones in it so i dont look gray/ashy. as far as keeping me matte, its doing a pretty decent job. my t zone definitely needed a blot around lunch time but thats pretty normal. the color may have oxidized just a smidge, but not orange at all. my face looks very natural. i used a sponge wedge that i dampened, i dont like heavy coverage. good stuff for the price. i will update if this breaks me out or not.