UPDATE: NC25 girls our match does NOT exist in this line! I have tried FIVE shades of this stuff & have officially given up. If you must know, I think we match Buff best on our winter pale skin days & Sand Beige on our super tanned,just got back from vacation days. If you want to skip my lengthy rev on each, here's what I tried that did not work & which shades I think it best matches to:
-Buff-warm yellow tone (NC15)
-Nude-cool pink tone (NC20-NC25)
-Sand Beige-neutral tone (NC25-NC30)
-Warm Golden-warm yellow tone (NC35)
-True Beige-cool neutral tone (NC40+)
-Light feeling on your skin
-Buildable to full coverage
-Long lasting tested on 10 hrs, with no powder/setting spray on top
-Tacky feeling on touch
-Sticky surface catches & holds any residue on top
-Can leave dry flaky skin (even in the summer!)
-Heavy dense, opaque jar-bad to carry/see shade through
-Poor limited color range for undertones
After all the MUA and YT raves, I knew I needed to own this. As is the case with most DS items, finding a color match will be difficult. So I started with my first today-Nude. In the CS I was closest to Buff, but it was a tad too light & next up Nude was too dark; although according to the consensus it would be my best match for NC25; I disagreed and eventually gave up with CS. Back to the whipped creme-Nude has pink undertones & it seems the colors of this line don't match the previous one in CS. I'll have to go in and do an exchange for the Buff. I'll report back then.
1ST UPDATE: So I picked up the Buff a few days ago. Yes its yellow toned and a light shade. Unfortunately too light for me, it could probably work for me in the winter with a light touch of bronzer. I think Buff is best for NC15-NC20. But I did test it out for a full day of work to see if its worth hunting down my shade even for & YES it is. I wore it with just my Revlon photoready primer underneath, did NOT set with a powder (EDM in Light which is a foundation yes, I need the coverage) & did NOT use my Skindinavia Setting spray & it lasted ALLL day. If you live in NYC then u know it was 100 degrees yesterday, 5000% humid & we had a thunderstorm eventually. I was out for various parts of the day & faced all of it without this stuff budging. It looks incredibly natural & feels like a second skin (after it sets in a few mins).
I don't care if I end up buying 2 jars & custom mixing it myself to get the right shade, I will if i I have to because its that good. Its pricey investment for ds but hey I'd be saving $12 on EDM & $28 on Skindinavia so $20 for this (I'l wait for BOGO) for about 2 oz, is double the amount for HE and worth every penny. If you've tried Chanel vita lumiere its that feeling & Amazonian tarte clay its that coverage.
2ND UPDATE: So I went back and swapped the Buff for the next up -SAND BEIGE. Contrary to the popular belief here, I did nOt find it to have yellow undertones. At most it has neutral tones, I swatched on my wrist, palm, cheek, neck etc & could clearly see a tint of pink in certain lighting. Nonetheless, I can blend it in & make it work--sort of. But after a while, It appears as if I have bronzer aLL over my face, rather than just a contour (not my ideal look). This shade definetly oxidizes but IMO its probably best for NC30. I find the need to bronze more of my neck/chest area to get an even look. I read in a lot of blogs that WARM GOLDEN was the next yellow tone, but its THREE shades up (they definetly get darker as the #s go up). Even holding the jars side by side at the DS I could see an obvious transition of shade, so I didn't even bother. Now for my previous comment of mixing in Buff & Sand Beige to get the perfect color if necessary? Well I had a change of heart and here is why:
After I applied SB, I moved on to contour with my F05 (horrible brush that alwaysss sheds) well it caught on to the slightly tacky texture of Revlon's whip & literally got stuck to it. I quickly swiped a big powder brush over my face & didn't look twice to check if it was all gone.......until 6 hrs later at lunch I was horrified. I had strands of hairs everywheree, looked like facial hair & so much for a natural contour! YUK. On my way home that same day, I went in to get my eyebrows threaded & guess what? SAME THING happened. Im light skinned & have pitch black hair so just imagine-I looked like a wearwolf. I can't be this conscious of every UFO I encounter through out the day. For God's sake I live in NYC-i.e. shove through hundredssss of commuters at Penn Station daily. I've got other things to worry about, sorry Revlon. I truly tried. Maybe your best suited for those that have an exact color match, the extra time to clear away any dust particle floating around and require a good setting spray used religiously.
3rd UPDATE: Don't ask what made me ponder & pick this up AGAIN at my last ds visit. I almost knew it wouldn't work but the glowing reviews I've been reading here kept whispering in my ear. I quickly pulled MUA up on my phone & saw that alot of NC25s said Warm Golden was the lucky pick. I was iffy so I picked up the next up True Beige on the BOGO deal. Well the Warm Golden is warm indeed but more suited for olive skin tones or light skin gals with an obvious tan, not the natural kind (unless u live on the equator ofcourse & in that case you must not be a true NC25) and True Beige well this color would work as a wonderful bronzer to contour for me. Too bad I'm not interested in this texture/consistency for that job but just so you get an idea of how much darker it is to my skin tone. Lastly I noticed after taking these off it left my skin a bit patchy/dry with flakes. I read it contains salicylic acid, which is great for acne skin but would naturally cause this side effect. Another reason why I don't care for this product anymore. So go ahead give it a try---but you've been warned its a LOVE OR HATE relationship with this one
Natural finish. Easier to blend than the full coverage liquid version. I prefer to use it in a cooler and drier climate.
This foundation has HOLY GRAIL status for me. I have oily skin and nothing has ever looked so natural, covered everything, stayed on forever in a lightweight formulation. I have tried Chanel, Armani, you name it and nothing comes close to this. Revlon, pleaese don't every discontinue this product!
I do not like the traditional Colorstay formula. It looks heavy and masky and does not control my oil at all. I don't expect any foundation to keep the oil completely at bay, but Colorstay seems especially ineffective. So it was a HUGE leap of faith for me to purchase this product. I was swayed by the many positive reviews here on MUA.
As I age, I am looking for sheerer, more natural coverage. That's really hard to find in a longwearing foundation or those formulated for oily skin. Surprisingly, this fit the bill. It has enough coverage that I don't necessarily have to use a concealer unless I have fresh blemishes. It evens my skin tone nicely and covers any post acne hyperpigmentation I might have as well as some emerging sun spots that although still light are noticeable since I am very pale. And yet it does not look heavy, masky, or cakey at all.
The texture is nice and light, it blends easily and the finish is really quite perfect; neither too matte nor too dewy. I did not have any issues with transfer, but I did set it with powder. It controlled shine for about five hours, which is quite impressive, given the degree of my oiliness. And then it wasn't extreme shine, just a little breakthrough that was easily blotted away.
Often, the lightest drugstore shades are still too dark for my super pale complection, but Buff was actually a very nice match for me. I would like to get more product for my money, but I really needed very little product so I won't complain too strenuously. This was really what I had hoped the new Clinque stay matte was going to be like. Very pleased. The very last test will take a while to assess. I sure hope this doesn't break me out!
I had never known anything about this foundation until I saw it on display at my local Walgreens. It had Halle Berry on it wearing the shade Caramel. While looking at the actual shades on display, I noticed that Halle's shade wasn't even offered as a shade choice. The darkes shade offered on display was Early Tan. I definitely thought that it was a bit ironic for them to use someone of her complexion and not even offer a color matching her shade on display (where I purchased mines).
On the Revlon website, all of the shades that this foundation comes in is actually displayed. So, YES this foundation actually does come in a broader range of shades that aren't all being displayed at this time. The actual shade range for this foundation does consist of the following: Ivory (Lightest), Buff, Sand, Nude, Natural Beige, Medium Beige, Warm Golden, True Beige, Natural Tan, Early Tan, Rich Ginger, Caramel (Darkest-Halle's shade). Importantly, I do not understand why Revlon isn't offering shades in this foundation suited towards more darker/deeper complexions as well. I sincerely hope that they start doing so in the future.
I am of medium complexion myself. I have a pink-to-sometimes-peachy undertone to my face. My foundation shade in MAC is NW30. I was no able to swatch the foundation beforehand. There were no testers available on display for this foundation. Therefore, I had to do the best that I could in deciding which foundation shade looked like it would best match my skin's coloring. And, after a while, I ultimately decided to go with Medium Beige.
Medium Beige is more suited for individuals who are of the NW30 shade. It is not warm based. It is slightly more on the cool side instead. If you are an NC30 instead, I would recommend picking up the Warm Golden instead.
The foundation itself is pretty good. It is has a slight scent to it, even though thrte's no added fragrane. It is talc free. You do get a pretty decent sized amount of product in the jar it comes in. The wearability of this product is around 8 hours for me before I start to look more on the dewy side (this is without setting powder on top). With setting powder on top, my face really does stay relatively matte until I wash it off. And, it keeps it completely transfer proof as well.
Without any setting powder, I do get a little bit of transfer. However, it still wears relatively well nonetheless on my face. And, I do find it a bit easier to take off than the liquid colorstay version.
I can not attest to this product being able to stay on for 24 hours. I don't wear my makeup for 24 hours straight on a daily basis. And, I don't know anyone that actually does.
The consistency of this product is not like the Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse at all. It has less of a solid consistency to it than the Dream Matte Mousse. Instead, it has more of "true" whipped texture to it. Also it does not go on rather masky and heavy like the Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse does. And, it does no ball up on the face either.
I use Retin-A to help combat acne. Because the Retin-A is largely responsible for keeping my skin clear, I have not experienced any problems with breakouts from use of this product. Because we all have different skin issues, I cannot say whether this product will break out anyone's skin whether it is dry, combination, sensitive, oily, or otherwise. You truly must test it out for yourself first to really know if it will break you out or not.
Overall, I really do recommend trying it (especially if you have normal, combination, or oily skin). If you have dry or even very skin, you are certainly welcome to try it as well. But, individuals with dry/very dry skin, may find that they need a foundation with a bit more moisturizing properties than this one has.
Really wanted to try this and like it. Here's my review.
Pros: Good Formula. Easy to apply. Matte Finish. Decent coverage. Good Staying power.
Cons: It looked very dull. I would expect a foundation to improve my skin's texture and give it a fresh glow. It didn't do that. I was looking very tired and dull. So returned it. I love my MAC SFF and will stick to it for now.
I am planning to exchange it for a lighter shade and see if it helps. Even though the one I used(natural tan) is the perfect match for my nc40 skin color.
Update Sept 3, 2012, okay so I have tried this again and again now with Laura Mercier primer and also over various sunscreens. Its so lovely in texture, feels great going on. But its not whipped in feel, its heavy like a lead curtain. I've tried this using a Beauty Blender type sponge. Bottom line is if I continue to wear it Nasa won't need the Mars Rover to see craters. They can save their money and stay on earth as my avg sized pores are the size of football fields with this on. Update 4th of July 2012, really hate on me. Whenever I'm a good little lemming and purchase a foundation mua loves, especially a ds one, I end up with what is best called, "cake face." I look older, sadder, but clearly not wiser I mean I got 2 of these! When will I learn? I tried various things under this and all result in a bad face day which is much worse than a bad hair day if you ask me. It doesn't smell like the old paint I'm sure contains lead that my cheap landlord uses to paint apartments with, as the original cs does, but its just as life sucking as that one in every other way. I so its a done deal, I have to rob a bank to keep me in Laura Mercier Silk Creme. Shhh, you didn't hear that. Original review; Only my 2nd day using this and have yet to check a mirror since this morning to see how its held up which is a big deal maker/breaker for me. However I wanted to comment because I agree with some of what the reviewer below wrote. I have tried using the original since it came out when I was in college (am now 45, shhhh!), so long ago it came with a pump. I bought it to use a concealer actually as I did not need much coverage but for some spots. It worked well for that since it stayed put on my then oilier skin. But trying to use a foundation in more recent years was a fail as it looked incredible at first then dry, cakey like an old river bed, not pretty! But I've been loving Laura Mercier Silk Cream though who would not prefer a drug store price and availability over high end prices and having to order online? So yes ma, if everyone on MUA jumps off a bridge I will too;) so far I like the expensive looking, weighty glass jar but if it were thinner there would be more product. I like that its a cream and it is less drying than the original on my now very dry skin (even using the dry skin formula). However its not a creamy type foundation either, not something I can apply with a dampened sponge like other creams I've tried. Instead it seems more like the liquid in application and best with my fingers. Ilike the reviewer below I don't find it has great coverage. I only have redness on my upper cheeks, and I still had to spot conceal after which I don't need to do with LM Silk Cream. Funny it hides the pores on my nose well but slightly accentuates the ones around my nose by my cheeks. It covers my lid discoloration pretty well and that's always a plus for me. Yesterday I tried using a dab more on those red spots like I would a spot concealer but it looked too heavy that way. Today I used my usual concealer and it looked really good, smooth, lovely. When I check my face in the mirror in a little while i am not expecting a miracle with my makeup looking just like it did at 8 am this moring. But for me if I get home and look in the mirror aghast and see a cakey, streaky hot mess, that usually ends it for me with any makeup. That's said, I may try a more moisturizing sunscreen to see how that goes. What you wear under makeup can really effect how it looks and I will take that into account. I wish it were love at first application but again it might not be due to my choice of sunscreen. My other reason for wanting it is the crazy humidity in NYC in the summer. I'm hoping iit stays put for example on hot subway platforms. I do wish Revlon would add more yellow toned shades. I find these to be slightly darker than the foundations of the same shade name in the New Complexion and Original Color Stay line. So far so good, but not yet great, will update after trying this with different sunscreen/moisturizer.
I have tried the regular Colorstay in the past and found that I didn't love it, but it worked in a pinch if I ran out of something else. I thought I'd give this new formula a try since it is getting good reviews. I hate to buck the trend, but this did nothing for my skin. I chose the color Nude and though it was a tad light for me, it blended in just fine. I do like the idea of a creamy, gel-like consistency and the formula did not feel heavy on the skin. I would definitely say this is satin...not matte, not dewy. However, my 40-year old skin tends to be on the normal to dry side and within one hour, my skin was flaking and itching and felt overall tight. I moisturize well and usually don't have this problem with foundation, especially in the summer. This made my skin feel like dead of winter skin. I was surprised to see reviews saying this has great coverage because I found it to be rather sheer and needed layering for any discoloration. I would say if you do not have dry, sensitive skin and not a lot to cover up, this would be a great choice. Something in the ingredient list of this one does not like me.
I have been on the hunt for a perfect foundation for years, and have tried just about everything under the sun. After reading the reviews I decided to give it a try.
I got the nude and got lucky with a perfect match, I used moisturizer, pore minimizer and primer and it glided on sooooooo smooth and blended so well!!! I have red hair, freckles, and really uneven skin tone and a very oily T-zone in the summer, and this made my skin look the best it has in years!!! I wear reading glasses and I have not had it rub off on that area at all,so no more marks on my nose when I take my glasses off, my new HG!!!
I will definitely be buying this again!!!!!
MAC NC 25 – NC 30 / combination / Asian
No breaking out. Silicone-y feeling when applying but after it settles down, I get satin finish, which I love very much. I would not use silicone based primer for this foundation. It’d be too oily. Medium coverage with fingers but I think you can build it up to maximum coverage. It blends pretty well. My face does not itch like it did with regular ColorStay foundation.
Con: REVLON, LISTEN!
1. PACKGING - I am not a big fan of jar foundation for sanitary reason. I could use cotton swab but I feel like this is a waste sometimes. I could never get the right amount from the jar and often take out more. And I hate the fact the cotton absorbs the foundation and this is such a waste. I think with this kind of texture, REVLON could have used tube packaging instead of jar packaging.
2. NO SPF – Living in CA, SFP would be nice.
3. Do not last 24 hours – lasts about 6 hours on my combination skin with Chanel SPF 50 primer and EM Finishing Dust.
4. COLOR SELECTION – I am a warm-toned girl. NC 25 is light but NC 30 is dark. I usually go for NC 25 for winter and NC 30 for summer. And I am picky about foundation color. After I bought SAND BEIGE like I used to in regular ColorStay back then and found this to be ashy and light, I chatted with REVLON. They gave me some color choices with tones.
They said next warm-toned color is Warm Golden but it is 4 shades deeper. I am definitely not a cool-toned girl and bought Warm Golden. It was too golden for me. Now, I mix those two colors and get a good match (not perfect) for my skin tone. So, I’ve spent $28 for 2 x0.8 oz? Well, I could have gone down to Dept. and get a Dept. foundation. HAHA… I should have done BOGO deal at first place. I think NC 20 – NC 25 could use SAND BEIGE and NC 30 could use Warm Golden. For those who are NC 25- NC 30, call REVLON and let them know that there are people between NC25- NC 30 with warm-toned skin. I can’t believe there is no warm-tone color selection between Sand Beige and Warm Golden.
Would I buy it again? No, I have 2 jars. And I do have other foundations.
Would I recommend it to others? Yes, only if they could find a good match.