I am devastated that this product is replacing the regular ColorStay Mineral powder foundation, which I have been using since soon after it came out.
The foundation looked good from a distance, but from close up, it emphasized all the pores on my nose and the apples of my cheeks. The shiny aspect of the powder made matters worse. It looked liked there was paint on my face. Just horrible. I've already returned it.
The packaging is an improvement on the regular ColorStay Mineral Powder, although I don't think that the jar can be opened, so transferring it could be a problem.
Overall, a huge disappointment.
This foundation is only avaliable in 5 shades.
It provides little to no coverage.
Expensive ($13) for drugstore brand.
Product feels gross when applying; cold & wet.
Great for perfect skin.
I'm really conflicted as to whether or not I like this foundation and would buy it again. First of all, not having read or heard anything about this and just buying it on a whim, I was unprepared for the cool, wet feeling upon application. It took some getting used to. I can actually feel the foundation "set" while drying on my face and it does tend to stay on for a long time. I don't like the brush it came with. I find it applies more evenly with a powder brush. I am disappointed in the lack of coverage. I had to apply a few coats to cover my redness and freckles and it made my pores more visible. I agree with the others that the color range is limited. I chose Medium and it's the right shade for me. I think I'll stick to my HG foundation, Color Stay liquid, and use this when I want something fast and easy.
Update: As much as I wanted to like this foundation, I now find that it oxidizes on me and turns orange. It also emphasizes pores and line and melts off before the day is over. I have brought this down to 1 lippie. I'm giving it one lippie because it's innovative but not because it works well.
A Mineral foundation that feels a little wet when first applied is kind of weird. However, the coverage and natural finish is great! Some have claimed that this is too sparkly, I find it to have just a subtle glow. After all many mineral foundations are loaded with either mica or bismuth. For a drugstore product, it's expensive. I paid $12US for this on sale. You do get a lot though, about 9.9g. The packaging for the brush is clever and the bristles are that really soft synthetic type but I certainly wouldn't use it instead of a good regular brush. It also could use a screen or something to keep the powder from getting too messy. Still, I love this foundation. The shade practically disappears into my skin and applying this is a cinch. It actually looks better on me than the liquid Illamasqua Rich foundation that I recently bought which cost $32US.
I tried this on #60 (I think medium), the highest # that I could find. I had Olay Regenerist Serum as moisturizer, Phillips' MOM as primer for my super oily skin, and this Revlon as foundation. I used accompanied brush as foundation brush and it worked well. It lasted almost all day and not too oily (again, I had MOM). The reason I returned mine is the color match, I already had MOM to control oil, the 60 is too pale on my face, even in the winter. The nearby drugstores do not have color higher than 60. I may try medium-deep if I can find that color. I did not use finishing powder. When I tried it without MOM, I got greasy very quickly, of course, it's aqua and for dry skin. I like this aqua more than regular colorstay mineral foundation that I tried over 2 years ago.
BTW, I like accompanied brush. I used this as foundation as advertised and it's foundation brush. It is synthetic and very soft. When took it out from handle case, it is the right size, if you like short kabuki, this is about the same size. If you hate your brushes, send those to me to clean my keyboards ;)
Edit 1/21/11: I got #70 Medium deep and it is better match. For the summer, I prefer deep. I just wish it has no glitter and the price is lower. The coverage is natural but builtable.
First, I want to make it clear that I am using this over my foundation or tinted moisturizer as a finishing powder, not as a stand alone mineral foundation. I have been looking for something to replace my Dior mineral powder, which has a remarkably similar feel and texture (and a much higher price point). So for my needs this is great. It imparts a nice finish, not matte, natural looking, perhaps a bit shiny to some but I think it looks fresh. The brush that is attached to the bottle is basically useless, but I keep it with me in case I need to touch up a small section of my face. I normally apply the powder with my stipple brush. I have this in the Medium color, and it works very well on my skin. I am pleased.
medium to high coverage
cooling sensation when applied
not many shades to choose from
expensive for a DS brand
applicator doesn't work very well
I like this product so far. It offers great coverage for me and feels like I'm not even wearing makeup. I love how it doesn't contain bismuth. Most powders do and I think that's what caused me to break out with my last foundation. I will update after I use it for a while.
This product reminds me so much of a much more expensive product I used to buy by the Japanese company "Awake"==I have oily skin and love this applied lightly to absorb oil over a light liquid foundation--as a powder this works well for me and is very cooling to my often flushed skin!
This is pretty bad. I've NEVER had to return a Revlon product, but this time I absolutely had to.
LITTLE TO NO COVERAGE
There is little to no coverage --- incredibly disappointing when the bottle reads "flawless finish." Regardless of the applicator, you will not get the same result as a traditional mineral makeup. At best, you need to use the applicator or a foundation brush to *PACK* the product on, layer by layer to get anything to show up. This is sad... and after doing that, you get a cakey, awful look.
TOO LUMINOUS FOR A FOUNDATION
The little glitter particles aren't awful by themselves, if it were in an eyeshadow --- but what they do is exaggerate your pores and imperfections.
PRICE IS TOO HIGH
It's $14 USD or less, depending on where you get it or if there is a sale... but for the above reasons, this product is, *at best* a setting powder and I have setting powders that give better coverage.
Packaging is innovative and fun.. but that's it.
I live in the boonies and have to order my foundation so I bought this in a pinch. I dont mind it, I have had better. Its neat how it feels moist as you are applying. The staying power is typical of "revlon colorstay" 3 or 4 hours before I need a touch up. You can apply this in layers and if you do it properly, the coverage can be heavier because it is quite light. I recomend spot layers like under eyes etc, then its fine. Not bad, not great.