Overall, this (the combination/oily skin one) is a great foundation that I will probably use for years to come. I wouldn't call it my HG, but it certainly comes close to being that!
I never had a good experience with foundation in the past, so when I decided I wanted to wear it again, I did my research before I bought anything, which led me to this. I like liquid foundation over anything else for sure and I find the consistency to be pretty good, maybe a tad runny, but I don't mind. I know the smell bothers some people and it actually reminds me of the smell of some paints I used to paint sets with when I was younger :P it brings back good memories though, but now you know it smells like paints used to decorate sets for plays. I find it to be pretty blendable though it does tend to get caught around any flakes of skin you may have, and sometimes I find that especially on my forehead it doesn't look great (it's like it's getting caught around flakes of skin, but there aren't any?), but using a primer before and a setting spray after really helps.
I do have acne prone skin and I was using this in the midst of my really bad breakouts and it actually helped me deal with them because it kept my hands away from my face, which was admittedly likely a large part of my breakouts, but for sure it never caused them.
I do find that I look a tad dewy even by mid-day, and for sure once I've gotten to the 10-12hrs after putting it on, my skin looks oily, but I don't really mind. That's never been a big deal for me. It definitely is not a matte all day foundation though, so if that's what you're looking for, you should probably pass this one by.
My one issue, and the reason I took off a lippie, is that I couldn't find the right colour and often ended up mixing Ivory and Buff together, and both were a tad too dark for me, through the winter anyway.
So in summary, good foundation, especially for the price! Would definitely recommend to anyone who wants to buy a DS foundation.
This review is for the normal/dry formula.
I use Colorstay a little differently than most. I find it to be too heavy for what my skin really needs (minor acne scarring and some surface redness in my cheeks) so I mix it with moisturizer (lately I've been using Timewise by Mary Kay but you can use anything) and then stipple it on with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. This gives me perfect coverage and, best of all, it doesn't cling to dry patches on my face. I wear this through sweaty double shifts and it doesn't budge. I take it off with micellar water and some sort of oil on a cotton pad at the end of the night just to thoroughly remove it. I highly recommend removing it with an oil based remover just to really break it down. They aren't kidding when they say this stuff lasts and lasts. I, like everyone else, wish it had a pump because I always dump too much out, but otherwise, I think this product is pretty top notch. It is a great value especially on sale or at Target where you can get it for as little as 10 dollars. I've tried lots of foundations and this one really has been the most consistently impressive.
Just bought this for the first time yesterday and I absolutely LOVE this!!!! This is my first time using a long wear foundation, and I have to say, it's amazing!!! I wear 225 natural beige (I'm an nw20) & suffer from acne scarring and redness. The coverage is unbelievable!!! I'm speechless! I love how it still looks like skin & doesn't feel heavy (if you don't apply too much). My new holy grail foundation!!!! Also: incredible oil control & transfer resistance. I'm super oily and had to blot my face twice the entire day. continued >>
I haven't worn a liquid foundation in over a decade, and I'd probably not be bothering if it hadn't been for Lisa Eldridge's video series.
I must say, I LOVE this stuff. It's fabulous. It gives great buildable coverage, the #400 Caramel is a perfect match for my NC 42 skin, and best of all it doesn't break me out nor does it turn into a gross oily soup on my face, as had been my previous experience with liquid foundation. I love that there's a separate formulation for Combo/Oily skin (although I still use this with a primer and setting powder).
The only bad thing is the packaging. It just comes in a screw topped bottle. It would be nice to have a pump.
This product does offer wonderful coverage. However, if you don't blend it in super fast, it'll dry in a matter of seconds and good luck trying to get it off. for my skin type, I wouldn't have expected this to dry me out but it really did way way too fast.
I hate the way my face feels after I apply it. It feels like superglue. I think it'd be a great foundation for those with extremely oily skin but steer clear if you have dry skin. This stuff is so hard to get off...it feels like spackle. I had to wash my face pretty hard 3 or 4 times just to get it off! I don't think i'd repurchase it but since this is the only foundation that covers my blemishes very well, I'm not left with much of a choice.
I'm 40 years old with combination skin. I bought the oily-combination skin product, but wish I had bought the dry skin product, as this flakes on my dry areas, even in humid weather. I bought the lightest shade which is usually what I have to do with most drug store foundations, and lo and behold, it is actually a tiny bit too light! I will probably do what some of the other reviewers have done and mix it with moisturizer for more blendability as I use up this bottle. May buy the dry skin formula in a shade darker.
I have 3 of the deepest shades available in the oily combination formula 's I have to sag I'm quite impressed. The formula is thick so a little goes a long way. I just wished that it came with some sort of pump so I won't use too much product. This has a lot of staying power. I just moisturize, prime, and apply my foundation with a little bit of Bare Essentials in medium deep and I'm good to go.
It now has a pump! (In Australia anyway). The formula has also changed, no more soft flex components.... but it's still the best long wearing foundation I can find. Pity it costs a crazy $35 in Australia... and they can keep charging that now because we get a pump. Boo!
I'm so torn with this foundation coz I don't wear liquid foundation at all! This was my first attempt and because of all the positive reviews, I went ahead and got myself a bottle. Packaging is not great, would be better with a pump but anyways! This gives some serious coverage even witout concealer! My acne marks were nowhere to be seen with this so I loved it BUT the few times that I've tried this, it oxidises within the hour and I look darker, almost orange! Not a good look ladies! Not only that, but this foundation sinks into my pores so they look massive :( this is so weird because my pores are tiny and I never have problems with it! So I love the coverage but not the oxidisation and sinking into pores thing. I might try a diff way of applying this (I used a beauty blender) and if I have different results I will update. Btw I don't think I broke out with this so that's a plus I guess
I've been using this foundation for almost a year now and I know there's a zillion reviews out there but I might as well make it a zillion and one :) lets get on with it! PACKAGING: I agree it needs a pump just gonna be straight-forward. PRICE: any revlon coupons will definitely come in handy but prices do vary everywhere. SHADES: Wide selection, seems that there are more pink undertones than yellow but the color range is great. COVERAGE: Medium to full but be careful because it can feel heavy and look cakey if you pack it on (Tip #1: work section by section) BLEND-ABILITY: Foundation dries fairly quickly so keep that tip #1 in mind. Does not transfer horribly but it is rather an effort to take it off. (Tip #2: be sure to clean your face thoroughly or you will get blemishes) LONGEVITY: I've worn this through the hottest most humid and coldest, rainiest days of hawaii and it did not budge whatsoever. LASTLY, since this foundation can be heavy on the skin I don't use this as an everyday foundation, some days I like to wear my Garnier oil free bb cream or just my bare imperfect skin just to give my it a break. Well that should cover most of it, ciao toots ♡