I was using this stuff for a few months (in oily/combo) and the coverage is way to heavy...it took me awhile to realize, but a little goes a long way. Yes, I'm aware this can be a good think and a bad thing, it just looked really unnatural and cakey on me. It may have helped my oily skin though to prolong the wear throughout the day, not sure though. I went back to my first love, Neutragena Skin Clearing makeup for oily skin, amazing!
I really wanted to like this product so bad after looking through great reviews and Michelle Phan saying it's a really good foundation.
Honestly this foundation is so amazing when my skin isn't dry.. i never have to touch up or anything. But when my skin is dry which it is a lot of times... it shows my flakiness so much to the point where i wanna cry because my skin looks just better without the foundation.. and trust i did purchase the normal/dry skin one.. so uh that isn't legit.
I found out not only it shows my flakiness that this is the cause of my super bad break outs. I don't break out often, i break out a week before my period due to well.. being a women obviously.
The period of time i have been using this foundation i was just thinking "oh its just puberty thats why i'm breaking out a lot"
But sometimes its not the typical usual acne i would get the whole Pustules type where it hurts SO MUCH. I recently found out that was the reason why i broke out cause i stopped using it for a month to use another foundation that i got as a present, then decided i wanted more coverage one day and went back to this the revlon foundation.. the next day i woke up i was breaking out like i was before.
I have it 2 lippies because this foundation is amazing when i don't have dry skin. Too bad it breaks me out :(
Love this. My skin is shot to hell right now due to acne and trying a new topical med that purges before it improves. I also have hyperpigmentation. Provides great coverage (paired w/a good concealer, or course). The toast color is the best foundation match I've ever found-and I've tried lots of foundations! Also, doesn't melt off after a few hours.
EDIT: This whole review is revised downward, as is the quality of Colorstay. I have NO idea what Revlon did to ruin a fantastic foundation, but what ever it is, they have done it.
I am scrambling to wholesalers and dollar stores to see if I can find an "Old Stock". If I can't, now what?? Back to EL? OH HELPPPPPP!!!!
This foundation is what I find myself coming back to on those "bad skin" days....when I look like I did not get enough sleep, and my skin is blotchy or mottled.
This stuff always does the trick.
I do mix two colors- the two lightest, generally, and that works wonders, depending on home much of each that you add to get the correct shade.
I can't travel without this as a backup.
Definitely a HG.
I have just found my HG liquid foundation!!! Looooove this stuff. I had been using L'oreal true match mineral powder foundation for about the last two years or so. I have SUPER oily skin and by lunch time the makeup would literally vanish from my face. I was reluctant to try anything else, especially a liquid foundation because I haven't used one in years. However I was tired of having to retouch my makeup 5 or 6 times a day and still looking like a greaseball. I came to MUA and read hundreds of product reviews and finally decided to try the Colorstay because it seemed to get really good reviews from those with oily skin. Today is my first time wearing this and I have to say, I am super impressed!!! I have had my makeup on for 6 hours already and have not had to blot once! My face still looks perfect! I am in heaven!!! It's a 100 degrees outside and I look like I just did my makeup. I did not find it hard to blend at all. I moisturized first with my regular lotion, then applied the foundation with a sponge starting with my forehead, then nose, cheeks & chin. I could see how maybe it would be hard to blend if you try to do your whole face at once. Working in sections I had no problems. I would definitely say it's a medium coverage, and buildable to full coverage. I only had to use concealer under my eyes. My redness around my nose and a couple blemishes on my chin were completely covered without needing concealer. I think I picked one shade to dark, but I just use a lighter finishing powder and dust my neck and chest if it's showing with a light bronzer and it looks fine. I don't know that I would wear this everyday as it does look like you are wearing makeup...I normally prefer the natural look that I got with my mineral foundation. However for nights out, parties, special occasions etc. I think it's perfect. Definitely has amazing staying power and gives me that porcelain doll skin. Love it!! continued >>
This is the second drug store foundation I have ever tried. The coverage is about medium to full. I got it in normal to dry skin, so the foundation is not drying and blends very well. I apply this using a foundation brush and my fingures. It does not really have a strong scent and the price is fair. However, I'd say I wish this foundation has a lower coverage, because I feel a little bit heavy when I use this foundation, it definitely has a weight. Also, I was it comes with a pump, which will make it easier for people to get the exact amount needed. I would not repurchase this though because I do prefer high end foundations over drugstore, because I think the high end foundations have a better fomulation and feels better on my skin. Hope this helps!^0^
Okay, so for this review I'm going to base it on my personal experience using the combo/oily version of this product, as well as my mom's and my sister's experiences with the normal/dry version. It's basically like 3 reviews in one!
As others have mentioned, this product has several great pros: wide color selection, medium to full buildable coverage, designed for different skin types (combo/oily or normal/dry), stays on ALL FREAKIN' DAY (in my case, in the humid NYC summer), and is a high-quality foundation for the price. The cons are also as well-known: no pump, hard to remove, and dries fast.
For me, the pros FAR outweigh the cons. I use the one for combination/oily skin with SPF 6 in Medium Beige. In previous years, when I was pairing this up with other powders and such, I thought this was the culprit of acne breakouts. But it must've been those other products, because I've been using this for a week and a half now to cover up the vestiges of one of the most severe acne breakouts of my life and IT HAS NOT BROKEN ME OUT. I'm just floored by the results, because honestly I was kind of afraid to try out this product again. If anything, my pimples improve after I use it (you can't just use this alone, though; you need to actively treat the acne for it to go away). For those of you who've used this before and got breakouts from this overnight, it might be because there are still traces of foundation on your skin after you've washed your face (yes, this foundation sticks like no other). I use Pond's cold cream to remove this, then I follow up with Cetaphil's antibacterial cleansing bar before dabbing on benzoyl peroxide.
As for my mom and my sister, they both use the normal/dry skin version with SPF 15 in Ivory. This is their HG foundation; they've both used it for years (10+ years for my mom and 9 years for my sister). They were actually the ones who convinced me to try Revlon Colorstay again. Both of them have acne-prone skin (like me), but you couldn't tell just by looking at them. I mean, my sister's skin--even without foundation--is smooth and flawless. She gets the occasional pimple on her forehead like once in a blue moon (haha, I know right? I'm so jealous). HOWEVER, the minute my sis or my mom decide to try out a new foundation, they break out.
In short, I give this foundation 3 thumbs up (1 from me, 1 from my sis, and 1 from my mom). All 3 of us apply this with our fingers (work by sections instead of the whole face b/c it does dry fast), use the Revlon Colorstay powder to set this foundation (I use a kabuki; my mom and sis use the sponge that comes with the powder), and Pond's cold cream to remove everything (simple tissue-off). That regime has served us well; no problems whatsoever. I really recommend trying this foundation, because it's sooo great for the price (who cares if it doesn't have a pump!? It's the product within that counts). I gave it another chance, and I'm so glad I did!
I really like this foundation. I prefer a full, matte coverage and this does a great job. I have it in the combination to oily formulation because I have very oily skin, probably oilier than when I was a teenager. I still do have to touch up my nose a few hours in, but I can go longer with this foundation than any other I've ever tried. And boy does it stay on. Gives me a nice matte finish, covers pretty well and can double as concealer, and doesn't require touch up as soon/as frequently.
My big complaint would be the packaging. I always pour out too much or too little. Oh why can't Revlon give us a pump?
The price is pretty reasonable since it does a good job. I find that my nose gets a little less oily with a primer underneath.
Love this product.... I have it in toast and its great... may be a bit heavy during the summer... dosent break me out...
I like this foundation, but it is a bit on the heavy side so make sure you don't put too much. I am and NW43 in M.A.C.'s Studio Fix foundation. Although I am into light to medium coverage, I do think this is a good foundation to have.