After reading and watching reviews, I was super ready to settle down with this foundation. I usually wear Px Virtual Matte in Fresh Tawny in the winter, and add a little Fresh Antelope in the summer. Since its discontinuation, I've been searching for alternatives. Most of MAC's foundations aren't yellow enough for me (or if they are, they break me out - case in point: studio fix fluid), or oxidize SUPER orange, no matter what primers/powders I use. I purchased this in Toast, for Combination/Oily skin, since it was the closest match to my skin when I tried it on in the store - pretty yellow, and almost a perfect match.
Well, the staying power of this foundation is AMAZING. It stayed on through 90degree heat, I didn't have to blot at all over the course of the day, and it didn't transfer. however....
I'm not sure what all these people are talking about with the "drying quickly" claim. Maybe it's because I have oily skin, but this definitely took a while to dry on me. I broke out all around my chin by the end of the day. I'm talking painful Studio Fix Fluid breakout, that a week later I'm still battling.
Additionally, though in my bathroom's light (which I've spent a lot of money on trying to make it as close to daylight as possible) it was a perfect match... this foundation is just WAY too pink on me. Not red, but baby pink. Luckily, CVS has a great return policy and I was able to return it. Better luck with another one, I guess..
I bought this product expecting amazing results from all the reviews. My skin isn't that bad, like with pimples and everything. This made me break out. BAD. Pro: It doesn't transfer into other clothing. About the only thing I like about the product.. It dries fairly quickly. There isn't a pump. This just isn't the foundation for me.
Wow, this is by far my FAVORITE foundation I've ever bought. The coverage is great, and it stays on all day. It doesn't settle into pores. I HIGHLY recommend this product.
The pros: good coverage for blemishes/scars/redness, feels light, buildable coverage, good staying power, doesn't break me out, nice finish
The cons: no pump- come on Revlon!
Overall:I strayed from this foundation to try Photoready thinking the grass was greener and when Photoready betrayed my skin it was comforting to know I still had my reliable Colorstay waiting for me with open arms :)
I have very naturally rosy cheeks that I have always had an issue with covering and no foundation that I have tried covers like color stay! Even though I have dry/combo skin, I use the combo/oily skin formulation in color 150 buff (yes Iím very pale) and I found that while the packaging can be a bit difficult (no pump) the coverage and finish is beautiful! I would definitely repurchase and recommend to friends. Another plus is that it comes in a TON of shades. Also Iíve never had an issue with this product drying me out or causing a breakout.
I honestly cannot rave enough about this product and I cant believe it took me so long to listen to you guys and buy it! Coverage is excellent, i have a few old acne marks and this covers them up completly. Since being on accutane my very oily skin is now very dry and CS for dry skin leaves my skin looking fresh and dewy, not cakey at all. For reference im nc15 and the shade buff is the perfect match for me.
The only cons i have with CS are the same as most other peoples, i wish it came with a pump and at 17euro it is a little on the dear side. However compared to the 32euro i was spending on SFF i cant really complain. Definetly my new HG foundation!
I have this foundation in Natural Beige, which blends perfectly with my skintone. I love this foundation, it gives me even coverage and is probably the best drugstore foundation I've ever tried. I had rimmel's Lasting Finish mineral foundation before and that was pretty good too but the shade options were too limited. I like how this revlon foundation has a wide range of shades, and always makes my skin look flawless.
The only problem I have with it is the packaging it comes in. It's a glass bottle and I have to tip it every time to get some of the product out. It's also pretty expensive.
I've used Revlon CS foundation for over five years now and have to consider this my HG foundation. EDIT: It's now been 7 years, this is still my HG!
I've tried to go higher end with Bobbi Brown, MUFE, MAC . . . but none of these tested as well as my good 'ol Revlon CS.
-coverage is great and feels light on the skin, unlike Bobbi Brown (Skin foundation), which I find greasy and doesn't even cover my blemishes; BB oil-free compact is super thick and doesn't even do as good a job as Revlon
-matte finish keeps me from being oily for a good 8-10 hours, even after sweating
-stays on without a primer for 8-10 hours
-Very similar to MAC liq foundation
-Great product for more than half the price of high-end foundations.
-Doesn't look cakey, even with powder over it.
-Hard to remove with soapy cleansers (I use Pond's and it takes it right off)
Now that I'm in my 30s, I find that the product is settling a bit into my lines and not looking as dewy as I'd like. The best way to apply this, I've recently discovered, is to dampen a wedge sponge (squeeze all water out), and stipple it on. The product applies so evenly and makes my skin glow!
Ive been using this for about 2 weeks and i must say why did it take me so long to listen to you guys? First of all sand beige is a perfect match and the oily skin formula keeps looking fresh all day. My DH even commented on how good my face looked. It covers almost everything, and i really dont need any concealer at all. The only complaint i have is i wish it would come in a pump formula like the photoready. Otherwise this is my HG foundation. Doesnt cause breakouts makes my skin look fantastic. Will always have this in my makeup bag
I hadn't worn liquid foundation in years, I was one of those addicted to the Bare Minerals for a while. Then something changed, my skin? Bare Minerals? I don't know but it just wouldn't sit on my skin right. Would get splotchy, melt off, and I would look so oily in a few hours, even with the matte formula. So about 6 months ago I decided I'd give liquid a go again since I needed something that would last me all day and stand up to my profession (I'm an esthetician and I get steamed every time my client gets steamed.) I had seen lots of great reviews and results between here and you tube so gave it a shot on a BOGO at CVS. So glad I did. The coverage is pretty decent, and this stuff lasts all day, even with steam! I use the one for normal to dry skin right now, but as we are hitting the 90s here in FL I'll be going back to my one for combo skin probably this week. I'll use other foundations here and there but I always choose this one when I know I need my foundation to stay all day through everything.
I apply with beauty blender, great results, I don't quite understand the complaints of having to blend this so quickly, it blends so well that it's a quick application anyways. Oh and the bottle without a pump does not bother me, it allows me to shake it up really good and I just pour a little bit out in my foundation mixing bowl and I rarely pour too much. As a reference I use the shade Shell and it matches pretty darn close. I will buy this again and again.
EDIT: I recently switched positions where I need to wear a face mask all day at work. I had been using Rimmel 25 hour for a while, waned to finish up the bottle. It doesn't rub off in the mask too much but by the end of the day just didn't look very fresh. Finally went back to my Colorstay, and am amazed at how well it held up to my face mask. There is EXTREMELY minimal transfer to the inside of my face mask, and after wearing it for 7+ hours straight, my makeup looks great! I didn't have time to fuss with a primer the other day, it still held up pretty good just better with primer. I did switch to Buff in the normal to dry version as my job also dries out my skin!