would probably love this product if they had better colors. None of them have nearly enough YELLOW so i end up looking cakey and ashy because it doesn't match me.
This is now my Holy Grail foundation. I've used tons of expensive foundations, but I've always ended up going back to this product. I have a VERY oily T-zone, and in the summertime, it's out of control. This is the only foundation that won't immediately slide off my face in the summertime, and no other foundation will stay on my skin- even for an hour- in the summer. Colorstay is the only one, and for that reason, it will have a permanent place in my makeup stash.
It does give you a VERY matte finish. If you have flaky skin, it can accentuate the flakiness- so be sure to exfoliate and moisturize all dry areas- and give time for the moisturizer to sink into your skin- before applying.
The coverage is great- it is buildable to a full-coverage foundation. Your application will greatly influence the coverage of this foundation..
Also, this makeup sets quickly, so you have to work fast and play around with application methods that work for you. There will likely be a learning curve in terms of application- so have a little patience. There's tons of youtube videos that can give you some pointers, so give them a watch and play around.
I've found that if I want less matte/lighter coverage, then I mix the Colorstay with some Revlon Photoready foundation. This gives me a light to medium coverage, less matte texture that "sets" less quickly.
Tip: To fully remove this foundation, use a cleansing oil before using a foaming face wash. I've found this two-step process is best for my skin (even with oily skin- I know it's counterintuitive, but the cleansing oil prior to the foaming wash gets my skin much cleaner than using the foaming wash alone). I also recommend using a good microfiber cloth with the foaming face wash. Seriously, if there's one makeup advice I can give- remove all your makeup every night before going to bed.
Another Tip- If you love the color/coverage of the oily skin version of Colorstay but it leaves your skin feeling "dry" - definitely try the normal/dry skin version. Also, be sure with any foundation to moisturize any dry areas and give skin time to absorb the moisturizer and blot before applying foundation!
Most of the complaints I see on here are related to the packaging, but a lot of drugstore liquid foundation comes in this type of bottle, so I don't think it's worth complaining about. That being said, I love this product. I've wanted to try it for a while - I've always loved Revlon products and recently heard they are the highest-end drugstore brand. It really creates a flawless look for those of us with oily/combo skin. I bought 310 (Warm Golden) shade, and I was surprised how well it matched (I usually have great difficulty matching foundation to my skin). It goes on smoothly, I, unlike many people, found it extremely easy to blend. I also appreciate the fact that when I touch my face after letting the foundation dry, it feels relatively close to what my bare skin feels like, this is something I've noticed is very rare in liquid foundations I've tried. Overall, I would have to say this is my favorite foundation I've tried yet (2nd is L'oreal True Match). I would recommend trying it. :-)
For now, this is a brief review/ first impression. I was looking for a liquid foundation that offers decent coverage, but yet does not feel too uncomfortable, and also not too expensive. I looked at the reviews here and decided to give it a try as i don't have much choice of drugstore brands over here (SEAsia).
Ok so like many had said, the glass bottle packaging without a pump or proper dispenser is a pain in the ass. Its causes wastage of product and for a clumsy person like me, it would sure to make mess once in a while. And when rushing for time i don't think i would have the patience to pour properly. :/
And i tried it once i got home, smoothing it out with my fingers (my brushes were drying). True about having to work at a faster speed, or it will slowly become tacky and hard to smooth out nicely. For the finish, its quite good and the coverage is what i'll like. However, the foundation causes this weird tight feeling around my cheeks. Could it be that it is too dry? Maybe, but it doesn't feel comfortable that way. I will try moisturising my face properly and see if it helps.
But i think its better to work with a brush.
And the removal, yep it needs for effort than other foundations i wore. Much more actually. I usually could clean my face in a piece of facial wipe, but for this, neh. I think this product requires a very good makeup remover or maybe cleansing oil to removr it fully. Due to this i don't think this would be an everyday foundation for me as i have to invest in those things like makeup remover or extra wipes monthly.
After using it, i come to a conclusion that this isn't for me. It just doesn't feel nice when i wear it and application is tedious due to the packaging. Still finding one that suits me...... continued >>
Just perfect for my oily skin with huge pores. I cannot find any cons in this product, except the awful packaging. Seriously, couldn't they just put a pump on this bottle?!
Away from this, the effect on my skin is absolutely lovely. I have tried make up products for oily skin from Estee Lauder (awfully mask-like), Dior, Clinique and Guerlain, but nothing compares with this drugstore foundation. By the way, a chemist friend of mine told me that the ingredients in this and PhotoReady foundations are suitable even for a high class products.
This one stays sooooo very naturally on my skin, that even my husband cannot detect I have some makeup on my face. It is not only the texture, of course, but the color as well, that fits perfectly.
Strange, but it does not emphasize the dry patches. All my previous foundations did. I will definitely repurchase this again, provided nothing better comes around.
- very natural coverage, no one notices there is a foundation
- long wear as much as my oily skin permits
- cheap, but with very high quality
- awful packaging, you have to put your brush inside or pour the liquid out
Grr. I reeeeally want to like this foundation! It has amazing staying power, the colours are accurate and the colour range is good and the coverage is good as well. The thing that gets to me is the way it looks on my face! For some reason (even though I DO have oily/combo skin) it makes my face look really dry. Not exactly cakey, just dry. And mind you, I know for a fact that I do not have dry skin. I'm going to try applying it in the summer when my skin's a little oily-er (if that's even a word..) and edit this review if anything changes but for now, it's a no for me.
This foundation has the BEST staying power I have EVER seen. do use this with a good makeup remover! I remember the first time I swatched this on my hand, I couldn't get it off with normal cleansers and it stayed on my hand for at least 3 DAYS.
I got this in 180 Sand Beige. the color is a bit greyish and dark for my NC20 skintone, so I mix it with a few drops of a liquid foundation that is lighter in color, and 1 drop of yellow pigment, and the results are perfect. the liquids help to thin out this thick foundation too.
coverage is fanfastic, not 100% but I would say about 85%. it does have a weird smell though...but that doesn't bother me too much
other foundations that I've used crease by the end of the day or look really 'oily', but this foundation does not crease or go patchy (except maybe on my nose - but I tend to rub it a lot.)
I apply this with a stippling brush (MAC 187) and it looks good :)
best foundation I've used. I will stick with this. next time I'll purchase 150 Buff instead!
This used to be my HG foundation but now is my middle of the road foundation so to speak.
I used to love this foundation for it's coverage which is a good medium to high, mainly due to the fact that I have acne and scars etc and also due to the fact this was the first oil free foundation I found!
The reason I am not quite in love with this as much as I used to be is because the texture is almost too dry and not smooth enough it is easy to make skin look older and flakey with this foundation which is such a shame. Also as the drying time is quite quick you have to move fast which can lead to uneven looking patches sometimes if not tended to straight away.
I tend to use this as a concealer now on my less red areas / spots due to the coverage and it's relatively good wear time.
Pros: Decent wear time. Good Coverage. Doesn't irritate my skin too much breakout wise
Cons: No pump. Can look flakey / cakey. Dries too quick. Shades can look ashy in photos (possibly SPF related)
I have the new 24-hour formula, so I'm leaving the same review on the specific page for that product.
I've spent several years using powder foundation over/mixed with a hypoallergenic sunscreen that no liquid foundation could possibly stand up to, so when I found a sheer sunscreen I was eager to try a foundation that wouldn't rub off all over everything and always feel a little oily. I'm really happy with Colorstay -- it is what I was hoping.
I wear 150 Buff Chamois for my pale but slightly yellow-tinged skin (ETA: whoops! yellow-tinged nor not, Ivory is a much better match). It's lighter than it looks in the bottle. Because it's been a long time since I used liquid foundation and this stuff tends to dry kind of quickly, the temptation is there to be heavyhanded with it and apply a thick layer. As a result the first couple times I wore it I ended up looking slightly washed out and overly made-up. Once I got used to applying it with a light hand, though (it helps to dot it lightly over about 1/4 of my face at a time, blend and then do another section) I got medium coverage that I really like and that evens everything out while still looking fairly natural. I was pleasantly surprised at how much it minimizes my hereditary dark circles, although I still use concealer on most days because they're very dark.
It stays on all day. Toward the end of the day (so 8 hours or so) it looks a little more sheer, but it's not gone. My skin is only slightly oily but it manages shine pretty well, I whip out blotting papers or some powder once or maybe twice during the day. I can take a nap on a white pillowcase and my foundation won't rub off and stain. And I don't have any trouble getting it off, so I'm not sure what the fuss is there -- I just use cold cream like I do for everything else. I don't notice any smell unless I stick my nose right in the bottle neck.
The bottle's not ideal. I decant it into a vacuum pump bottle from Daiso.
I have an unfortunate combination of an incredibly oily skin and a hatred of powdering. This is the best foundation that I have come across in terms of managing my skin. Admittedly, I do get a bit oily by the end of the day, but it doesn't compare at all to the horrible oil-slick I would become after an hour or so using my previous foundations (even with powder).
In terms of coverage, I would say it's a medium coverage. It looks absolutely gorgeous when lightly applied. It is definitely buildable, but can get incredibly cakey very quickly. You definitely still need to use a concealer for problem areas. It does an okay job at covering up redness from fading acne scars, though. I work in a thin layer with a foundation brush and my fingers and it looks like very natural, nice skin - exactly the look I am aiming for.
I do have some qualms with the colours, though. I am incredibly, incredibly pale, and the lightest shade (ivory) is STILL too dark for me, despite being one of the palest foundations I've come across. It's fine, as long as I'm not baring my décolletage to the world. Then the colour mismatch becomes glaringly obvious. I like my face to be the same colour as my chest. Ivory also has a slightly strange undertone - almost peachy. It's like revlon tried to go neutral by mixing pink and yellow but failed. As a result it can look a bit orange, especially in sunlight. I'm going to try mixing it with a bit of Face Atelier Zero Minus when it arrives, and leave an update.
It is a bit expensive, especially here in Australia, where all cosmetics are extortionately priced. You can pick it up for a bit cheaper at Chemist Warehouse or Gloss, but the shade range can be a bit limited.
The packaging is simply awful. There is so much unnecessary product wastage. It would be perfect if it had a pump. Seriously, Revlon. Fix it.
I'd probably repurchase because it acts exactly the way I want a foundation to act, but I'm still on the lookout for a better shade for myself.