So much hype has been written about this foundation and I now know why...I LOVES it! I bought it from Rite Aid when it was 40% off so it was like $8, I believe, and worth the try at that price. I was super confused as to which color to buy b/c I haven't used this foundation before so I purchased it in Early Tan since I have a slight "tan". It matches my skin perfectly AND it goes on like "butta"! Blends great, I really love it :)
I've been using Make Up Forever Mat Velvet + foundation for quite a while (shade 20-30 generally) and I have to say I am SO happy to find a cheaper foundation. I was getting pretty fed up with the super-matte finish of the MUFE foundation, and this foundation gives a bit more of a satin finish. One huge complaint I have is the packaging. It is incredibly difficult to find your shade - I ended up picking Sand Beige which is a little bit too dark for me. Beware, the color will not be the same as you see it through the thick glass and I would recommend purchasing somewhere you will be able to return after opening.
I bought this in 150 Buff, I'm NW15 in MAC and Buff worked great for me. This is a liquid-creme foundation in a heavy glass jar with a screw-on black plastic lid. The packaging looks nice and is heavy; I use a small plastic spatula to scoop out what I need. The foundation itself is full coverage, and comparable to MAC Studio Fix as far as finish and staying power. It will last all day, and gives a flawless, matte finish. I have somewhat dry skin with no real issues, and I typically wear light to medium coverage foundations with a more natural look. This is WAY too heavy for me, even when applied with a very light hand, and can be cakey and very mask-like. I applied it with my ELF Studio flat top brush and it blended fairly easily and did last throughout my entire workday with minimal touchups. The finish was a solid matte, and gave a very "pinup" but very unnatural doll-like appearance (think Dita von Teese). This feels & looks like heavy stage makeup. If you have skin issues that need a lot of coverage, and want something that holds up, or are looking for a full coverage matte finish (perhaps if you are on the stage), this would be a great foundation for you. I gave it 3 stars because I think it performs amazingly well and does what it claims - but I find it way too heavy and unnatural for my own use.
Edited 8/15: I decided to give this another try, since it gets so much love online. I tried a different application method - a MAC cosmetic sponge dampened with Fix+ spray, and a small amount of the foundation. It applied easily, blended well, and gave a matte, but natural, medium coverage finish that held up well in Texas August heat & humidity. I do think you can very easily go overboard with this, but I think it is a very nice drugstore foundation and will definitely be in my regular rotation. The only downside I see, aside from the weight, is that since it is very matte, it may not be the best choice for dry or aging (I'm 38) skin that needs a little extra luminosity to look alive. At the end of the day, this can look very flat & dry.
I have it in 150, and it is slightly too dark for my winter complication. I do enjoy this product, and It does not emphasize my dry patches like some foundations do. It feels very creamy and blends like a dream. It stays on all day without moving for oxidizing. Great drugstore foundation.
What a great foundation. Applies smoothly and has a good amount of coverage. I never was a fan of the original Colorstay but this is so different. It's as 'natural' as a foundation can look on my skin. Never looks cakey on me as I only apply a thin layer, though it still covers what I want it to. You get less product that other foundations but its such a good foundation I will still repurchase nonetheless. My only gripe is that they don't have many yellow based shades. I wear sand beige which is a great match for my skin but I can tell it needs to have more yellow tones to be absolutely perfect - so strong yellow undertoned ladies beware. Probably my favourite foundation ever. Highly recommended!
I absolutely love this product and hate it as well. Here is why:
-pretty flawless coverage, especially if you wear a little concealer on any pimples underneath
-eliminates redness well
-lasts all day (I don't know about the 24 hours it claims to last, but who cares, no one sleeps in foundation)
-didn't break out my acne prone skin
-packaging is very elegant, like its from a makeup brand counter at Macy's
-a little goes a long way
-looks fairly natural, easily blendable, creamy consistency
-needs time to set (see below for details on that)
-packaging is an optical illusion. From the outside of the glass, it looks like the entire diameter of the container is filled, but once you take off the cap, you see that the cavity where the makeup is stored is smaller than it first appears
-a little expensive for rite aid, around $13
-packaging is also unsanitary, you have to stick your fingers in it
- I accidentally dropped my hairbrush and the handle landed in this container while the cap was off. that was a mess to clean up, plus i lost a ton of product :( but that was my fault
So, about setting this foundation. When i first put it on, I hated it. It was cakey and uneaven and just looked gross. But i decided to leave it on to see what happened. And in an hour, my face looked flawless! Since this epiphany, I have been putting it on just after i get up at 6:00 am. Then by the time I leave for school, its perfect. And because of my oily skin, i use neutrogena's shine control powder to set it. I guess it just takes a while for the stuff to set in and for everything to balance out. Since it looks so nice, I think its totally worth the wait.
Also, it tends to look better as the day goes on, which I think is better than the opposite. It looks more natural after 4 or 5 hours. I just re-aply powder to keep shine away and I'm all good. I definitely recomend it, and probably will buy again:)
Tried this after hearing so many beauty gurus on YouTube rave about this stuff. Tried it out and fell in love. My biggest pet peeve with foundations is feeling it on my skin, the heavy feeling many can give like my long time foundation MAC studio fix..
This stuff is full coverage and is the most light weight foundation I have ever tried. It takes a while to set, after a few hours of wear it looks amazing, which I found so odd but loved that it looked better over time instead of the other way around. Only complaint is I found that this product did break me out a bit unlike the regular revlon colorstay liquid, and I hate the packaging. So bulky and is a pricy drug store foundation. I do love this foundation, I prefer this foundations wear over the revlon colorstay liquid but the fact that it breaks me out is a bummer
This is a great foundation. I love the texture because it gives great coverage and isn't super liquidy. I have oily skin, but this stays on my skin all day long, when i get a dry patch here and there it usually clings to it thought :/ i use it with my beauty blender and get natural, even, full coverage. possible dupe for the tarte amazonian clay foundation (:D), they are my top two foundations right now.
This product did not work for me at all. I am, however, giving it a 4 because I think it's a good foundation, just not for me. Right now, my skin is on the dry side and this foundation made it even drier. When I first put it on, it looked soo beautiful! I did not need any concealer on my acne scars. The coverage was amazing -- I was really hoping it would work! But as the day went on, my face just felt and looked drier and drier and the make-up was kind of mask-like and thick, although I don't feel I put a lot on. I also did not top it with powder. When I took it off, my face was even drier. The next day, I tried it again.. I put A LOT of moisturizer on and put even less foundation, this worked a little better, but it still gave me a dry, matte look and I much more prefer a more natural, satin, or even dewy look. I also had a hard time getting my blush to show up over this. I normally just put the tiniest touch of my Wet and Wild blushes (which are highly pigmented)...with this foundation, I had to put on a lot for it to show up. I returned this to CVS. Maybe in the summer, when my face produces more oil, I will try this again. But for now, it's a no go for me. Oh, BTW, I am MAC NW25 and I had 200 Sand Beige which was a little bit too light for me, if I purchase again, I will go up one color.
This is such a fabulous foundation. Initially i was a tad weary that this might not be the best choice for a dry skin but i was definitely incorrect about that. It has a lovely texture thats somewhere in between a thick creme and a mousse. It blends like a dream either with your fingers or a beauty blender. It provides in my opinion full coverage, though i prefer to sheer it to about a medium. It sets to a natural satin finish and i only powder my t-zone. This foundation does not at all enhance my dry skin, in fact it feels quite moisturizing, but doesn't at all leave a dewy finish which has me believe an oily skin would enjoy this foundation as well. It has an impeccable staying power, it looks flawless for a solid 12hrs. I wear the lightest shade and it is a decent match, a tad too dark but when blended down the neck its not really an issue. The only downside to this foundation is the bulky packaging, i like the look of the glass jar but its just impractical and unhygienic. I would prefer if this foundation came in a squeeze tube, sort of like the LM silk creme. Regardless i will be repurchasing this foundation, it has become my HG drugstore foundation.