Revlon ColorStay Makeup (24 hour formula)


268 reviews

50% would repurchase

Package Quality: 2.6

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 2.6

Price: $$$


Cyclopentasiloxane, Aqua (Water), Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Tribehenin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Nylon-12, Cymbidium Grandiflorum (Orchid) Flower Extract, Lactobacillus/Eriodictyon Californicum Ferment Extract, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bisabolol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Alcohol Denat., Alumina, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Methicone, Laureth-7, Magnesium Sulfate, Silica, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Ethylene Brassylate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Dimethicone/Silsesquioxane Copolymer, PEG-12 Glyceryl Dimyristate, Salicylic Acid, Silk Powder, Sodium Citrate, Dipropylene Glycol, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Serica (Silk), Tetrasodium EDTA, Hexylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.

on 4/7/2015 5:03:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Currently im attempting to find my HG foundation and i have seriously spent huge amounts of cash buying drugstore foundations. As you cant return used makeup here in the UK i've been left with a "foundation graveyard" of unsuitable foundations which i will never use!

However i dont think this one will end up there! I have light to medium skin with pink tones- NW20 and i chose shade 220 natural Beige. It's not 100% perfect colour wise but close enough to be repectable looking. What really impressed me about this foundation is how natural and light it felt on my skin and how close to my own skin it actually looked. It really didnt look like i had foundation on! It didnt emphasize my dry patches or fall into fine lines, nor look cakey or shiny even after hours of wear. It didnt seem to have the luminescence of l'oreal true match for example but you can tell it's not loaded with silicones which seem to go cakey on me and slide off my skin leaving bare dry patches behind. This stuff stays put and more importantly looks the same as it did when you applied it for many many hours after. Really good drugstore foundation. Maybe the best!!

Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

I really enjoy this drugstore foundation. All though for drugstore it is expensive ( around 20 plus dollars in Canada) but that's what you pay for such s great product. I have the palest skin and I'm dry. This foundation matches me very well, it does cling to my extreme dry patch on occasion if I don't prep and prime properly. Will keep repurchasing

on 4/2/2015 3:25:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Red, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Grey

My go to foundation. It's trusty and a great value!
Packaging: Glass bottle with a plastic screw top.
Consistency: Thick liquid (tends to thicken as it sits on shelf longer)
Finish: high coverage, natural finish (if you want to be completely matte, this isn't for you)
Lasting: 10-14 hours, but not waterproof (duh!)

-It is slightly thick and heavy coverage, so applying it correctly is critical.
-Color range is not so great as I am an in between shade.
-I have a hard time getting the product out of the glass bottle, so I store it upside down.

Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

Love this foundation This and Estee Lauder double wear are my HG foundation i will always repurchase these two foundations both amazing for oily skin looks great on as i love a full coverage foundation staying power is very good and i live in Dubai so its very hot here but still doesn't move would highly recommend!

on 4/1/2015 11:37:00 AM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

I tried this after Revlon reformulated my fave, PhotoReady into the Airbrushed version and new version was not working for me (which I reviewed). Both bottles I have (Buff and Golden Beige) say "24 hr."

Since I have very oily skin that is also weirdly dehydrated since a bad IPL (see my Review on that), I chose the Oily-Combo formula in the same color, "Golden Beige," as my previous HG , the old formula PhotoReady. Overall, this is a great foundation for those who need good coverage and long wear. I was able to cover pretty much all my imperfections in a few minutes w/ much easier application than I could w/ the NARS ALDW, but the NARS color was so much better. If I could find a foundation with the color of NARS and the performance of this, it would be my new HG. If you can find your color in the limited range that Revlon offers, you're in luck! Here's the breakdown:

Pking: Glass pour-out bottle. Wish they had a pump.

Fragrance: none. Yay!

Coverage: Medium-Full, mostly Full. Many would say full, but I judge harshly as I have lots of issues to cover. Almost completely covered even very dark marks. I needed only a few dabs of EL DW Max Cover camouflage fndtn on some spots. For comparison, the coverage was noticeably better than NARS ADLW, and much, much better than Revlon Age Defying liquid foundation, Clinique Even Better, and Neutrogena Healthy Skin and Blemish Clearing. I'd say the coverage is a little more than the old PhotoReady.

Consistency/spread: A fairly thick liquid w/ some cushiony feel, unlike the thin, watery formulas of NARS ADLW and Mary Kay Timewise oil-free, which are kind of like a thin coat of latex paint. Not as thick as Clinique Even Better. Sets more slowly and is workable longer than NARS ADLW, but it's not a slow drying foundation.

Texture/finish: Covers texture and pores better than NARS ADLW and Clinique Even Better, but it can look cakey if you go too thick. It is more forgiving of dry skin and flakes than either of those foundations, but less so than Revlon Age Defying. I have also since tried Maybelline's new Matte+Poreless Fit Me foundation, and that is better at smoothing out pores and texture issues than any of these except the Age Defying. The Colorstay's finish is quite matte, but not the powdery super matte finish of NARS ADLW. Has no sparkle or shimmer like the PhotoReadies.

Wear: Not 24 hr on me, but my skin pumps out so much oil so quickly I actually can get BUBBLES of oil standing on the surface of my skin, so that's no surprise. At the same time, my skin has a dehydrated appearance ever since a bad IPL, so now I've got the wonderful combo of oil bubbles surrounded by dryness. This is definitely long wear - lasts a good 8-12 hours on me, which is a miracle, yet is more forgiving of dry areas than the NARS. I do blot and powder, but I have to do that w/ every foundation. No substance currently made can absorb the amt of oil my skin produces, and those that approach the oil-absorbing capacity I need just become a gloopy mess. That being said, I do not need to blot this as often as many other foundations, and it handles the blotting well - it is def. transfer resistant.

Color: The only area where this foundation is lacking. Revlon's colors used to be good- I did not have difficulty finding matches for my light-medium, yellow toned skin. I used Golden Beige in the old PhotoReady for summer, and Nude for winter, and it was fine. For reference, the NARS ADLW in Fiji is the best color match I've ever had. Colorstay 24 hr Golden Beige was close, but a little too dark and too peachy pink. Buff was too pale and too cool, and looked grayish on. Ever since Revlon changed the PhotoReady formula to Airbrushed, it seems all the colors have gone downhill, and even the same color in the same formula can vary. Have they eliminated their quality control department? Changed a manufacturing process? The differences are even worse across different foundation products. Golden Beige in ColorStay for oily skin is nowhere near the same as Golden Beige in PhotoReady, either old formula or new Airbrushed. The Dry skin version of Colorstay does not offer the same color selection as the oily skin formulas. Huh? WHY?

Although the colors are bad, I recently wore the NARS ADLW for a week but gave up due to the inadequate coverage and dry look it gave me, and resorted back to the Revlon Colorstay in Golden Beige. So that gives you an idea as to how good the Colorstay performance is despite the poor color match. I tried blending Buff w/ the Golden Beige, and all I got was a paler pink appearance, like calamine lotion. Worse than either color alone. If ONLY Revlon came out w/ more yellow toned colors and better color consistency!

Customer service/website: * Poor. Half the buttons don't work, no explanation of colors. Would be nice if they had for ex: "Buff: a light neutral ." Try emailing Revlon. Once I got: Here's a $5 off coupon, and try X color. Very helpful response to a color selection question for the Age Defying. Another time I got: "Send us the bottle" in response to a question about what color to pick in the reformulated PhotoReady. Not helpful at all

04/09/15 Update: In a desperate effort to make the color work, I added 6 drops of McCormick Yellow food coloring to a 7/8ths full bottle of the Colorstay "Buff," poured "Golden Beige" in to fill, shook hard for what seemed like days, and VOILA perfect match!!!! Yay!

on 3/28/2015 6:45:00 AM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Medium Brown, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Curly, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

Me and this foundation have a love hate relationship. Do i like it? Yes. Do i love it? ermmmm..

Shade: Toast 370
My skin Type: Fairly normal with scars from spots

Ok first things first it does not last 24 hours on me and transfers SOO much.

The sad thing is its like junk food, i know i shouldn't repurchase but i just cant help it.The reson i like it and keep repurchasing is because it does have buidable coverage without looking extremely cakey. Paired with the correct concealer and even on its own it has the power to cover my spot scars. But it just does not last. It begins to wear off after a couple of hours whilst some of the coverage is still there. The only way it seems to reasonably last is with the love of my life, the Ben Nye Banana Powder.

This foundation is great for newbies but i feel its just not hands down amzaing. I can't give it five lippies due to the fact it does not live up to its 24 hour claim. Additionally the fact it doesnt have a pump bugs me a little bit but when you're on your third bottle it's not a deal breaker.

For what you're paying it is extremely good but i am on the hunt for a high end foundation but until then i will continue to repurchase.

on 3/28/2015 12:35:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

Absolute BEST drugstore foundation available! I'm a huge foundation junkie and have to try everyone out there. Nothing compares to this. It covers so well, shade buff is light but neutral (most drug store foundations do not make light enough for my skin or their lightest is super pink). My skin looks great all day. It never gets oily, doesn't appear to fade or need touch ups. And it doesn't irritate my hormonal skin. If it is too thick for you, you can always sheer it out by mixing it with your primer or your face lotion, so to me that's an easy fix, but I like the consistency it has. It doesn't feel heavy, looks natural but flawless. Looks great in pictures. I use it with monistat relief gel (it's for chaffing) as primer, mostly blend with fingers but it looks even better with beauty blender, glamoflauge concealer, and Milanni multitask powder or cg loose powder.

on 3/24/2015 1:09:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

For the price and the coverage, I consider this a bargain. My only recommendation when using it is to make sure you use a primer, or it does start to get a little cakey after a few hours. But overall, when I wear it, it makes my skin look natural yet flawless. That is all I really want in a foundation, and Revlon delivered.

on 3/24/2015 12:38:00 AM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

It emphasized all my pores and blemishes. Too thick and cakey (it's supposed to be light).

After an hour, it turns orange.

Ayayay, what a waste of money.

This is quite expensive here in Australia.

on 3/22/2015 12:13:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Wavy, Other

Eyes: Brown

I have been using this for 6 years! I tried nars, estee lauder, Ysl, but believe me if you have oily skin, you should try this revlon! You will thank me later ;)

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