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.
I got this in sand beige and I quite like it! I was looking for a foundation that could look natural and this definitely works!! The packaging could be better..maybe with a pump! It smells a bit like paint...but the pros definitely outweigh the cons! Lasts all day! :) contact me if you have any questions
Personally I love this foundation. I've always gone back to it some point or another. It never fails me.Full coverage, and it keeps my oily skin at bay so I'm not having to blot as much throughout the day. It doesn't clog my pores and it lasts all day & all night, through school, dance practice, football half-time performances, and a busy day. Although the price is a little bit more than I would like to spend, it is worth it. I just wish it had a pump instead of a pour out bottle. continued >>
How would I describe Revlon ColorStay in one word... Amazing ♥
I brought the oily/combination foundation 6 years ago and never looked back. Doesnt bring you out in spots or make your skin oily and has a longlife wear up 24 hours. However, one downfall.. I stopped using it for a week due a holiday and my skin was terrible from not using it. Definitely a must buy! continued >>
Finally was able to try this foundation and I love it! I was currently trying to find something I like more than MUFE mat velvet +. I was hesitant to spend so much money on that, then I found this and it's amazing! Yes, it does have a smell but once I put it on I don't notice it at all. Also I don't mind that there is no pump on the bottle. It would be nice but it's not going to stop me from buying this again. I currently use it with a smashbox primer and skindinavia setting spray and it stays pretty good throughout the day.
Overall Revlon color stay is a good foundation, I have really oily skin and its hard for me to blot during the day because I am so busy. So this is nice to have a foundation that takes care of oil. I wouldn't say my face is now completely oil free, but it definitely did help. I got this is in nude, which actually was too light for my skin. It does last quite a while, obviously it soaks in a bit and wont look exactly the same as you did when you first put it on, but the staying power is a lot better than most foundations. Price is not bad either.
I've been using this product quite sometime ago and I'll be definitely continue using it unless I could find something better.
I have combination/oily skin which this product just nice for me. After applying it, though you still find a bit greasy after long hours especially during hot days... however it's so much manageble than other products which I used before and the price is really affordable!
Recently, I found my secret blend where I mix it with Nymph Aura Volumer from Etude House and it does give me a glowy and radiant look. Both works perfectly on me! Those who have the same skin type as mine should consider give it a try!
I've been using this for about a week, no breakouts that I've noticed. Sand Beige is a great match for my NC25 skin, and it doesn't oxidize. I haven't noticed the heaviness that other commenters have mentioned, but that may be because I apply it with my fingers in a modest layer. I don't expect full coverage from this (or any) foundation and prefer to go over the spots that need it with Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage and my beloved E.L.F. concealer brush.
It's not a miracle as far as controlling the oilies, but right now I'm using a retinoid (Atralin) that I feel is causing my skin to be unnaturally oily. It still does a much better job than my previous foundation, Bourjois Healthy Mix.
I really think this foundation looks better and better as the day goes on. My only issue with it is the crappy packaging. This needs a pump so badly.