Up front: the glass jar -- like so many others have said -- is definitely a weapon in disguise. I mean, really. Put this thing in a sock, in your purse, and whip it out when you need to give someone a smack down. Revlon, this is seriously too much packaging -- although, it does appear very lux.
The product itself is very nice, thick and creamy -- has a lot of slip (no doubt from the base of silicone ingredients). I've applied it a handful of ways. Over primer. No primer. Using a BB sponge. Using a duo-fiber brush. Using my fingers. And the winner...using a flat and fat foundation brush. I swirl some product (not much, a little goes a long way) in the lid, and dot all over, working fast as it can dry quickly -- and finally buff it in to blend seamlessly. I actually wrote this stuff off over the summer when I originally bought it...it settled, cracked, just went gross fast.
This product takes a bit of work to get the hang of it. I'm thinking of using this as my wedding day base, as it contains no SPF, need to give it a couple more rounds to ensure this is the "one".
I will say that the color selection is lacking -- I generally buy 150-Buff in the basic ColorStay...the whipped line runs light, though. The Buff appears flat and mask-like on my N20 face. The next shade down is 200 Sand Beige -- I'm just wondering where the "180" level went away to!
Edit 12.9.12 -- I bought this in the "200" level a week or so prior to my wedding and pulled out the giant jar that morning to get ready. The color was just about made for me -- and all day I got compliments up and down on how great my make up looked.
Another edit 1.8.2013 -- this stuff clogs my pores. :( it's since been retired. RIP.
I love this foundation! It gives me a flawless finish and still looks pretty natural. I would recommend this to oily/combo skins because it actually stays put and looks awesome all day!
This foundation is by far one of the BEST drugstore foundation. I've tried all of them, I apply it with a beauty blender for better coverage. It's a full coverage, matte foundation. It can be medium as well for everyday use, but you can build it up to full coverage for occasions. This looks flawless with the Maybelline Dream Matte Powder. I recommend this to people with oily skin. I am just in love with this product <3
I finally got around to throwing out my jar after trying to make it work for me by making it tinted moisturizer, mixing it with Lumi primer, etc. It's extremely heavy but with work can be sheered out. Even sheered out it's high coverage and mask-like. It's too much work to use, the fragrance is stronger than regular Colorstay, and the lid cracked after the second use so there wasn't a seal at ALL... Everything combined made this painful to deal with.
The staying power was fantastic, hence the 2 lippies (since it does what it says it should) it didn't clog my pores, but overall just not for me - I've never thrown out a product before but this was too heavy to swap and the threads on the jar snapped so I couldn't even close it to mail if i wanted to. I love regular Colorstay though (though can't stand the fragrance).
I really wanted to love this foundation, because everyone practically raved about how good it is. For me, this is just like any other foundation out there. To start with, I always have acne on my cheeks. I also have acne scars, not too much but enough to see it's there.
THE COVERAGE: This foundation isn't all that. For one thing, it DOES NOT give full coverage. Maybe for people with good skin, but for my problematic skin, it did NOTHING. With 2 coats I still saw my dark acne scars. It also just sits on the skin, taking very long to dry. One thing I liked about it, is that it isn't cakey. It gives you a matte look without looking too flat on the skin.
FEEL: Despite being thick it feels light on the skin. I'm shocked it doesn't cover well being
So thick and whipped.
OIL CONTROL: This does control oil. I feel the more it sits on my skin the better it soaks in and blends out.
LASTING POWER: This last me about a good 12 hours, not bad.
For a drugstore foundation, the price is evry high, especially it isn't full coverage at all. This runs about $12-15 depending on where you purchase. Over all, I like the feel to it and lightweight. But just wish it provided more coverage. Not something I'm in love with, and would not repurchase.
I like this foundation. I found out that if you dont use a primer you dont get even coverage. Its a midium coverage you could pob build it up have nit tried that. It does control my oily skin, i dont get ad oily using this. Its not heavy on my face and lasts all day. I use it wen i want a more natural look were you can still see my freckles on my face. I only have a little bit of freckles and very mild redness on my face.
***BEST FOUNDATION EVER*** I have very dry skin with crazy amounts of redness in my cheeks and this stuff is a miracle maker. It leaves my skin with a beautiful hydrated finish and covers redness unbelievably. My skin is left with a nice sliky feel and it is almost undetectable on my skin. I apply this with my fingers and then buff it in with a dampened flat topped kabuki brush. This is not only the best drugstore foundation (imho) but it's what I believe to be the best foundation.
Overall: It's okay.
PROS: Texture! Very creamy, mousse-like unique formula which isn't common w/ drugstore foundations
Coverage: Full coverage, conceals imperfections well
Feel: Doesn't feel too heavy despite its consistency. I wouldn't say it feels lightweight tho, either.
CONS: Packaging - my the edges of the lid cracked for me so I am unable to screw it shut anymore. Also, I think products that come in jars / pots like this one are pretty unhygienic, but given the product's texture, I don't know how else it could be done.
Wear: Not long lasting for me, makes my forehead more oily than it already is
I wouldn't buy this again. I'm going to switch to a BB Cream and just use this as a concealer because I feel like it would work better as that. I don't like the idea of slathering this thick goop all over my face personally.
The more I use this foundation the more I love it.
I used to use the regular Revlon Colorrstay (in 150 Buff) for a few years. There where times that I used both formulas and mixed them together. It was the only drugstore foundation I trusted. This is a beautiful in between foundation. I don't need to buy both formulas and I am the exact same color in this formula. This is the perfect consistency. Also its extremely easy to apply and blend. I use my fingers and its literally a 3 minute foundation. It covers very well and lasts extremely well. The more it sits and sets into the skin the better it looks. And, the It doesn't break me out!
This has become my Holy Grail Drugstore foundation.
*Update* - For some reason, I find that the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder is glorious with this foundation as a setting powder.
This is by far the best drugstore foundation. I have acne prone skin and this has not broke me out at all! It blends really easy and covers my acne scars completely. It really does last ALL day!! I am color 150 buff and it matches perfectly. I cannot believe I actually found a drugstore foundation that works for me! I am so happy I will not be spending 40 dollars on my old Lancome foundation anymore. :)))
Ps. I like the packaging. As long as you wash your hands and brushes, it should be fine.