Hate this! I have the oily-combination skin version, and it is incredibly streaky and patchy. I tried using several different brushes and my fingers, and each time it pooled up in my pores and looked extremely cakey. The only way I've been able to wear it is by using a damp sponge to apply it, and that looks fairly natural, but it does not have very good coverage that way. The only good thing is that the ivory color is a very light color that would work well on people who are very pale and have trouble with drugstore foundations not being light enough. Awful texture though, and it's so runny that, without a pump, it just runs all over the place and makes the bottle really messy and annoying.
No matter how many different ways I tried to apply this product I can not get it to work for me! I wanted to love it because it was getting awesome reviews but I just cant get into it. I want to try the whipped one, some say its easier to work with. I hope so cuz the regular one keep making me look cakey on my cheeks even if I barely put any on right there, I dont understand.
Had to give this product write off worthy scores because it is just useless for me.
I bought it because it has a huge number of reviews at quite a high level of repurchase %- which usually means you are on to a winner- alas not this time.
Firstly I found the smell completely vile. It is like being hit by a chemical steam tray of artificial nastiness. I am not a fan of very heavily scented products but I can get past it if the product itself delivers. On my skin I just could not get a good colour match. I have shade 'Buff' and somehow it manages to look orange and 'dead' on me at the same time. It is very conspicuous and refuses to blend with my skin at all. Instead it sits on top making me look like a badly made up 'foundation face'. I know that is medium-full coverage, I can manage EL Double Wear so that isn't the problem. The Revlon CS just does not agree with me at all.
As an aside (again something I'd get over if I loved the actual makeup) the packaging is horrible. I hate having to tip and pour.
This one is for the bin sadly.
It looks really pretty, it is very flawless but i urge everyone to use it if
a.) you dont have any sensitive skin or not acne prone
b.) a very mighty cleanser that can remove traces of this makeup
c.) if you only wear it on special occasions.
Everyday seems a bit too much because who knows your normal skin might react to this. It doesnt have any skin benefits besides coverage so I do not recommend it for everyday use.
I urge everyone to shake the bottle before using coz if you dont the products separate and for some reason my 110 ivory becomes so pink toned if i dont. i broke out using it consistently for a month (i guess its too much.)
other than that, it is very pretty but since i have found bb creams of heavier coverage that can conceal as good as a foundation, i might just jump to that bandwagon. :D
The only way change happens is if enough people voice a demand for it. For those of you lamenting the 16-hour formula compared to the new 24-hour formula, please write Revlon and make a plea for a reversal to the 16-hour formula (or a newly renamed facsimile). Here is the website contact form: http://www.revlon.com/Revlon-Home/Revlon-General/Contact.aspx. If enough of us collectively bombard Revlon with the same complaints, perhaps it will be sooner for another formula change-for-the better, rather than upon their discovery of depleted sales, since most devoted longstanding die-hard Colorstay users agree that this 24-hour formula doesn't even resemble the16-hour formula comparatively that received raved reviews for its superior features of long-lasting, great/buildable coverage, transfer resistant, lightweight/didn't-feel-like-you're even wearing makeup, matte finish. Now it comes off on everything (cell phone, clothes, hands, tissues/blotting papers and more), terrible non-buildable coverage that doesn't cover and depletes throughout the day (sheer to medium at best), itchy, greasy-to-the touch/sticky feel, slides on skin, causing breakouts, doesn't last for even 8 hours, accentuates pores/settles in lines, and devoid of a true matte finish even after powder. They have changed the formula several times before. Join in and let your voice be made known and perhaps we all may see another/hopefully favorable change soon.
UPDATE: I DON'T HAVE TO SWITCH -- After hunting for a ColorStay Combination/Oily Skin in Sand Beige clone (a true light beige, neutral that I didn't realize was so difficult to find) and only finding pink, yellow, orange based tones in MAC Pro Longwear, coupled with EL Doublewear formula change (darn!). To rectify the CS 24 Hrs formula:change of no longer being TRANSFER RESISTANT use a fixing/setting sprays as a mixing medium with a damp sponge application OR a finishing spray on completed makeup, avoiding eyes. Use either/or but not both. Use S P A R I N G L Y ! ! ! Otherwise, it will go through your makeup, and if you have drier aging skin, it will intensify crepiness/cracks like shellac. My fav pics are Kryolan Fixing Spray, Kryolan Ultra Setting Spray (less alcohol denat than the original)--both contain small enough amounts that evaporate quickly--or Ben Nye Final Seal and Mehron Barrier Spray. Applied properly with a light hand it will render the CS 24 Hrs smudgeproof, rub/transfer resistant, moisture resistant and longwearing once again. As far as building the coverage, I've been tweaking to almost what used to be, as the formula in CS 24 Hrs reformulation is thicker, greasier and lacking that hardly-wearing-makeup feel of the former CS 16 Hrs formula. I've read in theory on many sites that correct priming would alleviate the need for fixatives or setting products, but after trying so many, none I tried solved the transference problem that I detest the most (clothes, cell phone, etc.). My experimentation yielded relatively successful results after wearing many hours with no transference. Didn't realizing how much I missed my coveted color choice and former 16 Hrs formula that IMO had many coveted features. Give it a try. Hope this helps those like myself that didn't want to switch.
UPDATE 2: The above update/fix worked, but it was laborious in getting just the right build, due to the CS 24 Hrs reformulation. Spent the weekend hitting all the dept store counters trying to find a beloved clone to no avail. Would have been possible if ES Double Wear hadn't reformulated there formula too. Spotted a review on another site comparing Boots No 7 Beautifully Matte to ES DW and headed to Target to check it out--wth I'd tried just about everthing else. OMG! I'm actually in shock and disbelief in a good way. Although there are only 6 color choices at only $14, I bought Cool Vanilla (pale neutral w/ yellow undertones) and Cool Ivory (pale neutral w/ pink undertones) and tried at home due to store lighting, having no anticipations either way. I tried each color inside and outdoors and to my absolute amazement each will work, although I'm partial to the Cool Vanilla which actually neutralizes my pale 60 yr old skin with pink undertones and I didn't look like a ghost. Although the colors selection is limited to 6, there is another color called Wheat (medium tan) that I am fairly sure I can mix in during the summer. I used a damp sponge application on bare skin over moisturizer alone with no primer and finished with only blending sculpting shades and a bit of matte bronzer. I didn't even need to use powder. The finish is actually far more forgiving of lines and wrinkles than the CS! With 60 yr old combination skin there are no miracles, but the finish was more of a soft matte and very natural w/o either looking cakey nor greasyl. The color stayed true for more than 10 hours with NO transfer and it has the most natural doesn't-feel-like-I'm wearing-makeup feel that I was truly lamenting in the reformulation of the CS. It is medium to full buildable coverage and concealer was not even necessary on one red spot on my chin. I am indebted to that reviewer who compared ES DW to this rather inexpensive gem that I never even would have considered. This stuff is not only better than the CS 16 Hr clone I was searching for--it exceeds it in every way. For the CS 16 Hrs and EL DW die-hards out there regrettably mounting a hunt for a replacement, I highly recommend giving Boots No 7 Beautifully Matte a shot--and yes it comes with a nice pump dispensing an appropriate amount as a bonus.
this is my go-to foundation when im not buying a higher-end brand, i love that theres a foundation that answers all my prayers. i really recommend this product if you have oily skin and/or acne marks. its a strong foundation and lasts all day. its kind of a dupe of kat von d's lock-it tattoo foundation (almost) but when im broke and not buying kat von d, then i get this
I finally gave in to the hype and tried this product. Buff was the only color I could find that looked remotely like it would match my skin--not too light or dark, not too pink or otherwise cool-toned. (Though I don't know my MAC shade, I'd guess that I'm about NC 20.) Boy, was I wrong. This has a very cool, almost grayish tint, which would be great if I wanted to look as if I'm at death's door. (Maybe I should save it for Halloween.) Also, I found that it had no more staying power than any other foundation. I guess it might if you put it on bare skin, but who wants to go with an SPF of only 6? The worst part is that I lost the receipt and now I can't return it.
I don't know why everyone raves so much about this makeup. I personally HATE it. I tried it last year and I broke out very badly, But I was pregnant at the time so I thought the breakout was from hormones and not the revlon colorstay. WRONG!! I decided to try it again and it broke me out worse then ever! I had really bad acne everywhere! On my cheeks, jawline, forehead. And it wasn't just one or two pimples it was clusters of acne. I also don't like the color selection. Most colors are to pink or to beige. I have strong yellow undertones and none really matched me. It also felt so thick and heavy on my skin, didn't feel natural at all. I prefer maybelline superstay over this. It didn't break me out, had great coverage and a way better consistency. Oh and did I forget to mention the smell of revlon colorstay? Awful. Smells like a chemically paint smell. Never again..
I've used this product many times, but comparing this to other drugstore foundations I always go back to Revlon ColorStay. It has to be the best product I've ever purchased for combination/oily skin, throughout a long school day of 9 hours it always looks just as perfect as when I first applied it, I haven't had the need to wear it for an entire 24 hours but I'm certain it would still look flawless and feel light weight.
Personally I feel this is easiest to apply with a foundation sponge because you have more control and it doesn't leave unwanted streaks that you'd get from a brush, it's very thick & doesn't take long to set so it's best to work quickly. With a build-up coverage, I rarely need to use a concealer for blemishes, I can assure you it will always cover redness of teenage skin without blocking your pores.
The packaging however is horrible, the product comes in a glass 30ml bottle with a plastic screw on lid, you have absolutely no control over how much product you withdraw, within in week of using you'll have to clean the packaging which does waste some product but the actual foundation is far more important than the packaging.
This product is a perfect match to any skin type and skin tone, coming in a range of shades for both combination/oily and normal/dry skin. A must have in ANY make-up bag! continued >>
Love it! Used to use NW20/NC15, bought Colorstay normal/dry in Ivory and it's a perfect match (fair w/ cool tones)!! I have already moved my Mac foundation out of my makeup bag for the Colorstay. It set pretty quick, didn't even need to powder. I have very dry skin and tested this w/o moisturizer and primer...my dry patches are visible up close but I'm impressed they weren't super emphasized like w/ the other foundations I have used. If you have very dry skin like me, it won't take away the need to exfoliate/moisturize/prime but it will help. 5 lippies!