I had used this for years but have now converted to the cheaper, and better NYC's smooth liquid foundation. ColorStay has great coverage, but it doesn't matter how I apply it, it always looks cakey. It holds up to oil okay, but not as well as my NYC. Plus with ColorStay, once the oil starts coming mid-day, my makeup starts looking gross. It also feels like it's just sitting there on my skin and it's hard to wash off. My husband was glad when I stopped using this. I gave it 4 lippies for the good coverage though.
I love this foundation. It doesn't break me out and it seems to work well on my very oily skin. Sometimes, though, I feel like it's a bit heavy and mask-like, so I generally apply with a sponge to make it more natural looking. The color (Ivory) seems to work fine.
So I've seriously been searching for a long lasting buildable foundation my whole life, and I think I've finally found it!
- Lasts forever! (I know you're not suppose to sleep with makeup on, but one night I came home drunk and fell asleep without washing my face or brushing my teeth. The next morning when i woke up, my makeup was still on with complete full coverage!)
- Extremely buildable (I normally apply it with a damp wedge sponge to get sheer to light coverage and then I continue to apply more from there. I have hyperpigmentation and it covers really well for that).
- Good range of colors. (My skin color is kind of hard to find tones that match perfectly. I'm a light olive color with cool yellowish undertones. I did have to try a few until I found the one that matched me, but that was fine because i would rather have a lot to try from then barely any at all).
- Diminishes pores. (I have pretty big pores and this foundation makes it look way smaller).
- Smooth finish. (It leaves your skin looking semi matte and semi dewy. I prefer to have a matte finish so i always use a setting powder which leaves my acne prone, hyperpigmented, oily skin looking healthy, matte, and flawless!)
- Reasonable price (for $10 that's pretty darn awesome).
- packaging (it comes in a glass bottle with a screw top, no pump or anything. When I pour it out I always seem to pour way too much).
All in all i love this foundation and i will continue to use it for a long time unless I find something better for cheaper.
The drugstore alternative to estee lauder double wear. Last very well during the day not as well as double wear. Good coverage perfect colormatch 150buff im mac mix of nc15 and nw15 and double wear mix 1w1 bone and 1c1 cool bone. Best application foe me was with a foundation brush. But it breaks me out! It contains 2 comedogenic ingredients SD Alcohol 40 and Sodium Chloride.
This used to be my hg foundation. I don't know what happened! Did the formula change? While it used to cover almost everything and have thicker consistency that lasted all day, now it seems much oilier and thin, and the coverage is low to medium at best. I don't know, maybe I just got a bad bottle, but my much needed full coverage foundation is no longer there. Plus, it broke me out which never happened before. Since I need the coverage, I won't buy this again.
I decided to buy into the hype and try this out. At first, I was impressed with how amazing the coverage was. Then, I started to break out after using it for awhile. I feel like it's too harsh for the skin. It does tend to dry pretty quickly but it's not TOO fast. You also have to be careful because a little can go a long way and if you use too much, it'll get cakey. I would know because I accidentally used too much a couple times. Since there is no pump that kind of becomes a problem. It even has this scent that smells a bit like alcohol to me. The concealer even smells the same. I think I would get this again but I wouldn't be able to get it all the time due to pricing. I know I sound cheap. It is my favorite foundation so far, though.
As a person with acne-prone, slightly scarred, extremely oily skin, this drugstore foundation definitely works for me. I put this away for a while since I could not figure out how to properly apply this without it looking cakey. However, I recently decided to revisit this foundation a whim.
My application best solution for that was mixing my first layer with my moisturizer and BAM! It works wonders. For more coverage, I allow to dry & add another layer. It looks natural and doesn't cake with this method. I wear the shade golden caramel which turns out to be my perfect shade. My scars tend to show through but are not super obvious.
I don't layer on too much since I have not quite figured out how to yet. (I'll re-edit when I do). This is definitely medium to full coverage. Sits lightly on the skin. I do use a primer since my skin is oily and I wear my makeup all day long. The finish is dewy but you can easily mattify with powder.
Compared to Maybelline Superstay, I prefer Revlon CS any day. It looks less obvious and stays matte longer. continued >>
I love this foundation! I have odd combination skin that's prone to break outs, but I haven't had a single one since I started using this.
I apply it over a moisturiser with a Real Techniques buffing brush. You have to work quickly, and the smell is a bit off putting, but it fades as soon as it dries.
I did find that I had a few dry patches of skin when I first started using it, but that stopped happening after about 2 weeks.
Big con is that there is no pump. Great foundation though, expensive for a drugstore foundation but definately worth it!
Shade: warm golden (NC37)
- great coverage
- long wearing
- oil control up to 5 hours
- no pump
- dries quickly
Comments: Been using this for years. It is my go-to drugstore foundation during the summer months. I can get full coverage with this and good oil control up to 5 hours before I have to touch up. The consistency is on the thick side, so it's harder to blend. I find that this looks best when I have a light mist of glycerin/water on my face prior to application making it look more natural and blend easier. After I have set with powder, I will go back with the glycerin/water mixture and apply to my face using a stippling brush (more control this way). The finish looks natural, not mask-like and melts into the skin...not sit on top of it. This method also works great during the winter, so it's definitely a year round foundation for me.
This is my favorite foundation. It doesn't appear cakey, leaves me looking matte. It looks nice throughout the day as well. Maybe only need to touch up once the entire day. Gave it 4 instead of 5 because of the strong smell.