I don't know how I feel about this foundation completely. I feel that this foundation looks better as the day goes. But upon application, it looks a lot like heavy, caked on foundation. To help my foundation look less cakey, I usually spritz a little bit of Fix+ to my Sigma F80 to help the foundation blend into my skin. I must note that I really do love how long this foundation lasts and how well it keeps my oils under control. I have combination skin and I usually get super oily around my T zone but with this foundation, that is not the case. I can go a full day with it on and still not have any oils peek through.
The perfect application of this foundation for me is:
1. Dot foundation on face using one pump. (I transferred this foundation into my old Studio Fix foundation bottle with the pump after cleaning it out thoroughly)
2. Spritz Fix+ on my F80 brush.
3. Blend into skin.
4. Set with my Cargo HD blu-ray pressed powder.
5. Do the rest of my make up.
6. Finish with Fix+ sprayed evenly.
And with this way of application, this foundation lasts at least 6-8 hours for me.
Major pore clogging. Bumped down to a 3. Such a bummer because it looks incredible on but it started giving me white bumps :(
Had a coupon to Ulta and thought I'd give this foundation a shot since everyone raves about it. My skin tone is normally kind of a pain to match, because I'm a fair/light cool/neutral skin tone, so even if something just evens out my skin tone, it can look jaundice-y yellow on me, or if it's too "neutral" it looks grey and ashy.
I got this in the color 150-Buff and it was pretty much an exact match to my skin tone, so kudos to Revlon for having some nice light neutral shades. The coverage from this foundation was great and really buildable; I normally applied it with a damp sponge as I only need a light-to-medium coverage, but I liked that I could build up coverage on my problem areas (I have some acne scars on my cheeks) without it looking too cakey or heavy. It sat well on my skin despite the fact that I am a greasebomb most of the time and stayed on well until I took it off. The finish is a nice satiny-matte and it wears in after about an hour to look very natural, but you can also keep it more matte with a setting powder (though it can sometimes look cakey if you apply too much).
Now, the negatives. I'll get the obvious one out of the way and say the packaging. Yes, it is a nice sturdy bottle, but the opening on top is huge and you don't get a pump, so I ended up getting a lot more foundation than I needed, which felt wasteful. Also, smells of products don't normally bother me but this foundation had a strong scent that reminded me of latex-based paint... not exactly what I want on my face seeing as how the smell didn't really fade all that much. Also, this foundation tends to dry very quickly, so you have to work on small sections of your face and blend like a maniac to keep it smooth, which can lead it to looking a bit streaky if you're not fast enough, or a bit cakey if you need to build up coverage and the foundation has dried on you.
However, after some experimenting with different products, I have found I can no longer wear this foundation as it seems pretty much all types of non-powder foundation disagree with my skin.
TL;DR: Overall, this is a really, really good product, It is buildable and provides good sheer-to-full coverage in a range of shades and undertones. Sits very well on oily skin for a liquid foundation, but the packaging is sub-par for the price, and it can cake up if you don't know how to work with it/work with it fast enough. Has a paint smell that does not seem to fade and may bother those sensitive to scented products. Recommended to those who can wear liquid foundation.
EDIT: After setting this aside for a while and coming back to it I'm not quite so impressed. The coverage is still nice but I'm noticing now that the honeymoon phase has worn off with this, it's got this really odd greyish cast to it that looks obviously fake on my skin. Any color that could match me now looks too yellow or too grey, and the coverage of this foundation, though good, does *feel* heavy on my skin.
I am a BB cream user and decided to look for a foundation for days when I need more coverage or special occasions. After seeing the raving reviews on youtube and MUA I decided to get the Revlon colorstay in warm golden. I'm an NC35-40 with yellow undertone and this fits me pretty well.
The product itself is great but you'll have to blend quickly before it sets. Medium to full coverage and I feel that it looks better on me after an hour than when just applied.
I dislike the packaging though, a pump should have been included for this.
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 >>