Revlon ColorStay Makeup [Reformulated Early 2013]

3.8

4490 reviews

70% would repurchase

Package Quality: 2.8

Price: $$

Package Quality: 2.8

Price: $$

INGREDIENTS

Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide (7.3%) Inactive Ingredients: Aqua/Water (Water), Cyclomethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Butylene Glycol, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone, SD Alcohol 40B, PEG/PPG 18/18 Dimethicone, Nylon 12, Tribehenin, Isododecane, Polyisobutene, Sodium Chloride, Cetyl PEG/PPG 10/1 Dimethicone, Bisabolol, Serica (Silk Powder), Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Malva Sylvestris Flower Extract (Mallow), Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract (Lily), Lactobacillus/Eridictyon Californicum Ferment Extract, Cymbidium Grandiflorum Flower Extract, Alumina, Polydimethylsiloxane/Polymethysilesquioxane Copolymer, Ethylene Brassylate, Methicone, Trisiloxane, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, May Contain (+/-): Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499)


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

One of the foundations that never broke me out. However, smell was horribly off-putting and smelt like paint. Packaging is pretty impractical and i always ended up pouring out more foundation than i needed. While the oil control was decent, i also didn't like the fact that it was rather thick and gave my skin a dull complexion. If you're looking for something that will give you a slight radiance and dewy-looking complexion, this is not for you. Otherwise, this is pretty ok.

For reference, i'm NC30, oily and acne-prone skin-type.



Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I do love this foundation mostly for the prce, but i wish it had a pump and didnt smell like straight paint!!


Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I have been using the Revlon Colorstay liquid foundation for about two months now and I love it! I have two colors which I mix depending on how tan I get during the summer. It gives you a matte finish and does not feel too heavy on the skin. Along with a primer, this foundation lasts about 6-8 hours on my skin. The coverage is medium. I would recommend this product to anyone who is looking for a decently priced foundation that will work well.


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Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brown, Curly, Fine

Eyes: Blue

Though my experiance with this product was not bad (esp for drugstore brand) and it was a reccomended item by make up geek, I have had better. I think my skin is just picky. I have combination skin, parts are really dry t zone mildly oily and all is very fine easy to clog pores. plus aging. it kinda stinks, and is thick looking if not put on properly. coverage is not bad.

I again, might buy this if in a bind. but not likely. I like clean non clogging unvisable unfelt make up. no matter the cost.


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Black

This was my holy grail foundation for the longest time (3-4 years). If you're looking for a long-lasting drugstore foundation, you've found it. I believe I have combination oily skin, and this lasts me the whole day. I always thought this was a pretty full coverage foundation, but I recently tried the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation which might be a bit fuller in coverage. I guess that makes the Colorstay a medium to full coverage foundation. Don't worry though, it covers a lot. I have many dark spots from my old acne, and this covers up my dark spots quite well. I like this, because I never liked the idea of spending time on concealing.

I've tried both the Combo/Oily and the Normal/Dry. I stick to the Combo/Oily, because I believe it stays on longer. However, the Normal/Dry does give me a SLIGHTLY dewier finish, which I do like, but it does seem to last not quite as long. I wouldn't mind getting another Normal/Dry bottle though.

For those of you who complain about the foundation not having a pump, I would highly suggest purchasing an airless pump. I bought a couple for $1.50 each at my local DAISO. You could probably find it at a dollar store as well. If not, there are some on EBAY. Here is an example:
http://cgi.ebay.com/TWO-1-Oz-30-ml-Airless-Bottles-w-pump-cover-/220427409092?pt=US_Skin_Care&hash=item33527f56c4

I apply the foundation by pumping some of the foundation onto my ELF powder brush (studio line), stipple it onto my face, then blend. I would highly recommend the ELF powder brush. It is such great quality for such a good price (only $3). I bought mine at my local Target, but you can also purchase them on eyeslipsface.com. I have several of them: one for liquid foundation, one for setting powder, and one for blush. Sidetracked..

Anyways, the ONLY reason I took one star off is because I have recently started an acne treatment regimen with FACE REALITY. They gave me a list of pore-clogging ingredients, and Sodium Chloride was on the list. Sodium Chloride is one of the ingredients in the Revlon Colorstay. Here is the list:
http://www.facerealityacneclinic.com/articles/pore_clogging.php

I only have non-inflamed acne (more of blackheads). To be honest, I don't think Colorstay has ever really given me a terrible breakout. If you don't have acne prone or sensitive skin, I would definitely suggest this foundation. I wish I could continue to use this foundation, but I don't want to do anything to make my acne treatment less effective.

P.S. It does not matter if the makeup label says "non-comedogenic." It can still contain pore-clogging ingredients.

Sorry if this was terribly long, but I hope it was helpful.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

I wear this every day, no matter what. I've tried a bunch of other liquid foundations and none of them are as good as this, totally reliable and lasts forever and ever


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

i really love this foundation....i have a combination skin and liquid foundation usually will break me out..then i decided to try this foundation and it is super amazing...it stays on my face all day long and it does not break me out...the only thing i dont like is the packaging which didnt have pump...but its the only foundation that work best with my skin...so i definitely will buy it again...even without the pump...huhu


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Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Black, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

Probably one of the best drugstore foundation. It covers really well and has a nice finish and last all day (even in hot humid weather)!! Not many foundation can do that! It made my oily skin less greasy and did not break me out.

The only thing is that is dries super fast and you have to blend well if you don't want to end looking streaky. I find it better to use it with a sponge instead of a brush. It's just much easier to blend it. Also the packaging could have been a lot better, or at least have a pump so you don't spill a lot of the foundation while applying it. But that's the only negative thing I have to say about this foundation.

The price is very reasonable for the amount of product you are getting. One bottle will last at least 3 or 4 months so it's very good value for your money!
For the oily- skin people out there: definitely try this foundation!!


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Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Very Oily, Olive, Neutral

Hair: Black, Relaxed, Medium

Eyes: Brown

this has to be my HG foundation because I have tried over 15 foundations (drugstore+highend) & EVERY single foundation expect this one has broken me out & not just a little but BROKE me out BADD!. I have oily skin & when I apply a light coat it doesnt look cakey or thick or mask like at all, I do lightly conceal after applying my foundation, it dries to a matte finish, which i like. I hate it doesnt have even number of color ranges women of color to exist in the world & there should be more than 2 dark shades. overall great foundation at a good price (depending where you purchase) I will always buy this foundation it doesnt melt off or run in the summer on me either


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Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Very Oily, Olive, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Green

This is the foundation I always come back to, no matter which foundation I feel like trying that never lives up to what this one does for me and my very oily skin. First, the colors... In the winter I wear 150 “Buff Chamois” and in the summer I can easily get away with 300. In between, I can wear 180. Overall, the colors for me are very great, and most drugstore foundations are too pink on me. I have a very prominent yellow/olive undertone, and most foundations are not yellow enough. In the winter, it is a big problem, as most of the lighter shades come in very pink undertones or are too light or dark if they are yellow enough. The color match for my very yellow skin is great! If the shade 300 was a bit more yellow, it would be perfect! If you find this is a problem for you, try mixing a bit of another foundation with the right undertone into the Revlon Colorstay. The longevity of this foundation remains unaltered, but the color will match you better.
Now, onto coverage. What I love about this foundation is that it’s so full coverage but can easily be sheered down to a lighter coverage for summer or for when my skin is nicer. At a full coverage, it can look cakey if too much is applied because it is SO opaque and makes your skin look so flat and dead. This is the ONLY downside to the foundation—its heaviness on the skin and its tendency to cake if used too heavily. This is a foundation you can definitely feel when it’s on your face. It is not light weight, so if you are used to that, this is not for you! I rarely need to use an additional concealer for anything on my face after I’ve applied this foundation. If I do need more coverage on some spots, I just dab on more of the foundation over that spot and it conceals perfectly. Just use less overall for a lighter coverage. I do not have severe discoloration or any hyper-pigmentation, but when I need spots covered, this foundation does the job splendidly.
Because it is so full coverage, most people will find it hard to blend but once you’ve worked with it for long enough and know exactly how to apply it, I do not find this a problem at all. I work on sections of my face, not the entire thing all at once. I start with one cheek, then the other, then chin, nose, then forehead. The best brush I’ve found for this foundation is the Sigma F80 or F82 (which I actually prefer to the F80 because it can buff the foundation in and give a sheerer, more natural application while the F80 cakes it on a bit more). These brushes can soak up a lot of the product, however. I used to apply it with my fingers, and this also gives a nice application but you have to work harder with flat foundation brushes and fingers, I find. I would NOT suggest a flat foundation brush for this foundation. That may make it much harder to blend and apply. Basically as soon as you start blending this foundation on your skin, it has begun to set so moving it around additionally after the first few seconds will make it look worse. The application process is an art you have to master.
The longevity is flawless for a drugstore foundation. This is the best and most long lasting foundation out there, no questions asked. I’ve not heard of nor found a more long lasting foundation than this. I have worn it for over 12 hours and, as long as I did not touch my face much throughout the day, it will still be on the skin fairly opaquely. Other foundations slide off of my skin in a couple of hours due to its oiliness, even with a primer underneath. With a primer, this one stays put over 12 hours on my very oily skin. I powder the foundation to make it last as long as possible after I apply it. After about 5-6 hours, I have to re-powder my skin to mattify it. I powder additionally throughout the rest of the day after the first hours of wear, but that keeps it looking flawless for a very long time. The oil in my face does come through the foundation, but that is nothing some powder cannot fix to keep the foundation looking full coverage for the rest of the day. It does not easily wear away. This longevity is unmatched by any drugstore foundation I’ve seen out on the market so far and is the main reason I use this.
The smell used to be very strong but I’ve noticed in the newer bottles I have of it (and I have gone through several bottles) that the smell is not as prominent anymore. The foundation does not irritate my skin, but not many things do. Everyone wishes that it came in a pump form, but I do not mind the bottle very much because the product performs so beautifully. You just have to be careful not to pour out too much (which is something I oftentimes end up doing, putting almost double the amount I will need on the back of my hand when applying it) and not to contaminate the bottle. I think the formula of the foundation would not perform the same way if it were to go through a pump applicator. If anything, this should have a spatula like the Rimmel Clean Finish foundation. If the bottle bothers you that much, put it in some other type of container and use it from there. That is also better if you need to mix colors to get your specific skin color with this or if you don’t want to be opening the actual bottle very often. Overall, the bottle can get messy.
The price is very fair, and you can often find coupons for Revlon products to knock off another dollar or two or buy it at Ulta with coupons. At my Walmart, it is down to around $9 which is not bad at all.
Overall, I cannot give this less than 5 stars because this is my Holy Grail foundation. I have sampled Clinique foundations before, trying to find something better or at least a higher end dupe for it, and none of them stayed on my skin for more than 2 hours. This is better than all of the ones I have ever tried and I can imagine I will continue to reach for this foundation for a long time to come.

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.


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