Revlon ColorStay Makeup [Reformulated Early 2013]


4471 reviews

70% would repurchase

Package Quality: 2.8

Price: $$

Package Quality: 2.8

Price: $$


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)

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Skin Type: NC15, Combination/Oily

I purchased this is in the combo/oily version in shade 110 Ivory.I think this is an absolute holy grail for people with oily skin, and have issues with foundation sliding off throughout the day. Many people compare this to MAC Studio Fix, but I would say it's more similar to Estee Lauder Double Wear, because both adhere to the skin really well. I usually don't use primer or moisturizer because I feel that they just add an additional layer of grease that I don't need. However, even with Colorstay I find that I need to at least apply a primer, or else it dries too fast and it makes it difficult to blend. This sounds like a drawback, but on my skin this is a lifesaver! It delivers buildable medium-full coverage, and dries matte. The only complaint I have is the shade selection. I bought the lightest shade, and it is slightly too pink on my neutral to yellow toned pale skin. This shade is best suited for cool-toned ladies. The next shade up, Buff, is too dark for me! I've tried mixing them, but it just turns orange. So I have to settle for a slightly off shade, usually I just set it with a very pale yellow powder to offset the pink. But if you have oily skin, need coverage, and can find your shade, I would say snatch this up! It is one of the best foundations I've tried, both drugstore and high-end.

on 4/28/2011 2:17:00 PM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

The only reason I give this product 4/5 is because I have yet to find my perfect shade :(

I have olive/yellow undertones and I tried Buff, Fresh Beige,and Medium Beige so far to no avail. However I have yet to try Ivory (which looks too light) and Nude (which also looks too pinkish for me) Perhaps I should wander into the Golden shades?

My tips for this foundation:

-It can accentuate pores so a primer is a must for flawless matte finish. I think its worth it.

-Plus you may want to use a finishing powder just for an extra hold and more natural finish

on 4/28/2011 2:11:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Green


I really dont get the good reviews / raves this stuff gets...

This is the only foundation I have tried in my LIFE that I completely hate and cannot use.

heres why:

1) no pump

2) very cakey finish, very obvious on the skin

3) not very blendable

4) does not sink in / blend / adhere to the skin AT ALL

5) transfers onto EVERYTHING!!

6) DOES NOT LAST. Not even for an hour.

7) slides around on your skin

and the list goes on...

I have tinted moisturizers that cover & last better than this, and they cost less!

for reference Ive tried both formulas, Ive followed the directions on the bottle and even the tips online to a 'T', Ive tried it with and without a primer, with and without powder, with and without finishing spray, Ive tried brushes, sponges, and hands... Ive tried EVERYTHING to made this work, but unfortunately this foundation SUCKS.

I LOVE other revlon products, but they seriously failed me on this one. I cant use it at all, and it ended up being a waste of money. :'(

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

on 4/28/2011 3:49:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Black

I cant believe i havent reviewed this yet, Ive been using this foundation for a few years now it is my HG. For reference im a NC20(on the darker side) with ance prone oily skin, i use this in either buff or sandbeige,(in the oily/combo skin formula) i prefer sandbeige, as buff is a tad too light for me. My criteria for foundation is: has to decently cover my acne scars, stay on long, and combat the oilyness of my face, i believe this foundation does it all ! I would say coverage is high medium( definetely not full as some scars and acne still show through), stilll does a amazing job as evening out my skin tone and hiding my acne scars all over my cheek, what can i say i love it, it works, ovcourse blotting
throughout the day is necssary but for someone as oily as me this is a godsend, it truly stays on all day! give it a shot

EDIT: have been using this for about 2 years, ive tried others in between(Vichy dermablend, loreal true match, face shop bb cream) and i just kept going back to this, truly the only foundation that does not melt off my face by the end of the day!

on 4/27/2011 10:34:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

I think I may have found my HG. This foundation allows me to go much much longer without blotting my t-zone. Before I would be blotting and powdering after an hour (I had been using various forms of the Dream Mousse...never again!). It has not made me break out yet (I've been using for about 2 weeks). I apply with a sponge and it blends very well.

There are only two things really wrong with this foundation. The packaging- I'd prefer a pump or squeeze bottle.
The scent- It smells like paint! But it fades as soon as it dries.

But those two negatives do not outweigh the positives!

on 4/27/2011 9:06:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Very Oily, Medium, Cool

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I don't know.... I feel like after reading other reviews I have a different product... but no, mine says REVLON COLORSTAY so whatever ha ha. I don't think it dries fast... its so oily/wet/liquidy it dries slower than my Maybelline SuperStay.... I don't know if it has great staying power because I am mixing it with SuperStay but it definitely doesn't have great coverage... I like it because it has all the opposite qualities of SuperStay - oily translucent and yellow toned ... making it perfect when they are mixed... just PERFECT!

I do have extremely oily skin and just realized that while at the store I only looked at the color... which I got 150 Buff for Normal/Dry Skin... and I have oily skin :( Oh well maybe thats why the liquid is so oily ha ha... I DO overlay my liquid foundation with some light powdering of Jane Iredale Golden Glow pressed Powder and Aveda translucent powder and it keeps my face from getting oily for most of the day.

Good stuff.

on 4/27/2011 6:02:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Tan, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

This foundation is the best ive found at the drugstore. It has great coverage and a very amplified color selection. Although i still find I have to mix my foundation during the summer. I am usually 330 Natural Tan during the winter, but in the summer I mix 330 & 370 to make an acceptable color for my skin. Yes, Ive heard they have an in-between color in 350 but Ive search long and short and nothing! :( Anywho, the only downside to this foundation is that its very thick, and I find I have to work fairly fast so that it doesnt end up drying out. I've also discovered a little trick, when I dont want so much makeup on, I use a wedge sponge dip it in water a little then apply foundation and VUALA! you have yourself a flawless face with not so much foundation. :)

I will keep repurchasing ... I think i found that out after my 3rd bottle. :)

on 4/27/2011 5:55:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

So thankful to you fellow MUA ladies who recommended this product! I am so impressed...easily blendable, matte, and LONG WEAR. No really, this stuff ACTUALLY lasts all day. Its also a pretty light formula-my skin breathes and I dont feel Like I'm wearing a mask. I do use ELF mist and set and powder over top. I am 'supposedly' NC30-35. I picked this up in natural tan...its a little on the dark side but will be perfect in just a few weeks. Ive still been wearing it. Hooray for readily available GOOD foundation!! You can always find a deal on DS brands if ya look!

on 4/27/2011 5:26:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

I use this as my everyday foundation, and while it is thick, I just apply it to problem areas and blend it out to the rest. It is quite a great foundation for being drugstore kind. It stays on FOREVER and definitely takes no time to get used to it. I use this, apply my MAC concealer on problem areas, put my setting powder on and I am good to go. It has lasted through hot sweaty days and never faded until I removed it at the end of the night. Definitely recommend.

The bottle is just yuck to work with and I would much rather prefer a pump, but I will take it for the price and overall product quality.

on 4/27/2011 5:15:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Tan, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I like this foundation and it would be a repurchase if I was to run out. the only thing is that it is very thick and dries fast and you have to work fast when applying it.

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