|Would buy this product again.||74%|
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Green
I got this in Sand Beige and it was the perfect color. The only truly neutral color that matches my beloved clinique Almost Makeup in "light". It also leaves a sheath of shine over a powdery matte finish. I was hoping it wouldn't leave any shine. It covers but I can't tolerate the shine which pronounced fine lines because of the matte finish. Loose powder did not blend with this product. So back to my almost makeup which does not exacerbate my lines but does break apart by the end of the day and does not adequately cover enough imperfections unless my skin is at its best, which it is not right now.
Age: Unknown Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
Great new foundation - YAY! Good-bye Prescriptives, Estee Lauder, Cargo and Lancome. It's really that good. I am using Normal/Combination (Oily). Color is a perfect match. Wish the bottle had a pump. I'm going to try the new powder with Softflex next.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
While I've tried so many foundations, I was a bit reluctant to try this one since the original colorstay was too mask like for me and the natural seemed to possibly clog my pores. I bought this at walgreens for a buy one get one free. I bought this as well as the active. So far, VERY good. This flex formula seems to do what it says. I have combo skin but more on the oilier side but am concerned about over-drying as well since I am 41 and have a few fine lines. I bought this in natural beige. I am a light to medium skin tone. I wore it for most of the day yesterday and liked the medium coverage. It seems to cover but doesn't look or feel cakey. Today, I've been wearing it almost 6 hours and doing some physical work in the garage. It still looks pretty good!! I'm very impressed. It seems to have alot of saying power but bends with your skin so it doesn't accentuate fine lines. Also seems to control the oil. I purchased the one for combo skin. I REALLY like this and it may be good for everyday!! The active I am saving for boating when I need more sunscreen coverage but this cs flex is really good and I'm VERY picky about foundations. Normally I don't balk at buying the dept store brands if I really like them but so far this beats my current clinique superfit and clarifying. Thank you Revlon!!!!!!!!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I have very oily, acne-prone skin and liked everything about this except it turned pink on me. I am neutral light to medium skin tone and tried sand beige and then nude but had same problem with both. I never had that problem with the original CS. I am using differin so I thought maybe that was causing the pink but have since tried Neutrogena Healthy Skin fluid and no pink!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Brown
This review is for the Dry/ Normal formula in Buff and ... Wow! I actually like this foundation. I apply it with my hands - I pour a little in the palm of my hand, add a little liquid highlighter and apply as if applying moisturizer i.e rub your hands together and smooth on. I finish with a little gel and creme blush and spritz my face with a facial spray to set and the results last eight hours, looks fresh, clean and I will repurchase.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Straight, Coarse Eyes: Green
DESCRIPTION OF ME ~ Light yellowy/olive complexion with a tendency to get redness on my cheeks and around my nose. MAC C2/NC20. Large pores, oily and prone to blackheads and occasional acne. I am also sensitive and if I use chemical sunscreens, silica or bismuth my cheeks can react instantly by becoming inflamed and bumpy, which can turn into dermatitis and/or psoriasis. Mid-thirties, some sun damage, (melasma) and fine creases on my forehead..
GENERAL DESCRIPTION~ 1 fl oz (30 ml) Liquid foundation formulated for oily/combination skin types. Company line, oil free shine control, wonít rub off, feels comfortable. I paid $16 CAD on sale at Shopperís Drugs (regular $18.99 CAD pretty darn steep for a drugstore foundation), at www.drugstore.com itís $12.99 US
PACKAGING~ Glass bottle, screw top without a pump. I still donít understand why they wouldnít develop a pump or squeeze tube for this foundation.
CONSISTENCY/TEXTURE~ Creamy, thick liquid foundation.
APPLICATION~ Wow, this stuff is a lot easier to apply than the previous version. You actually have time to blend before it sets. Iím using a Taklon brush then a Jane Iredale flocked sponge to buff it in and am very pleased with the results.
FINISH~ The finish is semi-matte but not cakey like itís predecessor. It actually doesnít set before I add a finishing powder. Which is just fine by me because I find a foundation that sets rock hard usually doesnít look very natural and cakes up.
COVERAGE~ If I use a brush or fingers, I can get medium to full coverage. It builds well and is easy to work with for more coverage in some areas like my cheeks where I need to cover melasma. It does need to be built up for full coverage and it doesn't cover as well as the previous version but with some practice, it can be layered and in the end, looks far more natural. I pat it on and try not to blend too much on areas that need extra coverage, surprisingly this works well. This foundation has an amazing ability to meld into my skin tone and texture.
STAYING POWER~ With a good dusting of finishing powder it lasts all day without fail. It lasts as well, if not better, than the previous version without the nasty separating on my face. It looks better as the day wears, Iím touching up less often than I used to with the previous version.
SCENT~ It still smells like paint but not strongly. The scent totally fades and is not noticeable after it sets.
COLOUR~ I have tried high-end (Armani, Chanel, Trucco, Shiseido) and Revlon is right up there with the high-end in foundation shades. The Sand Beige shade matches my neck perfectly, my face is more the Buff shade so I mix the two so my face matches my neck. Revlon is the only drugstore brand of foundation I can do the swipe test on my jaw line with and it actually disappears.
OVERALL~ Iíve used this everyday for 2 months plus now so with confidence I can say this foundation is a great replacement for the regular ColorStay foundation, just a great foundation in general. Iím not breaking out, it doesnít irritate my skin, it covers well has a more natural finish and is way easier to apply. My skin is sensitive and yes this foundation does contain alcohol but it doesnít contain other irritators like silica, chemical sunscreen or bismuth so itís the best I can find for my finicky skin type. Also, it contains no talc so it's a lot like a liquid mineral foundation than a traditional liquid.
August 2006 Update. So I have bought replacements and the SoftFlex formula without text on the caps is different than the first SoftFlex version. It is thicker and covers far better than the previous, they have tweaked it to be more like the old ColorStay but it is still better. Better shades and doesnít dry as quickly, although more quickly than the first SoftFlex version. Kudos to Revlon, they really seem to listen to their customers, a lot of use complained that the SoftFlex versions didnít cover as well.
Update April 2008 So, I'm sorry to say this is no longer my hg foundation. It started irritating my skin, I think it's the alcohol. I use Tazorac (retinoid rx) and bha liquid so I need soothing products. I currently am using Vichy Corrective and Cover FX foundations set with Ben Nye Banana Luxury powder, last as well as Colorstay for oily skin. I do think Colorstay is a great product for those who can tolerate the alcohol and are on a budget.
Thank you Seclusae2 giving me permission to use your great reviewing format.
Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 7.3%
Inactive Ingredients: Aqua Eau (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 Silvestris 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: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
I used the old Colorstay makeup years ago and eventually stopped because it was just so heavy and mask-like. Now that Revlon has reformulated it, I thought I'd give it another try. I like it! It doesn't feel heavy at all, and it controls oil all day. You do have to work quickly to blend it once you get it on your face, but it blends so easily that it's not a problem. The finish is very smooth and pretty without looking like a mask. My only complaint is I hate the glass bottle. It's very easy to accidentally pour out way too much, or knock the bottle over and spill everywhere. But since the makeup is so great, I'm willing to overlook it. :-)
Update: Now that summer's here and my skin is getting oilier, this makeup is clogging my pores and making me break out. So I'm back to my Clinique Superfit foundation. This will remain my backup, though!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
Very impressed. Beautiful coverage, great shades, natural looking, superb lasting power, comfortable to wear. Far better than Colorstay Natural and the original Colorstay. I purchased this in the Combination/Oily formula in Ivory and I couldn't be happy. It hasn't broken me out either (unlike Colorstay natural.)
I also got my hands on the new blemish concealer and I'm very pleased with that as well. Revlon certainly have stepepd up their act! Probably one of the best foundations I've tried in a long time!
Broke me out BADLY.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Blue
I honestly prefer this new SoftFlex colorstay to the old product, the combination/oily skin formula is amazing and once you learn to use it you too will enjoy the way you look with it as well. Colorstay foundation is heavy, hard to remove, and definately takes time to develop the finess required to use it, if you only have light redness and an oily T-zone appily it lightly and feather it out from the center to create an even degression of blended color or it will definately look and feel like a mask. Keeps oil away for as long as can be expected of any foundation. As most of you have already noticed the bottle is still the same! They must change the bottle. Will anything ever be a 5?
Age: 44-55 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I was so disappointed that Revlon replaced the ColorStay Fond De Teint oil free with this product. ColorStay Fond De Teint was the greatest, it actually was the only foundation that stayed on all day on the market, and you could get it out of the 1.25 oz bottle. This new SoftFlex (my bottle says SPF 15 not SPF 6) has replaced it. It now comes in a smaller bottle only 1 oz (that's about 20% less makeup for same price) and to try and make it look larger, they made the glass thicker, the neck is so small you almost have to try and pour it out on a plate to get to it, almost impossible to get out of the bottle. When you do it doesn't have the near staying power like the other it replaced. It has an oily feel to it and rubs off. Sorry but as the old saying goes "If it isn't broke don't fix it". They should have keep the old version. It's back to looking for a makeup that really stays on and you don't have to take all morning trying to get it out of that tiny hole in a bottle.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
This is a review for the oily/combo formula. ive only had it on my skin for about an hour, but i am very pleased overall. the shade i got, medium beige, matches my skin tone perfectly (i put it on in natural outside light just to be sure!) it blends a lot easier than the original CS, as noted in previous reviews, but it still has the coverage that i like (medium) and i just plain feel comfortable in it. here's hoping that it holds up-i will review when i get back from the lake! :) The ONLY thing that is bugging me about this is the smell-is anyone else bothered by the odd scent? i cant quite put my finger on what it is, but the closest thing i can compare it to (and i know that this is gross) is an old folks home! :) wierd! but if odor is the only problem, i will continue to use this foundation and purchase again.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I really don't understand what is so great about this foundation. The packaging is horrible. I can't believe they haven't moved away from glass bottles. Even a squeeze tube would be preferable although a pump dispenser would be ideal. That would cut down on a lot of contamination.
I have fairly oily skin normally but my face is pretty dry this winter so I thought this product would be excellent for my skin. I got the oily skin formula in buff. I put it on bare skin the first day and it looked okay for about an hour. I thought the coverage was very sheer. Then slowly the foundation started melting away and settling in all my pores and fine lines. I was blotting about every two hours just to keep up with the shine.
This product absolutely will rub off so I don't know why they keep advertising that. Every time I'd blot, there would be more foundation removed. Adding more powder thoroughout the day didn't help. That only made the pores and fine lines more prominate. This foundation washes off easily with Dove soap and a wash cloth.
I also worry about the ingredients. Yes, it says it's oil free but notice that it does not say "noncomedogenic".
The second day I tried it, I applied benzoyl peroxide first, then Smash Box Photo Finish Primer....no difference. The foundation still melted away and settled into fine lines. The search continues....
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green
Iím a big believer in Revlonís Colorstay line, so I had to try SoftFlex as soon as I saw the commercial. I love Revlon foundations and think they are a great value for the price. I bought the SoftFlex in Buff in the combo/ oily formula which is a pretty good match for my complexion. I think it goes on a lot sheerer than the original Colorstay, and blends very well. I actually like it a lot better than original Colorstay. It has medium coverage, and stays put for a full 16 hours. My skin stays matte and hydrated all day. Iím going to definitely repurchase this product!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Other Hair: Brown Eyes: Black
This is a very good quality foundation, my first purchased from Revlon.
I had to return the Medium Beige, it just got too dark after a couple of hours.
I am NC-30-35, so I exchanged it for Sand Beige which I hope will work out better. The texture is very nice, not cakey at all, just gives a nice smooth finish. I was using the MAC Studio Fix Powder foundation, but realized I needed something with a bit more coverage during winter, less drying.
I also bought the ColorStay (new formulation) pressed powder in Light/Medium.
This works well with Sand Beige. If you use Medium Beige, or Natural Beige or Sand Beige, go for the Light/Medium in the pressed powder.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel
All I can say is that I feel like that I have tried them all. It doesn't have quite the amount of coverage as Estee Lauder's Double Wear, but it has the same amount of lasting power. With this foundation, I can apply alot and it still will blend in smoothly with either my fingers or my foundation brush. And, yes there is more coverage when I use the foundation brush. With Double Wear, I have to be real careful and make sure my face is extremely hydrated. I have been using this foundation since March 2006. I seem to reach for this foundation more than I do all of my other foundations. I still hydrate my face with moisturizer or spf moisturizer and then I use Vincent Longo primer or Smashbox primer because these primers are more hydrating. It doesn't show my pores or settle into my laugh lines anymore than any other foundation. I use both this version and the normal to dry version depending on the weather and the season. I'm 47 years old with normal skin that tends to get dry in the winter time. I top this foundation off with Revlon's color stay powder. In my opinion, this foundation is as good, if not better than all of the high end foundations that I have tried. Mac NW25/Shisedo B40/Revlon Colorstay Natural Beige. Edit 7/19/06: This still works beautifully!!!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Red, Curly, Fine Eyes: Green
I looked like I was wearing an orange mask!I could not WAIT to scrub this crap off my face,and I do mean SCRUB.Anything that requires a pickaxe to remove cannot be good for the skin.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
Love this foundation. I am NC30 and got it in Buff, which is a perfect match for me. Love the shade, the blendability, and it lasts for hours and looks the same as when you put it on. The bottle could definitely be improved upon though. I would like to see this in stick form actually, for ease of application.
After comparing this on one side of my face to all of my (many) other foundations on the other side....this has the best coverage and looks the nicest. I am really happy with this.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
I was never a fan of the original ColorStay foundation, I always found it to be MUCH to heavy and mask like. I did find a perfect and comfortable home with ColorStay Natural, a foundation that truly looked NATURAL, wore flawlessly all day on my oily skin, and was packaged in the perfect pump-bottle design. Noticing that my beloved ColorStay Natural began to disappear from my local drugstores with the much-feared "Last Chance - 50% off" stickers attached to them, I ran home and quickly logged onto my makeup information source, MUA. Here I found that my fears would be realized, Revlon was revamping their ColorStay line, introducing the Softflex formulation. After reading some very promising reviews, I retured to the store, bought a bottle in my PERFECT match (Medium-Beige), and rushed home to give it a try. Boy, was I in for a shock. Yes, it is much easier to blend, a la the ColorStay Natural, but it sill has the heavy matte finish of the original ColorStay. No matter the lighting or the mirror, I looked too painted, too fake, and too masked. I washed it off and mourned for my now lost ColorStay Natural. I then found promise with ColorStay Active, but that was a lost dream and is a whole different review, so I won't go into that here.
Overall, if you enjoyed the coverage of ColorStay, you will probably enjoy the new SoftFlex formula. But for those of us who favored the natural, yet sealed-on, non-moving finish of the ColorStay Natural, we may have lost a home with a comfortable setting, for SoftFlex simply cannot compare with the ColorStay Natural look.
Age: Unknown Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
Oh, yes. This new Colorstay combines what I loved most about the original CS and CSN, and no longer has those traits I hated (although I still shake my head at the ridiculous glass bottle.) The original CS had amazing coverage, but tended to look mask-like, and can we say thick? One also had to be armed with some pretty heavy duty makeup removal artillery to take it all off. The CSN, on the other hand, although I loved it for a time, made me look shiny a lot faster than the regular CS. This Softflex is just fantastic! It still has great coverage, but the formula can be sheered out or spackled on, for that bad boy pimple that surfaces now and again, and it keeps my oily face (note: face, not just T-zone) shine free and fresh looking for hours. Oily girls, rejoice in Revlon's breakthrough! EDIT 3.6.06 I'm NC30-35(ish), golden, light skintone. I bought this in Buff, because the original formula's Buff Chamois was my best shade, and I thought the next shade up was Nude, which was way too dark for me. I didn't realize there was one in between - Sand Beige. I may try that out, because as much as I love this foundation, Buff is a little too white, and as another MUAer noted, geisha-looking. I'm crossing my fingers that Sand Beige will be perfect.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Oily Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I tried this product because I'm a foundation junkie. I have t-zone oily skin, the rest is normal. I bought this in Golden Beige which I think is one of their newer shades. I usually am a MAC NC35 (medium yellow toned skin). This foundation looks so natural and doesn't cake and lasts for hours. I applied it with a foundation brush at 7am and it lasted until 4pm (I napped in it too) when I took it off to go to the gym. It probably would have lasted all day if I left it alone. I didn't need to blot my face once. When I initially applied it, I dusted some loose powder (Make Up For Ever's) and beside my nose (which I was constantly blowing because of the dry air in the winter) nothing else got shiny (my nose wasn't shiny--just raw from rubbing it constantly). I'm pleased with how natural this looked and how well the color matched my skin tone. It doesn't make me look pale or too dark or orange. Wonderful. I want to try their new pressed powder too.