|Would buy this product again.||73%|
Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral Hair: Black, Straight, Fine Eyes: Green
I sometimes go on a search for a foundation better than Revlon's Colorstay, but in the end, I always end up back with it. There's really nothing wrong with it. I'll occassionally look for a more matte long-wearing foundation but realistically, no others cover as well and I suppose I don't want my face to look all that much more matte than my neck anyways. I don't want it to be really obvious that I'm wearing any foundation so I guess the natural finish is a good thing. I could always wear powder on top if I really wanted to but I don't care that much. This colour matches me absolutely perfectly. It lasts all day for me with almost zero rub-off and that's with me touching my face and everything. It lasts through rain and humidity. It's pretty hard to remove, but that's a good sign that it's holding on really well. I just have to make sure I do a very thorough job with my toner after cleansing because my cleanser (Spectro Jel) hardly budges the stuff. It hasn't given me any bad reactions or breakouts and I've been using it for over 6 months now. It is a little pricey for a drugstore brand but it lasts a really long time and I haven't found any other product quite like it. I'd prefer that it had a pump on the bottle to keep bacteria out, but I do like that I can see how much is left. With the pump bottles, you can't peek inside as easily to see if you're running low and it's really hard to tell by the weight of the bottle because it's made of glass. Another thing worth noting is that this foundation is very photo-friendly. You can't see it at all in photos. It just makes your skin look naturally good. I'll likely keep buying this product.
Edit 08/09/2007: We've had some really nasty heat and humidity here lately, and I'm really grateful for this foundation at these times. Even when my face feels like a sweaty oil-slick from the humidity (and that's not common for my skin... it's normally more dry than anything), I'm always surprised to look in the mirror and see that my makeup is still in place and looking decent. It does go a little fuzzier after a while in the humidity, but it still holds up pretty darn good, all things considered. I always look a lot better than I feel, so that's a good thing. I usually remove this stuff late afternoon to early evening and reapply it, and then I don't require any touch ups at all (and even doing that, I've been working on the same bottle for somewhere between 6 months and a year and I still have a fair bit left). I don't even need powder. It's not a really matte look but it's certainly not shiny. It's about as matte as your skin naturally is right after you wash it (matte but smooth and not powdery-looking). I realize that a lot of people find the formula to be a little thick, but that may be because of the mineral sunblocks in it, which are naturally very thick. It may seem like a downfall to some but for those like me who are terribly allergic to chemical sunscreens (a new allergy for me), it's absolutely wonderful. And you know what? Mineral sunblocks are a lot better for your skin anyways.
Edit July 15/2008: Just thought I'd add that I've had a couple makeup artists and cosmeticians as well as one dermatologist be fooled by this product. They didn't know I was wearing any foundation at all! I had to tell them or they wouldn't have known. The pigment is so incredibly fine and smooth so it doesn't leave your face looking chalky or powdery like most other foundations, yet it doesn't sacrifice coverage. Good stuff!
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Acne-prone Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
There are a lot of pros but a lot of cons to this one. Ivory is a very misleading color! When I first applied it, it looked so chalky white but as I continued to wear it, it darkened and became more pinky. I love the consistency when you first put it on, it is creamy enough that I can spread a thin layer in sections without getting streaks. Excellent coverage that lasts all day but it has no oil controlling power whatsoever. It also takes a long time to dry so you can't put powder on top until like a half an hour after, that how long it takes to dry! It settled into the pores on my nose really weird too, it looked like a had dots all over my nose. It does look flawless though and I use oil blotting sheets to control oil anyways so that's fine. I still recommend this though, but not my personal HG.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Hazel
I got the oily/combo skin one, w/ SPF 6. It is a little too dark/pinky-orange for me, but I can wear it if I only apply a very light layer. The PROS: It stays on all day, with a very nice finish - matte, yet not chalky (unless I put too much on). Works well with sunblock underneath, controlling shine and the greasies. Medium coverage. These are qualities I look for in an HG. CONS: Color is not perfect, can be gunky and hard to remove (which means clogged pores and bad skin). Turns orangey on my face, and in the bottle, quickly. SPF 6 is pointless, especially for us pale girls. Wide-mouth glass bottle is messy and you can't control how much comes out. Hard to layer for extra coverage. It will streak, ball up, or just look terrible, so you've got to get it right quickly, while it's still wet. Not an HG, but it's an improvement. I haven't been able to wear Revlon foundations ever before this, so they're doing better with formulas and shade variation. I would repurchase, but am still looking for better options. Edit: As a warm-toned PPP, the Buff shade looks better on me. Still a bit dark, but yellow tone hides my redness better and doesn't look ashy gray on me.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Green
I love this stuff. I bought the oily/combination one and it controls shine all day! The only problem is that the ivory could be a little lighter, as it is a little dark, especially in the winter months. The glass bottle makes it a little difficult to get makeup out once your down to the last little bit. It is very expensive instead of my usual makeup buys at 7 - 10 dollars this comes out being over 20 dollars!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Sensitive, Fair Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Green
This is the best foundation I've ever used. It covers well, stays put, and isn't orangey. It does dry quickly, so when you're applying it, make sure to rub it in and don't let it sit. Their powder is great with it.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Hazel
HOW TO REMOVE THE COLORSTAY FOUNDATIONS!
APPLY AN OIL-BASED CLEANSER LIKE POND'S COLD CREAM. Tissue this off and then use your regular cleanser to remove all the oily residue, etc. NOXZEMA does NOT WORK!
YOU CAN EASILY MAKE YOUR OWN CHEAP OIL-BASED CLEANSER:
Combine these two ingredients into a DISPENSER-TYPE bottle--so you can easily pour into your hand:
1 Part Castor Oil (Wal-Mart Pharmacy)
4 Parts Sunflower Oil, Safflower Oil, or Olive Oil (Oils Section of Grocery)
I had planned to buy Safflower Oil, but they didn't have any at Wal-Mart, so I settled for Sunflower Oil.
Shake before you use and just massage this oil onto your face. I found that if I tissue it off before washing my face, it almost all comes off this way.
I bought some baby washcloths at Wal-Mart (4 for 99 cents). They have a rough side and a smooth side. From previous directions on the oil-cleansing method found here on Makeup Alley, of course, you are supposed to hold the hot wet washcloth on your face until it cools, and then massage your makeup off. Splash your face with cold water.
THIS WAY IS EASIER FOR ME:
First remove your makeup with tissue paper and then soak your face with your washcloth and with your regular cleanser as shown above. I just do it for a few seconds and use the washcloth with my Clean & Clear Oil-Free Foaming Cleanser. It removes all the excess oil from the castor oil and sunflower oil concoction applied at first.
If YOU THINK THAT YOU ARE REMOVING YOUR COLORSTAY MAKEUP WITH YOUR NORMAL CLEANSER, try doing my test on the underside of your arm and see for yourself!
HERE'S HOW I REALIZED MY MISTAKE!
After calling REVLON to find out how to remove my Revlon Colorstay Foundation with Bioflex for Oily Skin, the representative told me to use an "oil based cleanser". She would not recommend even one.
One day I decided to see if different cleansers that I had been using were actually removing my makeup! I applied large patches of my foundation mumerous times to the underside of both arms, allowing it to dry and set after each application.
Here are the different things that I tried that did not work UNLESS I SCRUBBED WITH A WET WASHCLOTH OR ABRASIVE PAD:
Baby Shampoo (This has always removed my eye makeup very well).
Baby Oil (Mineral Oil)
Clean & Clear
Clean & Clear Oil-Free Foaming Facial Makeup Remover
Clean & Clear Oxygenating Fizzing Cleanser
Noxzema (this one was the worst!!)
St. Ives Makeup Remover & Facial Cleanser for All Skin Types
Gale Hayman (Beverly Hills) Total Eye Make-Up & Facial Cleanser
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination Hair: Other Eyes: Hazel
I didn't like this one at all. Forget trying to keep your skin clean, this stuff refused to budge and I had to wash my face about three times to get it off. Clogged my pores and caused a breakout too!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
I have found my HG foundation!! I have tried so much, then I read the reviews on MUA about Revlon colorstay, and thought I would try it. I have normal skin in the morning that gets oily by afternoon! I ususally use ivory and bought this is Buff because the ivory was to pink. The buff was perfect. I can't believe the staying power of this foundation most foundations just slide off my oily skin by late afternoon. This stays looking great all night never never has a foundation looked as great at 8:00pm that it looked at 8:00am. I hope they never stop makeing this!!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
The original Colorstay is awesome! Unfortunately, the lightest shade is a bit too pink for my skin tone, but I do use the darker tones in the summer because the pigments match my tan neck better, it stays on like a champ whether at work or at the beach and the price cannot be beat. Again, the coverage is amazing and you really only have to use a small amount to achieve good, even tone. Too much, and you do run the risk of looking masky and fake. It completely covers old red marks that I had from old breakouts and doesn't add to my misery by breaking me out more. I traveled from Alaska (zero humidity) to Mississippi last summer (extreme humidity!) and my makeup stayed on, no matter what! I love how it also pretty much erases the appearance of my pores, which can look larger when I use other foundations. The only reason I gave it four lippies instead of five is because the lightest tone doesn't match me as well, so I don't use this foundation year-round. Plus, it can feel a little heavy if you put too much on. Otherwise, this is my HG foundation of the summer, for sure!UPDATE: Some complain about the makeup not coming off completely after washing. My soulution is to use a gel-based cleanser that foams and a damp washcloth. (I use Neutrogena's Oil-Free Acne wash, myself.) This really helps in getting the makeup to come off at the end of the day w/out residual crap remaining in your pores. Also, to help w/application you MUST use some sort of a moisturizer to help the makeup to glide onto your face. Sponges are also better to use than fingertips when applying as well, as the makeup blends much more evenly. I haven't experienced an increase in acne yet, but if I do, I'll be sure to update again! EDIT #2: I started using this again about a month ago and unfortunately, it has broken me out BIG TIME!!!! Took of a couple of lippies for that one! I'll still use it for a day out at the beach since it stays on even when you're swimming (yes I'm that vain) but it's deep-6'ed for everyday use. That stinks since I find the color to match me fairly well and the staying power is unreal.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
This has become my HG foundation, that I wear daily. I would recommend this foundation to ladies with oily skin who have a lot to hide. It covers my acne marks and acne and it stays on forever. The finish is very matte. The shade works for my PPP skin, it has some pink in it.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination Hair: Red Eyes: Brown
It works excellenty, but you must wear moisterizer underneath and blend very fast.
Lovely coverage, i don't need powder when i use it. I did get the wrong color 02 buff chamois, I'm lighter than that even though I'm half-cuban. However it had yellow undertones instead of the disgusting orange undertones which matches latino/asian skin.
But it has unreal staying power, i have to use make-up remover on this stuff. I have combo-oily skin and I live in louisiana: this foundation does not turn orangy or evaporate!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Other, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green
I’m almost embarrassed to admit it, but this is my HG foundation. I’m referring to the original here – not the ColourStay Natural version. Very lightly applied with a sponge, this covers all my imperfections and keeps the oilies at bay all day on my combination skin. The slightly pinkish Ivory colour is also a perfect match for my NW20 skin. I will say that it’s easy to be heavy-handed with this and end up with a chalk-like foundation mask. And of course, quick and thorough blending is essential. I hate the packaging and the concept – it’s all so…mid-90s… Remember those TV commercials with the techno music and Cindy Crawford wiping her face on various generations of men in white shirts? This is the only Revlon product I wholeheartedly endorse. Sadly, my foundation graveyard is filled with the likes of Armani LSF, Px Traceless, Stila IPF, Mac Select, Shu Nobara, and the list goes on -- as I attempt in vain to find a hipper HG...
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
This was the first all day wear foundation I used when I was about 16 searching for a foundation to last in the hot weather and back then it was one of the only all day wear foundations I could find. I stopped using it after other affordable cosmetics companies started producing their versions as back then Colorstay foundation was like liquid cement a it dried so incredibly fact there was no time to blend into the rest of the face! And when it dried your face felt tight all day. Well I tried going back to it after all these years just to see if it's any better then Ultima's Wonderwear, but it tis not. Instead of Colorstay being really thick and drying fast it's now the exact opposite. It's very thin and does not provide full coverage and takes very very long to dry and that's w/ sitting in front of my fan for 10-15 min and it's still tacky! So it went from one extreme to the other. Not sure what's so difficult here as other cosmetics companies can get it right texture wise. Anyhow, I am back to my Ultima Wonderwear foundation which are now so much more affordable since I discovered the Revlon warehouse outlets store in Phoenix which I can call and place an order with anytime for any Ultima, Revlon, Almay product for 60% retail so instead of spending $21.50 from Ulta.com for my Ultima foundation I now spend $8.50 plus $3 or so for shipping. And the Revlon Colorstay is like $5 or so whereas in a store it's $12 or so. he Revlon warehouse number is 1-800-465-5592 and you can call from anywhere to order, just know what you want. I was lucky to actually visit there recently and they had everything and I got a huge department store size shopping bag of stuff for $92 which would had cost well over $300 at full price.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone Hair: Black Eyes: Hazel
This is amazing stuff. I have fair skin that's very hard finding a color match that doesn't look orangey... and all the ones I've tried that didn't, just looked dry and cakey. I use a moisturizer before applying this, and it goes on so smoothly and evenly. I've never had it look cakey or unnatural, and it does cover blemishes. Oh and did I mention- the name speaks for itself! The color definitely stays and wont melt off like many others do. I've found my HG foundation.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Oily, Fair, Cool Hair: Red, Wavy Eyes: Blue
I've been using this for a week and still have a love-hate relationship with it. Some days, it seems to go on evenly and lasts until I take it off. Other days, it seems to go on streaky and wears off in patches. I do like this color for sure--it's so hard to find foundation at places like Wal-Mart and Target for people with super-pale skin. I'm going to finish off this bottle and see how it goes.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Red Eyes: Blue
I bought this foundation for 50% off. I had always wanted to try it but was put off by the $12 price tag. Ivory is a perfect match for me. I can wear Stila 20 Watts in ILF and Becca Sand and Praline/Sherbet. This foundation provides good coverage without looking fake. It definitely is matte and it lasts all day. Normally foundation only stays on my nose a few hours but Colorstay DOES stay. I like using this foundation when my skin is behaving badly because it covers my blemish without looking cakey. And it did not cause me to breakout. I don't like the pump bottle--these pumps always break but I can live with it.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
Okay, at first I used this and it looked pretty good on my face, it got rid of the shininess on my tzone.. but after about a week, I started to break out in clumps of pimples! What is up with that! It's oil-free it says but I think it was just too much and too heavy for my skin.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination Hair: Brunette Eyes: Blue
This is definitely my HG foundation. No matter what condition my skin is in (hormonal breaks outs, dry patches, healing zits, sweat, oil, etc.) this stuff can handle it. It is truly full coverage, which may be too heavy for some, but is perfect for me. The color selection is also nice and the lightest color, Ivory, is perfect for my ultra-pale skin. Also, for those of you who are like me and tried the StayNatural version first and broke out horribly, this stuff is waay different. As long as you make sure you remove ALL of it before you go to sleep, you should be just fine. I've read alot of reviews complaining about this foundation not being very blendable or being too cakey. I have to say I have had neither problem. In my experience with it, Colorstay has a very thick, creamy consistency which spreads very easily, sets beautifully, and then doesn't budge all day. I highly recommend this stuff for people who hate touching up their makeup during the day and want full coverage.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination Hair: Blond Eyes: Hazel
I just keep going back to this product, even after buting higher end products in the search for something 'just a bit better' For the price this is as good as I gets in my opinion! Super matte finish, last for ages, may be too think (coverage) for some but I like that.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Very Oily Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I read the comments on this before I bought it at the store. I have to be honest, I was not completely sure that it was gonna be that great....but.....IT WAS! I love this foundation!!!!