I've had this stuff for about a week now, and here are my observations: If you have dry skin with little to no problems with foundation staying on, you're probably not going to need/like this. If you have oily skin, this stuff could change your life. It has for sure changed mine. I think I can speak for both skin types pretty well. I have a pretty oily t-zone that needs blotting/powdering at least once with Colorstay, colorstay whipped, almay tlc, covergirl outlast 3-in-1, MUFE hd, Laura Mercier, Kat Von D, etc. All of those foundations are great but my oil will still surface around one o'clock. (I am a long-wearing foundation junkie). In stark contrast, my cheeks are ruddy and usually extremely dry. I must use completely different products on different areas of my face (sigh). I bought this because it sounded like exactly what I wanted: sheer coverage, long-wearing, with built in sunscreen and primer. However, I have learned to only put this where I get oily. I think even with normal skin, you must put on a pretty decent moisturizer. That being said, on my oily parts, this stuff is absolutely incredible. All in all, if you are not oily, this is probably not the best BB treatment to spend your money on. It claims to be a moisturizer as well but trust me, it is not. If you are oily, this stuff will probably be your best friend. Quickly about the colors: I am very fair and so I chose the color fair (shocker). But next time I get this I will get light, which is probably more for the NW20 and on, but it is sheer enough that I think it will just give a nice hint of color because I do get quite tan in the summer months. I don't think I will repurchase fair beyond this anyway because it is just a base, and a sheer one at that. Fair would be perfect for an NW10 probably, but I'm not that light either. The shades do run a bit dark, but I think they would work well with lots of different undertones because the shades are very forgiving. This stuff has simplified my makeup routine. I kept buying all of these full coverage foundations because of lasting problems with my oily skin, but I didn't really need the coverage. Everything just felt so heavy. Now I have this, which just allows me to pop on a bit of concealer, set it with a little powder, and not worry about anything sliding off. The only reason this is getting a 4 is because it sticks to dry spots and makes them look worse. But, like I said, I've found a way around that. Alright, enough rambling. Great product!
Concealers -Revlon - ColorStay Blemish Concealer with Soft Flex
oliviasMUA 1/16/2013 9:17:00 PM
I'm on my second or third tube of this stuff. I have really fair, combination skin (oily acne prone t-zone) and I buy the shade fair. I understand why people on here don't think it blends, or has little to know coverage. This stuff is made to stick, so you really have to moisturize well before hand. The coverage may be light, especially when dabbing with fingers, but I've found that it is buildable. It works best for me when I want a very natural face. I just dab it on the areas of my t-zone that I need it to cover and then use a real techniques expert face brush to buff/blend lightly. I find that this maximizes coverage and cuts down the dabbing time. I hate dabbing and spending time on my face. The scent is a lot like the colorstay foundation. With all this being said, honestly the foundation itself is much more full coverage. But it also feels a lot heavier. When I want a full faced, waterproof sweatproof failproof face, I wear the colorstay foundation and this concealer. I've found that why this concealer does face, it works as a great base. My MUFE full cover slid right off my face until I decided to put an almost invisible layer of this stuff underneath. The stuff that has more pigmentation tends not to work on oily skin, I have noticed. All in all, I love this product because I've played with a lot. I know the shade I have is a great neutral tone for very fair skin, although I can't speak for the other shades/skin tones. If you're looking for a decently long lasting, non-pore clogging, buildable concealer that doesn't break the bank but also doesn't perform miracles, this is it.
Eyeliner -Revlon - Colorstay Eyeliner in BlackBrown
oliviasMUA 8/8/2012 10:08:00 PM
I like this eyeliner. I mostly use it for my waterline/tightline. It stays pretty well. My only issue is that it doesn't smudge AT ALL. Like not even when you first put it on. So it's gotta be good the first time you apply.
Something about this foundation just doesn't sit right on my skin. I have dry skin, and yet I feel oily with this on. I don't know if it's just the summer or what, but for right now I'm not digging it. I do like the liquid foundation, I think it lasts longer and stays matte as well, at least on my skin. This is the foundation I use when I run out of my Almay truly lasting foundation, and then my revlon colorstay liquid. Don't think I'll get this again. Also, my Target had one left in my color and I was bent on getting it that day, but the glass was chipped on the bottom part of the jar. I cut my thumb open pretty badly. Overall just a hit and a miss.
I liked this foundation for a long while. It covered well and lasts a very long time. However I've recently switched to Almay truly lasting foundation in Ivory. I feel as though that lasts just as long and yet is much more nourishing to my skin. Colorstay had nothing wrong with it, it just made my skin underneath sort of dull, and I didn't really realize it until I used the Almay and my skin felt great. It is however much more full coverage, and has less SPF than the Almay. So as a foundation for special events and nights out, I definitely still reach for this.
This is a great color. However it really didn't look right on my fair, cool toned skin. I should have known, I just really liked the color and wanted to make it work. After this was a dud for me, I bought CG's tapestry taupe which worked much better, and Wet and Wild's nutty, which is my favorite. This was just not for me.
Lip Treatments -Maybelline - Baby Lips lip balm in Pink Punch
oliviasMUA 8/8/2012 9:49:00 PM
I love this stuff. I understand how this color may not be best suited for older women. It is a very barbie, cute pink. But for young girls it's great. It gives the perfect splash of color to the lips without the hassle of layers of lipstick/gloss. It also softens so nicely. And smells delicious. Color looks great with a tan, too. I have this in Cherry Me which is much more natural and a little less pigmented but also amazing too. Will keep buying again and again.
This stuff is awesome. Picked it up just for the fun of it, and it turned out to be one of my favorite eyeshadows. You can swipe some over the entire lid up to the crease for a really light, natural look. Or you can build it up in the outer corner for night. Seriously, great product, great color, nothing to lose.
I'm pretty excited about this foundation. I had been using Revlon colorstay in Ivory for most of this year. I found it to be a good foundation, and it did what it was supposed to. It gave good coverage and lasting power. However I think I like this Almay better. I got it today on a whim after hearing good things about it. I liked that some of the ingredients were nourishing. I felt like the colorstay did nothing for my skin, sometimes even making it more dull. I've also tried the whipped colorstay, which made my dry skin somehow look oily, so that was a no-go as well. I'm happy to say that this felt great on my dry skin. It allowed my concealer to blend in flawlessly. It was longwearing, hydrating, and the best part was that at the end of the day, when I took my makeup off, my skin looked better than it had in months. It was more supple and just had a glow to it. I'm really hoping this stuff doesn't break me out. It's not as full coverage as colorstay, but I believe foundation is just really for evening out the skintone, not masking it, while targeting blemishes individually will create a more even looking face. If this product keeps it up, this will be my new go-to foundation. As of right now I have no cons for it. Will update soon.