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I'm a little bit obsessive when it comes to foundation. I dont have the best of skin to start with- oily nose complete with large pores, thread veins on my cheeks, and crinkles under my eyes, so when it comes to foundation I must have spent hundreds of pounds in my search for the 'holy grail' of foundations.
I was recommended to try this by a friend, who uses the version for dry skin, and her skin always looks great. Having an oily t-zone I went for the oily/combination skin version.
My first criteria in a foundation is the shade, as my skin is very pale its rare to find a foundation light enough. I chose Ivory which is their lightest shade, and a quick check on my jaw showed an almost perfect match.
My second criteria is coverage, as I have those pesky nose pores and broken veins to cover. This foundation comes out as quite a runny liquid, which did worry me to start with, but once you start applying it, it become more 'solid' on the skin, and one coat was enough coverage to hide my pores, and dampen down on my cheek veins- nothing will ever cover those bad boys!
My next test is endurance- I always apply a new foundation on a day when I don't need to leave the house, as half the time, it changes to orange after a few hours- not so with this beauty! The colour stayed true all day, and after 8 hours, apart from some fading on my cheeks, and a few oil freckles on my nose, was still perfectly intact. When it comes to removing my make up at the end of the day, although it comes off, I find that I do need an oil to remove it first, as regular make up remove doesn't budge.
Every now and then I do get tempted by the next wonder foundation, but time after time, for the last 5 years now, this is my fail safe foundation which I always go back to.
~Description about product
Revlon Color stay is available at most beauty stores like Super drug, Boots,Tesco or Ebay etc either online or in store, It's available in different shades from light skin to dark skin:
Each bottles are £12.49 for 30 ml which is a fair amount, It claims to stay flawless for 16 hours and oil-free formula helps control shine all day (bonus for me! As my skin can get oily)
I've been using Revlon ColorStay foundation for combination/oily skin in shade Ivory for about 1 year or so, after using a mousse foundation which wasn't working for me. This foundation has made my skin look and feel so much better when put on unlike some others that can look cakey on me.
It has a smooth creamy liquid consistency but the downside is that it doesn't have a pump so it can be difficult to get out the pot.
I find it has a good coverage which you can easily build layers onto your skin to your own style, I wouldn't put it on too thick thou as it can look cakey if it's not blended in properly. It's really good at hiding those annoying spots or marks/redness as well which is always a bonus for me as I can get terrible skin some days, And I also have large pores but have found with this product it hides them very well.
This foundation stays put all day long from morning to evening, even with my oily skin, it doesn't slide of either but I do set it with powder too.
I like that this bottle will last me a long time depending on how much I use it as with other foundation's I've gone through them quickly because I seem to use more to cover blemishes up, but with this one I only need to use it sparingly and it hides blemishes very nicely. Most of my family/friends have commented on my foundation to say how lovely it looks.
Overall it's my number one favorite foundation to use for everyday when I go out so I'd recommend this to people who want to try this =)
I've been a huge fan of Revlon foundations for a while. Having used the Revlon Custom Creations foundation for years, due to lack of availability (it is now only available via ebay) I have been on the hunt the past few months for an alternative to fill the foundation shaped hole in my life. Staying true to brand I have been going through the Revlon foundations currently on the market.
*Picking a shade*
This is a review of the Revlon Colorstay Foundation for combination/oily skin in shade 180 sand beige however the foundation comes in 9 shades, as follows:
Ivory, Buff, Sand Beige, Caramel, True Beige, Natural Tan, Early Tan, Rich Tan.
The shades for the normal/dry skin types varies slightly and is as follows:
Ivory, Buff, Nude, Sand Beige, Natural Beige, Fresh Beige, True Beige, Natural Tan and Toast.
I am quite pale with freckles, blonde hair and brown eyes but I do use a gradual tanner to give me a bit of a glow. I never go for the ivory colour (which always tends to be the palest shade) but usually go for one, two or three shades above the lightest shade, dependant on how many actual shades are in the range.
I picked what I believed to be the third lightest shade in this range (the sand beige). As the actual layout of the shades was quite confusing in the shop however I am uncertain if I did pick the third lightest as instead of showing the shades in ascending or descending colour the foundations seemed to be all over the place. Added to this, there doesn't seem to be a great difference between the shades, although the caramel shade stands out as significantly different to the rest (think David Dickinson mahogany and you're almost there)! Perhaps the odd layout is just the experience of the store I went to (Boots, Cribbs Causeway).
On getting home and actually applying the shade I was a little disappointed as it did appear a shade too light.
I bought this from Boots for £12.49 which is a little bit more than I would like to spend on a foundation. However for a middle of the road high street brand I don't think it is unreasonable. At the time I was absolutely desperate for a new foundation so I paid full price but I see that now Boots have a buy get one half price so it may be worth stocking up whilst such an offer is on.
I have also seen this foundation in Superdrug for £12.49 which is reassuring as usually I find Superdrug a bit cheaper than Boots. I have seen the foundation a lot cheaper on ebay - some sellers have it as low as £4.99 - however I would be wary of buying in case it is a cheap imitation.
The bottle is made of a very thick glass which instantly gave me the impression of quality. It is a clear bottle and you can clearly see the foundation inside that you are getting, although it's nigh on impossible to measure the level of foundation you actually get as the whole bottle is covered in a thin film of the foundation.
The top of the bottle is a black plastic screw top lid and in order to get the foundation out of the bottle you have to tip it onto your hand. This has some positives and negatives to it. Firstly, whilst the screw top lid means less change of leakage (apart from of course if you don't screw it on properly), it also means that some foundation tends to gather around the lid ridges and there can be a bit of product wastage. Also, whilst you don't have to fear about breaking pumps or dispensers, there is nothing to control the amount you tip out of your hand. Of course you can just put the foundation back in the bottle if you tip too much out but this does seem a little unhygienic to me.
Despite my little grumble about the lack of dispenser the application of the foundation isn't a major problem. The consistency of the foundation is rich - not so thick that it is clumpy but not so liquid-y that it runs off your hand. Thus it tends to come out of the bottle steadily and without fuss.
I like to apply foundation after using a moisturise and using my (clean) hands. The instructions on the bottle tell you to
'Shake well, apply to one area at a time, blending quickly'.
I have to admit I don't shake the bottle as I don't really see the reason to - plus I think shaking it would just send more foundation unnecessarily to the top of the lid causing more wastage. I also don't really understand why it tells you to apply to one area at a time and blend quickly - the only reason I can think of is that perhaps the foundation will sink into the skin if not rubbed in quickly enough? In any case I am quite a speedy foundation applier (I like the extra snooze time in the morning) and I found I had no problems at all with blending this foundation into my skin.
Revlon claim this foundation will give you :
A flawless look
24 hours coverage
So are they right?
Well in terms of a flawless look I would definitely agree. I felt that the foundation gave a medium (bordering on full) coverage which would be suitable for day or night wear. I felt confident all day knowing that my pores and any unsightly blemishes and imperfections were covered. It even covered most of my freckles (I am not a big freckle fan being the owner of what I feel is too many)! Although I don't tend to get many spots, when I did the foundation was so effective that I didn't even have to use a secondary blemish cover up.
Whilst the foundation gave a great coverage I didn't feel that it was caked on like you do with some foundations. Having checked my make up in different lights throughout the day I felt confident that there were no foundation lines and also that it didn't look really obvious to others that I was wearing a medium coverage foundation. Thus I would give it another big fat tick for being lightweight.
But 24 hours? I'm afraid not! Although I've never worn the foundation for 24 hours to test this theory I guess I didn't really need to as after 8 hours of wear there were definite signs of the foundation fading and areas in need of touch up. I suppose the 24 hour claim does depend on your skin type, what you are doing and how active of a day you are having but I think even sat down all day with minimal activity there would need to be some re-application before the 24 hours are up. For me personally, the optimum time was 8 hours before I 'touched up' and then 12 hours at which I completely abandoned ship. I don't use any primer or powder - perhaps if you did it may help the longevity of the application?
(Note to self.... why would anyone want a foundation to last 24 hours)?!
Removal was fairly easy although you do need to check that all the foundation has been removed. I usually wash my face when I get in from work and even after thoroughly washing I needed to use a baby wipe to remove the last traces of this foundation.
Following removal however I found that my skin was in pretty good condition as in it wasn't too dry or oily and I haven't seemed to have many spots since I first started use.
This Revlon foundation has a spf15 which is reassuring and so far (despite sun) I haven't suffered any burning on my face as yet!
I don't need a 24 hour foundation but I sure need an 8 hour one! Definitely recommended - although next time I may try the shade up!
My sister pointed out this foundation to me on one of our many shopping trips to Boots. Like me, she suffers from dry skin (not to the extremity that I do), and she also looks for good coverage in foundation to hide uneven redness. It was incredibly quick finding the correct shade, and I wasn't "um"ing and "ah"ing. Once I had applied a small sample of 150 - Buff to my jawline, and rubbed it in slightly, I was happy almost instantly that this was the correct shade for me. The "over £10" (£12.49 - Boots, Superdrug) price tag didn't bother me, as I had previously spent over £15 on a L'Oreal foundation, which had turned out to be a complete waste of money! So I saw it as an investment, especially if my hard-to-please sister favoured it, too.
After getting home and deeply moisturising my skin, I got out my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (£8.99 - Superdrug, £9.99 - Boots!) and got a small amount of product off the back of my hand and onto my brush. I started to buff it into my skin and once my face was completely covered, I started to quickly dab to get rid of any brush stoke lines that were visible. I was instantly impressed. Usually, both my cheeks, my forehead and temples, and around my nose would become very flakey straight away - it was just something that I'd had to live with. But with this foundation, my skin looked normal.
It provides outstanding coverage and makes my face all one even colour. With some other foundations, if my face didn't flake straight away (usually an expensive foundation) then after a couple of hours of having it on, it would start to go flakey. With this foundation, I can keep it on from morning, throughout the whole day, and it still looks fantastic and flawless when I go to take it off before bed. The added SPF 15 gives you the peace of mind of being protected when you're out in the sun, too.
It is certainly the best "drug-store" liquid foundation that I've ever come across. My only qualms with this product is actually not with the product itself but with the packaging. As you can see from the pictures in my review for this product on my blog which you can find the link in my profile on my page, the bottle has no pump or funnel, so you are literally just pouring out the product, which sometimes does encourage you to put more of the product on than you would or should as you don't want to waste anything. Although, saying that, you do get used to how fast it pours out, how to quickly stop it without any product dripping on unwanted things, and you get used to knowing how much product you will need for your own skin, as everyone is different.
Overall, I love this product; it is by far my favourite foundation. It provides a fantastic flawless finish and does make your skin look radiant and immaculate.
I have been using this product for nearly 3 years now, I love it, and have no plans on changing my foundation routine anytime soon! This product is fantastic!
This product is:
-long-lasting: It really is! This definitely lasts the day, touch ups aren't needed during a 9 to 5 day at work or a typical day at highschool, though I wouldn't recommend going out to a bar or club in the make up I put on in the morning, so although it probably does stay on 24 hours, I wouldn't recommend you try. It does hold up nicely for a night out though, even with some hot dance floors.
-Works with and without being set by powder: I tend to skip powder in the mornings, and the foundation doesn't seem to need it! But I do use powder when I go out at night, mainly to reduce shine if I dance, powder isn't needed to keep it in place.
-Medium, build-able coverage: I used to have less than ideal skin, and this would cover up blemishes quite easily, leaving me confident in high school! Now that my skin has cleared up, this is still my go to foundation because it still isn't too much coverage, it's just right, and I can build on to it on if I have a problem area.
-Not cakey!: So many foundations leave my skin looking like its been piled on, this can really look natural and beautiful
This foundation give a medium coverage, and is easily build-able for problem areas and acne. I used to have acne, and this stuff worked! It never looks too cakey either!
-A great selection of shades!
WARNING: If you have dry skin, be sure to get the normal/ dry skin version of this as opposed to the combination/ oily skin version. I had huge issues with the latter drying out my skin until I switched to the normal foundation.
For years, buying a foundation that matches my skin tone has been a nightmare. Pale foundations, for example ivory or porcelain, have either been too white or tangerine orange. With a yellow based skin tone, I was finding it near on impossible to find a match for pale olive toned skin. As someone who also suffers from rosacea (red skin), getting a yellow based tone was also crucial to tone down the redness, as well as match the skin on my neck.
After years of trial and error and research, I finally came across Revlon Colorstay in shade Buff, ending the tireless search for my skintone match.
BUT beware! There is a difference between colorstay for combination skin and that for dry skin - the colours are not the same. So if you want a yellow based pale tone, then go for the combination skin option. The other is slightly more orange in tone, which I unfortunately found out after buying it online.
The colour goes on very well, especially over a primer, and stays throughout the day. Build-able if you need more coverage like myself, but alas it will cake if you put it on later in the day for small touch-ups. However, this is somewhat inevitable with all foundations.
For someone with my skin condition, I am pretty much inseparable from this product. I only wish that other foundations and make-up companies would realise there is a colour shade missing from the market (I always try to experiment with others, but I just cannot get yellow based colours that are light enough).
Hopefully Revlon will one day make a BB or CC cream in this shade, for I am eager to have lighter weight, more natural coverage for my skin. But alas the colours, as ever, are completely wrong (If 'light' is a dirty orange colour then I'm the queen of sheba)
Anyway, this is a great product, and the best foundation on the high street in my opinion. Mac NC15 is meant to be the alternative choice, which I have never tried, but haven't found the desire to pay double when I have a product I already like. Hopefully you will like this product as much as myself.
I really like this foundation. I've tried a lot of other types; Rimmel London, L'Oreal, Manic Panic, Estee Lauder etc... I have very light skin. So it's always hard finding a light enough foundation. Ivory is normally way too dark for me. I found the exact shade I wanted in this, thankfully. The foundation itself is very nice for being a drugstore product. I have acne and it has not made my face breakout. In fact I have been successful in clearing it up since I've began to use this. Obviously not only by switching to this foundation. But I have had no reactions to it, and it makes my skin look great. The texture is very nice, it's very buildable. It blends easily, so you can decide if you want light coverage or heavy. To a point it gets cakey if you put way too much on, as most foundations will. I do use full coverage and I'm very happy with it. You have to work with it at first when you apply it, if you want multiple layers. I use a makeup sponge which works nicely for me. It does stay on all day and still looks very decent at the end of the day. For the people that always want to have their foundation perfect, they will probably want to touch it up once during the day. I'm very happy with this foundation and highly recommend it! Like I said I do have acne, pretty severe acne, and it really does a great job at covering it!
As a drugstore foundation, I love this product for two reasons. One, it has the best shade selection available compared to other drugstore brands. And two, it's the only drugstore brand foundation I've seen that takes into consideration the different skin types to create 2 variations of the same product. Good one Revlon.
The Revlon Colorstay Foundation costs around ￡12 and comes in two types; Combination/Oily and Normal/dry. This is great as we all know most a foundations don't work well for both ends of the skin type spectrum. Therefore having a distinction between them makes it a whole lot easier for you to choose the right foundation for your skin. Once you've determined which skin type you are, the next thing you need to decide on is a shade. There are around 8 or 9 shades to choose from so even those with Porcelain skin tones can find a shade to match. I've found that the shades are a lot lighter in colour compared to foundation from other brands with the same shade names. For example, I usually go for the shade Ivory which is often the lightest shade available. However in the Colorstay shade range, although Ivory is the lightest, it is a tad too light for me, and the shade 150 Buff is a much better match for my skin. For this reason I would recommend testing the foundation on your neck to find your shade match before buying.
The packaging is pretty simple but still attractive. The foundation comes in a clear, thick glass bottle with a black plastic lid. The Normal/dry version has a black lid with a clear plastic casing over the top, whereas the oily/combination one just has a matter black lid. Also the glass bottle seems to be pretty durable so there isn't the worry of it breaking. I know a lot of people have an issue with the lack of a pump, as this means you have to pour the product out. This does tend to over-pour sometimes and product does get wasted, and the top of the bottle does get in a bit of a mess... But this is more of an inconvenience than a real issue for me. The problem I do have with it being in a glass bottle however, is the fact that once you reach near the bottom, it can be a little difficult to get the product out.
So how did the product work for me? I do quite like this product and it is one of my favourite foundations, however I wouldnt say it's my HG foundation. Although the shade Buff is a good match for my skin, and matches my concealer perfectly, the coverage isn't as good as I would like it to be. Therefore effecting the finish it gives. The foundation is easy to apply with my fingers and can be built up by patting more foundation on the areas that need more coverage. In my opinion the oily/combination has better coverage because of it's thicker consistency. But dries my skin out horribly. It doesn't leave a shine on the skin unlike most foundations, although I always set with a powder anyway, and this lasts me all day. My skin can look a little dry sometimes despite applying moisturiser. But this is easily solved with my Simple Moisture Boost spray. A lot of people also note that this foundation does have a scent to it. It isn't too overpowering, and I find it to be more of a flowery smell than a paint smell as some claim it to have. One thing I have noticed with this foundation is that it seems to be lasting me a lot longer than other foundations. Despite containing the same amount of product.
Overall, this is a good foundation that I would recommend people to try. Although as a foundation it isn't my HG (I'm still searching for that) I do love that it has a good shade selection, and caters for all skin types.
This stuff is wonderful. Believe me I tried SO many foundations and wasted so much money before I settled for this one.
It looks natural, feels natural and lasts all day. I have applied my foundation in the morning, spent the day at work and then it's still good if I go out in the evening. It doesn't have a nasty smell. It's not the cheapest but considering that it lasts me around 2 months, it's well worth it (and that's with a lot of wastage with me sometimes pouring out too much at once)
It always makes my skin look nice on photographs too. I do need to touch up with an anti-shine powder at points throughout the day but I think that's a lot to do with my skin, rather than the foundation.
To get the best out of this foundation, I can't stress enough how important it is to use the right tool to apply it.
You *must* do this part correctly or else it will look thick and cakey on your skin.
I have tried a few different ways to apply before I settled on one, I'll share my findings with you here:
HOW TO APPLY:
First I tried to use my fingers like I did with my old foundations. It didn't work. This foundation is quite a thick liquid and dries quickly, you only have a few moments blending/spreading time. Fingers don't work.
Then I tried using my foundation brush. Nope, rubbish. You can't spread it thinly enough with a brush and it piles on too thickly and goes clumpy in places.
Then I used a sponge... better, but had the same issues as the foundation brush.
...I was about to give up but then I read that you should damp the sponge first and hey presto, I have the foundation I had always wanted!
Run a small wedge shaped sponge under the cold water tap until it's expanded. Then squeeze as much of the water out as you can. You only want it slightly damp. Doing this prolonged spreading/blending time so I could make sure I didn't have any thick patches and that the creases on my nose and under my eyes were evenly covered. It thinned the liquid ever so slightly so it looked way natural and didn't feel heavy.
WHAT IS THE COVERAGE LIKE?
It's full coverage. But don't let this scare you off...it looks natural, it doesn't make your face look like a plastic Barbie doll. It covers what it needs to and evens your skin tone. You can make it thicker in places if you need to (just know where you need it thicker before hand and do it then because you can't really go over it once it's dried)
HOW MUCH DO YOU USE AT A TIME?
I pour out maybe half a penny sized amount onto the palm of my hand and dab a very small amount onto the sponge, then dab dab dab in small quick stippling motions all over my face, starting with my nose, blending around my top lip, then under eyes, chin, forehead and then cheeks.....I can't do it in another order or else I find it clumps in places and doesn't blend with the next section of my face correctly, perhaps that's just my skin but it's worth trying for yourself too.
WHAT SHADE DO YOU USE & DOES IT GIVE YOU SPOTS?
I use the shade Buff for oily/combo skin. I find this matches my natural skin tone perfectly. It hasn't given me spots/acne, even though I'm prone to the odd breakout (less now I'm 25 admittedly but still something I need to think about with skin products)
DOES IT COME OFF EASILY?
No. Now, this is both a good and a bad thing. As I said, it lasts all day and all night on your face. It also doesn't come off with rain or a bit of sweat on a hot day.
...It also takes about 3 face-wipes to get the stuff off before bed! To me though, this isn't an issue - I'd rather it stay on my face and be a pain to get off than be off half way through the day.
So during the winter months I feel like my skin needs a little more coverage to prevent me from looking ghost like and I feel that in the summer I have better skin due to the sunlight. So every winter I trial different foundations and after a lot of research on Youtube, blogs and general beauty websites, I wanted to the notorious Revlon Color Stay foundation.
I will say that you need to be careful when choosing the foundation because they do produce the same foundation for two skin types: Normal/Dry skin and Combination/Oily skin so chose what suits you best!
I often find it hard to find a foundation that does exactly what I want. I want a long lasting foundation, that looks flawless and is the right colour for my skin. The Revlon color stay foundation is great! I have used so many and am usually disappointed. I have used Estee Lauder, Benefit, Maybeline, Bobbi Brown(which I do love) and have found that overall I am impressed with Revlon Color Stay.
I find it really easy to apply, either with my fingers or with a brush. However I do prefer application with a brush as I feel the finish is more flawless, but I do use my fingers when I do not have my brush with me. It also stays put all day in spite of my oily skin. I do get a little bit of shine through as the day goes on, but it doesn't look really bad or slide off like some other foundations. You don't need that much product to create an overall flawless look either, however it is reasonably hard to control the amount of product that does come out since there is no pump and just an open neck bottle - I would prefer a pump.
Overall I really love this foundation, for a drug-store product especially! I have tried some high-end products that aren't anywhere near competition for this foundation. It's definitely my go-to foundation and will remain that for a long time to come. I shall spend many winter depending on this and hope I never have to change!
Being a beauty junkie I am always on the look-out for the perfect beauty product - the perfect foundation, concealer, mascara, blusher, bronzer.... - in this search I have tried and tested many products! I thought I had found the perfect foundation in Bare Escentuals Mineral foundation but at £24 a pot and foundation being pretty much a staple/everyday product I needed to find something cheaper.
I have the palest of pale skin - the type that doesn't tan at all in fact it doesn't even go red then tan it is just simply resoundingly pale! When looking for a foundation finding a colour that matches is hard enough without even considering coverage or finish.
I had one application of bare escentuals left so I recruited a friend to come foundation shopping with me in Boots. I looked at all kinds of foundation from Loreal, UNE, Maybeline, Max Factor, etc but they were all too orange. I was despairing when my friend called me over to the Revlon stand which I had neglected as I rarely buy Revlon, it is just not a brand which appeals to me. We swatched the Colorstay foundation and to my delight the shoe fitted! Or at least the shade matched! (I purchased the shade Ivory)
The foundation comes in pretty boring packaging - a glass cylindrical bottle and screw top cap - but I feel with foundation packaging is far down the list of priorities in comparison to other beauty products such as lipstick which is more of a "look at me" indulgent product.
After years of using powder it was strange using liquid foundation. I just applied it with my fingers and it went on nicely and provided great coverage, in fact the first few times I used it I used way too much and it looked mask like but that was because I underestimated how great the coverage would be! The foundation dries fast so you have to work relatively quickly and once applied it dries into a nice natural matt finish. The finish is really natural and you cannot tell I am wearing foundation and when I want a dewy look I simply mix in some highlighter in with it and apply it to my cheek bones.
I have combination skin which is prone to blemishes and this foundation does a great job of balancing my skin type and covering those annoying spots! However, over time around the T-zone I have found that there is a little bit of shine. To combat this I use a little bit of pressed powder each morning on that area so that it sets the foundation a bit better and there are no shiney foreheads! If I apply it nicely and properly in the morning then I find it literally lasts all day and I don't need to re-apply it which is a real benefit. It promises "wear up to 16 hours" and I am glad to say that this product actually delivers on its promises!
I love this product it provides really great coverage and I don't need to use concealer. It does everything that my old love bare escentuals foundation did for nearly half the price. Whilst it isn't cheap it is worth its value. Even lower end foundations tend to start at £7 these days so I am happy to pay a bit more for Revlon's offering! I will definitely be purchasing this product again, I kind of wish I had found it years ago I would have saved a lot of money!
For now the search for the perfect foundation is over, the position has been filled by this one!
At £12.50 Revlon's ColorStay Foundation is a great choice of foundation. It's worth spending that bit extra for this foundation as it gives the coverage and natural look that the really expensive foundations provide.
It claims to look "flawless" and "weightless" for sixteen hours. However, despite definitely looking flawless and weightless I wouldn't say it lasts sixteen hours. More like ten hours in my opinion. Although that could depend on my skin type.
The foundation comes in a few shades, although most are light skinned colors. The darkest color is 'toast' which isn't very dark at all. My specific color, "buff" is almost identical to my skin colour and people often remark that it doesn't look like I'm wearing any at all!
Accompanied with a good foundation brush this foundation does go onto the skin really well.
The bottle is made of glass which can be annoying as you cannot squeeze out the last bits as it starts to run out. Also there isn't a pump or anything like that, you have to pour the foundation out which like I said before, can be annoying as the foundation starts to run out.
So if price isn't an issue and you can afford to not scrape out the last bits then this foundation is amazing. If not, it is still a great buy and with a cotton bud it is quite easy to get the last bits out.
I have to say, it is my favourite foundation.
Looks like I might be the odd one out as I cannot say that I was impressed with this foundation. I was very excited to buy this foundation, it had been recommended by a friend and I had read numerous rave reviews, however I was left disappointed.
REVLON COLOURSTAY - NORMAL/DRY SKIN - 150 BUFF - £12.49 from Boots
Elegant little glass bottle with screw top lid. The screw top is slightly inconvenient as it is difficult to control the amount that you pour out.
*Ease of use 2/5
I usually apply my foundation with a brush, however with this Colourstay foundation I found that I had difficulty getting an even coverage, so resorted to using my fingers to apply. I always use moisturiser before applying my foundation but I believe if anything this usually makes application smoother.
I would describe the coverage as sheer. I felt this foundation was very poor at covering redness and blemishes, despite applying more than one layer in an attempt to build coverage.
Usually I would wear a tinted moisturiser, however I like a slightly thicker foundation during the winter months when my skin is prone to blemishes and dryness.
Despite being specifically for normal/dry skin I found that this foundation appeared to highlight the dry patches and make pores more noticeable. I do not consider my skin to be overly dry (and as mentioned before I always apply moisturiser before foundation) so I would certainly not recommend this product to those who consider themselves to have dry skin.
The product notes on the bottle that it can be worn for up to 24 hours and although I did not wear it for this long, I would give it 5/5 for durability. I always wear powder ontop of my foundation however, unlike some foundations which can start to look patchy or dried out over time, Revlon's Colourstay stayed looking even and dewy all day.
Overall I would rate this product 2/5. The only thing that helped ease my disappointment was the offer Boots were running of a free Revlon lip product when you bought a Revlon foundation. This meant that I got Revlon's Just Bitten lipstain, usually worth £7.99, for free!
There are 2 formulas for this foundation, oily/combo and dry skin. I got the oily/combo version as I have combination skin with a very oily t-zone. The oily combo has 20 different colors; I got natural beige which matches my NC30 skin pretty well. You can get this at any drugstore for about $10, which is fairly priced for a drugstore foundation that contains 1 fl. oz/30 ml of product. In the UK, it is about £12 and can be found at superdrug.
The foundation comes in a clear heavy glass bottle with a black screw on cap. I like that it's glass and that it's clear, but I wish it came with a pump so I wouldn't have to pour it on the back of my hand every time I use it.
The foundation is VERY thick, which I don't like because it is easy to get a cakey face using this. It also smells like paint, which doesn't bother me at all and is not noticeable unless you directly sniff it.
This foundation has a matte finish, therefore it is better for oily skin rather than dry.
It's oil control is amazing! I usually have to blot 1-2 times a day, but now I can go throughout the day without blotting once.
This is a medium/full coverage foundation so it really evens out the skin tone and covers any acne, blemishes, or scars, but find that it looks cakey. I prefer light/medium coverage so I use a damp sponge to apply the foundation to sheer it out and make is less cakey. Spraying your foundation brush with water also works.
The lasting power is also amazing! It lasts all day from the early morning to the late night when I take it off and even then it is a little hard to remove. It is smudgeproof, so if I hug someone the foundation won't come off.
I was glad I tried this foundation, but I prefer a lighter coverage.
Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide (7.3%)
Inactive Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau (Water), Cyclomethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Butylene Glycol, Boron Nitrate, Dimethicone, SD Alcohol 40 B, PEG/PPG 18/18 Dimethicone, Nylon 12, Tribehenin, Isododecane, Polyisobutene, Sodium Chloride, Cetyl/PEG/PPG 10/1 Dimethicone, Bisabolol (L-Alpha), Serica (Silk Powder) (Silk Powder), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Acetate (Vitamin A), Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower Extract (Mallow), Lilium Candidum (White Lily) Bulb Extract (Lily), Lactobacillus/Eriodictyon Californicum Ferment Extract, Cymbidium Grandiflorum Flower (Orchid) Extract, Alumina, Polydimethylsiloxane/Polymethysilesquioxane Copolymer, Ethylene Brassylate, Methicone, Trisiloxane, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, May Contain (+/-): (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499)
In a foundation I look for three main points
1. Good coverage
2. Lasting wear
3. Good colour match
and in my opinion Revlon ColorStay fits all 3, Please note there are 2 types of the foundation one for oily skin and one for normal/dry I have quite dry skin so I buy the "Normal/Dry" 30ml in "Natural Tan"
The foundation looks flawless and smooth when on and it really does last all day and even though it is for dry skin it isnt too oily. I also find that only a small amount is needed so it lasts a long time. My only disadvantage with this product is the packaging, it comes in a bottle and you unscrew the cap and pour the liquid foundation out which could result in pouring out too much foundation and wasting it the product would be a lot better if it had a pump to dispense the liquid.
Wears for up to 24 hours for a flawless look and lightweight feel. With SPF sun protection.