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I bought this powder foundation a while ago when shopping in an outlet store. this particular shop sells items really cheaply, a lot of which is cosmetics. I'm assuming the majority of it is bought in bulk cheaply because it is no longer selling on the high street or is last seasons stock. As a result you get a really weird collection of shades and things like that, you have to sift through a lot of rubbish to find something good but it can definitely be worth it.
This particular powder caught my attention because it was one of the few things being sold in a light enough shade for me to actually wear. I have very pale freckly skin and therefore anything darker than translucent can be too much. This powder is 'light' which I thought would suit my skin tone just about right.
The powder comes in a round, clear plastic pot and has a twist black plastic lid. There is also a further twist section at the top of the lid which lower and raises the brush inside the pot. This comes down from the lid and sits in a little dish suspended in the clear plastic part of the pot. At the bottom of this suspended section is a little grate through which the powder enters and covers the brush. Rather complicated, eh? The design is nice but I don't tend to use the brush provided and therefore it is a little bit pointless. It would be easier had it just been in a regular pot but I suppose on the go at least I would have a brush to apply it with.
That leads me to one of my biggest issues with this powder: the brush. The brush is a small, rounded black bristle brush for applying the powder to your face. Because this is fairly poor quality and small in shape and size I found the hairs very coarse and they really irritated my skin. In fact, using this brush for the first time I was left with red, blotchy patches on my skin. I don't especially suffer from irritable skin but this obviously effected it in quite an adverse way. I avoided using it after this and reverted to my usual face brush, but it is a little disappointing that they provide something so poor quality.
The powder itself is loose and silky in consistency. The looseness of the powder is a little irritating because it makes it easier to spill and I tend to end up with powder everywhere when I use this. That said, the effect it has on my skin is really nice. It also looks very smooth and blemish free once applied over my foundation and it leaves my skin feeling soft throughout the day.
This powder cost me roughly £3 from this retail outlet which is pretty cheap for a face powder. If you bought it in a regular shop it would cost more around the £5 mark which I think is a little bit too much considering the obvious issues with it. That said, for £3 I'm not sure you can go wrong.
A nice powder, but a poorly designed container.
I love this! I have tried a few mineral powder foundations, but had never really found the right one. I thought a loose powder would be good for m oily skin, helping to mattify it, but in the past, those I had tried often just highlighted skin problems, which was no good!
I found this by accident, but I'm glad I did, it's now a staple of my makeup bag.
Most stores stock all 5 shades, Light, Light medium, Medium, Medium Dark, Dark. I tried the Light, and was surprised how well it blended into my skin. One coat looked light and natural, and two coats gave a more flawless finish.
The beauty of a powder like this, is that you can blend it to perfection. If you ahve already applied it all over, but still feel you need more on your forehead, for example, you can apply more to a problem area, and blend it all in.
The great gimmick is the integral brush. It twists away into the cap, so you can control just how much product is deposited onto it.
The result is a flawless finish, regardless of applying more in any particular area. It lasts a good while, even with working under hot lights, I don't need to re-apply.
Since the rise in mineral foundation products been sold, more people are purchasing them due to the majority of manufacturer claims that they are not just 'any' old foundation, they actually improve your skin rather then make it worse like some products which have caused people to have break outs and other various skin problems.
I always wondered what the Revlon Colorstay foundation was like due to the numerous advertisements on the product when it initially came out.
Liquid foundations are my favourite, I'm not so keen on applying foundations that are powder or compact crème ones because they are difficult to blend in so I was a bit curious on whether this foundation would be just as hard to apply as some of the other powder foundations I have used in the past, I decided that I may as well give it a try and put aside my thoughts on powder foundations.
The foundation is £12.71 from Boots it is in a pot with a fairly large black lid, when you unscrew the lid you will see there is a brush with the product, so you can just dip it into the bottle and apply it to your skin.
This is a really good idea because instead of having to carry around a large foundation brush in your bag you can just carry the foundation and there is a cute little brush inside... not a bad idea at all!
Although, I did find this foundation a lot more easier to apply then the previous foundation I had purchased I still wasn't too pleased with the whole look of the foundation. It looked quite cakey and definitely didn't give a 'natural glow' because it is a very matte foundation due to it been powder.
The foundation has a good coverage, a lot better than the foundation I use on a daily basis but I would prefer it to look more natural.
I would say this foundation is average, I definitely wouldn't purchase it again because I have dry areas on my skin which really stood out when using this product but the fact it has a brush and blends in better than the other powder foundations I have used compensates for this.
The colorstay foundation is great for those people who have bad skin because it has a good coverage, it is also good for those who have oily skin because it gives a matte finish rather than a dewy look.
The foundation comes in various shades which makes it a lot easier to find a colour that is suitable to match your skin tone. I chose "Medium" as I have fairly tanned skin which suited my skin quite well.
I had been curious about mineral foundation for some time when I came across this in the reduced section at my local Boots store for around £6 and I couldn't resist purchasing and trying it out. As us women all know in the summer traditional liquid foundations can feel a bit heavy on the face and can make us a bit shiny in places when we sweat so it was ideal timing really! It contains SPF as well which is a great bonus.
What It Looks Like:
It's a handy sized rounded pot with a large black lid, when you unscrew it the reason becomes clear as it has a brush inside that twists up and down so that simply dip it in and apply. It sits comfortably in your hand and is a pretty handy size for carrying around in your handbag.
There aren't many instructions on the pot which is a bit of a bummer and the ingredients are hidden underneath the base, simply peel away the sticker and they are there hiding. I really wish I had taken a look before buying it but we'll get into that soon enough.
The brush is reasonable, it's not the best one I've ever used but it does the job it's meant for, and with the full price being over £12 you can't expect a high end brush along with it.
There's a sifter to stop the brush being held directly in the powder when closed, and to get more product into it you simply replace the lid, tip up and shake and bang the bottom a little.
I was a bit annoyed applying it as I just couldn't seem to get it right, it'd look like there was either nothing there, and if I applied more it'd look like I'd shoved my face in a bucket of powder.
That was when I decided to check online about applying mineral foundation as I hoped I was doing something wrong rather than it just being totally rubbish. I was.
With mineral foundation you should swirl the brush in the powder, ensuring that the bristles contain a reasonable amount of product before tapping it well to get the excess off enabling you to build up the coverage suitably. When applying to the face you buff into the skin in little circular motions, and if the coverage is too light then you simply rinse and repeat.
This information really should have been included with the product.
Does It Work?
Well yes it does, although it doesn't last that long by itself and performs much better when applied over a foundation primer. You'd need to reapply after about four hours if you don't use primer which is not a good thing when the name itself, 'colourstay', implies that it will last a full day.
I actually bought a primer because I thought my skin was simply too dry to be using mineral foundation, even though it is supposed to be good for you. It seemed to cling to my dry patches and make it look worse, or so I thought.
After buying the primer and using it daily for about a week I realised that it just was not working for my dry skin and set about researching mineral foundation once more. That was when I discovered that some mineral foundations contain Talc which is very drying on already dry skin and it was actually making my skin worse rather than just accentuating it. I was both annoyed and pleased to discover that this does contain Talc. Annoyed because it'd never work for me and will be another item that I pass on to a friend (my friends do love me!) who doesn't have dry skin, and pleased because it means mineral foundation may work for me yet!
My Final Conclusions:
I loved how light it was on my skin, and how it'd last all day with a primer and look perfectly natural, give good coverage where I needed and I could use a concealer brush to apply it underneath my eyes to get better coverage right where I most need it.
It's not put me off mineral foundation, but it has made me want to find the right one for me that hasn't got Talc in it!
If you've got a primer or don't mind topping up half way through the day, and of course definitely don't have dry skin then I would say give it a try, but overall it has disapointed me in a big way. I get sick of mentioning my dry skin on these reviews but it is something that means I have to be particular when it comes to face make up.
You'd probably be better off with a different brand of mineral foundation to be honest.
I actually had the liquid form of this foundation as my suggestion but was advised that the review already existed here so I am putting my review under this product even though it is not the mineral version.
As I have yet to find a foundation that actually suits my skintone, I am constantly on the look-out and have probably wasted a small fortune in the process. As Revlon is not one of the cheapest brands out there, it is not one of my first choices for cosmetics. This particular foundation came in the form of a sachet from a magazine, which is probably just as well for my bank balance if it turns out much the same as everything else that I've tried previously!
This is easy to apply with your fingers, although you may want to use something else to get a more professional look. I personally used one of those make-up wedges that often come with face powders and that avoided the dreaded fingermarks that always seem to occur when I apply foundation with my fingers.
***Finish and Coverage***
Once it has been properly blended, the finish looks really good. I have a few blemishes at the moment and this did go a long way towards covering them up. I had to apply some concealer over the top of fully cover them, but it was certainly a lot better in terms of coverage than most of the foundations that I have discarded.
***Will I Buy It?***
This costs £11.74 from Boots, which is well out of my usual price range. As the colour of this sample was a bit too orange for me, I won't be buying a bottle of that shade in any hurry given the price. If I could get a sample of one of the paler shades, I could probably be tempted to part with my money as I was definitely impressed with the coverage and finish that it gave. For that, I consider it to be worth the expense. It claims to last up to 16 hours, but I have never found any make-up that really does last this long so I am not convinced about that but as a basic foundation, it seems like a really good option.
I've read about all the benefits of mineral makeups all over beauty magazines. Makes me wonder, does it really make your skin better? coz everyone said that it actually good for your skin and you can go to sleep with it. Tempting, right?
well... I have to try it if I really wanna know. Revlon actually the second brand that I bought. The previous one is from another brand that I wasn't so happy about. Limited color (I bought the closest one to my skin, still no no), and whats up with the brush! please, is it because the brush came for free so they can make it as harsh as they want? I mean, when I put it on my face, I use the brush and working with circles like what it says. But the brush! I can actually felt its hurt. But I kept using it, until its empty. I was sooooo glad that I finally did used it all.
When I saw Revlon Colorstay Mineral foundation commercial in a fashion magazine. I decided to get this one too. I was suprised when I saw the color choices available, I think about 8 choices and I found the one that fits my skin perfectly!
Compare to the previous one, the design of the packaging is better, ergonomics must be one of their main concern. I mean, I dont need to open the bottle, lift the cap and turn it around. This one, all I have to do just open, turn and use.
The brush is also more wearable (still, not as soft as if you get your own brush), at least it doesn't hurt me. I can feel its a bit hard but acceptable. The smell is almost fragrance free (maybe it is) and the texture is so soft. With cheaper price for 0.35 Oz and contains SPF 10. Revlon definietly beated my previous one (it was Loreal).
I like the way it feels on my skin and it aso make it shine free. Almost velvety looking. It cover my flaws quiet nicely so I dont need any additional foundation. I can say money well spent on this one.
Of course, there's down side too. I dont like the fact that most mineral foundations comes in powder and brush. It is so inpractical for me. I mean, I can't do touch ups anywhere, I have to go to the ladies to do so. Sometimes it also makes some mess on my shirt. Not to mention that it makes my makeup bag bulky. Like it or not, I do prefer my compact.
Another thing is, even it came from "Colorstay" range of revlon, it wasn't last that long. After 3 hours, you can see its almost nothing on your face. So, you have to do some touch ups again (which is not so easy to do). The last one is that, you really have to work with the brush around your face, otherwise, you can see clearly the uneven spots on your face.