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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Revlon Colorstay Foundation (Combo/Oily) Review

(from left: 330 Natural Tan, 350 Rich Tan)

I've passed this foundation about a thousand or more times, every time I go to a Walmart, Target or drugstore, and it never caught my eye until now.  I've been reading and watching (youtube) A LOT of rave reviews on this products, and it looked so good in pictures, that I just HAD to try it.  I ran to my local Rite-Aid (about 5 minutes away) to grab this and see what all the hype was about.  The one reason why I don't usually buy drugstore foundations is because of the hard time that I have color matching myself.  However, I've been mismatched many times at counters (just was matched to NC35 in MAC Pro Longwear recently & it was WAYY too light, was matched too dark in a MAC foundation last time I was there!), I figured I can't do any worse than the MUA's that I've been to in the past.  I know my skin better than they do.  I picked this up in 330 tan, and I really liked it a lot.  I fell in love with this foundation.  Much to my surprise, it did not cake up at all, and I usually have a problem with foundations caking on my forehead or settling on my nose.  This applied so smoothly and flawless, I was really impressed.  I decided to go back the next day and grabbed this foundation in 350 to see how different the shades were because I've seen ladies with my same skintone who wear both shades.  I tried the 350, and I can honestly say, I don't really see much of a difference at all.  The 350 reminds me of the way that Barcelona looked in the NARS Sheer Glow, so I would say that if you wear Barcelona, 350 is going to be good for you with the similar undertones.  I wore this foundation two days in a row, and it did not irritate my skin (if my skin doesn't like something, it will react immediately in the morning, like it did with the Laura Mercier TM).  

                                                                     (350 Rich Tan)

This felt like I had nothing on my face, yet it gave a truly flawless finish.  The first day I wore this, I had a little too much on just because I over-applied.  The coverage is really great and a little goes such a long way.  Yesterday, I applied less, and it looked a lot better.  This is oil-free which is great, and this comes in a version of Combo/Oily and Combo/Dry, so make sure that you pay attention to which one you are picking up.  I choice Combo/Oily because in the summer my skin is on the oily side.  With the heat and humidity, I find myself having to blot around early afternoon (especially when I wear the MAC Face & Body without setting powder).  I did not get oily at all with this on, and I didn't have to blot once.  This claims to wear for up to 16 hours, and I can say, this lasted me all day long without fading off. I wore it for 13 hours and it was still going strong up until I washed my face.  I recommend removing this with make up remover before you cleanse your face, or else you won't be removing all of the foundation.  I use either MAC Cleanse Off Oil or Neutrogena Make Up Removing Wipes and then wash my face with my MAC That's Deep Cleanser.  All in all, I really love this foundation, and I wish I would have discovered this sooner.  That would have saved me from wasting money on high end foundations that I've not been pleased with.  If you want medium-full flawless coverage and don't want to break the bank, I HIGHLY HIGHLY suggest that you go to your local drugstore or supercenter to pick this up asap.  (I recommend a drugstore, like Ride-Aid or Walgreens, where you can return/exhange makeup if the color doesn't quite work out or if you don't like it.) You do not have to go high-end and spend big bucks on a flawless looking, long-lasting, light-weight foundation.  This was $12.99 at my local Rite Aid, and I got 20% off of that with my Rite-Aid Wellness Card.  Drugstores usually have sales and bogos on Revlon Products, so be sure to check the ads in your Sunday paper.  

Availability: 5 out of 5- Easily accessible at your local drugstores & super centers (Walmart, Target, K-Mart) A+ for  that!
Longevity: 5 out of 5- lasted all day long for me, until I removed it, without feeling heavy, melting off, or fading away. A+ for that too! (I've used MAC Pro Longwear, which claims to last the same amount of hours, but halfway through the day, it felt heavy & uncomfortable on my face & I did have to blot.)
Price: around the $10-$12.99 range (1 fl oz) depending where you purchased it.  I paid $11.02 for this at Ride Aid with my Wellness Card discount, which isn't too bad.  This has 1fl oz of product-  the same amount as NARS Sheer Glow, and I can get four for the Colorstays for only about 2 dollars more than one bottle of Sheer Glow costs.
Packaging: 2 out of 5- my only gripe is the packaging.  You have to pour this out because there is no pump, which means you have a good chance of wasting a lot of product. I wish this came with a pump, but because I like the product so much, I can deal with the poor packaging.

Final Grade: A+ For Flawless, Lightweight Coverage That Lasts All Day Long

 (330 Natural Tan)

(350 Rich Tan)


  1. i think the rich tan looks great on you.

  2. you look very pretty, and yes the rich tan does look great