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Revlon ColorStay Foundation

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Revlon ColorStay Foundation


One of the first things I realised, when I started looking into this whole beauty thing a few months ago, is that there is a whole lot of love for Revlon ColorStay Foundation in the cyber beauty community.
There is also a lot of preaching about how a good base is fundamental in creating a groomed look. So it seemed worthwhile investing in Revlon ColorStay (apparently near enough a dupe for MAC studio finish)
I was impressed by the reviews. I am pale and can find it diffcult to find shades that match me. I brought two shades, Ivory and Buff so I can customise as required. While in Boots, I realised that not only did I get to choose between a relatively large number of different shades but I could also choose the liquid foundation in that shade to match my skin type. I went for dry-normal and it had SPF 15. Sad but true, I was pretty excited by the time I got home.
So did this foundation meet my expectations?
Yes and no!

The shades were a good match and the liquid certainly did not seem to irritate my skin. However, there were two things that annoyed me. Yes, I thought I paid a reasonable price for each bottle(£11.99 for 30ml) but there was no pump. Things can get a little messy during application especially when so much cold clear water (or that is what it looks like) seems to come out before the creamy formulation. Even a gentle shake of the bottle seems to make little difference and it doesn’t seem to be a one off because it happens with both of my bottles. It is almost like a pelt of cold water from the shower in the morning, eurgh. However, I do appreciate that this maybe because I have the dry skin version and it could be for hydration. If I could understand it a bit more maybe I wouldn’t find it quite so annoying. Can anybody explain it?

I have heard that the coverage can be built up and become quite heavy but I’m not so sure I agree. It does feel and look thicker when I put a dollop on the back of my hand (after the flush of water!) but once on my face, I can not feel this foundation. Although, I suspect this is good news for my skin, I can not help but feel a little disappointed. If I take the effort to make up, I want it to make a real tangible difference. However, this just seems to soak naturally in to my skin and give me an air of a polish.

I believe the marketing claims that this foundation can last up to 16 hours and does not rub off in everyday living. The latter was certainly true and although I don’t think I’ve tried a whole 16 hours. When I look in the mirror after 6-8 hours, I’m not desperate to reapply as I normally am plus I think my skin does seem more polished in photos where I have adorned it.

In conclusion, there is no question that Revlon ColorStay seems to polish my skin and it lasts. Surely this is what a good base is all about and should I really be expecting more?

What is your take on Revlon Colorstay and foundations generally? Could application technique really make a big difference in the quality of my base?



Written by essjay23x

January 2, 2010 at 10:40 pm

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  1. Interesting. I actually find I have to use a really light hand with ColorStay or it looks very heavy. I have the Oily/Combo one though, so I wonder if that makes a difference?

    I love it, but it’s hell to clean off your brushes. They’re not lying when they call it ColorStay!


    January 3, 2010 at 6:55 am

    • Hey Dee
      Thank you for my first ever comment! ;-)
      I was very impressed with the staying power. Ha, Maybe we should send a list to Revlon, super duper brush cleaner and a pump required!
      As for the coverage, I think I’m going to find some more reviews and have a play. I’m wondering though if it has anything to do with all the water that seems to be in my bottles.


      January 3, 2010 at 10:14 am

  2. I’m on my 3rd bottle of the dry skin version (yes, I love the stuff!), and haven’t had the issues with water that you mentioned. Maybe you just happened upon some dud bottles?

    Enjoying the blog!



    January 27, 2010 at 3:25 am

    • Ah, thank you Ashley. I am glad that you are enjoying the blog. Please keep reading ;-)
      I think I did get duds because nobody else has mentioned this problem, typical! I’m still getting the water now. It is just strange because it was in both shades that I brought and you’d think different shades would be different batches and they were from Boots so I can’t see they were fake. One of those things, I guess!


      January 27, 2010 at 9:46 am

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