I am so glad I can finally review the Revlon Colorstay Foundation after it has been sat in my draft post for a really long time. I am pretty sure I am the last person to have tried this foundation because I have read countless reviews on how amazing it is. The major reason why I didn't purchase it was because it had no pump and I really hate foundations without pumps. The worst part is that no pump out there completely fits the bottle (if you do know of any, please let me know though) and one would think retailers would have made one for it by now. Anyway, I had already tried the Revlon Photo Ready Foundation (review here) which thankfully had a pump but it was not delivering the results I had hoped so I gave it away. That's why I decided to purchase the Revlon Colorstay to fill in the little gap the Revlon Photoready had left. I am very pleased I have purchased this foundation and I think it will be a staple in my stash. I had to decant it into another foundation bottle with a pump which was such a palaver if I am going to be honest but the results I get is well worth it.
I won't dwell too much on the pump-less situation so I don't bore you off your pants but it is what it is. The bottle in itself is made from glass and feels super sturdy which I like. The actual lid is very secure and I know it would be safe to travel with because no product will spill or damage anything else in your luggage. It contains a pretty standard amount of foundation (30ml) which is the norm for many foundations out there. However, I do think it is one that will last a longer time than other foundations only because a little goes a long way. I believe there are two types of Revlon Colorstay foundations; one for combination/oily skin and one for normal/dry skin. I am not sure what the exact difference is but I guess it may be down to oil control. The Revlon Colorstay for Combination Oily skin (the one I purchased) is really amazing at controlling oil. I picked up the shade 400 Caramel which was the same shade I had in the Revlon Photoready Foundation
I was quite surprised to find that the texture was quite thick and creamy and I am not really used to having foundations with this texture. However, I actually like it and I don't find it particularly difficult to apply or blend. It sits really well on my skin and I love how it seems to hug my face. The coverage it provides is between a good medium-full coverage which is super amazing if you have blemishes to hide. Again, I was super surprised at the coverage it gave with just one pump and I was really impressed with that. I believe you can layer this foundation up as much as you want, however, I would refrain from this because you may be slapped with a cakey look if you are not careful. I am not saying the coverage can't be built but it should be done with caution and in small sections. I would rather use a concealer under my foundation first and then use the Revlon Colorstay to even things out. It always works amazing for me this way.
I find that using one pump or drop works well in the beginning and then adding another drop to areas where I need more coverage if need be. It is incredibly pigmented which is why a little goes a long way. I use my Sephora Multi Task Buffing Brush or my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to apply it and they both do an amazing job. I can't be bothered using my fingers with this foundation because I personally feel it is not the kind of foundation that is best applied with fingers. A beauty blender (damp) can help sheer out the coverage if you are after a more natural look. The finish it provides is a nice velvety demi-matte finish which I adore. It sets well once you have applied and blended it in and it's not difficult to blend at all even if it is set. I always finish with a powder just to keep it secure and last longer.
Ladies (and gents- oh hello!!)!! I had to personally have a separate category for its longevity because that's the absolute winning point for this foundation. It lassssstttttssss all day. Revlon claims that it can last for as long as 24 hours and I have to say I can imagine it would although who would want to wear foundation for that long? It's not called Colorstay for nothing at all and Revlon means every single letter from the word. I don't think I have tried any drug store foundation that lasts as long as this (I think the closest is the L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation). It is incredible and I know I would always have this in my stash for days when I need my makeup to stay put for a long time. I barely need to touch up while am at work and my face seriously remains the same as it was in the morning (when I first put on my makeup). The true test of the lasting power of any foundation is to test it out during Summer when even some people with dry skin even have a shiny T-zone. It has performed really well during Summer and I have tested it out on many days when the weather was super hot. I have had a shiny T-zone on a few occassions but that was around 4pm (almost home time for me) so I was not too bothered at all. I absolutely recommend this if you are struggling to find a foundation that lasts all day and provides great coverage
It is definitely one of the most expensive drug store foundations out there at £12.99. To be honest, I was a little hesitant at purchasing it for such an amount especially when I could add a little more cash and purchase a high end brand. However, it is absolutely worth it. Boots and Superdrug tend to have all these offers where you can purchase this slightly cheaper. I got mine for £9.99 which is not a massive savings but it is better than nothing. If you plan to purchase the Revlon Colorstay Concealer (review here) as well (my holy grail concealer for under my eyes), then it's best to wait when there is an offer so you can get a good deal. The only con I can think of is the cost and the limited shade available. They do have a good range for a drug store brand but I think some people on the spectrum of complexions may have some issues finding their perfect shade. The shade Caramel 400 is not my exact perfect shade because it is slightly dark for me but I make it work because I really like it.
I love this foundation and I am so glad I finally have it in my stash. I have looked at it in-store many times and dropped it because I could not justify spending such an amount on a foundation I didn't know if I would like. I am so pleased I took the plunge and it may be making its way into my Holy Grail collection. That's pretty much all I have to say. Have you tried the Revlon Colorstay Foundation?...xx
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