Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Revlon ColorStay Makeup

image from revlon.com

As some of my more regular readers may know, I'm kinda foundation obsessed. I blame PhotoShop. The ads in today's magazines have filled my head with unachievable goals for beauty. They shave off the hip of Demi Moore to make her look thin. They elongate necks, change skin and eye coloring, and airbrush, airbrush, airbrush faces until they resemble nothing human at all.

Poreless models graces the pages of Vogue, Marie Claire, and other fashion magazines taunting me. They call to me softly. "Hey Look at my perfect skin! I know you want to buy [insert product they are advertising here] so you can look like me!" "If you buy this [insert product they are advertising here] your skin will look like this too!" "You're fat and have wrinkles but if you buy [insert product they are advertising here] you too can look flawless and thin." "Your subscription is going to expire in 6 months. If you renew now..." Blah Blah Blah. OK, so if I might need anti-psychotic medicine to stop the voices, but for some reason I don't think Lithium will silence the foundation advertisements from taunting me. That's why I was suckered into purchasing YET ANOTHER foundation.

Revlon ColorStay Makeup with SoftFlex for Oily/Combination Skin is my latest foundation experiment. Since the recent Revlon PhotoReady Foundation was a total fail for my oily skin...but a nice color match, none the less, I knew I needed to find something better. I was drawn to The Revlon ColorStay because it was geared to people with oily skin, it was supposed to be transfer resistant and while providing full coverage, it was not supposed to feel heavy. According to the Revlon website the Revlon ColorStay Makeup is:
"Specially formulated for combination or oily skin, this oil-free formula helps control shine all day and gives you flawless looking skin. Makeup looks fresh and feels great for up to 16 hours thanks to the lightweight, comfortable feel from the Patented SoftFlex ColorStay™ formula."
So let's break it down. Control Shine all day? - Fail. Even with my beloved Fyrinnae Velvet Silica Gel as a primer I still have break though shine by at least 1PM (but that's 7 hours after application so not too bad)
Looks Good and Feels Great for 16 hours? - Fail. Sorry but after 16 hours nothing on me looks good. My makeup is blotchy and fading in the more oily areas and starting to look a tad cakey in the drier areas of my face. BUT! unlike Revlon Photoready I never feel like I am wearing makeup. Revlon ColorStay feels very light on my face and even when my fave gets oily I don't feel a layer of grime. So I guess that's a plus.

The color I got is the lightest. #110 Ivory. It's almost a perfect match for me. It's a tad warmer than my neck and a tad cooler than my face so it evens out. Revlon ColorStay comes in 20 different colors and all but 4 of them have SPF of 6. Which, by the way, is completely USELESS. Revlon might as well leave it out entirely. 6 SPF is nothing. I wear my own SPF under this foundation for better protection.

I have applied this with my fingers, a brush and a damp sponge. Obviously applying with fingers gives the most coverage. I honestly don't have to use half as much concealer after I apply this foundation. That is how full the coverage is. Applied with a brush gives a slightly more sheer but somewhat buildable coverage. Be careful tho, if you apply too much with a brush it can look streaky. Applied with a damp sponge gives the sheerest of coverage and is easily blended. You have to work in small sections no matter what your method of application because this foundation sets fast.

2 major drawbacks with this foundation are: a) Open mouth bottle. No pump, no squeeze tube, just a big glass jar opening that allows all the foundation to run out without any control. Not very sanitary. and b) The smell. OMG this stuff smells so awful. It smells like wall paint mixed with industrial cleaner. Seriously. It's reeks! Thankfully it fades once it is applied..or the scent receptors in my nose are burnt out from over saturation by the time I finish applying.

Do you NEED this? If you want a full coverage foundation that retails for under $12 USD then you might want to check this out. However, I do caution that if you are acne prone, this makeup will not remove easily with just soap and water. I highly recommend using an oil cleanser to break up the foundation and remove it and THEN follow up with your regular cleanser. Seriously. You NEED and oil cleanser to fully remove this foundation.

Will I continue to use this foundation? Yes. Until I finish the bottle. Then I'll move along to something else. Chasing that unicorn...or perfect foundation... until I have flawless skin like those advertisements in those magazines...whichever comes first.


  1. Do you think drugstore MU brands are starting to make lighter colors of foundation? I remember 5 or 6 years ago there wasn't anything even close enough for me to wear. I'm MAC NC20/N3!

    Also, I really just want to walk around with a tungsten light shining over my head so that my skin looks perfectly flawless. You don't even need photoshop when you have tungsten lighting. The downside is that it's incredibly hot, but hey, you gotta suffer for beauty, right? ;)

  2. I've been tempted to try this but I know it will be too dark. You should try the exuviance foundation that I wear (well, maybe a shade darker). It literally does not come off either but feels fairly light on the skin. Also, since they don't advertise, it's fairly inexpensive. Last time I bought it was $25 a bottle.

  3. Cindy (Prime Beauty)January 26, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    I too am on the ultimate search for the perfect fdtn. Have you ever tried EL Doublewear or doublewear light? it's full coverage but can be sheered out and comes in tons of shades.

  4. I've been too scared to try new foundation but honestly - I've been searching for that unicorn too!!! So hard! My face is dry in some areas and oily in others. Foundation tends to get cakey on me too. SIGH!! Hopefully you do find something that is affordable but works well and write about it :D

  5. i am so very excited about reading mor erevlon stuff as there is revlon in australia, which sells different things we had in KL! i have seen the eye shadow singles you posted before but not able to spot the new photofinish foundation. i have never been interested in colorstay though as it feels very thick. too much coverage for me i guess.

    i, however, will try to check out those e/s singles again though i prefer palettes anytime...

  6. Since the previously recessive albino genes on my face have decided that they should become dominant, my NC25 studio fix now give me oompa loompa face.
    I picked up one of these to try, but then I dropped it when I fainted from the smell.

  7. Oooh. I'm intrigued. I almost broke down and bought PR today except they were out of my shade... might pick this up instead then. Thanks for your thoughts!

  8. What do you suggest for an Oil Based Cleanser???

    Also, while on this topic I have heard of people using Dawn Dishsoap to clean their brushes when there is a lot of build up ... what do you suggest?


    Perhaps you could leave me a comment on my blog so I see the answer :)

  9. I bought it at David Jones during the 30% off Revlon sale. It cost me $26.56 (in Aus Dollars).


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