Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Review: Revlon Colorstay Makeup

Here's my review on Revlon Colorstay Makeup Foundation w/ Softflex for Combo/Oily skin. I love reading Vanessa's reviews off of NessasaryMakeup.com, so I'm going to steal her format for this. Enjoy!

Product: 4 out of 5

Packaging: 5 out of 5

Quality: 5 out of 5

Overall: 4 out of 5

Shade I Bought: Ivory

Shades Available: 20!

Price: $13.29 at Cvs 

Size: 1 fl. oz.

Would I Buy Again? Yes!

What It Says: Want makeup that is flawless and weightless for 16 perfect hours? Revlon® has the solution - ColorStay™ Makeup with SoftFlex™.
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 SoftFlexColorStay™ formula.
Medium to full coverage in 20 luxurious shades, with SPF 6 protection*.
*Golden, Caramel, Toast, Rich Ginger, Cappuccino, Mahogany, and Mocha do not contain SPF.
**Will not rub off with normal use. (Taken from Revlon.Com)

What It Does: Exactly what it says! And more.

I am in love with this foundation. You always hear those fairytales of people finding their perfect foundation, their holygrail. Well here's mine. I know to some, the price is steep for a "drugstore" foundation. Well this isn't your normal drugstore foundation. I've never even found anything like this behind a counter. I would gladly pay this price or more for this product. However, I did pay retail on an impulse buy so if you're looking for this, try to catch a sale. The week after I bought mine, there was a buy 1 get 1 free sale! Ugh! I'll know next time. I just really wanted to try the makeup. So I got the shade Ivory, if you've seen my picture, you know I'm pale. I read A LOT of reviews on this makeup and everyone said Ivory was too dark or the undertones weren't right. Luckily I have pink undertones! This is my perfect shade. It matches me exactly! I have never found the right shade for my face, always muddy looking or grayish. And the line has 20 shades which is amazing for any foundation. If you can't find your own shade, try to mix two as I've seen some people doing. I've been applying this with a wedge sponge. It's the only way I've tried so far. I have heard this is the best way, although I plan on buying a Mac 187 to try also. I wet my sponge thoroughly but squeeze out the excess. This makes the makeup go on so smooth. I have heard a lot of complaints about having to work fast but I feel this extends the drying time. I love the coverage and the look this makeup gives me.It feels so lightweight. I forget I'm even wearing makeup. It takes away shine, looks angelic, hides alot, and stays put! The reason I gave this product a 4 out of 5 though is because I can't get it to cover my acne scarring completely by itself, which I have seen some YouTube gurus do. But with a little green concealer for pimples and redness, some primer and a powder on top, I have enough coverage. I have had the makeup cake on a dry spot on my cheek once or twice, but usually my makeup will cake all over with any other foundation, so this is not a problem really. I have oily oily skin that happens to be dry and flakey at the same time. I use Avon Magix under this as a primer and it really helps. I have worn it without a primer, but really like it more with one. This makeup really does stay, I work 12 hour shifts and get really hot, but this makeup doesn't budge, plus it takes a while for me to start to shine. I haven't had any breakouts from this product. I also haven't noticed any smells from this product, although I have read a lot of women complaining of the smell. They also complained about no pump on the product. I don't really need a pump, I gave the packaging a 5 out of 5 because I like the glass bottle. I've never owned a glass bottled foundation, I always use compacts or something in a tube so this makes me feel all grown up. I was going straight from bottle to sponge but decided to pour some on a plastic sheet and apply from there, I like this way better. I did pour too much though and wasted some product. I'll know better next time. The bottle is also really easy to hold with its slim round shape. 

Product Ingredients: Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide (7.3%)
Inactive Ingredients: Aqua/Water (Water), Cyclomethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Butylene Glycol, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone, SD Alcohol 40B, PEG/PPG 18/18 Dimethicone, Nylon 12, Tribehenin, Isododecane, Polyisobutene, Sodium Chloride, Cetyl PEG/PPG 10/1 Dimethicone, Bisabolol, Serica (Silk Powder), Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Malva Sylvestris Flower Extract (Mallow), Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract (Lily), Lactobacillus/Eridictyon Californicum Ferment Extract, Cymbidium Grandiflorum Flower Extract, Alumina, Polydimethylsiloxane/Polymethysilesquioxane Copolymer, Ethylene Brassylate, Methicone, Trisiloxane, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, May Contain (+/-): Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499)

Pros: Lightweight, good coverage, easy to apply, stays put, helps with shine, great price!

Cons: Spf 6 ( how is that even going to help?!), has trouble covering some things (nothing a concealer won't fix), has pink undertones in the lightest shade which is a problem for some women- especially women with an asian background (they should come out with another lightest shade with yellow undertones),  they should sell an optional pump like Mac since so many women want one, highly addictive.

Overall: I would highly recommend this foundation to anyone. It is raved about all over the web, and believe me- it's not overhyped! 


  1. Great review! I love this foundation. Even for summer. I have been using some other HE foundations and believe me, this one is winning by far.

  2. excellent review hun,i always walk past this but never actually pick up,thanks for great info tc =D p.s great blog

  3. I wear mineral foundation. I don't like liquids but I will tell my girlfriend about this. I think she'll like it.