Cheapie but Goodie: Revlon ColorStay Combination/Oily

Monday, November 21, 2011

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Everyone and their mother has already blogged, tweeted or made a video about this foundation, so I won't do a very in-depth review since there are already so many out there. Instead, this will just be a quick post of me jumping in with my two cents on this product. 


So let's just run over the basics:


Revlon ColorStay is an affordable drugstore foundation, comes in two versions (one for normal/dry skin and another for combination/oily), and is all about a high coverage and matte finish. It's just a regular screw-off lid meaning it doesn't have a pump (easily what users of this product complain about the most), and can be a bit difficult to blend onto the skin. While ColorStay is meant to be a long-wearing foundation, it's also on the thicker side and can be a bit heavy-feeling. It's also important to note that the color range Revlon offers is nice and varied, which is especially great considering that it's a drugstore brand.


There, everybody caught up? =)


Now I shied away from this product for quite a while just because it didn't sound completely right for me. Yes, I have very oily skin consistently covered in cystic acne and hyper pigmentation that pretty much demands full coverage products, but I'm also all about ease and efficiency with my makeup. I simply won't take the time out of my usual morning frenzy to hassle with a product that puts up a fight going onto my face--and boy, had I heard this foundation was a nightmare to blend. But a few weeks back I wanted something really full coverage for a few special occasions coming up and finally ColorStay came home with me.


As proof that you can't always listen to what people say about makeup--it is after all, an entirely subjective thing--I absolutely love this foundation. Everything in that basics paragraphs above completely holds true, only I don't struggle to blend this product in the way everyone else seems to. If you're one of those people who dots their foundation all over their face and rubs in section by section (mea culpa) you'll definitely notice that the sections you do later need just a smidge more time to be broken out of that "dot". But once you start working the foundation into your face, there's no difficulty at all. I wouldn't call it easy to blend, but I also don't think it's as much of a hassle as some people have made it out to be. 


*If you've found this to be difficult to rub into your skin, some people use damp makeup sponges or buffing brushes to help do the job. My favorite trick, however, is to apply the foundation right on top of your moisturizer. It's a cinch to blend, though it also results in a less matte finish.* 


I'm also very impressed with how well ColorStay can be built up. After the initial thin layer of product all over my face, I can go back in and use more as a concealer and it doesn't look cakey, even after a dusting of powder. You definitely wouldn't think so, given its thicker consistency and high coverage, but this really doubles well as a on-top-of-foundation-concealer.


But what really seals this product's spot in my makeup bag is the shine control. ColorStay is matte such as I've never seen before. Here's a little story to elaborate on that:


As an experiment, on Saturday morning I applied this as I normally would, first going all over and then using some more product as concealer. When I'd finished off my makeup with a touch of MAC Blot Powder, it was around 1 pm. After a day-long scavenger hunt filled with running around a well-heated museum, I checked my makeup around 7ish and it looked perfect with just the slightest hint of a glow. Nothing shiny or remotely oily--in fact the finish was so nice that I didn't even blot. After stuffing myself at dinner, around 10 o'clock or so, I did a brief blotting down my T-zone with some standard tissues but didn't add any powder. Quite a few hours of charades later, I got home a little after 3 am and right up until I finally washed my face before bed (around 4 am or so) my foundation looked as it had that morning. There was no wearing or rubbing off around my nose, and I only had to blot once. 


Once--and I didn't even follow up with powder!


Revlon claims this is a 16 hour foundation, and although I only wore it for 15, I absolutely believe them. I've also heard some stories about how ColorStay can be difficult to remove (likely because it's so long wearing) but my Boots No7 wipes got the job done as they always do. 


Bottom line: I'm incredibly impressed with this product and in terms of shine control, I've truly never seen anything like it. It's definitely not for everyone, but if you have very oily skin and a lot of skin concerns to cover, this is right up your alley!


This is a pretty popular foundation, so if you've ever tried it or are currently using it, please let me know!


I'm thinking this might be the shining star in an upcoming Everyday Makeup Routine post!


Happy Monday, everyone! Hope you had a terrific start to your week!

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