Review: Revlon ColorStay Foundation

We’d both heard quite a lot about this foundation.

It has pretty good reviews across the board from bloggers who love the fact that it really does stay on your face like a high end foundation but not with the price tag.

Whilst I was in America I picked up one for each of us and we’ve both been using it for the past few weeks:

The packaging is pretty average looking but this isn’t something that I’m bothered about as the more simple it is the better in my opinion.

I also love glass bottles and high street brands seem to be doing this nowadays! Awesome!

It says on the back of the bottle that it wears for up to 24 hours and is lightweight giving a flawless look.

I would have to agree with it there! It’s definitely pretty long lasting and although its for oily skin it doesn’t give a matte finish. 

It’s quite easy to build although you have to work fast and I had some dry areas after some serious spot remover and this clung to them as I hadn’t applied enough moisturiser, but as long as you know this it’s not too much of a problem.

You still need some concealer and primer with this but that’s what I would expect from any foundation really.

I prefer it that way as it means I’m in control more of what’s going on my face!

I found this lasted most of the day and although it doesn’t have a pump which is QUITE annoying, I’m going to see if i can find one online somewhere as the foundation is worth the hassle.

I’m hoping M will pick me up some more when she’s away too….pretty please? 🙂

L xxx

I was so pleased when L text me to say how much cheaper it was in America as I’d been looking at this foundation for a while and wanting it. I loved that a drug store brand had created the same foundation for different skin types. We’ve both got combination to oily.

I’d heard this was a lot like the legendary estee lauder double wear, this made me want to try it even more. It is annoying to open it and find no pump or squeeze bottle option. I don’t personally like to pour out foundations as I find I always tip it too much then I have to try and scrape it back in.

Other than that I love the packaging. I’m a fan of glass bottle foundations. I think they feel more expensive, I don’t carry foundation with me so worrying about it breaking in my bag isn’t an issue for me. 

I’d read reviews on this that stated it can be hard to blend and it’s best to start and do a section of the face at a time. Knowing this I apply my foundation with my fingers to a cheek first and blend and work my way around my face. It does need to be worked into the skin reasonably quickly. I’d say the coverage is medium but buildable and much more flawless when using a brush like a stippling brush you’ll get a heavier finish.

As someone with freckles I can say it’s definitely not full coverage and doesn’t leave you looking caked in make up as some reviews say as I can still see my freckles through this. I love that even though it’s a foundation for more oily skin types it doesn’t leave you matt which I find a lot of foundations for oily skin do.

This foundation really does last. How did I test this? I put it on in the morning, went for a run in the afternoon and then when I washed my face in the evening it was still there on my make up remover wipes!! Impressive!!

This foundation will definitely be a repurchase for me. I think it’s a great easy to use everyday foundation that I can rely on last through the day. It gives a natural skin like finish to the skin and evens skin tone without completely masking my freckles (which although I dislike them I don’t like them fully covered). I do find I still need concealer on my spots. I can’t wait to pick up the Revlon primer and try the two together!

Have you tried this foundation? I love it!

Love M



  1. Hair Extensions Australia
    August 19, 2012 / 8:13 pm

    I tried this in my friend's place and I found it really covers up and conceals well.. however my only complaint is the human hair extensions

  2. Charlee Greenhalgh
    August 19, 2012 / 11:33 pm

    Great review hun, I really couldn't get on with this foundation for some reason, I love the staying power of it though – great for a drugstore foundation :)Charlee

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