Drugstore Beauty Must: Revlon Colorstay Foundation

I did a little splurging at the drug store recently and decided it was time to give some cult beauty faves a try. I got some pretty awesome stuff, but I’ve got to focus on one thing at a time.

The first one I’m featuring is: Revlon Colorstay Foundation

I had no idea how many women swear by this foundation, including makeup gurus! There are an overwhelming amount of positive reviews on my favorite beauty website, makeupalley.com. Almost 3,000 reviews with 71% positive things to say? I’d say it was worth it to shell out $8 to try this.

Swatch of the foundation on my hand:

It is a perfect match with my skin. I got it in the second-to-lightest shade, Buff. For reference, my skin is a NW20 in MAC shades (if that means anything to you). You might also notice that it is pretty full coverage. I purchased the Oily/Combination formulation, and they also have a Dry skin formulation.

Using the Product:
– I find that you have to apply this foundation very quickly as it will dry fast. I use a stippling brush to apply and find that’s the best method for me.
-The coverage is pretty amazing. I would describe this as a medium/full coverage foundation and I don’t have to apply much concealer on trouble spots after applying this foundation.
– The only thing I don’t like about the application is that it doesn’t have a pump. I sometimes feel like I waste foundation just shaking it out onto my hand/finger.
– The color match, like I said, is pretty incredible for me.
– This foundation reminds me a lot of the Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + foundation… but, like a million times cheaper.

Thoughts After Using the Product:
– This stuff really stays put on skin! You really need a makeup remover (I use plain Extra Virgin Olive Oil in the shower) to be rid of the product completely at night.
– This hasn’t caused me any additional breakouts, which I’m prone to.
– I feel like this stuff doesn’t really cake up or oxidize too much on the skin.
– I don’t have to do much blotting/touching up with powder during the day.

Revlon Colorstay on Me:
And that’s with a hormonal breakout.

Bottom Line:
– Definitely worth it if you are at the drugstore and want to pick up something new to try.


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    Jennifer B
    December 7, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Ah, one thing I’ve tried before you hehehe πŸ˜‰

    I also looked online at makeupalley.com and decided to give it a try! I love it so much and like you said, no breakouts (which I’m prone to) and I don’t feel slimy or cakey either.

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    December 7, 2011 at 8:53 am

    I’ve tried this make-up! I loved it! Definitely provided good cover! I just don’t use it as part of my everyday makeup!

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    December 7, 2011 at 9:07 am

    I’ve used Bare Escentuals for over 5 years, and while I love the product, its pretty pricey! I wouldnt mind trying this stuff out for the price! Looks like a winner!

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    December 7, 2011 at 9:29 am

    i am still trying to figure out what kind of foundation is best for me. i have dry skin that gets SUPER oily by the end of the day. I end up using a powder foundation because the idea of using liquid just has me convinced it’s gonna make my face oily, which is a NO!


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    Ashlee Miller
    December 7, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Love your makeup recommendations! I’ll have to try this!

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    December 7, 2011 at 9:39 am

    I was just thinking this morning about switching foundations…hmm…

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    December 7, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Thanks for sharing! I’m not real happy with my current foundation (Loreal True Match) even though I’ve been using it for years. I will have to try to remember to get this kind and try it out!

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    December 7, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Love this post!! Thanks for blogging about more wallet-friendly makeups πŸ™‚ I use Revlon Photo-Ready foundation and really like it too. Revlon seems to have some great products! You look beautiful πŸ™‚

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    December 7, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    It looks great! I just started using the MUFE HD foundation, but this would obviously be so much nicer to my wallet! Glad to hear they have a dry skin version, as that is always my problem. I love your eye makeup!

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    Sarah-Life is what you make it
    December 7, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    I use NW20 too! love it.

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    December 7, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Oohh! Can’t wait to try it!

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    December 7, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Oh! I cannot wait to try this! I have been on the hunt for new foundation. I’m a no fuss kinda girl: I wanna put it on in the morning and be done but STILL have amazing coverage by the end of the day … this may work!! YAY! Exited to buy it!!! πŸ™‚

    PS -> See this is why I consider you my makeup guru πŸ™‚

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    December 7, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    I love how in depth your reviews are. I can’t wait to see more!

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    December 8, 2011 at 9:14 am

    I’m pretty happy with it, too, but you’re right – you have to work with it quickly.

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    December 9, 2011 at 1:46 am

    Thanks for the rec! I use Makeup Forever which I love but it is just too pricey!

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    bathtub glazing queens
    December 13, 2011 at 10:05 am

    That’s a great post and i think you choose a fantastic product, i hope you find it very useful and like it and it’s color stays on you.it suites you.

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    roofers in nj
    January 17, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Revlon is a great cosmetics company and i think you have chosen the best product for your self and it’s color is very dark and i think it will suites you.

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