I really like Revlon for drugstore/pharmacy makeup. They aren’t terribly exciting if I’m to be honest, but they work when they have to and that, for me, is most important. I’ve tried some of their foundations over the years and they generally work for me BUT I’d never tried the iconic Revlon Colorstay Makeup foundation. I know its popular, but I’d try it at the counter and the thick texture doesn’t endear itself to me. Its like everything that I NEVER wanted in a liquid foundation 😛
Recently, I received a bottle and I thought “Oh hey, here we go. My chance to try this iconic product” What I didn’t realise was that Revlon has now come up with 2 different Colorstay Makeup Foundations. The existing one is now meant for those with normal-dry skin and this new one is for combination-oily skin. What this new Combination-Oily texture means is that it feels lighter in texture and also on skin.
I initially didn’t like it. I tried it for a few days and found it drying initially despite the really long lasting coverage. So I set it aside. 2 months later, I picked it up again and for some weird reason, it now works for me. Have I normalised my skin that much from dry to combination? I don’t know but now, it doesn’t feel drying on my skin anymore! I think I just didn’t use as much.
Before I show you why I like it, let me show you one thing I absolutely dislike.
There is no pump. Gah! Revlon, please do something about this!
Pretty much like the original Colorstay Makeup foundation, there is no pump to this glass bottle, just a big gaping hole. I think this is a pretty decent product and would be much improved with the inclusion of a pump. I’m surprised Revlon hasn’t worked it out over the years. They do have other liquid foundations with a pump e.g. Age-defying DNA foundation so this regression boggles my mind.
I however, learned a nifty trick from RMK foundations that have a similar mind-boggling packaging. Cover your palm over the bottle mouth, up end the bottle and use just whatever is on your hand. I use the 5 line foundation application technique and its enough. If you try to pour it out, you will end up pouring out too much and wasting product.
Ok, griping aside, I like this foundation now. Perhaps it was my technique before or maybe I was using too much but the 5 line technique really works wonders. Also, I was sent the foundation in 200 Nude which is actually a tiny tiny bit deep for me. Just a tiny bit. I believe I’m usually more suited to Buff which is a shade we never see here 😛
Also, I believe there’s a shade down in 180 Sand Beige but that’s a bit yellow toned as opposed to Nude which has a more pinky tone (more suited to my skin) So dissection aside, I find that the 5 line application technique allows me to wear Nude quite comfortably without it looking too deep on my skin.
I find that the texture is a little thick but on skin once you blend it out, it doesn’t feel heavy which is something I appreciate. It stays on impressively well all day, leaving my skin looking like my skin but better all day long. I’ve stopped experiencing dryness, maybe because I now use a lot less product than before.
Here’s how it looks on my skin, before and after.
It just looks better doesn’t it? Covers up redness and most blemishes and even evens the pigmentation spots on my cheekbones. Doesn’t cover them of course, I still use concealer for that, but I like how much more even my skin looks when wearing this foundation. Its only a very thin layer as anyone using that 5-line method will testify so I’d say coverage is very good 🙂
Here’s how 200 Nude compares with other foundations that suit my skintone.
Left-Right: (1) Revlon Colorstay Whipped Mousse foundation 220 Nude (2) Revlon Colorstay liquid foundation 200 Nude (3) Revlon Age Defying DNA 10 (4) Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation I00 Very light Ivory (5) Diorsnow Liquid Foundation 010 Ivory
Other than the Diorsnow Ivory which looks a tad lighter, the rest are very close! I intentionally benchmarked it against other Revlon foundations I have and use and you can see that the Colorstay Liquid Foundation in 200 Nude is a bit lighter than the Whipped Mousse foundation in 220 Nude and also a little lighter than Age Defying DNA 10 Buff. I do wish Revlon would standardize their naming conventions 😛 This way I don’t have to keep playing Russian Roulette 😛
Oh there’s SPF6 but its so low, I didn’t even think it worth mentioning 😛 UPDATE: SPF will be upgraded to SPF15 very soon! Watch out for the new packaging!
So I really like the longevity, the non-oily, lightweight texture and how my skin looks when I have it on. I may prefer if the shade was a touch lighter, but Revlon has to work on packaging. Buck up! 😛
In a nutshell
Revlon has come up with a new lightweight formula for their iconic Revlon Colorstay Makeup Liquid Foundation for Combination-Oily skin. The texture feels lighter than the original version which is now for Normal-Dry skin. I initially found it a little drying on my slightly dry skin but when I recently tried it again, I found that my skin felt more comfortable. I think it may have been the amount I used. I only use very little now because the coverage is very good so it will take you very far. I dislike the non-pump packaging however, which I can imagine will put many people off. Put in a pump and this will definitely fly off the shelves.
Pros: Lightweight texture, Good coverage, Very long lasting without fading or sliding off, Non oily texture
Cons: No pump, Messy packaging, Can be a little drying for normal/combination skin if too much is used
Who will like this: Anyone who is looking for a long lasting lightweight liquid foundation with good coverage
Here is the ingredient list for anyone interested.
Are you a fan of the Revlon Colorstay liquid foundation? Have you used the original version?
I know many people have listed it as one of their favourite full coverage liquid foundations but, as I said, I never tried it because the heavy texture was off putting. I’m glad they came up with a lighter texture. Its much more comfortable for me now, and I like it! I think I get the raves now 🙂
Revlon Colorstay Makeup Combination-Oily skin comes in 5 shades locally – Sand Beige, Nude, Warm Golden, Early Tan and Toast. Price: RM59 (or check out sales) Availability: All Revlon counters