The Foundation Files - Revlon Colorstay Foundation Review

Up until a few weeks ago, when I thought of Revlon Colorstay I didn't immediately get excited. The Colorstay line is one of those makeup collections that has been a drugstore staple for decades, and I've passed by the line of Colorstay foundations in the makeup aisle probably dozens of times without a second thought. However, a month or two ago I saw that Revlon reformulated the product and it sparked my interest. When I ran out of my Maybelline foundation, I picked this one up to see why it's been on drugstore shelves for so long. 

With the new formula, the packaging got an upgrade. Revlon finally added a pump, which makes the product ten times easier to deal with in the morning (no more tipping your foundation bottle upside-down only to get way too much out of it) and also keeps it much more hygienic. They also added in SPF, and while it's only factor 15, it's definitely better than nothing! Thankfully they kept their wide shade range and there are still two options for different skin types - Combination/Oily and Normal/Dry. I picked up mine in shade #150 from the Combination/Oily range.

The texture of the foundation is creamier than most, as you can see in the picture above. Initially, I tried to blend the foundation with my RT Blending Sponge.  However I found that this gave it a very cakey and odd look on the skin, so I switched over to my RT Buffing Brush which worked much faster with this foundation and also gave it a much smoother look. Upon first application the formula felt much lighter and looked much more natural than I expected.

As you can see above, the foundation did an excellent job of covering my redness/scarring, and gave a very even finish. The only texture issue I had with it was around my nose, where I tend to have larger pores. When I used the foundation without a primer it tended to exaggerate my pores, but it seemed to do much better with a smoothing primer underneath.

My favorite thing about the foundation, however, has to be its lasting power. I found that I could go through an entire school day (roughly 7 hours) without any fading or breakdown, even in areas where my skin gets oily. This has never happened for me with a drugstore foundation before, so needless to say I was extremely happy!

So, for the overview:

Overall I was pleasantly surprised with the Revlon Colorstay foundation. It's been my go-to base product since I picked it up, and I definitely see why it's stayed in Revlon's line for so long. I would definitely recommend you try it out to see for yourself!


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