Review: Revlon ColorStay Foundation for Oily/Combination Skin

I came across this foundation while researching its counterpart, Revlon’s PhotoReady foundation. I needed to restock my kit with photo-friendly foundation that could be found in a plethora of shades. One of my models had actually brought the PhotoReady along one day and I ended up trying it out on her. During application it seemed fine, but after the test shot I was shocked. My model’s face was white. I had properly color matched, but the foundation that claims to be “photo ready” actually contains zinc oxide, which reflects in photos and makes you look like a ghost. Back to the research it was; but not for long. I quickly came across MakeupGeekTV’s kind words about Revlon’s ColorStay foundation and just how beautiful it was in person AND photos. I just had to pick up a few bottles and find out for myself.

My Shade: 110 Ivory. Im Casper white, I revlon colorstay

Price: $19.99 at Shopper’s Drug Mart, a bit pricey for a drugstore brand but I’ve also seen it for as low as $16 at Target.
Packaging: Sleek, but could do with a pump.

Color Selection: For being a drugstore foundation, the color selection is quite good! There’s currently 20 shades ranging from very light Ivory to dark Espresso, for both Oily/Combination skin and Normal/Dry skin. Downside: They aren’t designed for specific skin tones such as Warm, Cool or Neutral, so not everyone will have a match, but a good 90% should.

Scent: It has a light “cosmetic” scent that is unnoticeable throughout the day.

SPF: This foundation contains SPF 6, which I find quite useless. It’s not enough to protect your skin, but luckily the zinc oxide doesn’t reflect in photos as usual!

Revlon ColorStay Swatches

Revlon ColorStay Swatches

Texture: Although the foundation is a bit runny, I don’t find it to be watery. It applies easily with both my Sigma F82 Kabuki and damp Beauty Blender without absorbing a lot of the product.

Coverage: I’ve heard this is 100% full coverage, thick, cakey, ect. I disagree. I’d say this has medium coverage that is definitely buildable. For sheer/medium coverage when I want to see some of my freckles I use a damp Beauty Blender, and for those days when I want full coverage I stipple it into my skin with my Sigma Kabuki or a dry latex wedge sponge. Remember, “less is more” and too much of ANY foundation will look cakey!

Blendability: Maybe it’s because of my oily skin, but I find this has a decent amount of “play time”. It blends easily and seamlessly into my neck and hairline, and doesn’t dry in patches while I’m still applying it. Although, once it does dry, it’s there to stay! Use jojoba oil, coconut oil or your favourite makeup remover to take it off before bed.

Finish: As most foundations, this has a semi-matte finish, leaving a natural looking complexion without looking cakey or greasy!

Wearability/Longevity: I can wear this all day and not have to worry about multiple trips to the “powder room”. I usually have to blot and powder my T-zone throughout the day and I haven’t had to do that since wearing this foundation! I just use a bit of setting powder after application and voila, Im ready to conquer the world!

Comparison of Ivory Foundations

Comparison of Ivory Foundations

Photo Friendliness: This foundation photographs beautifully, despite the “SPF 6”. I’ve used it for a few indoor photoshoots with loads of studio lighting+flash and it came out perfect every single time! (Even better than the Revlon PhotoReady Foundation!)

Who is it best for: As it says on the package, its designed to suit people with combination-oily skin; but there is a formula for Normal/Dry skin as well.

Bottom Line
Would I re-purchase this foundation? Absolutely! It’s the only foundation I’ve found that A) matches my super pale skin tone and B) actually wears and looks good all day! …And to find all of that in a drugstore brand was quite a surprise, although it seems the DS brands have been amping up their game the past few years. At $15-20 a bottle it can seem like a lot to pay at first but I promise it is well worth every penny, and easily comparable to high-end brands such as Estée Launder’s double wear foundation.

Have you tried this product? Would you try it? Let me know what you think below!

Small Town, High Glam: Why I Started This Blog

I’ve always loved makeup, as well as art. Those two worlds inevitably collided and here I am today, a makeup artist. I love the idea of a job where I have complete control over my career and absolutely no creative restrictions. I guess I’m a bit of a free spirit.

In September 2012 I took the leap and registered into a master makeup artistry course and began freelancing. I cannot explain to you the feeling of triumph and pride when you get your first paying job doing something you’re passionate about. It’s amazing.

I decided to cater my business to other small-town women (I live in a town of 3000 people) by offering the fairest prices I can as well as many personal lesson packages so that every woman can feel beautiful every day. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it is my job to help women see it in themselves.

As my knowledge of cosmetics expanded, I became aware of just how many chemicals and toxins we put on our skin daily. After trying a few beauty DIYs found on Pinterest, I became hooked. I soon began making and selling natural bath and body products because I believe that we shouldn’t have to sacrifice our health to feel pretty, plus it gives me a chance to make a mess of my kitchen and concoct new things. Win!

I plan to one day open up my own studio+boutique. I don’t talk about it a lot because I’m afraid a) someone else will do so before me or b) I won’t actually do it/succeed. Lately I’ve been trying to open up to [some] people about my dreams and use it as motivation to make them a reality, this blog being part of that. As of right now I’ve got a business plan and a dream so as far as I’m concerned, I’m already a step in the right direction. 🙂

Why did I start this blog? Not because Im after free products, or to see how many followers I can get. I did it because I want to share my passion for makeup and beauty. I have been lucky enough to find my passion in life and I want to share my knowledge and experiences with you through articles, how-to’s and photos.

This is my little corner of the Internet where makeup addicts and beauty junkies are always welcome, so make yourself a cup of tea, get comfy and stay a while.

Peace Love and Lipgloss


Welcome beauties!

My name is Melissa, I’m a twenty-something, crazy-in-love makeup artist from Canada whose just following her dreams. I’m a not-so-secret nerd and my heart melts for anything vintage. When I’m not reading or making face charts you can find me crafting and making natural bath and beauty products, like bath bombs and sugar scrubs.

I plan to use this blog as a place to document my evolution; as a makeup artist and as a person. On here I will share my thoughts, photos of my work,  beauty tips & tricks, DIY recipes, product reviews & launches, giveaways and much more fun stuff. If you ever have any requests, questions, or feedback always feel free leave me a comment.

Happy reading!

Peace Love and Lipgloss