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 know.foundation 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!

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9 thoughts on “Review: Revlon ColorStay Foundation for Oily/Combination Skin

  1. I had this one and didn’t get along with it :/ It broke me out and the smell was soo bad and chemical (I had the version for oily skin, though).
    Anyway, I’m happy for the people who love it 🙂

    • Really?! Thats surprising! I also use the oily skin formula on myself and haven’t noticed a bad smell or any other issues. Do you check the expiration dates before purchasing products? Maybe the bottle you had was off? If not then I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy your experience, I quite love this stuff!

      • The smell was so bad, I’ve never had any makeup product that smelled this strong and bad 😦
        I also read about the smell later in a few reviews. That’s so weird..
        It was brand new and the expiration date was ok, too.
        It’s okay! Not all products work for everyone 🙂

  2. Great review, I’ve been thinking of trying this but as always I needed some thoughts on how it would suit me – thanks to you, I’m sold!

    • Thank you, and Im glad I could help! I just re-purchased a second bottle of this foundation so its definitely become a staple in my every-day beauty arsenal. Hopefully you’ll like it as much as I do! x

  3. This is my holy grail foundation! I have used it for probably five or more years and it never fails me! I love it for it’s coverage and it really does help with oiliness. Like you said, it last all day. The times I’ve crashed at night and not removed my makeup, it’s still there the next morning! In regards to the smell, I have never noticed a scent and I have a very sensitive sense of smell. It’s the best I’ve ever found!

  4. I actually really like that it has the “smell” it means its not being masked with heavy fragrance which is chemically the NUMBER ONE irritant for skin. Says my dermatologist. Stay away from things that smell “good”

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