Review: Revlon ColorStay foundation

Revlon has been around for ever and has been releasing more and more products over the last couple of years as the demand for more variety and higher quality products increased dramatically. It’s used famous ambassadors to push their brand such as Jessica Alba and Halle Berry.

They do a huge variety of products from lip stick to lip liners pencils and eye liners pencils and liquid eye liners and powders and different foundations and nail varnish and and and. The list goes on.

So about a year and a half ago, a couple of posts popped up raving about Revlon’s ColorStay foundation, so I hopped on the bandwagon and got myself one (via eBay as back in Germany they aren’t being retailed, or at least weren’t back then) and here’s my review 18 months later.

Product details:
Brand: Revlon
Product: ColorStay foundation
Type: Foundation
Price: £12.49 (Boots original price)
Size: 30ml / 1 US fl oz
Variations: 9 shades for Normal/Dry skin, 9 shades for Combination/Oily skin
My skin: combination/oily
Description: “Do you want make-up that is flawless looking and weightless for 16 perfect hours? Revlon® has the solution – ColorStay® Makeup with SoftFlex® Foundation.”

The product comes in a see-through round glass bottle with a wide opening and a black lid on top. Unfortunately it doesn’t come with a pump, so spillage and waste of product is bound to happen. I like that it comes in a see-through bottle, so I can see when I run out, but it’s not helpful that it doesn’t come with a pump – it’s so unhygenic and wasteful!! I believe, though, that MAC’s foundation pump might fit. 3 out of 5

I love that this product comes in 9 shades per skin type! I don’t think I’ve seen a drugstore brand that considers different skin types for their foundations – if I’m wrong, please correct me! The shades for both skin types cover light to medium cool and warm skins, unfortunately they don’t serve the Women of Color at all. It also comes with an SPF of 15, which is great for the summer season – although SPF reflect light, so for photographs it’s not so ideal. 4 out of 5

The product is quite thick and not as liquid as you’d expect a liquid foundation to be. And with thickness normally comes weight and you can feel it being heavy when you try to blend it into your skin as it pulls slightly. And with that also comes the potential of streaks. So it only becomes flawless when you use the right technique and take your time to buff it into your skin. It does have fantastic coverage though and is buildable but not easily. And it does last a good long while! Maybe not as long as an Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation (review), but it does last a lot longer than other more high-end foundations of other companies. So the description of the product is maybe say about 70% true. 3 out of 5

I think this product is great for its price despite its lack of pump and service to WOC. Compared to other high-end foundations (reviews coming soon) it holds itself really well and stands its ground. I would definitely buy it again, but I have like a gazillion foundations to test and trial so that won’t be for a long time. But still for me, a 4 out of 5

Packaging: 3 out of 5
Product: 4 out of 5
Quality: 3 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5
Total: 14 out of 20

Have you guys tried this foundation? What are your experiences with it? Did you enjoy it?

Much love,


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1 Comment on “Review: Revlon ColorStay foundation

  1. KeLLsTaR

    Excellent review! I used ColourStay a few years ago.I really liked it, but ended up throwing it out without finishing it because I couldn't stand the paint thinner smell.I bought it at a Revlon warehouse sale so I didn't spend much. If I'd paid the normal $35 price I'd probably have put up with it until the end.


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