This Revlon Colorstay foundation has been around for quite some time and has achieved cult-like status as the go-to drugstore foundation for many people. Drugstore foundation is one area of products that generally never seem to work for me. And I am in NO way a makeup snob, I will try and use anything, it just has to work. But I figured a zillion bottles sold must mean something.
So I took my little booty to Rite Aid when they were having a 40% off sale. Seriously, get the Sunday paper or download Shopular so you can check the weekly sales fliers. A lot of the drugstores have crazy sales like this about once a month. Hot tip: bring your coupons because they work with sale prices. I didn’t have any for this foundation, but it was still only around $8 when all was said and done.
Normally, it retails for $12.99. It comes in two formulas: Normal/Oily and Normal/Dry and with SPF and without. I purchased Normal/Dry because I have dry skin but also because it’s so rare to find a drugstore foundation geared toward that skin type. I didn’t even know Revlon made two formulas of this foundation so I was excited and curious to try it. I purchased shade #200, without SPF.
Pet Peeve: No testers, so you either have to be a jerk and swatch the foundations in the store or be a really good guesser at picking your shade. I was a jerk. Sorry.
They run the gamut, which is great! I love that so many brands have a full color selection for fair to deep skintones now. If you are at either end of the spectrum, it used to be a little harder, but now there are so many shades and undertones, so YAY.
Okay, another pet peeve. This foundation only pours out, no pump. So if I pour too much out I either have to put it back in the bottle, which isn’t sanitary, or just waste it and wipe it off on a tissue. The first time I tried this I just put it all on my face in two heavy-ish layers.
Don’t do that. This foundation definitely looks better with one to maybe two thin, well-blended layers. I used a damp beauty blender to blend mine out between layers and it looked so much better.
This is a medium-to-full coverage finish. I went for full coverage the first time and didn’t love it. My skin just sort of looked flat, without any sparkle or dimension. The second time, with thinner layers, it looked much more like real skin, but with nice coverage that evened out my color and hid some light acne scars on my cheeks. It does layer and blend nicely when you work in very thin layers, like in the photo below, which is two layers.
Unfortunately, if I forgot to use a setting spray, the foundation started to wear off around my nose a few hours in and started to overall look kind of greasy around the 10 hour mark. I’m not sure if the formula for Normal/Oily is different and has more oil control. This was kind of disappointing as it does promise 24 hour wear. With an Urban Decay setting spray it lasted all day without moving. My skin does feel a little “gunked up” the day after wearing it. So I think if I wanted to wear it as my main foundation, I’d switch it up some days with a tinted moisturizer or CC cream, just so my skin doesn’t get clogged.
This is where this foundation really stands out to me. In real life, I thought my skin looked good, but in photos I feel like it looks incredible. It photographs really well. So if you are a bride on a budget or don’t wear makeup a lot but need something for photographs, I think this would be a good pick for you! I didn’t try the version of the foundation that has SPF, but this one without any SPF looks great on camera, even with my skin cream underneath that has SPF in it.
I was pleasantly surprised by this foundation. It’s one of the first drugstore foundations that has so many things I like about it. It builds up nicely from medium to full coverage. It photographs beautifully. The price is great. I’m really happy that I tried the Colorstay foundation and will be adding into my foundation mix. I would love if they added a pump to the bottle.
Thank you for reading! I hope that my thoughts on this foundation were helpful. I can’t believe how much feedback I got on this foundation on Instagram and Cinch!! This is a foundation favorite for so many people. Tell me below, have you tried this version of the Colorstay foundation or the Normal/Oily formula? I might pick that up next, just to compare…
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