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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Review: Revlon ColorStay Foundation for Combination/Oily Skin

Asking for recommendations for foundations which are good on oily skin and come in fair shades, Revlon's ColorStay Foundation for Combination/Oily Skin was a suggestion which popped up fairly frequently, and upon checking it out in Superdrug I found that not only was there a 'Buy One, Get One Half Price' offer on Revlon products, but the shade 110 'Ivory' looked like a pretty dead match for my skintone. Needless to say, I picked a bottle up, and I've now been wearing it for a few weeks and am ready to share my thoughts (I also picked up the ColorBurst Matte Balm in 'Elusive').
Revlon ColorStay Foundation CombinationOily Skin Review
Revlon says, "Wears for up to 24 hours; flawless look, lightweight feel", which sounds pretty good to me; I don't think anyone actually wears their foundation for 24 hours (do they!?) but that suggests it should bear up pretty well to a full day's wear. I tend to favour a medium-full coverage from my base, but don't like my face to feel like I'm wearing a mask, so the flawless lightweight formula sounds pretty perfect as well! First of all, I was pretty disappointed to see that the bottle isn't fitted with a pump; that's a real problem for me as I really like the convenience of a pump as opposed to having to bash the bottle onto the back of my hand, which is both painful and messy, and makes it difficult to get all the foundation out of the bottle. If budget brands can include a pump with a £4 foundation, why can't Revlon manage it with a £12 one? This would have to be a bloomin' good foundation for me to consider repurchasing based on the lack of pump alone, it really lets the product down for me.
Revlon Colorstay Foundation FOTD
That aside, 'Ivory' is pretty much the perfect shade for my super-pale skin, which is nice. I tend to apply over a primer, my preference being either The Body Shop's Tea Tree Pore Minimiser or Pop Beauty's Face Magnet. I've found that the foundation seems to dry very quickly, so applying with my beloved Real Techniques Expert Face Brush was pretty unsuccessful; I just ended up with a patchy finish and brushstrokes everywhere which isn't a good look! Applied with either my fingers or a damp make-up sponge, however, this goes on pretty nicely, giving a medium coverage which is buildable where necessary. As you'd maybe expect from a foundation for oily skins, this does really cling to any dry patches and looks awful, so make sure you've exfoliated and moisturised well before applying! I always set my foundation with a powder to reduce transfer and help it last longer; it's not really necessary with this foundation as it sets so quickly to a smooth, matte finish, but I've been doing it anyway out of habit. My face doesn't stay matte all day, not by any stretch of the imagination, but the combination of a good primer, this foundation, and plenty of powder, seems to keep my make-up in place and I can keep on top of the shine with more powder every few hours. It's definitely one of the better foundations I've tried in terms of staying put on my oily skin and still feeling fresh at the end of a shift at work, but I don't think I'd consider it a "holy grail" product for me.
Revlon Colorstay Foundation
[Products used: Pop! Beauty Face Magnet Primer; Revlon ColorStay Foundation for Combination/Oily Skin in 110 'Ivory'; Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 'Fair'; Collection Loose Powder in 'Translucent'; Natural Collection Powder Blush in 'Sugar Plum'; Elizabeth Arden Highlighter in 'Rose Illumination'; MUA Pro Brow Kit; MUA Dusk to Dawn Palette; Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara in 'Black-Brown'; ELF Matte Lip Color in 'Tea Rose']
Overall, Revlon's ColorStay Foundation for Combination/Oily Skin gives a good colour match and  lasts well on my very oily skin; despite the lack of pump, I'll probably repurchase this once I'm done with this bottle. It's a little more than I'm happy paying for a drugstore foundation, particularly considering the pump situation, but it's often included in 3 for 2 offers and similar, so choosing your time to purchase wisely can save you a few pounds. Revlon ColorStay Foundation for Combination/Oily Skin is priced at £12.49 for 30ml and available from Boots & Superdrug, amongst other stores. Have you tried this foundation? What's the best foundation you've tried for oily skin? Any recommendations for me on keeping shine at bay?

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  1. Such a shame about the lack of pump! Still, it definitely suits your skin tone and seems to provide pretty good coverage.

  2. Too bad it doesn't have pump :( but the finish result is gorgeous ;) xo's

    Pink Frenzyt

  3. Loving the loo you created! Too bad the foundation bottle has no pump :(

  4. This line has been relaunched in India in pump bottles. I think Revlon has heard our prayers.


  5. I have oily/combination skin and finding the perfect foundation is difficult and I've never actually tried the the Revlon Color Stay but heard about it so many time I might actually give this a go next time.

  6. I also purchased this in Ivory but sadly it was a tad bit too light for me and didn't seem to go with my yellow undertone. I'm going to get another in one shade darker and hopefully that'll suit me because I like the coverage this gives me.

  7. I love this foundation, it lasts so well and matches my skin brilliantly. There is one downside for me but I'm not sure if it's the foundation or if I'm not taking it off well enough but it seems to make me breakout after a few weeks of using it so I may have to ration myself haha! x

  8. I'm with you on the pump, crazy to not have one these days!


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