REVISITING: Revlon Colorstay Makeup

by - February 09, 2018

Recently, during a peruse of the drugstore, I decided that I wanted to start a new series here on the blog. I feel like there are so many new products being released so constantly that sometimes we forget about the products that we used to love, so I wanted to do a bit of a revisit of products that used to be favorites of mine that I haven't used in a while. The first on the list, and really the inspiration for this post, was the Revlon Colorstay Liquid Foundation. I remembered really loving this foundation, but it had been years since I'd had it in my collection and I'd also heard that it had been reformulated, so I picked up a new bottle and I've been revisiting it.

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Literally every Youtuber that I watched back when I was tiptoeing into the online beauty community was singing the praises of the Revlon Colorstay foundation - though generally they were on board with the Combination to Oily formula, which I have actually never tried because that's not my skin type. I've always gone for the Normal to Dry formula, which I understand is quite a bit less dry and potentially cakey than it's sister. Really the only people I saw who didn't love this foundation were people with drier skin who were using the Combination to Oily formula and felt like it caked up, accentuated dry patches, and looked heavy on the skin.

As you can see, this bottle is a lot different than the one I remember - but mostly just because they finally got on board with including a pump. Obviously pump packaging is becoming the standard now - finally! - and I'm really glad to see that they added it. I actually feel like the fact that it didn't have a pump did actually influence just how long it's been since I used this foundation. 

I picked up the same shade and formula that I used to use, 150 Buff in the Normal/Dry skin formula. One immediate thing that stuck out to me is that this shade is too light for me. Now, I'm not entirely sure, since I don't have a bottle to compare to, if that is a change in the shade or if I was just wearing a too light foundation back then - both are clearly possible.

Now let's talk about the formula - because damn it's good. I use three pumps of this to cover my whole face and blend into my neck and I apply it with a sponge - always with a sponge. In my opinion, this is not a foundation that works anywhere near as well with a brush as it does with a sponge. This gives me a solid medium coverage on a single layer and I will admit that I haven't tested to build it up to full coverage because I just don't personally like full coverage. This is a foundation that sets, but I do think you have time to work with it so you don't have to worry too much about it setting before you blend it out. The wear time on this foundation is really, really good. Obviously, I am never going to test a 24 hour wear claim, but I would say that I've gotten 12-16 hours out of this with only minimal fading.

So, is it as good as I remember? I actually think it might be better. This formula is really, really solid. It looks great on with a finish that doesn't cake up on me at all and, though it does certainly look like makeup, I feel like it has a good amount of coverage without looking too heavy. I love the new packaging and I think it was definitely about time that Revlon got on the pump train, especially considering the price of this hear in Canada has crept up quite a bit since the last time I bought it. Overall, I'm just really happy that I decided to pick this up and try it again.

Have you been using the Revlon Colorstay Makeup recently? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

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