REVIEW: Revlon Colorstay Full Cover Matte Foundation

by - September 14, 2018

I feel like the drugstore has been going really hard recently with full coverage foundations. Admittedly, I haven't tried all that many of them because full coverage can tend to scare me and for a while now I've been going for more natural looking foundations. That being said, I recently had the opportunity to try out the Revlon Colorstay Full Cover Matte Foundation* and I've been using it for the past couple of weeks to really figure out how I feel about it and I'm glad I did because I had to play a little bit to figure out how this works best - at least on my skin.

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ColorStay Full Cover™ Foundation for a full coverage matte finish. Lasts up to 24 hours. Comfortable wear that moves with your skin, won’t cake you up or weight you down. Easy to apply and blends seamlessly.

The Revlon Colorstay Full Cover Matte Foundation* is packaged in a squeeze tube, which is second only to a glass bottle with a pump in my opinion, because it minimizes mess and gives you a lot of control on how much product you're pumping out. It contains the standard 1fl oz of product. 

I feel like foundation is one of those makeup products that's super, super subjective, so I wanted to give you guys a quick rundown of what I'm working with before I started the review. I have normal skin that has been leaning a little bit more combination recently with some definite texture and pores on my cheeks, some fine lines around my eyes but no real deep wrinkles. Recently, after a summer of being a little bit less diligent with my SPF than I should have been, I am dealing with some minor discoloration and uneven skintone at the moment as well. I actually do think skin type is really important when it comes to a high coverage foundation, so I wanted to make clear what I'm working with.

This foundation has a very rich, whipped type of texture and really doesn't move at all when applied to the back of my hand. I prefer to apply this in dots over my skin with my finger and then blend. While testing this, I tried it several times over my normal morning skin care routine with and without primer and blended it out with both a brush and a damp makeup sponge. I have to say, for me this foundation works best when applied with a sponge over a smoothing primer. With a brush, I found that it never really buffed in so it tended to really look like it was sitting on the skin and it clung to any hairs on my face really badly. When I used a sponge I was able to really press it into the skin so that the look was seamless. I also found that it looked better on the places where I have uneven texture or dryness - like my cheeks and nose - when I applied it over a smoothing primer. When used that way, this product looks really seamless on me. 

As far as the full cover claims, I'd say that it doesn't quite get there. Like I said, I do have some discoloration and uneven skin tone happening at the moment and I think this does a pretty good job of evening me out, but when I look close I can still see some of that through the foundation. I would personally say that this is a medium coverage. That said, I don't mind that at all because medium coverage is where I want to live when it comes to foundation. If you're looking for a really, really heavy coverage though I don't think this will do it. The finish on this foundation is what I think of as a modern matte. It's definitely matte, but it doesn't look overly dry the skin. 

I think the wear time on this foundation, again, really depended on the application method. If I applied a thin layer using a sponge over a smoothing primer, this foundation wore really well on me, but if I applied too much, skipped the primer, or used a brush I did find that this ended up sitting on the skin and would break up or just lift off throughout the day. So really, to get the most out of this foundation I would definitely recommend applying it with a sponge so that you can really press it into the skin. 

Overall, I very much feel two ways about this foundation. Once I figured out the best way to use it on my skin type, I was really, really thrilled with how it looks on me, but before I figured that out I really kind of felt like it was a dud. I don't like to have to play so much with a foundation to figure out how to best make it work for me, but I'm glad that I kept going with this one because as I write this I'm wearing the foundation and my skin looks really, really  beautiful with an even tone and a flawless matte finish. 

I feel like that's a good tip if you've bought a foundation and initially aren't sure that you like it - try out some different application methods, try out different primers, and maybe adjust the amount of foundation you're applying to see if you can make it work. Sometimes it's really, really worth it!

The Revlon Colorstay Full Cover Matte Foundation* is available now wherever Revlon is sold!

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