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Revlon - Colourstay Combination/Oily Skin Foundation.

28 February 2014
Revlon Colourstay has been around a damn long time, it was first released some time in the 90's (can't find exactly when) and in this time I have bought it just once, in the last quarter of 2013. How that is possible considering that I went through my teens and 20's with this being one of the most popular foundations and my mum consistently using it throughout my early childhood is beyond me.

So anyway I finally bought myself a bottle after Revlon reformulated the product and from what I can tell after researching the new formulation, this is where I went wrong. Apparently it's not what it use to be and people don't like that so much, I don't like it so much either.

I opted for the combination/oily skin formula because that is what I have, my skin is fairly normal and my T-zone has a tendency to oil up through the day. After using this product I wonder if I should have gone for the normal formula, I'm not sure that it would have been better for me but I'm not willing to risk the cost.

This foundation has a medium thickness and since it has a SPF of 15 it smells just like sunscreen with a slight powdery undertone (a little like baby powder), it's not overly difficult to smooth over the face but I do find I have to work with it quickly as it sets fairly fast to a demi matte finish, a feature that I do like in a foundation by the way.

The thing that shits me about this stuff is that it settles in to fine lines and gathers in pores, even with a primer aimed at filling these little holes I can't get it to sit evenly on the skin, after about an hour of wear I find it's all merged in to my smile and expression lines for a foundation party and it looks revolting. Setting with a powder does jack shit to prevent this.

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The coverage that it offers is pretty good, I would consider it medium/full coverage but I wouldn't recommend trying to build it because it can so easily look cakey especially when it's gathering in undesirable places on your face.

The longevity of the product is bang on though, it really does last the distance which is fantastic, it's just a shame that it looks shitty while getting you through a whole day.

  • Lasts all day.
  • Nice full coverage.

  • Easily looks cakey.
  • Settles in to fine lines and pores.

I'm not a fan, personally I don't even find it wearable, when a product settles in to certain areas of the skin it looks horrendously wrong and I don't want to be wearing a product that requires me to fix it every 20 minutes because it has a mind of it's own.

What do you think of Revlon's Colourstay foundation?

All Products were purchased by myself and I'm in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned unless otherwise stated. Links provided are for shopping examples only, I have personally purchased from some (not all) of these online stores but I highly recommend researching before buying.

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5 comments on "Revlon - Colourstay Combination/Oily Skin Foundation."
  1. I'm a bit sad that people aren't really liking the new formula. The previous formula is my absolute HG, luckily I've been able to buy it off Ebay...maybe I need to buy in bulk!

    1. I wish I'd purchased the old formula when I had the chance because I've heard nothing but good things about it! If you have a reliable source for the old formula I would stock up, especially if you aren't ready to find a new HG foundation!

  2. I've never tried this, but i've seen a lot of people buying colorstay. Although, I hate foundation that sits in my giant pores and forehead lines - mineral foundations usually.

    LilynotLouise | Beauty and Food

  3. Oh bummer! I absolutely loved the older formula but haven't tried the reformulated one. Good thing I decided not to repurchase it. And I had no idea it had been around since the 90's! :O
    x Court

    1. I'm surprised they would reformulate it after so long! It was supposedly always a good selling product and it makes me wonder why they would try to change a good thing?