Revlon Colourstay Foundation: Review

I’ve had this foundation for a while, I bought it before Xmas and have been meaning to do a quicky review of it ever since as I really like it. I bought it when Superdrug had the 3for2 offer across all make-up (which I thought was amazing by the way and would like them to bring back…).
This was one of those purchases that was basically decided for me by the twitter/blogging world. I saw loads of reviews or tweets saying how amazing a foundation this was and that it was comparable to a much more expensive MAC one. I’m not normally a fan of heavy foundation and I knew from the reviews that this one was, and that it needed some special/slightly fiddly application to make it look natural. I agree with the reviews on this – it is quite a heavy foundation, with a bit of a tacky feel and I do have a bit of a fussy way of applying it to make sure it doesn’t look like a heavy mask.

To apply and set I do the following:

– Pour a little dollop of foundation onto a make-up sponge (either dry or damp)

– Use a foundation brush to roughly spread the foundation all over the face

– Use the make-up sponge to blend and buff into skin and work into awkward corners

– Apply under eye concealer (using either MAC moisture cover or a L’Oreal brightening one)

– Lightly dust MAC blot powder over the T Zone

– Use a kabuki to buff a light application of MAC MSF Natural in light
Coverage and staying power wise I really like this foundation. It is heavier than I normally wear and would probably skip it over summer but for this time of year it suits me fine.

Skin is left looking flawless but still natural enough that it doesn’t look like ‘too much’. I even had compliments on how good my skin looked- so I was sold.

My only issue with this is that I wish it had a pump as it’s likely to go off in the bottle before I get close to finishing it. It’s generally more hygienic and easier for travel if it had a pump.

For reference I’m around a NW15/20 and I bought the shade buff which is probably a tad on the dark side for me. I got the oily/combination version and did find when I was shade matching that there was a clear difference between the shades for the oily/combination and the dry skin formulas- so do test out before you buy!

But I would definitely buy this again.

**the small print**

I bought this product myself. All reviews are honest and impartial regardless if the source of the product.



  1. January 17, 2010 / 9:51 am

    great post, one of my fave foundations! doesnt let me down, and coveres EVERYTHING xxx

  2. Christine Edeson
    September 11, 2013 / 7:31 am

    I love this foundation! It looks so natural. I use a blot powder over it for better results.

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