Review: Revlon Colorstay Foundation (Oily/Combo)

I decided to do a review on the Revlon Colorstay Foundation because this is one of the first foundations that I used that I would consider good quality. I used this foundation for such a long time before giving it up and heading back into the makeup world to find something new, and hopefully something even better. That is typically how it goes for me and foundation. I always want something better. So while my standards may be quite high when it comes to makeup, I’m hoping that it will pay off in the long run. But without further ado, here is my review of the Revlon Colorstay Foundation for oily/combination skin.

How long it lasts. I originally picked up this foundation because it was for oily skin and I had insanely oily skin at the beginning of high school ( I still have very oily skin but it has toned down a tad).  While I can’t attest for exactly how long the foundation used to last because I simply do not remember, I can tell you that it did perform. I can also tell you how it works for me now. On a typical day, I am up and applying my makeup at around 6:30 AM. I apply the foundation and set with a mattifying powder. I usually begin to notice some shine around 9:30 AM (3 hours after application), and this is when I will blot my face to rid myself of excess oils. I usually do not blot or powder again until around 1 PM (6.5 hours after application; 3.5 hours after the last touch-up). After that, I usually am good to go for the rest of the evening until I take my makeup off. At the end of the night, even after blotting a couple times and having slight oil build up my makeup is still intact and looks almost identical to when I first applied it. Occasionally if I get really oily one day, let’s say if I workout or go running, I may have a little bit of foundation starting to very slightly patch around my nose. Again though, this is with excess oil, not just a typical day. I have never tested the 24-hour claim, but I can say that this foundation lasts me 12 hours easy, which is usually enough for me. The longest I’ve worn this foundation was probably for about 15 hours. I would have more shine showing through at the end of the day, obviously, but it still holds up even after that long. This foundation gets an in this category. I couldn’t ask for more!

Coverage. Another reason I was drawn to this particular foundation is because of the nice coverage I had heard that it gave. I suffered from slightly severe acne for many, many years and this is when I reached for this foundation a lot. It is full coverage and gave me the most confidence leaving the house, even when I had a face full of acne and didn’t want to be seen at all. Years later, after having finally gone to a dermatologist and getting my acne under control, I am left with acne scarring. While I am thankful I no longer suffer from acne, the scars that it left behind still effect me. This foundation does a wonderful job at covering those as well. It makes redness disappear right before your eyes. If you have skin problems that you feel self-conscious about and are looking for a full coverage foundation that won’t break the bank, definitely give this one a shot! I’d give the coverage an as well.

Blendability. I personally apply this foundation with a damp beauty blender like I do with all my foundations. It is more on the thick side but isn’t very thick. It doesn’t run down my hand at all before application. It dries pretty quick so I suggest applying it one section at a time. If you don’t you will end up with patchiness. I give blendability a B.

Shade Range. This foundation comes in multiple shades. It is likely you will be able to find your color match.  There are a total of 20 shades ranging from Ivory to Mocha in the oily/combo formula. I am in shade number 180, sand beige. This is the third lightest color. In the normal/dry formula there are only 12 shades. Because I think they should have an even number of shades in both formulas I give this category a B. 

I hope you guys enjoyed this review and if you have any questions or comments please let me know in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you all and be able to help you out in any way that I can!