Revlon Colourstay foundation review

I have read so many glowing reviews about this foundation over the last few weeks and months, that I decided it was about time I tried it out for myself and found out what all the fuss is about. Foundation is such a personal thing, what works on one persons skin won’t necessarily be amazing on another. I took advantage of the Boots 3 for 2 offer and got myself a bottle of the Revlon Colourstay for normal to dry skin.

Revlon Colourstay foundation, comes in a 30ml glass bottle with a plastic lid on top. The bottle doesn’t actually come with a pump which can cause some problems, especially when you are half asleep in the morning and spill half of it all over your makeup table! You really need to be careful when you are pouring this out of the bottle, as due to the formula being quite runny, it can come out of the bottle a little fast.

I really liked the wide range of colours that Revlon Colourstay offers. There are colours to suit most skin tones, even the paler complexions can find a colour to suit them within this range, which is often not the case with other budget brand foundations. I have often found myself standing and makeup stands for ages trying to get a match for my skin tone. This was not the case with the Colourstay foundation. In fact there were 2 shades that suited my skin. I bought the shade beige sand, as I thought it is better to bronze my skin up, rather than blending down into my neck too much,

Revlon Colourstay also offers two different formulas, one for combination/oily skin and another for normal/dry skin tone. This gets a huge thumbs up for me, as it gives most people a chance to try out the foundation regardless of their skin type. I went for the normal/dry skin formula, as while my skin is relatively normal, it does have a tendency to run a little dry at times.

The foundation goes onto the skin really nicely. A little bit of foundation goes a long way, so apply it sparingly. I did find that you do really need to buff the foundation into the skin, as it can look a little streaky if you don’t take your time applying it. This is not a slap on and dash out the door foundation.

Revlon Colourstay swatches

The coverage is medium to full and this is a matte foundation. If you like a dewy, glowing finish to your foundation this is not for you. I would also be inclined to say that this is a going out foundation, as for the most part this does not give a natural look. It doesn’t look caked onto your face or anything, but you can see that you are wearing foundation.  I have worn it during the day when I knew I was going tohave a long day and I needed my foundation to stay put all day. However, when I did wear it during the day, I did feel conscience that I had a full on face of makeup look.

Revlon say that this foundation stays on the skin for up to 16 hours. While I haven’t worn it for that long, I did find during a long day it didn’t budge. It did get a little bit more powdery looking as the day progressed, so I had my Mac Fix+ in my bag to spray on my face throughout the day to get rid of this powdery look. The powdery look wasn’t anything that other people noticed, I was really examining to see how it wore throughout the day

Revlon Colourstay with full makeup

This foundation isn’t going to be everyones cup of tea. When I put up a picture of it on The Beautiful Truth Facebook page, I got such contrasting opinions on it. I think it is a bit of a “marmite” product. You are either going to love it or hate it. While some people said they can’t get enough of this foundation, and loved the finish it gave their skin, others mentioned that it left their skin looking flakey and patchy at the end of the day. I myself really really like it. I like the coverage, finish and the staying power. However, as I mentioned above this is a foundation that is a lot more suitable as a going out foundation.

This is a foundation that I will repurchase and if someone was looking for a good foundation that won’t break the bank, it is absolutely one that I would recommend. If you are in the market for a new foundation, I would say give it a try. While it isn’t really cheap at €17.79 , it is reasonable enough to see if it suits your skin.


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  • Reply
    Alisha Shaughnessy
    March 23, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    I think it looks really good on you, it look’s so flawless! I’m into more light/medium bases but I’d love a heavier base for a night out! This might be the one… 🙂

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      Sinéad K
      March 23, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      This is perfect for night time

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    Aoife Mooney
    March 23, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Great review and has satisfied my curiousity! I think it’ll be a bit too drying on the face for me.. Was thinking of the loreal lumni. Have you tried these ones?

    • Reply
      Sinéad K
      March 23, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      I haven’t yet, but it is on my list to try.

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    Sarah B
    March 23, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    I love Colourstay, I wear it as my daytime foundation aplplied lightly with a damp brush. It can be a little drying but with the right base looks great and gets me through a day at work!

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      Sinéad K
      March 23, 2014 at 8:47 pm

      I must try applying it with a damp brush or sponge cause I do really like it

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    August 23, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    I do like the finish this foundation gives especially when buffed, but the colour wasn’t for me. I’m quite dark, so I bought the last shade on the wheel next to caramel. When I got it home & applied a full layer other than a tester patch on my cheek/neck area, I was fierce disappointed. It was a pink under tone, where as I’d be neutral/warm. It looked too pale. I won’t be investing in any other shades unfortunately.

    • Sinead K
      Sinead K
      August 23, 2014 at 3:31 pm

      I find it can be very pink in tone too. I haven’t worn it in a while for this reason. You just can’t go wrong with Nars sheer glow

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