When it comes to makeup the most important item in my beauty arsenal is definitely foundation. I’ve used countless bottles, tubes and jars of the stuff in a variety of formulas – liquid, powder, mousse, cream-to-powder, stick and mineral. The things I like to tick off the list when using a new foundation are ‘easy to blend’, ‘buildable coverage’, ‘lightweight texture/finish’ and ‘long wearing’. For the last few months I’ve been testing out a couple of Revlon ColorStay foundations for you guys. Yes, I know, what wouldn’t I do for y’all. I figured that now, the start of a new year would be the perfect time to let you know which of these foundations are worth a try. So, Revlon Colorstay foundations were you on the naughty or nice list?
Revlon ColorStay Stay Natural for Normal/Dry Skin SPF 15
The Revlon foundations that have a pump always score extra points in my book. This one lives up to it’s name in my opinion. It offers the most natural finish and looks the most like my own skin, but better. It also feels a lot more hydrating than the others.
Coverage – Perfect medium coverage that can be built upon.
Consistency – A lightweight, hydrating liquid foundation that doesn’t feel heavy or thick on your skin. It blends beautifully and applies nicely with fingers, brush or sponge. When I’m not reaching for the whipped creme one then this foundation is always next in line.
Wearability – This foundation is hydrating but doesn’t look or feel greasy on my face. It stays looking fresh for long and only after a good few hours do I need to blot or touch up.
Price – R215 at Dis-Chem
Rank – #2
Revlon ColorStay Whipped Creme Makeup SPF 20
This foundation is all sorts of awesome. In my opinion the whipped consistency, the shade and the smooth application sets this one apart from the rest. My only con is the clunky glass bottle which makes travel near impossible.
Coverage – This creamy foundation offers medium to full coverage and gives you a bit of a dewy glow.
Consistency – Luxurious, mousse-like consistency that goes on smoothly.
Wearability – This whipped foundation applies beautifully with a damp beauty blender. It blends perfectly and a little goes a long way. This stays put on my face for most of the day and if worn with a primer it looks flawless for even longer. No flaking, caking or heaviness. It also withstands sweat and heat quite nicely.
Price – R195 on Spree
Rank – #1
Revlon ColorStay for Combination/Oily Skin SPF 15
This one surprised me the most because for many years it was my absolute favorite foundation and throughout my 20’s this was the only foundation I wore. I’m not sure if the consistency has changed or it’s just that my skin has changed. Also, I might have been a vampire before because the shade I used to wear is now too light for me. Shocked!
Coverage – This one offers full coverage. It will cover absolutely any blemish or mark on your skin.
Consistency – The actual foundation might seem thick but it actually feels very light and comfortable on your skin. It melts into your skin and blends brilliantly. It’s non-drying which is great for a combination-skin girl like myself.
Wearability – This offers a fully made up, but still natural finish that doesn’t look cakey and doesn’t settle into fine lines. It wears for a very long time and probably has the best wearability of the lot.
Price – R215 at Dis-Chem
Rank – #3
Revlon ColorStay Stay Active Mattifying SPF 25
This pump-bottle foundation is very similar to the natural one but feels a bit thicker in consistency. This blends nicely and offers a mattifying effect. Perfect for active girls!
Coverage – Medium coverage that’s buildable.
Consistency – It’s not as fluid as the Stay Natural option and definitely feels a bit thicker and more drying.
Wearability – This one tends to be a bit drying on my skin and almost feels a bit tight. I think this one is definitely made for active girls that tend to lean more on the oilier side. It’s long wearing though which is a bonus. This one survives through sweating and insane heat. The matte finish and SPF25 are just what active girls need.
Price – R215 at Dis-Chem
Rank – #4
Revlon PhotoReady Two-Way Powder Foundation SPF 19
So, the first thing you might be asking is ‘What’s a two-way powder’? It’s a compact pressed powder that doubles as a foundation when used wet. This one has very soft and silky feel on your skin.
Coverage – Feels very lightweight on your skin and offers light to medium coverage. It definitely lets your natural skin shine through. Coverage is buildable.
Consistency – A finely milled powder formula that feels soft on your skin. The finish is very matte
Wearability – I feel like this powder foundation is too drying for my combination skin. It gives my skin a very powdery look and I think oily-skinned girls will love it. It wears pretty well and only after a few hours you might need a touch up.
Price – R269 at Woolworths
Rank – #5