Ever since it started to get warmer here, I’ve been looking to switch up my foundation. I loved the full coverage I was getting from Rimmel’s Stay Matte Mousse Foundation but it was just too heavy for summer, plus it had a tendency to shift & transfer during the day, meaning that by evening I looked like a hot mess.
A quick Google for full-coverage foundations for acne-prone skin quickly brought up Revlon’s Colorstay Foundation for Combination/Oily Skin & the reviews looked great. People were swearing by this foundation, & even people with serious acne were getting great results so I decided to give it a shot.
My first impressions weren’t great. I’d seen from reviews that the foundation didn’t come with a pump, but I’d figured I could just pour it onto the back of my hand. However, when I unscrewed the top & tipped it upside down… nothing. The foundation is so thick that there’s no way it’s coming out of the glass bottle without some serious shaking, which is just an accident waiting to happen. I’ve since resorted to scooping it out with a small brush & then brushing it on the back of my hand, but it’s far from ideal.
In terms of application, I’ve been using my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge & it gives a great even finish, with none of the streaks that can often haunt people with oily skin. The only downside is that it also sheers out the coverage, which isn’t ideal for a full coverage foundation.
|L: No makeup // R: Two coats of foundation, plus concealer and powder|
For me personally, this foundation is not what I would consider full coverage. After one layer of the foundation my acne is still clearly visible, and even with concealer on top there’s still significant redness on show. To get the coverage in these photos I used another thin layer, on top of the original layer of foundation and concealer, plus a tinted powder. After all that, the coverage is fairly good, although definitely not “flawless” as you can see. On the bright-side it still looks super natural – pretty much the definition of “your skin but better” – & it has a lovely glow, although if you prefer more of a matte look you’ll want to add a powder.
If you’d like to see a step-by-step progression of the foundation coverage then check out my review video.
The big strength of this foundation is without a doubt its longevity. It claims to have 24 hours of wear, which I’m a bit skeptical of, but after a standard day it still looks great – not cakey at all, & my blush is always exactly where I put it, which is one of those weird things that you never really notice being an issue until it’s not, y’know?
To round things up, this is a great foundation: it looks natural, has buildable coverage, & lasts forever. However, it requires a level of work that I’m just not sure I’m ready for. This isn’t just a throw it on & walk out the door product, especially if you’ve got severe acne like myself. You need to dedicate some serious time to building it up in thin layers to avoid it looking cakey, which is a bit of a nightmare without a pump to moderate how much product you’re getting. I think it’s a lovely product for summer, but come Autumn I think I’ll be trying something new.
Have you tried the Revlon Colorstay Foundation, & if so what did you think? What’s your holy grail foundation?