Skin Deco

Monday, June 22, 2009

Review: Revlon ColorStay Liquid Foundation

Liquid foundation is my staple and it's one of those products that I have too many of and can't get enough of. Okay, that sounds like mascaras, eyeshadows, gel liners and lipglosses too... *sighs* I think I have a problem.

Today's foundation review is on the Revlon ColorStay Makeup with SoftFlex SPF6 and probably most well-known as the best drugstore liquid foundation.

Read on for my thoughts and before/after pictures.

Finding a shade that matches was hell for me since the closest shade available in Malaysia was Warm Golden, which had too much of a peach undertone. After searching around, I finally settled for Golden Beige as preferred by Christiana. Unfortunately, this shade is not available in Malaysia so I ordered it from the US. Shocked to see that I bought the Combination/Oily Skin formula? I was taking a risk because the Normal/Dry Skin formula for this shade couldn't be found.

Revlon ColorStay foundation comes in a classic glass foundation bottle which isn't the most practical or hygienic, of course. The foundation has a runny texture that's easy to work with and doesn't feel heavy at all on the skin.

Coverage can be built from medium to full depending on how many layers you go for. For an oily skin-taylored product, I was expecting this to be cakey but that wasn't the case at all. The foundation didn't give me the kind of glow that I crave either but that's easily solved with a liquid illuminzer (Revlon Skinlights).

Revlon claims that this foundation will still look fresh after 16 hours. I'm not convinced with fresh but it stays on the skin long enough to not look all greasy and melted at the end of the day. I'm yet to really sweat with this foundation on though. The color did not oxidize much either, which is a huge plus for a liquid foundation.

The color is closer to NC30 (MAC foundation shade) rather than NC35 so it does look a tad fair on my skin but not unnatural. Thus, I use The Body Shop Nature's Minerals Foundation in 03 to set this foundation. What do you think? Better match? See neck please...

If you're looking for a very good yet averagely priced (~RM55?) liquid foundation, I highly recommend this. No wow factor but certainly a reliable foundation.





28 comments:

AtelierGal said...

Hi there!

I've been using this foundation (Sand Beige for me!) for a while now. The coverage is real good, and I don't even need to use concealer! If used with a good primer, the foundation will last for a long time :D

leslielovesmakeup said...

this is the only foundation i'll use here in florida. it's yucky humid here and this is the only thing that will not melt off my face! i love applying it with a stippling brush.

CHAIGYARU said...

I loveeeee this foundation to death!

Fading Beauty said...

i think it's matched with your skin tone. i love this foundation as well!

amynaree said...

I tried this foundation once and found it to be too be streaky and hard to blend and it felt heavy on my face. It didn't go on as well for me as Loreal True Match and Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Foundation.

theotherworldly said...

Hi Connie,

How did you apply this on your face? I'm interested to buy it because it looks like a promising cheaper alternative to the Vichy NormaTeint Anti-Imperfection Foundation I'm using (costs a little bomb, SGD$39). I use my fingers to blend that.

fuzkittie said...

Great review again! sounds like a drugstore winner.

Av said...

I use this foundation and it's my absolute favorite! Wonderful product and deserves the encore it receives.

Chloevien said...

I want to love this foundation, but it sets/dries too quick *sigh*....

puss.in.heels said...

This foundation is pure love!

eliza said...

is the removal easy?
i saw some beauty bloggers and on Youtube saying that it's not easy to remove @@

Askmewhats said...

My Teacher in makeup class recommended this to me! i still haven't checked it out due to laziness but it's nice to read your reviews, too bad you cannot find a matching shade locally!

yummy411 said...

connie, you got it! i was just about to purchase it up today but i put it back haha! thanks to your review i can judge what color i am (without wasting money first). i'm glad it worked for you! it actually looks awesome on you and you are right.. not an unnatural shade match. it's refreshing.. almost like a completely different look. to me, you usually look like a beach bronzed babe ;) i love it all!

jojoba said...

i think i'd try this out or the other one that's for aging (my) skin for fun as it looks fab on you!

prettybeautiful said...

i wanted to try this some time ago, but i was put off by the bottle, i always overpour stuff =/ and worried that it oxidizes a lot. now that you confirmed this point, i think for a decent foundation with tht price, def worth it.

Connie De Alwis said...

AtelierGal: I didn't use a concealer either in the FOTD so you're right! the coverage is pretty good :)

Leslie: I haven't tried stippling this foundation on but I'm excited to know how it looks like stippled! I should definitely wear this on a hot day then!

Chaigyaru: Good on ya! :D

FadingBeauty: I would've preferred it to be a little darker but this is good too! Gives me an excuse to pull out my clear bases.

Amynaree: Sorry this didn't work out for you :( But thanks for the rec on the MAybelline Age Rewind! I'll check that out :) Anti-aging products call to me

Connie De Alwis said...

theotherwordly: I'm using the MAC109 brush with this foundation. I'm not sure how it would blend with fingers but I'm guessing not too good cuz it does dry pretty quickly. you may have to work in small parts. I'll do an update on the original post. Seems that there are many unanswered questions besides this one :)

Fuz: Yup! although I think I would've liked the dry skin formula one better :-/

AV: Glad you like this foundation!

Chloevien: I agree with that. have to work in parts.

Puss: <3 loves back

Connie De Alwis said...

Eliza: I use a cleansing oil (I Nuovi) to remove so I have no problems with removal :)

Nikki: I know! They shouldn't be bringing in too many pink shades for Asian countries >.<

Kia: It's the brighter side of me ;) Ah well, I swing both ways but I'm still a bronzed babe at heart

Jojoba: I think you'd like the dry skin formula one better as I would too. I have the Age Defying one as well but yet to open it. The color is slightly different though although the shade name's the same :-/

Pretty: Should be alright. The foundation itself doesn't oxidize easily.

Ava Vampira said...

I just started to use this foundation 3 weeks ago and i'm loving it! I'm using Warm Golden which is a perfect match for my skin (NC/NW 30). As the formula is matte, I applied MAC strobe cream on my skin before i applied the foundy for the natural dewy look.
By the way, i think the color suits your skin tone. You look great!

Christiana Divine @ Memoirs of A Shopping Addict said...

I agree, I find that the best way to apply this foundation is to stipple it on. That's how I always apply it, I even made a video on it. =P Maybe you'd like it better using that application method. Also, I agree that "Golden Beige" is more so an NC30 shade, since when I was wearing it I was an NC30. =] I can't wear it right now because I'm more of an NC35. Boo... oh well. LOL. =P

Anonymous said...

I discovered this foundation about a year and a half ago and fell in love with it...i am amazed by the fact that it truly stays put...even through a hectic workout, and I sweat heavily. It doesnt shift, get pasty or change colour. In fact, after a workout, I can just splash with water, pat dry and the foundation is STILL there. No need to reapply if I am going out after the gym, i can just dust with setting powder and go. Its INCREDIBLE. However, i think some bottles of the formula are inferior, absed on where those are made. I find that the new batch the beauty supply stores in my country (Jamaica) got about 3 months ago are heavy and oily. It itsnt transfer resistant and does not give that flawless finish. I looked at the product description on the back and I noticed that the labels that begin with 'Looks fresh' all day, have the flawless finish, but the ones that begins with 'Softflex provides all-day comfort' are oily and habe a reddish base, instead of a yellow base. I'm so disappointed with Revlon for this. Now I am on the hunt trying to find the correct thing. Sigh.I used caramel in combination/oily.

Kelly Aaron Mosaics said...

I really like this foundation and remove it easily with Dove brand soap and a Buff Puff. I have used the Buff Puff for years and can't find them in stores any longer, so I get them online. Thanks for the review.

Maple said...

What shades of this foundation are available in Malaysia? Hope you can reply, I know this is quite an old post already:P thanks a lot

Anonymous said...

Update: (from Jamaica) Not only are the new batch of RCF oily, they also now have an orangey base, not yellow. So disappointing. I'm afraid I will have to stop using this foundation after my current bottle is finished, unless I can get my hands on the proper formula, with the staying power and yellow base.

hiru said...

i want to buy this foundation since it got a lot of good reviews
so,i try the tester first to find the right tone for my skin..but i found out it got shimmer? am i wrong? or is this foundation really does have shimmer in it?
then,i end up didnt buy it...
but jz curious,this foundation got shimmer in it? hope someone can answer it for me =/

Amanda said...

Hi, i bought this in Sand Beige, and it turn out to be too dark for me, my neck is lighter than my face as if i'm wearing a mask @.@
I researched that Buff might fit my skin well, anyone knows whether they sell this shade in Malaysia?
Hope someone can help me out here so that i do not need to check store by store :(

Hana said...

Hey!!!!!!! I love this foundation!! I'm super pale, I'm a NC20, and sand beige matches me perfectly!!!! I love this foundation!!!! My HG!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

thanks for the product review. will try this foundation!

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