Thursday, April 29, 2010

REVIEW: Revlon Colorstay Foundation

I'm a greasy gal. I'm also in sales so I need something that is going to even my skin tone, withstand the oil slick that is my t-zone, and last through a 12+ hour day. I've tried Revlon Colorstay Foundation in the past, but I wasn't sold. It looked clumpy and downright streaky on my skin.

Due to my CVS Extra Bucks (of course) I was able to get a bottle of the Combination/Oily formula on the cheap. I'm pale, but I've got my spring glow going on, so I was able to buy the shade one step up from bloated white corpse. It was very exciting even though it's indicative of sun damage in 50 degree weather while wearing SPF 30. Sigh.

Here are my tips for successfully using a Colorstay foundation:

  1. Exfoliate. Long-wearing foundations will accentuate every nook, cranny, and flake you have on your face. Scrub it off!
  2. Moisturize and Protect. Slather on your sunscreen (I'm quite partial to Aveeno's Positively Radiant SPF Moisturizer).
  3. Use a Foundation Brush. This formula dries quickly and can be streaky, so putting it on with your fingers can be a challenge. I use a fluffy foundation brush and start with my nose and work outward. I just want a thin layer for a little coverage. If you need full coverage, you can definitely achieve that with this formula.
  4. If you need concealer, apply it over the foundation. Counter-intuitive I know. Just believe me.
  5. I use a liquid highlighter on my cheekbones and a dab on my chin. 
  6. I don't finish with a powder. You know me and matte. We don't get along.
This might seem like a process, but in reality it takes less than 5 minutes. I get compliment worthy skin that actually lasts through a business day. I do get a case of the greasies by mid afternoon, but a blotting paper cures that, and the make-up stays on my face, not on the paper.

This is my new go to for work days. Keep on exfoliating ladies!



  1. What magical juju is in a blotting paper? Does Zig Zag make them? Are they all created equally? What kind do you use?

  2. I use the kind they sell at Sally's with the pretty Japanese art on the cover.

    All are pretty much created equal. The brand I use has some rice powder on it, which helps soak up even more oil.

  3. "Liquid Highlighter?" your words frighten and confuse me. Help me, Obiwan.
    (aside from the obvious help I need for regularly inserting Star Wars references.)

  4. You can also use a powder. I've had to take a break from the Colorstay because it started eating my face off. FML.

    I'll lend you one.

    I've been waiting for you, Obi-Wan. We meet again, at last. The circle is now complete. When I left you, I was but the learner; now *I* am the master.