My Holy Grail Foundation: Revlon Colorstay

Monday, 12 December 2016

Hello Beauties! Hope you are all having a good week, and looking forward to Christmas. I'm starting to feel more a bit more festive now after we went to London last week; it totally put me in the festive spirit seeing all the Christmas decorations and lights! Anyway, next up in my Holy Grail series is my favourite foundation in the whole world, Revlon Colorstay. This little gem is my miracle in a bottle and I am so glad I tried it. I am probably onto my 13094579345th 15th or so bottle of this and I have been using it for a good few years now. The perfect coverage and long-wear formula makes this hands down one of the best foundations I have ever tried and one of my most loved products ever. By now you probably have gathered by my rambling that the love I have for this foundation runs pretty deep, so onto the review.

A little back story on how I came to use this foundation - a good few years ago I had really oily skin and was searching for something that would actually stay on my face for more than an hour. I can't remember how we came to try it, but me and my best friend got some samples of Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation and we were instantly hooked. For almost a year I was addicted to Double Wear as I had never tried anything like it and the fact that it actually stayed on for the whole day was a miracle. After a while however, my love affair with it started to go through a rocky patch. I still loved the coverage and the staying power but it was starting to dry my skin out and it looked really flaky! So then even though I still had oily skin, it was looking dry. I started to despair and was in disbelief that Double Wear would betray me like that. 

Anyway the search for a new foundation began, and when I was reading online for high coverage foundations, Revlon Colorstay kept coming up as a dupe for Double Wear. It seemed a lot of people had had the same problem with Double Wear in that it was an amazing foundation but it was drying the skin out after using it for a while. I thought I might as well give it a try and so took my Double Wear into Boots and matched the colour to Revlon Colorstay. That is when my true love affair began.

This foundation has exceptional coverage and not just compared with other high street foundations, but even up against high end foundations. A few years ago I started to get adult acne, and this was honestly my saving grace through that time. I cannot recommend it enough if you have blemishes or uneven skin tone that you want to cover. The consistency of the foundation is thick but it blends out really well, I just use a Beauty Blender to apply it. Even though it has a matte finish, for some reason it doesn't dry my skin out in the way that Double Wear did. Since using this my skin type has gone from oily to dry and I can still use Revlon because it never has that 'flaky' look. All I do now is make sure I moisturise with a rich or hydrating moisturiser underneath instead of a gel moisturiser like I did before.

In terms of staying power, Revlon Colorstay will really go the distance. I can put this on at six in the morning and it is still going strong at ten o clock at night. I imagine it would last even longer if I didn't take it off. It doesn't separate around my nose and chin, it literally stays perfect all day. 

Another thing I love is the shade range, they do a really good range of colours when compared to other high-street makes. They also make this in two formulas; one for oily skin and one for dry skin. The reason I continue to wear the oily skin formula is I find the colours in the oily range to be more yellow based and the colours in the dry range to be more pink based. I much prefer yellow based foundations and so I always opt for the oily skin formula. Luckily they have also added a pump to the bottle this year which is so much easier when it comes to getting the product out! 

I would highly recommend this foundation if you haven't tried it already. It is perfect for someone who is looking for a high coverage and high performance foundation without spending a fortune.  It only costs £12.99 which I think is amazing for a foundation that can compare to ones three times the price!

What's your favourite foundation? 



  1. I wanted to try this so badly but there's no shade suited to my skin tone which is annoying :(

    Gemma Louise

    1. Hi Gemma! Oh no that's so disappointing :( I have to say I probably wear about one shade darker than I actually am but I'm so bad at embracing my paleness ha! xx

  2. I hear many people talk about this foundation, it was a bit too drying for me but i imagine it's good for those with dry skin.

    1. Oh that's a real shame you didn't get along with it! I think the matte finish can make it drying sometimes, I have to make sure I use a rich moisturiser underneath! x

  3. I have normal skin (lucky) but use the one for oily skin mainly for the colour tones; it's perfect.

    1. That's the same reason I use the oily one! Such a good foundation! X


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