I’m going to apologize in advance for the lateness and shortness of this post. I’m quite sick and have spent most of the day asleep (sans makeup…gasp). I was thinking about postponing the post but since I only announced this weekly feature last week, it would probably be bad form to publish Makeup Monday on Tuesday.
Last week I announced that I’ve fallen in love with L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte foundation. It is seriously my all time favourite foundation, offering medium to high coverage with a soft powdery finish that smooths shine and conceals even the worst cystic acne lumps all day long.
Today I want to talk about the last drugstore makeup that I tried before giving up on drugstore foundations for a while and being disappointed by a few higher end options, only to come full circle:
Like L’Oreal Infallible, Revlon ColourStay offers a long term full coverage foundation option in the $10-$20 drugstore price range. Furthermore, this product also bolsters a series of pretty great online reviews. Without a doubt Revlon ColourStay has worked for many people, and it might even work for you, but it did not work for me.
- I found this product was very mask like, while L’Oreal Infallible allowed my skin to breathe and feel natural all day long; I like to wear makeup without feeling like I am wearing makeup, so this was a con for me
- While Revlon ColourStay offered a fuller coverage than L’Oreal Infallible on first application, I found that the latter was able to build to an equal level of coverage without looking cakey or fake
- In terms of texture, Revlon ColourStay is thinner while the L’Oreal product is a little more creamy/ light. For me this is was a pro in the L’Oreal category but if you prefer a more viscous foundation you may like this about the Revlon foundation
- The Revlon ColourStay makeup oxidized and became very orange some time after application (seriously: I would do all of my makeup and my skin would look even and awesome and then I would come back to a mirror a little later and look like an oompa loompa)
The final point was the main reason that I parted ways with Revlon ColourStay indefinitely. I just couldn’t find a shade that worked for my skin tone after setting. This is something that sometimes happens in the wonderful world of foundation.
If you do have a skin tone that has a fairly warm undertone Revlon ColourStay might work for you just as it has for many other people.
Revlon ColourStay does have several pros:
- It has great coverage and it long lasting (although it doesn’t seem to have the great shine control offered by L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte, in my opinion)
- It comes in many, many shades (not including me-coloured)
- It comes in two formulas: one for normal/dry skin and one for combination/oily skin
- It comes in SPF 15 and 20 options, making it ideal for those that don’t use a daily moisturizer with an SPF (although you may require one for additional sun coverage)
Overall, I’m a tried and true L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte girl, sorry(notsorry), Revlon ColourStay.