July 11, 2018

Revlon Colorstay Foundation (Combination/Oily)

Have you heard? Revlon's Colorstay foundation now comes with a pump and SPF protection! Available in two formulas (one for combination/oily skin and the other for normal/dry skin), this oil-free foundation is said to be comfortable on the skin and last up to 24 hours. Today, I'm reviewing the version for oily skin, which is available in 22 shades and provides an SPF of 15.

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Revlon Colorstay Foundation Combination Oily Skin Review Photos Swatches Before After MAC Equivalents

Ok so I had a strange experience with this foundation and I think it's worth sharing it with you. The first time I used this product, the formula was extremely oily and thin. The finish was very dewy, and the coverage was almost non-existent. This foundation is supposed to provide full coverage and a matte finish, so I was very confused!

But I tried it again the day after, and it felt like a completely different foundation! The formula is thicker now, less oily and the coverage is so much better.

I think the silicones separate a bit in the bottle and get stuck in the pump. I had this issue with ALL the shades, even if I shook each bottle vigorously before use. It only happens when I use a new bottle for the first time, so nothing too serious but I thought it was important enough to let you know.

Revlon Colorstay Foundation Combination Oily Review

The coverage is medium, but buildable to medium-full. However, I prefer how it looks on me when I only apply a thin layer with a damp Beautyblender, and only apply concealer where I need it. I find that it can look quite cakey if I apply a second layer to achieve full coverage, it accentuates dry skin a bit more and it feels heavier on the skin.

Less is more with this foundation, if you prefer a second skin effect!

Revlon Colorstay Foundation Combination Oily Review Before After NC15

The Revlon Colorstay foundation has a semi-matte finish and stays matte for a really long time, I only need to powder my face after 4 hours! My skin is very oily and usually, my t-zone is already shiny by the 2 hours mark!

The staying power is incredible! It doesn't separate or settles into my fine lines, it wears well for more than 12 hours on me. But I always double cleanse when I wear this foundation, otherwise I still have foundation left on my skin.

Revlon Colorstay Foundation Combination Oily Makeup Pump

This is such a good foundation for oily skin, it controls shine beautifully and lasts all day on me!

The only thing I would change is the fragrance, it doesn't smell bad but I wish it wasn't so strong.

Revlon Colorstay Foundation Combination Oily Swatches 110 150 180 220 240 MAC NW15 NC15 NW25 NW20
Swatches on fair skin (NC10-NC15)

110 Ivory is slightly lighter than NW15 and has pink undertones.

150 Buff is similar to NC15 and has yellow undertones.

180 Sand Beige is a bit darker than NW25 and has neutral, slightly beige undertones.

220 Natural Beige is slightly lighter than NW20 and has pink undertones.

240 Medium Beige is a tad darker than NW20 and has pink undertones.

Revlon Colorstay Foundation Combination Oily Swatches 310 320 330 340 355 400 MAC NW30 NW40 NW45 NC45
Swatches on fair skin (NC10-NC15)

310 Warm Golden is similar to NW30 and has neutral undertones.

320 True Beige is slightly darker than NW40 and has pinky beige undertones.

330 Natural Tan is a bit lighter than NW40 and has neutral, slightly beige undertones.

340 Early Tan is slightly lighter than NW35 and has beige, slightly grey undertones.

355 Almond is a tad lighter than NW45 and has red-orange undertones.

400 Caramel is slightly darker than NC45 and has yellow undertones.

Revlon Colorstay Foundation Combination Oily Skin Review Swatches MAC Comparisons

The Revlon Colorstay Makeup (for combination/oily skin) retails for $16 CAD for 30ml and is available at Ulta.

(I received these products in order to evaluate them and give my opinion, but rest assured that my comments are always honest and impartial. This post contains affiliate links.)


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  4. Which shade of Revlon colorstay matches MacNC25, can you help me please?? I love yellow or golden undertones and the most of time i use golden beige from the other drugstore foundations.

    1. I wish I could help you, but they only sent me these shades and none of them is similar to NC25.


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