ColorStay Under Eye Concealer SPF 15

by Revlon  ColorStay
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$9.99 
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Category:
Makeup > Concealers & Highlighters > Concealer with Sunscreen
Last Updated:
2/1/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

ColorStay Under Eye Concealer SPF 15 nets its excellent sun protection from a combination of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, two gentle active ingredients well-suited for use around the eyes. This click-pen concealer has a built-in angled sponge-tip applicator that dispenses a slightly thick but blendable concealer. It smooths over skin, provides decent coverage (this isn’t the best choice for very dark circles), and has a satin finish.

Overall, this is a great option for normal to dry skin. It poses minimal risk of creasing into lines under the eye, and most of the shades are superbly neutral. Avoid Light/Medium, which has a peachy cast that doesn’t soften enough to look natural.

It may surprise some of you to know that Revlon has been around since 1932, when the company launched a unique nail polish that used pigments instead of dyes. Lipsticks followed years later, and then a full line of cosmetics, which is how we know Revlon today. Although the company has had its continual share of ups and downs over the years (largely due to out-of-control debt coupled with aggressive spending), the line has recently made numerous improvements, especially in the realms of foundations, powders, eyeshadows, and mascaras. It is quite a feat that Revlon products earned more Paula's Pick ratings per category than any other drugstore line reviewed. If their goal was to close the competitive gap between themselves and L'Oreal, for the most part they have succeeded. Revlon definitely has the edge for foundations with reliable sunscreens. But despite Revlon's attempt to improve their mascara range, L'Oreal remains the clear winner (as well as L'Oreal-owned Maybelline New York).

Revlon's vast selection of makeup is divided into three main brands: Age Defying for the forty-something and older woman concerned about wrinkles, ColorStay for the teen to mid-thirties woman concerned about keeping oily skin in check and making sure her makeup stays put, and PhotoReady for women of all ages. These brands present some outstanding options and include products for all skin types (although the range of skin tones is not as well-represented here as it is by L'Oreal).

An intriguing fact is that the longevity claims for ColorStay are quite accurate: this collection of products really does offer extraordinary staying power. Conversely, Revlon jumped on the works-like-Botox bandwagon with their Age Defying range, going so far as to name their antiwrinkle complex Botafirm. Is there any confusion about what that term is supposed to relate to? Despite the claims, Botafirm won't reduce expression lines or control the muscles that cause them, though the products themselves do have many impressive qualities.

Note:Revlon is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Revlon may not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.

Suffice it to say, Revlon has more commendable products than ever before, and although they rely heavily on celebrity spokespersons, their best products ably speak for themselves.

For more information about Revlon, call (800) 473-8566 or visit www.revlon.com.

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  1. HOLLY A.
    Reviewed on Thursday, June 19, 2014
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    Good but too orange
    • I purchased the Fair shade, which looked a bit orange on my fair skin. The click pen applicator is annoying, but not so much that giving up on it is a better option than using the product. This concealer has a wonderful texture, and covers my dark circles well. It also lasts throughout the day. That being said, I wish the color matched my skin a little better.

  2. Michigan belle
    Reviewed on Monday, January 07, 2013
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Results
      2 / 4
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    Dispenser not a plus
    • Concealer and applicator in one seemed like a good idea, but it's actually hard to get the right amount dispensed. Tends to be an all or nothing, resulting in too much product for just my eyes. The concealer itself is good, nice texture, dosen't crease,& nice colors, so I'm using it, but I won't buy it again.

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