Colorstay 16 HR Eye Shadow
Last Updated:02.01.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Can a powder eyeshadow really last 16 hours without fading or creasing? It's hard to say for sure, because so much depends on application (how much of the color you actually apply), how oily your eyelids are, whether or not you use moisturizer on your eyelids, and what other makeup products you use, such as matte concealer, foundation, or powder over the eye. Overall, this product is really too sheer to make it for 16 hours.

What we found with this entry from Revlon was that these quads do indeed have the potential to last for a good part of the day, but it takes a lot of effort to layer the sheer shadow to adequately shape and shade the eye. Part of the difficulty is the powder's light texture, which doesn't pick up easily with a brush and can apply unevenly (especially a problem with the shinier shades). Blending isn't effortless, but it can be done with some patience and good makeup brushes. We do love the low price and the fact that most of these quads are well coordinated (Decadent and Addictive are especially lovely), but note that each of these Colorstay quads has some degree of shine.

  • Coordinated quads in a range of workable shades.
  • Great for a soft, yet shaded look if you prefer a shimmer finish.
  • Inexpensive.
  • Color goes on very sheer.
  • Doesn't last 16 hours.
  • Light texture doesn't pick up easily with a brush.
  • Applies unevenly (especially the shinier shades).
Brand Overview

Revlon At-A-Glance

Strengths: Superior foundations with sunscreen and each of them provide sufficient UVA protection (though one has a disappointing SPF 6); several outstanding concealers and powders; one of the best cream blushes around; great cream eyeshadow and liquid eyeliner; a beautiful selection of elegant lipsticks, lip gloss, and lipliner; some worthwhile specialty products.

Weaknesses: Average eye and brow pencils; inaccurate claims surrounding their Botafirm complex; mostly average to disappointing mascaras.

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 Beautypedia 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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Really wanted to love it, but...

I wanted to create a purple eyeshadow look so I bought the one on shade "Siren." I used an eye primer and reeealy layered the shadow, but the color payoff was still too sheer. I was left with an unattractive silver with a lilac tinge kind of eye color which is sooo unflattering for hazel eyes. Worst of all, I ended up with a huge shadow fallout on my undereye circles and top of cheeks that I had to clean up. I really tried hard to make this work, but oh well.To the garbage it went.

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Too little pigment and flakes off easily

I tried this quad in "Moonlite". I knew from the title it'd be shimmery, but I didn't know the shadow would flake off, leaving glitter on my face/under eyes. Pigment is weak, even applying it in layers. Won't even last 8 hours, let alone 16. The 12 hour quads actually last 12. I got this combo since it was close to the "Coffee Bean" I used and liked before. But I couldn't find it anymore. I ended up throwing this out.

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Agree with this review 100%

I agree with Paula here - difficult to blend and applies very, very sheer, Even the sets from Wet N Wild last longer & blend beautifully for less than half the price!! I think Revlon really needs to step it up with these, because they have other products in the ColorStay range that work so well. . .but this is not one of them, Some of the shades are nice but again, require a lot of blending and even then you will notice a ton of "fallout" (shadow dusting on the cheeks, eye area, etc).

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