ColorStay Concealer
Category:Makeup > Concealers & Highlighters > Liquid Concealer
Last Updated:12.02.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

ColorStay Concealer is back and better than ever! This silky liquid concealer is easy to blend (it doesn’t set instantly so you have time to dab-and-blend to desired level of coverage) and, true to its name, it really lasts. Revlon claims the flawless look lasts for 24 hours, but that’s stretching it; besides, keeping makeup on for 24 hours isn’t good for anyone’s skin, nor is sleeping in your makeup.

The concealer sets to a soft, dimensional matte finish that doesn’t look the least bit dry or cakey. It’s surprisingly skin-like and yet you get medium to nearly full coverage. It’s a winner for concealing everything from dark circles to brown spots and red marks from breakouts. In fact, the formula is well suited for breakout prone skin. Each of the five colors look more muted and neutral in the tube than they do on skin, but all of them are impressive. Once set, each shades tends to brighten yet also darken a bit, which makes finding your best shade a bit trickier. We’d advise going lighter than you normally would, knowing each shades dries to about a half to a full shade darker than it first appears. The shade range is best for fair to tan skin tones; those with very light or dark to very dark skin are out of luck, here—but L’Oreal’s True Match Concealer offers more shades and is also worth considering.

Colorstay Concealer doesn’t have any detectable scent, but it does contain a couple of flower extracts that could, in theory, impart fragrance. Therefore, we’re not going to label this fragrance-free but, as mentioned, this really doesn’t have a noticeable scent so should be fine for all skin types.

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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Think I developed an allergy to it

I bought this as a cheaper alternative to MAC Select Coverup and used it for several months.It really doesn't do much for my undereye circles.This week I noticed it was burning when I put it on - maybe due to flower extracts mentioned in the review? So I'm trying the L'Oreal Visible Lift concealer and also bought their True Match concealer to try it again. Not happy with *any* concealer tried since Paula's Select liquid concealer was discontinued...only one I've ever used that was light enough!

Reviewed by
Susan A
Great Concealer, Bad Delivery

I'm in my mid-60s with dark circles under lower lashes, sun spots and acne discolorations. The concealer covers great without drawing attention to dry skin or creasing much at all. But I HATE the packaging. One has to twist the bottom of the tube to get concealer up & out tiny holes of a sponge pad. You can't control how much comes out - usually a lot at once. Big waste of product. I use a concealer brush to get only what I'll use from the sponge and to apply it. A wand in a tube would be ideal.

Reviewed by
Carol P.
fabulous concealer, but....

Ok so I have been on a hunt for the perfect concealer. I am usually mac NC20-25, Winter months are the hardest to find a matching concealer for since any skin flaws are transparent. this is a good concealer w/no pinky undertones it covers a lot for such a lightfeel/little amount of product it doesn't set. it never dries. Swatch it it will stay wet on non-skin. on skin Iit will absorb into it but may crease in the process since it needs to be set fast. better color than maybelline superstay

Reviewed by
Samantha S.
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