Colorstay Makeup Normal/Dry Skin
Last Updated:12.30.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Revlon reformulated its Colorstay Makeup in 2013, and we are disappointed to report that this change was not for the better; in fact, the negatives are still there and some of the positives are gone! For example, the broad-spectrum sun protection provided by its previous incarnation is gone, as well as the relatively soft matte finish.

This version is difficult to apply, and it takes quite a bit of blending to keep it from looking streaky on your face. Once on, the foundation provides medium coverage that lasts. It takes makeup remover—a pretty good amount of it!—to totally remove this, a trait it shares with its predecessor. You can take the "Colorstay" name literally!

The pitch from Revlon is that this foundation can last up to 24 hours, but the finish isn't something you would want to wear for more than two hours, and no one should keep makeup on overnight anyway.

Although this is claimed to be made for dry skin, the formula isn't moisturizing; instead, it looks almost powdery once set. It also emphasizes fine lines and wrinkles, which is always a bad thing. What a shame Revlon tinkered with what once was a great product!

Note: This does contain fragrance, in the form of orchid extract, and the fragrance ingredient ethylene brassylate, although the fragrance isn't very obvious when you put it on.

  • Formula provides long-wearing medium foundation Coverage.
  • Difficult to apply, requiring quite a bit of blending to keep it from looking streaky.
  • Takes considerable effort to remove.
  • Formula isn't moisturizing enough for dry skin.
  • Powdery finish emphasizes fine lines and wrinkles.

Cyclopentasiloxane, Aqua (Water), Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Silica, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Nylon-12, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Tribehenin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bisabolol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Cymbidium Grandiflorum (Orchid) Extract, Lactobacilluseriodictyon Californicum Ferment Extract, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Methicone, Laureth-7, Magnesium Sulfate, Salicylic Acid, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Ethylene Brassylate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Alumina, Triethyl Citrate, Sodium Citrate, Dipropylene Glycol, PEG-12 Glyceryl Dimyristate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone/Silsesquioxane Copolymer, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Serica (Silk), Hexylene Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben. May Contain: Mica, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide.

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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Disagree with review

I almost entirely disagree with this review. I think it applies quite easily with a nice foundation brush or makeup sponge. Not streaky on me at all! This is my favorite foundation. It is, however, a little more difficult than some other foundations to remove. The longevity makes it worth the extra effort though. Use a good makeup remover and you'll be fine.

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Anna M
Hate it

I completely agree with the review, I bought this recently and within a week returned it. It is definitely not full coverage,is very watery goes on streaky with a brush and the porcelain color was way to light even for my fair skin.

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Revlon Colourstay

Fabulous foundation! I always wear my foundation separately so any sunscreen in any product would be a bonus. I have 52 year old skin with some creases and large pores. This product is a dream come true. It blends beautifully, stays true to the colour and trust lasts! Not looking for tons of fillers and 'skin identifying products'. That's what my serum and moisturiser is for! It's just a really great foundation that evens out my skin tome and covers imperfections and is long lasting!

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