Review | Revlon Colorstay Foundation

Okay guys, today's post is going to be this one foundation that I absolutely adore, but sadly, forgotten. 
Read more to find out. 

Happy September!! I finally able to publish this post after having it sitting in the draft for quite some time. Just so you know, my current goal is to finish writing what I'm supposed to finish before starting a brand new review, dah bertimbun sangat dah ni post dekat draft.

Revlon Colorstay Foundation isn't anything new to the market, so I know there are heaps of review on it out there. The foundation already a well-known drugstore product and has achieved cult-like status for many people but another review wouldn't kill a soul, right?? ;P 

Dulu-dulu masa noob pasal makeup ni, I remember walking into the drugstore with my friend, Ain and asked for a suggestion, she shoved me the Revlon foundation and said, "you need to have this, it is the best one out there". She was right. Although I barely use it these days, it's still one of the best foundation I've tried in my life. 

What it is?
Long-wearing coverage with Time Release Technology and a lightweight formula that won't cake, fade, or rub off. Specially made for combination or oily skin to control oil absorption and shine. 

- Comfortable, shine-free finish for up to 20 hours
- 20 beautiful, long-wearing shades
- Buildable to full coverage

No one likes the packaging of this foundation. It comes in a glass bottle that makes it heavy. Out of the 3 bottles I own, 2 of them ended up with the black, plastic lid broken. Just like NARS Foundation I've reviewed earlier, Revlon Colorstay Foundation only pours out, with no pump. If I pour it too much, I either have to put it back into the bottle, which is unsanitary, or just wasting it off by wiping the excess on a tissue. 

I'm not sure if the following is their recent ingredients. I have a bottle of Revlon Colorstay Foundation I bought in 2011 (I keep it for review purpose) and it has a different formula than my other 2 bottles from my recent bought. Noticed from my picture that the SPF content is also different; it used to be SPF6, but now it's SPF15. 

Cyclopentasiloxane, Aqua, Dimethicone, Trimethylsilxysilate, PEG-9, Butylene Glycol, tribehenin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Nylon-13, Orchid Flower Extract, Lactobacillus Ferment Extract, Lullum Candidum Bulb Extract, Mallow Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bisabolol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Alcohol Denat, Alumina, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Methicone, Laureth-7, Magnesium Sulfate, Silica, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Ethylene Brassylate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Dimethicone Copolymer, PEG-12 Glyceryl Dimyristate, Salicylic Acid, Silk Powder, Sodium Citrate, Dipropylene Glycol, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Silk, Tetrasodium EDTA, Hexylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Mica, Titanium Dioxide and Iron Oxides. 

The foundation is formulated without a fragrance, which is good! But the actual scent it giving definitely not in everyone's cup of tea. It smells very chemical-ish, I'm not really sure how to explain. 

To me, one pump of the foundation is already enough to achieve a good looking skin. Fret not, it's buildable, just like the claim said so. The consistency is quite thick, so it has the tendency to look cakey if I apply it too much. Most of the time I'll use my Real Techniques Buffing Brush to sheer out the foundation and I really take my time to blend or else it would end up looking streakyI'd also like to point out that this foundation stain brushes the most!

Comes in 2 formulations; Normal/Dry and Combination/Oily
Unfortunately, Revlon only made the latter available in Malaysia. The newest formulation has a thicker, creamier consistency than the older ones. It's not lightweight! So kalau awak tak selesa rasa macam pakai heavy makeup, I'd not recommend kot!

Colour Range/Foundation Shades
20 shades on the official website. Revlon only offers 5 shades in my country (OMG WHYYYY), they are; 
-180 Sand Beige
-200 Nude
-310 Warm Golden
-340 Early Tan
-370 Toast
... and NONE OF THEM SUIT ME (which also explain the reason why I own 3 bottles of it, lol).

Nude is tad pinkish for my skin but the colour matches me a little after it's oxidised. Warm Golden is too warm and orange-ish on me, I think it would look great if you have a tan on. And nope! don't even try to ask how did I ended up buying the Early Tan shade. Don't do that, haha.

I'd say Revlon Colorstay is a medium to full coverage foundation. And because of that, it feels thick on your skin. Thur feeling of makeup tebal, get it? :) I only need a pump to archive the full coverage look and I'm satisfied how it conceals all my blemishes and redness. It dries matte and I say, I love how this foundation photographs me very well! I have the same opinion whenever I'm using Make Up For Ever foundation. The internet says Revlon Photoready would be a great dupe for MUFE. While I haven't tried that, I feel like the Colorstay Foundation can archive the same flawless finishing and makes my skin looks good when photographed. I love it. I'm also guessing that the SPF 15 content wouldn't be an issue since SPF can be a con because of the white cast it created. 

It's good for long wearing. With the heat and humidity, I find myself having a blot around the afternoon (if I wear it with UD setting spray) and it's pretty much lasted all day long. Setting spray does help a lot tbh, without one, this Colorstay Foundation stays on me for 3-4 hours before my face started to get oily and the foundation moves around. I must say it stays the longest on my skin though than my other foundation. It's also a transfer-resistant and that already makes a good point since I'm wearing hijab.

Product Info;

Name : Colorstay Foundation
Brand : Revlon
Country of Origin : USA
Content : 30 ml
Limited Edition : No
Price : RM66.50

Availability (Malaysia) : Major pharmacies and stores like Tesco, Aeon Wellness, Guardian and Watsons. 
Links : 
Revlon Official Website -
Revlon Malaysia Facebook -

Now, remember earlier I said this is a long forgotten foundation? It is indeed because of few reasons. I used to prefer wearing a full coverage foundation, but now not anymore, and that is why I like my Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation better. Also, the newest formulation doesn't really do a kind job to my skin. It stings immediately and feels uncomfortable although it doesn't break me out. Nevertheless, in general, I'm still pleasantly surprised by the foundation. It's definitely one of the first drugstore foundations that has so many things I like about. Would I repurchase? Probably not because it doesn't offer my actual shade and I found a better foundation. Would I recommend? 100% YES, especially for oily skinned girl/boy out there!! Rating; 4.5/5. That's high!

I'm sure a lot of you have tried this foundation. What are your takes? Share with me by commenting below! :D

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Aynal Mansor said...

To be honest, i have tried this revlon foundation same shade warm golden. the only thing that i don't really like are it seems like not suitable with the weather i guess. setiap kali pakai mesti macam cakey sikit for me even i tak pakai tebal. but still. that's me. different people different opinion. still loving it but not for daily use as i agreed with you that it gives medium to full coverage. great review. Thanks for sharing!!

Amy said...

This sounds really nice! I usually don't like to change around my foundation, but I may have to give this one a try ♥
Amy xx

Little Moon Dragon

Mira said...

I heard this is the best dupe to M.A.C Pro Longwear Foundation so that's why I went to Watsons to get it for backup or just for daily use, unfortunately, you're right. I saw at the website there are 20 shades released under this line but only 5 available for us in MY. How sad! Toast is darker than my skin tone while Early Tan is slightly lighter.

I'm loving my Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation too! On second bottle and still planning to repurchase.

A friend of mine bought NARS foundation like last year I before and I think she bought the pump separately. But the new foundation that comes with pump, right?
Anyway, thanks for sharing dear!
Mira |

Cik liya said...

hai ieyra..yang ni sama ke mcm revlon photoready foundation? lau sama ingat nnt nk try agak wasting jugak lau beli foundation without pump..(--") nnt abs kotor baju..

MakeupForLunch said...

Your reviews are always SOOO detailed and on point X_X great post

Resh said...

Great post hun, I literally love this

foundation especially to hide away any blemishes!

tori chu said...

I've never wear foundation for my daily makeup,
this foundation sounds really good since it has medium to full coverage, but its a shame that it doesnt come in a pump.
nice review ^^

Harivaindaran K. Veeriah said...

One of the very VERY few foundation with really darker shades in Malaysia!

ieyra h. said...

Hehe, thank you! and I definitely agree with the cakey part you mentioned. I banyak kali jugak guna with different brushes but I think Real Techniques Buffing Brush works the best for this. :D
and uh, I just realized Revlon Colorstay could be one of the most expensive foundation we have here in our Watsons/Guardian.

ieyra h. said...

I really wish I can do that but I still have a lot of drugstore foundations in my curiosity list! ;P which foundation you're currently using, Amy? :D :D

ieyra h. said...

Hi Mira! I was wondering whether you ada post any reviews on your blog lately? I somewhat macam nampak your reviews on my blogger reading list, but when I clicked, your last blog entry was 30/8/2015. *I salah tengok ke?* o_o

Anyway, YASS to Bourjois Healthy Mix! It's definitely my most favourite foundation along with Nars Sheer Glow. and the pump tu memang annoying lah, once dah letak pump, it can no longer close with the original lid. :/ I already tried the Nars All Day Luminous Foundation, unfortunately the foundation doesn't work well on me, it sinks into my pores, laugh lines and every spot of dryness I have. Huhuh, disaster betul..

ieyra h. said...

Dekat Ausie and some parts of Asia, Revlon Colorstay dieorang memang jual together w/ pump, pelik dekat Malaysia ni takde..bukan setakat baju kotor, foundation habis membazir macam tu je. Haha.. I tak pernah lagi guna Revlon Photoready Foundation lah dear, so idk how to compare.. ;-;;

ieyra h. said...

OMG how did you do that? I need my foundation the most out of other makeups because my skin isn't flawless and I always feel insecure most of the time. Haha! If you aren't wearing foundation, then I'm guessing you put on some BB and CC creams? :D

ieyra h. said...

Hari!! Wondering what you use for foundation on a daily basis? Is it from Revlon, then? Since dekat Malaysia ni memang susah nak find darker shades foundation. :/

ieyra h. said...

Reem, omg I always get carried away while writing. I really need to stop writing a long ass review for the sake of time and my readers. Haha

ieyra h. said...

Resh, that's great!! Let me know if you have other foundations that you would like to recommend. xx

Harivaindaran K. Veeriah said...

I am using MAC at the moment. Kalau drugstore memang takde... I am NC45 which is quite dark...

Mira said...

Ugh! That's truly a disaster! I guess it's not for everyone then. Sigh. I'm still thinking whether to get that as my next high end foundation. Let's see.

Yes, I did posted some reviews recently but all of them are from my drafts. I want to clear out my drafts before posting new ones. Hehe. Thanks babe, for your support!

Redha CS said...

I want to try this foundation so bad, but when I go to store I end up buying another things. lol. The newest packaging have pump I think? I'm not sure either.

ieyra h. said...

yes yes, thank you so much Redha for telling me this. It has a pump now and it's just recently being sold in my country (lol, late). The price is a bit expensive though!