Monday, November 9, 2009

REVIEW: Revlon Colorstay Makeup for Combo/Oily Skin Buff

This is one of my older reviews, and since i keep mentioning Revlon as my go to or hg, i thought to myself, i may as well explain why. I wrote this review back in April of this year:

My experience:

I finally caved in, after reading the reviews on this product and nearly having only 2 or 3 draw backs to this foundation, I got myself one. It's slightly more expensive overseas as "they" make the consumer pay the shipping, duties, and insurance revlon paid to get the product to the Philippines, so I paid about $16.99(?).

For a country with a diverse shades of skin from the very pale Chinese-Filipinos (like me) to the more olive darker toned skins of our Fabulous pure blooded Filipina's, Revlon unfortunately only imports the shades on the paler, lighter end of their shade range. The SA gave me buff, so I may have been especially pale that day.

I needed liquid foundation as a stand in for my normal love that is my TBS Nature's Mineral's mineral foundation because I've had a few breakouts that mineral foundation just can't cover well enough (and now in hindsight i may have broken out because of the body shop's mineral foundation) . So I had two options wonderfully reviewed Max Factor's Age Renew that was on sale but isn't specific for oily skin or an almost 16 dollar foundation that IS intended specifically for oily skin. Revlon won.

The glass bottle, I've seen this online and I see how people hate the glass bottle. It makes the product heavier than it should and portability? I'd have to wrap it in bubble wrap with the way I move in the city with my bag. No pump, well, it is $13, so i think of it as, I do not want to add another $13 for a pump if I were to get a mac liquid foundation if revlon's product is equally good if not better.

The shade, I'm sorta missing the yellow undertone that I love in my Bobbi Brown sand or warm sand shades, my body shop nature's minerals mineral foundation has more yellow undertones than Revlon's buff. The liquid is heavier and thicker than Bobbi Brown's oil free even finish foundation. So Revlon's foundation doesn't instantly get absorbed by my sponge. It's really hot and humid here in the Philippines so despite what the other reviews say I didn't have to hurry all too much applying this product on my face. It dried just slightly faster than its Bobbi Brown thinner liquid foundation but I was able to spread it around my face just as well.

Instantly I saw the difference in coverage. Revlon's foundation on my face can have me go without a concealer on my new pimple scars. huWOW! I didn't have to put undereye concealer either. This thing just set me straight! It even out my skin tone with just a few wipes of the liquid where as with Bobbi Brown's foundation I felt wanting and kept adding foundation to the parts that needed cover like my new pimple scars. The pores were evened out just as well as Bobbi Brown's foundation on me. I don't think I look like ghost with this on, I just look like my normal self which people may see as someone in need of going to the beach.

I'll have to take a picture of myself with this on and I hope it equals my TBS' nature's minerals mineral foundation because with that, I didn't have a white wash effect and it looked healthy on my pale skin, so I'll add a comment when I have a chance to take a pic of myself with Revlon's colorstay liquid foundation on.

Revlon's Colorstay with Softflex SPF 6 for combination oily skin smells like paint thinner. I thought it was my new sponge that smelled like well, latex but smelling just the inside of the cap, this liquid foundation does smell like paint thinner. The smell doesn't stay that way on my face though. The smell went away right away even quicker than the liquid drying on my face.

Some scary thought having it smell like paint thinner, huh?! What the Revlon SA can say about is that this colorstay liquid foundation is one of their longest running products, the softflex is a recent addition but overall this colorstay liquid foundation has been around awhile and will likely stay. So people and Revlon don't mind it too much.

I set it with my mineral foundation (or setting powder i.e. mineral veil) because I was afraid buff is too light on me. This is the winning comination for me. No need for me to mix 2 liquid foundations to get the right shade. Revlon's shade in Buff dusted and set with the 02 shade of TBS' nature's minerals mineral foundation is what i'll do for a long time to come especially if I have an event requiring long lasting makeup with hardly any blotting. It was around 5 or SIX hours later when I had to blott off oil from my nose. FANTASTIC! Most likely it's my mineral foundation that kept the color the same on my face, all I know is the shade didn't go dark and just stayed the same.

It didn't feel like a mask. Some people say it's heavy, it feels almost the same as the Bobbi Brown foundation. The Revlon foundation wasn't cake-y either. My mineral foundation went right on it and got "absorbed" creamily and silkily. I didn't feel my face crack either, so smiling and laughing was not a problem.

My oil started to win after about 10 hours wearing this foundation. I only had to do a touch up once, with either mineral veil or ellana's setting powder, while using this. I only had to touch up with my mineral veil not the whole reapplication of mineral foundation in mid day. Unfortunately, i couldn't stay up and test if it would last the whole 16 hours Revlon claims, but at the 12 hour point, I didn't much care. Some reviews say you can swim in this thing, this is probably true (LOL!).

This foundation is tough to take off. I knew this before hand and foolishly bought a Revlon Absolute C makeup remover (review on that coming up). It took about half a bag of cotton balls, several spritzes of that Revlon makeup remover and foamy facial wash to finally get it off. Hahaha, my oily face found its match and could not dissolve the foundation by itself!

Colorstay truely means color that stays, so my next purchase is a good makeup remover because Revlon's own needs improvement. Indeed this formulation is for people like myself that have very oily t-zones. One needs a very good makeup remover to get this thing off.

So, let's recap, packaging, could be better but you get what you pay for, the smell thankfully quickly goes away, spreadable, blendable (better in a warmer and humid environment), shade, could be better but I have no choice unless I order from the U.S.

Picture with the foundation on for more than 12 hours

Want makeup that is flawless and weightless for 16 perfect hours? Revlon® has the solution - ColorStay™ Makeup with SoftFlex™.

Specially formulated for combination or oily skin, this oil-free formula helps control shine all day and gives you flawless looking skin.

Makeup looks fresh and feels great for up to 16 hours thanks to the lightweight, comfortable feel from the Patented SoftFlexColorStay™ formula.

Medium to full coverage in 20 luxurious shades, with SPF 6 protection*.

*Golden, Caramel, Toast, Rich Ginger, Cappuccino, Mahogany, and Mocha do not contain SPF.
**Will not rub off with normal use.


Product Details:

SPF 6. Looks and feels fresh all day. SoftFlex provides all-day comfort. Oil-free shine control. Natural, flawless look. Transfer-resistant. Made in U.S.A.

Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide (7.3%). Other Ingredients: Aqua ((Water) EAU), Cyclomethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Butylene Glycol, Boron Nitrite, Dimethicone, SD Alcohol 40-B, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Nylon-12, Tribehenin, Isododecane, Polyisobutene, Sodium Chloride, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Bisabolol, Serica (Silk Powder), Tocopherol Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Lilium Candidum (Lily) Bulb Extract, Lactobacillus/Eriodictyon Californicum Ferment Extract, Cymbidium Grandiflorum Flower Extract, Serica (Silk), Alumina, Polydimethylsiloxane/Polymethylsilsesquioxane Copolymer, Ethylene Brassylate, Methicone, Trisiloxane, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben. May Contain Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499).


Shake well. Apply to one area at time, blending quickly. Remove with facial cleanser.

Product Description:
Revlon ColorStay Makeup, with SoftFlex, Combination/Oily Skin Buff 1 fl. oz

Price: $12.99


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the detailed review! I just bought this in Buff and I was scared that it was too light for my Chinese/Karen/Mon skin. Haha, I'm a light/medium Asian mixed girl too!

BabyAdore said...

Thanks for the review! It really helps me in choosing color as I also thought Buff would be too fair for me.. I just bought two bottles in color Buff as this color is unavailable in Malaysia.


Marge said...

y'all are welcome. yeh some shades aren't available in the Philippines as well, but buff seems to be just right for the rather fair skinned yellow undertoned chinita.
this foundation isn't acidic on me either so that's a bonus♥

Marge said...

Thanks for the detailed review! I just bought this in Buff and I was scared that it was too light for my Chinese/Karen/Mon skin. Haha, I'm a light/medium Asian mixed girl too!

Marge said...

Thanks for the review! It really helps me in choosing color as I also thought Buff would be too fair for me.. I just bought two bottles in color Buff as this color is unavailable in Malaysia.


Marge said...

I love how detailed you are with this review. I will surely purchase this as soon as I finish up one of my foundations. :) So far, I am also impressed by the Revlon Photo Ready when I want to have the dewy look.

I followed your blog. :)

You're sooo pretty! You should be a model!

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Marge said...

hello there, thank you, indeed this can rival the high end brands for half the price ;-) thank you for the comment and the follow ☺♥

Cecille Solmerano said...

I want to try this but I am afraid that It would cause me to have an acne breakout...I have a dry, resistant, loose and pigmented skin. hope you could help me with this...

Marge said...

as far as i know this has less occurrence of breakout compared to its mac foundation counterpart.
i do not have dry skin so i may not be able to offer any beneficial advice to you.
my best adv is for you to visit your general practitioner who will then refer you to a good dermatologist. keep an eye out for those derma that will only sell you a ton of crap for their benefit and not yours. which is why adv you to visit your family doctor first to ask if he/she knows any trusted derma (classmate of his/hers)
good luck. i trust this foundation though, it has formulation for oily combi skin like me and a formula for women with dry skin like as you say you have. ♥

Dita Indah Lestari said...

thank you for the positive review!! people saying its heavy but i think its not heavy.. >.<

Marge said...

hi there. the heaviness of the product really depends on the application ;-) it's really best to apply this with a moist sponge ^_^ but i love the coverage and lasting power as i live in a very hot and humid tropical country

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