Review: Revlon Colorstay Combination/Oily Foundation (150 Buff)

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Hey Beauties!

This has been long overdue. You know, when you have some products that are just so good that you take them for granted. This is why, I still haven’t written a proper review about my all-time favorite foundation Revlon Colorstay. Nonetheless, it’s here now. Prepare to be persuaded.


This foundation comes in a heavy glass bottle, like most drugstore foundations. The top is black and plastic. Packaging is actually very durable, so don’t panic if you drop it.

The prices are different among stores, but it’s usually around 12 or 13€ and you get 30 ml of it, which is also standard amount for drugstore foundations.


Here is the ingredients list. It also has SPF 15.


It has one flaw, which is the fact that it doesn’t have a pump. I’ve tried to find a good excuse for it, but can’t. It’s thick, but obviously not as thick that it wouldn’t go through pump. The pump is also not expensive, so Revlon’s only excuse is laziness.  Mateja has mention that standard pumps fit on Revlon bottle. So you can use pumps from Bourjois Healthy Mix or Rimmel foundations. I haven’t tried it yet, because I can work with it without the pump too. Because of the screw on top, the top of the bottle can get a bit dirty. It’s best to either pour some of it on your hand and then use the brush or sponge or if you like using hands, just put a finger over top and turn it upside down, then turn again to prevent spillage and you should be left with enough amount. 



Foundation is thicker, but  still very easy to spread.  It has a smooth and creamy feel, but it dries to a matte finish. The finish is not as matte as L'Oreal Infallible 24h-matte. It still looks "healthy" and moisturized. It’s not drying and it also doesn’t accentuate dry patches. Of course it depends on what moisturizer you use before, especially if you have dry skin. Keep in mind that I have combination to oily version. There’s also one for normal to dry skin. 


The drying depends from how thick your coats are, but in general it’s fast drying foundation (although not as fast as L’Oreal Infallable 24h-matte). If you have thinner layer it dries in a matter of second, while thicker coat needs more time to dry and it may be sticky for a longer time.

Once it’s dry it doesn’t move, at all. Seriously, the staying power is just amazing. It will literally last all day, if your skin is normal to dry. If you’re more on oily side, the long lastingness might me shorter, but still the best for a drugstore foundation.

It oxidizes a little, but I find that this depends from what I use underneath and how oily my skin gets through the day. If I use very hydrating creams, it doesn't seem to oxidize as much. It does oxidizes more in the summer time, when my skin produces more oil through the day. So I advise you to try some testers before, if you're afraid that the color will become too dark.



The coverage is fascinating. It can be thinned out to a light to medium coverage. Some would say that is full coverage foundation, but I would say that it’s medium to full coverage, although you can definitely build it up to full coverage. It might look a bit cakey by then. This foundation can cover everything from uneven skin tone, redness and small imperfections. If your skin is fairly good, you might not even need concealer after using this.

On the left side is how it looks like thinner out and on the right side is a very thick coat of foundation.


Application is crucial with this thicker high coverage foundation. Lately, brushes don’t seem to be working for me anymore. I hate how they leave stripes on my face. You get the most flawless and “natural” finish with makeup sponge. If you want to make it thinner, use a very moist sponge and tap on the face. If you want fuller coverage, squeeze excess moisture out of sponge and apply it by rolling onto the skin. This will cover pores and even out skin surface for flawless look. You can also use it with fingers, but this can result in a thinner coverage and maybe a bit less even.

I love the smell of it. It smells like a regular foundation smell, the ones that remind me of clay, but in a good way. The fact that it doesn’t have added perfumes is big plus for me and I’m sure sensitive skins will appreciate it, because it means less irritation. This is the only foundation that does not irritate me. Not that others do, but when my skin is hyper sensitive and irritated, foundations like Bourjois Healthy Mix further irritate my already sensitized skin with their added perfumes. 

On the left side I have no makeup and on the right side I have on Revlon Colorstay. As you can see the coverage is impressive.



I use the shade 150 Buff, which is the second lightest from the range. They also have Ivory, which is more pink toned and wouldn't suit me. Buff is slightly yellow toned, but still not as much as Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation. So I find that this could work for neutral skin tones as well. It's definitely not the lightest, but it's light enough for most of the time. I will say in the winter this is a bit too dark for me and I have to mix it with white foundation. 

I also swatched it with some other foundations. L'Oreal True Match N1 Ivory is the lightest and it has more of a pink undertone. L'Oreal Infalible 24h-Matte 11 Vanilla is the darkest of them all and has that obvious pinkish orange undertone to it. Bourjois Healthy Mix in 51 Light Vanilla is the yellowest of them all and it's also the second lightest shade. Catrice Nude Illusion 010 Nude Ivory is very neutral and it's in the medium of lightness among these others. Revlon Colorstay in 150 Buff is also pretty yellow toned and fairly light, although it does oxidizes a little. 


This is how my skin looks like just with Revlon Colorstay. I didn't use any powder on top.


When I put on top all my powders, bronzers, highlighters and blushes, it looks pretty much flawless. I hope you can now understand why I love it so much.


Impeccable high coverage, matte finish (that almost doesn't require powder, but doesn't look drying), neutral to warm undertone and amazing staying power, is why I love it so much. This is definitely my holy grail foundation and I'm going to be repurchasing it time and time again.  

If you have normal/dry version, I would love to hear how is it different to  my combination/oily one. 

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34 komentarji

  1. Ooo to je pa lepo svetel odtenek, čeprav ja, je treba prej poswatchat, ker sama nikoli ne vem, kateri mi ustreza. Drugače pa imaš že na splošno zelo lepo kožo :) Pa tudi slike so mi všeč!

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    1. Dokaj svetel ja. Problem je samo, da malo oksidira. Mogoče tudi ne na vseh. Najbolje je res pregledat v trgovini :). Hvala :)

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  2. Imamo isti primer pozne objave kot za moj HMS :D Te everyday heroes, ki jih uporabljaš že leta, kar pozabiš zares ocenit.
    To je bil moj drugi puder se mi zdi. Ko sem leta nazaj začela bolj raziskovat beauty world, je bil ta puder bog i batina na internetu. Res vsaka ga je imela. Kupila sem nasvetlejši odtenek, ki mi je bil preveč roza, pa mene je zelo odvračal ta alkoholni/vonj po barvi, se prav spomnim, da sem na forumu spraševala, če je slučajno pokvarjen. Meni je bil pretežak, ampak to je bilo 7 let nazaj, lahko da bi zdaj imela čisto drugo mnenje. Bi ga skoraj morala imet, že zaradi C2C za objave. Zdaj se ne spomnim ali sem res dala pumpico na to flaško, ali sem celo cel puder pretočila v stekleničko s pumpico, v glanem point je, da puder ni pregost, da pumpica ne bi delovala. Tvoja koža res izgleda flawless z njim :)

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    1. Ko sem delala directory sem ugotovila da imam zelo malo ocen podlag. Jaz še tudi moram napisat oceno za HM Foundation. Pa še Catrice Nude Illusion, pa še L'Oreal True Match - no to sem videla, da imajo zdaj novo embalažo, mogoče so celo spremenili formulo. You get the point. Očitno nisem nikoli našla čas za oceno podlag :D.
      Alkoholni vonj? Moj res nima nobenega vonja po alkoholu, samo po glini. Za fotkat je res najboljši finiš. Mogoče bi ti pa bil zdaj všeč. Če ga sprobaš, probaj nanašat z gobico. Ne bo tako težek nanos. Bom jaz zdaj sprobala to s pumpico, ko porabim HMF :D. Hvala :)

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  3. O, tole je pa definitivno nekaj zame, tale prekrivnost je res super :)

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    1. Odlično prekriven, pa še veliko odtenkov je. Čeprav svetla sta samo dva :).

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  4. Tudi jaz sem ga imela, samo mi je bil takrat malce pretežek, kar se pa odtenka tiče je pa res the best za punco z zelo zelo svetlo kožo :)

    Mogla bi ga spet sprobati, da vidim kako bi se mi zdaj obnesel :)

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    1. No jaz bi si želela še kakšen svetlejši odtenek z toplim podtonom za zimo :D Očitno sem res zelo svetla :). Priporočam, prekrivnost je res flawless ;)

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  5. Ne vem zakaj ga še nism sprobala, ampak mam precej problematično kožo, tako da se skoraj kot pijanec plta držim Dermablenda. Ampak me je zamikalo, da bi ga šla preverit, kako mi paše na kožo in ten. ;)

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    1. Dermablend je verjetno še bolj prekriven. Vem, da je sploh namenjen za problematično kožo. Mogoče poskušaj prosit za testerje, da res ne boš kupila, kaj kar ti ne bo pasalo ;)

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  6. It looks beautiful on you but I don't think it would suit me because I have a dry/normal skin so I should better check the one for dry/combination skin. I really hate foundations without pumps but this seems like a must try due to its high popularity among bloggers.

    Chaste & Beautiful

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    1. Yes, the dry version will probably suit you better. It has been really popular for a long time and I think it's all because of the coverage. I hope you'll like it ;)

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  7. This looks so great on you, I just might have to try this(: I am always using high end brands and I ABSOLUTELY love the finish on this one. Thanks for the tip!

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    1. Thanks :) Hope you'll like it as much as you like high end ones ;)

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  8. Moj naaajljubši! Zatavam k drugim, ampak se vedno vrnem nazaj k temu pudru. :) Mal me sicer jezijo s to novo formulo, ker ga je, ko je čez polovico, ful težje ven spravit. Hvala za namig glede pumpice - da si jo prihranim od Rimmel pudra.

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    1. Še ena ljubiteljica.:) Jaz ko vem da rabim nekaj kar je res flawless in bo čim dlje zdržalo vedno posegam po tem :). Res je včasih težko ven spravit. Jaz ga takrat ponavadi obrnem na glavo in ga tako tudi odpiram, da čm več pride dol, čeprav vse resno ne gre, razen če bom s palčo šla not. No super ;)

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  9. I've heard so many good things about this foundation and really want to try it out. Sadly, lots of stores that sold Revlon products have stopped selling their make-up. Too bad :(

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    1. I know how you feel. I also have to go to a different city to buy it, because in our, they don't sell it. In fact Revlon is quite hard to get in out part of the country. Shame really, because I really like their products :).
      xx

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  10. I have this foundation but the dry skin formula and I love it, even though I have combination skin :D
    Your brows are so pretty, what do you use? :))

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    1. I'm curious as to how the other dry version feels. Maybe I should buy it too :). Thank you :). Oh I just use brown and nose palette from Born Pretty Store. Review here: http://adjustingbeauty.blogspot.si/2015/05/review-fairy-girl-powder-eyebrow-and.html

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    2. I think that it's the same thing, just the dry skin version is runnier and easier to work with. I'm really happy with it, it stays matte the longest time, and I like it. The only thing I don't like about both formulas is the SPF :(
      Thank you very much for the answer :DD

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    3. Runnier..sounds interesting. Since this version is pretty thick and you have to work quick with it. Maybe I'll try the dry version as well, because it also sounds interesting :). Yeah SPF because of the flashback, right? I didn't find it to cause that much trouble, but it is SPF, so it can look a bit white-ish.
      Thank you for explanation of the dry version ;)

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  11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMU2ZSS26eE I watched this video and decided to buy dry skin version :D

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    1. Thanks. That was very helpful. I'm surprised that the dry version is less oils and higher coverage. I'm only concerned about the shade being tiny bit too dark, which would already mean it would be too dark for me in the winter. Thanks for the link, it was very helpful ;).

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  12. you're welcome :) btw I don't think the shade is darker, it's quite pale, really good match for me during winter, like Bourjois Healthy mix 51 (just a bit lighter than HM)

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    1. Now it's definitely on my to buy list. Thanks for everything ;)

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  13. Eden izmed boljših pudrov. Sem prav vesela, da po novem izhajajo s pumpico tudi pri nas. Mene je tole zelo motilo, poleg tega sem vedno porabila preveč podlage. :D

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    1. Ja, jaz sem tudi zadnjič videla pumpice - končno! :) Puder je pa vsekakor en izmed mojih favoritov.

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  14. I definitely want to try this foundation! I have combination skin x

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    1. Many love it and I hope you'll like it just as much. It's definitely one of my favorites :).

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  15. I recently just got this foundation! I'm basically in the same shades of foundations as you. I'm really excited to try it out, hopefully it won't oxidise too much or break me out

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    1. I really like this foundation for fuller coverage. I hope it suits you well ;). It doesn oxidize a little on my skin, but doesn't break me out thankfully :).

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    2. Just tried this foundation out for the first time today wow, I have to say its giving my holy grail Estee Lauder Double Wear a run for its money! I should've tried it sooner but in Australia the foundation costs $30 ):

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    3. And it's probably cheaper too. Oh gosh, you have expensive prices. I heard that about Australia. Thankfully ours aren't as high. I'm glad you like it and that it was worth it :).

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