I think we were all very well aware that I was hopelessly devoted to the Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation and concealer duo late last year and early this year because of how flawless both made my skin look. Sadly though, I drained my third bottle of the stuff dry last month and decided I’d swap things up a bit and go for something new. Also dubbed as being a medium to full coverage foundation and because I’d heard nothing but rave reviews, Revlon Colorstay was on my agenda.
The first thing that I noticed when I spotted them all lined up at the concession was how large the shade range is ranging from foundation for those with very pale skin to those with a darker complexion (unfortunately, it’s still not as good of a shade range as brands like Nars and Bobbi Brown but there are some shades for darker skin tones as well). Even though the £12.50 price tag was pretty steep for a drugstore foundation (MAC foundations start at £15), I picked it up regardless with the £8.99 concealer in tow and headed to the till so I could try these goodies out for myself.
Let’s talk about the foundation first; the Revlon Colorstay foundation for Oily/Combination Skin (I’m in shade 220 Natural Beige FYI). The first thing I realised was that this foundation is way too runny to apply with fingers, and is actually more hassle than it’s worth if you try. Instead, I took out my Real Techniques Buffing Brush which fit the bill well (quite a bit of blending is required occasionally because the foundation can tend to pick up some of the brush strokes). I also soon realised that a little goes a long way. As soon as the foundation hits your skin, any discolouration and blemishes vanish leaving you with a plain base for the rest of your makeup. It blends into the skin beautifully and, if you use the right amount, people will hardly be able to tell that you’re wearing foundation which is good. The foundation is also available in a Normal/Dry version but I can’t pass judgement on that one I’m afraid.
The Revlon Colorstay concealer (I’m in shade Natural Beige once again) is pretty much the foundation with a doe-foot applicator. Unlike any other drugstore concealer that I’ve used in the past, only the smallest amount needs to be applied to any blemish and by dabbing it in with a brush (I use the Real Techniques Contour Brush), you cannot tell that concealer has been applied over the top of the foundation leaving your skin looks flawless. Due to it being a liquid concealer, it’s also incredibly moisturising and works just as well under eyes as it does on blemishes.
If you tend to suffer with bad skin, acne, redness issues, or if you have an oily or combination complexion then the Colorstay duo for oily/combination skin is the way to go. Mission ‘Flawless Skin’: completed.