Heavy Coverage + Longevity: The Revlon Colorstay 2-In-1 Compact
I remember someone asking before why I often get the wrong foundation shade even though I should already know by now what works for me. Well, the answer is simple: I don't always get to choose my shade! Brands often send me foundations to try out and sometimes it's perfect while sometimes - not so much. I'm not complaining, but this is why it's such a good day when I get a good match from a new foundation line!
And so we come to the new Revlon Colorstay 2-In-1 Compact Makeup & Concealer (P975). When I saw that I got the shade 200 Nude, I thought it wouldn't work for me, but it did! I am a bit paler now than before so it fits my skin tone at the moment. More than that though, I quite like the formula of this cream foundation as it's long-wearing, offers heavy coverage, and is super easy to apply - pretty much my laundry list for a good foundation.
I only need one layer of the buttery cream foundation to cover most of my spots; it has a demi matte finish which keeps it from looking one dimensional. The concealer has a harder texture and a bit more coverage, but since it's about half a shade lighter than the foundation, I prefer to use it on my eye bags rather than my blemishes. Staying power is about six hours on my combi skin before retouching; it lasts for about 10 hours with little fading. I noticed the foundation has an almost powdery texture when dry so it does set nicely compared to other cream formulas.
Just watch out for creasing though; it's easy to over-apply if you're not careful! The cream foundation is quite wet so you may pick up more than you need.
The compact has three layers: the topmost is the concealer, the middle is the cream foundation, and the bottom contains the sponge and mirror (it has holes so the sponge will dry properly). It's an innovative way to fit everything in no? But while I normally won't use sponges in the compact, Revlon's is something special. It's so soft - like Beauty Blender levels of softness - and applies the creams like a dream. It's just the perfect shape too, as the rounded corners can get into the under eyes and around the nose!
Pro tip: I dampen this sponge with a bit of water or makeup setting liquid to get a more skin-like finish.
The catch is that this sponge is hard to clean. It kinda stains! I think this needs a good soak-through to remove most of the foundation rather than just soaping it quickly.
Overall, I do recommend the Revlon Colorstay 2-In-1 Compact Makeup & Concealer to girls who have oily to combi skin. Dry folks have reported that it highlights their flakes, but if you don't have that problem, it should look flawless on you. I love how it gets my skin from blah to pak na pak (if I may use that term) in under three minutes with the sponge. Perfect for I-needed-to-leave-15-minutes-ago days!
What do you think? What has your experience been with the Revlon Colorstay line so far?