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Revlon

ColorStay Makeup Normal/Dry

1.00 fl. oz. for $ 12.99
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Revlon's ColorStay line is one of the better-known and usually better-performing options at the drugstore. Unfortunately this foundation (which was reformulated in 2015) is not among them!

This lotion-like foundation is difficult to apply, and it takes quite a bit of blending to keep it from looking streaky on your face. Once on, it provides medium coverage that lasts. It takes makeup remover—a pretty good amount of it!—to totally remove this. You can take the "ColorStay" name literally!

The pitch from Revlon is that this foundation can last up to 24 hours, but the finish isn't something you would want to wear for more than two hours, and no one should keep makeup on overnight anyway.

Although this is claimed to be made for dry skin, the formula isn't moisturizing; instead, it looks almost powdery once set. It also emphasizes fine lines and wrinkles, which is always a bad thing.

This does provide SPF 20 sun protection with a mineral-only sunscreen base, but SPF 20 is below what medical and regulatory boards around the world recommend (SPF 30 or greater is preferred), so you won't be able to rely on this as your sole source of sun protection.

Another note: While you can't smell it, this contains fragrant plant extracts like orchid extract, as well as the fragrance ingredient ethylene brassylate. Though they aren't here in a large amount, they still have the potential to sensitize skin, which is not what any skin type needs.

Despite its "staying power," this foundation from Revlon is not one we recommend. There are far better options on our list of Best Foundations With Sunscreen.

Pros:
  • Formula provides long-wearing medium foundation coverage.
Cons:
  • Difficult to apply, requiring quite a bit of blending to keep it from looking streaky.
  • Takes considerable effort to remove.
  • Formula isn't moisturizing enough for dry skin.
  • Powdery finish emphasizes fine lines and wrinkles.
  • SPF 20 is on the low side to provide adequate sun protection.
  • Contains fragrance ingredients that can potentially aggravate skin.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Americas #1 foundation, now with a mess-free pump and SPF protection. In 35 shades for every skin tone and type. Flawless, demi-matte coverage that lasts up to 24 hours. Comfortable, lightweight formula specifically made for normal or dry skin to provide a smooth, perfected look.

Active: Titanium Dioxide 4.3%, Zinc Oxide 2.1%. Inactive: Cyclopentasiloxane, Water, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Silica, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Nylon-12, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Tribehenin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bisabolol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Cymbidium Grandiflorum (Orchid) Flower Extract, Lactobacillus/Eriodictyon Califonicum Ferment Extract, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Methicone, Laureth-7, Magnesium Sulfate, Salicylic Acid, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Ethylene Brassylate, Triethyoxycaprylylsilane, Alumina, Triethyl Citrate, Sodium Citrate, Dipropylene Glycol, PEG-12 Glyceryl Dimyristate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone/Silsesquioxane Copolymer, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ammonium Polyacrylolyldimethyl Taurate, Serica (Silk), Hexylene Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben. May Contain: Mica, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide.

Revlon At-A-Glance

Strengths: Superior foundations with sunscreen and each of them provide sufficient UVA protection (though one has a disappointing SPF 6); several outstanding concealers and powders; one of the best cream blushes around; great cream eyeshadow and liquid eyeliner; a beautiful selection of elegant lipsticks, lip gloss, and lipliner; some worthwhile specialty products.

Weaknesses: Average eye and brow pencils; inaccurate claims surrounding their Botafirm complex; mostly average to disappointing mascaras.

It may surprise some of you to know that Revlon has been around since 1932, when the company launched a unique nail polish that used pigments instead of dyes. Lipsticks followed years later, and then a full line of cosmetics, which is how we know Revlon today. Although the company has had its continual share of ups and downs over the years (largely due to out-of-control debt coupled with aggressive spending), the line has recently made numerous improvements, especially in the realms of foundations, powders, eyeshadows, and mascaras. If their goal was to close the competitive gap between themselves and L'Oreal, for the most part they have succeeded. Revlon definitely has the edge for foundations with reliable sunscreens. But despite Revlon's attempt to improve their mascara range, L'Oreal remains the clear winner (as well as L'Oreal-owned Maybelline New York).

Revlon's vast selection of makeup is divided into three main brands: Age Defying for the forty-something and older woman concerned about wrinkles, ColorStay for the teen to mid-thirties woman concerned about keeping oily skin in check and making sure her makeup stays put, and PhotoReady for women of all ages. These brands present some outstanding options and include products for all skin types (although the range of skin tones is not as well-represented here as it is by L'Oreal).

An intriguing fact is that the longevity claims for ColorStay are quite accurate: this collection of products really does offer extraordinary staying power. Conversely, Revlon jumped on the works-like-Botox bandwagon with their Age Defying range, going so far as to name their antiwrinkle complex Botafirm. Is there any confusion about what that term is supposed to relate to? Despite the claims, Botafirm won't reduce expression lines or control the muscles that cause them, though the products themselves do have many impressive qualities.

Note:Revlon is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Revlon may not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they dont test on animals unless required by law. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Team.

Suffice it to say, Revlon has more commendable products than ever before, and although they rely heavily on celebrity spokespersons, their best products ably speak for themselves.

For more information about Revlon, call (800) 473-8566 or visit www.revlon.com.

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