ColorStay Aqua Mineral Finishing Powder is a loose powder that, strange as it may seem, has a fluid-like texture (hence, the "aqua" portion of the name). Although it looks intriguing, is there any benefit to using such powders over a traditional loose powder? In terms of hydrating skin, no.
Despite the presence of hydrating ingredients, the second ingredient is absorbent, and no amount of hydrating ingredients is going to make this powder feel moisturizing. You'll notice a damp, slight cooling feel as you brush this on, and this gives way to a silky matte finish that's absolutely powder-like because the main ingredient, water, evaporates quickly.
The finely-milled texture leaves a soft, shine-free finish that won't make skin look dry or pasty—though dry skin certainly won't feel smoothed and hydrated. In essence, although this feels different as you apply, the result is similar to almost any other loose powder we recommend.
Three shades are available, and they're best for fair to tan skin. The Translucent option is workable for any skin tone. This powder works well on its own if you prefer a sheer look, or you can dust it over any foundation. The small brush Revlon included is well made and works great for blending, though you may prefer applying this with a regular size powder brush.
Water, Mica, Silica Dimethicone Silylate, Butylene Glycol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Boron Nitrate, Lauroyl Lysine, Sodium Chloride, TrimethylsiIoxysilicate, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Viola Tricolor (Heartease) Extract, Sodium Polyacrylate, Potassium Sorbate, Diazolidinyl Urea, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides
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
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 brand’s state that they don’t 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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