Housed in a compact, Revlon's fragrance free Colorstay 2-in-1 Compact Makeup & Concealer is a worthwhile foundation for normal to dry or combination skin that's slightly oily, but it has some drawbacks that limit its appeal, which we'll explain.
The compact cleverly houses the lightweight, creamy foundation plus a small disc of thick cream concealer, while a triangular sponge sits in a compartment beneath the makeup.
The lightweight cream foundation is easy to apply and you can build to nearly full coverage, but doing so results in a heavier look. Revlon claims this is a long-wearing formula, but it rubs off easily and the demi-matte finish doesn't hold back oily shine—or hold up well after a few hours on oily skin.
We like that the coordinating cream concealer works with each shade of foundation, and provides fairly impressive coverage without a lot of slip. However, it tends to noticeably crease into lines around the eyes. This is surprising because the finish isn't slick or creamy, instead it looks soft matte. Setting the concealer with powder helps, but not to a great extent. For best results, smooth out creases with a concealer brush and apply this in thin layers.
Turning to the shades, Revlon offers a dozen options, with good picks for fair to dark skin tones, but there's a catch: Each shade looks darker in the compact than it does when applied on skin. For example, the Ivory shade looks like a good option for medium skin tones, but once applied, it's best for light skin tones. Among the shades, watch out for Medium Beige and True Beige, and consider Toast carefully, as it has slight orange overtones.
Summing up, this foundation has its strong points and not having to worry about picking out the ideal shade of concealer is helpful, but its wear time isn't great and building coverage leads to less than natural-looking results that don't compete with today's best foundations.
Concealer Ingredients: Octyldodecanol, PEG-8 Beeswax, Silica, Ozokerite, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Polyethylene, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Polybutene, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, VP / Hexadecene Copolymer, Methoxy Amodimethicone / Silsesquioxane Copolymer, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Aqua (Water) Eau, Butylene Glycol, Salicylic Acid, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Ethylparaben. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499). Foundation Ingredients: Dimethicone, Isopropyl Isostearate, Silica, Neopentyl Glycol Diethylhexonoate, Tribehenin, Isostearyl Behenate, Nylon-12, Boron Nitride, Lauroyl Lysine, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Talc, Candelilla Cera (Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax Cire De Candelilla), Myristyl Myristate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lecithin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Lauryl PEG / PPG-18 / 18 Methicone, Pentahydrosqualene, Sorbitan Trioleate, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearte, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ethylene / Methacrylate Copolymer, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Salicylic Acid, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Aqua (Water), Phenoxyethanol, Dehydroacetic Acid, BHT. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), 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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