Revlon Colourstay Foundation – First Impressions and Review

I have the palest skin! Getting a foundation that is actually light enough for me is the bane of my existence so I try lots and lots of different foundations! I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Revlon Colourstay Foundation and the shade 110 Ivory looks pretty ghostly in the bottle so I was all for trying it. Boots even had a buy one Revlon product get a second half price so I’m pretty chuffed with the good deal I got.


The Revlon Colourstay foundation has two different formulas, one for normal/dry skin and one for combination/oily skin. The combination/oily formula has a matte finish whereas the normal/dry has a more natural dewy finish. I obviously got the normal/dry formula as I have the flakiest dry skin. The foundation says it ‘wears for up to 24hours, has a flawless look and a lightweight feel’, it also has SPF 20 which I feel is high for a drug store foundation! (And great for those of us with pale skin who burn all the time!)


I started my morning with my usual skincare – a double cleanse and then applied serum and moisturiser. I decided to not appply my usual Mac Strobe cream as I didn’t want it to effect the foundation. I put one pump of foundation onto my hand. The foundation is very runny, I was surprised by how much came out with just the one pump (proceed with caution or you’ll end up spilling it!) The colour looks exactly the same as in the bottle and seems to be a pretty good match for my skin, it’s slightly darker but it’s as close as I normally get! I dotted the foundation around my face and used a damp beauty blender to apply it and blend it in. As it has a runny consistency it was easy to blend. From the statement ‘flawless finish’ I expected this foundation to be full coverage, I think it’s more of a medium coverage. Although it covered up the majority of my redness, you could still see blemishes and redness where I have a rash on my cheek. For testing purposes I added another layer to see how buildable the coverage was without it being cakey. I applied another half pump, again using a beauty blender and stuck mainly to the areas where redness or blemishes where still visible. I don’t feel the extra foundation looked cakey and the coverage was definitely increased so I’m impressed with how buildable this can be! It didn’t cling to any of my particularly dry spots and settled into my skin nicely. This foundation definitely has the ‘lightweight feel’ stated on the bottle, for the amount of product I had on my face I could barely feel it! I applied my Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer and set my face with my Mac Prep + Prime translucent finishing powder, applied the rest of my makeup and spritzed my face with Mac Fix+ Spray. I was happy with the way my makeup applied over the foundation and it looks pretty ‘flawless’. Looking forward to seeing how it lasts.



So far the coverage is still lasting! Around my nose is slightly flaky where my skin is at its driest. A little spritz of Fix+ helped to counteract this though. The foundation isn’t patchy. Honestly not a lot to say as my makeup looks pretty similar to how it did when I applied it 5 and a half hours ago. I’m impressed with its lasting power so far!


So my skin is a lot flakier than it started off this morning! Baring that I’m mind though, I’m impressed with how this foundation has preformed. The flaking around my nose that I started to notice in the afternoon has gotten worse but the foundation still isn’t patchy even after 14 hours of wear! I know this foundation states it wears for up to 24 hours, I don’t know about you but I’ve never needed to wear foundation that long! I’m happy with the 14 hour wear that I got today. This foundation hasn’t oxidised either which I’m really happy about. I used my Bioderma Sensibio Micellar water for my first cleanse and then went in with my Neal’s Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm for a second cleanse, the foundation came off super easily. I also don’t have any new blemishes so this foundation hasn’t clogged my pores!

All in all I’m really impressed with this foundation, good coverage, great lasting power, lightweight and not insanely drying to the skin! I’ll definitely be adding this in as one of my day to day foundations. I’m also very impressed with the shade, it isn’t often I find a drug store foundation pale enough for my ghostly skin!

I hope you enjoyed this review, leave comments and let me know if you’ve tried Revlon Colourstay before and what you thought of it!

PaleGirlRambling xo


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    • February 27, 2017 / 8:23 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it! And so nice to hear I’m not alone in the struggles of finding a ghostly foundation shade!! I wish I’d tried this foundation sooner, it’s definitely going to be my new everyday seeing it’s so affordable!
      PaleGirlRambling xo

  1. February 27, 2017 / 8:11 pm

    Great post! I tried this foundation a few years ago but wasn’t keen on it. I think the colour was a bit off, I can’t remember now but I know that I didn’t repurchase it.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Sabah ||

  2. February 28, 2017 / 5:00 am

    Great post! I’m not exactly sure, but I think this is the foundation I used when I first started off with makeup. Would love to give it another go! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

    • February 28, 2017 / 9:23 am

      It’s a really affordable everyday foundation! You should definitely try it again!
      PaleGirlRambling xo

  3. March 14, 2017 / 7:23 pm

    Never used Revlon Colourstay but now that I’ve read they have one for oily skin will have to see if they hopeful have my shade seeing as you had a good experience, loved your post as usual!

    With Love Yossy x

    • March 15, 2017 / 11:48 pm

      So pleased you liked it lovely! I was honestly so impressed with it, so affordable! I hope the oily version works for you!
      PaleGirlRambling xo

  4. March 26, 2017 / 8:30 pm

    I am impressed that your impressed. Glad would be the right word. I have been looking for the right foundation for a while now and this review could change it all! Defo checking Revlon out next time I go to Superdrug or Boots! xx Corinne

  5. March 26, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    I don’t think I have ever tried this specific foundation, but Revlon def. creates good products in my opinion for very inexpensive price! Thanks for the review x

  6. April 8, 2017 / 10:23 pm

    This foundation is one of my favorites. I’m glad you like it, but I agree with you is more of a medium coverage than full coverage.
    She Blushes

  7. October 8, 2017 / 8:19 pm

    Oh I think I may have to give this foundation a try I have tried some of their other products and found them to be good.

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