In China I almost always used a BB cream. I mean, when I used any makeup at all because it was so hot in there that I didn’t wear anything at all for the most days. So basically I completely forgot about all of my foundations until almost the very end when I decided to film a new makeup tutorial (I’ll post it soon) and use something different for my face than what I’ve been using before. So I went for the Revlon Colorstay Foundation, which I bought just before going to China. I’ve used it a couple of times then and in the beginning I thought it was quite thick. That was compared to the “normal” foundations. Comparing to the BB creams that I used, it didn’t seem thick at all, on the other hand, it seemed so lightweight! And my face looked so good everywhere: in the mirror, on the photos…and it stayed! On my face! In China! In this heat! Well, I think you guessed already: I am talking about my new favorite now: Revlon Colorstay Foundation.

revlon colorstay foundation

I have to precise: I am talking about the version for combination/oily skin. Revlon Colorstay Foundation actually comes in 2 kinds: the one that I have is for combination/oily skin and there’s also another kind which is for normal/dry skin. Pay attention when buying not to take the wrong one! The packaging is almost identical, the only thing different is the top: combination/oily one has a black top while normal/dry skin’s top has a transparent layer over black. So they look almost identical but there is this tiny difference. Make sure you have the right formula for your skin.

revlon colorstay foundation combination oily skin

I bought Revlon Colorstay in France. The shades are the same except that the lightest shade available in France is 180 Sand Beige. It is quite light but still, in US you can find lighter shades of this foundation: 110 Ivory and 150 Buff. My skin is really light and 180 Sand Beige is actually a bit too dark for me. But I didn’t have any choice so I still went for this one.

Another important thing to mention: the packaging. The foundation comes in a glass bottle with a plain opening. No pump, nothing. There are 30ml (1.0 fl. oz.) of product in it.

revlon colorstay foundation photo combination oily skin

Revlon Colorstay Foundation 180 Sand Beige

So as I mentioned earlier, this is not the lightest shade but as other shades were not available in France I went for the lightest one available: 180 Sand Beige. This shade would be perfect for me if I had tiny bit of bronzed skin but as my skin now is at its whitest, it actually is a bit too dark for me. It doesn’t look wrong and I can still make it work, but there is this bit of difference.

revlon colorstay foundation 180 beige sable

Speaking about the texture, as you can see on the pictures it is not too thick or too liquid, just the normal foundation texture. It is absolutely non oily or sticky, I would say it’s more on the drier side.

Here’s another swatch:

revlon colorstay foundation 180 beige sable

Here I blended it out. I took the photos in the direct sunlight so that you could see the foundation. It may seem shiny here but it is absolutely not, it has more of a matte finish. It just looks that way because of the sun.

revlon colorstay foundation 180 sand beige

It gives quite a nice coverage and will easily erase imperfections, pores and pimples from your face.

revlon colorstay foundation sand beige 180

My opinion:

This is my new favorite foundation! Recently my skin has been acting crazy (blemishes, pimples, imperfections, rednesses) and this foundation covers it really good. It gives this nice matte finish. Not the one when your face looks fake but the ‘good’ matte finish. The skin looks perfect, both in real life and on the photos. It lasts a long time and looks good even after 8 full hours of wear (no touch-ups)! It doesn’t dry my skin out, doesn’t clog my pores. The only negative thing is the color: I wish lighter shades were available in France.

Overall note: A.

Where you can buy it:

Depending on where you live, of course. My guess is that you can find this foundation pretty everywhere in the US, in UK it can be found at Boots (the lighter shades are available there, too). In France I had to search for it, it can sometimes be found in smaller drug stores or in some Monoprix shops. Or you can order it at Amazon.


  • price
  • good foundation for problem, oily, combination skin
  • longlasting
  • good coverage
  • matte finish


  • none!


[spoiler]Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide (7.3%) Inactive Ingredients: Aqua/Water (Water), Cyclomethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Butylene Glycol, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone, SD Alcohol 40B, PEG/PPG 18/18 Dimethicone, Nylon 12, Tribehenin, Isododecane, Polyisobutene, Sodium Chloride, Cetyl PEG/PPG 10/1 Dimethicone, Bisabolol, Serica (Silk Powder), Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Malva Sylvestris Flower Extract (Mallow), Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract (Lily), Lactobacillus/Eridictyon Californicum Ferment Extract, Cymbidium Grandiflorum Flower Extract, Alumina, Polydimethylsiloxane/Polymethysilesquioxane Copolymer, Ethylene Brassylate, Methicone, Trisiloxane, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, May Contain (+/-): Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499)[/spoiler]

Picture time! Here is my bare skin:

revlon colorstay foundation before after photo

Here I’m wearing Revlon Revlon Colorstay Foundation in 180 Sand Beige:

revlon colorstay foundation photo

revlon colorstay foundation photo

 Do you see how smooth and pretty my skin looks? I love it!