Particularly this summer, I'm fairly certain I've actually felt my skin singing whilst I stand outside. No amount of sunscreen can protect my outer layer from burning, and because giant black air-conditioned bubbles haven't yet made their way onto the market, I continue to sizzle in the frying pan that is New York City. And don't even get me started on the subway in the summer—it's the closest you'll get to Hades on earth. Luckily, though, I've found a foundation that doesn't melt away along with my soul in the summer heat: Revlon ColorStay Foundation ($13).
I've written about this foundation so many times that I probably sound like a broken record at this point, but it's one of those products you shout about from the rooftops. For only $13 a bottle, I've found a foundation that makes my skin look flawless and seamlessly matches my complexion. But above all, it stays put like a champ in the heat. I don't even glisten when it's scorching hot out—it's pretty amazing. But because I've faithfully devoted myself to this foundation for years, I thought I'd take a week to test a variety of foundations and see how they hold up against NYC's sweltering forecast (and my tried-and-true formula). See how they all fared below!
On day one of my weeklong quest for melt-proof foundation, I went big. Like $60-a-bottle big. I'd never tried Armani foundation before and was so excited to give it a go, albeit a bit nervous that I'd fall in love with it and consequently go broke from continuously buying it. And much to my wallet's dismay, I fell—hard. While I applied it, I found myself oohing and ahhing. The finish was insanely smooth, and even after a walk through the streets of New York at peak sun time, it didn't budge. Color me impressed.
Since day one was such a (pricey) success, I thought I'd try a drugstore offering to compare it to on day two. Everyone always raves about this foundation, so I had to take it for a spin myself. I have to say, when I went to check my face at the end of the day, it was stuck onto my skin like glue. There was no smearing, streaking, or shine—just perfectly intact foundation. It's thick like my favorite Revlon foundation, but for this oily-skinned gal, a more durable formula is necessary.
This was another foundation I'd heard so much about but never actually gave a try. Fans of the formula mentioned that it gives incredibly full coverage while holding on tight to your skin all day. Turns out these reviews couldn't have been more accurate. I found this foundation to be the thickest of the entire week's roster, so next time I would probably cut it with a little moisturizer to thin it out a bit—but I'm pretty sure it could withstand a hurricane if put to the test.
Described as "exercise-resistant" and "sweat-proof," this absolutely had to be added to my list and, of course, tried out in a fitness class. The class held at my gym this day was Vinyasa yoga, but to be fair, the room was very warm, so I felt that I was giving it a good trial. After the class, I was slightly glistening, but in a radiant kind of way instead of an oil-slick situation. Two thumbs up for this formula.
Day five was crazy hot. I even opted to take a Via to work this day because I knew I wouldn't be able to stand on the subway platform without passing out.
I really loved the way this foundation blended into my skin, but later in the day, I did notice a bit of slippage around my nose area. It's nothing a blotting sheet and a quick touch-up couldn't fix, though.
I thought this foundation would be appropriate on the evening of day six considering I was headed out for a girls' night. The bar was chock-full of people (as NYC bars are) and insanely hot. After some dancing and profuse sweating, however, I'm happy to report that I was only mildly shiny. There was definitely no streaking or smudging like I expected after such a damp evening (gross).
Okay, I had to add this one to the list and save it for last to compare to the week's foundations. This day, I went to the beach and decided to wear it there (sorry, dermatologists). After baking in the sun and going in the ocean, it was still on my face. I swear this stuff is magic. I was a bit oily (which I blame on my sunscreen), but I couldn't believe how much coverage I had after boogie-boarding. You win, Revlon.
What's your go-to summer foundation? Tell us below!