Revlon's ColorStay Makeup for Combination/Oily Skin Delivers Impressive Coverage

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Revlon ColorStay Longwear Makeup for Combination/Oily Skin

Revlon ColorStay Makeup for Combination/Oily Skin

Byrdie / Ashley Rebecca

What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Lasts through the day

  • Gives great coverage

  • Impressive shade range

What We Don't Like
  • Feels a bit dry

  • Can look heavy

For an affordable foundation that gives nice coverage and lasts through the day, Revlon ColorStay Makeup for Combination/Oily skin is a suitable option—just remember to build up to your desired coverage to avoid a heavy finish.


Revlon ColorStay Longwear Makeup for Combination/Oily Skin

Revlon ColorStay Makeup for Combination/Oily Skin

Byrdie / Ashley Rebecca

We put Revlon Colorstay Makeup for Combination/Oily Skin to the test after receiving a complimentary sample from the brand. Keep reading for our full product review.

I’m an avid makeup wearer. I usually wear some form of makeup on a daily basis because I am a huge fan of it and what it does for my skin. While I tend to gravitate toward luminous finish foundations, I do use matte foundations from time to time and prefer formulas that don’t require touch ups. 

Revlon is widely known for affordable cosmetics, and its foundation category has expanded over the years, but does their coveted ColorStay foundation really hold up to its hype? Ahead—I put Revlon Colorstay Makeup for Combination/Oily Skin to the test to find out.

Revlon ColorStay Makeup for Combination/Oily Skin

Best For: Oily skin

Active Ingredients: Salicylic Acid, SPF 15

Cruelty-Free?: No

Potential Allergens: Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Iron Oxides

Price: $15

About The Brand: Revlon is a leading global beauty company that offers beauty products in several categories from haircare, to skincare, makeup, and more. Sold in over 150 countries, Revlon is widely recognized in mass retailers across the globe.

About My Skin: I love foundation

It’s true. I love foundation, and over the years I’ve tried numerous formulas and finishes. I have oily/combination skin and normally choose light foundations with a slightly dewy finish. Some brands of foundations I wear regularly are Armani Beauty and Cle de Peau Beaute. 

I find that my skin can start to look oily through the day, so if needed, I buff the foundation out for a refresh. My general makeup look consists of foundation, concealer, mascara, cream blush, and highlight accompanied by natural lip color.

How to Apply: A pro explains

Everyone has their own method of applying foundation, which is why I reached out to editorial makeup artist Shaina Ehrlich to get some pro tips on how to apply and blend this particular formula. But first? Ehrlich cannot stress enough the importance of a great skincare routine before moving onto foundation. I think the greatest tip I can give someone is to let your skincare really sink into your skin,” Ehrlich says. 

While your skincare routine doesn’t need to be complicated, it can elevate the way your foundation looks in seconds. It’s important to give your skin enough time in between treatment and foundation products. Ehrlich says, “Applying too much skincare or immediately applying your base after skin prep can cause the foundation to slip off easily and not last. The key to a lasting and flawless complexion is the fewer products used the better.”

To apply, Ehrlich recommends starting in the middle of the face. “I usually pump a small amount of product on the back of my hand and will use a fluffy blending brush to apply foundation. I like to begin in the center of the face with a smaller brush to get in the corners of the nose and then gravitate towards under the eyes and work my way out. I’ll then switch to a fluffier brush to blend the foundation anywhere else on the face.” 

Ehrlich explains, Areas like around the nose can tend to turn red and need extra coverage, so beginning here ensures that you’ve paid attention to the parts that need more coverage before working your way out.” Breakouts need a different type of attention, so after Ehrlich is done applying foundation, she recommends using a smaller brush with a pointed tip to lightly dab concealer on a pimple. 

I have broken capillaries around my nose, so this advice resonated with me and was great when I used it to apply the foundation. You need to shake the bottle before using it to mix it up, and I used one brush with a medium-sized fluffy head and blended the makeup in circular motions all over my face, followed up with concealer. I then moved on to my regular products like contour, blush, and highlight.

A person applying Revlon ColorStay Makeup for Combination/Oily Skin to their face using a brush

Byrdie / Ashley Rebecca

The Results: Full, lasting coverage

One of the first things I noticed about this foundation was how much coverage it provided right from the start. If I did not use a hydrating serum or cream beforehand, the foundation looked noticeably dry on my skin, and I needed to thin it out at times because I had applied too much for my liking. The foundation lasted very well throughout the day and my makeup stayed intact. I did notice a few times that I looked more oily around my nose, chin and forehead, but that’s nothing new for me. 

A before and after of a person wearing Revlon ColorStay Makeup for Combination/Oily Skin

Byrdie / Ashley Rebecca

The more you blend this foundation, the better it looks. I do recommend starting with a small amount and working your way up, because using too much too soon will look quite heavy. Overall, the foundation provided what it says it will, the most impressive callout being that it didn’t fade throughout the day.

The more you blend this foundation, the better it looks.

Value: An absolute bargain

The thing about a bargain find like this is at around $15, you can give it a try and you aren’t out a fortune if it doesn’t work for you. For a formula that provides full coverage, is easy to blend for the most part, and lasts through the day, you might want to pick yourself up a few bottles to have on hand.

Similar Products: You have options

MAKE UP FOR EVER Matte Velvet Skin Foundation ($40): This waterproof, full-coverage foundation boasts an impressive shade range and touts 24-hour wear. Prep your skin properly and then follow up by applying the foundation with your preferred brush, starting at the center of the face and working your way out.

KVD Beauty Lock-It Foundation ($41): This vegan, full-coverage liquid matte foundation gives complete coverage. You’re going to want to apply a very small drop and blend it out instead of starting with more product because a little goes quite a long way. Apply with a foundation brush or makeup sponge that will help blend.

NARS Soft Matte Complete Foundation ($40): If you need a full-coverage, matte foundation that’s easy to blend and has a soft texture, look no further. This foundation from Nars is best for oily/combination skin and also suitable for acne-prone skin.

Final Verdict

If you’re after a full-coverage, matte-finish foundation that wears well throughout the day, I highly recommend giving Revlon ColorStay Makeup For Combination/Oily Skin a whirl.


  • Product Name ColorStay Longwear Makeup for Combination/Oily Skin
  • Product Brand Revlon
  • 309975410044
  • Price $14.99
  • Weight 1 oz.

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