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Revlon Colourstay Foundation Oily/Combination Skin – Review

I have been loving this foundation lately so thought I’d do a review on it.  Revlon Colourstay is a full coverage liquid foundation (so quite heavy on) with a similar feel and coverage to MAC’s Studio Fix Fluid, so if you like that, this would be a good one to try.

Revlon Colourstay Foundation

It comes in two formulations, one for Oily/Combo skin and one for Normal/Dry skin so be sure to pick the one that suits your skintype best.  What I really love about these foundations are that they come in a wide range of colours and there are great pale shades to suit Irish skintones perfectly, not something you get with all cosmetic brands, particularly the “pharmacy” brands.


Below is a before and after of me wearing the foundation, you can really see how it evens out my skintone and hides redness

Before After 2

This gets a big thumbs up from me but I think it is more suited to wearing at the weekend or nights out when you want a heavier coverage that lasts.  Once you set this with powder, it doesn’t budge for the day.  Also it’s at the higher end of the price scale for a “pharmacy brand” at €18 so you wouldn’t want to be going through too much of it!  It’s available from Boots and Superdrug and Superdrug often have it on offer for much cheaper than normal so just look out for that.

Have you tried Revlon Colourstay?  If not will you be giving it a go?

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Great Cheaper Everyday Foundations

People always ask me if there are any good “cheap” foundations that they can use to save their more expensive ones, especially if they wear makeup every day as you can really find yourself having to replace your makeup very quickly so it’s a good idea to use a less high end brand of foundation for every day use. I recently tried out some cheaper brands of foundation to see if they could work as an every day foundation and maybe save my more expensive ones for the weekends and nights out.  I bought two foundations one called Healthy Mix from Bourjois and also Rimmel’s new Wake Me Up foundation.

Bourjois, Healthy Mix

The claim from Bourjois on this foundation is “Bourjois’ 1st radiance-boosting fruit therapy foundation for a flawless complexion for up to 16hrs!”

At €12.45  it’s a bargain, although a lot of pharmacies do special offers on this from time to time.

What I loved about this foundation:

  • It has a lovely fresh smell and it just glides on.  It applies like a dream and I find it has great coverage, hides any redness or blemishes but without looking heavy or caked.  It can be applied light and natural or in layers for heavier coverage.
  • This is a great foundation for all skin types but it’s great for dry skin as it has various fruit ingredients that help nourish your skin and is suitable whether dry or combination. If you are very oily, you may need to use a primer.
  • The claims that it last 16 hours are very accurate I have to say.  I did a Zumba class while wearing this stuff and although I was sweating buckets this didn’t even budge off my face and I’m not exaggerating one bit!
  • The shade range is very good also, 8 different shades in total and there is a very light shade that suits pale Irish skin right up to a darker shade for darker skin so there’s something to suit everyone.
  • It comes in a pump bottle which I love as you only use what you need and there’s no wastage.

My Thoughts:

I LOVE this foundation, I had heard great things about it.  It has come out top in all sorts of beauty polls and it really does live up to its good name.  Wow! is all I can say, I’m so impressed with it that I’ll be wearing it every day in work from now on.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation

This is also another good one for everyday use and will give your skin a lovely radiant glow.  The claims are that it’s: “Rimmel’s first liquid foundation that instantly reawakens skin with a healthy, radiant glow your skin will bounce back to life – even if your body is thinking otherwise.

Immediately eliminates visible signs of tiredness so skin looks rejuvenated. Also minimising signs of premature ageing.  Wake Me Up works just as hard as you – staying put for up to 10 hours and giving you a natural, medium to full coverage”

The price of Wake Me Up foundation is a pocket friendly €10.95 and again it’s available in most good pharmacies such as Boots.

What I love about this foundation:

  • As soon as you apply this, it just feels lovely and refreshing on your skin; it literally does wake it up and bring your complexion to life!
  • The smell is fresh and the consistency of this is quite creamy so it gives a good medium to full coverage.
  • Again, it comes in a pump bottle and a little goes a long way. Also it seems to last ages.
  • It works best with dry/combination skin as it’s so dewy, so not suitable for oily skin as it can tend to look quite shiny. (I will do another review on foundations for oily/spot prone skin but in the meantime see my suggestions for you below)
  • It gives your skin a beautiful glow and is great for tired dull skin or to give radiance and a flawless look to ageing skin.
  • It has an SPF of 15 and comes in 6 shades so you’re bound to find a colour to suit you also.

My Thoughts:

I really like this one also, and for the price you can’t go wrong.  It lasts a long time too, not quite as long as the Healthy Mix but it doesn’t melt off at the end of the working day which is great.  The matching concealer to this is brilliant stuff and I love it even more than the foundation.  It’s just the right consistency and coverage to use under the eye area and doesn’t cake up.  You could use this with any foundation, even the higher end ones, and it would look great!

So thumbs up to both of these foundations, they are great for the price and they do a better job than some of the more expensive foundations it has to be said!

Cheap Foundations for Oily/problem skin:

Revlon Colorstay Foundation for oily/combo skin – €17.99

Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation – €8.75

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How to choose the Foundation that’s right for you

There’s a lot to say about foundation, and I will be posting a whole series on this topic including some reviews on my favourites over the next few weeks but for now I’ll start with how to choose the right foundation specifically for you.  If you follow my advice, you’ll never again have to waste your money on an expensive foundation that’s completely unsuitable for you. Yay!

There are so many foundations out there with different formulas and finishes so it can be hard to choose the right one.  Buying foundation is not something you should do on impulse as you have to be sure it matches your skin perfectly.  A lot of women make the mistake of buying the “latest” foundation out which claims all sorts but doesn’t always deliver for everyone!  What looks great on your friend or workmate, might not be suitable for you as people have different skin types and so the foundation that suits their skin, might not suit yours.  And if you fork out for the same foundation, you’ll be making a very expensive mistake if it doesn’t suit your skin type or is the wrong colour.

Testing, Testing…

When you want to buy a new foundation you need to test it first to make sure that it’s suitable for your skin.  It’s also a good idea to try a few different brands to see which is best. First get yourself some small containers with a screw on lid to collect samples (you can get them in Boots or in any chemist or beauty supply store) and then go to a large department store where there’s a few different makeup counters.  Narrow it down to the brands you want to try and ask the sales assistants at the counter to recommend a foundation and colour that’s suitable to your skin.  Some counters have little samples already that they can give you once they’ve matched your colour.  Some other counters are particularly stingy when it comes to giving samples and usually the sales assistants will try to get you to sit down and let them apply the foundation on you.  It’s fine if they are colour testing a small area but generally I never let them do this – you don’t want them to do your whole face as it’s really best to take the sample away and try as part of your makeup routine, using your own brushes/concealer/powder  etc. as this will give you the best chance of knowing whether it’s suitable or not once you’ve seen how it sits and lasts on your skin for the day.  Also they’ll try to sell you other things that you most likely don’t need so just be firm and say that you would only buy the foundation if you can get a sample and try it out for yourself.  If they’re still having none of it, move on to the next counter!  You’ve got to be ruthless here OK?!

When choosing they type of foundation, the key things to consider are:

Your skin type – whether you’re oily, dry, sensitive or combination, first and foremost, you need to choose the right foundation formula for your type of skin and some are better than others so make sure to let the sales assistant know what type you are although they will usually ask you this.  You would always choose a moisturiser or other skincare products to suit your skin type and choosing foundation is no different to that.

Your Skin Colour – Obviously you’ve got to have a perfect match for your skin colour – this is the easiest to get wrong.  It can be difficult to choose this yourself so if you need to, ask for help when trying.  As a general guide:

  • A yellow toned foundation will suit a lot of skin tones and hide any redness but be careful it’s not too orange looking on you.
  • If you are very pale skinned, go for a foundation with a pink undertone to it.
  • If you want foundation for going out or for a special occasion, and you will be wearing fake tan, wear your tan when you are testing the colour and don’t try to guess on pale skin as it’s just impossible to do!
  • You should test on your jawline and blend the colour down towards your neck.  The foundation should disappear into your skin with no obvious dark edge and it shouldn’t look too light against your own skin colour either.
  • Check the colour in natural daylight to see how it looks as it will always look different outside the artificial light of the store.

Coverage – Foundation comes in different coverages, ranging from:

Full coverage – usually in a compact or cream formula.

Medium or buildable coverage – liquid foundation or mineral powder.

Light coverage/tint – tinted moisturiser or BB cream.

The coverage you require will depend on how much skin you want to show through your foundation and whether you have any imperfections you want to cover up.  Your age is also a factor in choosing coverage as heavy makeup can sometimes accentuate lines and wrinkles.


And just to confuse matters even more it also comes in different finishes!  For example a matte finish will give a powdery velvet finish with little or no shine, whereas a satin or luminous finish will give you a youthful sheen to the skin and look radiant, a la JLo!

Top Tip: If you find a foundation that you really love, consider buying two shades, a paler one for winter or times when you’re a bit pasty and a darker one for summer or wearing with a tan.  If you’re in between colours you can always mix the two, I do this all the time and I can always get a perfect colour match.

That’s all for now, I’d really love your feedback on which foundation you’re wearing and if you love it or not or even any questions you may have so please leave me a comment below or contact me on Facebook or Twitter anytime. 🙂