Foundation Basics & Reviews, Reviews, Uncategorized

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?

Foundation Basics & Reviews, General Makeup, Reviews, Tips, Uncategorized

Oily/Acne Prone Skin – Best Foundations & How to make your base last all day

I’ve been asked this question a few times; Which foundation is the best to use if you have oily/acne prone skin and how do you get it to stay on for the day?

The answer to that is; It’s all in the prep! Basically you need to use a good primer to mop up the oil and give your foundation something to stick to so it doesn’t slide off your face by lunchtime. Then, rather than caking on the foundation to cover spots or redness, you need to put a light layer on and go back with a dry (rather than creamy liquid) concealer and conceal over the spots you want to hide, and set all with powder, lightly applied.

Here are a couple of products from each category that, when used together are great for oily skin:


La Roche Posay, Effaclar Active Mat moisturiser – Although this is technically a moisturiser, it works very well as a primer for oily skin. Just use it where needed (generally the T-Zone) and it will create a great base for your makeup.

Laura Mercier Oil Free Primer – Does what it says on the tin, one of the best primers out there but pricey. This would be worth the investment if it were for a special occasion like your wedding or especially if you were getting married abroad and worrying about your makeup sliding off in the heat.


Basically any foundations that are Oil free (water based) will be suitable for oily skin

Makeup Forever Matt Velvet + Foundation– This is my go-to foundation for oily skin, it works like a dream and keeps any oily areas matt for hours. I use this myself on my combination skin and find it really great.

Revlon Colourstay for Combination/Oily skin– This is a great cheap foundation which again, works really well.


The best concealers for spots are ones with a “dry” consistency to them and contrary to what you might have heard, the colour should not be a shade lighter than your foundation as this will only highlight your spot! The colour should obviously match your foundation to blend everything in.

MAC’s Studio Finish Concealer – you only need a dab and it’s great for covering spots.  Don’t use under the eyes though, you need a concealer with a creamy finish for that.

Vichy Dermablend Stick Foundation – This works great as a concealer and is excellent for covering redness.


Powders will set everything and make sure the foundation, as well as the concealer, stays in place and doesn’t melt off. The trick is to only use on the places you need it so you’re not caked in powder (don’t forget to powder over any areas you used concealer also). Use a velour puff and roll the powder into the skin, then dust off any excess with a large fluffy brush.

MAC Blot Pressed Powder – This is my favourite powder to use, it absorbs all oil and keeps you matt for hours. I get through tons of this between my own use and use on my clients!

Rimmel Stay Matt Powder – This is a good cheap version of Blot powder, while it’s not as good, it does the job if you’re on a budget.

Good loose powders are: Makeup Forever HD Powder or MAC Prep & Prime.

Follow those steps your base will be flawless and shine free for hours.

If you need to control shine during the day use blot papers rather than adding more powder. See my post here on how to touch up your makeup during the day.