Friday, 5 July 2013

REVIEW - Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Make Up

If there's one thing, in this dark, miserable murky thing we called life that is guaranteed to make things feel a bit better, it's make up. Right now i'm stuck in bed, nursing my broken soul, and hurting migrainey head, by looking at a pile of shiny make up treats. Someone I adore recently went to america, and the upside of this was that I got to ask her for something that I can't obtain over here, that was cheap in dollars, but priceless to me. I decided on this.

Revlon Colorstay Whipped in Shade Ivory

So what do Revlon have to say....

"-Buildable to full coverage for flawless skin
-Soft, matte finish all day long
-Withstands heat and humidity – great for summer
-Comes in 16 beautiful shades"

Top removed. Excuse the messy lid, it's been used obvously!

So what's this guy like in action? Well, the texture is something I enjoyed. It's a light airy gel-like texture, silicone-y in the extreme. I haven't had experience in this sort of texture before, as the only other foundation i've tried that is similar is Laura Mercier's Creme Smooth Foundation, which is a thick, heavily moisturising anti ageing formula which holds no long wear or whipped claims. Therefore I can't really compare it to anything other than the other super long wear foundations i've tried, like the traditional Colourstay or Estee Lauder Double Wear. These were my findings.


Coverage is light to medium, and certainly buildable
It DOES stay, definitely, not 24 hours, but it does stay and you can sweat happily in it, good for a night out at a sweaty gig etc
No SPF, so no flashback in photos
Applies easily, smoothly, and quickly, and blends really well
Allows skin to show through, whilst removing redness and smaller flaws, giving an even complexion
Great colour for pale skins. Ivory runs much more neutral than traditional Colourstay which I found to be ridiculously pink. 
Feather light, doesn't feel like you're wearing much on your face and controls oil reasonably well


More matte than I'd wish it to be, was hoping for more dimension
Settles in pores a little in places around mouth and nose
Tends to go a little cakey after a few hours wear
Does wear off a little in places
If you wear primer, it sinks into your pores
If you don't wear primer, after four hours, your face is covered in product gathering ABOVE your pores, which is something that happens to me when I don't wear primer. ANNOYING.

So, sadly, this isn't perfect. On the other hand, i'd say it's a winner as far as drugstore foundations go. I'm really happy i've been able to get my hands on it and test it out, and i'm glad I have it in my collection. I would use it as a day to day foundation, or if i'm going to be out in the hot sweaty weather all day and need something to cover redness and even me out properly that won't leave me an oily red mess by the end of the day. 

Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Make Up - Shade IVORY

Swatch blended out

If you do want to purchase this, i'm afraid you're going to have to pop over an ocean or get a kindly american friend to pop some in the post for you. I asked Revlon and they say they have no plans to bring this out in the UK in the near future. Perhaps join me in whining at Revlon USA about this in an e mail, and have a moan about the Colorstay Aqua Make Up too. Why should us brits miss out damn them!?

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