Revlon Colorstay – My Holy Grail Foundation

I have talked a lot about this foundation during my time on YouTube and here on my blog but I thought it was time it had it’s own post. I have dabbled with many foundations over the years and settled on some favourites but this is by far the best. I used to save it only for nights out deeming it too heavy for day to day wear but since returning to work after a year off on maternity nothing else will cut it. Colorstay is the hardest working foundation I own, it’s medium coverage but buildable to full, can replace my concealer and lasts all day. I currently have very oily skin, if I forgo powder everyone knows about it and even with a full face of makeup I’m shiny by the time I get in to work at 10. Since rediscovering this gem and putting it to work in the day I don’t even carry a touch up powder, the most I see is a little glow by teatime.

There are two formula’s available, Normal/Dry and Combination/Oily. Obviously I chose the latter but be aware there are options. I think what really proves the worth of this base to me is my working day, I am up at 7 with Milo (baby) , get Ella to school for 8.45. Milo to his childminders for 9.30 and me to work for 10.. and I don’t have a car. Given the ever changing weather under normal circumstances I’d be lucky to get to work with any makeup on my face at all but it doesn’t budge! It’s not the coverage or the finish that I love about this, there are others I’ve loved more, it’s the staying power.. nothing can touch it and if you’re looking for something that will last, look no further!

I’m sure this is not the first you’re hearing of this product as it’s a staple for many but I could go no longer without declaring my love for my favourite foundation. I’m sure I will go back to my lighter formula’s in Summer but I can always rely on this when I need my makeup to stay put!

Available online here for £12.49 but I actually purchase mine from my local discount beauty store so look around as I only pay £6.99. You can buy for £7.95 here if you can find your shade – search their site as there are more options than shown in the link.

Miss BB



  1. 27 December, 2012 / 7:21 pm

    Thanks for this post Miss BB :* I’ve been wanting to try this foundation for ages but it is a bit pricey for me (ahh student life) but now I think it is worth the investment 🙂

  2. 29 December, 2012 / 4:56 am

    I totally agree, this foundation is amazing. I do wander and try other foundations but I always end up back with the Colourstay.

  3. 30 December, 2012 / 12:42 am

    I’ve tried quite a few different foundations but once I tried this one that was it! Thanks for the cheaper link x

  4. carmit
    2 January, 2013 / 11:40 pm

    Hi thanks for this:-) what number are u on bourjois and what’s the equivalent at colorstay? Thanks again

    • missbudgetbeauty
      3 January, 2013 / 10:06 pm

      hard to say because they’re not the same, there are SO many shades of colorstay

    • Sammy
      12 June, 2013 / 3:33 pm

      Carmit, try PS Beauty foundation finder. You can enter your preferences as well as foundations and colours you have used before and the site will generate product recommendations based on that:) I have used it as well and I really liked it (I suggested correctly that Colorstay 110 Ivory was Bourjois number 51 for me).

  5. Vivian
    22 January, 2013 / 6:37 am

    As you describe it to have good staying power, is the texture very thick as well? Do you think it causes breakouts? x

  6. 14 January, 2015 / 11:23 pm

    Hi Khila, just mentioned and linked this review in my 1st proper blog post 🙂
    I really am obsessed with this foundation now. x

    • missbudgetbeauty
      15 January, 2015 / 7:37 pm

      Thanks, Cloe! Good luck with your blog x

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