Though it appeared on drugstore shelves with relatively little fanfare, Revlon’s new ColorStay Mineral Foundation may very well be the new empress of drugstore-brand mineral makeup.
With its silky texture and long-wearing semi-matte finish, you might be able to overlook its poor packaging, somewhat limited shade range, and only moderate-value price tag.
What I like about the new Revlon Mineral Makeup…
- Semi-Matte Finish and Good Coverage.
In terms of wear, Revlon Mineral Foundation is actually comparable to IsaDora’s mineral makeup line. Like IsaDora, ColorStay looks fresh and can achieve medium coverage without looking chalky or masklike.
The main differences in the products’ formulas are that Revlon has a slightly finer texture and a more matte finish (chalk it up to Revlon’s formula that includes talc while minimizing use of “shiny” ingredients like mica and bismuth oxychloride).
Since almost all of the drugstore mineral foundations produce a more pearlescent finish, Revlon ColorStay Mineral Foundation is definitely the best option if you’re looking for more matte coverage.
Normal and Dry skin types will probably agree that Colorstay comes close to delivering it’s promise to provide up to 16 hours of wear.
While oily/combo skin types may need a primer to get them through a long day of wearing this makeup, they’ll still find that, even without a primer, this foundation will wear well and stay fresh for at least a few hours.
What I don’t like about Revlon Mineral Makeup…
- I loathe the packaging.
For some reason, Revlon decided to use the same evil, “elf hat” jar that Milani uses for its loose powder mineral foundation.
Because the brush is attached to the inside of the container’s lid, this product is difficult to dispense and messy to control.
To be fair, Revlon’s brush is softer than those included with Milani mineral makeup and Neutrogena Mineral Sheers. But while the Revlon brush will get its job done in a pinch, it’s still too small and too dense. The product is better off without it.
- Moderate Value. Though Color Stay Mineral Foundation retails for a seemingly wallet-friendly price of $13.99 for 0.35 oz, I found that I have to use a bit more of it to get the kind of coverage I’m accustomed to getting with my Bare Minerals. My rough estimate is that the “actual value” of this foundation is more like $15-$18 per 0.3oz* (compared to BareMineral’s price of $25 for 0.3oz).
- Limited Shade Range. Though the eight available shades of ColorStay Mineral Foundation will probably match a decent range of skin tones, those with very dark or very pale skin may have problems finding a shade that works for them.
The Bottomline on Revlon Mineral Makeup…
If this foundation was a little less expensive, it would be a shoo-in for the “best value” drugstore mineral foundation. I assume that the gimmicky packaging makes the product more expensive…if Revlon could just ditch the silly container and lower the price, ColorStay Mineral Foundation would be a true winner.
Nevertheless, this product earns my stamp of approval. If you’re looking for a semi-matte mineral makeup for a moderate bargain, I’d definitely recommend it.
Revlon ColorStay Mineral Foundation costs $13.99 and should be available from most drugstores.
Have you tried ColorStay mineral makeup yet? What do you think of it?
* If you’d like to know more about how I evaluate drugstore mineral foundations, please read this post.