Revlon Colorstay 2-in-1 Compact Makeup & Concealer ($12.79) is a new cream or if you will balm foundation compact that’s launching now at drugstores and will be available permanently for Spring 2016.
Revlon Colorstay 2-in-1 Compact Makeup & Concealer kinda sorta reminds me of Stila’s Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfector that launched with the Stila Fall 2015 Collection. I actually JUST now ordered the Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfector so I’ll be able to compare the two formulas shortly but just visually I thought Revlon’s formula looked a lot like Stila’s.
I should start off by saying even though I have drier skin I tend not to like cream compact foundations as 99% of the formula set to a powder finish. I also run into that rare formula that’s just to emollient and feels like a mask on my skin. I’m just not into cream compacts and I prefer actual liquid cream foundations.
Unfortunately Revlon Colorstay 2-in-1 Compact Makeup & Concealer is not a good pick for my skin type. I have drier skin with a bit of shine sometimes at the T-Zone. My driest areas are the sides of my nose and cheeks. But before I tell you more about why it didn’t work for me let me rave a few things about it.
First off, the packaging is really quite well done. This is a chunky compact that features three different tiers. Open it and you’ll find the concealer is located on a tray over the foundation. Now that tray flips up and reveals the foundation completely. And finally beneath the foundation you’ll find a generously sized well which holds a sponge for application and a mirror.
At a glance it looks like the compact could be a potential pain to work with because the concealer lays on top of the foundation and the foundation is in a moon shape. Bu don’t worry, as I mentioned above the concealer tray lifts up and reveals an entire circular foundation.
The shades run light or at least I think so. I choose Buff 150 which appears to be a lighter creamy beige with yellow undertones. It actually goes town at least three shades from what I pictured it applying as. The color is actually a very, very fair shade with creamy almost neutral beige undertones. A nice touch is the fact the concealer shade is one shade down from the foundation. I think most people choose their concealer a shade down particularly the one they use around their eyes so it was rather nice that the concealer and foundation weren’t exact matches here. However, on the downside I found the concealer was very dry and best suited for facial concealing versus undereyes. The formula is pigmented but not pigmented enough to hide darker circles, etc…It’s enough coverage to concealer minor redness, smaller blemishes, etc..but not major issues particularly ones undereyes. I have drier eyes so the formula is a big no for me under my eyes.
The actual foundation is beautifully formulated. It’s quite creamy but not terribly emollient or greasy. I ran into issues because it does set to a satiny matte finish and adheres to my drier areas. I mean this brought out dry areas I didn’t even know I had. It just clung very, very badly to these areas. On the upside it did provide a beautifully flawless finish on my skin (even though I couldn’t wear it out as Buff made me look like a pasty ghost) and wore for a nice six hour period without fading. I liked how natural it felt on with the soft, silky finish of a powder and that second-skin coverage that looks so natural and that’s so very popular right now. Sadly, the fact that it clung to so many of my drier areas didn’t actually make it looks amazing.
On that note I will say this might prove a better pick for me in the Summer when my skin is a lot less dry. If you are going in for a purchase I’d say oily skin should get on nicely with this formula. I think the packaging is well done and even the formula of the foundation is quite easy to apply, blend, and wears with a natural finish. I do wish the concealer was a touch more hydrating so I could use it under my eyes so that and the fact the foundation clings to my drier area did make for a crummy experience for me.
I would recommend trying it out as you might just like it. But if you have drier skin, do beware.
Revlon Colorstay 2-in-1 Compact Makeup & Concealer is available now at drugstores (I purchased mine at Harmons for $12.79).
If you’ve tried it do share your thoughts!