June 4, 2018

Revlon ColorStay Full Cover Foundation Review & Swatches

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2 stars out of 5

Revlon ColorStay Full Cover Foundation Review and Swatches

Revlon ColorStay Full Cover Foundation ($13.99) is a full coverage matte coverage foundation that’s being re-promoted as a new formula but in reality if you contact Revlon they will tell you it’s actually Colorstay Whipped Creme Makeup in new packaging.

To me this made sense because Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation is a beloved product but the jar packaging wasn’t ideal. It seemed logical to discontinue that packaging and repackage it in a tube. However, it would have made a ton more sense if Revlon told their fans, “Listen, we’re discontinuing the packaging of your beloved foundation but the it’s still readily available in a new tube”. Instead of being upfront about things they decided to merely repackage, rename, and re-market an old formula. Or did they!? That’s the question of the day.

I’ve tried both formulas and although, they share the same name I don’t agree they are the same formula. Which means one of two things. Revlon is either not familiar with their formulas at all and they figure since these two share the same ingredients that means they are in fact the same product. Or they are just telling people that to get them to buy the new product or to shut them up about the discontinuation of a product they loved. Who knows what the master plan these brands have!?

None the less, everyone comparing the two of these at the moment can rightfully say that yes, indeed they share almost identical ingredients but the textures are quite different as well as the coverage and shade options (the two ingredients are compared below within the tabbed box).

Revlon ColorStay Full Cover Foundation arrives in a 1 oz tube and will set you back $9 to $14 depending where you buy it. I remember when I purchased Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation it was around $11 at Harmon’s but around $14 at CVS and Walgreens. Plus it was a little smaller at 0.8 oz even though it technically looks larger than this tube. So, at least price-wise these two are about the same!

I do think the differences between the two formula is obvious in the textures. Even though they share the same ingredients I felt like Revlon ColorStay Full Cover Foundation was a lot less creamier and way more whipped in consistency where as Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation was a much creamier texture with less of a matte feel.

Revlon says this will provide 24 hour matte coverage that doesn’t cake or dry and blends easily. The formula is a thicker whipped texture which doesn’t work well with silicone primers since it is already loaded with silicone which allows it to act as a primer itself. If you do want to use primer I’d suggest something lightweight and hydrating without silcone. You’ll find it slips and pills off your face if you try applying it on top of a primer that contains silcone. I don’t have visible pores nor am I oily but I imagine if you rely on primer to mattify your skin you might be a bit lost when using this since it doesn’t quite mattify as well as a primer would in my experience and even creates a bit of oiliness as the day progresses.

Revlon ColorStay Full Cover Foundation Swatches (210 Sand Beige)

I tested it with both a hydrating primer as well as a silicone one and I felt the best application was with the hydrating formula as it eased the way for the foundation and allowed me to blend a little easier. The foundation seemed to slip around, pill a bit, and sheer out when I used it with the silcone-based primer.

I wouldn’t call this full-coverage foundation. This isn’t a replacement for products like Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation which is highly pigmented and will conceal many, many issues. At best you’ll see almost medium coverage here that will conceal mild redness, darkness, and other minor issues.

I really don’t love the way this feels on my face but only because I don’t fit the exact demographic for the foundation. They created this more with oily skin in mind and I’m drier so this felt a little mask-like on my skin. It’s weird because I get on pretty well with some whipped foundations but this felt a bit heavy and mask-like on my skin. It didn’t look as natural as I had hoped and was very much a product that said, “Hey there! I’m wearing foundation!” and that’s not the look I’m going for.

I picked up the shade Sand Beige but it’s highly misleading as the color was very gray-based much like some BB Creams and blended out very light on my skin. It deserves to be mentioned that the shades in ColorStay Full Cover Foundation are not equivalent to the ones in the Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation. They seem lighter to me and they do oxidize during application a bit so going up a shade won’t hurt. The wear time was around five hours for me and wore best indoors because as soon as I stepped outside and into the sun it seemed like it was melting off my face! I get about four hours in before I started feeling shine and the color seemed to have faded considerably when running around outside. This isn’t exactly your fun in the sun long-wear foundation.

Revlon ColorStay Full Cover Foundation wasn’t exactly long-wearing nor full coverage. I didn’t really like the way it looked on my drier skin and felt it was way to heavy and later through the wear a bit oily. If you’re looking for long-wear and full coverage I’d splurge the extra bucks on Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation as this formula isn’t quite what it promises!

Revlon ColorStay Full Cover Foundation is available now at ulta.com.

Revlon ColorStay Full Cover Foundation is a new matte full-coverage foundation that promises to wear for 24 hours straight however, it doesn’t quite do all it promises and had a good deal of issues.

Revlon ColorStay Full Cover Foundation
Dimethicone, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Aqua/Water/Eau, Isododecane, PEG/PPG-19/19 Dimethicone, Trisiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, C13-16 Isoparaffin, Mica, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol Crosspolymer, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone/Bis-Isobutyl PPG-20 Crosspolymer, C10-13 Isoparaffin, Alumina, Butylene Glycol, Cymbidium Grandiflorum (Orchid) Flower Extract, Dimethicone/Silsesquioxane Copolymer, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Lactobacillus/Eriodictyon Californicum Ferment Extract, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Methicone, Polyisobutene, Propylene Carbonate, Salicylic Acid, Serica ((Silk) Soie), Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Silica Silylate, Sodium Acrylates Crosspolymer-2, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, PhenoxyethanolMay Contain, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Titanium Dioxide [nano].

Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Makeup
Dimethicone, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Aqua ([Water] Eau), Isododecane, PEG/PPG-19/19 Dimethicone, Trisiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, C13-16 Isoparaffin, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol Crosspolymer, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone/Bis-Isobutyl PPG-20 Crosspolymer, C10-13 Isoparaffin, Glycerin, Salicylic Acid, Tocopherol, Lactobacillus/Eriodictyon Californicum Ferment Extract, Cymbidium Grandiflorum Flower Extract, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Serica ([Silk] Soie), Alumina, Polyisobutene, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Dimethicone/Silsesquioxane Copolymer, Cyclodextrin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Silica, Methicone, Sodium Chloride, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Propylene Carbonate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Silica Silylate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol. May Contain [+/-: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxide (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Zinc Oxide (CI 77947)].


  • Anyone with oily skin who doesn’t mind forsaking primer before foundation.
  • Anyone who enjoys a whipped mousse-like foundation texture.


  • Anyone seeking long-wear coverage.
  • Anyone seeking full-coverage foundation.


Revlon ColorStay Full Cover Foundation is a good solution for those seeking a hybrid formula that acts as a primer and a foundation. It’s a fairly easy application so long as you aren’t using a silicone primer. However, the shorter wear time and the less than full coverage might prove disappointing if you’re buying into their marketing.

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  • Janeen

    I love your new format! Great review. I would have picked up this one, but I don’t feel it would work for me.

    • Isabella Muse

      Yay glad to hear it ;-D Not sure if you are dry, but it’s def not for drier skin! But weirdly enough I don’t see it working for oily skin either!

  • Lynne

    My heart is broken. I loved the Whipped Creme foundation and only recently went to buy another jar, only to find it gone. I used it primarily around my eyes and to cover blemishes. What will I do now?

    • Shannon

      The Colorstay Whipped Foundation is still available at Buymebeauty.com. I was going to try the Revlon Colorstay Full Cover Foundation, but after this review I think I’ll order some myself πŸ™

      • Toby

        Thanks for the link. When they discontinued my fav foundation I bought all that I could find.
        Good to know that when my stock gets low I can repurchase.

  • Taylor

    I actually still have my Revlon whipped foundation in the jar and am an EXACT match for the shade β€œbuff”….so I was excited to see they made this new Full Cover foundation in buff as well. However as soon as I got it home to compare both β€œbuff” shades they were WAY off (Full Cover is a lot darker and more orange/pink). I also like their Colorstay line but it has parabens so I have to pass on that one as well even though buff is a perfect match in that lin. So disappointed in Revlon πŸ™

  • Clio

    Hi! I enjoyed your review, but my experience with comparing the whipped with the full cover was very different. I own both in Sand beige and have swatched them side by side and they are the exact same shade. Of course I can’t speak for any of the other shades. I’ve also tested both side by side in the same hot climate with the same skincare underneath and there was no difference between the two. I really do appreciate your thoughts on it though and will pay closer attention when I compare them again.

    • Isabella Muse

      hi Clio! Glad you enjoyed the review and quite glad your shades matched up well and the product worked just as well for you compared to the original formula! Sadly, I didn’t experience the same! I look forward to hearing more after your testing πŸ™‚

  • Gina

    Please help. It appears that Revlon added a bunch of new shades to the original colorstay 24 hour liquid foundation recently but I cannot find anyone talking about it or swatches of the new shades anywhere. I always liked the combination/oily formula but could not find a decent color match, ever. Do you know anything about this?

  • Antoinette

    I don’t ever write reviews. However, I just discovered Revlon’s Colorstay Full Cover Foundation shade 420. I have so many blemishes on my face I have to wear foundation. Up until now, all of the foundation’s I have tried don’t usually match my complexion and they do not last all day. It usually wears off by 2:00pm. Well this foundation is amazing. It matches my dark complexion and held up from 7:00am until I went to bed!!!. unbelievable. I had to share this because I do not want them to discontinue this product. Please try it and spread the word.

  • Lorraine ER

    I am looking for a dupe for this formula and general price. The shades were too grey looking for me. I adore the thickness of this texture and the price is good, under $20 and around this price is what I can afford. The formula wore well on my oily skin without primer, and the thickness was what I fell in love with bc it covered my pores and texture issues while the coverage level concealed my rosacea. I had to mix it with a warmer colored bb cream though bc it was GREY.
    So, could you pretty please recommend similar thick drugstore foundations? Thank you in advance!

  • Carla Loosli

    I was really excited about this FULL COVER foundation, but was sorely disappointed as Revlon have still not mastered the FULL COVER foundation yet. I really doubt if it would last 24hours and it is very blotchy. Definitely does not give a FULL COVER, so I will have to go back to my original foundation. Pity.