Revlon Colorstay Prep & Protect Primer ($13.99) is a new 3-in-1 formula that acts as a moisturizer, makeup primer and SPF all in one. Everywhere I look lately it seems like the beauty world is being influenced by Japanese makeup and skincare. Earlier today I spoke about Benefit’s new Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation and after that the new Maybelline Color Sensational Shine Compulsion Lipsticks. We’ve had plenty of Korean beauty moments in the past two years in the beauty world but nowadays it seems like beauty brands are taking on some of Japan’s more popular trends.
I’m mentioning this because Revlon Colorstay Prep & Protect Primer reminds me a lot of Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen SPF 50 and many other fluid SPFs that are so readily available at Japanese drugstores.
Revlon Colorstay Prep & Protect Primer arrives in a 0.9 oz squeeze bottle with a needle nose applicator which allows the formula to flow easily from the tube. This has all the makings of an excellent formula but truly believe its a one trick pony that they could have done a bit differently.
If I were Revlon I’d have marketed it as an SPF only and instead of SPF 34 I’d have made it SPF 50. Forget primer, forget moisturizer, forget all the multitasking bells and whistles. Just market it as an SPF which is what I believe it excels out.
Here’s the thing.
I think they really wanted to appeal more to the masses and they marketed it solely as a sunscreen they might have gotten some backlash on the size versus the price. In order to make up for that they likely decided to put together how it would work to prep and prime and hydrate skin which somehow would seem more appealing to consumers.
Anyway, enough rant and on with the good stuff.
This is your standard fluid SPF that has a runny, thin liquid texture. It’s apparently supposed to have a beige tint but in reality it’s a stark while and will leave a white cast behind on medium or darker skin tones but it won’t be noticeable once foundation is applied. It absorbs fairly quickly but it has a sort of scratchy silicone feel to it initially. You might be familiar with the texture and consistency if you’ve used to Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunscreen. The finish is matte but isn’t a soul sucking texture that will dry you out if you already have drier skin. It feels a little odd (what SPF doesn’t at first right!?) when you first apply it sort of heavy and dare I say greasy but it pretty much absorbs quickly and sets to a smooth finish that’s barely noticeable. It contains no fragrance but I have to admit I could swear it smelled like corn chips.
As for acting as a moisturizer and a primer….mmmm, I don’t really think it excels at either function. For me, it’s an SPF product that will protect skin from harmful sun rays but doesn’t actually replace my moisturizer nor my facial primer.
Overall, Revlon Colorstay Prep & Protect Primer turned out pretty well for me although I have to admit I’d have preferred a much higher SPF. But it does apply well and wears nicely under makeup. If the basics are ok with you in the sunscreen department you might just love it!
Where to buy
Revlon Colorstay Prep & Protect Primer is $13.99 and 0.9 oz in size that’s marked as a 3-in-1 formula which acts to protect skin while hydrating and priming it for makeup. I thought it excelled at protecting skin but did lack any real hydrating or priming properties. The formula is lightweight but the initial application is heavier but once absorbs it’s barely noticable and wears well under makeup while offering broad-spectrum protection.
Active: Titanium Dioxide 3.6%, Zinc Oxide 9%, Octinoxate 7.5%.
Inactive: Cyclopentasiloxane, Water, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Glycerin, PEG-10 Dimethicone, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, HDI/Trimethoyl Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Hexyl Laurate, Alumina, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Magnesium Sulfate, Perlite, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Polysilicone-11, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Sodium Lactate, Sodium PCA, Stearic Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Xanthan Gum, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Iron Oxides.
- Anyone looking for a lightweight, quick absorbing SPF that wears well under makeup.
- Anyone seeking in all-in-one wonder that preps, primers, hydrates, and protects.
- Anyone seeking long-wearing SPF protection (this isn’t a top pick if you’re spending most of the day in the sun as you will need to reapply often).
Revlon Colorstay Prep & Protect Primer will go over big with someone looking for a daily SPF that will offer basic protection. It’s best used if you aren’t spending a ton of time outdoors but still want a sunscreen that will protect you head in and out of doors.