Revlon Colorstay Normal/Dry vs Combination/Oily Formula Comparison Review

Revlon Colorstay Normal/Dry vs Combination/Oily Formula Comparison Review

Purchased shades (formula):

  • 150 Buff: Normal/Dry and Combination/Oily
  • 180 Sand Beige: Combination/Oily


As promised, I’ve got the low-down for the two formulas for my favourite foundation that doesn’t smudge or budge throughout the day: the Revlon Colorstay Foundation in the Normal/Dry and Combination/Oily formulations.

Let’s talk about staying power: it’s still quite the amazing. As consistent with my previous review for the Combination/Oily formula, the Normal/Dry one certainly didn’t disappoint me or underdeliver at this stage. I’ve used this in Hong Kong when the humidity levels were hovering around 65-85%; as such, yes, my combination-dry skin likes this formula a little more for the fall/winter weather as even at the end of the day, my skin still looked fresh with a smidgen of the (usual) shininess in my T-zone area. I’m waiting to try this out when I’m back home in Vancouver and a short trip to Vegas this winter to really try the formula out in much colder and drier climates.

In terms of shade matching, the 150 (Normal/Dry) leans towards a more neutral tone than the 150 (Combination/Oily), and for my tone, I can actually use the 150 (Normal/Dry) on its own without having to mix it with another foundation as I had had to with the 150 (Combination/Oily) as I felt that it was just too…cool-toned for me; it makes me slightly washed out if I happen to forget to put on blush or my lipstick is just a smidgen too nude-y pale.

I’ve tried layering this foundation on top of a variety of products over a series of days to gauge how the formula would perform: BB cream, CC cream and a good ol’ makeup base.

For the most part, neither the combination/oily or normal/dry formulas oxidized on me but I can safely say that for the cooler/drier months, I’ll be reaching for the normal/dry formula more often just for the extra boost of hydration.

Now, as noted above, I also picked up the 180 Sand Beige in Combination/Oily only and not the Normal/Dry formula. The reason is not because of the price but rather, because of this:

From left to right: 150 (Normal/Dry), 150 (Combination/Oily), 180 (Normal/Dry) and 180 (Combination/Oily)

The colour is so red and off (for me) that I thanked my lucky stars that I went against what I wanted to do — grab the 150 and 180 in both formulas and speedwalk right to the cashier — and I stood there and did a swatch of the four foundations (two for each formula). Lo and behold, the shades were not what I expected.

I picked up the 180 Sand Beige so that I can create my own foundation shade, depending on the season and my tan — or lack therof — situation; I’ve been mixing the 150 (Combination/Oily) with the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation as noted in my original Revlon review. Even after I’m done mixing the 150 Buff and the 180 Sand Beige with the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation and the Le Métier de Beauté foundation respectively, I can still mix the 150 Buff and 180 Sand Beige together to create a good shade for me.

I know it sounds like a pain in the butt and possibly expensive to some of you to mix two bottles of foundations, but it really is worth it when you a) have just the right tones and undertones for your particular shade and b) your foundation doesn’t budge, cake, smudge or oxidize by the end of the day.

It’s a pipeline dream, but Revlon’s helping me get one step closer to it 🙂


Revlon Colorstay Normal/Dry vs Combination/Oily Foundations Formula Review

Revlon Colorstay Normal/Dry vs Combination/Oily Foundations

I was browsing through Watsons yesterday and they had my favourite Revlon foundation on sale for 20% off and while I picked up my usual shade (150 Buff), I noticed that there was a new selection for the Normal/Dry line! This is new in Hong Kong (old news every where else LOL :D) so I picked up the 150 Buff in both formulas, plus a 180 Sand Beige (Combination/Oily formula only for this one — more on the reason later :P)

The goal here is to see if the formulas really do make a difference and if so, how will the Normal/Dry one stand in cold(er)/dryer climates?

Reviews to come soon! 🙂

Revlon Colorstay Liquid Foundation Review

Revlon Colorstay 24hr Liquid Foundation

I had about an hour to kill before I headed off to2015-07-24 18.49.56 the Apple Store to get my iPhone 6 Plus fixed, so naturally, I headed to my closest Watsons to check out the Revlon Colorstay 24hr Foundation series as I have been on a drugstore cosmetics spree ever since I discovered the Max Factor Facefinity 3-in-1 Foundation series (click here for my review)! I’ve heard both glowing and not-so-glowing reviews about Revlon’s foundations, and being someone with sensitive skin, I have to be very wary about what I choose to try on my skin as I could very well end up with hives, welts and generally looking like a hot mess. Now, the Colorstay line is not new, as it has achieved cult status with many a makeup lover; this is, however, my first product with Revlon. Let’s take a look at how this little powerhouse did compared to my recent find:

Watsons: HKD165
Shade: 150 Buff (Combination/Oily)

The Asia version of this foundation comes with a pump! This made me feel very happy, as I know that the previous and North American versions came with no pump. I may be a morning person and I generally enjoy putting on makeup as it’s the calmest part of my day which involves a bit of me time, but I do not deal well with foundations that have a messy delivery method and a 2015-07-24 18.43.16pump just makes things easier. Upon application, I quickly felt that this was definitely a foundation that requires a faster and more efficient application method as it dries quickly; in general, dry-skinned girls will need a primer to help this particular foundation glide because the foundation does tend to cling to dry patches on the skin. I applied this foundation on with only my fingers but I can understand how some people would have streaking issues as this foundation dries fast. I recommend working on one part of the face and then moving onto the rest of the face, as opposed to dotting it on and then smoothing it out; this foundation will pretty much stay put once it’s dry and will not budge no matter how much you try to buff it out. At the end of the day, the foundation did not oxidise on my face and make me become a shade darker or an oompa loompa like some other brands will.

This foundation works for my combination skin during the summer in Hong Kong, where the weather can reach 33ºc and the humidity above 70%. Regular foundations just melt off my face when the heat wave starts; on the other hand, this is also especially true when I sit underneath the air conditioner to work in the staff room and the moisture is sucked right out of my skin. For some odd reason, Hong Kong only carries the Combination/Oily formulation; there is a FULL FLEET of shades for both the Normal/Dry and Combination/Oily formulas in other countries (click here) I normally choose the normal/dry formulas for foundations whenever it is available as like what I noted earlier, my skin has a tendency to get flakey and dry at will. WHAT AM I GOING TO DO IN THE WINTER WHEN MY SKIN IS EVEN DRIER?

Frankly, what I normally do, and probably will do when I want to make this foundation last into the fall, is add a drop of my facial serum to the foundation and mix it before applying it. At the same time, I have to make sure that my face is prepped and primed regardless because, my skin can and will decide to flake up at will.

A girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do.

Revlon Colorstay Two-way Powder Foundation Review

Revlon Colorstay Two-way Powder Foundation

Watsons: HKD165
Shade: 130 Shell

2015-07-24 18.47.28I’ve always been a fan of the Japanese pressed powders as they feel more hydrating for touch ups; as I live in Hong Kong, Japanese pressed powders from various drugstore and high-end brands such as Kate, Media, Kanebo, Canmake and Shiseido are readily available in local Watsons and Sasa. I was curious as to how this two-way powder would fare on my combination-dry skin. I generally use pressed powder on my forehead, entire nose and under my eye after I’m done dusting on loose powder as I feel that those areas require better coverage than the rest of my face; in addition, I use the pressed powder to do touch ups in the afternoon.

The powder is finely milled, and it feels silky and slightly more hydrated than most drugstore pressed powders; those tend to feel drier to the touch and consequently, “rougher”. Interesting note here: Japanese and Korean pressed powders and two-way foundations tend to be more hydrating for the skin and are excellent for touch ups for girls with dry skin or for the fall/winter weather because they have hyaluronic acid added in them; this particular ingredient helps lock moisture into the skin and it helps blend the powder in more seamlessly. The downside would be the shade selection as they tend to be quite limited to those who are quite fair/yellow based; dark skinned beauties tend to have more of a problem in finding (any) shade that is even remotely close to theirs with these companies).

This was quite the gem as it did well for my touchups on my nose as well as the drier parts of my face (i.e. jawline) without emphasizing any dry patches. The sponge that it came with is nothing to write home about…it just does the job. The shade of the powder matched the foundations on my current rotation; I’d like to note here that the two-way powder foundation is only available in Asia. 🙁 ) Overall, when I run out of my current Bobbi Brown two-way powder foundation, this Revlon item will most definitely make it into my make up bag 🙂

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