Revlon Colourstay Foundation | Liquid or Mousse Debate

Revlon’s Colourstay Foundation is probably the most iconic drugstore foundation still in production today and a hot seller at that. I had discovered this liquid cover in a bottle years ago when I first dabbled in makeup and its residency in my makeup collection has quite a long history. When the whipped mousse version debuted, I hardly gave it a second look because hey, why mess with a good thing?

Yet as a self proclaimed foundation hoarder, this eventually made it’s way into my drawers and after much back and forth debate I feel greatly compelled to do a little one on one. Let’s bring them both into the ring and see who gets a knockout.
Revlon Colorstay Whipped | $18.99CAD Retail

At only 23.7ml and with the same high price tag, the Whipped version did not start off well as you’re paying more per mil than the liquid. The luxurious looking glass container (which can easily double as a paper weight for that matter) is packaged in the same colour theme albeit a little more modern looking. Inside the jar is a soft mousse like foundation with medium coverage that, thanks to a heavy dose of silicone, blends easily over the skin. I’ve used this frequently in makeup photos particularly because it smooths over pores and creates a velvet finish on the skin. Plus takes less than a minute to apply when buffed in with a flat top brush. Unlike most liquid foundations, the Whipped Colorstay never quite sets on my skin so it’s not the most long lasting especially if you’re worried about transfer. Better for those with drier skin rather than oily, this wears easily over fine lines but like most silicone heavy products, picks up on dry flakes and patches when buffed in.
Ingredients: Dimethicone, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Water, Isododecane, PEG/PPG 19/19 Dimethicone, Trisiloxane, Trimethylsioxysilicate, C 13 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), 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, Iron Oxide, Zinc Oxide
Revlon Colorstay Liquid | $18.99CAD Retail
The liquid version of Revlon Colorstay is in actuality much more of a creamy product than a thin fluid consistency. It takes a few good shakes to coax it out from the bottle but I like to use a cotton bud for better control of how much I need. Having been in my collection for many years, I find this to be a very versatile foundation and can be easily manipulated into different finishes and coverage. It can go on sheer-light with a flat brush or buildable to almost full coverage with a sponge / buffing brush. I also find this to be one of the foundations that I can use for patch coverage, meaning I don’t necessarily need to wear it all over my face. On it’s own the dry down is a natural slightly matte finish and can be a little pesky with pores though tapping it on with finger usually minimizes the problem. These days, my favourite way to wear this is mixed in with my MAC Face & Body Foundation (reviewed) when I need a bit more coverage and long lasting ability for photos.

Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Aqua (Water), Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Tribehenin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Nylon-12, Cymbidium Grandiflorum (Orchid) Flower Extract, Lactobacillus/Eriodictyon Californicum Ferment Extract, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bisabolol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Alcohol Denat., Alumina, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Methicone, Laureth-7, Magnesium Sulfate, Silica, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Ethylene Brassylate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Dimethicone/Silsesquioxane Copolymer, PEG-12 Glyceryl Dimyristate, Salicylic Acid, Silk Powder, Sodium Citrate, Dipropylene Glycol, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Serica (Silk), Tetrasodium EDTA, Hexylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.

Now one thing worth noting is that while I wear both formulations in buff, these are actually quite different in colour and brightness even though it’s not very noticable in the bottle/jar. As the natural colouring on my chest is quite light, I’ve always found the liquid to be a good product to even out my facial colouring to one consistent look. The whipped looks fine at first but once settled tends to reflect a greyish cast, similar to that of an Asian bb cream which can be obvious to a discerning eye.


While I liked the smoother application and coverage of the Colorstay Whipped, two things kept me from truly loving it. The smell, every time I opened the jar, was a terribly unpleasant chemical scent that would linger around through out the day. The second is that this just wasn’t a skin friendly formulation for me with all that heavy silicone and (sneaky sneaky) mineral oil in the form of isoparaffin. In the end, the long standing favourite still belongs to the Colorstay Liquid which is so much more versatile for different occasions and as a whole, lasts longer on my skin. Nice try Revlon but this foundation lover ain’t loving this.


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