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Revlon ColorStay Mineral Foundation Review

The Budget Beauty Babe extols the virtues (and mentions a few shortcomings) of new Revlon ColorStay Mineral Foundation. —BB

by The Budget Beauty Babe
Revlon has jumped onto the mineral makeup bandwagon and released a mineral foundation product for their ColorStay line, Revlon ColorStay Mineral Foundation - and so off I went to Walgreens to pick it up. I literally feel like I have enough mineral makeup to now last me for the next five years, but as a result I think I’m getting pretty good at telling the differences between them. I’m like a mineral makeup connoisseur.

Revlon is a great budget makeup line, and I’m usually a big fan of their products. I think that although this is not top quality mineral makeup, it’s a nice middle of the road product that delivers enough for me to keep it around. It is definitely better than the Maybelline Mineral Power line, and far better then the E.l.f. mineral makeup collection (gross!)

Cute container, although the first day it took me at least ten minutes to figure out how to open it (I’m special) but once I did I was charmed. The brush is tucked into the lid, and rotates out with a twist of the top, and the makeup is stored down in the bottom half which has a very nice deeeeep sifter, which I think is a really great way to swirl the product onto the brush without covering yourself in it.

The makeup provided a nice level of coverage, wasn’t too matte or too shiny, and sat well on the skin. Didn’t feel too dry or get too oily, and was overall satisfactory. I couldn’t say I’m in love with it, because I did feel the look was a tad bit chalky (probably the talc), but on my mother it looked really nice, maybe its more important with this line to really match your shade correctly (real mineral makeup is more vague and tends to blend better). Speaking of my mother, she thought it was very nice, and that it didn’t collect in any line or wrinkles and gave her skin a nice even look.

Let me mention though, that this again cannot really be considered pure mineral makeup: it has minerals in it, and it’s a loose powder that you buff on, but the ingredient list is long and full of things that are not minerals. So if it's really truly mineral makeup you are after, keep on looking (and so will I!)

>> Revlon ColorStay Mineral Foundation is $13.99 at

I just purchased this at Walgreens. I can't open it! What gives?
#1 Altari (Homepage) on 2008-04-22 08:39 (Reply)
This is one of the only ones I can find that doesn't have bismuth in it. The bismuth reacts with some people so I didn't want to try it. It is better deal than the bare minerals but I would still like a real mineral makeup for a cheaper price. Check this one out.
#2 Roz on 2008-04-22 15:24 (Reply)
Have you ever tried every day minerals??

I absolutely love it, and it has not made me itchy. also the price is very good!
#2.1 Maria Paula on 2009-06-25 13:19 (Reply)
this is my first ever mineral purchase. it took you 10 mins to work out how to open the container...i can't figure out how to use it!! my best effort was keep the lid on turn it upside down and shake. open screw out brush and brush on. but such a small amount came out onto the bristles in that way that i had to repeat this several times-which was quite tedious.
#3 nougat on 2008-05-08 10:54 (Reply)
am i doing it wrong?? the effect is as if i have powder on my face. also it makes lines more obvious. i have stopped using this product.
#3.1 nougat on 2009-04-17 11:17 (Reply)
hi guys i just tried out revlon's mineral foundation in light medium, and i have a few comments..
firstly the powder does not seem to come out properly through the sieve ie if u tilt it and tap a bit very small ty comes out on the other hand if the bottle is capped and u shake it than a lot more than is needed comes out..
2ndly my skin is oily and as most mineral foundations go i assumed this would cover up the oiliness for a longer period - unfortunately it doesnt, the effect of the foundation merely lasted for 3-4 hours certainly not 16 hours as the product claims! my T zone was oily quite soon :-(
thankfully this does not hav any smell to it cos i really hate it when cosmetics have perfume in them...
i think the application would have been better if the brush had been a bit wider,

i cant say i am completely happy with this product, but i suppose wit the aid of a good compact and a lil bit of natural blusher it looks alright.
i suggest that any one who intend to buy a mineral foundation like this one better try it out at the counter and decide after a few hours to see how well it goes on your skin
#4 gatha on 2009-04-14 08:39 (Reply)
I have been very happy using this product for almost a year now. TIP: Twist that lid ladies, not just the part that screws on the container but it twists and the brush comes down more so you can dip, tip (upside down a little and tap). My only complaint was that my lid broke the first time I used it and it would never close tightly again, which we all know is not good in a makeup bag.
#5 jomomma on 2009-09-10 22:29 (Reply)
Just bought this recently and I'm sook happy with this product! My skin is sensitive and gets really red and irritated and also have lots of scars on my cheeks. This product makes my skin look so much more smoother and alive. Covers redness and scars and feels great when I wear it. Bought it for 30 bucks and worth it!!
#6 Jaye on 2010-11-06 00:21 (Reply)
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