Revlon ColorStay Collection Review

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The first time I bought a Revlon ColorStay product was by chance. I stopped at the pharmacy on my way to a weekend vacation and hurriedly chose one of the first long-lasting lipsticks that caught my eye. This was three years ago. I’ve been hooked on Revlon’s ColorStay lipstick line ever since. And did I mention that I’ve since added more Revlon ColorStay products to my collection? Like the whipped cream foundation and the Revlon concealer…

Going by the mantra “to live boldly”, Revlon is all about empowering women. It sells makeup that inspires confidence in women around the world. The company has recently been advertising its products through celebrities like Ashley Graham, Gal Gadot, Imaan Hamman, Adwoah Aboah and Raquel Zimmermann. Founded in 1932, Revlon has become one of the leading trailblazers in makeup trends.

Revlon ColorStay Collection Overview

Revlon launched its ColorStay collection in the 1990’s, advertising through brand ambassador Halle Berry. Today, actress Gal Gadot is Revlon’s face for its ColorStay collection. It’s not for nothing that Revlon chose Wonder Woman to promote its makeup; Revlon endeavors to empower women to “live boldly”.

I am a fan of Revlon’s ColorStay collection. No, this is not a marketing campaign (Revlon is not paying me for this), but just an honest review. I’ve tried several long-lasting makeup products, and Revlon outlasted them all. So, Revlon it is. Here’s our Revlon ColorStay Collection Overview

Revlon ColorStay Foundation Review

Revlon colorstay foundation.

Revlon colorstay foundation.

The Revlon ColorStay foundation is advertised as lasting for 24 hours, which is pretty awesome if you’re out for some real longwear makeup products. There are two types of foundations. One foundation is for combination/oily skin and is available in 22 different shades. The other is for normal/dry skin and comes in 13 different shades. If you don’t find the color that’s just right for your skin tone, you can always mix colors to find the perfect match.

Revlon ColorStay Lipstick Review

Revlon colorstay overtime.

Revlon colorstay overtime.

The Revlon ColorStay lipstick is my favorite ColorStay product. Lipstick is one of those things that just doesn’t last very long. All you need is to drink a cup of water, and the better part of the lipstick that you applied less than an hour ago is off of your lips and on the rim of the cup. I remember carrying a tube of lipstick everywhere and reapplying it approximately ten times throughout the day. That is, before I discovered Revlon’s ColorStay lipstick.

I highly recommend the ColorStay overtime. The liquid lipstick comes in a double-sided tube with a lipstick on one side and a clear gloss on the other. First you apply the lipstick, and once it’s dry (you shouldn’t have to wait more than a couple of minutes), you apply the gloss as a topcoat to deliver a smooth finish. The gloss serves as a sealant, preventing the lipstick from peeling.

I actually once experimented keeping on the lipstick (and not removing it every night with makeup remover wipes like I usually do) to see how long it’d last. The lipstick lasted for three days, I kid you not! It’s the longest-lasting lipstick I’ve ever owned. I haven’t found a longer-lasting lipstick than the Revlon ColorStay overtime.

What I like most about the lipstick is that it doesn’t become patchy like other long-lasting lipsticks. I’ve worn lipsticks that would come off unevenly after several hours of wear, leaving me with dark patches scattered across my lips. Needless to say, it wasn’t a good look. Revlon’s ColorStay overtime fades evenly, which is great.

The lipstick is available in 24 different shades; there is the perfect shade for every occasion. You can find a deeper shade suitable for nightwear or a lighter tone for everyday wear. I prefer the natural tones. But if you are a glitzier girl, you can go for a brighter color.

Revlon ColorStay Whipped Review

Revlon colorstay whipped foundation.

Revlon colorstay whipped foundation.

Fin-uh-ley. It’s been a long journey of trial and error, but I’m pleased to say that I finally found the perfect foundation. The Revlon whipped foundation is the perfect consistency, just what I was searching for. Not too thick, so that it doesn’t look cakey, but not too runny either, so that it provides you with sufficient coverage.

The only downside is that it comes in a limited choice of colors. The ColorStay whipped crème is available in four different shades. The good news is that you can mix colors if you can’t find the perfect match for you. This foundation is good for a night out, but you may want a lighter foundation for everyday use.

Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner Review

Revlon colorstay eyeliner.

Revlon colorstay eyeliner.

If you asked me to name the one makeup product that must be long-lasting, I’d have to say it’s eyeliner. Eyeliners need to be long-lasting and waterproof, or at least somewhat waterproof. (From my experience with eyeliners, nothing is really 100% waterproof. If you’ve found a completely waterproof eyeliner I’d love to hear about it!) I’ve been through some really bad eyeliners. You know, the ones that melt in the heat or run down your face in the rain.

Oftentimes, a power walk in the heat or jog in a light drizzle could mean me coming back home looking like I got punched in the eye. (“In a fight?” I’d get asked. Luckily, I couldn’t see myself. Well, not until I reached a mirror.)

The Revlon ColorStay eyeliner is available in eight different shades. The waterproof formula glides smoothly and effortlessly. The only catch is that it does break easily. But if you’re looking for a long-lasting liner, the Revlon ColorStay should stay on for hours.

Revlon ColorStay Crème Eyeshadow Review

Revlon colorstay crème eyeshadow.

Revlon colorstay crème eyeshadow.

I was excited to discover Revlon’s crème eyeshadow. Eyeshadows are one of those things could get annoying. All the shadows I own are powdered, and they can get messy. It’s more than a little frustrating when you’ve carefully applied your concealer, foundation, bronzer and blush and then when you apply your shadow, your face gets sprinkled with a layer of pigmented powder that has nothing to do with your foundation. I’ve taken to applying powdered shadow first and then makeup on the rest of my face, but this could make it hard to blend in the shadow afterward.

With the Revlon crème eyeshadow, you have none of that. The cream-like textured shadow delivers a smooth eyelid coverage without crumbling and making a mess. Revlon’s crème eyeshadow wears up to 24 hours and comes in 18 different shades, six new highly pigmented shades included among them. It also has a built-in brush to make application easy.

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Nail Polish Review

Revlon colorstay gel envy nail polish.

Revlon colorstay gel envy nail polish.

The Revlon ColorStay gel envy nail polish is available in 38 different shades. From pastel tones to more pigmented colors, there is a color for everyone. I love the blue tones in the collection; they’re great for summer. The nail polish is like any gel you apply at a nail salon. You get a stunning gel with a topcoat, minus the service cost. And the good thing about it is that you can remove it yourself.

Nail polish was actually the first product Revlon sold. In 1932, brothers Charles and Joseph Revson were inspired by the Hollywood actresses of their day to create a red nail polish to match their scarlet lips.  Together with chemist Charles Lachman, they developed a unique manufacturing process using pigments instead of dye to create nail enamel. They started selling the polishes in department stores and pharmacies in 1937.

Revlon ColorStay Concealer Review

Revlon colorstay concealer.

Revlon colorstay concealer.

Revlon’s ColorStay concealer is available in four different nude shades to match your skin tone. The concealer blends smoothly, and you can apply it over or under foundation. I have seen reviews complaining that the coverage is too light to cover spots. However, if you’re looking for a light coverage to seamlessly blend in with the rest of your makeup, the Revlon ColorStay would be the way to go.


Makeup can be confusing. There are so many makeup brands around, and more are opening every year. How do we know which brand to go for?

I don’t believe that there’s one brand that tops the rest. It’s really a matter of preference. Revlon does have the advantage of being tried and true. It’s not the cheapest makeup brand, but it’s not the most expensive either. Revlon offers quality products at affordable prices.

I use several different brands of makeup, but I always have at least one Revlon product on hand – especially the ColorStay lipsticks, which are amazing (they actually do last). Revlon has yet to let me down.


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