Monday, May 11, 2009

Review - Revlon Colorstay Mineral Mousse Foundation

There's nothing more thrilling than trying out a new foundation...

...and having it work out for you!

Case in point: Revlon Colorstay Mineral Mousse Foundation. Can I say WOW? For me, this is fast becoming one of the best foundations I've used in a while. Of course, I say that all the time, but I really really really mean it this time. Wink ;)

Side-note: that marked up pink thing in the back?
That would be my very own pink train case...
and now you get an idea of where I got that crazy name for my blog!

The shade I use is the lightest shade available, Fair/Light. It is available in quite a few shades (6? 7? Anyone care to verify that?)

Don't let the swatch fool you. It's quite light. Blame it on my lack of finding good lighting.

The texture, as the name says, the formulation is light and definitely mousse-ey. In the spectrum of the Colorstay family: The Original Colorstay, Colorstay Active, and Mineral Mousse, this is the lightest in terms of feel and coverage.

I don't use the Original Colorstay very often (just for Halloween, really), but in comparison to Colorstay Active (which I use more), I couldn't say which one I like better. I love Active because it's so easy to slap on when I'm in a hurry. But I love the finish Mineral Mousse leaves.

Left: Mineral Mousse (Fair/Light)
Colorstay Active (Buff)

Again, don't let the swatch fool you. There is a slight difference in the coloring, Buff is a bit pinker, but for some reason never shows up pink on my skin.

The one thing I love about this foundation is that it leaves a true matte finish. My other favorite matte-finish foundation, Vincent Longo Liquid Canvas Healthy Fluid (I know, quite a mouthful of a name), works quite well but can still manage to look a little dewy. I also found that this stuff settles very quickly. I found that out the hard way when I noticed one day that I had a small patch of not-very-well-blended foundation (hey, we've all had our days, right?) on my chin. I tried to blend it out with some powder- but I found that the smudge did not move. At all. When this stuff settles. It settles. So, it's best to work in small batches and small areas at a time on the face.

And while this is, of course, a matte-finish foundation, it could (and will) accentuate dry skin. For the most part, my skin is very oily- but I have a couple of dry patches (that small area of skin between my eyes, upper lip, chin). One day I forgot (eeep! I know!) to moisturize and those dry areas of skin were flake-city. Take note on that, please.

Here's a picture of me wearing it. Freshly applied. Note, this is after powder/blush/the whole 9 yards. I still needed to use my concealer (Make Up Forever Full Cover) to conceal those problem bits, but I still like that my skin shows through and it truly feels like I'm not wearing any foundation.

This was taken on a Saturday morning. I look loopy.

-Feels light on the skin.
-Natural, Matte Finish.
-Evens skin tone.
-Good color match (for me, anyways).
-Available at Drugstores.
-Ideal for oily skin.

-Price (It can vary between $12-14, depending where you go. I know it sounds heck of steep for a drugstore foundation, but I picked this up during a BOGO and grabbed a Colorstay pressed powder while I was at it- so look out for those sales for maximum savings!!!)
-Could be difficult to find a color match.
-DEFINITELY NOT FOR DRY SKIN!!! It's so important I needed to blold/cap that.
-Not for those that need heavy coverage.

This is a great summer-time foundation, if you don't want to abandon liquid foundation all together. The weather is definitely warming up here in Central California and so far it's standing up to the heat. We'll see how long this honeymoon lasts...


ndoodles said...

Haha, yes, this is def. NOT for dry skin.... I have dry skin and it doesn't work, sadly. I do love the finish it gives and I like that it feels light even though it covers well. Oh well... never know. It might get better.

CHOMSIRI said...

actually i have not seen this foundation! i shall go look for it! thanks for the review!

Recessionista! said...

Ooooh, I've been waiting for your review and you did not disappoint! :) I just checked the pic of the Revlon display on my blog and there are 7 shades:

Light Medium/Medium

Boy, they sure were creative w/ the names, eh? lol. Anyway, THANK YOU for this review. I think this might be my HG foundation because I've got oily skin and I don't require heavy coverage. I cannot WAIT to purchase :)

Recessionista! said...

PS: And thank you for taking the guesswork out of which shade I should buy (I wear "Buff" in the other formula). You rock!

Beda said...

Excellent review! Very helpful, thanks.

Vanessa M. said...

I have never even heard about this! i have oily skin! so eciting to hear of new (good) foundations!

Anonymous said...

Hmm, I'm actually looking for a liquid foundation right now. I've heard that the Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse is pretty good. But I haven't heard of this. Should I try it? I have oily skin too, as well as dry patches here and there (most specifically my chin and forehead). I do use a moisturizer and base though. Have you tried The Dream Liquid Mousse? What do you recommend? Thanks for the review.

Anonymous said...

actually there are eight shades. there is one shade that is lighter than the one you bought. it is 010 Fair.