REVIEW: Foundation/Concealer Update

21 Jan

Time for another review!

I’ve been recently buying a couple of new complexion related products – foundations, BB creams and concealers. There’s a couple that have struck me with either strong positive or negative thoughts. So please see below for an update on what I’ve found!

Revlon Colorstay: Fresh Beige

Revlon Colorstay: Fresh Beige

After hearing plenty of good reviews and raves about the Revlon Colorstay foundation, I decided to pick up a bottle at my local Target whilst it was on sale.

Though I bought the wrong colour – Fresh Beige is too light for my current tanned complexion, after using it for a long day it definitely did what it was made for! After a 19 hours, my foundation was still sitting strong on my face. I had blotted my face a couple of times and still there was no disturbance to the look and consistency of the formula. And considering it was a record breaking 45 degree heat in Sydney (that’s 113 Fahrenheit!), it didn’t budge at all!

The only problem I found was the lack of oil control. I have very oily skin especially around the T-Zone, and this foundation didn’t help to reduce that at all. I’ve yet to find a foundation that does control oil any better than my current products, so please do drop a suggestion if you know of one.
But nevertheless, Revlon Colorstay did exceed expectations with it’s staying power!

Another thing I noticed was the consistency. It’s quite a fluid liquid foundation rather than having a thicker formula, which was great to apply to the face. I find that when using a thicker formula with a stippling brush, the time it takes to blend in the foundation and make it flawless increases dramatically to the point of annoyance!

Revlon Colorstay was definitely fluid enough to make the application process very easy.

This foundation beats the current one I have been hanging onto – The Body Shop, Oil Free foundation.

The Body Shop: Oil Free Balancing Foundation in #2.

The Body Shop: Oil Free Balancing Foundation in #2.

Apologies for the messiness of the bottle in the image. This tube has been with me for awhile.

This foundation not only comes in a very thick formula, it settles into the lines of your skin throughout the day and does NOT help with oil control at all. Coverage isn’t bad and I would describe it as medium to full – same as the Revlon Colorstay foundation above. But it’s definitely a far cry from the results received from Revlon, considering the dear price.

I would not recommend this foundation at all unless you’d like to go for something that doesn’t work too well… but then you’ll be able to find plenty of those with a much lighter price tag.

Maybelline New York: Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer

Maybelline New York: Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer

Another complexion product I’ve recently picked up is the Maybelline New York: Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer. WOW. That was a mouthful.

I’ve heard SO MUCH about this concealer from Youtubers and through the great vine, so I had to try it when there was a sale at Priceline.

With sky high expectations, I sponged this product all along my dark eye circles hoping to find a miracle in a bottle. But what I experienced was an enhancement of my flaws!
My fine lines were much more obvious and my circles weren’t lighter at all. In fact the product made my lower eye area very cakey, causing more attention to be drawn than before!

I’m not sure why so many people love it – if there’s a specific way to use the product please let me know. It might be a case of a confused consumer. But by using it the only way I can figure out how, I don’t find good results at all.

It’s actually made it onto my “never ever ever getting back together” list – and I’m sure Taylor Swift will agree with me on this one!

I don’t know – try it if you guys want. It’s not very expensive so you won’t be losing out on much. But I definitely didn’t have a good experience with it. So I suggest giving this a go last if you can’t find anything else you’d like to test first.

Well that’s it for my complexion products update. I have purchased a few other things that fall into this category, but none of them have been notable enough to spend time writing a review on. Either that or I haven’t gotten around to trying it yet.

I will post any updates if any of the above opinions change.

And if you have any suggestions on oil controlling foundations or any comments about the products and reviews above, please drop in a line below and let me know you thoughts!

For now though…



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