Friday, January 7, 2011

Revlon Colorstay Aqua review

Have you ever bought a product that you completely and totally regret buying within hours of purchasing?

First off, here is what they claim:
  • Instant hydration with coconut water
  • Luminous look that lasts all day.
  • Shine-free formula made with water, not oil
  • SPF 13

  • On a recent trek to drug store land I spotted a new display of Revlon Colorstay Aqua. I instantly knew this was a drug store version of MAC Magically Cool Liquid Powder which I had wanted to try. I picked this up and then eagerly went home to try it.

    After I ran around showing everyone my magic little foundation that was wet and cool when applied but somehow looks and acts like a powder, I eagerly tried it out. And that is when disappointment set in.

    First I discovered that my normal mineral foundation brush just doesn't work with the consitency of this product, I'm sure caused by Aqua texture. No biggie really, it comes with it's own little brush built in to the top. But using the tiny brush that comes with it means it takes a bit longer than usual to apply. A dab of this stuff doesn't go very far, I found myself dipping into it several times before I could apply it to my entire face.

    And then there is the shimmer. Why oh why must everything now contain shimmer and not plainly state it on the packaging. Seriously, just smack a bright red warning label on it that says: I WILL TURN YOUR FACE INTO A DISCO BALL! I know that a little bit of shimmer can be diffusing but I'm sick of being glitter-bombed. If it was a PhotoReady product I would have expected it. I guess the word Luminous should set me off, but I don't remember seeing it on the advert in store.

    Now, I should mention that my skin is extremely dry. No matter how much moisturizer I put on and specialty products I use nothing seems to help. They advertise the Aqua foundation as being moisturizer with coconut water. Well, it is wet feeling when you apply it. After that though, this foundation feels sets and a little while later my face feels noticeably dry and tight. It almost feels like I'm wearing a mask- something I've never had happen with any foundation.

    And then the last straw- this noticeably makes my pores look larger, specifically next to my nose. Now, I don't know about you guys? But that isn't a thing I look for in a foundation.

    The one thing I will say is that the color was spot on.
    You can enlarge this for scary glitter-pores if you'd like.

    So yeah, I don't recommend this foundation.



    Gemx said...

    Aww, I was hoping this would be good. Your skin looks nice with it on, but very sparkly. It doesn't look at all sparkly in the pot. So weird how they manage that!

    Dainty Darling Digits said...

    It's very sneaky isn't it? I think there was one from Maybelline or Cover Girl as well but I usually like Revlon products so I got this one instead. I wonder if the other one is any good.

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