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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Product Review: Revlon ColorStay Active Light Makeup & Red Devil/Coral Polyp FOTD


So as you know, I've been going to the gym lately and of course when you are at the gym- you sweat like a pig. Since I go during my lunch, I often have some makeup on when I go to the gym which of course is all gone after the gym, but I usually put on a bit of makeup for work since we need to be somewhat "presentable" (usually foundation and eyeliner); so I was looking into sweat-proof and rub-proof foundations that I could wear to work AND the gym, and STILL look decent despite the fact I was sweating like crazy!

I read on a few sites that many women recommended Revlon's ColorStay Active Light Makeup because not only does it have SPF25, but gives you light, sweatproof coverage that is breathable and won't rub off after you exercise. What really sold me, was there were MANY reviews from women who have sensitive skin (which is me) that said they did not experience any breakouts or anything of that nature from using it. So I headed to Wal-Mart after work to nab one to truly test it out....

Product: 3 out of 5
Packaging: 4 out of 5
Quality: 3.5 out of 5
Overall: 3.5 out of 5
Color tested: "Buff"
Cost: $10-$12
Where to buy: Majority of drugstores have it
Would I re-purchase? Yes but in another color, buff was a tad bit too light in pictures and in person, so maybe the next shade down which was "Sand Beige" or "Nude", or perhaps by the darker shade and just mix them together...
Other tidbits: It is oil-free, non-pore clogging, non-irritating (according to the package), and unfortunately has parabens.

What they claim:
Tired of your makeup giving out before you do? Revlon has the solution – A light, sweatproof makeup that can keep up with you. ColorStay Active® Light Makeup provides smooth, natural, light coverage that lasts up to 16 hours. Patented SoftFlex® formula provides a lightweight, comfortable feel. Makeup is sweat proof, sun proof, and rub-off proof*, even during exercise. Designed for all skin types in 10 just-won't-quit shades. Oil-free. Non-pore-clogging. Non-irritating. SPF 25.

Active Ingredients:
Octinoxate (7. 5%), Titanium Dioxide 3. 8%, Zinc Oxide 2. 1%.
Inactive Ingredients:
Aqua (Water), Cyclomethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Butylene Glycol, Isotridecyl Isononanoate, Cetyl PEG/PPG 10/1 Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl 4 Isostearate, Dimethicone, HDI/Trimethol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Polyglyceryl 3 Diisostearate, Magnesium Sulfate, Nylon 12, Alumina, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Vitis Vinifera Seed Extract (Grape), Centaurea Cyanus Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Malva Sylvestris Extract (Mallow), Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract (Lily), Lactobacillus/Eridictyon Californicum Ferment Extract, Cymbidium Grandiflorum Flower Extract, Serica (Silk), Trisiloxane, Lauric Acid, Trihydroxystearin, Tribehenin, Polydimethylsiloxane/Polymethysilesquioxane Copolymer, Methicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Aluminum Hydroxide, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Methoxy Amodimethicone/Silsequioxane Copolymer, Silica, Polysorbate 20, Polysorbate 80, Ethylene Brassylate, Diazolidinyl Urea, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica (CI 77019), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499).

Today was the first day I have worn it, but so far so good, of course if there happens to be a turn for the worse I will let y'all know, but I can usually "feel" ahead of time if something will work for me or not, and so far this seems to be pretty cool.

So my initial observation with it, was that it's sheer yet gives just the perfect amount of coverage without being heavy. Upon application, I noticed it's not as "runny" as many liquid foundations, but it's not as thick either, so it's sorta thick in the sense that it stays on your face, but not thick to where it looks or even feels cakey. I applied it with my Beauty Blender Sponge for a nice even look and then used a little bit of the finishing powder to set that sis Shen gave me for Christmas from Ellana Minerals. So the first pic is BEFORE the gym, freshly applied (as you can see "Buff" was way too light for me in pictures, but in person it was an okay match to where you can barely tell it was light), and the picture below is after the gym. I also used the "Coral Polyp" lipstick from the Dame Edna Collection and "Red Devil" lipglass from the Brunette, Blonde, and Redhead Collection.

- Didn't cause me to be itchy or break out which is usually the case within 10 minutes a product is on my face that my skin is sensitive to
- Has SPF 25
- No weird funky smell like Revlon's older liquid foundations that had a weird smell
- Affordable (especially in this crazy economy!) & Easy to find
- Stayed on pretty well for the majority of the day until I went to the gym
- Had some rub-off protection (I wiped my sweaty face with my towel and didn't notice any transfer of color on my towel)
- Small enough to stash in your purse or makeup bag

- After the gym, it didn't look even remotely in tact or as good as it did BEFORE I went to the gym, probably less than half of it was still on my if it just evaporated!

You would like this if:
You are just looking for something affordable that will stay on for most of the day, or if you do light workouts and don't sweat a lot and just need something to hold you over.

It wasn't a bad product for me, since almost all drugstore foundations set my face into an aggravated frenzy! So I was happy in the sense that my skin was liking this baby and on top of that, it gave amazing coverage, didn't have a funky smell, and of course it has SPF 25! That's why I would definitely be open to buying it again, but just in a different shade so it matches better.

What I used:

- MAC StudioFinish Concealer in NC30
- Revlon ColorStay Active Light Makeup in "Buff"
- Finishing Powder Ellana Minerals in "Espresso Con Panna"

- MAC Fafi Blush in "Hipness"
- MAC Blush in "Nuance"

- NYX single eyeshadow in "Golden Orange" (applied on the lower half of the lid with a sponge tip applicator)
- MAC e/s in "Patina" and Milani "Java Bean" e/s (on outer-V and contour, applied with MAC #226 brush)
- MAC Fluidline in "Blacktrack"
- Maybelline Lash Discovery Mascara in Black

- MAC "Coral Polyp" l/s from the Dame Edna Collection
- MAC "Red Devil" l/g from Brunette, Blonde, and Redhead Collection

Looking tore up from the floor up! But damn it feels good to work out and sweat it out!


loveva said...

oooo, thanks NESSA! i might just have to try this out as well! i LITERALLY JUST purchased the REVLON LIQUID FOUNDATION. so i might just get this as well for more active days (: like shopping days. lol.

A. Rose said...

I was just looking into this yesterday! Revlon makes pretty good foundations for a drugstore brand. I might just give this a try since I'll be joining a gym soon. Thanks for sharing! :)

Askmewhats said...

I am starting to read raves about this! :) Thanks for the review, it does have nice coverage but you're right, it's a bit light on you :) Thanks girl happy weekend!

Nica said...

Hi Vanessa. I'll try this, too. Even I don't use Revlon as my daily make up, but this foundation may help a lot. Thank you!

Leslie Yang said...

i tried it and i swear it clogged my pores! i really liked the coverage BUT it just gave me a large amount of whiteheads! ugh!

Banapple said...

I need to start working out! how long do you get for your lunch? lol I can never find time ~ ahhh.
I might buy this foundation, I think it'll be great for summer.

Girl with Curl said...

Good job with your dedication to working out. I always wish I could make myself get up early in the morning to go but, I never can so I just end up going after work.

Phyrra said...

I LOVE those lippies on you! Gorgeous!

Please let us know how this does with your skin, as I'm always curious since I have sensitive skin.

dollymix said...

hey nessa!

curious about how you work out during the workday. do you shower at the gym? i've always wanted to do this but it seems like such a pain in the ass because i'll have to shower and redo my makeup and hair PLUS work out in less than an hr!

Jess said...

Could it be the titanium dioxide in the foundation making you look so pale in pictures? I heard that there's something about the way it reflects light that can make it do that.

Sher said...

Red devil is my favourite gloss right now :) Definitely a keeper!

Nikita2471 said...

If you're going to repurchase, go to your nearest Big Lots! I bought my second tube of the Revlon Colorstay Active for $2!! The packaging is exactly the same as the ones at Walmart/Target!

ruby14 said...

the revlon products can be also found at Big Lots for $3.50 just a heads up with your readers working out is great doesn't it im doing it slowly and consistent i love the lipstick i just cant do red weird on me lol

*DEEBZ-// said...

hey babe, you use make up to gym? just curious. :)

Anonymous said...

To me wearing make up while working out is a big no no.

MakeupByRenRen said...

i've been working out during lunch too :) but i'm a slacker and don't wear makeup to start with lol

Vanessa said...

Hi Dollymix! I usually go during my lunch because that's the only time I really can go, I try to go after work but usually I am just dying to go home! I just take a shower once I get home and a tinted moisturizer is what I wear at work, so not full on makeup.

Jess- Yeah I think it definitely causes a white cast in photos!

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Vanessa for this great tip. I workout 5 times a week and always wear makeup on...but I just can't find this in UK! And at is out of stock :(


clark said...

Well I'm also a beauty addict just recently but hey there are just times that we need to pamper ourselves girls.I like the make ups but sadly I'm using other brand but I like your make ups too..

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나니 said...

I wear this foundation on a daily in 04 Nude and I LOVE it! : D

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