Here’s another product I used a ton all throughout the summer. I found it really difficult to take good photos of my skin while on the road, staying in hotel rooms with weird lighting, but these days it’s easier so it’s a good time to take a moment for a review of this foundation. Revlon ColorStay Whipped Crème is a mousse-textured foundation formulated to give all day, flexible wear without flaking, caking, or feeling heavy.
It comes in an enormous and heavy glass jar, which is nice if you’re going to display it on a counter, but is less convenient for traveling. I’ve been carrying mine in a little plastic travel jar that came in a travel set from Bed Bath & Beyond.
The size difference between the glass jar and the plastic travel pot is crazy, and shows just how much space is wasted by the jar. I threw out the jar months ago, so I’m sorry I don’t have a straight side-by-side shot of the two. Thankfully, because the foundation has a really thick consistency, I have never had an issue with leaking or mess.
The foundation has the appearance of almost a melted milkshake, but is actually much thicker than that, and it won’t pour out if you tip it upside down. That makes it pretty convenient for those that are particularly spill-prone.
One thing I learned pretty quickly when I first bought it was that it did not look good if I used too much of it – it’ll wear poorly and get really heavy looking. I think this is pretty true of mousse foundations in general. If you find they look unflattering, try wearing less of them. Now I just use a small amount of it, just a few dots over my face blended over with a brush, usually my Real Techniques Buffing Brush these days. While the foundation is technically capable of pretty high coverage, I really think it looks better with less product applied so I end up with what I’d describe as the lighter end of ‘medium’ coverage.
Although it’s really thick, it spreads over skin really nicely. For a long time I only used a brush figuring that it was too thick for fingers to work effectively, but I was wrong. This is another reason why it ended up being a great travel foundation, it spreads well even with just using my hands. I don’t have issues with creasing, either.
I think it gives a very natural-looking demi-matte finish that never looks flat. When used in moderate portions, it doesn’t look heavy on the skin and wears well throughout the day. It doesn’t exacerbate oil or shine, but I also wouldn’t say it’s an oil-controlling miracle. I think that to some degree the original Revlon ColorStay liquid foundation for oily/combination skin provides better oil control, but ColorStay Whipped also works well on my combination skin. I typically just blot the center of my face once throughout the day. I haven’t been wearing primer all summer, so I haven’t had any other products helping out the wear of the foundation other than some setting powder.
Here, I’m wearing the foundation along with a little bit of L’Oreal CC eye concealer under my eyes and Sonia Kashuk All Covered Up concealer on my face, DreamWorld Hermetica Whipped Peach setting powder (review), Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer, Clarins Graphic Expression face and blush powder (review), L’Oreal brow pencil (review), Maybelline Volum’Express The Colossal mascara, and some plain lip balm.
I have a little issue with Revlon’s shade range for both the ColorStay liquid and mousse foundations, which is that there seems to be a pretty big gap among their light shades. Nude is a great shade match for me when I’m tanned, but becomes a bit dark the moment my self tanner starts to fade. Porcelain looks like the next step up in the same neutral-ish color, but from the jar it looks too light. I could be wrong, maybe I’ll try it out this winter and see how it looks, but to me it looks like the gap between the shades is too big. Basically, I’ve only been using their foundations in the summertime because of this.
There’s no SPF in this foundation, which means it’s great for photos and that kind of thing. It’s one of the reasons I was fine with this being the only foundation I had on hand for a long stretch of travel, because I can totally control the level of SPF with whatever lotion I put on underneath. I usually am wearing something like the Andalou Naturals CC moisturizer with SPF 30 (review) underneath, but for events I’ll wear a SPF-free moisturizer to prevent any reflections from flash photography.
At a full price of around $14, this is a fairly expensive drugstore foundation, but still not bad in the grand scheme of things. I can generally hold off from purchasing things like this until Revlon face products go on sale for 40% off at my nearby Bartell Drugs, a Northwest chain. That brings it to under $9. Besides drugstores, you can also find the ColorStay Whipped Crème foundation at drugstore.com and Ulta.
Have you tried this foundation? Do you like it?