Review: Revlon ColorStay Light Cover Foundation

Does the lightweight foundation really last for 12 hours? I put it to the test to find out.

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Beauty giant Revlon has launched a brand-spankin' new ColorStay Light Cover Foundation, so I just had to give it a whirl. Usually, the trade-off for a light foundation is that there's barely any left on your face by the end of the day. However, the Revlon ColorStay Light Cover Foundation promises long wear superpowers. We'll see about that.

I am used to wearing the heavy-duty Estée Lauder's Double Wear foundation which could probably withstand most natural disasters. So I was very curious to see how the Revlon ColorStay stood up to the challenge.

A little about the foundation

The Revlon ColorStay Light Cover Foundation combines a texture that's very fluid with a long-wear that's supposed to last up to 12 hours. Holy moly. From Ivory to Java, the foundation comes in eight adaptable shades which can change to match most skin tones. It's also packed with SPF 30, which is pretty bloody impressive for a foundation. It's also very good news to this gal and her sensitive Irish complexion.

The ColorStay formula is infused with concentrated pomegranate, which gives your skin a nice lil' glow and boosts hydration levels by a solid 56%. The foundation is free from parabens, phthalates, fragrances and mineral oil, which is perf for those with sensitive skin.

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The review

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Right after applying the foundation

I went for the "Natural Tan" shade, which is a little ironic as I picked a colour slightly warmer to work with my tan courtesy of Bondi Sands. It does adapt to your skin tone though, but I'd probably go for the Ivory to match my au naturale complexion next time.

As I applied it, my first thought was that that the ColorStay Light Cover foundation really is light as a feather and super smooth to apply. It was really easy to apply and blend with a sponge. You can build it up if you need a little extra coverage. That concentrated pomegranate was really doing it's thang too. My skin looked super hydrated and was boasting a nice little glow, so much so that I didn't even bother wearing any highlighter.

I usually prefer a heavier coverage, so I still popped on a little bit of concealer under my eyes and to cover a few naughty blemishes. I did make the controversial yet brave decision not to set it with a translucent powder to really see how it stands on its own. (Spoiler: I don't think I'd make that choice again).

I am naturally very fair and I was pleased to find that my skin was protected throughout the day without having to wear another SPF underneath.

Now for the real question. Did it last the full 12 hours? Well, almost. After a long day of working, braving the elements on a humid Sydney day and taking a face mask on and off, the foundation had started to wear off around the eight-hour mark. This is the experience I have with most (and often much more expensive) lightweight foundations, so I'm hardly surprised.

It also created a little crease mark on my eyelids, so that's something to keep in mind if you're planning to wear it with eyeshadow.

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Around 8 hours later

Pros and cons


  • SPF 30. This foundation contains strong SPF protection, which is impressive compared to other pharmacy brand foundations.
  • Price tag. The foundation is $29.95, which is pretty competitive for a foundation of this quality.
  • Lightweight. The foundation feels very lightweight and is superfluid.


  • Shades. Although the eight shades adapt to different complexions, it would be great to see Revlon expand the range even further.
  • Longwear. It began to rub off in some areas by the eight-hour mark.
  • Coverage. I don't know if I'd actually consider this a con because it is described as lightweight, but you still need to pair it with a concealer and setting powder to get the job done.


It has been a while since I wore a pharmacy brand foundation and I have to say, I am v impressed. I have spent more than double the price tag on similar products and achieved very similar results. The foundation is super light, easy to apply and comfortable to wear all day long.

When it comes to the 12-hour promise, it was close but no cigar. So if you find that your makeup tends to rub off around your mouth, nose and jaw like me, you may want to pack some concealer with you to do a cheeky little touch-up at the end of the day.

Not that it hurts me any less, but I should say that I do have this experience with literally every lightweight foundation. I'm not saying lightweight foundations have a vendetta against me but I'm also not NOT saying that either. So with that, my search for a durable lightweight foundation continues.

Where can you buy it?

You can pick up the Revlon ColorStay Light Cover Foundation for $29.95 from Chemist Warehouse.

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