Revlon Colorstay Foundation Normal/Dry – Review, Swatches, Before & After

The last time I reviewed a Revlon product it was the Colorstay foundation for combination/oily skin.

revlon colorstay foundation normal dry ivory 110 review swatches before and after

It didn’t seem to hold up on my combination/oily skin, so when I saw that Revlon had a normal/dry skin formula, I wondered if I would have the same experience.

The packaging for the normal/dry formula is almost identical to the combination/oily foundation bottle.

revlon colorstay foundation normal dry ivory 110 review swatches before and after

Same packaging, same pump, just different text stating the skin type it was meant for.

revlon colorstay foundation normal dry ivory 110 review swatches before and after

I’m happy to announce that this formula strangely suited me much better than the combination/oily version.

revlon colorstay foundation normal dry ivory 110 review swatches before and after

Finished product:

revlon colorstay foundation normal dry ivory 110 review swatches before and after

From looking at the before & after photo it may look like this shade is way too light for me, but if I move to a slightly darker shade it ends up not matching my skin tone (it’s a situation I find myself in with a lot of foundations – one shade seems pale, but the next shade really doesn’t match me. I think I just have difficult-to-match undertones).

revlon colorstay foundation normal dry ivory 110 review swatches before and after

The formula was thin enough for the product to drip off the back of my hand, but that made it was easy to blend. I applied two full pumps with a damp Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge and achieved light to medium coverage (light from the first pump, then medium when I went in for a second layer). The formula held up much better on me than the combination/oily foundation. With some mid-day oil blotting I was able to keep the shine at bay and stop it from eating through the foundation. By the end of the day, the product was still in one piece, even on my forehead, which is an area where foundation tends to break down on me.

The only thing I didn’t like was how the product applied to my nose. I blended it with my sponge as I normally do, but I wasn’t able to avoid streakiness. Perhaps that particular area requires less product.

Just because of how the foundation applied on my nose, I might have to keep this formula for days where I need lighter coverage. I still find it so strange that the normal/dry version of the foundation worked much better on me than the combination/oily version, since my skin is definitely combination, leaning towards oily. *sigh* makeup is a mysterious thing…

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