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A decent foundation, but not my favorite.
on November 28, 2012
This is a decent drug store option, but it is not my favorite foundation. The high end foundation that it most reminds me of is Make Up Forever HD, which I rarely use because it has the same drawbacks for me as ColorStay.
Coverage and application: Medium to Full. Medium coverage works well, but building to full coverage can look cakey if you aren't careful with the application. It dries quickly as well so you have to blend quickly to avoid patches. To be fair, I have only tried the combination/oily skin type and perhaps the normal/dry skin type would work better. But the reason why I give this foundation 3 stars is because it is a little difficult and time consuming to apply. I'm fine spending time on my makeup for evenings and special occasions, but for day-to-day I want something medium coverage that can be applied in a few minutes while I may still be half asleep in the morning. For me color stay is not that foundation because several times I've gone to work only to discover under the fluorescent lights that I have patches and unevenness. ELDW dries quickly, yet it is still easy to blend.
SPF 6: I prefer my foundation without SPF so I don't have to worry about a white cast in photos. I think this still photographs well in good light, but low light it can still create a slight white cast.
Color Selection: There are a lot of shades for a drugstore foundation, but I do not love the shades. I suspect that most of the colors are more pink/orange as I've had more luck with the other brands that include more yellow shades. I've tried 300 - golden beige, 310 - warm golden, 320 - true beige, and 330 - natural tan. Golden Beige was a good tone, but too light. 310 is my closest match, but it's still off, possibly still too light. It applies a good shade, but seems to get lighter as I blend it. 330 appears to be a good match at first, but it wears/blends darker and becomes too dark for me. Based on this, I thought 320 would be perfect. However it was way, way too peach/orange. So 310 is my best match, and I'm still not thrilled with it.
For Color Reference, I wear MAC NC30, ELDW Tawny, and Maybelline Super Stay in Classic Beige
- Good coverage
- Keeps matte finish
- Decent color selection for drugstore, although they tend to blend deeper or lighter and oxidize.
- Many colors blend/wear lighter or darker and oxidize (see above)
- Dries quickly, hard to blend
- Sits on my skin rather than melting into it, which makes it look fake.
- Tends to wear off on my forehead and around my mouth much quicker than I'd like.
Despite the drawbacks, this is still a good foundation and one I could use. However I'm very happy with my Maybelline Super Stay. I may try the dry/normal skin formulation of this foundation to see if it resolves the patchiness and difficulty blending for me. I think I'll still prefer the Super Stay because the colors are truer and fit my skin better, but I will update if I have a change of heart.