If you've been following my blog or YouTube channel for even the smallest amount of time, you're probably well aware that I've been trudging through my Revlon Colorstay foundation since January and hating every minute of it. It's comparable to sitting in a waiting room with no one but the creep farting in the corner; you know they're there, you can smell the farts, and you know it's not going to get better until they leave (but even then the painful smells/memories will linger).
So I've gotten creative the last few weeks — my friend Torey suggested (besides throwing the d*** thing away, but I'm too stubborn) cutting my Colorstay with a tinted moisturizer to make it a bit more tolerable.
HALLELUJAH, this is like spraying the metaphorical air freshener in the waiting room; the spray may only cover the problem but at least it makes it tolerable.
I got the Neutrogena Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer wayyyyyyyyyyyy back when (aka last Summer) (please don't judge me; that was one of my first-ish posts) because I was looking for something light to wear to work (which, at the time, was washing dishes at weddings #glamlifestyle) rather than wasting my beloved Estee Lauder Double Wear Light foundation. However, once the Summer ended, this tinted moisturizer was a bit too orange for my complexion. So, tucked into my makeup
hoard stash it went and quickly forgotten it was.
(How dramatic was that??? Can I get a *DUNDUNDUUUUUUUN*)
The watery concoction in the first photo is my Revlon Colorstay foundation while the thicker gel beside it is my Neutrogena tinted moisturizer. I create about a 4:1 (5:1, 6:1... depends on the day and my ability to control how much Colorstay pours out of the pump-less bottle) ratio of the two, mix them together with my finger, then dollop it onto my face.
And here's the real kicker: I BLEND IT INTO MY SKIN WITH A BRUSH.
Yup. I've finally given in and resorted to using a brush (the e.l.f. Studio Powder Brush) to buff out my foundation. This is pretty astounding because I've always stood by the opinion of fingers being the best applicators around for a natural finish but that's just not the case with Revlon's Colorstay foundation; you need to use a brush in order to make this sink into the skin and not apply streaky and in patches.
This is just a side note, but I also need a small dollop of my Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer to cover dark spots/the occasional pimple. Revlon's Colorstay foundation is just too sheer to cover any substantial imperfections (even with the aid of the Neutrogena tinted moisturizer) so I just pat this onto anything extra that needs covering after I apply my foundation(s).
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And there you go!!
I am SO happy with the results of adding my Neutrogena Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer to my foundation routine; the finish is a bit dewy (but not overtly so) and the coverage is perfect for the Summer. Hopefully I shouldn't have to say this but the face photos above are 100% unedited so you can really see the amount of coverage these products provide once blended into the skin.
Keep in mind that I still have to use things like my hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, NARS Light Reflecting Setting Powder, and Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray to keep everything from melting off my face in the summer heat, but otherwise this routine has been a lifesaver.
In no way do I promote the purchase of Revlon's Colorstay foundation (your money is well spent elsewhere) but I just wanted to share that you can make things work for you. I no longer have to worry about dry patches forming on my face or fading after a mere 4 hours; my face makeup stays put until I take it off at the end of the day and that's about as amazing as Febreze not covering but eliminating orders.
HUZZAH for coming back full circle!
Do you use products up even if you hate them?
Do you buy into the Revlon Colorstay hype or loathe it as much as I do?
What are your favorite Summer foundations?
xoxo - Cassie
xoxo - Cassie