Review: Revlon ColorStay Translucent Finishing Powder

Revlon Colostay Powder

I hate having to deal with my oily skin throughout the day. But I know that I can never leave the house without my oil-blotting sheets and a pressed powder. I’ve been using Rimmel Stay Matte powder for years, and while I do love it, I tend to drop it or destroy it somehow before ever finishing it. The Stay Matte packaging is pretty terrible, so I decided to pick this up instead.

Revlon ColorStay Finishing Powder – “Exclusive ColorStay jet-milled formula for ultra-fine, silkier texture helps to minimize shine and creates a fresh, flawless finish that wears for up to 16 hours over makeup. SoftFlex technology provides a lightweight, comfortable feel all day. Never looks dry or cakey. Smooth over makeup, concealer, or bare skin. Ideal to use with ColorStay Makeup. Oil-free. Non-pore-clogging. Non-irritating.”

The packaging of this powder is very sturdy. I dropped it twice and nothing happened to it, no breaks or shatters. It also includes a half mirror which is nice, but I wish the mirror was bigger, and a powder puff for application. I got this powder in the color “Translucent” and was a bit worried that it might leave a white cast to my face but this settles invisibly. I prefer setting my makeup with a colorless finishing powder rather than a powder that matches my skin tone because I feel like it is less likely to make my foundation look cakey.

Even though this powder left my face very matte, after applying the ColorStay pressed powder I noticed that my makeup looked very dry and cakey, especially around my chin and on my nose. I make sure to fully moisturize and let my foundation set for a good 10 to 15 minutes before applying powder so I know that it’s not my skin that is actually dry. This is the only translucent powder I’ve used that made me look very cakey and dry right after application. I also noticed that I got shiny after about 4 hours so this isn’t that great at controlling oil either. Instead of Revlon’s crappy finishing powder, I suggest picking up Rimmel’s Stay Matte pressed powder in Transparent for only half the price.



Mica, Bismuth Oxychloride, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Dimethicone, Nylon-12, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Polyethylene, Octyldodecyl Glycol, Grapeseedate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Isododecane, Trimethyl Siloxysilicate, Lecithin, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Cymbidium Grandiflorum Flower Extract, Serica (Silk) Soie), Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract, Lactobacillus/Eriodictyon Californicum Ferment Extract, Lauroyl Lysine, Synthetic Sapphire, Dimethiconol, Dimethicone/Silsesquioxane Copolymer, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, May Contain: [+/-: Mica, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163).


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Revlon ColorStay Translucent Finishing Powder


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Revlon ColorStay Translucent Finishing Powder


Revlon ColorStay Translucent Finishing Powder retails for $10 at Ulta.

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