I never thought I had overly dry or overly oily skin, but when my tinted moisturizer kept leaving grease pits (and often a dreaded patch of acne) on my face by end of day, I knew I needed to reconsider.

With all of the prepping and priming I do to get my face ready for foundation, all I really wanted was a non-complicated, stay-put, inexpensive, go-to foundation. That's all. So, after a lot of Internet research (seriously, it became an obsession) and some visits to the Product Reviews page, I narrowed down my choices to the following two.

Let's call it the "battle of the drugstore foundations" between Revlon Colorstay for Combo/Oily Skin Makeup with SoftFlex SPF 6 ($11.69) and Max Factor Lasting Performance Stay Put Makeup ($7.99). To see my comparison chart and the winning choice,


Details Revlon Max Factor Winner
Consistency Lighter texture, more watery Creamier, more blendable
Max Factor
Coverage and Finish Medium to full with a non-heavy matte finish Medium to full with a semi-matte to matte finish
It's close, but Max Factor's finish was more natural
Price $11.69 $7.99
Prices will vary by location, but for the low cost and value, it's got to be Max Factor
SPF SPF 6 in most shades. Some mysteriously don't include the protection None
Longevity Claims a whopping 16 hours. Although I didn't count, there was little to no slippage. Claims 8 hours. Long lasting, but some appearance of oil by end of day.
Color Selection 20 shades 9 shades
It's a tie. Although the Max Factor shade looked a little richer on me and less ashy, Revlon has more choices.
Availability Easy to find Harder to find
Overall Will it be Revlon? Or will it be Max Factor?
It's a super close call on this one. And although Revlon is a little more expensive, it's longer wearing, easier to find, and comes in more shades. Winner: Revlon