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,
|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||Revlon|
|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.||Revlon|
|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||Revlon|
|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|