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Revlon ColorStay Foundation and Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation Comparison Review

Battle of the Drugstore Foundations: Revlon's ColorStay Vs. Max Factor's Lasting Performance

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 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
pamelabacan pamelabacan 5 years
Revlon Colorstay worked great on my skin. my pores never get clogged .
blondey blondey 8 years
Thanks Bella! I only used to use Laura Mercier, but with the economy lately, I have been considering trying a drugstore brand, and now I know what to try!
Saidhbhin-xX Saidhbhin-xX 8 years
I always thought of trying Revlon Colorstay, for my oily blemished skin. Now your comprasion and review has me convinced, it's going to be my next buy! =]
sldc sldc 8 years
I only do tinted moisturizer and maybe a little concealer.
Indigo4320 Indigo4320 8 years
Definitely Revlon. I have used it for years as my foundation.
halle44 halle44 8 years
I m a big revlon fan!!!
Beauty Beauty 8 years
Hey Emososays17, For Revlon I used Ivory, the lightest one — but I probably should have gone with the next shade up (Buff) since it was a little ashy. For Max Factor, I used #4, Fair Ivory. I should have gone a shade down to #3 though, but they were all sold out! Go figure. Let me know how it goes for you!
ModernGraceKelly ModernGraceKelly 8 years
I'm back onto colorstay since they changed the formula. The original seriously would not budge just to wash it off, but it was drying for me. I now use the medium beige for dry/normal skin and it's amazing coverage.
fifthdaughter fifthdaughter 8 years
Exactly what I was thinking lonelyheart.
L0neLyHeArT L0neLyHeArT 8 years
I've been trying to look for a foundation that won't melt off during the day. Thanks for putting out the pros and cons of each product.
jopperma jopperma 8 years
I love the Revlon Color Stay personally. Also, I don't find it to be more expensive than the Max Factor kind because both Walgreens and CVS run buy one get one free on Revlon products all the time and Revlon also puts out a lot of coupons for $1-2 off any product. They also sometimes come packaged as two bottles for a lower price per bottle at Walmart and Target.
emalove emalove 8 years
I have dry skin, so I stick to tinted moisturizer...not a fan of mineral foundation OR these liquid ones.
emososays17 emososays17 8 years
Bella, you have a very similar skin tone to mine, could you tell me which shades you used for both?
writerjenna writerjenna 8 years
Thanks so much for doing this, Bella!!
LoveSarah LoveSarah 8 years
I use revlon color stay also!
thelorax thelorax 8 years
I'm a Bare Escentuals convert too! There's nothing else like it...I tried the newer drugstore versions of the mineral foundations and they just don't compare.
melizzle melizzle 8 years
BE all the way... I'll never go back to drugstore foundation!
nance8979 nance8979 8 years
Thanks, Bella! I have been looking for a cheaper foundation recently.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I'm a BE girl too Lovely!!
krae85 krae85 8 years
I use revlon, yea!
Angela123 Angela123 8 years
i SWEAR by Revlon ColorStay...It's amazing. I like to mix the Dry Skin and Normal Skin formulas (weird, i know but it's beyond perfect for my skin. i have an obsession)
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Since I have tried the Bare Minerals...I will never go back! That stuff is amazing!!!! :love:
aka-Daria aka-Daria 8 years
i use revlon, best foundation ever for me.
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