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September 12, 2011

Revlon Colorstay Combination/Oily vs MAC Studio Fix Fluid

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I use Revlon's "Colorstay" foundation for Combination/Oily skin almost every day now. It's definitely my go to face base when I'm not using my Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturiser. 

I own MAC's Studio Fix Fluid and I've found that the Revlon Colorstay is very comparable, possible better. I've been colour matched by make up artists working for both companies (150 Buff in Revlon and NC20 in MAC) and I'd definitely say that the Colorstay is a lot more suited to my skin tone. 

Although the Revlon "Colorstay" Combination/Oily range only have 9 colours, as opposed to MAC's 23, the colours seem to be a lot more natural and forgiving.
Left to right: MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC20 & Revlon Colorstay in 150 Buff
It's possible that MAC's Studio Fix Fluid has slightly (only slightly) better coverage but Revlon's Colorstay can easily be built up, especially in the areas that need it, so that's not really an issue.
MAC Studio Fix Fluid
Available from Myer and David Jones stores for $49.00AUD
  • Good coverage
  • Product has good blendability but may be difficult for people with dry skin
  • Applies well
  • Has great lasting power 
  • According to my research, this product often causes breakouts - Hasn't had that effect on me but beware.
  • 23 colours - Not all are natural looking though (eg. NC20 is very orange)
  • Not the best product for oily skin - I often have to reapply my powder throughout the day to prevent looking like a grease ball
Revlon Colorstay Combination/Oily
AUD $37.95 (Big W), AUD $24.95 (Gloss Accessories), AUD $19.95 (Glossi website)

  • Well pigmented shades 
  • Good coverage (90% as good as MAC's Studio Fix Fluid)
  • Easy to buff into skin for a natural finish
  • Dries to a matte finish (a positive for me)
  • Perfect for combination/oily skin - Only end up touching up once a day with my powder and, even then, it's not necessary
  • Only 9 shades may make it difficult for some people to colour match
  • Product dries on face very quickly so you need to work fast

Both products have a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15. 
The top of both bottles
Both products have very poor bottle design. Neither of them have a pump (although one can be purchased for the Studio Fix Fluid) which means the bottle must be tipped upside-down to get product. Revlon's product is a lot more runny, making the product easier to get out. 
Left to right: MAC Studio Fix Fluid & Revlon Colorstay
Both products contain 30mL, or 1 fluid ounce, of product. 

Which product would I recommend? If you have combination/oily skin, I'd definitely recommend Revlon's Colorstay! If you have normal/dry skin, MAC's Studio Fix Fluid might be better for you but I'd still suggest you check out Revlon's Colorstay range! Why not head into Myer or David Jones,  get samples of both and decide for yourself? 

Also, do you own MAC Studio Fix Fluid and want to check out Revlon? I found this conversion chart online which might help you find the the best colour for you - Click here. Remember, that is guide only. 

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  1. revlon colorstay actually has over 20 shades for the oily/combo range

    1. Hi, Anonymous. There's 20 colours in the US but, yeah, only 9 here in Australia. I just been on both websites to confirm check that.

  2. Thank you so much for that link that provides a color match. xoxo

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  4. I heard that MAC recently changed its cruelty-free policy. IF that's the case, I plan on buying nothing else from them. Also, the Studio Fix fluid leaves my skin more dewy than I'd like considering I have oily skin naturally.

  5. mmm, i have both and i prefer Revlon Colorstay. i.m 150 buff in Colorstay & NC15 in Studio Fix, that.s the right equivalent, not NC20, that's a poor match

  6. Ohh I've been wanting to try out a MAC foundation but I do love and adore my Revlon Colorstay...the only issue is that it has been reformulated recently so I'm not sure whether I'll love the new version as much :( at least I know the MAC one is similar now!

  7. Hi Sophie,
    Thanks for sharing the similarities of the products, nice review!
    ~Pauline @Kallony

  8. great review I love both them but for me I go for mac but if I don't have money I would go for the Revlon it better then others drug store foundation also L'Oreal good foundation
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  9. great review I love both them but for me I go for mac but if I don't have money I would go for the Revlon it better then others drug store foundation also L'Oreal good foundation
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