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|
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.