I’ll say it now: this isn’t exactly a fair test.
Both Estée Lauder’s Double Wear and Revlon’s Colorstay Foundations have earned rave reviews on the beauty blog circuit, but unfortunately this blogger is biased. I kind of hate the high street option. And not just because it forces me to spell “colour” the American way. Blerughregv.
Naturally, I first picked up Revlon Colorstay with the hope that it would be a shining, wonderful Double Wear dupe that would save me around 20 quid every time I bought a new bottle of foundation.
But it wasn’t. The first day I wore it for work, I had the following discussion with a colleague, roughly 3 hours into the day:
Effie: I’m trying out a new foundation today, it’s called Colorstay.
Colleague: Oh yeah?
Effie: Yeah. Doesn’t stay.
With that conversation in mind, it’s fair to say that this contest won’t look too favourably on Revlon’s offering. Rest assured, though, that when I first tried it, I was objective – even hopeful. I’ve scored both Colorstay and Double Wear out of 10 for their various qualities below. I hope you enjoy reading it!
Shade Range: Not the best but good for a drugstore brand – Boots.com currently shows 13 options. I chose 110 Ivory. Bonus points for having two versions of the product for Combination / Oily Skin and Normal / Dry Skin. I chose the former, obvs. 8/10.
Packaging: Nice and compact, sleek glass bottle, but no pump. You have to bash it against your hand to get product out. 4/10.
Consistency: Nice. It doesn’t have the stickiness of Double Wear, and glides on well. It also feels more breathable. 8/10.
Coverage: It’s not quite Vichy Dermablend, but it does the job on my acne. 7/10 for initial application.
Lasting Power: Really quite poor, given that it’s supposed to last 24 hours. The colour sort of shrinks on your skin, sliding off the oily bits and collecting on more ‘normal’ parts of the face. You end up with patches of built-up product rather than a nice even spread, and in the case of my oily face this happens within 4 hours. Far from flawless, even with Laura Mercier primer. 2/10.
Price: £12.49 for 30ml.
Repurchase? Heyll no. Patchyfacetime is not an experience I want to repeat. 29/50.
Estée Lauder Double Wear:
Shade Range: 29 shades at last count. That’s pretty good, but there could be more options for darker skin tones. 9/10.
Packaging: Again, nice and compact, the frosted glass bottle is very chic. Unfortunately still no pump. Similar product extraction issues to the high street dupe. Extra half point given for the posh glass. 4.5/10.
Consistency: You have to apply this quickly as it can get sticky, and it’s one of the more mask-like foundations in my collection in terms of breathability. That said, it rarely cakes. 6/10.
Coverage: Excellent all day. I swore by this to cover my acne for many years. 9/10.
Lasting Power: The best I’ve tried. Lasts all day, even without primer. That sticky mask is good for something, at least! 9/10.
Price: £29.50 for 30ml.
Repurchase? Yes, but not for everyday wear. It’s a good thing to have in your kit for long and/or hot days, but it’s not a go-to foundation for me any more – it’s too hard to get off! 37.5/50.