Product Review – Revlon Colorstay Aqua Mineral Makeup

I’ve been dying to try a mineral foundation for a long time now.  When I saw this little beaut on sale at Dischem a couple of weeks ago, I knew I had to get it.

What is a mineral foundation:  These types of foundations contain mineral pigments which are kinder to your skin and create a flawless finish.  Mineral foundations commonly come in the form of loose powders and allows for buildable natural-looking coverage.

What Revlon says:  Colorstay Aqua™ Mineral Makeup delivers a burst of hydrating coconut water and an instant cooling sensation upon application.  The result: your skin looks luminous and its texture smoother.  With a shine-free formula that’s made with water, not oil, this lightweight powder gives you a fresh, flawless finish that lasts all day.  Provides medium coverage in 8 beautiful shades, with SPF 13 protection.  Fragrance free and non-irritating.

My review:   As mentioned above I bought this on sale at Dischem and was super excited to try it out the next morning.  I moisturised as per normal but didn’t prime because I wasn’t sure whether the powder foundation would cake up.  First thing I noticed while applying the powder to my skin, was a damp, cooling / refreshing sensation – so interesting!  The powder blends VERY well into the skin, smoothes out my pores and provides light coverage.  It’s also buildable (but never cakey), so you can apply additional product for more coverage if need be.  As mentioned above, it contains an SPF 13 which isn’t too bad as MAC Studio Fix provides SPF 10 and Estée Lauder Double Wear Light provides SPF 15.  The lasting power for this mineral foundation is an amazing 12 hours (I kid you not), I have combo skin and didn’t need to blot at all with this foundation.

The brush:  To be honest, I don’t understand why this particular brush was included in the container.  Yes, it fits perfectly and looks like a good quality brush.  Yes, it has synthetic bristles which ensures that the brush doesn’t absorb too much product.  All of this sounds good in theory.  But the shape of this brush is totally wrong for the product.  It needs a dense, flat top buffing brush (something like this or this) so that you can really buff the powder into the skin to create a blended, air-brushed look.

The pro:  This is PERFECT for the warmer months ahead, as it’s a light powder foundation but still provides a decent amount of coverage for covering up redness.  Because it’s in powder form, it is perfect for oily skin plus contains hydrating minerals for dry skin.

The con:  The powder does contain a little bit of fine shimmer, which might put off people who would normally steer clear from shimmer in their foundation / powder products.  But on me (and I have combo skin), it doesn’t add any type of shine or disco-ball-effect, more like a natural glow.

The tip:  Apply with a kabuki brush or a buffing brush for a smooth, air-brushed finish.

The price:  On sale for R 89,99 (I don’t see it on the normal Revlon shelves anymore so not sure if it’s a discontinued product).

If you are looking for a light coverage foundation, this one is definitely for you.  I’ve seen it on sale when Dischem has their Beauty Sales, so keep a lookout for the next one!

This is going to be a favourite this Summer, I just know it!



  1. Bianca
    4 September 2013 / 11:04

    Nice review Luzanne! I am going to ask a potentially stupid question now. I have oily skin – would I ‘set’ this with a translucent powder? I’ve always been way too scared of mineral foundations as I’m worried I look like a shiny oil slick hours after applying :-/

    • 4 September 2013 / 17:21

      Hi Bianca! Thanks so much! 🙂 Not a stupid question at all – my skin gets oily in the T-zone and is normal around the cheek area. You wouldn’t need to set this at all, I wore this foundation for 12 hours straight (to put it to the test) and there were no signs of any oiliness in the T-zone. I’m not sure how it will do with VERY oily skin but I’m pretty sure you won’t have to set it (maybe just blot around the 6 hour mark?).

      Just make sure you buff it nicely into the skin. 🙂

      Thanks so much for commenting, Bianca, I really appreciate it! x

  2. Chicara
    4 September 2013 / 12:52

    Fabulous review! This sounds like nice natural foundation option. I definitely need to keep an eye out for it!

    • 4 September 2013 / 17:22

      Definitely a very good natural option for the warmer months ahead, I’ll most probably buy a second jar if it’s on sale again. 🙂

  3. 4 September 2013 / 15:25

    I’ve always been curious about mineral foundations, will definitely be looking out for this one. Great review! 🙂

    • 4 September 2013 / 17:24

      Thanks so much, Rochelle! Me too, I’ve always wondered what mineral foundations feel like on the skin and if their staying power can be compared to that of a normal foundation.

  4. Zee Mohlapi
    4 September 2013 / 17:15

    I wonder if they’ll have my shade? I’m quite dark, if they do I’ll DEFINITELY be buying this one!

    I always look forward to your reviews, Luzanne! xOx

    • 4 September 2013 / 17:25

      I hope they’ll have your shade, Zee! This is a foundation you have to try if you’re looking for something light. 🙂

      Thanks so much for the compliment… x

  5. Ronel Marais
    4 September 2013 / 17:16

    This looks absolutely wonderful for spring and summer, Luzanne! I agree about the brush, it just doesn’t look right.

    Thank you for the review, I’m going to see if I can pick one up at the next Dischem sale! 🙂

    • 4 September 2013 / 17:27

      Yay! So glad you liked my review!

      Yes, it’s a pity about the brush but to be honest, I hardly ever use the brushes you get in palettes anyway (they’re usually not the best quality).

      Thank you for popping onto my blog, Ronel!

  6. Betsie
    6 September 2013 / 18:32

    Wow that is a very interesting comment you made about the brush that comes with the ‘Colour Stay Aqua’. When I first saw the picture I thought wow that looks like a really nice combo, and probably would have bought it to try it out. Thank you for this post, I think I’ll pass!

    Another save thanks to you… 🙂

    • 6 September 2013 / 22:20

      Pleasure, Betsie. The product itself is wonderful though, only the brush is a bit of a fail. 🙂

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