Thursday, February 9, 2012

Nars Sheer Matte vs. Revlon Colorstay

So I'm on a quest to find the perfect foundation. I'm extremely picky when it comes down to what I "paint" my face with. I have oily/acne prone skin, and I'm always looking for foundation that is non-comedogenic, oil-free, fragrance-free, dermatologist-tested, long lasting, and with medium coverage. If it is paraben-free, organic, and not tested on animals, even better! 

For a few years now, I have been using Revlon ColorStay on a regular basis. Even though I really like this foundation, I've been wanting to switch over to another foundation. I've watched countless YouTube reviews and read tons of reviews on various foundations. What I've realized is that every person's skin is different, and reacts differently to various products and ingredients. I've also learned that people have different taste and expectations from products. After much research (I seriously research EVERYTHING! Haha.), I decide to try Nars Sheer Matte, seeing that it matched my criteria for the "perfect" foundation. Many reviews RAVE about how AMAZING Nars Sheer Glow looks on them. I assumed that I would LOVE it too. Since I have oily skin, I decided that Nar Sheer Matte would be better for my type of skin. After a few test runs, I decided to compare it to Revlon Colorstay--my favorite drugstore foundation. 

Here are the results:

Syracuse - Medium/Dark

-The coverage is medium.
-The perfect skin tone match.

-Not long lasting. My skin is oily after four hours.
-The foundation is buildable but by the time I finish applying this foundation, my face looks cakey.
-I need to use concealer for my acne scars.
-The following day after using this product, I have some new undesirable bumps on my face. 
*Perhaps the Nars Sheer Glow is a better foundation but not for oily skin.


360 Golden Caramel - Combination/Oily Skin

-The coverage is medium to full, and it does a good job of covering my acne marks.
-The finish is natural looking; my face does not look completely matte.
-Although this foundation is not long lasting, I would say that it takes about 5/6 hours before I need to touch up again.
-This foundation does not clog my pores.
-I always return to this drugstore foundation.

-The color is a bit too dark for me; it almost looks like a bronzer.

Step 1:
Nars (above)
Revlon (below)

Step 2:

Step 3:

As you can see, Nars Sheer Matte is a better color match than Revlon ColorStay. However, at the end of the day, I prefer Revlon ColorStay. I will continue using this foundation until I find a "better" one. If you have any recommendations, please let me know.  :)

In case you're interested, I have tried following foundations in the past:

-Lancôme’s Teint Idole Ultra Foundation 
-Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation-SPF 20
-Chanel Natural Finish Loose Powder 
-Afterglow Cosmetics Organic Mineral Foundation (I want to give it a second chance.)
-Jane Iredale Amazing Base Loose Mineral Powder-SPF 20
-GloMinerals Makeup Loose Base
-Revlon Colorstay with Softflex
-Nars Sheer Matte Foundation

*My skin tone color is usually labeled as tan, caramel, or honey.



  1. Have you tried Laura Mercier? I've tried Jane Iredale and GloMinerals, Shiseido, and Chanel, and I like Laura Mercier best so far. I haven't tried revlon yet though. <3 the blog! - Aileen

  2. No, but I've heard so much about it. I did stop by Nordstroms last week and checked out the LM Silk Creme foundation. Unfortunately, their darkest color was too light for me. When I buy my next foundation/tinted moisturizer, it will either be Giorgio Armani's Luminous Silk Foundation, MUFE HD Foundation, or LM Oil-Free Moisturizer. As for the Revlon, if you find the right match, you will love it.

    Thanks for your suggestion.