Revlon cosmetics have been a mainstay in US drugstores for as long as I can remember. Revlon offers a full line of cosmetics, from foundation and blush to lipstick, nail polish, and mascara. Whether it’s the advanced formulas or classic shades, they have some of the best makeup products in the drugstore.
Today I’ve compiled a list of the best of Revlon drugstore makeup. It seems that I like or love every Revlon product that I try, so I’ve narrowed down this list to my absolute favorites. You’ll notice that I have quite a few foundations in this list, because I think Revlon’s foundation and base makeup products are exemplary. But first, a little background on Revlon…
The History of Revlon
Revlon was founded way back in 1932 by brothers Charles and Joseph Revson and chemist Charles Lachman. The name Revlon is a combination of the last name Revson and the letter “L” of Lachman replacing the “S” in Revson.
Revlon’s first product was richly colored creme nail enamel that was available only in beauty salons. (Cherries in the Snow was their first red nail polish and this pretty shade is still available today!) Their nail polishes became so popular that they even made their way to the cover of Vogue magazine.
Revlon soon introduced lipstick to match their nail polishes. The brand expanded and thanks to Charles Revson’s marketing prowess Revlon was the first beauty company to sign a brand ambassador (Lauren Hutton), and had a very successful sponsorship of the popular game show The $64,000 Question in the 1950s. Revlon was also the first beauty company to feature an African American model in its advertisements.
Today Revlon is sold in 150 countries. They produce and market color cosmetics, hair color, haircare, skincare, and fragrances. They own over 15 brands including Elizabeth Arden, Almay, and more.
Be sure to visit the history of Revlon page for more interesting historical details on the brand.
Now, onto the best of Revlon drugstore makeup!
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Revlon ColorStay Full Cover Foundation Makeup is a full coverage matte foundation that provides up to 24 hours of wear. The foundation has a mousse-like texture that feels rather lightweight. The foundation blends smoothly and easily to a matte finish that never looks thick or cakey.
It comes packaged in an easy to use tube, which is a huge improvement from Revlon’s previous similar formula (ColorStay Whipped Creme Makeup) which came in a heavy glass jar. The foundation comes in 16 shades. Luckily I found the perfect shade for my skin (Sand Beige) from the somewhat small shade range. I have been using it consistently for a few years now. It’s the best coverage I’ve found from a drugstore makeup brand. It manages to hide all my imperfections and I even apply it over my dark circles prior to concealer application.
This foundation lasts all day and provides true full coverage and a matte finish that keeps any oil at bay. (I have combination skin). I think this foundation would be a great choice for those with oily skin, as the matte coverage is really effective.
Revlon ColorStay Makeup for Combination/Oily Skin SPF 15 is America’s #1 long wearing foundation. It comes in a whopping 43 shades to match cool, neutral and warm skin complexions.
This liquid foundation provides medium to full coverage and is easily buildable. It wears for up to 24 hours, is oil-free and provides a matte finish. Plus it contains SPF 15 sunscreen protection in the mineral form of Titanium Dioxide.
Revlon ColorStay Makeup for Normal/Dry Skin SPF 20 comes in 24 shades and provides medium to full buildable coverage and a natural finish. The oil-free formula contains SPF 20 protection in the mineral form of Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide.
I’ve used several bottles Revlon ColorStay makeup and love both formulas. I usually use the Combination/Oily formula, but recently picked up the Normal/Dry formula since we are entering the colder months and my skin is a bit drier than in the summer.
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Revlon PhotoReady Candid Natural Finish Foundation (shown above in 150 Creme Brulee) is a lightweight yet moisturizing foundation that provides a lovely natural finish. It provides medium coverage and contains anti-pollution, antioxidant, and anti-blue-light ingredients to protect your skin.
This foundation comes in a range of 31 shades and is formulated without oils, parabens, phthalates, synthetic dyes, and harsh fragrances. It’s nice to see Revlon offer a more natural foundation that still produces that results that you want: flawless coverage that lasts all day.
This is a pretty universal foundation that is not too matte or too glowy. If you prefer a more radiant finish, PhotoReady Candid Glow Moisture Glow Foundation is a creamy liquid foundation that is also anti-pollution and formulated without parabens, phthalates, synthetic dyes, and harsh fragrances. It is a sheer-to-medium coverage foundation (available in 16 shades) that is infused with prickly-pear oil for moisture and a dewy finish.
Revlon PhotoReady Insta-Fix Makeup Foundation is a cream-stick foundation that uses light-filtering technology to retouch your look. It provides light-to-medium coverage and even has SPF 20 sunscreen protection in the form of Titanium Dioxide 4.7% and Zinc Oxide 2.1%.
It can be used as a spot concealer for blemishes, redness, discoloration, and uneven skin tone, or as a touch up for areas where makeup has worn off throughout the day. It’s great for under the eyes too. It comes in a limited palette of 8 shades.
This touch-up stick (shown above in 130 Shell) is a new favorite. This is a product I never knew I needed until I tried it. The packaging is so convenient and easy to throw in your purse or gym bag. Application is a breeze… simply swipe across your skin and easily blend with your fingers. It can even be used to highlight and contour your skin. The formula is creamy and natural-looking, and the SPF protection is a bonus.
For a highlighter that is just as quick and easy, don’t miss PhotoReady Insta-Fix Highlighting Stick. It comes in two shades: Gold Light and Pink Light.
Revlon Candid Antioxidant Concealer (shown above in 025 Creme Brulee) is a medium coverage concealer that is formulated to hide dark circles, blemishes, and other imperfections. It even helps puffiness with a hit of caffeine.
The formula includes antioxidants, and anti-pollution, and anti-blue-light ingredients to protect your skin. It comes in 18 shades and is formulated without oils, parabens, phthalates, synthetic dyes, or harsh fragrances. This makes it the perfect concealer for the fragile under-eye area and of those with sensitive skin.
I really like the flexible doe-foot applicator which allows you to deposit the concealer easily around the eyes and other areas of your face. The concealer is lightweight and is nicely pigmented. It covers under-eye darkness and blemishes well too.
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Revlon ColorStay Pressed Powder (shown above in Light/Medium) minimizes shine without getting caked or cracking on the skin. Wear it for up to 16 hours. The powder provides medium coverage for a fresh look. The powder is Revlon’s exclusive jet-milled formula which provides a lightweight texture yet pigmented coverage.
While the powder works really well with Revlon ColorStay Makeup, it can be worn over any foundation, concealer, or even by itself. It’s oil-free, and non-comedogenic, so it won’t clog pores. The powder comes in 6 shades including a universal translucent shade.
When I try face powders, they don’t normally wow me. I must say that I am very impressed with ColorStay Pressed Powder. It provides a really nice pigmented matte finish that looks natural and lasts. Even the black powder puff is nice…one side is coated so that your fingers don’t come in contact with the puff on that side. Great job Revlon!
Revlon Powder Blush (shown above in Very Berry) is a super soft highly pigmented powder that leaves a silky smooth satin finish on your skin. The blush comes in 12 shades and provides a multidimensional flush of color to the cheeks. The shade range includes neutral, mauve, pink, coral, and berry shades.
I’ve worn Revlon blushes for many years. The one thing that stands out to me is that a single blush palette usually lasts me a long time. This is because it is so pigmented and as a result, I don’t need to use a lot of powder on every application. The finished look is a gorgeous flush and very natural looking. The blush is buildable too, so if you want a more dramatic look for the evening, you can create deeper shade on your cheeks by layering the blush.
NOTE: I usually apply face powder first, since I don’t want to dilute the rich color on my cheeks that this blush provides.
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Revlon Insta-Blush Stick (shown above in Candy Kiss) is a sheer cream blush. It has a cream-to-powder formula that is super easy to blend. Depending on the shade that you choose (there are 4 shades) you can use it as a blush, highlighter, or for contouring.
This blush is so simple to use. Simply swipe across your cheeks and blend with your fingers. It’s rather sheer, so I use it mostly for touchups. Yet it is very buildable if you are looking for a deeper shade. It’s perfect for travel as you can just throw it in your purse and touch up when needed. Ease of use and speed of application makes me return to this blush stick time and again.
Regardless of the shade that you choose (there are over 90 to choose from!), Revlon has your lips covered with Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick (shown above in Primrose). This lipstick is formulated with microfine pigments that yield vibrant shades. The lightweight texture is buttery smooth and hydrating thanks to vitamin E and avocado oil. The lipstick comes in cream or pearl finishes and cool, classic, and trendy shades.
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick is truly an iconic lipstick. This lipstick has been around in one version or another for many many years. This was a favorite of mine during my high school years, many many years ago… this shade was THE shade to wear! I was surprised to see that Revlon still carries this shade, but I guess as much as things change, they also stay the same.
This is a super buttery formula that works well by itself or as a base under lip gloss. It feels so hydrating that it almost feels like a lip balm. It is a classic lipstick that I could not leave off this best of Revlon list.
Revlon Super Lustrous The Gloss Lip Gloss (shown above in the pearlescent mocha Rosy Future) is an ultra-plush beautifully pigmented lip gloss that is not sticky in the slightest. The updated formula has new shades (24 in total) and a new design. The gloss provides dewy shine and lots of moisture thanks to agave, moringa oil, and cupuacu butter.
The applicator has an oversized reservoir tip which makes application easy and fast. While there are plenty of traditional clear, pink, rose, berry, and nude shades in the line, there are also some fun purple-hued shades like Sugar Violet and Glazing Lilac. The gloss is perfect on its own, over lipstick, or mixed with another gloss. It’s high shine, moisturizing, and very lightweight.
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For a natural or a dramatic brow, Revlon ColorStay Brow Crayon (shown above in Blonde) provides buildable color in a goof-proof crayon. The formula transforms from wax to a powder for a soft blendable look. The waterproof formula provides up to 24 hours of wear and comes in 4 shades: Blonde, Soft Brown, Dark Brown, and Black.
I’ve tried so many precise micro-tip brow pencils, so this crayon is a nice alternative. I was a little reluctant about this product as I thought it wouldn’t provide precise enough application, but the wax clings to your eyebrows and creates a defined brow in only one swipe. The crayon easily deposits color without any tugging or pulling needed. I always use a light hand on the first pass and then repeat if I need to build more color.
Use short strokes to feather the crayon in the direction of your natural brow growth. Directions are to comb through with a spoolie brush, but I usually don’t even need to. If I want to adjust the shade I can simply use my fingers to lightly blend.
If you prefer a more precise definition Revlon offers ColorStay Brow Creator that will fill, define, sculpt, shape, and diffuse brows.
Revlon So Fierce! Mascara (shown above in Blackened Brown) is designed to pump up the length and volume of your lashes for a clump-free, flake-free, and smudge-free finished look. The tapered wand has 252 multi-layered bristles to make sure that every hair from root to tip is separated and coated with mascara.
The mascara is formulated with lash-lifting polymers, paraffin, and rice-bran waxes so that color builds quickly and lasts for up to 24 hours of wear. The mascara comes in three shades: Black, Blackest Black, and Blackened Brown.
This mascara really does add length and volume to lashes. The amount of volume is completely controllable and buildable. I love how precise you can get with this mascara. Plus, it coats and lengthens my lash line under my eyes without getting clumpy and smudging.
Final Thoughts on The Best Revlon Drugstore Makeup Products
Revlon offers some tried and true products at the drugstore. I think that Revlon formulates some of the highest quality drugstore makeup available. Their base products are exceptional. In fact, I like many of Revlon’s foundations better than foundations from high-end brands that are many times the cost of Revlon.
What are your favorite Revlon products? Let me know in the comments!
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