Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation…Shockingly Delightful

A few weeks ago, I posted a FOTD featuring Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Makeup, which I purchased on a whim while shopping for more important things at Target (e.g., dog treats, a floor lamp, mint M and M’s and contact lens solution…the bizarre item combinations are endless).  
I was lured by the name, “Warm Golden” (sounded perfect for my light to medium yellow toned skin) and the fact that it was foundation (my addiction to all things foundation related is profound).  This product retails for 13.99, which is a veritable steal in contrast to the high end investments I usually embrace.  It must be noted that I believe it doesn’t matter how inexpensive a product is, however, if it fails to be of good quality and efficacy!  This foundation, however, has exceed all of my expectations beyond my wildest dreams.  Scroll on for product description, swatches and images!
Above: A protective shield keeps everything neat and clean.
The foundation comes in a rather weighty glass jar with a protective shield on top.  I am usually not a fan of products that come in jars (for hygienic reasons), however, in this case, I just use my Sephora Airbursh to pick up some product, and I can access the product cleanly, without using my fingers!
Above: My trusty Sephora Airbrush to the rescue!
Above: The dense and creamy product in its natural habitat.

The foundation is quite dense and firm…like a thick cream…but it is not greasy, oily or heavy in texture.  It lacks any discernible scent and is creamy rather than slippery.  It is actually quite buoyant when I use my brush to sweep up some product…it is also formulated without parabens or talc, which makes my skin happy!

Above: The foundation, once my Airbrush has swept some up for application.

Back to the color…I selected #320, Warm Golden, which is a perfect neutral to yellow based shade for light to medium skin tones.  Once applied, it is imperceptible to the naked eye…an exact shade match for my skin!

Above from L-R: Foundations swatched in the following images…Revlon Warm Golden, Tom Ford #5, Giorgio Armani Maestro 5.5, Le Metier de Beaute Classic Foundation #7, By Terry Cover Expert #9 and Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation #123.  All of these shades are in the NC25-27 range.

Above: Close up swatches of Warm Golden.

Here is what I am most impressed by with this foundation:

  • It blends like a dream (when you use a brush)
  • Provides medium to full satin coverage
  • Requires little to NO touch ups for the entire duration of wear…I seriously look like I just did my makeup…after 12 hours of work!
  • Is transfer resistant
  • Makes my skin feel comfortable
  • Is unscented, and looks natural while perfecting the tone and evenness of my visage
  • Has not caused a SINGLE breakout in three weeks of wear
What do they put in this stuff???!!!

Above and below: Swatch shade comparisons…all of these foundations in my “collection of favorites” are between NC25 and NC27.

Below are some images reflecting the texture and wear of the Revlon Colorstay Whipped Cream Makeup…the first two were taken in artificial light, after about 7 hours of wear (please excuse my crazy whiteboard classroom background!).  The second two, were taken in direct sunlight (out the window of my room at the Fairmont San Francisco), a couple hours after application.  
In both cases, I applied:

2. Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation in Warm Golden
3. Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate 
4. Tom Ford blush in Frantic Pink
5. Dolce and Gabbana liquid liner in Black Intense
9. One of many pale pink/nude lip colors in my purse ; )

Bottom Line: As previously mentioned, the Revlon Colorstay Whipped Cream Makeup has exceeded my expectations tenfold.  I have never used a drugstore foundation that I have liked…usually the coverage or wear time is subpar or the ingredients prove to be irritating to my overly sensitive skin…this foundation is the first exception to this trend.  
Often, I have Beauty Professor readers emailing me for recommendations on foundations without exorbitant price tags.  Up to this point, I have not been of much help…I can now, without reservation, recommend Revlon Colorstay Whipped Cream Foundation!  
It has, amazingly, become a member of my foundation rotation, joining the ranks of Tom Ford, Koh Gen Do, By Terry and Le Metier de Beaute…welcome, Revlon, to this venerable club!

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Comments (42)

  • Unknown Reply

    Right?? Revlon really does a good job with their foundations! I use the PhotoReady one and it´s actually my go-to in the drugstore department…for years now…

    December 8, 2012 at 7:46 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hi Jezz…yes, it is pretty amazing!! I just didn't expect that I would like it this much. Haven't tried the Photo Ready but maybe, after this experience, I will ; )

      Have an wonderful weekend!


      –The Beauty Professor

      December 8, 2012 at 9:34 pm
  • Gummy @ Gummy Vision Reply

    Is the color slightly less yellow than the LMdB, KGD & By Terry? It looks like it might be in the pics…

    I've picked this up several times…looks beautiful on you!! 🙂

    December 8, 2012 at 9:30 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hello dear Gummy,

      I do think that the warm golden (despite its incredibly yellow sounding name) is indeed less yellow than the LMdB, KGD and By Terry…I think it is closest to the Tom Ford #5 in terms I neutrality though a bit darker at first. I notice that the TF goes on a little light, then oxidizes to its normal NC 25-27 shade after about an hour. The Revlon applies the color that it remains for the duration of wear!

      Thanks you for your sweet words about my pictures!


      –The Beauty Professor

      December 8, 2012 at 9:59 pm
  • Claudia Finn Reply

    You have Lovely Hair.:)
    Great makeup btw.
    I would appreciate it if you take some time out and visit my blog at

    December 8, 2012 at 9:55 pm
  • Anonymous Reply

    You look fantastic! I really need to try this foundation, I've never really used drugstore foundation before but you have sold this one to me!
    In the jar, it reminds me a little of Chantecaille Future Skin which is one of my favourite foundations xx

    December 9, 2012 at 12:16 am
  • WQ Reply

    Indeed a shockingly delightful and reasonably priced foundation! Thank you so much for the recommendation–no complaints here either;).

    Great review, BP.


    December 9, 2012 at 2:39 am
  • MissChatelaine Reply

    Thanks for the review of this–I'd heard good things about it. It looks wonderful on your skin–doesn't look heavy at all and looks like they have the perfect color match for you. Glad you mention the brush you use to apply it. That can sometimes make all the difference in how a foundation works on a person's skin. For this price, I'm game for buying it if I can find a decent match for my fair, neutral skin! Have a great weekend!

    December 9, 2012 at 3:51 am
    • MissChatelaine Reply

      Hi again–just wanted to update you. I found a good match in this—Buff. I like applying it w/my fingers to get the coverage I want. Thanks for your review of this. I've found that it can be tricky on dry skin, but overall is a good coverage, nice finish foundation.

      February 26, 2013 at 6:05 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hi MissChatelaine,

      Thank you so much for the update…I am thrilled to hear that you have found a good match in Buff…perfection! I had to switch things up this winter and have found a new match in #200 Sand Beige (swatches and updated review very soon!).

      I hope all is well…xoxo,

      –The Beauty Professor

      February 27, 2013 at 5:50 am
    • Anonymous Reply


      This may sound like a silly question but the brush you used to apply it isn't that for powder foundation? I have the same brush and was told it was just for mineral powder… so confused on what makeup brush is used for what :S do you have a brush 101 section??



      P.S – Love your reviews!

      April 26, 2013 at 7:35 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hi Lisa,

      Thanks for your question (and so glad you like my reviews!). I use only a few brushes, in total, for my makeup application (I am fairly low maintenance in this department) and will try to do a brush 101 post soon (love that idea!). As far as I know, the brush that I use to apply the Revlon is for any foundation formula (and I find it works best with creamy ones in particular). I use a Kabuki brush for powder and mineral foundation ; )

      I hope that helps…xoxo,

      –The Beauty Professor

      April 27, 2013 at 6:09 am
  • kellinicole86 Reply

    First of, I just found your blog and love it!

    To my question, I recently bought this foundation in the same color, and love it for my super oily skin. It lasts surprisingly well. However, since using this, I have noticed small red bumps/pimples all over my face, including areas where I normally don't break out. Now I'm not 100% sure it's the foundation causing this, but is foundation like skincare, where you have to give it some time before your skin gets used to it? Or since it causes a reaction, I should stop use immediately?

    And then, the reason I found your blog was your review of the Kat Von D Lock-It foundation. Is it comparable to the Revlon foundation? I'm going to a wedding in the Dominican Republic over NYE and need a good heat/sweat/oil proof foundation that gives good coverage. Would you recommend one over the other?

    And sorry for the ridiculously long question : )

    December 9, 2012 at 4:06 am
  • The Neemly Reply

    Ooh, I think this just came to India and I'm really curious to try it! I've never tried any Revlon foundations but I've always read good things, and this one sounds really brilliant. Thanks for this great & comprehensive review! 🙂

    December 9, 2012 at 1:52 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hello The Neemly,

      Thanks for stopping by and you're welcome for the review!! This is truly the most wonderful drugstore product I have ever experienced!

      I strongly urge you to try it if you can!


      –The Beauty Professor

      December 9, 2012 at 9:59 pm
  • Unknown Reply

    I was looking into the Rouge Bunny Rouge foundation in chestnut parfait and I was wondering why the foundation isn't in your favorite NC 25-27 list above?

    December 9, 2012 at 5:42 pm
  • The Beauty Professor Reply

    Hi Claudia (sorry I cannot reply right under your comment…for some reason Blogger is acting glitchy today!),

    Thanks for your kind words…I will make sure to try to take a peek at your blog soon.


    –The Beauty Professor

    December 9, 2012 at 9:35 pm
  • The Beauty Professor Reply

    Hello Georgia on My Mind,

    Thanks for the amazing compliment…this makeup really is quite fantastic and certainly worth a try! It definitely does look a bit like the Chantecaille Future Skin (which is lovely) but the coverage is much more opaque (while still looking natural).

    Hope all is well…xoxo,

    –The Beauty Professor

    December 9, 2012 at 9:39 pm
  • The Beauty Professor Reply

    Glad you love it too, WQ!

    It is so pleasantly strange to have something so affordable be so effective…hope your weekend is going well!


    –The Beauty Professor

    December 9, 2012 at 9:40 pm
  • The Beauty Professor Reply

    Hello MissChatelaine,

    Thank you for your sweet words! For being a drugstore cream foundation, it isn't the slightest bit heavy, but you are right, the brush makes all the difference. My Sephora Airbrush has yet to disappoint…it blends in every product so seamlessly, it is difficult to tell where it was applied! If you are fair and neutral, I would start by checking out shade #220 Nude…it could be your match!

    Take care and do keep me posted if you try it…xoxo,

    –The Beauty Professor

    December 9, 2012 at 9:47 pm
  • The Beauty Professor Reply

    Hi KelliNicole86,

    Thanks for your question…I, myself, haven't noticed any clogged pores whatsoever (I've been using it daily for 3 weeks), and my skin is absurdly sensitive. Granted, I wear it over my Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge (a lightly tinted treatment moisturizer)…this is my daily base and my skin loves it, so maybe the Peau Vierge is protecting me from the potential clogging elements of the foundation? Also, everyone's skin, of course, is different, so what makes me break out might not affect you. However, I usually try a foundation for a couple of weeks (unless the reaction is immediately terrible) before I can determine if it is the direct cause of a breakout or not.

    With regards to your second question, I did notice that the Kat Von D Lock-It foundation, while extremely long lasting with great coverage, did indeed break me out after a couple of weeks of use. In turn, I ended up returning it. Also, I think it made my skin look and feel a bit dryer over time (and I don't struggle with dry skin), whereas the Revlon maintains a comfortable satin finish. To be fair, many with sensitive skin report that the KVD has not broken them out at all (so I was obviously the exception to the rule in this case) but something about it just didn't agree with me!

    In turn, I personally would be more apt to take the Revlon to the DR wedding (which sounds like an amazing experience, by the way), just because of the long term experience I had with the KVD. However, perhaps it is the opposite with you…ahhh…I wish I could give you a more definitive answer!

    I hope I have been of some form of help ; ) Do keep me posted on what you decide!


    –The Beauty Professor

    December 9, 2012 at 9:57 pm
  • The Beauty Professor Reply

    Hello Amanda Bounds,

    Thanks for the question…I really do like the Rouge Bunny Rouge Milk Aquarelle foundation in Chesnut Parfait but it is closer to a NC 23-25 and, therefore, still a little light for me (summer trips to Florida and the Southwest tanned me more than usual!). When I do comparison swatches, I tend to grab whatever foundations are on my bathroom counter (and hence, in my current rotation) and the RBR Chesnut is just currently in my makeup stash for when I get a tad lighter. Hope that helps. Also, FYI, Rouge Bunny Rouge is coming out with a new foundation formula called Skin Sanctuary (from what I have read, it sounds more similar to the Armani Maestro…lots of coverage, very light texture, skincare ingredients). I am expecting samples next week to swatch and share so if you are interested, please check back!


    –The Beauty Professor

    December 9, 2012 at 10:05 pm
  • Delacotta Reply

    I love these photos of you! Especially the hotel ones (great angle). (I'm a photog, so I can say that LOL). Now I'm curious – what do you teach?
    Thanks for the great review. It's great to know of a good inexpensive foundation. I've asked the Maestro for Christmas, but now worried about a. enough coverage and b. the color (I think I asked for 4.5; I'm a bit darker than you, Estee Lauder Doublewear in Ivory Beige and/or Fresco depending on the time of the year. In the summer a MAC NW25. WISH I lived near a Armani counter so I'd be more confident.
    Thank you for all your great reviews; you do a really good job describing and showing good color balance w/ your photos so we can get a real idea. Hugs, Susan

    December 9, 2012 at 11:31 pm
  • The Beauty Professor Reply

    Thanks Susan! I always feel quite silly taking pictures of myself, but it is the only way that can show how the makeup looks on the face
    ; ) The Maestro is a fantastic foundation…decent coverage (medium) and nice wear, but I will say that the Revlon has more coverage and wear time overall…go figure! If you are my shade or a bit darker, I suggest the 5.5 or 6.5 (I have swatches of both on my blog) instead of the 4.5 which is quite yellow but very light (definitely too light for me right now). I bet 5.5 would be perfect for you!

    Thanks so much for reading…take care and talk soon!


    –The Beauty Professor

    December 10, 2012 at 3:30 am
  • beth Reply

    I really love your blog. It so much nice to see in depth reviews of foundations and shade comparisons. Its so helpful for me because I am always looking for my holy grail foundation and I love all those that you recommend. Another brand that I think Is lovely is Kanebo Sensai fluid foundation. Only found in Bergdof and Neiman Marcus but more popular in Europe. Thanks so much for all the great reviews. Beth

    December 10, 2012 at 1:13 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hi Beth,

      Thanks so much for your supportive words…my life is crazy busy with work, but its comments like your's that keep me trying to consistently generate useful content!! I love the Kanebo Sensai foundation formula…I actually ordered it from Barneys in two colors a couple of years ago. Unfortunately, there was some ingredient that didn't agree with my skin (which is ridiculously sensitive) so I haven't used it in awhile. Too tragic ; ) Glad to know that I am not the only one with a wild penchant for buying foundations…it seems I'm always on the hunt, even when I am using a product I like!!

      Thank you for reading…please keep in touch!


      –The Beauty Professor

      December 11, 2012 at 12:41 am
  • Unknown Reply

    I have it but havent tried it yet

    December 10, 2012 at 6:39 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      You must try it, Betzy! I cannot wait to hear your thoughts after you do!


      –The Beauty Professor

      December 11, 2012 at 12:42 am
  • BleedingOrchid Reply


    Thank you so much for your awesome reviews and swatches- definitely helps me navigate my way through the endless world of HE mu! I have to ask since I'm about the same shade as you, which of these foundations or other favorites you have are radiant/dewy looking? I really like mediumish coverage but with a dewy/natural/satin finish could you recommend one or two for me to try!

    Many thanks

    December 14, 2012 at 11:04 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hello S,

      Thank you for the supportive comment! I am so glad you find my swatches helpful ; ) With regards to your question, the foundations that I like that have the most dewy/natural/satin finish are:

      1. Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick…you can completely control the coverage and the finish is incredibly skin-like all day long (I currently wear #5)!

      2. Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless Foundation…medium coverage, satin finish, glows even more as the hours pass (I currently wear #7).

      3. Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Makeup…not high end but definitely fits the bill (as my review above demonstrates!)…great to experiment with since the cost is so reasonable (I currently wear #320).

      I hope this helps…can't wait to hear what you choose…please keep me posted!


      –The Beauty Professor

      December 14, 2012 at 11:40 pm
  • Anonymous Reply

    I really enjoy your blog and bought this foundation based on your review. I was very pleasantly surprised by the way this goes on and wears and I also use Tom Ford (Fawn or Pale Dune) and GA Maestro (oddly, also 5.5!) and did not expect a drugstore foundation to be this good. I have used the Shiseido foundation brush to apply and sometimes blend with my fingers or the Beauty Blender. It wears beautifully, great coverage that doesn't look heavy and no skin issues (and I also have sensitive skin). Thanks for the recommendation!

    December 15, 2012 at 1:19 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hello Intotemptation!

      Thank you so much for your kind words…I am honored that my review played a part in your foundation selection! Is it not insane how well this foundation competes with the amazing bases from Tom Ford and Giorgio Armani that we both know and love?! I marvel every time I apply it! I haven't tried using my Beauty Blender yet, but you have inspired me to give it a try ; )

      So glad to hear that you are enjoying it…please keep in touch and have a lovely rest of the weekend.


      –The Beauty Professor

      December 16, 2012 at 5:34 am
  • Lori M Reply

    I have to thank you for this review! After reading it I bought this foundation — same color even! — and gave it a try. What a nice product. It blends beautifully and doesn't feel heavy at all, yet gives good coverage. I hadn't worn real foundation in years, sticking to tinted moisturizers or sunscreens. But I need a little more coverage, especially in winter. I also ordered the By Terry Cover Expert, but haven't tried it yet. Thanks again!

    January 10, 2013 at 8:47 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hello Lori,

      My pleasure…that is fantastic that we are the same shade! It is a wonderfully effective product, isn't it?! I hope you continue to love this (as well as the By Terry Cover Expert, which is amazing) as much as I do.

      Have a lovely weekend…xo,

      –The Beauty Professor

      January 12, 2013 at 6:00 am
  • nabila Reply

    hi there! i m nt sure about my shade, since i have just bought one foundation, that too 3-4 days back, n its a tad bit light for my skin tone.. revlon colorstay foundation is not available in the country i live in so i need to order it online. if i email u my pic, can u suggest a shade for me? will be very helpful. thnx!

    January 17, 2013 at 3:12 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hello Nabila,

      Thanks for the question…please feel free to email (beautyprofessor[at] me your picture and I will do my very best to help suggest a shade for you!


      –The Beauty Professor

      January 18, 2013 at 6:31 am
  • Unknown Reply

    This foundation looks amazing! And you look amazing with it on! Your skin is gorgeous! I am moving back to Hawaii in June and when my skin inevitably gets darker (despite my best efforts, it always does), I will definitely pick up a jar to match my shade. Great review!

    January 30, 2013 at 9:43 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Wow, Erin…thanks for your uber kind words!! Moving back to Hawaii sounds like quite an adventure…it is so beautiful there. What foundation do you use currently? I hope you love the Revlon as much as I (surprisingly!) do!

      Take care and do keep me posted on your thoughts…


      –The Beauty Professor

      January 31, 2013 at 5:58 am
  • Anonymous Reply

    Hey, what color would you recommend for nc 43? I've tried caramel in the liquid formula, but its way too dark for me.

    February 6, 2013 at 11:10 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hello Anon,

      Thanks for stopping by! I am guessing you would be happy with "Rich Ginger"–if that's too dark (and I don't suspect it will be, but if it is…), then "Early Tan" would be your next option.

      Hope that helps!

      Keep me posted on what you decide…xoxo,

      –The Beauty Professor

      February 9, 2013 at 1:10 am
  • Marlo Reply

    Thanks so much for the inspiration to try this foundation! I haven't tried a drugstore foundation in years. When I marched into Ulta and began hunting for the perfect shade, I remembered why – what a pain to find a match when you can't give them a test run. I finally decided to buy a few that I *hoped* were close… lo and behold – we're Revlon Colorstay Whipped twins, I'm also Warm Golden. (I'm thrilled because now I can copy your shade in other foundations, too!)

    For anyone else looking, I highly recommend Ulta. The sales clerk there told me about their great return policy: anything at all, within 60 days of purchase, even if opened. Plus, unlike Target, etc. the sales associates don't look at you funny if you spend 30 min trying on makeup.

    March 11, 2013 at 12:26 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hi Marlo,

      I am so very glad that you tried this foundation and love it as much as I do. Welcome to Warm Golden Land, foundation twin ; )

      Ulta has a fantastic return policy, indeed…thanks for sharing!

      Have a wonderful weekend and do keep in touch…xoxo,

      –The Beauty Professor

      March 15, 2013 at 4:24 am

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