The Battle of the Longwearing Foundations – Longwearing Foundations comparison and review :
- Revlon Colorstay foundation vs Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup vs Dinair Airbrush Makeup vs MAC Pro Longwear
Four reviews, crammed into one post! I demand a lot from my foundations, and I demand even more if they say they will do something amazing, because I expect them to deliver. Basically – I don’t like my makeup to lie to me.
I’ve talked about these foundations before, in a less structured way, but I’m going to take this opportunity to share what I think of all of them, and compare.
In order, what we’ve got is
- Revlon Colorstay foundation
- Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup
- Dinair Airbrush Makeup
- MAC Pro Longwear
First: Revlon Colorstay makeup foundation
What it claims to do: ColorStay™ Makeup with SoftFlex™ provides lightweight comfort, so you feel like you’re not wearing makeup. Looks fresh for up to 16 hours.
Pros: It definitely lasts!
- It gives good coverage, and doesn’t get terribly shiny, even when I walk to and from work.
- It also works just as well without a primer, as it does with one.
- It doesn’t need a powder to set it.
- The cost is also very attractive – it’s the cheapest out of all the foundations I’m talking about here, and is available everywhere from Priceline to David Jones.
Cons: The coverage is good, but it’s not great.
- It’s medium, but I wouldn’t say it was build-able.
- As you can see in the photos, some of the imperfections in my skin do come out a bit and aren’t covered up completely.
- You have to work fast, as it sets really quickly.
- It’s also a bit annoying to get off – you definitely need an oil-based cleanser to get this off.
Second: Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup
What it claims to do: 15-hour staying power. Flawless all day. This worry-free, long-wearing makeup stays fresh and looks natural through heat, humidity, nonstop activity. Won’t change color, smudge or come off on clothes. Feels lightweight and comfortable. Now the flawless look you see in the morning is the look you keep all day.
Pros: This foundation is perfect for work.
- It lasts a good twelve hours, and doesn’t get shiny or oily while I’m at work.
- If it’s particularly hot I may need to blot at lunchtime, but that’s rare.
- The price point is reasonable – I think I paid maybe $60 at David Jones and it lasts for ages, even with daily wear.
- I don’t find I need an oil-based cleanser to get it off, but obviously it comes off easier when I do.
- It’s definitely better coverage and is easier to work with than Revlon Colorstay.
- Also, I find I don’t need to powder this foundation, so it’s less time in front of the mirror, which is always a bonus.
Cons: This coverage is medium, but build-able
- It’s a bit more work in that regard
- It does hold a lot better with a primer underneath
- The price point may make it less of an option for some people
Third: Dinair Airbursh Makeup
What it claims to do: Unlike traditional makeup (where you rub makeup into your skin), airbrushing sprays a fine mist, so the makeup “sits evenly” on your skin. Airbrush makeup provides flawless coverage (sheer or opaque), by minimizing skin imperfections while giving skin a beautifully natural looking finished result.
Pros: It’s definitely hygienic.
- If you get lazy about washing your brushes, or don’t want to use your fingers, this is perfect.
- The foundation itself is also quite cheap – $12, $16 or $25, depending on the size.
Cons: It’s expensive.
- A starter kit will set you back at least $200, not including shipping, and not including currency conversions.
- I’ll be blunt – it doesn’t last all day. I get maybe 4, or 5 hours of wear with this before it starts wearing off.
- It doesn’t give me the coverage I want. Or rather it looks like my skin with less imperfections – and if that’s what you want, then fine. But in no way does it look flawless or matte or semi-matte. It just looks like coloured skin.
- To get more coverage, you need to do 2 or more “passes” of foundation over your face. This increased the coverage, definitely, but it also made the foundation darker. Not good.
- You can’t wear this foundation with a moisturiser or primer underneath, particularly anything oil-based. I found that my skin noticeably suffered without my usual (oil-based) moisturiser and eye cream.
- They suggest you spray Moist and Dewy over your foundation, or under, for moisture. This didn’t give me hydration – it just reduced the amount of time the foundation stayed on.
- Don’t buy this. It’s not worth it. That’s my advice.
Fourth: MAC Pro Longwear Foundation
What it claims to do: A long-wear foundation that gives up to 15 hours of wear in any environmental condition. Lightweight and creamy, applies smoothly to provide sheer to medium coverage. Even in hot and humid conditions, controls oil to keep skin fresh, natural and flawless. Provides everyday SPF protection.
Pros: You can see my proper review here, but essentially – it does what it says it will.
- It lasted twelve hours on me, easily.
- I love that it has SPF.
- And I love that it’s not hideously expensive, which makes flawless coverage really accessible to normal people.
Cons: Colour matching was a bit annoying.
- It does need to be set with a powder, so that’s an extra step.
- And it’s a rare day when you get a helpful makeup artist or sales assistant at a MAC counter.
So to sum up, this is the order I would put them in, from best to worst
- MAC Pro Longwear (definitely the best)
- Estee Lauder Double Wear (good for everyday)
- Revlon Colorstay (if you’re on a budget)
- Dinair Airbrush Makeup (don’t touch this with a barge pole unless you’ve tried everything and have money to burn)