Revlon color stay vs. Esteé Lauder Double Wear | Review

If I’m being honest, I’ve never in my life used a drugstore foundation. Shocker, right? I’ve worn Clinique all my life until up until the past year when I switched to Esteé Lauder’s Double Wear. Double Wear is AMAZING. Hands down the best foundation I’ve ever used. My skin is over the top sensitive. It’s oily AND dry at the same time, and I break out at the turn of a dime. Needless to say, I have a hard time finding a foundation that works for me. Double Wear has amazing coverage, it never breaks me out, and it stays ALL. DAY. LONG.

Word on the street is that Revlon ColorStay is comparable to Esteé Lauder’s Double Wear. I was skeptical, but I gave it a shot.
Y’all… This foundation ROCKED MY WORLD.

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Bathroom vanity makeover

Since the moment I knew we were buying this house I was prepared to somehow someway do a revamp on the spare bathroom vanity. It was an ugly basic oak colored cabinet. I would love to be able to rip the whole thing out & replace it with a nice new crisp white cabinet, but money doesn’t grow on trees..

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I knew we needed an inexpensive fix. So, of course, I resorted to Pinterest right away. I found a beautiful vanity someone had painted with chalk paint, and glazed with a clear & dark wax mix.

We have a local store here in my hometown called The Weathered Home who sells all sorts of chalk paint and they sell furniture they have refinished with it as well. Basically they’re experts at this sort of thing. I went and talked to them, told them the vision for my vanity, and they hooked me right up! If you live local, I suggest going to check them out. I’ve never had a bad experience shopping there and they’re SO helpful! They even told me that if I needed any help to give them a call AND if it’s a real disaster they make house visits to help people in dire need (I was worried that was going to be me, praise the Lord it wasn’t, though)! How neat is that??

What really sold me on the whole chalk paint idea was there is no prep work besides cleaning the vanity before painting! I hate sanding sooo much, so this was PERFECT for me!

I didn’t have anything for this project, not even the paint brushes but overall it only cost me a little over $60.00.

I bought:
1. One full quart of Chalk paint
2. 2 oz tub of clear wax
3. 2 oz tub of dark wax
4. One regular paint brush (any size you prefer)
5. A chip paint brush
6. A screwdriver (if you plan on replacing/removing the hardware) **you can paint your hardware if you want them to be the same color as the vanity**
All the chalk paint I used was from The Weathered Home. The brand was Debi’s Design DIY Diary. If you live local, go buy your paint at The Weathered Home. If not, shop the paint here.

The Process:
-I started by cleaning the vanity real good. I’m sure just using a simply Lysol wipe would do the trick, but I wanted to make sure it was super clean (I’m OCD when it comes to this kind of stuff) so I used my Lysol with bleach cleaner with a warm wet rag. I let that dry & then began painting!

-I started with the chalk paint, I ended up having to do three layers of paint. I did the first layer pretty thin,  and let it dry for about an hour. The second and third coats I did much thicker and let each dry for a full 24 hours. I still have a half a quart left. This stuff went a long way! I was impressed.

-After the third coat was good and dry, I went section by section, got my chip brush and put a solid thin layer of the clear wax over the vanity. I then dipped my brush in the dark wax and put it right over the clear & worked the two together. I had a old tee shirt handy in case the wax got to wipe the wax off right away if it got too dark. Don’t freak if it does get dark, it wipes off super easy! I did this in sections slowly working my way around the whole vanity.

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Side notes:
– I wanted my vanity to stay light & not get super dark on the flat surfaces so each time I used the dark wax I barley dipped it in and brushed it on. On the crevices I used a little bit more wax because I wanted those to be a tad bit darker.

 

The Finished Product!
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