Perfectly personalized foundation.

Themed ‘Meet Your Match,’ our visually immersive Essence Festival activation for Revlon created a tangible way to experience the ColorStay story – a foundation line differentiated by its breadth – an impressive 43 shades strong. The product palette played right into one of today’s hottest social trends, inspiring an impossible-to-resist Instagram museum of stylish monochromatic vignettes perfect for the pic-posting crowd.

Known as the Party with a Purpose, the Essence Festival draws thousands of women who come ready to fully embrace the experience, from the music to the speakers – and even the brand demos. They’re here to discover, and they’re more than happy to post shameless selfies flaunting their new finds. But the sponsor floor is jam-packed with shiny objects, all vying for guests’ attention. Revlon’s challenge? Creating a visual environment so Insta-genius, guests had to stop for a few quick snaps.

We powder-coated playful props, labeling them with specific ColorStay shades to show range. Then we staged them in different vignettes, each supporting key brand claims for the long-wearing foundation, from Steam Proof to Gym Proof, offering selfie-snappers Insta-fodder galore.


  • Experiential
  • Environmental Design
  • Graphic Design

A luxe bath vignette gave guests a chance to kick back in the clawfoot tub (complete with rubber duck) or primp in front of the vanity. The high-end gym vignette had stilettos stashed in the lockers and deceptively light free weights guests could hoist overhead for an impressive power-lifting shot.

Makeup artists were stationed at high-tops to help guests find their ColorStay match, expertly applying the perfect shade for hundreds who patiently waited in line for their turn at the table. Influencer Shalom Blac, a Nigerian-born burn survivor with 703 Instagram followers and 1.3MM YouTube subscribers, stopped by for a color match (she’s a #610 btw). She graciously shared the love with two posts about her experience.