It has been a really long time since I have gotten around to reviewing a foundation, so to make up for it, I thought that I’d bring you another edition of my very popular foundation face-off. For those of you, who might have missed my first post of its kind, a Foundation Face-Off is a blog post dedicated to comparing several foundations from a single brand. I did this for CATRICE, sometime last year which proved to be very successful and even got the eyeballs of some international makeup artists (hiii! *waves awkwardly*).
So, let’s chat about Revlon. Until about 2 years ago, I had always felt that Revlon was a brand dedicated to middle-aged women. It just never really appealed to me, and considering that their pricing is medium-range, there wasn’t anything that really pulled me in. Well, that was until I started actually playing with their products and if I am being honest, my collection of their products has grown quite significantly. Some of my favourites from their range include their perfumes, liquid lipsticks, nail polishes, mascaras, and highlighters. But right at the top of my list, my absolute favourite product from their range is their variety of foundations. If it is one thing that Revlon should be known for, it’s their foundations. But with so many different formulas to choose from, it can be quite tough to pick which one is right for you. Well, here’s hoping I make it a little easier!
Revlon Age Defying CC Cream
Number of Shades: 4
While it’s not technically a foundation, it does deserve every bit of praise that it’s about to receive. I, like so many that I know, have always battled to find a BB or CC cream, as they just don’t seem to provide enough coverage or longevity, so it obviously came as a surprise that I fell so hard for this formula.
The Revlon Age Defying CC Cream is a multi-benefit product that is light-weight and perfect for everyday wear, especially during the summer months. I really like that their CC cream provides just the right amount of hydration, while still managing to keep my skin from looking oily. The coverage is light to medium, which successfully manages to cover blemishes and scarring while creating an even-tone. Most impressively, the formula is long-lasting and unlike any other BB or CC cream that I have tried before, it doesn’t just glide off in the heat of summer and leaves you with natural, dewy looking skin. In addition, Revlon’s Age Defying CC Cream also boasts a broad spectrum SPF30 sunscreen, and while I realize you will never put enough foundation on to get the full benefit of the SPF30 (so always use an SPF regardless), it is a great “safety-net” to have included sunscreen at all, to help protect your skin from sun damage, or in my case, effectively protecting and covering my sun spots.
As for the packaging, I quite like the sleek and minimal design of the travel-friendly tube. As with most CC Creams, Revlon only offers 4 different shades which is slightly disappointing, especially as their darkest shade is called medium-deep. I am not too sure why BB and CC creams are so limiting with their shade offering, but I feel that if anything, we need to find ways of extending the range, especially in South Africa where we have such a broad variety of skin tones.
Overall, I love the feel of The Revlon Age Defying CC Cream, it’s got that light-weight appeal, it doesn’t oxidize, it lasts for the day and best of all, it leaves my skin looking naturally healthy. What more could I ask for, from a CC cream?
It is worth mentioning that the CC Cream does form part of the Revlon Age Defying range, which claims to help fight the signs of aging but considering that I am 23-years old, I haven’t really had much of a chance to explore this point, just yet.
Revlon ColorStay 2-in-1 Compact Makeup and Concealer
Number of Shades: 14
The Revlon ColorStay 2-in-1 Compact still leaves me utterly speechless, every time that I use it. I am sure that I have already featured it on the blog, and have admitted to almost blowing it off but my curiosity got the better of me and I am really glad that it did.
If you’re anything like me, you probably struggle to match up your foundation and concealer. I mean, finding the right match of foundation is already hard enough, why should we bother struggling to find a matching concealer too? So, Revlon – these innovative geniuses – came up with the concept to create a travel-friendly compact that houses both a cream foundation with a professionally-matched concealer, to bring you what I like to call, convenient makeup.
Cream foundation is relatively new to me. Of course, I have tried cream contours, blushes, eyeshadows, and concealers, but trying a cream foundation really scared me. All the other cream-based products that I have tried, tend to get oily within a few hours of application or transfer easily, leaving your skin looking patchy by the end of the day. Another concern that I had, was that the cream foundation would clump up around my dry areas, especially around my brows, causing a crumby and unflattering look. However, Revlon managed to deliver a cream formula that is like applying satin to your skin, blending beautifully and eliminating any of my doubts.
The Revlon ColorStay 2-in-1 Compact offers medium coverage with the ability to build up the coverage in problem areas, while still looking natural. The foundation is built to last the day, with a semi-matte finish, making it ideal for most skin types and with 14 different shades, you’re destined to find your match.
The durable packaging of the ColorStay 2-in-1 compact may seem a bit chunky at first, but remember to consider that it houses a foundation, concealer, sponge applicator and well-sized mirror. As for the sponge applicator, I am usually the type that immediately throws away any applicator that comes with a product, however, this one is well-made and helps create a flawless finish. It’s also convenient and handy for on the go touch-ups.
As for the concealer, it’s just a tad lighter than the foundation with what feels like a slightly firmer texture. I like that it has a brightening effect for under the eye area, while still being a good enough match to cover up any hard to hide blemishes.
Overall, this is a convenience product and ideal for the girl on the move or someone who struggles to match foundations with their concealer. I will admit that at first, I thought this was quite pricey as you seem to get such a little bit of product but the cream formula goes a long way and you really don’t need much for a full application.
Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Effect Makeup
Number of Shades: 10
Of all the foundations featured in this review, the Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Effect Makeup is probably my least favourite. However, I am still on the fence of whether it is because the shade is just wrong for my skin tone. You will tell from my review, I still feel that it is a very good foundation, just perhaps not my first choice based on the shade.
Revlon’s PhotoReady Airbrush Effect Makeup almost seems like a classic foundation, as it’s just always been around while I have been blogging. It claims to have light-filtering technology which is said to give your complexion an airbrushed look, that is pore-free. It’s weird though, because most foundations that are meant to be good for photographing, don’t usually have sunscreen as SPF causes the foundation to have a slight dewy hue, which looks bad with flash photography. However, Revlon dared to be different and included an SPF 20 in the PhotoReady formula. Again, you will never apply enough foundation to get the full protection that you’d get from sunscreen, but it is great to have that extra bit of protection.
I will say that of all the foundations featured, the Revlon PhotoReady Foundation offers the fullest coverage rivaling high-end brands like MAC, Smashbox and INGLOT, at a fraction of the price. The formula gives skin a luminous, flawless finish, and these two factors alone, make it the ideal foundation for big events like weddings and matric dances. The glass packaging also contributes to the feeling of a luxurious, high-end product, with a convenient pump to save you from worrying about the spread of bacteria. If I am being very honest, I feel like this is an underrated foundation that makeup artists are making the mistake of ignoring, as it would make a good budget option for their kits and with the range offering 10 shades which can be mixed, you really can match any skin tone.
So, why don’t I personally like this foundation as much as the rest? I really do believe that it has something to do with the shade that I have. All of the other foundations featured in this review are cool-toned and match my skin really well, while this one seems to be warm-toned and would most likely suit my mom’s skin better. So, I will admit that dismissing the foundation entirely would be unfair as other than the shade, it’s actually a phenomenal foundation that is great for those special occasions where you want a long lasting full coverage foundation, that photographs well.
* I will update this review as soon as I try a new shade.
Revlon ColorStay Makeup for Normal/Dry Skin
Number of Shades: 9
Revlon makes the broad claim that their ColorStay foundation is South Africa’s number 1 choice of foundation, and I can honestly say that without a doubt, I can believe it. Since trying their ColorStay foundation, I have struggled to wear any other foundation and have converted at least 3 friends, that I know of.
I don’t know what it is about this foundation but it just ticks all the boxes and gives skin such a beautiful looking finish. I use the foundation targeted at normal to dry skin, but am aware that Revlon offers a combination to oily skin variant too. They have also introduced the ColorStay Stay Active range which is a similar formula, but it has a mattifying finish and is said to withstand sweat. However, I prefer the original ColorStay foundation as it has a demi-matte finish and while I can’t say I have tested their 24-hour, long lasting claims, I can say that I trialed it for 14-hours, in the heat of summer and it managed to wear very well.
The Revlon ColorStay foundation has a medium coverage that is streak-free and easy to blend, but the true beauty of it, is that it is so comfortably light-weight that you don’t feel like you are wearing a medium coverage foundation. The new formula also offers SPF20 to protect your skin from the sun. While the Revlon Age Defying CC Cream is great for everyday wear, the Revlon ColorStay Foundation offers fuller coverage, longer staying power and is still just as comfortable to wear all day.
I think what also contributes to the success of the ColorStay formula is that Revlon didn’t try to make a one-size fits all foundation, but instead created a foundation targeting the 2 main skin groups; normal to dry and combination to oily. It’s evident as I find my particular foundation to be really hydrating to the skin, leaving my skin feeling supple and naturally nourished even in the areas that tend to dry out, especially during seasonal changes.
The Revlon ColorStay foundation is packaged in a sleek glass bottle, and their latest launch of the product saw the introduction of a pump. According to their website, the normal to dry variant offers 9 different shades, while the combination to oily variant offers a whopping 18 shades. I am not too sure why they’d have almost double the number of shades in one formula and not the other, but I will be sure to double check directly with the brand and update this should it have changed.
Overall, I feel that Revlon has a healthy variety of foundations. In fact, there are still more that I’d like to add to this feature but as you can tell, it can be quite time-consuming and I have been working on this review for so long, that I thought I’d get these up before trialing any new foundations from their range. My general feeling is that Revlon really does know how to do foundation well, and while they are medium-end in terms of price, their quality far exceeds many higher-end brands. You really can’t go wrong with a Revlon foundation, and if it were up to me, you would already own a ColorStay foundation so that you too, can experience the beauty of a well-matched, good quality foundation.
Have you tried a Revlon foundation – which one is your favourite and which will you be trying next?