Sunday, 14 April 2013
Foundation Series 2: Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation
There have been a lot of reviews of this foundation out there recently, but most of those that I've read have been from those lucky sods with naturally glowing clear skin. I'm not one of those people. So here's my two cents, from the perspective of an oily skinned, tired-faced nearly 30 with acne scarring.
My skin is just coming out of a really bad patch where I've been layering on Estee Lauder Maximum Cover, Double Wear and MAC Mineralize Skin Finish. Oh, and concealer too, for good measure. Right now, however, it's looking a LOT better so I took the opportunity today to go a little more au naturel and give Revlon Nearly Naked a good try. And somewhat to my surprise, I actually liked it.
The photo below shows the foundation applied in natural light with no primer or concealer, and set with a little powder. You can see that I could benefit from concealer under my eyes and on some of my more obvious spots, but the foundation does an excellent job of evening out any redness and providing light coverage while still letting your actual skin (freckles etc.) show through. I used my fingers to apply it because I couldn't be bothered to clean any brushes, but something like the Real Techniques Buffing Brush would be great with this to build up the coverage slightly more. The finish is 'dewy' without being overly shiny, but since I generally can't handle dewy I still set it with powder.
* Note to self: brush hair before taking blog photos.
This photo was after a couple of hours wear; if you look closely you can see it's starting to slide a little on my nose but that's standard for me, and nothing a dab more powder wouldn't fix. It's not the longest-lasting foundation out there by any stretch of the imagination, but it wears well and I got a full day out of it with a few reapplications of powder.
The bottle doesn't have a pump and the foundation is quite runny so you're at risk of pouring out way too much or spilling it all over the carpet (haven't done this, honest) but this is more of an annoyance than a deal breaker really. It does contain SPF which is either a good or bad thing depending on whether you're wearing it during the day in which case yay for sun protection, or at night when boo for ghost face in photos with flash. The shade range seemed pretty good to me when I was looking at it in Boots, although not leaning to either extreme I generally don't have too many problems finding a shade to match my skin. At £8.99 for a 30ml bottle, it's very reasonably priced too, and a good quality foundation for the price.
Overall, I'm pretty impressed with this foundation for good skin days. Long may they last.
The most naked my face has been in a while: Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation (150 Nude); Bourjois Mineral Radiance Pressed Powder (04 Beige Medium); Bourjois Volume Glamour Mascara; 17 Blusher (First Kiss); Revlon Lip Butter (045 Cotton Candy). Still sounds like a lot of stuff, but by my standards that's practically a bare face!