09.26.2014
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Age Defying Makeup with Botafirm SPF 20 (Discontinued)
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$13.99
Category:Makeup > Foundations With Sunscreen > Liquid Foundation w/ Sunscreen
Last Updated:09.26.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

We love that Age Defying Makeup with Botafirm SPF 20 provides broad-spectrum sun protection with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Texture- and application-wise this provides seamless medium coverage without a heavy feel. This almost matte foundation features several shades and they tend to go on lighter than they appear in the bottle.

The best news: With the exception of the too-peach Honey Beige, there’s not a bad shade in the bunch, and there are options for light to dark (but not very fair or very dark) skin tones. Do keep your "age defying" expectations for this foundation realistic because this won't firm skin nor reduce the look of expression lines.

Note:Although this foundation provides broad-spectrum sun protection on its own, you must apply it liberally and evenly to get the stated level of protection. A sheer or spot application will not provide the amount of sun protection the label indicates. If you’re not likely to apply this foundation liberally, we recommend applying it over a moisturizer with sunscreen rated SPF 15 or greater and setting your foundation with a pressed powder rated SPF 15 or greater.

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Ingredients

Active: Titanium Dioxide (8.0%), Zinc Oxide (3.0%), Other: Water, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Propylene Glycol, Cetyl PEG/PPG 10/1 Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl 4 Isostearate, Magnesium Sulfate, Methyldihydrojasmonate, Boron Nitrate, Acetyl Hexapeptide 3, Nylon 12, Stearic Acid, Polyglyceryl 6 Polyricinoleate, PEG/PPG 18/18 Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Aluminum Hydroxide, Alumina, Glycine Soja Protein (Soybean), Retinyl Acetate (Vitamin A), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice, Salicylic Acid, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) (Extract), Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, PVP, Fomes Officinalis Extract (Mushroom), Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Extract, Saxifraga Sarmentosa Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract (Grape), Morus Bombycis Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis (Skull Cap) Root Extract, Methoxypropylgluconamide, Laureth 7, Glycerin, Silica, Methicone, PEG/PPG 20/15 Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Tribehenin, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Tetrasodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, May Contain (+/-): Iron Oxides, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide

Brand Overview

Revlon At-A-Glance

Strengths: Superior foundations with sunscreen and each of them provide sufficient UVA protection (though one has a disappointing SPF 6); several outstanding concealers and powders; one of the best cream blushes around; great cream eyeshadow and liquid eyeliner; a beautiful selection of elegant lipsticks, lip gloss, and lipliner; some worthwhile specialty products.

Weaknesses: Average eye and brow pencils; inaccurate claims surrounding their Botafirm complex; mostly average to disappointing mascaras.

It may surprise some of you to know that Revlon has been around since 1932, when the company launched a unique nail polish that used pigments instead of dyes. Lipsticks followed years later, and then a full line of cosmetics, which is how we know Revlon today. Although the company has had its continual share of ups and downs over the years (largely due to out-of-control debt coupled with aggressive spending), the line has recently made numerous improvements, especially in the realms of foundations, powders, eyeshadows, and mascaras. It is quite a feat that Revlon products earned more Paula's Pick ratings per category than any other drugstore line reviewed. If their goal was to close the competitive gap between themselves and L'Oreal, for the most part they have succeeded. Revlon definitely has the edge for foundations with reliable sunscreens. But despite Revlon's attempt to improve their mascara range, L'Oreal remains the clear winner (as well as L'Oreal-owned Maybelline New York).

Revlon's vast selection of makeup is divided into three main brands: Age Defying for the forty-something and older woman concerned about wrinkles, ColorStay for the teen to mid-thirties woman concerned about keeping oily skin in check and making sure her makeup stays put, and PhotoReady for women of all ages. These brands present some outstanding options and include products for all skin types (although the range of skin tones is not as well-represented here as it is by L'Oreal).

An intriguing fact is that the longevity claims for ColorStay are quite accurate: this collection of products really does offer extraordinary staying power. Conversely, Revlon jumped on the works-like-Botox bandwagon with their Age Defying range, going so far as to name their antiwrinkle complex Botafirm. Is there any confusion about what that term is supposed to relate to? Despite the claims, Botafirm won't reduce expression lines or control the muscles that cause them, though the products themselves do have many impressive qualities.

Note:Revlon is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Revlon may not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Team.

Suffice it to say, Revlon has more commendable products than ever before, and although they rely heavily on celebrity spokespersons, their best products ably speak for themselves.

For more information about Revlon, call (800) 473-8566 or visit www.revlon.com.

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03.19.2015
Revlon age defying makeup with botafirm

I loved this makeup, wore it for years.

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Judy C.
04.23.2014
New Version Not Like the Old

There is only 1 version of this foundation, now; Revlon used to have one for oily/combination skin and one for dry skin. The new version is very "moisturizing" and therefore I have an oil slick on my forehead at mid-morning. This definitely not for people with an oily T-zone.

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Anonymous
04.13.2014
fragranced!

How on earth did this get a "best" rating considering that it's fragranced?? When I applied it, it stung my skin a bit, and my skin isn't even particularly sensitive. Also, the content of the bottle separates (you'll see a little oil on top of foundation), so the bottle needs to be shaken vigorously prior to use - honestly not a problem I ever experienced before with any other foundation. Will not use again.

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Julie F.
09.14.2013
Not fragrance free

I bought this because I liked the CC review. I didn't realize the product had a fragrance until I got home, but the fragrance is a deal-breaker for me. I don't like scented products at all, it's not that this particular fragrance was objectionable. I didn't even try it on.

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Kate Y.
08.30.2013
more like aTM

This is a great product, but definitely more of a TM than a foundation.It's a bit greasy when applied but set with powder it's fine. Good sun protection, but I still use sunscreen underneath as I do with any make up.This is a nice light summer make up which I've used on and off for years.But if it's coverage you're after.... forget it, stick with a "real" foundation.

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Roma.
08.09.2013
Not impressed

I was expecting better coverage from this but found it to go on too sheer. I was also surprised to read that others find this to be drying because I found it to be quite greasy & slippery.

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Gail
08.08.2013
Add On To My Previous Review

I want to add that after 12 hours or so of wear of this product, my skin starts to feel a little dry. I have very dry skin, but it's not as bad in the summer. I've had this problem before with other foundations, but not with All Bases Covered or the L'Oreal Visible Lift SPF 16 (sorry, can't recall the whole name.) I wouldn't recommend this for dry skin or anyone who wants more than light coverage.

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Susan A.
08.01.2013
Doesn't Deserve "Best" - Would Agree with "Good"

Sorry, PC, disagree with the Best rating for this. I bought it in Fresh Ivory as part of my quest to find a sub for All Bases Covered in Light Cream. Color is good, and it blends well, but the coverage isn't medium, more like light or even sheer. But, oddly enough, it's so thick it's hard to get it out of the bottle! If you have dry, very fair skin, and want some coverage, my advice is try the L'oreal Visible Lift Repair Absolute in Soft Ivory. It provides better coverage.

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