Age Defying with DNA Advantage Concealer (Discontinued)
Last Updated:11.26.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

We have to give Revlon kudos for this concealer that is formulated with several skin-beneficial ingredients and doesn't contain added fragrance or irritants—even if the "DNA Advantage" portion of the name is stretching it. (Nothing about this concealer affects your skin's DNA, and that's a good thing, because cosmetics should not be messing around with anyone's DNA!) What would have been great for your cells during the day would have been for this to also contain mineral-based broad-spectrum sunscreen protection, but it's a great concealer regardless.

The creamy liquid texture blends on smoothly with a sponge-tip wand to offer a stay-put, matte finish that doesn't tend to crease into fine lines and is particularly ideal for those with oily skin and blemish-prone areas. On the other hand, the absorbent nature of this concealer will draw more attention to dry or wrinkly skin, so be sure to prep those areas with a moisturizer first (if you're applying this at night you don't need sunscreen). The flattering shade selection is limited to light and medium skin tones, but what's offered is very good. This concealer provides lasting medium to full coverage.

  • Creamy liquid texture blends on smoothly.
  • Stay-put, matte finish is ideal for oily and/or blemish-prone skin.
  • Flattering shades with medium to full buildable coverage.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • No shades for dark skin tones.
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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nothing special

I was very disappointed in this product. Its coverage was not special. It's very hard to tell how much is left. It seems you have to keep scraping the sides to pick up product. I expected more from how highly it was rated.

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Merle K.
Generally irritating

The applicator is annoying. It took so many twists to get the product onto the sponge the first time. After that, I didn't like how the sponge applied the product. It was too thin and sponge textured. And finally, the product irritated my skin!

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Gone too soon

Loved it! Great colors, fantastic finish. But, alas, it appears that Revlon is phasing this out. It's on its way to that big discontinued bin in the sky.

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color not right

Purchased product based on review for my daughter who is fair complected. There are only four choices and all appear to be very light based on the color represented by tube which does not show the actual product. I bought the color that I thought would be best and was disappointed when we tried the product and it was considerably darker than the tube color and as the previously commenter stated, VERY yellow. I am olive skinned and it is even too dark and yellow for me!

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Marie B
Bit too yellow

I expected a lot more out of this concealer based off of the review. I have pale skin, and the lightest shade left a noticeable yellow tinge wherever it was applied. It doesn't cover acne very well and lets a lot of redness through. I found myself having to reapply two or three times throughout the day. The price is low, so I guess you are getting what you paid for but I don't think I'll be purchasing this product again.

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