Beyond Natural Smoothing Primer (Discontinued)

by Revlon  Beyond Natural
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$12.99 - 0.85 fl. oz.
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Category:
Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Foundation Primer
Last Updated:
5/1/2012
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes
Because this gel-textured primer is composed mostly of silicones, it leaves skin feeling very silky with a slight moist finish. It can facilitate makeup application, but so do many serums and, yes, many moisturizers, due to the fact that silicones are so widely used. For those who prefer a pre-makeup product labeled a primer (which is more a marketing term than anything else), this is a good option. It is suitable for all skin types except sensitive due to the strong, lingering fragrance. Because of the fragrance, some may find this a problem to use near the eyes; it certainly was for me: I had low-grade stinging and minor eye irritation that lasted all day.
Evens skin for a smooth, virtually poreless appearance and creates a smooth base for lasting foundation. Lightweight, gel-like formula fills in pores and lines. Clean, fresh fragrance refreshes your senses.
Trisiloxane, Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, PEG/PPG 19/19 Dimethicone, Water, Glycerin, Dimethicone/Silsesquioxane Copolymer, Alcohol Denat., Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Fruit Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Saccharomyces Zinc Ferment, Saccharomyces Copper Ferment, Saccharomyces Iron Ferment, Saccharomyces Silicon Ferment, Saccharomyces Potassium Ferment, Polysorbate 20, Polysorbate 80, Fragrance, Limonene, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexanediol

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 Paula’s Choice Research 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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