11.26.2014
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Age Defying CC Cream Color Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF 30
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1 fl. oz. for $13.99
Category:Makeup > Tinted Moisturizers/BB Creams
Last Updated:11.26.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Revlon's first foray into the category of CC creams is impressive, but before we tell you why, allow us to explain the difference between BB and CC creams. It's all about marketing, nothing more. Generally, a BB cream from U.S. cosmetics brands is similar to a tinted moisturizer, while a CC cream is more like a liquid foundation,… but not always. BB and CC creams typically provide sun protection and may or may not include beneficial ingredients like antioxidants or skin-lightening agents. Neither BB nor CC creams are as revolutionary as they are made out to be, and there is certainly no consistency among products from different brands.

If you have a liquid foundation or tinted moisturizer you love, there's no need to rush out and try a CC cream, but if you're otherwise inclined, Revlon's Age Defying CC cream is worth an audition!

Getting things off to a smart start is the broad-spectrum sun protection (the most age-defying part of this product) and a fragrance-free formula. Also, not surprisingly, this CC cream looks very much like and applies like a slightly creamy liquid foundation. However, unlike most liquid foundations with sunscreen, Revlon's CC cream contains an impressive mix of anti-aging ingredients like peptides, antioxidants, and skin-repairing ingredients. Well done—although their inclusion doesn't mean you should skip your antioxidant serum or even your daytime moisturizer with sunscreen. The more anti-aging ingredients skin gets, the better!

The formula is ideal for normal to dry skin, but iffy for sensitive skin because a couple of the sunscreen actives can be irritating; however, that's not necessarily true for everyone with sensitive skin, so don't let that dissuade you. It has an elegant texture that belies its price, and it provides light to medium coverage with a soft satin finish that won't sink into lines.

Revlon offers four shades, best for light (but not fair) to medium-tan skin tones. All of them lean toward the warm side of the color spectrum, but each is workable and the slight peachy tint can help offset a sallow or dull complexion without making skin look orange.

Pros:
  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Contains a very good range of anti-aging ingredients.
  • Lovely texture is a pleasure to blend and looks natural.
  • Does what it claims: Hydrates, smoothes, covers, and brightens.
Cons:
  • None.
Claims

Revlon Age Defying CC Cream provides: Color Correction. Aging Protection. Skin Perfection. Targets the very first signs of aging - hyperpigmentation and fine lines. Skin tone is more even and looks brighter. Dry skin is instantly moisturized and has SPF 30 Broad Spectrum.

Ingredients

Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5%, Titanium Dioxide 5.1%; Inactive Ingredients: Water, Dimethicone, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Isotridecyl Isononanoate, Isostearic Acid, Boron Nitride, Alumina, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Saxifraga Sarmentosa (Strawberry Saxifrage) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Scutellaria Baicalensis (Balkal Skullcap) Extract, Morus Bombycis (Mulberry) Root Extract, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Niacinamide, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Xanthan Gum, Simethicone, Laureth-7, Lecithin, Sorbitan Laurate, Polysorbate 20, Propylene Glycol Laurate, Propylene Glycol Stearate, Methicone, Stearic Acid, Steareth-2, Tromethamine, Polyacrylamide, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Steareth-21, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides

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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05.19.2015
Not worth it

I had been using Neocutis which I love but wanted to save some money and switched to this product. In the beginning, I thought it was just okay, nothing special. Not as good as the Neocutis (which Paula does not like) but okay. This product turned into a waste of money. As another reviewer mentioned, the product separated within 2 months. No matter how much I shook it, the product came out watery and a grayish color. I threw it away and had not even used half a tube.

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gfish
03.25.2015
Crap

This is the absolute worst product I have tried.

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Kristine
03.24.2015
Natural

Like the natural look but separated before finish.

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Sandra
01.16.2015
Mrs

I bought reckons age defying cc cream. Every time I used it my eye would burn. I tried it again and still the same reaction. I would not use it again. A waste of money!

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Jeanette k
11.28.2014
No thanks

This seemed like a great product and price until YOU READ THEY TEST ON ANIMALS!!!! $13.99 is not worth it. Think of the puppies.

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Nadia V
11.10.2014
Disappointing

While this CC cream does have a nice texture and didn't break my skin out I found the overall finish disappointing. Once applied it made my face extremely shiny and even after I applied a finishing powder this CC cream still wiped off very easily it seems to just sit right on top you the skin and gives a very unappealing appearance.

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A
10.05.2014
Loving it so far!!

So far I am loving this product. I have been using this for about a month now and overall if you have dry skin I would recommend this product. It does not irritate my skin and the coverage is great for my needs. This is not a full coverage product by any means but it evens out my skin tone nicely. I love that this has good skincare ingredients and that it has SPF30. The only drawback is that is does feel kinda greasy until my skin soaks it up but a little finishing powder and perfection for me.

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Bethany, K
06.17.2014
Need to edit my first review

I reviewed this too quickly before. After just 3 months, the product started to separate. Oily stuff came out when squeezing. Tried shaking it, but this ruined the consistency AND shade of the product. Waste of money, as I didn't get it on sale. (Almost out of foundation so had to get something) Maybe it was already past its prime when purchased. Still, I'm disappointed to say the least. Would like a feature allowing us to edit our review within a certain time frame. Thank you. :-)

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Red Queen again
04.05.2014
Almost perfect

After reading Paula's review, I decided to try this. It covers better, with a much higher SPF, than what I currently use (Olay's Total Effects 7-1 Tone Correcting moisturizer SPF15). Harder to blend easily than Olay's product. Be sure to use just a little. Otherwise, it looks heavy. I have dry skin, and I still have to use a moisturizer underneath. This product is lighter than traditional foundation, which I like. I don't like to look like I'm wearing makeup, just like I have good skin.

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The Red Queen
03.02.2014
Great!

This is an excellent CC cream. Until Paula's review I had no idea what CC meant, but decided to try this because of the high score given. I'm happy to report it is well deserved. Even with my sensitive skin there was no reaction to the sunscreen actives and the results are even better than the foundation I've been using (American Beauty Natural Finish). There is a definite evening out of my skin and redness seems to disappear, plus it's moisturizing without looking cake-like.

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Elle K
02.18.2014
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This is a fab product! I didn't rate it a 4 - as it's not the best foundation/cc cream I have ever tried but it really is up there. I have great skin already that is normal to dry and this really does a great job of evening out my skin tone - light to medium is my shade. Best of all - the satin matte finish. Love it! I do have some pores around my nose that you can see a little and any foundation I have ever used exacerbates that but it is a great product I would repurchase again

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Ana M
02.10.2014
No SPF?

Just picked this up a few days ago, and it seems here in Canada there is no SPF? Majorly dissapointed. What is 'Age Defying' about a lack of sun protection? It was also about 20 dollars here which is pretty ridiculous for 1 Oz. The results on skin are nice, but it's not exactly the one stop shop product I was hoping for on good skin days. If this were available here with SPF I would probably offer a better review.

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Jane L
12.28.2013
Not animal friendly

I won't buy this, I heard they test it on animals.. OK will cross that off my list!

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tINA r.
12.27.2013
NEVER

I NEVER BUY AND SUPPORT ANY COMPANY THAT TEST ON ANIMALS... WHY NOT TEST IT ON YOURSELVES?????

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lynn l.
12.21.2013
won't purchase

I have not tried this product and will not! The product is tested on animals...Paula states there are no "cons" to this product...there is in my opinion..ANIMAL TESTING!!

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