Age Defying Makeup with Botafirm SPF 15 Dry Skin (Discontinued)

by Revlon  
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$11.99 
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Category:
Makeup > Foundations With Sunscreen > Liquid Foundation w/ Sunscreen
Last Updated:
9/24/2012
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This liquid foundation earns points right off the bat for its broad-spectrum sun protection, but that’s as close to an “age-defying” benefit as you’ll get. Despite claims, it won't firm skin or reduce expression lines, and though Revlon did include some good antioxidants, they are in such low concentrations that the added benefit they can provide is questionable (see More Info).

That’s not to say this isn’t otherwise a good foundation, because it certainly is! Age Defying Makeup with Botafirm SPF 15 Dry Skin blends on seamlessly to provide sheer to medium coverage. The slightly moisturizing formula works well for dry skin without feeling greasy or heavy. Add that to the fact that the shade range features neutral options for light to medium-deep skin tones, and you’ve got yourself a winner!

This foundation’s rating is due to its overall performance rather than its SPF rating. Due to concerns about people not applying sunscreen liberally enough to get the amount of SPF protection stated on the label, it is often recommended to look for SPFs with ratings higher than 15. If you plan to use foundation as your sole source of facial sun protection, consider using one rated SPF 20 or greater. If the foundation with sunscreen you choose is rated less than an SPF 20, we strongly advise applying it over a daytime moisturizer rated SPF 15 or greater and following it with a pressed powder rated SPF 15 or greater. That way, you’re ensuring sufficient broad-spectrum protection which is essential for having and maintaining healthy, younger-looking skin at any age.

Note: This contains fragrance in the form of methyldihydrojasmonate.

Pros:

  • Broad-spectrum sun protection for anti-aging benefit.
  • Blends on seamlessly to provide sheer to medium coverage.
  • Lightweight, moisturizing formula is ideal for normal to dry skin.
  • Gives skin a lit-from-within appearance without looking greasy.
  • Neutral shade options for light to medium-deep skin tones.

Cons:

  • Despite claims, won't firm skin or reduce expression lines.
  • No shades for lighter skin tones.

More Info:

Antioxidants

The antioxidants in this product are not present in high enough concentrations to offer much benefit. More important, due to this product’s see-through, glass bottle packaging they won’t remain stable unless you store this in a dark place. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down with ongoing exposure to light, so unless you consistently store this foundation away from natural light, these important ingredients will deteriorate.

Active: Titanium Dioxide (7.7%), Octinoxate (3.5%). Other: Water, Dimethicone, Talc, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Butylene Glycol, Isostearic Acid, Isocetyl Stearate, Nylon-12, Glycerin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Triethanolamine, PEG-30 Glyceryl Cocoate, Acetyl Hexapeptide-3, Methoxypropylgluconamide, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf (Green Tea) Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Propylene Glycol, Methicone, Pectin, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Soy Amino Acids, Cera Carnauba [Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax], Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Oleth-3 Phosphate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Ceteareth-10, Lecithin, Steareth-2, Alumina, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Xanthan Gum, Cellulose Gum, Methyldihydrojasmonate, Trisodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Imidazolidinyl Urea. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Mica, Ultramarines, Zinc Oxide.

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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  1. Brewer, Andrea
    Reviewed on Saturday, December 28, 2013
    • Results
      2 / 4
    • Value
      2 / 4
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    Pass for 30's
    • I have slightly dry skin that is amplified by poorly formulated foundations. I used this alone with highlighter and t caused deep nasty zits. The colors are really out of range for a "light sand" complexion in most other foundations. If you do find it for cheap, avoid the disappointment

  2. Ellen P.
    Reviewed on Sunday, April 07, 2013
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    • Results
      1 / 4
    • Value
      1 / 4
    Gone and NOT forgotten
    • Ouch! I'd read good things about this and i was searching for a suitable foundation. I decided to try some drug store brands. What a waste of money. First, there was no color even vaguely close to my skin color. I have pale neutral skin and the light colors were either too pink or too yellow. So i bought two and mixed them. Second, it hurt! I brought it up under my eyes (not to the lash line) and it travelled quickly making my eyes burn. Additionally it often made my skin burn. Terrible!

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