This innovative foundation not only contains titanium dioxide and zinc oxide for superior sun protection, but also is the only foundation that allows the user to customize the shade by adjusting the dual-chambered component. Each of the base color shades (from Fair/Light to Deep) allows you to create unique shades, depending on where you set the dial. Once the pump is primed, you’re free to turn the dial to find your best shade. This can be very convenient if, for example, you’re dealing with a paler skin tone in winter months or you occasionally use a self-tanner.
The interior of the component is set up to dispense a proportionate amount of the shade you’ve “dialed in” along with the base color. The differences among the shades are subtle, but this fine-tuning does allow for a more precise match than simply purchasing a single shade.
So why doesn’t this foundation get a better rating? The drawback is in how it appears on the skin. Once you get the hang of how to control the pump so you’re not dispensing too much product, this blends on very well, but the powdery matte finish tends to make skin look dry and pasty. Considering the number of superior foundations whose finish has an enviable skin-like quality, that’s disappointing. This is worth a look for its novelty and customization, but keep in mind that the range of foundation shades available to consumers today provides more than enough selections for all skin tones.
One more note: This can become quite messy because the foundation tends to keep oozing out of the dispenser, which means you have to tidy up the component before you replace the cap.
Active: Titanium Dioxide (3.2%), Zinc Oxide (2.1%), Other: Water, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, HDI/Trimethol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Trisiloxane, Boron Nitride, Talc, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Nylon 12, Sodium Chloride, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Alumina, Silica, Methicone, Tribehenin, Isostearic Acid, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Triethanolamine, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Polysorbate 20, Polysorbate 80, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Mica
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.