You’ve probably seen the ads for this foundation with Elle McPherson looking all dewy-skinned and beautiful thanks to how this product from Revlon makes her skin look. Who could resist wanting the same beautiful appearance as Elle?
First, to be very clear, Miss McPherson’s gorgeous appearance in the ads has nothing to do with this foundation. Talented makeup artists, strategic lighting, digital photo re-touching software, and McPherson’s natural beauty are responsible. She looked beautiful long before she got this spokesperson role with Revlon, right?
Nonetheless, this liquid foundation in a brush-tipped tube does provide medium coverage and a dewy, satin finish to the skin. The brush-tip applicator, which this product would be just as good without, is soft enough to apply the foundation on the skin, but you still need to use your fingers or a sponge for complete blending and to avoid streaks. This formulation also provides excellent broad-spectrum sun protection and is recommended for those with normal to dry skin. Note: The shade selection tends to run darker than you’d think and there are no testers. Therefore, I recommend you select a color one shade lighter than you normally wear. Avoid 005 Light Medium/Medium altogether because it turns orange on the skin.
This foundation missed a higher rating because some of the plant ingredients it contains are potentially irritating and because Revlon included a lot of fragrance, in the form of meythldihydrojasmonate.
Active: Titanium Dioxide (5.8%), Zinc Oxide (3%), Other: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Propylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Hematite Extract, Malachite Extract, Azurite Extract, Nephrite Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Lactobacillus/Lemon Peel Ferment Extract, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Extract, Citrus Junos (Yuzu) Peel Extract, Phenyl Trimethicone, Methyldihydrojasmonate, Boron Nitride, Nylon-12, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Stearic Acid, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Aluminum Hydroxide, Alumina, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Salicylic Acid, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Extract), Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, PVP, Fomes Officinalis (Mushroom) Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Saxifraga Sarmentosa Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Morus Bombycis Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensi Root Extract, Methoxypropylgluconamide, Laureth-7, Glycerin, Silica, Methicone, PEG/PPG-20/15 Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Tribehenin, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, May Contain (+/-): Mica, Iron Oxides
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.