Photoready Candid Glow Anti-Pollution Foundation
Revlon’s Photoready Candid Glow Anti-Pollution Foundation is easy to use and offers natural-looking coverage. It’s not as glowy as the name implies but offers a slight dewiness that gives skin a healthy-looking finish.
The creamy texture (akin to a tinted moisturizer) comes in a plastic squeeze tube and is dispensed via pump. The formula is a cinch to blend, offering sheer-to-medium coverage depending on how intensely you apply it.
Longevity-wise, the formula holds up well (through the standard workday) on normal-to-dry skin. It’s not quite as well-suited for oily skin, as it tends to break down/fades more quickly there.
We were particularly impressed by this foundation’s ability to resist creasing, and even when it did crease a bit, it could easily be smoothed out with fingertips.
At the time of this review, Photoready Candid Glow Anti-Pollution Foundation comes in a range of 16 shades for fair to deep complexions. The sheerness makes it easy to adapt for a wide range of skin tones, so in this case we understand why there aren’t dozens of shades available.
As for the anti-pollution claims, they’re a bit exaggerated but there’s at least some merit behind them. The formula contains Opuntia ficus-indica (also known as prickly pear) seed oil and tocopherol (vitamin E)—both of which can help neutralize airborne pollutants via their antioxidant power. Just keep in mind that they likely aren’t in high enough concentration to adequately defend your skin again pollutants the way a well-formulated serum or treatment could. (But hey, it’s nice that they are included at all.)
All things considered, this fragrance-free foundation earns our recommendation for those on the normal-to-dry skin end of spectrum who are looking for lightweight, natural-looking coverage that meshes with their skin rather than camouflaging it.
- Offers natural-looking coverage that meshes with skin.
- Incredibly easy to blend.
- Resists creasing and settling into fine lines.
- Adaptable shade range for a wide variety of skin tones.
- Fragrance free.
- Anti-pollution benefits are a bit overexaggerated.
Incredibly lightweight and protective, this creamy liquid foundation evens your skin tone and minimizes the appearance of the things you’d rather not see while moisturizing and giving you the dewy skin you’ve always wanted. Our long-wearing foundation is packed with all of the skin-loving ingredients you want.
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. 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 brands state that they dont 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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