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Revlon

PhotoReady Candid Natural Finish Anti-Pollution Foundation

0.75 fl. oz. for $ 10.99
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Revlon’s PhotoReady Candid Natural Finish Anti-Pollution Foundation is one of the brand’s better offerings when it comes to base makeup, save for a couple of foibles that keep it from ranking among the very best.

First things first: the packaging is clever and easy to use. It comes in a plastic squeeze tube with pump dispenser with a cap. The pump is one that makes it easy to control how much product is dispensed, so you won’t end up with more makeup than you need.

Speaking of which, not a lot of this foundation is required to get medium coverage. Just a couple of pumps is enough to cover the entire face, though it layers well if you prefer full coverage.

The texture is that of a gel cream, and it’s very blendable. We found it applied and blended well both using a beautyblender or just our fingers. It sets to a natural-looking, slightly dewy finish that’s best for those with normal to slightly dry skin.

Another plus: this wears exceptionally well. There was no fading throughout the entire day, and it didn’t crease even a little! Color us impressed.

Revlon also offers a good range of natural-looking shades for those with fair to deep skin tones; more than 30 shades are offered in all.

So, what about the anti-pollution claims that give this product its name? Revlon’s not entirely off the mark there; this does contain antioxidant green tea and cucumber extract, along with a dusting of antioxidant vitamin C and vitamin E. But it’s not the type of powerhouse formula that’s going to defend your skin again environmental assault the way a well-formulated serum or treatment will.

Another drawback is the inclusion of the fragrance ingredient ethylene brassylate. It’s not here in the highest concentration, and there’s no discernible scent, but even small amounts of fragrance risk triggering skin irritation.

Those caveats aside, this is a good foundation whose performance is the strongest aspect to love.

Pros:
  • Gel-cream texture is easy to apply and blend.
  • Natural, slightly dewy-looking medium coverage of blemishes and imperfections.
  • Wears well without creasing or fading.
Cons:
  • Skin care-like benefits are overstated.
  • Contains the fragrance ingredient ethylene brassylate, which isn’t the best for skin.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Revlon PhotoReady Candid Natural Finish Anti-Pollution Foundation is a skincare inspired foundation that's ultra blendable, ultra buildable, and infused with antioxidants, anti-pollution, and anti-blue light ingredients.

Aqua/Water/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Butylene Glycol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Polysilicone-11, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Ethylene Brassylate, Laureth-7, Lecithin, Magnesium Sulfate, Maris Sal/Sea Salt/Sel Marin, Methicone, Mica, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Pullulan, Sclerotium Gum, Silica, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium Carrageenan, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triethyl Citrate, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491,77492, 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

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. 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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