Revlon's first foray into the category of CC creams is impressive, but before we tell you why, allow us to explain the difference between BB and CC creams. It's all about marketing, nothing more. Generally, a BB cream from U.S. cosmetics brands is similar to a tinted moisturizer, while a CC cream is more like a liquid foundation,… but not always. BB and CC creams typically provide sun protection and may or may not include beneficial ingredients like antioxidants or skin-lightening agents. Neither BB nor CC creams are as revolutionary as they are made out to be, and there is certainly no consistency among products from different brands.
If you have a liquid foundation or tinted moisturizer you love, there's no need to rush out and try a CC cream, but if you're otherwise inclined, Revlon's Age Defying CC cream is worth an audition!
Getting things off to a smart start is the broad-spectrum sun protection (the most age-defying part of this product) and a fragrance-free formula. Also, not surprisingly, this CC cream looks very much like and applies like a slightly creamy liquid foundation. However, unlike most liquid foundations with sunscreen, Revlon's CC cream contains an impressive mix of anti-aging ingredients like peptides, antioxidants, and skin-repairing ingredients. Well done—although their inclusion doesn't mean you should skip your antioxidant serum or even your daytime moisturizer with sunscreen. The more anti-aging ingredients skin gets, the better!
The formula is ideal for normal to dry skin, but iffy for sensitive skin because a couple of the sunscreen actives can be irritating; however, that's not necessarily true for everyone with sensitive skin, so don't let that dissuade you. It has an elegant texture that belies its price, and it provides light to medium coverage with a soft satin finish that won't sink into lines.
Revlon offers four shades, best for light (but not fair) to medium-tan skin tones. All of them lean toward the warm side of the color spectrum, but each is workable and the slight peachy tint can help offset a sallow or dull complexion without making skin look orange.
Revlon Age Defying CC Cream provides: Color Correction. Aging Protection. Skin Perfection. Targets the very first signs of aging - hyperpigmentation and fine lines. Skin tone is more even and looks brighter. Dry skin is instantly moisturized and has SPF 30 Broad Spectrum.
Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5%, Titanium Dioxide 5.1%; Inactive Ingredients: Water, Dimethicone, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Isotridecyl Isononanoate, Isostearic Acid, Boron Nitride, Alumina, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Saxifraga Sarmentosa (Strawberry Saxifrage) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Scutellaria Baicalensis (Balkal Skullcap) Extract, Morus Bombycis (Mulberry) Root Extract, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Niacinamide, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Xanthan Gum, Simethicone, Laureth-7, Lecithin, Sorbitan Laurate, Polysorbate 20, Propylene Glycol Laurate, Propylene Glycol Stearate, Methicone, Stearic Acid, Steareth-2, Tromethamine, Polyacrylamide, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Steareth-21, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, 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. 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
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.
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