One of the claims Revlon makes about this anti-aging makeup is that it leaves skin feeling "rejuvenated." We're not sure how you quantify that, but we do know this doesn't make your skin look that way!
This fragrance-free liquid foundation comes in a container with a pump, and is fluid enough that it's easy to apply and blend with the fingers, a brush, or a sponge. It has a soft powder finish, and provides medium coverage.
Age Defying Firming + Lifting Makeup SPF 15 provides reliable broad-spectrum sun protection and contains an impressive amount of beneficial ingredients (see More Info to find out why they can't "lift" you skin).
This foundation has a problem: Although it doesn't fade throughout the day, you'll notice that the longer it's on, the more it highlights wrinkles and pores on your face. Exactly the opposite of having your skin look "rejuvenated!" How sad, because the formula looks great on paper!
We say skip this foundation and stick with one of the ones on our list of Best Foundations With Sunscreen.
Age Defying Firming + Lifting Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15 does come in a good range of shades for light to medium skin tones, although Soft Beige is too pink to appear natural on its intended skin tone.
More Info: Many products claim they can firm and lift skin, but none of them work, at least not to the extent claimed. A face-lift-in-a-bottle isn't possible, but with the right mix of products, you will see firmer skin that has a more lifted appearance—and that's exciting! To gain these youthful benefits, you must protect your skin from any and all sun damage every day, use an AHA (glycolic acid or lactic acid) or BHA (salicylic acid) exfoliant, and use products that have a wide range of antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients. Remember, no single product can do it all; it's the combination of products that has extensive research showing it can significantly improve many of the signs of aging, such as firming skin, reducing wrinkles and brown spots, and eliminating dullness. You'll find them on our list of Best Anti-Aging/Anti-Wrinkle Products.
Active: Octinoxate 3.5%, Titanium Dioxide 4.3%. Inactive: Aqua (Water) Eau), Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Glycerin, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Boron Nitride, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Disteardimonium Hectorite , Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Niacinamide, Triolein, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lecithin, Glycyrrhetinimidyl Hydroxyproline Methyl Ester, Phytosteryl Canola Glycerides, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Acetyl Hydroxyproline, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Tocopherol, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Linoleic Acid, Pullulan, Sorbitol, Trehalose, Alumina, Silica, Laureth-7, Acacia Senegal Gum, Sodium Chloride, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Methicone, Xanthan Gum, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Sodium Citrate, Dipropylene Glycol, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Oleic Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA , Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol. 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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