Revlon's Age Defying Targeted Dark Spot Concealer Treatment has a lot of similarities to Maybelline's "BEST"-rated Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Spot Concealer + Treatment, but it doesn't quite measure up to its competition.
Like the Maybelline product, Revlon's version is designed to cover up areas of hyperpigmentation, as well as to help them fade over time. It comes in a squeeze tube with a sponge-tip applicator that has a hole in the center where the product dispenses. The sponge will get dirty over time, but Revlon's made it removable so you can clean it off on occasion—a nice touch!
This concealer is quite creamy, and the coverage is opaque. Although it's a bit tricky to work with because it dries quickly, you do have enough time to spread it out a bit before it sets. We don't recommend this as an undereye concealer, however, because its quick-drying nature might make the product look cakey in lines around your eyes.
This does do a good job of smoothly covering up hyperpigmentation. Plus, because it sets quickly, it works well under foundation, not moving around as you're putting the foundation over it.
So, what about the claims that this concealer can actually treat dark spots? There is some research showing that some of the ingredients included, such as ascorbyl glucoside, niacinamide, mulberry extract, and licorice root extract, can improve hyperpigmentation. This cannot replace any of your dark spot skin-care treatments, but it certainly can't hurt as a supplement to your routine.
Age Defying Targeted Dark Spot Concealer Treatment comes in four shades, suitable for light to medium skin tones.
Note: This concealer contains a fragrant flower extract that poses a slight risk of irritation.
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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