Revlon Age Defying with DNA Advantage Foundation
Sounds far fetched, doesn't it? Well, I particularly didn't pick this foundation up for it's anti-aging properties, as I don't have very visible signs of aging yet. You can say that I'm a fan of Revlon, and their foundations, so when I found an incredible sale on this new foundation, I had to pick one up. What I really liked about it is that it has a SPF of 20, and any extra SPF in my skincare is always a bonus (as long as I'm not being photographed.. white cast - eek!!)
There are eight (8) shades in total, which might make it a little difficult in finding your perfect color match. Lately, I've been sticking around the MAC coloring of NC20 and I picked up Bare Buff (the 2nd lightest color). It's a fair match, but it could use a hint of yellow, as it's more beige/neutral. I found the lightest shade (Fresh Ivory) to be very pink. So, very limited options for those who are very fair and for those with deep skin tones. If I was around my normal NC30-35, I'd probably pick up Medium Beige, as it seems to have a good balance of golden hues. Bear in mind, it may be difficult in finding your match, as the thick plastic bottle leaves a lot to the imagination of what exact color is inside. It's a little easier to see the color when you turn the bottle upside down.
The consistency is very light and creamy - almost like a whipped liquid. It's very easy to work with, as it spreads and blends with little effort. The coverage is a light-medium, and can be easily built to a heavier medium. My favorite way to apply it is with a synthetic, flat top brush, such as the Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer Brush, in small circular motions. The finish is in between dewy and satin. It's not overly dewy, but a setting powder is definitely needed to avoid transfer throughout the day. It looks really radiant and fresh on the skin. On my "no make-up, make-up" days I like using a small pump of this foundation and it looks very natural and gives a slight glow to my skin. This foundation does in fact contain shimmer (don't panic, it's nothing like Revlon Photoready or MAC Hyper Real). I don't notice it at all and I've been wearing this foundation all month. The lasting power is okay - 6 hours max before it all starts to fade away. Also, by the end of the day, my face feels oily, even though it's not at all (MAC Studio Fix Fluid does the same thing for me if I wear it for too many hours). Have I noticed better looking skin in two weeks? Nope. But results may vary from person to person. I'd say don't get your hopes up though for it's "promising" claims and leave that to your skincare.
To show off the finish of the foundation, I blended it slightly in the photo on the left and blended it almost completely in the photo on the right. You can definitely tell it's luminosity..
Unfortunately, I don't have a photo of me wearing this foundation, but I will update this post with a photo the next time I'm wearing it.
PROS: Lightweight, Moisturizing/Emollient, SPF 20, Radiant finish.
CONS: Color Selection: Not enough shades to benefit all skin undertones, Lasting power could be better, Pricey for a drugstore foundation ($15), Some may find it too "greasy" - especially those with oily skin.
PACKAGING: I don't have any complaints with the packaging. It's made of a thick lightweight plastic, so it doesn't weigh down my bag. Also, it has a pump, which is a major plus. The only complaint I have is that it's difficult to tell how much is left in the bottle.
OVERALL: Overall, I think this is a good foundation for those with dry to normal skin. Because it contains several moisturizing ingredients, it should be particularly beneficial to those with dry skin. Also, the slight shimmer would be beneficial to dry skin types as it will add radiance to dull or aged skin. Although it has good coverage, for those who need full coverage, I'd recommend trying Colorstay, as it lasts much longer without fading. I think this foundation is more geared toward those with relatively clear (acne-free) skin, so for those of you that would like to hide minor imperfections and even out your skintone, this foundation is worth a try.
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