Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation - Review

Revlon recently launched a new foundation called the Nearly Naked foundation and I think we can all agree this is Revlon’s attempt at duplicating the Urban Decay Naked foundation (which has been a hit for many). I have tried the Urban Decay foundation, but at that time I didn’t love it because I needed full coverage for my breakouts. I decided it would be a better foundation to re-visit when I had my face under control.

When I was at Ulta a few weeks ago, I showed the bottle of Revlon Nearly Naked to a representative for Urban Decay, she let out a little laugh and what she said following that laugh, I will leave to your imagination. Even though I was a bit skeptical, I decided it wouldn’t harm me to try it and provide my feedback.

Swatches for comparison from left to right:
Revlon PhotoReady in Shella
Revlon Colorstay in Buff
Revlon PhotoReady in Vanilla
Revlon Nearly Naked in Vanilla
Basic Information
-It comes in a bottle with no pump
- 1 fl oz. of product
- Comes in 16 different shades
- Satin Finish
- SPF 20
- Retails for $7.50 at Target, but I have seen it over $10 at other locations.
- There is a powder that goes with it, but I have not tried it.
- My shade is Vanilla; it has more yellow to the foundation and that matches my undertone better. The lightest shade is Ivory and that has pink in it for cool undertones, so I went a step up to Vanilla to better match my skin tone.

I wore this foundation on and off for a few days, I wrote out my thoughts while I wore it and made a pro and con list.

- Blends in quick and easy
- Pores are not visible
- Feels light on my skin but covers like a medium coverage foundation
- Buildable without looking cakey
- Covers redness
- Wears for 6-8 hours before it starts to look like you need a touch-up
- Evens out skin tone and looks like your skin but not caked with product
- Doesn’t settle into fine lines.
- Blends in easily with fingers or a brush, a sponge would not work with this thin consistency.
- This did not cause my skin to breakout or have any reaction.
- You will not look greasy or oily with this foundation, but applying a light layer of powder will help it wear longer.

- Runny when you pour it out, so be careful to not pour it too fast.
- Does dry maybe a half shade darker but I think it is more noticeable on fair skin tones.
- Has a hint of the same odor the Tarte Maracuja foundation, but this is less irritating. I have issues with my cosmetics having a scent to them, or at least a scent that is noticeable.
- If you have dry patches, do not wear this foundation because it will cling to any spot.
- During application, my skin would start to burn/sting (not in an unbearable kind of way), as I would apply this to my skin. I thought it was just my skin being sensitive, but later when I put on a different foundation I did not have that problem. I did notice that every time I put on this foundation, my skin would react this way, but I never noticed redness, a rash or any breakouts from it.

This is the product blended in to my hand, I did leave a harsh line so you could tell the difference.

Final Thought

I do think the Revlon Nearly Naked foundation is a great dupe for the Urban Decay Naked foundation, if you’re on a budget and want some similar aspects of the Urban Decay foundation. However, the UD Naked does not smell or burn my skin during application. I would recommend this for any skin type, just make sure your skin is exfoliated or properly moisturized before application.  I will be wearing this come the warmer months when I want to feel like I am wearing less make-up.

I would give the Revlon Nearly Naked foundation 3.5 stars out of 5, and would recommend this to anyone interested in the UD foundation, but cannot afford the higher price tag. 

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