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I am 19 years of age and have tried various foundations in my life time. I have clear skin but with patches of dryness. Pretty much all the foundations i have tried in the past seem to either cling to these dry patches or just make me look grey and ill after about an hour.
So i've never found one that i really love and would consider buying again. However, after reading so many excellent reviews about "Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Cream Foundation", i decided to order one off ebay (as they do not sell it here in the UK).
I brought the "Natural Ivory" Shade which on the website, looked rather pinky (suitable for my skin, i hate buying a foundation that has orangey pigments as they just do NOT suit me).
I recieved this foundation through the post and was very excited to try it! The bottle that i had however is completely different to the squeezy tube shown in this picture, it has the same name though...so i'm presuming its the same one.lol.
After putting the foundation on my face, which went on gorgeously, very smooth and silky and easily blended. I was like "wow, i look amazing".
My skin was flawless, no sign of any dry patches and the colour blended excellently with my skin.
Another thing i noticed, was that the foundation gave a luminous fresh-faced glow which i love as i hate looking dull and matt.
I would definitly recomend this foundation to anyone and hey, you dont have to be middle aged and desparate for a cheap face lift - it looks beautiful on my 19 year old skin! :)
I love trying new foundations, and recently found this one on sale from Raven Cosmetics for only £2.99 for a 30ml tube, so I snapped it up. The colour I chose was Cameo 020 which luckily turned out to be the right colour for my fair but not paper-white skin. However, the texture and finish of this foundation did not turn out to suit me.
Maybelline Instand Rewind Anti-Aging Foundation comes in a beige tube with a metallic plastic cap. I find the design of the tube very practical because you just squeeze out a bit of foundation onto your fingertips or makeup sponge, and this avoids the problem of dipping your fingers into a pot of foundation which I find unsanitary.
The packaging does have a rather cheap look and feel to it, particularly the cap which isn't real metal, but I suppose that's to be expected from a foundation in this price range. I do like the rewind symbol on the package that looks like what you would see on a DVD remote control which I think is quite cute.
The foundation also has a pleasant scent. It smells like baby powder when it first comes out of the tube, but after around 5 minutes the smell fades away to nothing. Also, it feels very light on your skin so you can easily forget you're wearing it, which I also like, as there is nothing worse than that caked-on dirty feeling that I get from heavy foundations.
The problem for me with this foundation is two-fold, however. First, there are the light-illuminating particles this contains. I find they look fake and give a sort of ghostly glow to my skin. Particularly as I am fairly pale, I don't think this is an attractive look for me. I do think it would be better suited to darker-skinned women, but on me it just looks fake and weird!
The other problem with this is the finish is quite drying and powdery. Although it says on the tube it's suitable for all skin types, I find that's not the case and those with dry skin like mine would be better off avoiding it. Because it's got a dry finish it seems to find its way into every line and crease on my face and, again with the light-illuminating particles, highlights them and makes them much more noticeable. Again, I think this finish would be find for women with oily skin but it's definitely not for me.
I noticed that other reviewers on dooyoo seem to love this stuff and I think that makes sense because for those with a different skin type than mine it has a lot going for it. It's inexpensive, gives good cover but stays light, and best of all has SPF 18 to protect your skin from the sun. So I can't say I hate this, just that it's probably not meant for pale, dry skin like mine.
A few years ago I started noticing that my skin had been left with a few red scars due to breakouts. Never having been a foundation user before I thought that I might need to start so that I could even out my skin tone a little.
At first it was a total minefield! I had no idea what brand was good and what shade would suit my skin, so my first attempt was a bit of a miss - it looked cakey and unnatural.
Having used other Maybelline products, it is a brand I trust so I checked out their foundations and eventually decided on Instant Rewind in Sand colour (030).
Firstly and importantly it is SPF 18 - great! I wear a moisturiser with an SPF 15 and I'm not sure if adding a layer of the foundation makes it an SPF 33 but, I like to think so!!
It claims to be an anti-ageing foundation for firming and radiance. Supposedly the inclusion of caffeine extract and silk fibres make your skin feel firmer and minimises the appearance of fine lines.
It is dermatologically tested therefore suitable for sensitive skin.
Finally it "makes the skin look radiant and luminous due to light diffusing micropearls".
So they are the promises, now onto my opinion:
I apply this product in a thin layer with my fingers and blend. I think the coverage it gives is excellent, managing to be both light and cover any redness very well.
It is available in a variety of shades, but the shade "Sand" is perfect for my skin and seems to adapt perfectly whether or not I am wearing fake tan - but clearly that's an individual thing so probably not that useful to you readers :)
I think that the claim to make your skin feel firmer and minimise lines is a little far fetched - cant say I have seen any evidence of that, but the radiance claim is fair to say. The formula does reflect the light and I do notice a bit more of a dewy glow compared to a matt formula for instance.
The lightness of the formula makes it perfect to dab under your eyes too, and the light reflecting particles are great for those dark circles.
I feel that this is value for money too - a 30ml tube costs around £5 from amazon and one tube lasts me at least 6 months. And given that it can double up as touche eclat too - double bargain!!
I can't find it on Boots or Superdrug's websites anymore and really hope that it's not being discontinued but knowing me and my magic knack for making any product I like discontinued, it probably is :(
Thanks for reading!
I love this foundation!
In my younger days, I never used to bother wearing foundation at all, as I always found it too claggy on my skin, and let's face it, foundation on a young girl is gilding the lily somewhat.
In more recent times, I am no longer that fresh spring chicken so I have started needing foundation, for two reasons:
1. To generally disguise imperfections and look more alive (for 'alive' read 'younger')
2. A few years back, I started to suffer with mild roseacea and I discovered that I needed to wear something that blocked the UV light from my facial skin to keep this condition under control.
I've tried various brands but I keep coming back to the Maybelline Instant Rewind, as I find it works on both the above points.
It's available in about 5 shades, which is about average. However, I have it in 2 shades - one for pale and interesting days, and one for when I have been bothered to use my fake tan :)
This also means I can custom blend my own shade too of course.
I find it equally good whether applied with clean fingertips or a cosmetics sponge. It doesn't just sit on the surface like some, it actually blends into the skin: As long as you have got approximately the right shade for you, the 'edges' are really easy to blend away, so you don't get that dreaded tidemark.
It claims to make you look younger by using light-reflecting particles in the formula, and yes, I can see this in my mirror - It is an instant pick-me-up, and dries to a nice satin finish - not too matt, not too shiny or sparkly either, perfect.
The ingredients include caffeine, which is supposed to perk up the skin tone: I do look forward to dabbing it around my eye-bags in the morning !
The best thing about it for me personally is that it has Sun Protection Factor 18, which is higher than most others. As I said above, I use this to control my mild roseacea and I can really tell the difference: On the odd day that I forget to apply it in the morning, I can feel the centre of my face reddening and blotching by lunchtime , honestly. So most days now, I make a point of applying it and it does the job.
I also accidentally tested the SPF 18 while on holiday in Lanzarote: Out all day in the bright, hot sunshine, my shoulders, neck and arms were all burnt red (oops) but my face, covered with Maybelline Instant Rewind, did not change colour at all - what a recommendation!
It only costs around £5 - £6.00, and is often included in the special offers, and for this price, it's my desert island essential.