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The idea of not having to spend half an hour trying hundreds of foundations and ending up with a multi coloured wrist and arm full of shades sounded too good to be true. Having said that, I still literally ran to the local shops to get Revlon's new miracle foundation! It wasn't cheap but it wasn't expensive either and for the service it provided I didn't mind at all paying the price plus Revlon is an accredited brand too. My skin is very fair so I chose the lightest option possible and the first fortnight was absolute bliss. When you first use it a white liquid cream will come out and once you rub it into your skin it will slowly change colour to match your skin tone. Simple as that. It was easy to apply and distribute evenly and gave very good coverage without it looking like paint. But then as I used half of the bottle, things started to go downhill. I started to see small black beads in the white foundation as I emptied it out. They started to become more and more frequent each time I used it and each time the colour got darker and darker. I knew it was slightly darker but I didn't think it would make that much of a difference and because it was gradual I didn't realise by the end of the bottle how dark it had got. I now do realise this when i look back at photos around that time and my neck is white but my face is near orange. Or so it looks. This literally crushes me because it was really good and worked an absolute treat. The more I have used other products too, I have realised and been advised to match closer to the colour of your neck as opposed to your face , as then you'll get a more natural look as there won't be contrasting colours in your upper body. With this method in mind, Revlons foundation does not help this technique which is also a downfall if your looking for a natural look and don't want to have to end up wasting make up coating your neck too to match your face. Such a shame, it had so much potential.
I think my search for the perfect foundation has been ongoing since I was about 15 years old. I've found reasonably priced products that do an acceptable job, and expensive foundations that do a brilliant job, but I've never been able to find a foundation which is both reasonably priced and extremely effective. But then I found the Revlon Beyond Natural foundation. When you first squeeze it onto your hands, it looks bright white which is slightly off-putting. However, as you rub it into your skin it quickly blends with your skin tone and provides a light to medium coverage which is perfect for every day use. It has just enough coverage to even out skin tone and hide minor imperfections but stills feels very light on the skin. It is available in five different shades - Light, Light/Medium, Medium, Medium/Deep and Deep - so it's pretty quick and easy to find out which one you need. I think that this product is perfect for times when your skin lightens/darkens over a short period, e.g. on your summer holiday, as it adapts to these changes in skin tone and removes the need to buy several different shades. Obviously, different skin types have different foundation needs so I can only explain my own skin type and how well this product works with it. I used to have quite bad skin so still have some red marks left over from previously bouts of acne; this product covers these effectively without feeling heavy on my skin (I can't stand the feeling of heavy products on my face!). However, I still use some concealer on top of the foundation as the coverage isn't completely flawless, but I've never found a foundation where I haven't had to use concealer as well. I also have combination skin (dry areas around my nose, oily T-zone and 'normal' skin on my cheeks); this foundation doesn't dry out my dry and normal areas, but is effective in mattifying my T-zone. This product is quite cheap compared to products of a similar effectiveness (another foundation I love is Yves Saint Laurent but it's not exactly affordable on a regular basis!), so I think it is definitely worth a try.
Having run out of my current "ok, but not quite brilliant" foundation, I once again I found myself on my seemingly endless task of discovering a perfect base. I am yet to discover the perfect foundation so I try a different product every time I need a replacement and this time my foundation of choice is Revlon Beyond Natural which was well within my budget at £9.99 for 30ml so I thought that I may as well give it a go as it seems as though I have already tried most of the others available! Revlon Beyond Natural comes in a peach plastic flat tube which stands on its bronze lid. There is nothing eye catching or fancy about the packaging and it does not exactly reek of quality but I have been duped by smart packaging in the past so the plastic tube here is of no issue to me. The lid twists off in a half turn and a small squeeze reveals the product. My initial thought was that the product was white and this is not what I usually expect from a foundation, but as soon as you start to apply the product to your face, it seems as though the "micro beads" of colour within the product burst and so with a small amount of smoothing and blending, you are left with a perfect shade. This foundation only comes in four shades - light, light/medium, medium and deep - not exactly the most imaginative of shade names but I suppose they are as stated! There are only four shades because this is a colour matching product and as the packaging says: "the patented ingredients made with innovative micro-colour beads adjust to your exact skin tone upon application" and I could not have said it better myself. This is the first product of this type that I truly believe does match my skin tone perfectly. I put it to a good test when I put a little fake tan on my face in preparation for a night out and the foundation still looked to be a perfect shade. I chose the light shade because I am naturally pale and whereas I usually struggle not to have the Tango effect, this foundation does not have a hint of orange at all and I am ridicously pleased with the colour. So far so good! There is no obvious aroma to this foundation which I really like because there is nothing worse that being able to smell your own make-up all day, especially if it is not particularly pleasant! It is fairly runny which took some getting used to and at first I made a slight mess on myself and also within the lid; if you leave the foundation upright without the lid on it does drip out which is unusual in my opinion but as long as you are aware of this, it is not too much of a problem and I think that it's thin consistency makes it easier to blend the product properly. I always prefer to use my fingers to blend in my facial make up, and it is easy to do this with this product, it smoothes and blends in nicely with only a few swipes and the finish that it leaves is nothing short of delightful. It is not greasy in the slightest, infact quite the opposite and I am left with an almost powder like finish. It feels smooth to the touch and even after a long days ware, I still feel as though I am left with a flawless finish, in fact, I have barely used pressed powder whilst I have been using this foundation and I am usually a martyr to the stuff to blot away shiny patches but with this product I have had no need to use it at all. It is a light coverage foundation and it is not fantastic at covering dark patches and old spot scars, so I have used concealer underneath it in places which I think is only to be expected, but otherwise it does leave you with a flawless finish that you can be proud of. I do not feel overly "made up" whilst wearing this product and it is so light that it is barely detectable, and very importantly, it does not congeal in fine lines or open pores at all and there is not a single hint of "caking". I have been known to come out in spots at a change of product on many occasions (even though at 31 I would have hoped to have grown out of this!) but not even a tiny pimple has erupted with this product which is a definite thumbs up. Revlon beyond Natural also contains SPF 15, so this alongside its colour changing abilities and light coverage makes it a perfect summer foundation, but I will not just be using it in the summer, oh no, I think that I may well have found perfection and so I will be stocking up on this before the blighters discontinue it as has happened to me in the past! I cannot find a single thing wrong with this product. It covers well with a good colour and amazing finish, it stays put all day long without the need to touch up and doesn't rub off on clothing or the like but it does come off easily with face wash or make-up remover without leaving behind a greasy residue. At £9.99 it is not the cheapest foundation, but it is a long way from being expensive compared to others so I think that is a reasonable and affordable price considering its fantastic quality. I think that my long quest is over and I would recommend this product without hesitation! Also published on Ciao! under my username chilcott1
Again, another gimmick from Revlon, again it works. This is scarily clever! The idea behind this is that the foundation itself comes in vague 'ballpark sized' shades, like Light, Light Medium, Medium, Medium Dark and Dark. This basically means that EVERYONE IN THE WORLD fits into one of these categories. How so? I hear you ask? Well, the liquid itself is white, and contains tiny pearls of colour, which burst on contact with your skin and mix to create your perfect shade. As long as you choose the right shade to start with, (they aren't THAT clever...) you're laughing. Perhaps the best possible use of this technology is in between seasons, when you need one foundation to last you as your complexion changes. The great thing about it, is that the pearls react on contact with the heat of the skin on your face, and the pressure of application. This means that on your brush/sponge/finger the product will remain white. This is billed as a light to medium coverage, so don't go expecting miracles in the way of spot cover. Don't buy this if you suffer with your skin, as it won't give you the effect you desire...
After hearing a lot of great things about this foundation I had high hopes & decided to purchase it, even though I never bother with drugstore foundations, I loved the sound of this one. I thought it would be handy for me as my skintone changes quite a lot & it would be a lot easier for a product to just match it for me rather than having to swap foundation shades. I was lucky enough to get it on offer for £7.99 from £9.99 in Superdrug. Nonetheless, I was still completely ripped off! This foundation claims it will cover imperfections, even skins appearance & match your exact skin tone. It is available in Superdrug & Boots & comes in a 30ML squeezy tube, which you have to be careful with as the foundation is so watery it tends to spill out everywhere, the packaging they chose is a disgrace, its very hard to control & leaks everywhere. The tube also looks very plain & boring which would be forgivable if it was a decent product. It is beige with standard black writing. I got this in light/medium, the consistency is a watery white with tiny black beads in. I massaged the product into my skin then blended it with my finger tips. I don't suffer with spots but have a few minor blemishes, the foundation could not even cover them up, it provides no coverage whatsoever. It didn't even out my skintone & was not even left with a dewy glow. When I first tried it I was convinced it was a moisturiser in disguise until I removed it, then I could see the product on the wipe. Though, it really does have the effect of a moisturiser & is by far the worst product I've tried. It contains an SPF15 with no mention of UV protection. The active ingredients are : Titanium Dioxide 3.9%, Zinc Oxide 2.0% I did not suffer any skin outbreaks from using this, I have sensitive skin. Still, the product is still not even worth a second glance, it costs a fortune in my eyes because of the major leaking as soon as you open it. I can imagine this being in Poundland in a few years.
Before I start, I will say that I hate wearing foundation. I have less than perfect skin, but always feel like I'm wearing "a mask" if I wear foundation. Not just feel like I am, but I often look like I am too. I often have trouble matching it to my skin tone, and blending liquid foundation in to make it look like I'm wearing nothing is a real hard task for me. Oh, and I'm really lazy when it comes to make-up too, which probably doesn't help! With this is mind, I really thought that Revlon may have come up with the perfect solution for me. The impressive sounding advert claims that Revlon Beyond Natural Skin Matching Make Up is a "Weightless foundation that goes on white and self-adjusts to match your exact skin tone to create a flawless finish." It sounded too good to be true in all honesty, almost magical, but I thought it worth giving ago... ***The Packaging*** The foundation is supplied in a 1fl oz / 30ml tube. Personally, I think the tube design is awful - it looks terribly old fashioned with it's dirty beige colouration and not something that I would look to buy normally. It has a bronze coloured twist off list, which is easy to open and close. On the rear of the tube we are told that this product... ----------------------------------------------------- "Covers imperfections and evens skin's appearance. Patented ingredients made with innovative micro-color beads adjust to your exact skin tone upon application." Active Ingredients are Titanium Dioxide 3.9%, Zinc Oxide 2.0% ------------------------------------------------------ ***The Product*** The foundation is easy to squeeze from the tube, and is a white coloured creamy consistency - like a light moisturiser. Upon closer examination, you can see dark coloured tiny bits of "something" contained in the cream. I'm guessing these are the micro-color beads. So basically, it's these beads bursting with the pressure of application and mixing with the white cream, that gives the colour. Hmmm, that doesn't sound quite so magical now does it... The instructions tell you to "Apply with fingertips and blend until white formula transforms to match your exact skin tone." I find that applying it evenly can be a little tricky as it is sometimes difficult to see where you have already blended the product. If I apply too much, it gives my skin an orange tone - which isn't really the look I am going for! Coverage wise - it's ok. It covers better than a tinted moisturiser, but feels lighter than usual foundation, making it good for the summer months. It gives a matte non-duey finish, and evens out my skintone pretty well. It contains SPF 15 which is an excellent bonus as obviously sun protection is something we all need to think about. On the downside, if I have any areas of slightly dry skin, this does emphasise them, giving them a "cakey" look. Sometimes I haven't even noticed the dry areas pre-application, but the foundation really draws attention to them. It does last pretty well on my skin though - around 4 to 5 hours of normal use, which is fairly good as I do tend to touch my skin a lot throughout the day. I'm afraid it still hasn't won me over to the liquid foundation fan club, but this is the best liquid foundation for me that I have tried so far. I don't think that it surpassed my expectations enough for me to buy again though.
Goes on white and self-adjusts to match your exact skin tone /