Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Review -- Revlon Age Defying Firming + Lifting Makeup

There are a lot of great foundations at the drugstore these days -- the CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation probably impresses me the most, but I also love the Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Makeup and Revlon Nearly Naked Makeup -- but if you've got dry skin, finding one is usually a little more of a challenge.

The two Revlon foundations mentioned above cooperate with my dry skin pretty well, but when I have particularly flaky, dehydrated areas, they can cling to those spots in a pretty unflattering way.

So I'm always on the hunt for a budget-friendly foundation that always flatters my dry skin -- even in the dead of winter when it's flake city.

I think I may have finally found it -- because the Revlon Age Defying Firming + Lifting Makeup has been a pretty amazing fit with my skin.

It makes sense, of course. This foundation is clearly targeted toward mature skin, which tends to need a little more moisture. Now, I don't really think of myself as mature just yet, but I am in my 30s and my skin has definitely become drier in recent years. The Revlon Age Defying Firming + Lifting Makeup contains hyaluronic acid, a seriously hydrating ingredient that makes it perfect if you've got skin that leans toward the dry side.

But that's not all this foundation has going for it.

It has a nice medium coverage that covers most of my everyday discolorations. I've been dealing with a stubborn breakout lately, and those spots require a little extra concealer after I apply the foundation, but all my other discolorations are hidden.

The finish isn't overly glow-y or dewey as you might expect from a foundation targeted for mature or dry skin. It isn't matte either, though. It has a nice satin finish that looks really natural on the skin. I don't need powder with this foundation, but if you have combination skin, I think you could still wear it if you just dust a little powder through the T-zone.

Now, as far as the claims that Revlon makes about firming and lifting the skin, I certainly haven't used it long enough to be able to say yay or nay, but I'm skeptical. I definitely prefer makeup that has skincare ingredients in it because I feel like it's going to be better for my skin, but I would never rely on my foundation or concealer or eyeshadow to do any heavy lifting when it comes to improving the tone, texture, or firmness of my skin.

(Basically, I'm saying I wouldn't rely on this foundation to make your skin look any firmer or tighter even if you use it nearly everyday. But that's just my opinion.)

In terms of packaging, the foundation comes in a glass bottle like all of Revlon's foundations, but unlike some of the others, it features a pump so you can get the makeup out without making a mess.

Revlon's Age Defying Firming + Lifting Makeup has a convenient pump dispenser.
Of course, I chose the lightest shade, Fresh Ivory 05, and it's a decent match for my super fair skin. It does lean slightly peachy, though. However, I find that once it's blended in, that tone isn't very noticeable.

Revlon Age Defying Firming + Lifting Makeup in Fresh Ivory 05
I like applying it with my Beauty Blender sponge, but it also blends well with a brush or fingers.

All in all, I think this is a lovely foundation if you have dry, normal, or even combination skin. The only skin type that probably wouldn't do well with it is seriously oily skin.  I definitely recommend checking it out if you've been looking for a nice medium coverage foundation that won't emphasize dry patches, fine lines or other texture problems with your skin.

Have you tried the Revlon Age Defying Firming + Lifting Makeup? What's your favorite drugstore foundation?

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