Revlon’s introduction of their Nearly Naked foundation in 16 “true tone shades” is said to balance skin and makeup so they work in perfect harmony.
Revlon Nearly Naked Makeup in Vanilla
When I initially purchased the Nearly Naked makeup, I chose the lightest warm shade in the line, Vanilla. While it could work in a pinch, it just didn’t settle correctly into my skin and felt a bit mask-like as the day wore on, so I went for the next shade up. Here are the two lightest shades in the warm tones compared:
Revlon Nearly Naked in Vanilla and Shell
Revlon Nearly Naked Swatched: Vanilla (bottom) and Shell (top)
Before and After: Wearing Revlon Nearly Naked in Shell
Revlon says the new Nearly Naked makeup is:
“So refreshlingly light, it melts right in, creating a fresh even look. So the only one that knows you are wearing makeup is you.”
Application and Coverage. I found this foundation to apply the best with a dampened sponge (I was using my new Beauty Blender for this). I also found it looked the best when working it into the skin a bit. The foundation is build-able, just as Revlon states, and in the above photos I was wearing two layers of the foundation. I would say one layer is light coverage, and two is medium, which I think did a great job of evening out my skin. As I layered the product it did not get cakey, and blended seamlessly. I noticed the foundation clinging to areas which were dry on my face (from healing blemishes and dryness around the nose), so I would recommend moisturizing any dry areas thoroughly before application. This foundation has broad spectrum SPF 20, containing 3.5% Octinoxate and 1.9% Titanium Dioxide.
Finish and Wear. The finish of this foundation is semi-matte. After blending the foundation in it feels light on the face, and it dries to a very matte-like feeling. On my oily skin it lasted an impressive 6 hours without using any oil-controlling products. I felt the need to set it with a powder and found it worked very well paired with the NYX Studio Finishing Powder to set it. The foundation stayed on my face the entire day and did not break down.
Overall, I am enjoying this foundation for the light feel on the skin and think it is great that it is so build-able without looking cakey. I think it would be a great foundation for oily skin, especially if you are looking for that semi-matte look in a foundation, and adding in an oil-control primer would make it go the distance for you. If your skin type is more dry I would advise using a good moisturizer on dry areas before application. As my skin is aging, I have been into more luminous finish foundations lately (which blur my wrinkles more) and while this product does not settle into any lines, the finish can make my complexion look a little dull. To counteract this I have been using a highlighting powder to add some more dimension to my skin.
You can see me wearing one layer in the shade Vanilla in my NYX Matte Bronzer review, which does not look too light from the photographs, but as the day wears on it looks too light for my complexion and doesn’t look natural. You can also see the difference in one layer vs. two in the post – you can see some of my skin showing underneath it.
- Product – 9/10
- Formula- 9/10
- Pigmentation – 10/10
- Longevity- 10/10
- Application – 8/10
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