So far for me, 2013 has been all about embracing less coverage and ditching the super-heavy foundations. I mentioned this in my Beauty Lessons post - I've found that, for everyday, I am much better off using a light foundation and spot-concealing any flaws rather than going in with a really heavy base.
It's no coincidence that my new love affair with these kind of foundations began just as they were really beginning to take off as a trend in both the high and low ends of the beauty market. I liked YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat, loved Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum and now I'm back with a report on the latest 'light' foundation in my collection - Revlon's Nearly Naked (€13.99).
Application-wise, this goes on extremely well. I've used my fingers and numerous brushes and I think it performs best with the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (although your hands will definitely do the job!)
It has that definitive 'second skin' effect down to a T - it smoothes over everything and dries to a natural finish that isn't overly matte, but not super-glowy either. I find that with a good loose powder and some concealer, this looks great on me. I'd never wear it alone, but, I would never wear any foundation alone, really!
The shade range is pretty great for a foundation that you can pick up in Boots, in fact, it's better than MAC or Lancome's poor shade offerings. If you're pale like myself and Sinéad, you'll have no problem finding a colour to suit you. 110 Ivory is my colour of choice and it's pretty much bang on. It doesn't oxidise on me, and stays true to the colour in the bottle for as long as it's on my face.
Speaking of the bottle, it's not amazing but, it's certainly not terrible either. The lack of a pump is annoying - seeing as Revlon are quite an expensive 'drugstore' brand, you'd expect them to include one, really! I can see the 'tilt and pour' action becoming quite a pain down the line as I use this up.
I would term the lasting power of this foundation to be quite good for a light one, but not fantastic either because it does move around a bit on me. As the day goes on I find that this tends to settle and cake just a bit on the sides of my nose (I had the same issue with Revlon Colourstay so maybe this is a Revlon thing?) - it's not a massive complaint, but it's something that Healthy Mix Serum doesn't do on my skin anyways, and for that reason Nearly Naked would be my lesser favourite of the two.
|Revlon Nearly Naked - spread out over skin|
|Revlon Nearly Naked - blended in - you can really see how it mimics skin!|
Overall? A really good foundation for most skin types. I can see a lot of people really loving this for day wear, as do I. I will use it up quite happily, but I don't think I'll be buying it again, simply because Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum sits better on my skin and has a pump. Price-wise, there's only a euro between the two (NN is €13.99, BHMS is €14.99), but I'll be buying Bourjois again, especially as it has just been revamped and I'm dying to check out how they could have possibly improved on the original!