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Saturday, 4 May 2013

Revlon | Nearly Naked Foundation

Revlon | Nearly Naked Foundation | £8.99

I think it's safe to say I've become a bit of a foundation-aholic the past couple of months.  I used to be the type of girl who would find a base they like and stick to it, but just recently I've been testing and trying lots of new ones to add to my makeup collection; it's good to have variety there - my skin doesn't always call for the same coverage every day and I find it refreshing to have a bit of a choice.  Hardly surprising then that I got caught up in the hype that is Revlon's Nearly Naked foundation.  Being a fan of light, sheer bases I knew I had to try it.  Do I like it? Yes. But there's a few things I have mixed opinions on..

First off. The shade range. I've never tried any Revlon foundation before (I know, shocking..I've had their Photoready foundation on my wish list for donkeys..) so I wasn't sure where I would be in their shade spectrum.  After much debating I settled on '150 - Nude' as I'm usually one or two shades darker than the lightest available. However, in the morning when I decided I would give it a whirl, it became apparent that the colour was a touch too dark (my fault, not Revlon's!). I can usually get away with a shade lighter or darker but it was a struggle getting it to blend seamlessly because of the pink undertones to that came through once applied on my more yellow-toned skin. Feeling a little bit annoyed with myself for picking the wrong shade (we've all been there, done that and got a replacement bottle), I thought I'd grab a lighter one.  Every store I went in had '130 - Shell' as the next shade down, so I grabbed it and crossed my fingers.  It does match a great deal better, as it seems a little more neutral with the undertones, but it's possibly a touch too light.  What a kerfuffle.  I tend to wear the lighter shade as I find it blends better into my skin, and mix it with the darker shade in some areas if I think I need to.  This said, I find there's quite a bit jump between the 2 shades and I can't seem to find a middle-ground?! I don't think there is a '140' but if anyone has found one, do let me know as I seem to be smack-bang in the middle here. That was probably my first and only little gripe.

I find it gets messy very quick due to there being no pump, but to be honest, I can look past this. It doesn't effect the foundation in any way and if I over-pour I simply just tip a little back in - it's actually very handy as you can see exactly how much is left and rest assured you can get every last bit out once you're running low. The foundation itself is lovely. Now, I shall be honest here and say it didn't blow me away when I first started using it. There was no 'crikey me I think I've just found my new holy grail' moment but I did like how light and easy to blend it was and I didn't put it straight back in the drawer.  I've been reaching for it a lot just recently over my slightly heavier foundations. My skin has been a little on the dodgy side due to various reasons the past couple of weeks, and I've found it covers any blemishes well without drying around them and making them appear worse. Some might think that having a few blemishes would mean a heavier foundation, but for me I find a lighter base works better when I'm having a bad skin day - as it doesn't exaggerate the dodgy bits.  It helps to mask them and smooth out the skin, and also doesn't appear obvious that you're trying to hide something because it doesn't look 'caked on'.  You do need a primer if you want it to last (for reference I use Loreal's Studio Secrets Resurfacing Primer and it works very well with it). The first few times I wore it without a primer, it faded pretty quickly within about 3 hours, but if I make sure I prep my skin beforehand and dust a little of Mac's MSF over the top to set, I get a good 5-6 hours wear out of it albeit a little wear around my t-zone.  After application it gives is a very natural, satin-like finish.

It feels very, very light on the skin which is what I love about it. It's an absolute dream to apply and blend (I use a Real Techniques Buffing brush and it works a treat!) I do agree with the claim that it looks almost undetectable from your real skin, and it feels completely weightless.  I would say it has a little more coverage than a couple of my BB creams, but not much. If you're an Estee Lauder Double Wear girl then I'd stay well clear of Nearly Naked! But if you're in the market for a lightweight, subtle foundation that feels like you're wearing nothing on your skin, I'd really recommend it. Yes, there are a couple of things I'm not so sure on, but nothing major and I can see why there has been a lot of hype surrounding it.  It's really grown on me and I've been wearing it daily the past fortnight - it's been a little saving grace for me and my skin just recently and the only gripe I have is with the shade range for me personally but then again, I'm always awkward. I'm glad I have it in my foundation drawer and for summer I'm sure I'll be reaching for it a lot more! It wasn't instant love but it's getting there - once you learn to work with it I have to agree with the masses and state that it's a very good little foundation that does what it says on the tin (or bottle..)

Have you tried Revlon's Nearly Naked?
What were your thoughts? Yey or Nay?

29 comments:

  1. I need to start trying more foundations! I really wanted to try Rimmel Wake Me Up but I've seen a few good reviews on this one now! I want to try a lighter coverage for Summer so might give it a go :) xxx

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    1. Ahh yes i like Wake Me Up - thats a really good one but it is very dewy. This one is a good middle-ground finish-wise :)
      xx

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  2. I'm really intrigued by this but not sure if its enough coverage for me:) x

    www.thebeautymist.com

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    1. it is very, very light. If you're just after a lighter base for casual days though its really good x

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  3. Fab review, I love how detailed all your reviews are! I love this foundation so much, definitely one of my faves :)

    www.andthislittlepiggybeauty.blogspot.com

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    1. thankyou Anna - i always think I ramble on but its nice to know my rambles can be helpful!xx

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  4. I bought this last month and I love it! I love how it feels really weightless and gives a natural look but manages to hide blemishes. I was lucky enough for nude to be an exact shade for me, but I do think they should have a wider range of shades and I know my face will be darker in summer than it is now

    great post!

    cllrs.blogspot.com

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    1. Im hoping the darker one will suit me more in summer! I wish they had a few more shades too but i suppose with the lightness of it it isnt hard to find one to blend :) xx

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  5. I still don't think I've read any reviews entirely praising this product! x

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  6. I really love this foundation... for Summer where I want and need less coverage. I have rubbish skin, so it's just not enough for my skin. I think it looks lovely on the skin, but it wont replace my beloved Sheer Glow foundation xxx

    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

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  7. Very nearly bought this last week! It does look lovely, but I found the same problem as you I am definitely inbetween the two lightest shades, so annoying. I found the same thing with Rimmel wake me up too :( Great post Beth xxx

    www.robsarella.com

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  8. starting to wish I'd picked this up instead of Rimmels Match Perfection the other day :( I've been trying a lot of foundations too lately because I just can't seem to find "the one" :( maybe this one next time! thanks for such an in depth review on it :) love your blog! super cute x x

    katieclarkemakeup.blogspot.com

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  9. That's a really good point you make about using lighter coverage bases when you have blemishes - I automatically go for heavier coverage and then feel frustrated when the makeup inly emphasises the blemush. Your suggestion makes total sense...next time I get a blemish I will try the lighter touch. Thanks Beth another great tip!

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  10. I have been using the Nearly Naked foundation since it came out and I love it! Nearer Spring and Summer I have to have a lighter coverage foundation, the only thing this is missing for me is a pump, I hate tipping it out! Great review xx

    www.beautyeverafter.net

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  11. I definitely want to try this and think it would be a good summer foundation especially as it looks more natural. I have oily skin though so I am worried it just won't last on my skin x

    http://whatisinherwardrobe.blogspot.co.uk/

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  12. I love this foundation! My skin is awful at the minute but it covers and smooths it out so well! Lovely review xx

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  13. I've been trying out loads of different foundations, I have about 10 now. I love having the choice depending on how I'm feeling, what the occasion is and how good my skin is. This is in my collection and I love it, was hard to chose what shade to go for but I think I got it close enough.

    Sally x
    Rainydayfaces.com

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  14. I'm toying between this and the Estee DW. I love foundations too much I think :)
    Roxy's Box of Tricks  
    xx

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  15. Ive never tried this as I honestly thought it would probably be way to dark/ orange on the skin ( Im rather pale) but I might give this a go now!

    great post!

    www.itsflashyfash.blogspot.com

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  16. I love foundations that feel weightless! I think I may have to give this one a go hehee :)

    xxx

    sarahslittlegems.blogspot.co.uk/

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  17. I've tried it and absolutely love it, I think it could be the best foundation for my skin that I've tried. I hadn't used a primer with it though and it hadn't lasted very long so I definitely need to start using one with it!

    Rosie
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    therunwayrose.blogspot.com

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  18. There is a 140! Very similar to 130 but it has greyish undertones.

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  19. really need to give this foundation a go! great post! :)


    http://thisgirlloveschic.blogspot.co.uk/

    xx

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  20. This sounds exactly the sort of foundation I used to love about a year ago! Unfortunately my skins gone very blemish heavy recently and I need quite a thick coverage. Great review though!

    ellie | mantrapixie | x

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  21. I've been tempted to try this, I'm not a foundation hoarder and I've had the same bottle of Bourjois Healthy Mix for about 8 months now but the shade selection does look a little dodgy! Might still give it a go when my Healthy Mix runs out though! xx

    Curls and Swirls Beauty & Lifestyle

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  22. Great review, I adore this foundation the only thing that gets to me is the lack of pump :( xx

    Lucy Loves To Blog

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  23. great foundation, love it for spring/summer xx

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  24. I've seen about a million reviews for this product but yours is by far the best and most detailed. I am a big review critic and absoolutely enjoyed yours! xo

    neena-talks.blogspot.com

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  25. So glad I just found your blog! I love it, and I love this review! This sounds like my perfect summer foundation. I think I may have to go pick up a bottle soon :)

    xx

    http://rosieposierosie.blogspot.com

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