Monday, December 31, 2012

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation Swatches, Review, and FOTD

So I've been testing the new Revlon Nearly Naked foundation for about a week now, and I have only positive things to say about it. I've heard it compared to the Urban Decay Naked foundation, and perhaps that likeness is something Revlon was going for, but Urban Decay Naked was a greasy mess on me after a few hours and Revlon Nearly Naked has been lasting well throughout the workday. I don't think it's my #1 favorite (though I reserve the right to change my mind), but I would call this one of the top five foundations I've sampled this year, and I will definitely be keeping and continuing to use my bottle.

I bought Nearly Naked in the shade Ivory at the Harmon drugstore section of my local Bed Bath & Beyond (not all BB&B stores have this feature - please check their store locator to see if one near you has a drugstore section), where prices are significantly discounted and you can use their easily-obtainable 20% off coupons on makeup, so I got it for $6. I was tempted to get the Nearly Naked powder too, having read raves about it online, but the shade range of powders in the display was limited. I'll purchase that later on, when the Nearly Naked collection gets moved into the permanent Revlon display and I have access to the full range of shades for the powder as well.

Here is a swatch of Ivory on my hand. It looks a little dark, but don't let that deceive you:


I am also going to suck up my insecurity and let you see me with no foundation on for the sake of offering a before and after. Here I am with no products on my face - only eyes, brows, and lips done:


And here I am with just the Nearly Naked foundation added (applied with the Sephora #56 brush), no powder or anything else yet:



Finally, here's the finished look with pressed powder, blush, and highlighter added:



I honestly can't think of anyone to whom I would NOT recommend this foundation. It doesn't feel drying or accentuate dry areas on me at all, so I think it could work for those with drier skin, but it also works very well on my oily skin. I still have to blot and touch up my powder around lunchtime, but that's normal for me, and the foundation stays put and remains looking good despite the slight oil breakthrough (it doesn't melt off my T-zone, like other foundations I've tried). I would call it medium coverage - could be sheered out by applying with a damp sponge or BeautyBlender, but probably not built up to full coverage unless you layered a powder foundation on over it. Regardless, I think it provides a beautiful, natural finish on my skin.

In case you're wondering, here are the other products I used today:

Cle de Peau Ivory stick concealer under eyes
Maybelline Define-a-Brow in Dark Blonde
Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Ash Blonde (I layer it over the Maybelline pencil)
Chantecaille Olivia palette, swatched here - I used Joy as blush, Perle to highlight, Zinc in the crease, and Quartz on the lid
Chantecaille Les Petales de Rose highlighter, swatched here
Essence Berlin Rocks gel eyeliner on the upper lash line
MAC Blacktrack fluidline to tightline
CoverGirl Lash Blast Volume Waterproof mascara (my standby)
Guerlain Ballade Rouge Automatique lipstick, swatched here

... and a Conair "hair donut" that DID NOT make doing a sock bun ANY easier. *shakes fist* If anyone can tell me how to successfully do a nice sock bun on long, layered hair, I'd love to know!

15 comments:

  1. Looks good but u shouldve got a shade darker. looks a lil bit too light on u

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    1. Thanks for the comment! I politely disagree though. I do have some redness in my face that makes it look a bit darker, and I prefer to match foundations to my neck (so I don't end up with that "floating head" syndrome by having my face be darker than my neck). I feel that this shade matches my neck very well. I also used a brightening powder here, which may have contributed to it overall looking lighter.

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  2. I disagree I think the match is perfect. However, I love the finish of the foundation on you before powder. Beautiful skin!

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  3. You look beautiful! I've been searching for a new foundation to try and this sounds perfect. Great review!
    -h

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  4. Wow you're beautiful! It looks so natural and pretty! I wonder if ivory would be too dark for my NW10 skin.

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    1. Thanks so much! No, I think it would be perfect for you. I am about NW10 (I lean somewhere between neutral and cool-toned) and Ivory works wonderfully on me!

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    2. Excellent!! I'll check it out today :) thanks!!

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  5. Great review! I think you look beautiful both with and without foundation xx

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  6. Girl! You don't even need makeup! Nonetheless, it looks great!

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  7. Hello you are so beautifull you don't even need foundation :-) I want to try this one but can not find it where I live in France so I was searching some swatches to buy it on internet. All I could find it was shade vanilla 120 shell 130 and naked 150. I see that you have Ivory, which shade is that? Thank you

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    1. Thank you so much! :) Ivory is #110. Hope that helps!

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  8. What color are you in the nearly naked?

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  9. Hiya! I think my skin tone is possibly a tiny bit darker than yours - slightly pinker - and would like to know your opinion on which shade I should opt for! I don't mind looking a little paler than usual because I can warm my face up with my powder so maybe ivory? It looks lovely on you by the way and your skin is in such great condition!! Also, what powder do you use (or have I missed that in the products list at the end?)? Hope you're great xxx

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    1. Thanks! I think if you're only slightly darker and pinker Ivory should work well, but if you think you might be a full shade darker, you might want to choose a darker shade. With that said, I wouldn't know which one to recommend if you were to go darker because I haven't tried any other shades! Sorry =x

      Oops, you're right, I forgot to list the powder! I am not 100% sure but I *think* I used Guerlain pressed powder for this look (the discontinued Poudres de Perles one in Mythic Parfait - one of my favorites). Neither is a perfect dupe, but the two readily-available powders I've found that come closest to providing the same color and brightening finish as the Guerlain are Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powder in Porcelain Pearl and the new Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Perfector powder in Fair (both of which are also good color matches for me). Hope that helps!

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