Product Review: Revlon Nearly Naked Makeup and Pressed Powder

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Revlon already makes one of my all time favorite foundations, Colorstay, so when I heard they were releasing a new liquid foundation, I couldn’t wait to try it. I’m also always on the lookout for a good pressed powder and Nearly Naked seemed promising.

The Product

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Nearly Naked Makeup, a liquid foundation, comes in a square glass bottle with a twist off lid and an large opening to pour out the foundation. The Nearly Naked Pressed Powder’s packaging is a plastic rectangle compact with a round pan of powder and a small rectangle applicator. Revlon describes their new makeup as having undetectable coverage giving you an unbelievable complexion. It’s makeup so refreshingly light it melts right in, creating a fresh, even look and a pressed powder that blends seamlessly with a lightweight feel.

Makeup Ingredients: (Active Ingredients : Octinoxate 3.5% • Titanium Dioxide 1.9%) • Water • Cyclopentasiloxane • Dimethicone • Glycerin • PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone • Trimethylsiloxysilicate • Boron Nitride • Phenyl Trimethicone • Disteardimonium Hectorite • Tocopheryl Acetate • Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate • Niacinamide • Hydrolyzed Oat Flour • Lecithin • Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil • Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract • Phytosteryl Canola Glycerides • Palmitic Acid • Oleic Acid • Phytosphingosine • Ceramide 6 II • Cholesterol • Linoleic Acid • Ceramide 3 • Tocopherol • Ceramide 1 • Triolein • Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate • C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate • Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer • Alumina • Silica • Sodium Citrate • Dipropylene Glycol • Laureth-7 • Sodium Chloride • Dimethicone Crosspolymer • Methoxy Amodimethicone/Silsesquioxane Copolymer • Methicone • Stearic Acid • Xanthan Gum • Carbomer • Triethoxycaprylylsilane • Tetrasodium EDTA • Potassium Sorbate • Phenoxyethanol • Caprylyl Glycol +/- (CI 77019/Mica • CI 77491/CI 77492/CI 77499/Iron Oxides • CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide • CI 77497/Zinc Oxide)

Powder Ingredients: Talc • Dimethicone • Zinc Stearate • Octyldodecyl Glycol Grapeseedate • Polyethylene • Saccharomyces/Iron Ferment • Saccharomyces/Copper Ferment • Saccharomyces/Silicon Ferment • Saccharomyces/Potassium Ferment • Saccharomyces/Zinc Ferment • Lecithin • Dimethiconol • Isododecane • Sorbic Acid • Methylparaben +/- (CI 77019/Mica • CI 77491/CI 77492/CI 77499/Iron Oxides)

The Review

Revlon Nearly Naked2The Revlon Nearly Naked Makeup liquid foundation packaging is simple enough without extra bulk, but you have to pour the product out of the glass bottle, which is not very hygienic and doesn’t allow much control over the amount of product dispensed. I’m also not in love with the powder’s packaging, the plastic compact is sturdy enough and the pan is a decent size, but the compact is larger than it needs to be to make room for the applicator. I like the feel of the applicator well enough, but it’s so tiny, it’s difficult to really get even coverage.

The formula is sheer, it provides light to medium coverage and has a natural, almost dewy finish. Although it looks natural,  it keeps a bit of a damp, tacky finish and doesn’t set the way Colorstay does. However, with the powder applied over it, the finish is a nice satin. The foundation has jojoba oil in it, which is great for moisturizing skin and keeping it feeling soft and not looking cakey, but if you have very oily skin, this may be too much for you. Since it’s winter, my skin is rather dry so this formula is a nice change.

I also like that this foundation has SPF 20 in it. I always apply sunscreen over my moisturizer, but since sun damage is the leading cause of skin damage and pre-mature aging, I think the SPF is a good idea and I like that if I’m in a hurry, it’s a good one-step process.

I’ve tried several different application methods with this foundation a sponge seems to work best, damp for a more sheer coverage and dry for a more concentrated application. I’ve also tried a few different application methods for the powder and a flat brush, my favorite of which is the Tarte Blush Brush *featured here in my January Favorites* seems to work best.

What I love most about the Pressed Powder is that it’s between a powder foundation and a translucent powder, it has just a little coverage to it, but it isn’t heavy. It’s also very finely milled, it feels velvety and soft both in a swatch and on my face. Even when I don’t wear the foundation, I love to wear this powder.

The Skinny

I like the foundation – it isn’t a long-wearing formula and it’s very hydrating so it has a more limited use for me, but I like it, especially when my skin is dry. The powder on the other hand, I absolutely love. It’s very finely milled and feels like a powder I would pay five times the amount for. I wish Revlon would put a pump on their foundations and would really prefer if the powder was in a smaller compact and the applicator was housed under the powder in a separate compartment, which would also allow for it to be larger, but those are secondary issues. I have very problematic skin, but didn’t wear any concealer in the pictures below and was able to achieve good coverage and a nice finish. Overall, I call this a Revlon success. $9.99 at Walgreens, CVS, Ulta, $7.49 at Target

What do you think of Revlon’s new foundation and powder? Let me know in the comments below!

The Pictures

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