I love trying out all categories of makeup, with my most favorite being foundation and concealer. I believe that if you can get your base right, everything else will fall into place, so my hunt has always been for products that will help your skin look “flawless”, but not like a mask. I recently picked up Revlon’s PhotoReady Candid™ Collection foundation and concealer and am adding this line to my faves.
The PhotoReady Candid™ Natural Finish Anti-Pollution Foundation is a medium coverage foundation that’s designed to be skin-enhancing and have a natural-looking finish (so no cake face). It’s oil, parabens, phthalates, synthetic dyes, and harsh fragrance free and has anti-pollution, antioxidant, and anti-blue-light ingredients to protect your skin. My skin is relatively clear with a few small hyper-pigmentation spots here and there, so unless I’m going out, I prefer to have coverage that’s buildable but still looks like skin and lasts for at least 6 hours. I really like the finish of this foundation because it dries down to a more natural finish, which means it’s a little matte but doesn’t look flat. It has little transfer and only oxidizes a little. I have combination/oily skin and what really makes me like this foundation is the fact that I can wear it without putting on primer; this may change come Spring but for now that’s a HUGE plus for me. If you don’t need or like a full coverage foundation, this is a good base to have to give your skin a little more oomph. It’s available in 31 shades.
Like the foundation, the PhotoReady Candid™ Antioxidant Concealer is is medium coverage, oil, parabens, phthalates, synthetic dyes, and harsh fragrance free and has anti-pollution, antioxidant, and anti-blue-light ingredients to protect your skin. It has a flexible doe-foot applicator (which I love), and is buildable, so if you can add more product as needed without it looking heavy. I have dark circles (genetics) so I have to use more for better coverage, but I don’t necessarily have to pile it on. My only complaint about this one is that the color labeling is off. My skin is nowhere near deep (I’m usually in the neutral-medium-tan range) and I had to get that color in order to have basic/highlighted coverage. That needs to be fixed because online, “deep” looks like a milk chocolate color! Other than that, I like the formula: it’s creamy but not too thin, blends beautifully, and has very little creasing. A trick that I do with my concealer to keep from having to use a ton of it is to let it dry down for about 20-30 seconds before blending it out so that the coverage is fuller. It’s available in 18 shades (but remember, the color labeling is way off).