In this day and age (excuse the pun), we seem to be obsessed with products that are geared towards making us look younger. From blurring primers to fillers, the market is saturated with promotions of making us look and feel younger. Personally, I am not in the market for such products as I don’t see the need to have products that blur the wrinkles I don’t have or products that are catered to make me look younger. I really think that our society needs to celebrate being in the now and promoting the beauty of us as we are. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all for promoting a healthy lifestyle and being the best YOU physically, mentally and spiritually, but do we really need products that are promoting youthfulness as the ultimate goal?
Revlon have recently released their new range of Youth FX products, which include a fill and blur foundation, concealer, primer for the face and neck as well as a primer for the forehead. They claim that these products are intended to make you look ‘younger in seconds’ and on their website they even have a money back guarantee! Of course this is a great marketing tactic and will definitely draw lots attention. It is also described as a ‘lightweight, hydrating formula (that) works to fill in and blur lines and wrinkles with micro-fillers and optical diffusers. As the appearance of lines and wrinkles are smoothed, this high coverage foundation erases the look of uneven tone, age spots and hyperpigmentation.’
So you’re probably wondering why I’ve decided to do this post… Well, if you know me, I’m very much into base products such as primers and foundations, so when I see a new foundation release I’m definitely intrigued. I’m even more excited to see a foundation release in the drugstore, especially when the shade ranges include deeper tones. So as a result I picked up the new Revlon Youth FX Fill and Blur foundation in the shade Cappuccino, when visiting a local Boots store in Wales.
I’ve heard a few mixed reviews on this product, so I kept going back and forth when deciding to pick it up. It was a little confusing when trying to see if the product would be suitable for my skin type, as there is no reference as to whether this product is for oily, dry or normal skin. I have oily-combination skin, so was a little concerned that it would make me even more oily, and reading that the foundation would make me more hydrated also made me a little more concerned. One thing to note is that this foundation does have SPF 20, so you’ll need to be careful if using flash photography, as you may experience some flash back.
I was also a little skeptical on the shade range. In the UK we have 7 shades (ivory, buff, nude, sand beige, medium beige, caramel and cappuccino), whereas the USA have 12 shades in their range including a darker shade than cappuccino called Mocha. I originally thought that cappucinno would be too light for me, however I was able to swatch the tester in store and it’s a decent shade match for me as it’s more of a warm deep brown with a slightly reddish undertone. Personally for me, the perfect match would be a neutral deep brown, however I find that a lot of drugstore foundations tend to run more red.
The foundation has a slight mousse thick cream texture, and it comes in a squeeze tube which is great as it reduces the wastage and mess.
The foundation applied quite well onto my skin with a buffer brush (I haven’t yet tried applying it with a sponge). I felt that it was very easy to build up the coverage from medium to full. I prefer a more medium coverage foundation, so I didn’t feel the need to build it up too much. I felt that I did need to apply quite a lot of the foundation, as it didn’t spread very far when buffing it in. After initially applying the foundation, I was quite concerned as it appeared quite dewy on my skin, however once powdered the dewiness went away and my skin had a healthy glow with a demi-matte finish. I found that I was able to wear this foundation for 12 hours straight without blotting. although I was quite oily. It was quite lightweight to wear throughout the day, and I honestly didn’t feel it too much on my skin after 12 hours. The foundation does transfer, especially the more oilier I get, so this is something to be aware of. I’ll say that this particular foundation has been a pleasant surprise for me as I wasn’t really expecting much. I can’t testify to the foundation making me appear younger in seconds or reducing my wrinkles, as I don’t have these particular ‘issues’, but I will say that it did tend to blur out my pores in my t-zone area and didn’t settle into my smile lines until around the 8th hour of wear.
Overall I am quite impressed with the Revlon Youth FX foundation, and will definitely say you should give it a go. I think this would suit more combination skin types, as if you have very dry skin I think it may be more prone to cling to your dry areas and very oily skin may find it makes you look quite dewy. I have noticed in the pictures it appears that the foundation may have oxidised throughout the day, so I will have to try it out a bit more to be sure, as I didn’t notice it when wearing it. Also something I wasn’t too keen on was the price! This foundation retails for £13.99 which is quite steep for the drugstore, however at the moment Boots are doing 3 for 2 on their beauty products, so you may want to take the advantage.
I hope this was useful for you – let me know what you think of this foundation if you’ve had the chance to try it out! If you enjoyed this review, make sure you check out my previous review on the Tarteist Pro Contour Palette for deep skin tones.