With Revlons PhotoReady BB Cream launch, I somehow missed the hype on their newest foundation. Revlon Nearly Naked Makeup didn’t show up anywhere on my radar until shortly before it was released this month. But after being disappointed in the BB Cream, I am really happy I picked up Nearly Naked.
Available at drugstores, Nearly Naked foundation retails for $9.99 including 1.0 fl oz/30 mL of makeup. There are 16 shades ranging from Ivory to Cappuccino. Revlon is known for incorporating most skin tones into their various foundations, but the unfortunate downside is that most of the shades run neutral. Shade matching is incredibly difficult and the closest match is still just a bit off. This is easy to correct, but something worth noting.
Revlon offers a “Find Your Shade” pamphlet in store. However, I followed the guide in choosing Medium then Warmer and was left with three choices: Medium Beige, Warm Beige, and Natural Tan. My first instinct was to reach for Natural Tan as that is one of my ColorStay shades. But upon inspecting the bottle it appeared entirely too dark. I opted for Warm Beige because I have very warm skin. But after trying it for a couple days it was definitely too dark and strangely orange. I went back and purchased 180 Medium Beige which happens to be a very close match for my skin, albeit a bit neutral toned.
Of the three shades suggested for me, Medium Beige is the lightest medium shade. In most other foundation lines from any other brand, my shade runs in the medium-deep or tan category. So take note and look for undertones, not number sequence when choosing your shade. For reference, I am currently NC37. When I wear Natural Tan from ColorStay, I am NC40.
Let’s talk about what Nearly Naked Makeup actually does. I’ll begin with my bare face, freshly cleansed, toned, and moisturized. As always, no retouching, just me…undereye circles, blemishes, and all.
Next is half of my face (the right side in the photograph) with a layer of Revlon Nearly Naked 180 Medium Beige. It did a surprisingly decent job on my undereye area, it brightened my lid, and evened out everything else. It did not cover my blemishes completely, but it isn’t meant to. And with blemishes this red, there’s not much that does cover them.
Wearing Nearly Naked on my whole face makes a big difference! With a light coverage, it does a great job of making everything uniform and only requires concealer in a few typical areas.
From here I want to begin my comparison of Revlon Nearly Naked Makeup and Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Makeup. A full review of Urban Decay’s formula can be found here along with swatches and shade comparisons to other brands.
Both foundations contain the same amount of product. Both have a fluid consistency, though Urban Decay Naked Skin is a more watery than Revlon Nearly Naked. They are both meant to feel and look natural and naked on the skin. So what’s the difference? Urban Decay Naked Skin does not contain SPF (Revlon has SPF 20), is peptide infused and paraben free, comes in a pump bottle, and costs $38.00. Urban Decay also comes in 18 shades with a more clear shade matching system. Lastly, I get longer wear from Naked Skin on my combination skin.
Summary: While the shade matches are a challenge, the formula is quality and works well on combination skin. A natural looking low maintenance formula that requires blotting and powder only every few hours. At such a low price, Revlon Nearly Naked Makeup is a fantastic deal.
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