Beauty Review: Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation

Foundation is something I am constantly trying to get right, mainly because I am ridiculously pale so often struggle to get good colour matches and because my skin is so temperamental. As I'm on a budget at the moment due to saving for our deposit and the wedding, I'm always looking for good drugstore foundations, and had heard good things about Revlon's Nearly Naked Foundation, so decided to give it a go.

I bought this foundation in the shade Shell, as I'd been matched to other Revlon foundations in the same shade and (in the bottle at least) it looked OK for my skin. As we will see, this was something of a mistake. Moral of the story: don't just rely on what Findation says Laura, always swatch before you buy!

 In terms of the packaging, it's a rectangular glass bottle with a square white lid. Whilst I like the sleek look of the packaging and script and the weighty feeling of the bottle, I'm also slightly concerned that the lid doesn't seem to fit securely - it seems like it should click on but it doesn't, and so there's always a gap between the bottle and the lid that makes me a bit paranoid that the foundation is going to leak all over my make-up bag. The other issue is that it doesn't come with a pump, meaning that it's quite difficult to measure out the exact amount that you want.

In the packaging, the foundation looks quite pale with a slightly pink tone to it. On the skin, however, it initially looks slightly orange. You can see from the swatch on the back of my hand that it's a little bit too dark, but I feel like I can get away with it at this time of year - if it was winter though I'd definitely go down at least one shade or possibly even two.

I apply this foundation with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, buffing it into the skin. Once on the skin, it actually blends in pretty well, but as you can see it doesn't quite cover my blemishes so I do have to use concealer on them. However if you don't suffer from blemishes then you may not need concealer on top.

Apologies for my terrible morning hair here by the way!

In terms of durability, I find that with primer and powder I can normally get about six hours out of this, which I don't think is too bad. It also doesn't feel too heavy on the skin and as you can see the finish is quite dewy, though I do feel that I need a little powder on my nose and forehead so it doesn't look overly shiny. However, if your skin is drier then you might not need a powder as well.

Overall, I really liked the formula of this foundation, especially for everyday wear, but it is definitely one for a good skin day - if I've got a breakout then I'd go for something else - and I didn't like the fact it doesn't have a pump. But at £8.99 a bottle, if you've got good skin then it's definitely worth giving it a go.

What's your favourite high street foundation?


  1. If ure looking for a great budget buy i would recommend bourjois healthy mix foundation or l'oreals true match xx

  2. Thanks Lauren! Haven't tried the True Match but have a bottle of the Healthy Mix Serum foundation in my stash which is next to try :)