Oh we’ve been away from here for far too long. Truthfully, i’ve been spending a lot of my time trying to grow my following on instagram, rather than ‘reviewing’ products. Although I do really want to get back into that…
And so I thought today would be the perfect time to jump right back into reviewing, following the release of the brand new Conceal & Define Foundation from Revolution London (formerly Makeup Revolution). When I saw this foundation teased, I was HELLA excited. The Conceal & Define Concealer was a viral sensation; 24 shades, good coverage AND it was only £4 a bottle. Many compared it to the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer, and admittedly, I was sceptical – but damn, they are very close!
Generally speaking, I am so impressed with Revolution. They are a UK-based brand who have been KILLING it lately. They’ve just released a line of skincare (which I will be talking about shortly), their Pro range has been making waves and now we are onto their latest foundation release.
All About The Base
Now, I have to admit, when it comes to Revolution foundation, i’ve had a little bit of a love hate relationship. I LOVED the Fast Base Foundation Sticks; quick, easily blendable coverage with a nice dewy finish (although it doesn’t last nearly as long as most of my other foundations). The Pro Full Cover Camouflage Foundation is… well it’s certainly my least favourite. For my skin, it’s just a little too drying – but if you are oily-skinned, I think you would love it. The Pro Foundation Drops are similar to the NYX Total Drop Foundation, and they do offer a nice amount of coverage that’s neither too matte or too dewy. It’s a nice balance.
The Conceal & Define Foundation is… well, i’m going to say it right now – it’s my favourite Revolution foundation, and it may actually be in my Top 5 foundations of all time (so far). I’ve been using it solidly since it arrived, and I am, to put it lightly, obsessed.
That’s a HUGE Doe Foot…
The packaging for the foundation is simply beautiful. It looks like a giant version of the concealer, but the bottle is a gorgeous frosted glass. Naturally, the comparisons to the Tarte Shape Tape foundation were bound to happen, and yes, I can’t deny there is a level of… similarity. But for me, Revolution have been about high quality dupes for luxury brands at much more affordable prices. As long as the formula holds up, I couldn’t care less if the packaging was a little similar to something else.
The product is dispensed by one of the biggest doe foot applications I have ever seen. It might even be bigger than the Shape Tape Foundation… either way, it’s huge and makes application a breeze. Some people have expressed that it’s ‘unsanitary’, but to those people I say… well you do the same thing with your concealer? And that’s OK? For me, personally, it makes application fuss and mess free (and lord knows I make a mess when i’m doing my makeup.
But is the shade range diverse, though?
One of the biggest problems i’ve seen with a lot of foundation releases lately, is the absolute lack of a good quality shade range. Revolution have brought the Conceal & Define Foundation out in 24 shades. Is this the best? No, not when there are brands who are bringing out in excess of 40 shades… BUT, Revolution have offered a fairly decent scale of colours. There are 9 shades for Fair/Light skin tones and 15 shades for medium/dark skin tones; all with a range of cool, warm and neutral undertones. For a drugstore (or affordable) brand, I think this is pretty good going, especially when luxury brands seem to be offering far less.
I use the shade F6, which is for ‘Light/Medium Skin Tones with a Neutral Undertone’. It’s not the most ‘perfect’ match for me, but once i’ve finished applying the rest of my makeup, it doesn’t look too far off. This foundation blends out like an absolute dream. It doesn’t look to heavy on the skin, and it certainly doesn’t feel heavy either. I’ve only really tried blending it out with a sponge, and truthfully I love how it looks that way. I’ve recently been trying ‘cream contouring’, so when I ordered the foundation, I ordered a lighter shade of concealer (C1) for highlighting, and a darker shade (C12) for contouring. Naturally, the foundation and concealer work beautifully together.
Foundation wear time is really a hard one to judge, because everyones skin is so different, and will react differently with foundations accordingly. For me, personally, my skin is a little more dry (although it’s far better than it has been in a LONG time), so with a good hydrating primer, I get a good 8 hours of wear on this foundation, before oils from my nose might start to seep through and break things down. This is the only part of my face that suffers from any kind of oil, and I never notice it until i’m wearing foundation. That is a fairly reasonable time, especially as the foundation doesn’t make any bold claims about it’s longevity.
I am so completely blown away by this foundation. I’ve really enjoyed how it looks on my skin, and it’s worked well with all my other products so far. My only ‘gripes’ with this foundation is the fact it only comes with 23mls of product, rather than the ‘standard’ 30ml. Sure, the foundation is only £9 – but Maybelline, for example, and pull off a 30ml bottle for around a tenner; i’d love to see that extra 7ml, so I know this is going to last a decent amount of time.
The coverage is definitely buildable and is quite full coverage; it makes short work of covering up my redness and rosacea, and it has not caused my skin to react or break out in anyway. All in all, I am thoroughly impressed, and Revolution continue to be a brand that excites me, and I look forward to seeing what they do next.