There’s good news for those who like dewy finish foundations with sheer to medium coverage. Revlon has finally launched their much raved about Nearly Naked foundation and powder in India. As the name suggests, this foundation claims to give a natural, flawless finish that looks like naked skin. Personally, I reserve the medium to full coverage foundations for formal occasions and prefer light ones such as the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua and L’Oreal Nude Magique for casual/regular wear so I was really glad when the Nearly Naked launched here. Read on to know my views on this foundation….
Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation Review and Swatch
About Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation
“The ultimate lightweight makeup! Formulated with weightless pigments, this refreshingly light formula melts right in creating a fresh, even complexion. Works in harmony with your skin to cover flaws and perfect tone and texture.
Lightweight foundation that balances skin and makeup for an even, fresh complexion.
Contains green tea, black tea, oatmeal and jojoba to help maintain skin tone and texture.
Undetectable, breathable coverage that builds from light to medium.
Broad spectrum SPF 20.”
(Active Ingredients : Octinoxate 3.5%, Titanium Dioxide 1.9%) ——————– Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Glycerin, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Boron Nitride, Phenyl Trimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Niacinamide, Hydrolyzed Oat Flour, Lecithin, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Phytosteryl Canola Glycerides, Palmitic Acid, Oleic Acid, Phytosphingosine, Ceramide 6 II, Cholesterol, Linoleic Acid, Ceramide 3, Tocopherol, Ceramide 1, Triolein, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Alumina, Silica, Sodium Citrate, Dipropylene Glycol, Laureth-7, Sodium Chloride, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Methoxy Amodimethicone/Silsesquioxane Copolymer, Methicone, Stearic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tetrasodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol +/- (CI 77019/Mica, CI 77491/CI 77492/CI 77499/Iron Oxides, CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, CI 77497/Zinc Oxide)
The Revlon Nearly Naked foundation comes in a simple, rectangular glass bottle with a white cap. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with a pump and hence, pouring out the foundation becomes a messy, wasteful affair. You also have the foundation pooling around the brim of the bottle and drying up there making the bottle and cap dirty. Besides, since it comes in a glass bottle, you have to be careful with it. It is sure to shatter if it falls from your hands and cleaning up spilt foundation is a painful task indeed.
In terms of coverage, the Nearly Naked does give nearly naked kind of barely-there light coverage which unifies uneven skin tone and gives a dewy finish. The foundation is a thick liquid that is easy to blend with the fingers as well as with a brush. The dewy, radiant finish is perfect for dry to combination skins though I wouldn’t recommend this for really oily skins. I need to set this foundation with powder (something that I avoid doing with the Estee Lauder Double Wear and L’Oreal Infallible foundations) because without powder, the dewy finish becomes shiny within a couple of hours, especially in Mumbai’s humid weather. However, the foundation does long for quite a decent time, around 4-5 hours with powder) before it fades into almost nothingness.
While the Nearly Naked doesn’t have any fragrance, it does seem to have a weird, chemical-y smell which thankfully fades after some time. I would have preferred it had Revlon added some fragrance to it to mask this funny smell.
It also has broad spectrum SPF 20 in it. I feel that you should always wear a separate sunscreen since you don’t get adequate protection from sunscreens in makeup products but for those who are too lazy for that, well, at least something is better than nothing. And thankfully, the SPF doesn’t cause a white cast in pictures taken with flash.
Sorry for the messy swatches. Too much of the product came out and since I was in a hurry to finish clicking pictures (had to take son to class), I tried to blend it as best as I could. These are two of the three shades that this foundation is available in here in India; 130 Shell and 160 Fresh Beige. There is one more shade available, 190 True Beige which is the darkest of the three.
It kind of takes me back to the 90s and early 2000s when foundations came in only three shades; Fair, Medium and Light. Though Revlon wants girls to get creative and blend different shades to create their own custom shade, three shades are simply not adequate enough. Especially since the darkest shade wouldn’t work for tones beyond NC44. I wonder why they chose to launch just 3 shades in India, though, when they have a total of 16 shades in this range internationally.
I have worn the Nearly Naked foundation in 160 Fresh Beige (that shade just perfectly matches my skintone) here…..
As you can see, it gives a very natural, barely-there coverage and dewy finish. It doesn’t manage to cover my acne marks, but then you need a heavier coverage foundation/concealer for that.
Priced at ₹750, the Revlon Nearly Naked foundation is a really good, affordable buy for those wanting a light, my-skin-but-better foundation. It would really suit dry, normal and combination skins though girls with oily skin would do well to avoid it. Wish we had more shades to choose from though.
Have you tried the Revlon Nearly Naked foundation yet? What sort of finish and coverage do you prefer in a foundation? Do let me know in the comments.
*Disclaimer – PR Sample. Honest opinion based on my experience with the product.