- Easy to apply
- Buildable medium coverage
- Lightweight, comfortable wear
- Doesn’t exaggerate fine lines, texture, bumps
- Natural, dewy finish
- Solid 8 hours of wear
- Can break apart after 8 hours of wear
Revlon Illuminance Foundation is a new favorite of mine, and a dupe for Makeup By Mario Surreal Skin… But I think it’s even better.
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Will this Revlon Foundation be my favorite drugstore foundation?
It’s no secret that the new SurrealSkin Makeup by Mario Foundation went viral on its release day – after all, its the brand’s first foundation product! In my opinion, the foundation wasn’t as good as the hype had me believe. But, there is another recent foundation launch that did blow me away… And it’s super similar to Makeup by Mario SurrealSkin! Meet the newest Revlon foundation: Illuminance Skin-Caring, a radiant foundation that looks and feels like your skin, but better.
Promises vs. Performance: Healthy, glowy skin.
Illuminance Skin-Caring Foundation is the newest addition to the Revlon foundation line-up. This one combines the benefits of makeup and skincare in one, featuring buildable medium coverage and 5% squalane + hyaluronic acid to hydrate skin. It has a lot of bold claims, such as: reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles within 4 weeks, increasing skin elasticity in 4 weeks, as well as reducing appearance of skin roughness in just 4 weeks (with continued wear). In addition, it promises to boost skin’s radiance for a healthy skin glow and blur imperfections.
Revlon’s shade range is excellent, with 28 color-true shades that don’t oxidize. The texture has the perfect amount of fluidity for easy application. My preferred application method is with a brush, and I’ve recently discovered this brush from Honest Beauty, which is a dupe for my beloved Bobbi Brown Face Brush ($17 vs $55). It blends easily, instantly providing a solid medium coverage and makes me look glowy in all the right places.
I’m happy to report I get a solid 8 hours of wear with this foundation. I experience minimal settling into pores and lines, as well as no clinging to/exaggerating dry spots, texture, or bumps. After 8 hours, I do notice the foundation starting to break apart on my forehead as my natural oils begin to takeover. But, this is expected with a luminous foundation! For best results, I recommend prepping with a gripping primer and setting with a loose powder.
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:Revlon Illuminance™ Skin-Caring
How It Compares: This Revlon foundation is a Dupe of Makeup by Mario SurrealSkin.
Makeup meets skincare with Revlon Illuminance Skin-Caring Foundation. The formula is infused with 5% squalane and hyaluronic acid to deeply hydrate and moisturize, plus is said to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles after just 4 weeks of continuous wear. This is a true buildable medium coverage foundation that gives skin a beautiful, healthy glow without looking oily or greasy.
Oh, and did I mention? This is a great dupe for the viral Makeup By Mario Surreal Skin Foundation… But dare I say it’s better? It applies smoother, offers a bit more coverage, and looks more skin-like on. Plus, it’s cheaper at just $18 instead of $42!
But, how does it compare to other drugstore foundation formulas? I’d rank this one up there with other top performers like L’Oreal Infallible and Wet n Wild Photo Focus Dewy. L’Oreal Infallible is the #1, best drugstore foundation in my opinion for its coverage, finish, and how it wears.
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Advertised Product Highlights
Revlon Illuminance™ Skin-Caring Foundation
# OF SHADES: 28 shades
COVERAGE: Buildable medium
SKIN TYPE: All skin types
LONGEVITY: Long wearing
PROTECTION: No SPF
BENEFITS: Increases skin elasticity in 4 weeks; Reduces appearance of skin roughness in 4 week; Contains 5% squalane and hyaluronic acid to hydrate skin; Reduces appearance of fine lines and wrinkles within 4 weeks; Infused with powerful botanical antioxidants to fight free radicals; Blurs imperfections
CLEAN BEAUTY CLAIMS: Free of parabens, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances
Edited by Maddie