What would a foundation trial be without this classic?!
A supposed dupe for MAC Studio Fix Fluid and a cult product in the beauty community, it is raved about and loved by many.
I can see why although Double Wear still wins through and here is why...
Availability: Readily bought in Boots and Superdrug etc, this classic is accessible to everyone which is definitely one of its best points. As a low end cosmetic, £12.50 for a bottle may be slightly high but it is regularly on offer so a bargain can usually be had! Also, if you are confident of your shade, a quick google search provides a few outlets where you can buy it for less.
Colour: From the Revlon website, it is apparent there are 12 shades with a variety of pink, yellow and neutral tones which for a low end product, is commendable! These shades however do lie on the fairer end of the scale which may mean the darker skinned girls amongst us may be unable to find a suitable colour.
Consistency and Application: This specific foundation claims to be complete with 'SoftFlex' that provides lightweight comfort. Although there is no so explanation of what that actually is, I would say the claim is true! Although a thick product that dries quickly and needs to be applied to one area of the face at a time, it does feel lightweight once on and not like you are caked in make up. I personally find no real difference when applied with a brush or sponge - just personal preference with this!
Coverage: A medium coverage that can be sheered out using a wet sponge but I would say is not that buildable to full coverage as can look cakey with two layers.
Finish: Due to the Normal/Dry formulation, a semi-matte finish is provided. I prefer to set any concealed areas with powder but to leave the rest with a more natural finish.
Lasting Power: This is where the problem lies... The foundation unfortunately does not provide the 16 hour wear that is promises. After a 10 hour day, whereas the Double Wear still looks perfect, this had worn off unevenly and caused my concealer, bronzer and blusher to lose their staying power too. In all honestly, I'd had preferred to have no make up on at all.
Overall: Although I have used this foundation on and off for years and it probably will continue to a be a staple in my collection, it doesn't hold the appeal that once did. It is a lovely foundation that provides a fresh look for a few hours but not for a long day. It also contains SPF which results in awful flash back in photographs thus negating its use for a night out.
I think it's a foundation that everyone should try but there are definitely better ones out there! I would recommend this to somebody with a normal, not overly dry, skin type that requires a few hours wear of medium coverage.
In general - a 6/10 and the Double Wear is definitely winning out!
Coming soon: MaxFactor 2nd Skin and Ruby & Millie Sheer Base