Revlon Nearly Naked – Tried & Tested

I have to admit, when i first heard about this foundation i wasn’t interested. I was happy with my Colorstay, it gave a medium coverage, lasted all day and just generally did the job so a new foundation wasn’t on my radar, let alone one called ‘Naked’! I have redness and the occasional blemish so I knew I would need more coverage that this seemingly offered and I just wasn’t that interested in trying it. Of course the more reviews i watched/read and the more requests I got from you guys to review it myself the more tempted i found myself and when eventually I did spot it in Boots not only did I buy the liquid foundation.. but the powder too! I don’t think I’ve ever splurged on a matching set, something perculiar must have come over my but I’m mighty glad it did because this is by far my favourite base right now.

After a quick swizz around google I was satisfied that I had picked up the lightest available shade (Ivory) and rushed to the till with my (accidentally full) basket and raced home to take photos of it – confessions of a beauty blogger. I actually filmed my first impressions video the very next day so they really were my first impressions and although I did see wear I am still so impressed and have now been wearing it for a week solid with very few powder touch ups along the way.

Anyway, enough of that.. you know I love it so here are the basics..

Coverage – Light, buildable to medium at a big push but realistically it’s light – the powder does offer extra coverage though which I like.

Finish – It’s not as dewy on my skin as some would have me believe it should be so you oily/combination girls needn’t fear.. it’s suitable for you too!

Feel  – Weightless, there aren’t that many base products I use that I would describe as heavy but even with the powder (which is like finely milled heaven by the way) this is lighter than my Colorstay.

Application – There’s no pump here so you’re either pouring on to something and applying with a brush or applying  with your fingers straight from the bottle (as I do)

Longevity – Far surpassed my expectations! This is not a million miles away from my NARS Sheer Glow and that doesn’t even last me til lunch, this will go a full work day so I’m very happy with it! – Note: I am oily so might touch up my tzone in the afternoon but it’s not essential and if you’re drier no extra attention should be necassary. I even found my blush/bronzer lasted better on top of this foundation combo.

Shade Range – Impressive for a drugstore brand but then Revlon is the higher end of the scale. There are 10 shades ranging from Ivory to Cappuccino which upon doing a little research  I discovered is around NW/NC15 (my shade) to NW45/50 in MAC if that’s useful for anyone. I’m also very pleased to see all 10 shades available at Boots from launch. of course there’s not going to be a shade for everyone and although I consider myself fair skinned I understand there are those fairer as well as those darker than NW50 but compared to other products of the same price point it’s pretty good!

Talking of price it’s actually very reasonable at £8.99 for the foundation and £7.99 for the powder (currently buy on get one half off) online at Boots – link. It’s actually the cheapest that the brand has to offer which is great for me as I save £3.50 on my regular purchase.

Here’s the video..

Let me know what you think about this if you’ve tried it!

Miss BB



  1. Rachel
    6 March, 2013 / 7:32 pm

    It looks great! I bought the foundation a few days ago and tried it out yesterday and it didn’t perform as I thought it would. It went on quite patchy and sat in my dry patches even though I used moisturiser and Benefit Porefessional Primer before applying the foundation so I was just wondering if you used a primer and if you think that might be the problem with my application? Thanks x

  2. 6 March, 2013 / 7:33 pm

    I was really impressed with this too, I’m quite oily in my t-zone but it lasted pretty well and even though I’m super fair skinned because it’s so lightweight the ivory shade blended really well xx

  3. 7 March, 2013 / 9:56 am

    Ooh this is exciting! I need a new foundation and was thinking about sticking with BB cream, but I like the look of this!

    • missbudgetbeauty
      7 March, 2013 / 9:05 pm

      This would be a nice step up coverage wise if your used to be cream

  4. 7 March, 2013 / 1:40 pm

    Do you prefer the Colourstay or thge Naked? Because I wanna buy one of these when I’m in London and I’m not sure whcih one I should get.

    • missbudgetbeauty
      7 March, 2013 / 9:04 pm

      So difficult to choose but I think this one!

  5. 9 March, 2013 / 9:14 pm

    This looks so nice. It gives you a lovely complexion. I need to pick this up. I like that its a light coverage. This will be a lovely foundation for summer / Spring

  6. 10 March, 2013 / 4:39 pm

    Ah the more I read about this, the more I think I will have to invest! Worried about the light coverage but it has covered your redness beautifully xx

  7. Jaz
    30 July, 2013 / 10:13 pm

    Hi! Can you please do a back to school makeup tutorial using this foundation or your favourite low coverage foundation?

    I love your videos btw!!! X

  8. Rachelle
    11 February, 2015 / 3:40 am

    I’ve been using this foundation for a while now and I love it! It’s the best foundation I have tried so far. One of the main reasons I love it so much is because of how well it blends into the skin and how it actually looks like your skin compared to other foundations. I was just wondering, what blush did you use on top of this foundation? It looks really good and I’m thinking of trying it out! 🙂

    • missbudgetbeauty
      13 February, 2015 / 6:29 pm

      definitely one of my favourites.. I’m not sure about the blush I’m afraid.. it was quite a while ago

  9. Ana
    6 May, 2015 / 4:44 pm


    I was searching for my shade of this foundation on google when I found your post.
    I love my Revlon Colorstay too, but I want to try this one, I heard so good about it !
    What shade do you use in Colorstay foundation ? Its the same as in this one ? I’m nr180, But I think that in Nearly Naked I may be 110 or 120..
    Can you help me ?

    • missbudgetbeauty
      6 May, 2015 / 8:25 pm

      I’m 110 Ivory

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