Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation and Powder Review!


When Revlon puts out a foundation, people take notice! The Nearly Naked foundation ($7-$10) and powder was released in late 2012/early 2013. What really made me curious about the two were the rave reviews about the Nearly Naked powder, so I picked up both at the beginning of the year since Revlon has a good track record with foundation. Their biggest hit is the Colorstay foundation, which I do not like. It is way too thick for me and just feels heavy and cakey on my skin. This is nothing like Colorstay, but it is also not like what it is touted as being a dupe for, Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation.

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My foundation shade is 150 Nude. This is not the best match for me; it’s a little too yellow despite using the little chart at the store to help me pick out my shade. The shade before 150 Nude is 130 Shell, but that one seemed way too light, so I didn’t have the best time finding a match. It should also be noted that the shade selection for darker skin tones is terrible. There are only three colors on the darker end of the color spectrum.

The product itself is very fluid and quite soft. It isn’t difficult to blend, and it takes about five minutes to really set (with one layer). Coverage is lighter of course; not completely sheer but just about medium coverage. I don’t mind the way this feels on my skin as it is lightweight, but over the course of the day it doesn’t wear very well. After six hours, maybe even four, you may experience product breakdown and that is with using the powder.

This foundation also made my skin look very dewy. You can probably see this in the photo above. I like a dewy finish, but I felt like this was just too shiny for me. I have seen reviews that call this foundation matte, but for some reason that is not the case for me! After wearing it for a few hours, I feel greasy. I don’t think I would be able to wear this foundation in the summer while it is hot.

UD Naked Skin is very different from Nearly Naked. It actually feels like skin and is very velvety; it also has a satin finish and lasts much longer.

Overall breakdown:


  • Lightweight
  • Medium coverage
  • Buildable
  • Affordable


  • Not long wearing
  • Too dewy
  • Can feel greasy
  • Poor shade selection

Revlon Nearly Naked Face Powder

The face powder comes in six shades: Fair, Light, Medium, Medium/Deep, Deep, and Dark. The powders do run dark, so I ended up getting the lightest one available: Fair. It does not have much coverage and is best used as a setting powder. If you’ve been reading my blog (thank you!!), you know that I rave about Maybelline Dream Matte powder ALL. THE. TIME. Does this powder trump it?


The Nearly Naked powder is a nice powder; “nice” meaning it’s not terrible, but not great either. I would use it for touch ups and will likely stash it in my bag. It is silky and smooth to the touch while in the pan. It’s lightweight, but when I apply it with a standard beauty puff (I use MAC luxury powder puffs), I feel like it’s just sitting on top of my skin. When I fluff it on with a powder brush, I still don’t like the way it feels; when it is actually on my face it feels very powdery compared to the texture of it sitting in the pan. It feels heavy on my skin compared to other powders, and believe me I have tried a lot of powders. Powder is the beauty product I have been consistently wearing since I was fourteen. This powder just did not wow me and I’m definitely sticking to my beloved Maybelline!

Overall powder breakdown:


  • Soft
  • Affordable


  • Awkward blending
  • Too powdery
  • Heavy
  • Bad color selection

Sadly, I would not purchase either of these products again as they just were not for me. I can’t help but wonder if Revlon was in a hurry to release these due to the “naked skin” foundation trend. What do you think of these products? Have you tried them?


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2 Responses to Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation and Powder Review!

  1. I have never really tried “drugstore” foundation. I always tend to hit Sephora but was curious about the Nearly Naked. Thanks for the heads up!

    • MelissaC says:

      You’re welcome! It definitely pays to get a better foundation. After all, you could easily drop $40 at the drugstore trying out different foundations!

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