Revlons New Nearly Naked Range

nearlynakedI have a confession to make – as someone who now finds herself reviewing make-up my path here has been somewhat rocky. I haven’t been entirely faithful to my make-up bag over the years. Initially, I didn’t need to (I’m talking in my teens!), then I was a bit intimidated and didn’t know where to start, then I went to the opposite extreme and starting wearing full make-up every day (commuting into London and working in a corporate were contributing factors!) After finally finding my feet when it came to what to wear and how to apply it, I then became a mom, well, you know… NO TIME!

So for the past 6.5 years I’ve pretty much left wearing make-up for evenings out (about 10 times a year? haha) and I’ve been using my one faithful foundation forever, until it recently came to an end… I wasn’t convinced I needed to invest in a new bottle of foundation as I’ve taken to using BB creams during the day but then a surprise package arrived with exceptionally perfect timing – the new range of Nearly Naked foundation by Revlon (R169).

Inside was a range of their Nearly Naked shades. I was a bit apprehensive when I first saw the shades as most appeared a bit too orange/ warm for my pale & cool skin tone but I decided to apply the Fresh Beige and see how it looked – and I was pleasantly surprised! I didn’t automatically turn into the Oros man, the foundation actually looked good and blended really easily into my skin tone. What is cool is that Revlon have a handy little online app that allows you to discover the best colour for you – online. It’s called Colour Match From the shades I was sent the best for me turned out to be the lightest shade available in SA – Fresh Beige, the online tool had told me it would be Nude but unfortunately I didn’t receive that one (and my sources tell me that it’s not available in SA and probably only is where my “Viking” skin tone originated!)

Nearly Naked Foundation contains green tea, black tea, oatmeal and jojoba to help maintain skin tone and texture and a broad spectrum SPF 20 to help protect your skin from damage caused by the sun.


I found the texture of this liquid foundation to be light and soft – almost melting into my skin and leaving it looking fresh and dewy. The idea of Nearly Naked is that you would look just that – naked (minus the redness, spots and pores of course!) and I can attest to that, not only did it feel like I was not wearing anything on my face, but it also looked like I was barely wearing make-up. Always the look I tend to go for. No pasty face for me thanks! The coverage it gives is good, def better than a BB cream or tinted moisturiser, but it is still quite minimal when compared to other foundations – I prefer this look myself but if you prefer more coverage you might like to layer this foundation.

After wearing the foundation for a full day I found the Nearly Naked foundation to still be fresh and as my skin is quite dry at the moment I didn’t struggle with shine but if that is a concern of yours you might like to use it in conjunction with the Nearly Naked powder which is beautifully presented and reasonably priced. (R159) The combination of Revlon’s Nearly Naked range that suited me best was Foundation in Fresh Beige and Pressed Powder in Pale.

I would recommend this foundation as a great budget buy for those looking for a fresh foundation to use on a daily basis. I would also recommend WEARING make-up as often as is possible – I certainly will be trying to find that extra 5 mins in the morning to make sure I look presentable, polished and pretty because while I was in fact testing this foundation I happened to bump into an ex-boyfriend! All I’m saying is thank the good Lord I had rushed back inside that morning to apply some Nearly Naked makeup… I was able to have a friendly chat while feeling confident that I looked good (let’s hope HE thought so too considering the last time we met I was 19!) At least I didn’t have to duck into the nearest toilet… and for that I Thank You Revlon!

Images: Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

1 Comment
  1. Good day

    I went to shops to look for nearly naked pressed powder they said its it true ?

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