Review & Giveaway! Revlon Age-Defying 2-way foundation with Botafirm

by Paris B on · 24 comments

in Foundation,Giveaways,Product Reviews

The folks over at Revlon contacted me recently to test-drive their new Revlon Age-Defying 2-way Foundation with Botafirm in 05 Sand Beige. Whew! What a mouthful! What it essentially is, of course, is a 2-way powder foundation. 2-way because it can be used both wet and dry. Wet for more coverage and dry for less. I only ever use my powder foundations dry so my review will be based on that. There is a giveaway too at the bottom, so please read on!

First of all, the packaging. I love it! The powder foundation comes in a slim red case which is similar to the rest of the Revlon Age-Defying line. But what I really like is the slimness and the sleekness of the design. It actually looks and feels more expensive than it really is.

The foundation comes with a sponge which feels sturdy and nice. Some sponges that come with foundations feel like they’ll fall apart once you use them. This doesn’t. However, I prefer my sponges to be a beige shade. It doesn’t show up looking so grubby as fast as white.

Here’s a picture of the back of the case. There’s a slit where you can use something sharp to push out the empty pan once you have finished your powder. Revlon sells refills, which is of course great and environmentally friendly. The holes on the right are for your sponge to breathe should you use your foundations wet.

Now for colour. I tested 05 – Sand Beige. The colour in the first picture is quite close to what it looks like in real life. I thought it might be a little too light, but in fact, its my perfect shade! It melts right into my skin, evening out colour and providing a smooth surface. It did not look powdery or chalky at all. I’ve never really had foundations match so well and so quickly before.

I checked out the Revlon counter one day, to see the rest of their colours. There are presently 4 shades available with 05 – Sand Beige being the lightest. Revlon says that these are Asian shades which I take to mean they will suit Asian skintone. However, I personally found the shades too yellow. Not all Asians have strong yellow undertones. I don’t for one. So, if you have pink tones then you might find it hard to find a match in the Revlon Age-Defying 2 way foundation.

The texture of the powder foundation feels smooth and not cakey. I don’t feel like I have a mask of foundation on my face which is nice. I found that when I use the sponge to apply the foundation, it goes on with medium coverage. My skin looks smooth and even toned (which it isn’t usually) and it makes a perfect canvas for the rest of my makeup. It makes me happy 😛

When I used a powder brush or kabuki brush to apply the foundation, it went on with lighter coverage. I could still see some blemishes. Not that it bothers me. Overall, it still evened out the skin tone, but the skin looked less smooth. So, depending on how you like your foundation coverage or your needs, you can use either sponge or brush.

I always lightly dust some loose powder over all my foundations be they powder or liquid and so, my foundation lasted all day. Towards the end of the day, there was a little shine but nothing major that could not be blotted away.

The Revlon Age Defying 2 way foundation with botafirm apparently contains Revlon’s trademarked Botafirm infused formula which “helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles so that skin looks smoother and younger“. I’m not sure about age-defying claims – sounds a bit too good to be true but it’ll be nice if it did work!

Here’s the blurb from the promotional leaflet:-

  • Botafirm ™ infused formula – Helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles so that skin looks smoother and younger
  • Soft Focus Powder – Smooths and blends out skin imperfections for a natural translucent and long lasting finish.
  • Vitamin E and Luffa Hydro-essence – Protects skin from free radicals and helps maintain its natural moisture
  • SPF12
  • Available in 4 Asian shades

The Revlon Age-Defying 2-way foundation with Botafirm is available from all Revlon counters at a promotional price of RM59 right now. The retail price should be RM60+ once the promotion period is over. I’d say that if you can find a shade out of the 4 available, its definitely worth a buy!

Pros: Smooth and not cakey, nice packaging, light to medium coverage

Cons: Colour matching might be a problem, a beige sponge may be better



Thanks to the kind folks at Revlon, ONE (1) LUCKY READER will win a Revlon Age-Defying 2-way foundation in the shade 06 – Natural Beige! Just email me at with “Revlon Foundation” in the subject header to qualify. The contest runs until 12 noon on 10 May 2008.

Here are some quick terms:-

  • To prevent wastage, please check your shade at your nearest Revlon counter to see if 06-Natural Beige will suit you. I’d say it will suit those with slightly tanned or medium toned skin.
  • Please use a valid email address. I will contact you at the email address you use and if I don’t get a response in 2 days I’ll give it to someone else.
  • Contest is only open to residents of MALAYSIA only for now.
  • Please only submit one entry. Using multiple emails is cheating so please play fair to keep this fun.
  • Entries submitted under the comments here will be deleted. Please use the email address provided.
  • I or possibly an uninterested third party will randomly draw the winner from a box.
  • Please spread the word. The more the merrier, eh?

Update: Just to clarify why its Malaysia only – The product was sponsored by Revlon but this giveaway is coming from me. As International shipping + registered post etc will cost a pretty penny (its quite heavy) I opted for a Malaysia only contest for now. Maybe future contests might be international :)

Have fun! :)

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S-Kay April 30, 2008 at 12:58 pm

I love Revlon’s foundation (liquid and powder) because its just so natural on my skin and it doesn’t cake up. I’ve tried the more expensive brands for liquid foundation and I hated it primarily because my face felt like it’s been plastered all over.

But I’m having a bit of a trouble replenishing my supply now because it seem as though they’re phasing out the New Complexion range? Can’t seem to find the liquid foundation for it in most places.

And another question, are their color coding the same for all their range (meaning same tone same color everything) coz if so, I don’t need to really worry about the color not matching my skintone as it is such a hassle to pick and choose which color melts in your skin. I hate to repeat the process because it’s not easy to find something that blends in and I’m glad that only with Revlon I found my match.

Anyway, if the color coding is the same…I might just give the contest a go coz I’m using the New Complexion Two-Way cake in Natural Beige too. Hahahaha.


April 30, 2008 at 2:10 pm

This would be one of the few times that it SUCKS to be living in Australia :(

Will take a sneaky peek at Priceline to see if this is available. Can’t be left out from all the fun now, can I? 😉


Andie Summerkiss April 30, 2008 at 3:58 pm

Aahh? Then what should international readers do?

Kinda unfair … :(


Giddy Tiger
April 30, 2008 at 4:52 pm

The first ever foundation I used was the powder/cake type. Easy to apply, but I soon moved on to liquid foundations. You give such a good review, I am tempted to try this. SPF12 is okayish, but not enough on its own, so I would say the wearer needs an additional faceblock.


April 30, 2008 at 4:58 pm

Oh, I am so entering this giveaway draw! The only catch is, I’m fair (I think as fair as you, PB?) so would the shade suit me? Haha, I’m entering the draw anyway. *wink*


ParisB April 30, 2008 at 5:04 pm

S-kay: I’m not sure if the colours are the same across the board. If you come across a Revlon counter,maybe swipe and see? This is my first Revlon foundation and I’m happy to report that I think they make awesome foundations!

Tine: Oops! But I’m sure there’ll be times when it’ll suck for me to be in Malaysia 😉

Andie: Sorry Andie! Maybe if you have a Malaysian mailing address… 😉

Giddy Tiger: Yes yes, SPF12 is not enough. I prefer powder foundations although I use both. I find my skin breathes better with powder.

rinnah: If you are my colouring, 06 is too yellow. I swiped the tester at the counter to check. But you have a week to test at a counter to see if it does suit you!


jojoba April 30, 2008 at 5:51 pm

that’s it! this will be one drugstore item that i am going to try next! you are such a bad girl. i have my HG but i am bored with mu so i will try this. LOL


Monstro May 1, 2008 at 12:12 am

Hey PB, is the pic above the actual giveaway foundation colour? Will try to hit the stores to check my shade before I shamelessly enter your contest 😉


Monstro May 1, 2008 at 12:15 am

Oops just read the colour lable in the pic-ignore my question above! Another question though: how do you use it wet? Just wet the sponge and dip?


ParisB May 1, 2008 at 11:06 am

Jojoba: LOL… I actually really liked this one. I haven’t tried your HG though.

Monstro: To use wet, slightly dampen the sponge and squeeze out all the water so its not sopping wet, then swipe on powder and onto the face.


Nikki May 1, 2008 at 1:09 pm

awww..nice review and great contest!!! to be contacted by a makeup company meant you are one good reviewer…congrats :)

and goodluck to everyone in Malaysia joining this contest :)


nkp May 1, 2008 at 1:51 pm

hey, so does that mean we basically send u a blank email with just the subject header?


ParisB May 1, 2008 at 11:29 pm

Nikki: Thanks for the encouragement! :)

nkp: so long as you have Revlon Foundation in the subject header you can write anything else you want! LOL…


May 4, 2008 at 12:23 am

I tested both Sand Beige and Natural Beige at the counters on Friday. My friend who was with me commented that the Natural Beige seemed to blend with my skin better, i.e. less makeup-y so I guess the color does suit me after all! Hehe.


prettybeautiful May 4, 2008 at 5:16 pm

wahy tempted tempted!!!


ParisB May 5, 2008 at 10:42 am

Rinnah: Woohoo! Good luck then! 😉

prettybeautiful: Why tempted? Haven’t you already put in your entry?! hehe…


Maria May 20, 2008 at 12:31 pm

this will be my next foundation.. :) thanks for giving review on this. i’ve tried the revlon botafirm make up base before and i loved it!!
o yea, for tine: i used to live in australia and this line has come up in priceline or myer for quite some time, i guess since september 2007..!


zuraidah ahmad May 11, 2012 at 9:01 am

how to buy the revlon age defying ?in pg discountinue.If u can help me to buy,i appciate,tq


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