Average Rating 3.7/5
Review by AndreaJunelle
I've been waiting to write a review on this product because I'm really not sure how I feel about it even now, 2 months after purchasing the shade Coral Reef. I walked past it a hundred times in the drugstore but thought it looked like a small pan for $12 so waited & waited for a coupon before finally buying(got a $2 revlon coupon in the mail :D) I was so excited to try it I busted it open in the car before I even made it home & my initial review was disappointment.. &For reference I'm a drugstore m/u guru that esp. loves Revlon so this review is NOT biased in any way Usually shades that look like Coral Reef in the pan turn out looking quite flattering on my NC10-15 skin, but this one, not so much.. It's VERY sheer, more sheer than most cream blushes out there (think NYX Red Cheeks or Maybelline's Hot Tomale..) After playing with it several times I found that the coverage IS buildable, but you have to mess with it longer than I care to mess with a blush to get it that buildable, &it also has a screw-off lid & no mirror. But I've found that I prefer it best as a base for powder blushes that need some extra staying power.Since it's sheer, it works well for this. BUT then I also started noticing little breakouts along my cheekbone every time I use this :( I tried EVERY excuse possible for it to NOT be this blush, but unfortunately I am now certain that it is.. I do have clog/acne-prone skin but it is VERY rare for me to break out on my cheekbone area from a blush. I have used many blushes (most with more comedogenic ingredients than this one..) with no issues whatsoever, but for whatever reason my skin doesn't like this one.. The breakouts it gives me are not major though, they're easily concealed by foundation (&prob.not even noticeable to the rest of the world the way they are to me Lol) &they've been healing relatively quickly, so if this was some amazing color on me, I'd probably still continue to use the blush regardless, but it's not. It pulls WAYYY more orange than it does red or pink (which never seems to look right on my fair NC15ish skin with my dark hair & eyes), it takes several layers to get decent coverage, and has *terrible* lasting power on it's own. In my mind when paying $12-$13 USD for a drugstore blush, these shouldn't be issues.. Not to mention the small breakouts that this seems to cause me along my cheekbones. Due to those things I will not be repurchasing this. However I think I would still probably recommend Coral Reef to someone without skin as oily & acne-prone as mine (I imagine my oily-ness is the reason it has such poor staying power?) -someone that is looking for a very sheer, orange based red toned cream blush. OR, who is looking for a light coverage cream blush to wear under powder blushes. Definitely a miss from Revlon for me though and I do not plan to repurchase.