I reviewed Revolution Beauty’s Conceal and Define on this blog a while ago and, spoiler alert, I didn’t like it. When I saw that Revolution Beauty had released a new concealer, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity for me to reignite the flames of love with Revolution complexion products. Let’s find out if the Fast Base Concealer is any better than its predecessor.
Aqua, Lauryl Benzoate, Myristyl Benzoate, Silica, Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Quaternium-90 Bentonite, Propylene Carbonate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Diisostearyl Malate, Sodium Chloride, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol (+/-) CI 77891, CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499Aqua, Lauryl Benzoate, Myristyl Benzoate, Silica, Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Quaternium-90 Bentonite, Propylene Carbonate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Diisostearyl Malate, Sodium Chloride, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol (+/-) CI 77891, CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499
Price, quantity and shade range
5.99€ for 4.5ml (that’s 1331 EUR per L). This is slightly cheaper than Conceal and Define, which costs 4.99€ for 3.4ml (that’s 1467 EUR per litre).
Shade range: 14. This might seem modest compared to the 25 shade range of Conceal and Define, but it has to be noted that 14 shades for a drugstore concealer which has just launched is no mean feat. Maybelline’s cult classic Instant Age Rewind Eraser still only has 12.
Fast Base Concealer claims vs. my thoughts and experience of the product
Coverage: medium buildable coverage, a little goes a long way.
My experience: if you apply only a little as recommended, the coverage is quite sheer (definitely sheerer than Conceal and Define). If you add more product to increase the coverage, the Fast Base Concealer will crease before you even have time to reach for your setting powder. To me it’s very paradoxical to claim that a little goes a long way in terms of coverage and yet tell you that you can build it up if, after all, it doesn’t go a long way.
The picture below was taken roughly 10 minutes after application. I tried to apply a very small quantity and set it right away with my trusty Cover FX setting powder.
What it does: highlights, brightens, covers dark circles
My experience: it does cover dark circles if you apply more product, but then again: creasing. About highlighting and brightening, I’m sure it does the job, but I stupidly picked up the shade C5, which happens to be the same colour as my skin. I should probably have applied C2 or C3 to experience a brightening effect, but I don’t think I’m going to buy more of that concealer in the near future.
Finish: not mentioned on the website
My experience: the Fast Base Concealer dries matte.
Staying power: not mentioned
My experience: it does have decent staying power, but it’s not as good as Conceal and Define.
Applicator: small cushion
I’m not sure if that small cushion is meant to make it a Maybelline Instant Age Eraser dupe, but I don’t see the point of it. It doesn’t help blend the product, you still have to go in with your beauty sponge or fingers (I’ve tried different methods of application and nothing made a difference in the coverage/performance). Also, I don’t find that to be the most hygienic applicator on the planet for obvious reasons.
I’ve been testing the Fast Base Concealer for 10 days and writing this review has been a struggle because I have nothing good to say about it. I’ve tried applying it in different ways, various quantities, with and without setting powders, but nothing helped. Some days I wore the Fast Base Concealer under one eye and the Conceal and Define under the other, and the difference was quite striking. I never thought I’d dislike a concealer more than Conceal and Define, but that day has finally come.
Had I been 10-15 years younger, I suspect my review would have been drastically different. I’m sure this concealer will work on people who don’t need concealer in the first place. As far as I’m concerned, I’ll stick to my MAC Pro Longwear.
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