Fast Base Concealer Review: Revolution Beauty’s new concealer

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. 

revolution beauty fast base concealer

Ingredients

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

Top: Conceal and Define shade C5
Bottom: Fast Base Concealer C5
In terms of texture, they are very similar.

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. 

Age: 36 going on 47. 


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. 

revolution beauty fast base concealer applicator
Kinky.

Final Thoughts

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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16 Comments

  1. August 22, 2018 / 4:51 pm

    I didn’t even know they’d launched this concealer (bad blogger), but I don’t think I’ll even be bothering. I doubt it can touch the giant undereye circles I’m blessed with, and I really don’t like the look of the packaging!

    Cordelia || cordeliamoor.com

    • Kate
      Author
      August 22, 2018 / 4:59 pm

      Yeah the packaging looks cheap compared to their shape tape dupe.

  2. August 17, 2018 / 3:26 pm

    I’m trying this one as well, and the Conceal and Define is my preferred concealer from them. This will work well for highlighting points on the face.

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    • Kate
      Author
      August 17, 2018 / 5:24 pm

      I went back to my MAC Pro Longwear lol

    • Kate
      Author
      August 17, 2018 / 1:40 pm

      Thanks for commenting.

  3. August 16, 2018 / 11:53 pm

    Yeah, there’s no way this would work for me. The struggle is real.
    Thanks 🙂

    • Kate
      Author
      August 17, 2018 / 1:41 pm

      Thanks 🙂

  4. August 16, 2018 / 7:52 pm

    So this is a no, I have the conceal and define and I don’t like it as a concealer, i do like it as an eyeshadow base.

    • Kate
      Author
      August 16, 2018 / 7:59 pm

      I think it’s a great eyeshadow base as well. May I ask you how old you are?

      • August 16, 2018 / 8:55 pm

        37 creasing concealer is an issue

        • Kate
          Author
          August 16, 2018 / 9:10 pm

          36. I feel ya.

  5. August 15, 2018 / 2:39 pm

    Love that you give an honest opinion and that you use something more than once before you write a review!

    • Kate
      Author
      August 15, 2018 / 2:55 pm

      Sometimes I feel bad because it makes me look like a grumpy bum, but I can’t lie about how I feel. And yes, I do test products over a period of time. First impressions aren’t always reliable.
      Thanks for your comment.

  6. Melissa Rivera
    August 14, 2018 / 4:32 pm

    I wanted to try this! I am happy I read your review first

    • Kate
      Author
      August 14, 2018 / 4:51 pm

      Thanks :)))

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