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Revlon Age Defying Makeup SPF 20 with Botafirm

Is a Solution for:
Sagging Skin, Sun Protection for Face
July 10, 2010 Reviewed by Marta 8 Comments
Revlon is touting a new antiaging foundation with something called Botafirm that will “instantly” relax expression lines according to 95% of women who tried it. I guessed (rightly as it turned out) that Botafirm would be Argireline (acetyl hexapeptide 3), but what I was less prepared for was what a relatively sophisticated concoction Revlon Age Defying Makeup SPF 20 with Botafirm ($13.99) would turn out to be.

Because retinyl palmitate (vitamin A) and sunscreen is such a hot topic, I’ll get straight to its presence in Revlon’s SPF20 foundation. There are concerns that as a  photosensitizer it can form free radicals in UVB light and the industry is waiting for the FDA to report on the matter. Revlon doubtless regards it as a useful and cosmetically commonplace antiaging ingredient and here it sits alongside other vitamins and a surprising number of interesting botanicals. For a drugstore foundation that appears to be riding the Argireline wave, someone has put a lot of thought into Age Defying Botafirm.

This has to be the first foundation that I have come across with mulberry extract (morus), a skin lightener. Studies have been shown mulberry leaf extract to inhibit tyrosinase activity. Additionally, several phenolic flavonoids, such as gallic acid and quercetin, and fatty acids, such as linoleic acid and palmitic acid, have been isolated from its leaves. Along with scutellaria baicalensis root, it is also in Revlon’s Age Defying Concealer that Emily reviewed last year.

And it doesn’t stop there, this Age Defying Makeup has an antiwrinkle seaweed, macroystis pyrifera, grape, soy and wheat proteins, mushroom, chamomile and aloe. Plus there is salicylic acid and moisturizing glycosaminoglycans. All in all, a great line up for an inexpensive foundation.

Of course, Revlon isn’t going to win any awards in the “all natural and safe department”. There are several silicones, a couple of parabens and the eco-toxin tetrasodium EDTA. Still, I’ve seen a lot worse.  The scary looking methyldihydrojasmonate and methoxypropylgluconamide are considered low hazard.

Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide (8.0%), Zinc Oxide (3.0%)

Inactive Ingredients: Aqua (Water, Eau), Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Propylene Glycol, Cetyl/PEG/PPG 10/1 Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl 4 Isostearate, Magnesium Sulfate, Methyldihydrojasmonate, Boron Nitride, Acetyl Hexapeptide 3, Nylon 12, Stearic Acid, Polyglyceryl 6 Polyricinoleate, PEG/PPG 18/18 Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Aluminum Hydroxide, Alumina, Glycine Soja Protein (Soybean), Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice, Salicylic Acid, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Extract), Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, PVP, Fomes Officinalis Extract (Mushroom), Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Extract, Saxifraga Sarmentosa Extract, Vitis Vinifera Fruit Extract (Grape), Morus Bombycis Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Methoxypropylgluconamide, Laureth 7, Glycerin, Silica, Methicone, PEG/PPG 20/15 Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Tribehenin, PEG 10 Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Zinc Oxide (CI 77947)
  • January 31, 2015

    by Pat

    I can not use anything with sunscreen in it. The Revlon Age Defying foundation had it, but that information SPF20 was entirely too small to be read. I suffered many times before realizes I should get my magnifying glass out to check. I should not have had to do that.

  • November 29, 2010

    by marta

    Hi Eileen, I use Redpoint concealer over Inner Light (there are three tones that you can blend as needed)

  • November 29, 2010

    by Eileen

    I just purchased the Osmotics Inner light. I am 57 and blessed with nice skin thanks to my mother's genetics. What concealer would you recommend with the Osmotics Inner light? Please advise. Thanks very much.

  • July 23, 2010

    by Jae

    Thanks Marta. I'll try to source Osmotics Inner Light here in Australia.

  • July 19, 2010

    by marta

    Hi Jae. I agree. Most foundations make me look older. I have taken to wearing Osmotics Inner Light most days. It gives a sheer coverage that evens out skin tone and reflects light away from wrinkles. i am on my second tube. You can read about it here:

  • July 14, 2010

    by Jae

    I tried this and like a lot of makeup on 'older' skin it nicely settled into my wrinkles, making them more pronounced than if I wasn't wearing makeup.

    Those of us who don't intend to have cosmetic surgery or botox are absolutely 'stuck' when it comes to finding a decent makeup that doesn't sit in the wrinkles, and look, dare I say it like Jane Fonda's caked-on makeup!

  • July 14, 2010

    by Junko

    Hi Susan, often one person's safe is another's poison. You can decide by reading TIA's Ingredients database:

    You can also get there by clicking on Ingredients at the top of the page in the purple strip.

  • July 14, 2010

    by Susan

    Thanks for reminding me of this good and inexpensive product I've used in the past. I'm getting down to the bottom of my Lancome foundation and will give Revlon a try again.

    Can you tell me if aluminum hydroxide and alumina is safe?


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