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)