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Revlon Candid Foundation Review

I’m basically in love with this foundation. So this will be a glowing, positive review. This is NOT the same as the Candid Glow foundation- that’s much less coverage and more of a tinted moisturizer.

Revlon Candid Foundation in shades Buff Chamois and Creme Brûlée


  • Coverage – Skin Like
  • Coverage – Pretty full coverage. Easy to build. Revlon says it’s medium coverage.
  • Lasting Power – Very Good. Wearing a mask does rub it off a bit throughout the day.
  • Packaging – The fact that this packaging isn’t recyclable might be my only complaint. You only get 0.75 oz, but I can live with that for the price. Just hope I can get it all out of this tube packaging.
  • Shade Range – Revlon’s website shows 31 shades available. You probably won’t be able to find them all in a local store.
  • No SPF – This is what I prefer in a foundation formula. If I want sunscreen that day, I can wear it under my foundation.

Photo: Me with blemishes swearing I’ll never eat dairy again. Then me with an even layer of Revlon Candid. Then final face where I’ve used the foundation to spot conceal blemishes, added under eye concealer, powder, blush, etc as I always do.

Revlon Photo Ready Candid Foundation covering acne. No filters or edits on these photos.

Compared to Revlon Colorstay Foundation

I find the finish on the Candid foundation to be more skin like. Candid doesn’t have any sunscreen which I prefer, but you may have the opposite preference. I find the coverage level similar, maybe Candid is a little higher coverage, that was my first impression. Revlon says ColorStay has the higher coverage level. They’ll both cover redness and acne very well.

The oily/combo version of ColorStay foundation comes in 43 shades, which is a lot more than the 31 shades available for Candid. BUT, one of the shades I have in Candid – Creme Brûlée 150 – is not available in the ColorStay line at all. So the shade ranges don’t have an exact overlap. And then there’s the constant frustration of which shades does your store carry and which ones are even in stock.

Compared to Revlon Candid Glow

These are so different from each other that I don’t even know why Revlon is relating them with the same name “Candid” and similar packaging. Candid glow is basically a tinted moisturizer. I think the main similarity is lack of sunscreen so these foundations won’t cause flashback in flash photographs. The full name is “Photoready Candid”. Anyway, I just want to make sure you understand the difference so you don’t accidentally buy the wrong product.

Swatches: Revlon Candid 120 Buff Chamois and 150 Creme Brûlée, Elf Flawless Finish in Light Ivory and Pearl, Milani Conceal and Perfect in 00B Light and 00BB Nude

The photo above gives you an idea of the undertones in these two shades compared to some other drugstore foundations.

Where to Buy

Revlon Candid is available at most of the usual drugstore makeup retailers.

Walmart – I purchased in my local store but now they’re gone. Available online though.

Target – I’ve purchased in store. Looks like some shades are available online, and the available shades change if you change your store location.


CVS – CVS shows all 31 shades on their site which is nice. They are listed in random order which is….not helpful.

Sadly this is not carried at Ulta. I hope that changes!

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