The Fastest Base in All The Land?

woman sitting at mirror holding fast base foundation in her hand


If you’re into beauty and watch beauty Youtubers you’ve most likely seen all the buzz surrounding Makeup Revolution’s latest releases, namely their Fast Base Foundation stick and Conceal & Define Concealer.

I’ve actually purchased quite a few products from Makeup Revolution lately. The fact that Makeup Revolution is cruelty-free (and often vegan), good quality and are at very reasonable prices has really drawn me in. I am completely aware that there’s some issues surrounding Makeup Revolution’s “dupes” so I’m really glad to see them focusing more on their own product development, which they so clearly can do.

I decided to try Makeup Revolution Fast Base after watching Sophdoesnails video on it and I agree with much of her review. But I’m a good deal older so thought I’d share my thoughts too. (For reference, I’m 41 with combination/sensitive skin- I have an oily t-zone but everywhere else is relatively normal).


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So Makeup Revolution Fast Base is a stick foundation that comes in an impressive 18 shades. I think the description of these shades are a bit off so it might be a good idea to head to a Superdrug to swatch some colours. I was going to get F1 but Superdrug didn’t have it (but they do now!) so opted for shade F2 after seeing that there isn’t that much difference between the two colours. F2 is described as fair with yellow undertones but I think it’s veering towards neutral. It’s a pretty good match on my skin, for reference I wear Estee Lauder in 1C0 Shell (the lightest available) and MAC NW 10/13. I’m pretty pale with cool undertones. Makeup Revolution Fast Base is a medium-buildable with a natural, dewy finish.

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makeup revolution fast base review and swatch

Makeup Revolution Fast Base applies super-easy and blends like a dream. It’s definitely medium coverage on first application and building more layers is easy. It gives a nice healthy look to the skin that doesn’t look overly done up (you can see me wearing it in this tweet). The formula feels very comfortable on the skin too. Now while I do love this there’s a couple of issues I have with it and still trying to figure out if I can make it completely work. Firstly, it creases like crazy under my eyes. I’ve powdered and even baked and it still creases. I’ve tried not putting it near my eyes but some still find it’s way up into my increasing laughter lines. I have to check this a few times if I’m out because it IS NOT A GOOD LOOK. So if you have any magical tips for me please do let me know!

Secondly, is the longevity. Makeup Revolution Fast Base doesn’t claim to be long-wearing but I am used to long-wear foundations. They mean I can put them on and just forget about my foundation until it’s time to take it off. Powder and setting spray does help and Makeup Revolution Fast Base will last a good few hours so it’s perfect for everyday but if you’re looking for a long-wearing base this probably isn’t for you. But at £5 it’s definitely worth a go. I am really impressed with it, the formula is lovely and if you’re dry/normal I think you’d especially love this foundation.


Another Makeup Revolution purchase I made was the Conceal & Define Concealer which ties in with the foundation, eg C1 will go with the F1 shade in the foundation, C2 with F2 and so on. I have C2 but again I think I could wear C1 too. I mainly bought this because I wanted to see if it it was really a dupe for the much more expensive Tarte Shape Tape Concealer (which I reviewed here). I don’t think it is a dupe for the Tarte version but it’s still a good concealer in its own right. The formulas are completely different, Tarte is incredibly pigmented and “thick” while Conceal & Define is less pigmented and a looser formula. In many ways Conceal & Define is actually easier to work with. I find Tarte to be just slightly too much for my under eye area but Conceal & Define works a treat to brighten and lessen tired looking eyes. Again, Conceal & Define is definitely worth trying, at £4 it’s an amazing bargain.

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As well as bases I’ve bought a couple of palettes and this special Easter egg. I’ve been really impressed with them all. I’m going to buy a couple more things and do a bumper post on Makeup Revolution. Is there anything I must buy from Makeup Revolution?


Have you tried Makeup Revolution Fast Base or Conceal & Define yet?


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  1. March 14, 2018 / 5:58 am

    Right, I’m buying BOTH. I ran out of my Bobbi Brown corrector & my usual Givenchy foundation and I don’t really have an extra cash to repurchase sadly. Would you recommend anything else from the brand?

    • trona
      March 14, 2018 / 2:13 pm

      I really love their eyeshadow palettes! I have quite a few ranging from £4 to a tenner and all are good. I’ve ordered their setting spray too to test. I think it’s all worth a go though for the price!

  2. March 17, 2018 / 1:28 pm

    I’ve heard so many good things about Makeup Revolution lately! Yet I’ve never tried anything by them – need to change that I think!

    • trona
      March 17, 2018 / 1:52 pm

      yes definitely! it’s worth popping into Superdrug to have a wee swatch of things too but I really recommend giving them a go!

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