Revolution Fast Base Foundation Review | F1, Dry & Sensitive Skin

Hi guys, today’s post is a review of the Revolution Fast Base Foundation. Now, I wasn’t going to review this, it came out a while ago now and I feel like everyone has already spoken about this, but I tried it and decided I wanted to share my thoughts. As I wasn’t going to review it, I apologise for the fact it’s already used in the photos and not looking all new and pretty.  

I picked this foundation up on a bit of a whim. It was an accidental purchase, I was meeting my friend for coffee, she was running late and the next thing I knew, I was killing time in Superdrug. We’ve all been there, right? 


This foundation is an absolute bargain at £5, although you don’t get an awful lot of product. I compared it to my Bobbi Brown stick and that one contains 9g of product, whereas the Revolution only contains 6.2g. The product is cruelty free, vegan friendly and comes in 18 shades. A couple of years ago I would have thought that 18 shades was impressive, now that seems kind of average.  

Revolution Fast Base Foundation


As I’ve already tried and reviewed the Revolution Pro Foundation Drops, I knew that the shade F1 from Revolution was too dark for me. But for some reason, I thought I’d try it anyway. Yes, I bought a product that I wasn’t planning on buying and I already knew it wouldn’t match. Makeup addiction is a real thing. My Superdrug is on the smaller side so they didn’t carry all shades. They only did the odd numbers, F1, F3, F5 etc. F1 didn’t have a tester out so I swatched a little bit of F3 on the back of my hand and it wasn’t that dark. So, on a whim, I picked up an F1 and made my way to the till.  

When I tried it the next day, I was quite shocked. It’s still too dark for me, but it’s light enough that I can probably get away with wearing it and blend it down my neck. My chest is lighter than my face and neck, so it would be too dark to wear with anything low, but the shade match isn’t awful. The shade F1 in the Pro Drops was way too dark for me to wear alone without the lightening drops, so I’d say the shades don’t align correctly. If anyone has one and was thinking about buying the other, go darker with the stick than the drops. 

revolution foundations f1

Ignore the fact my hands are the only part of my body that have a tan….
Top: Fast Base Stick
Bottom: Revolution Pro Drops

For some reason the stick looks darker than the drops in the swatches. I promise that’s different when they’re blended on my face.

Application & Texture 

THIS FOUNDATION IS SO CREAMY. I was blown away by the texture of this. To all of my fellow dry people out there, my skin loves this. Which makes it even more annoying that it’s dark, but I’m not at all bitter about that… 

I’ve tried this with a Beauty Blender, Morphe Y6 (flat kabuki) and my personal favourite foundation brush, Zoeva Face Shape (very small, dense buffing brush). It looked amazing with all of them, which never happens. Usually if I like the way a foundation applies with a brush, I hate it with a beauty blender and vice versa.  

This foundation blends so easily that I honestly think you could use sandpaper to spread it across your face and it will still look good when you’re finished.  

It’s fairly full coverage, it covered a small spot on my chin very easily. Although I can’t comment on how well it would cover larger areas. And to be honest, I think the creamy formula could be problematic on acne prone skin.  

As I previously said, the creamy texture works beautifully on dry skin, but I can’t imagine this setting well on oilier skin types.  


Now, this could be me, but…. 

This foundation felt great when I first applied it, no redness, no irritation, but throughout the day it started to feel a bit strange. 

My skin started to feel a little bit itchy. Not an intense, burning, get this off my face kind of itch. More….tickly? Almost as though you have a stray hair tickling the side of your face. At first, I thought it was in my head or my face was being overly sensitive, but it carried on when I wore it the next day too. It didn’t last all day, maybe an hour or two each time, but it was annoying.  

At the end of the day there were no signs of irritation at all. My skin wasn’t red or irritated, wasn’t feeling more sensitive than usual. It actually felt really soft and smooth after a day or two of wearing this. Which was strange. I don’t know if this is going to be a deal breaker for me or not yet, but it’s definitely something to consider. 

revolution fast base foundation f1


Despite the creaminess, this holds out all day on my skin. As I’ve said 300 times now, my skin is dry. I rarely set my foundation as powder usually makes me look about 900 years old, all I ever use to set things is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder. As we’ve been experiencing an incredibly humid heatwave, I used my ambient lighting powder. With the powder, I got at least 12 hours wear from it, with one slight powder touch up on my chin and it still looked good when I went to remove it.  

Final Thoughts  


  • Good for the price 
  • Great on dry skin 
  • Blends incredibly  
  • Wears well for a dewy foundation  
  • Fairly good on sensitive skin 
  • Cruelty Free 


  • Small amount of product 
  • The tickly thing 
  • Poor shade range 

Overall, I think this is a good foundation, but maybe not great. Maybe it is great and my shade bias is clouding my judgement. It’s certainly not for oily skin and I’d proceed with slight caution if you have sensitive skin. If your skin is darker than paper, dry and not that sensitive, I think this is worth a try. Taking the price into consideration, it’s definitely worth testing.  

revolution fast base foundation

Will I buy this again? 

I’m going to see how I feel about this in winter. When high necklines are all I’m wearing and the shade is less of an issue and I still like it, I’ll certainly repurchase. Unless the tickly feeling develops into actual skin irritation. Obviously, if that happens it’s going straight in the bin and I’ll be very thankful it was so cheap.  

Have you tried this foundation? What were your thoughts?  

Until next time,  


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  1. 22nd July 2018 / 7:22 pm

    I’m a bit umm and arr about this foundation. The shade i have is too orange and the other shade would’ve been too light so thats annoying! I love the creaminess of it but i just doesnt sit well on my skin at all!

  2. Emma
    22nd July 2018 / 8:03 pm

    Lovely honest review – I’ve not tried the revolution pro foundation drop yet, might have to try it out 🙂

    Emma |

  3. 22nd July 2018 / 8:04 pm

    I’ve tried the concealer from this range and found the shades so difficult! I bought one of the lightest shades and it was still way to dark for me. I agree that £5 is a bargain though, and great for a long-wear foundation! I’m tempted to try it out for the price, especially since my skin is quite dry too and I love creamier foundations. Thanks for sharing! x

    Evie x |

  4. 22nd July 2018 / 8:06 pm

    I reviewed this product a while ago and since then have been using it a lot! I have oily skin so I needed to add a bit of powder to make my skin look matte but other than that I really enjoyed the foundation! Glad you also liked it, great review xx

  5. 22nd July 2018 / 8:18 pm

    I love Revolution makeup but am yet to try any of their base products! I always think they look a little too thick for my liking as I hate that cloggy feeling but I am really intrigued after reading this. My skin is more on the combination side so it’s possible that this could work for me but I’d deffo have to set it with powder as my oily nose is a nightmare! Great review girl, you’ve definitely sold it to me! Weird how its tickly though haha!
    Alice Xx

  6. 22nd July 2018 / 8:26 pm

    I’ve seen a lot of people talk about this foundation, but I haven’t tested it out yet! I’m really tempted to give it a shot x

  7. 22nd July 2018 / 8:36 pm

    This is such a thorough review! All the points you made are really important to consider when buying a foundation. It’s a shame that the shade isn’t prefect. That’s definitely something I’ll be cautious of if I were to buy this product. Thanks for sharing!

  8. 22nd July 2018 / 9:23 pm

    It’s okay to give a review of a product that has been out for a while – it’s good to hear people’s experience because everyone’s skin isn’t the same. I like that the foundation is super friendly on the wallet. Cruelty-free and vegan-friendly is the way to go!!! I can totally relate to you about finding the right shade @__@.

    Even though the foundation made your skin feel a bit itchy, at least your skin wasn’t red at the end! Still, it’s worth seeing if it makes you break out. Thanks for sharing! 😀

    Nancy ♥

  9. 22nd July 2018 / 10:02 pm

    Heard so many good reviews on this thing and I can see why for the excellent coverage and great price, if only it didn’t irritate your skin! Sounds great that it’s creamy although I’m not sure how well that would go down with my oily skin in the summer! Great post!

    Lily Loves |

  10. 22nd July 2018 / 10:10 pm

    I thought I was the only one! I swatched this foundation and tried to color match myself in stores and developed that weird itchy/tingling thing too. I loved the creamy texture and high coverage but I’m afraid it might break me out due to that itchy feeling…

  11. 22nd July 2018 / 10:11 pm

    Ooh this sounds pretty good for a fiver, so strange that you got a strange sensation and I don’t know why but it’s really bugged me that the shades are different for their different foundations, that just makes no sense!
    Soph – x

  12. 22nd July 2018 / 10:34 pm

    This was a great review! I love this foundation when I’m in a rush and just need something to throw on that will give me a little bit of coverage and make me look more presentable! I think it’s good quality for the price as well!

    Jess //

  13. 23rd July 2018 / 8:41 am

    I have never tried revolution foundation before!!! Finding a good foundation is really hard!! But reading it, sounds great! Got to see if I could find a shade matching my skin tone! 🙂

    Xoxo Babita

  14. 23rd July 2018 / 5:09 pm

    This is a great review. I always struggle to find a foundation for my skintone as I’m pale and most foundations look quite orange on me. The itchy, tingly sensation is strange. It’s good value for money and the packaging is pretty though.

  15. 23rd July 2018 / 5:10 pm

    So glad this foundation (mostly!) worked for you. However, I agree that it’s definitely not for oily skin. Wish I knew that before purchasing.

    I have oily skin with very visible pores (lucky me!) and it this didn’t work for me. At all. It slid off, made my make-up look patchy, and made my pores even more visible. Sigh.

  16. 23rd July 2018 / 5:11 pm

    That tickly thing would worry me too! Although, my face would’ve turned red before it would get to that part (my skin is super sensitive) haha!

    lots of love, Jasmin

  17. 23rd July 2018 / 5:15 pm

    Killing time in Superdrug is my downfall, although I usually buy lipsticks or nail polishes to keep all my others company… How interesting that a budget product worked so well for you (minus the tickly thing). I can’t wear anything but powder foundation because I have oily skin but I’m certainly going to suggest my dry skinned friends give it a go – for the price it’s a no brainer! Thank you for sharing xx

    Lisa |

  18. 23rd July 2018 / 5:47 pm

    Yay for spontaneous shopping! For £5 I think you got a real bargain! The product sounds great in so many ways but the tingly thing is a bit odd. I hope it doesn’t develop into an irratation but like you say it was cheap so you can bin it if necessary! Thank you for sharing your honest review Sophie! <3 xx

    Bexa |

  19. 23rd July 2018 / 8:15 pm

    Ooh I’d buy it just for the packaging!! Xo

  20. 24th July 2018 / 7:16 am

    Great review- I have sensitive skin so it’s good to have a heads up thanks X

  21. 24th July 2018 / 3:01 pm

    I’ve been on the fence as to whether to get this foundation as I’ve been seeing mixed reviews. I’m still undecided on how I feel about the new concealer they released that was meant to be a dupe for the shape tape. Given the price though, I guess I’ll still give it a try!

  22. Heather
    24th July 2018 / 3:19 pm

    I’m still completely on the fence with this foundation. I found it didn’t last at all on my skin even though I have dry skin! Started to melt off around the 2 hour mark which is a shame as its such an affordable priced stick foundation!

    Heather | x Highland Beauty

  23. 5th August 2018 / 7:45 pm

    I really like the way that you write your makeup reviews – it’s so helpful! I always assume that stick foundations are going to be drying, so it’s nice to know that this one is creamy!

    Jas xx

  24. 6th August 2018 / 2:17 pm

    Wow it’s useful article and i will care my skin more… Thank you so much my dear…

  25. 7th August 2018 / 6:04 pm

    I really want to try this out, and I have for awhile, but I’m so extremely pale and I doubt that F1 would be light enough for me I might just wait until winter like you said you’d do, and hide my pale neck under loads of polo neck tops great review, so in-depth!

    Beka |

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