When our editors heard that the former editor in chief of Allure, Linda Wells, was working with Revlon on their first prestige beauty line, we were intrigued. Flesh is a makeup collection of foundations, highlighters, lipsticks, and more, meant to enhance your skin's natural beauty. What is even more important is how the brand champions diversity in its products. The two foundations in the line offer an impressive shade range—40 options total—that were thoughtfully formulated by Wells to truly match all skin tones.
Wells aims to redefine the limiting interpretation of the word flesh with the inclusivity of the brand. "So this is the idea of flesh color being every color of skin—the color of your skin," Wells told Allure. "We want to change that idea by changing the whole color assortment of Flesh."
Here's what happened when two Byrdie editors, with vastly different skin tones, tried these products for the first time.
Hallie, Senior Editor
"There are two reasons I was intrigued by this new collection of makeup. First, it was created in partnership with Linda Wells, an iconic journalist and the founder of Allure. Then, the fact that the brand was called Flesh. The name feels real: equal parts sexy and messy. Like the flesh that sticks out below your bra strap or the pretty highlight that appears on your clavicle when you sweat," Hallie told me when I asked her to help test the brand with me.
"It was a tall order though, seeing as the industry's long-agreed-upon flesh tone was peach, ivory, or alabaster. It should have a ton of shades, I thought while reading through the press release. Turns out it does—and I found one that worked almost flawlessly with my complexion."
"I buffed on the foundation stick in Custard. Because it's super matte, I used a Beautyblender dampened with Eve Lom's Radiance Face Mist ($59) for some glow. It was pretty full-coverage but in a really beautiful, flawless kind of way."
"I dabbed on the highlighter drops in Aura, an ethereal, Kewpie-doll light pink that still gave off a really natural glow. It practically disappeared when I blended it, leaving behind a halo glow of light-reflecting pigment. I tapped it on my lids, cheekbones, and Cupid's bow."
"Then came the lipstick. To keep my all-natural, radiant theme going, I went for Hungry, an almost-the-same-as-my-natural-lip pink that's only slightly darker. I smudged it on my cheeks and lids as well to keep everything monochrome and fresh-looking."
"In the end, it all looked really beautiful. The finishes were soft and expensive-feeling, the color payoff was great, and the coverage was immaculate. No nonsense, just really pretty colors and worthwhile products. I'm totally a Flesh girl now."
Maya, Assistant Editor
"To be honest, I always get nervous choosing a foundation shade because I'm so used to the formulas looking a little too ashy or pinky on my deep skin tone. After swatching a few of the deep shades on my jawline, I went with Nutmeg. I was surprised when this creamy stick blended seamlessly onto my skin. I went the same route as Hallie and buffed it in with a damp Beautyblender."
"I'm admittedly contour-crazed, so I decided to use Mocha, which is three shades darker than my skin tone, to contour. The compact, Crayon-like shape of these foundations makes swiping these on in concentrated areas to contour so easy."
"Next, I dabbed a bit of the illuminator drops in Vibrate on the high points of my face. I piled it onto my cheekbones for ample glow. By the end of it, I looked like I'd been sitting in the sun for just the right amount of time—the glow was pretty crazy (amazing)."
"The neutrals in the eye shadow palette are so nice for an in-office, natural beat. I dusted the taupe, sandy shades on my lids and a bit of the gold, shimmery shade on the inner corners of my eyes for fun."
"As you can assume by now, I'm a glowy-skin fanatic. So I reached for the Fleshpot Eye & Cheek Gloss next. I tapped a tiny amount on my lids and my cheeks. It sank right onto my skin, and it didn't feel sticky or slip throughout the day—a winning formulation for gloss."
"As the final step, I satisfied my red-lip obsession with Brazen, an unapologetic fiery red. Its precise doe applicator allows you to ditch a lip liner. I precisely applied this red in one swipe, and the color payoff is highly pigmented. It dried and settled onto my lips within a few seconds but still felt hydrating. I'm in love with the way it pops against my skin tone. I went out to grab lunch and a kind stranger I passed by complimented me on my lipstick. So I'd say Brazen was made for me. Well done, Linda Wells."