Revision's Intellishade Original Age-Defying Tinted Moisturizer with Sunscreen

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Revision's newest intelligent moisturizing product is said to be popular with consumers as well as award-winning, as well. Back in 2017, Revision Intellishade was given the NEWBEAUTY® Award for "Best Makeup that Doubles as SPF". One of the key reasons for this reward was the fact that this moisturizer claims to do far more than just soften skin, which is hard enough to do right, in a safe way, and in an ecologically friendly way. It also claims to provide multiple peptides as well as wrinkle reducers and other organic compounds to produce an even tone to the skin's appearance, all this while offering protection from a wide spectrum of the sun's damaging UV-A and UV-B rays. That is definitely a lot to ask from one product. So, can this miracle in a jar really deliver the goods?

An in-Depth Look at Revision Intellishade Original Moisturizer

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As a company Revision definitely knows what we all want and need, and, no doubt, what we really want to hear. It is said to have everything that one could want all packed into one little tube, and we do mean little. Even though the white-background of the product photo makes it appear that the product could be as big as a standard bottle of lotion, the reality is that it is far smaller: under two ounces. Sure, that could be considered handy for on-the-go products that are thrown into a bag and carried wherever one goes for reapplication all day and all night. But that is on the small side for a daily facial moisturizer and sunscreen product, both of which should be applied liberally, which can lead to an empty tube pretty quickly.

Putting the size of the product aside for the moment, the list of ingredients reads like most standard ones for moisturizers with sunscreen. One will see that the active ingredients are all UV protectors (we'll talk about that more ahead), and the list of inactive ingredients are where the beauty boosting properties are hidden. These come in the form of peptides and other extracts, which are usually helpful and quite safe when it comes to wrinkle prevention and reduction. These elements also work to correct skin color, hide blemishes, and brighten tone, in general.

The really significant difference with Revision's offering here is the tint. It is made in shades of "Original", "Matte", or "TruPhysical", with an explanation that the Original "provides a more moisturizing feel" while Matte is said to be lighter and is preferred when used during humid months. The "TruPhysical" variant claims to set itself apart not just by the aesthetics, but instead in the revisions made to the ingredient list, which is said to replace the standard sun protectors with a list of all-mineral ingredients. For the purposes of this review, we will focus on the Original version.



Revision Intellishade Key Ingredients

Certain elements within the listing of ingredients are notable for their efficacy and protective properties for skin, while others are less so due to their potential side effects. All of the active ingredients used are said to be sun protectors, giving some support to the SPF claims stated on the label. Still, the selected UV protectors are not all among the top rated, despite being in wide use, and have some potential issues related to side effects. It should also be noted that there are some extracts and stabilizers which are to be expected.


An ingredient most commonly used in sunscreens and cosmetics, this compound is used to provide UV-B protection. Octisalate is known to absorb ultraviolet light and has been proven to protect the skin from the many harmful effects of the sun. Still, it is also known to be an excellent penetrator, and has been proven to work deep under the outer layers of skin and into the dermis, bringing other core ingredients along for the ride. Although it may not appear to be that concerning, one of the core ingredients in the making of the compound (Salicylic Acid) has been proven to be harmful reproductive and developmental systems. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review board has apparently claimed that the exposure is negligible and will not likely cause adverse reactions. Still, it is important to be aware of these claims nonetheless.


Widely known as Parsol or Parsol MCX, this compound listed as Octinoxate is most commonly used as a filter of UV rays. It is generally used to specifically target UV-B rays, and does not offer any protection from the equally dangerous UV-A rays, so it is best for consumers to use this in conjunction with a UV-A filter as well. There is also a degree of concern with potential toxicity, as this compound is said by many to be an endocrine disruptor. What this means is that it can mimic estrogen within the human body, and interrupt normal thyroid function. This is critical since the thyroid regulates all systems in the body. Still, this compound has been approved world-wide with the caveat that it must be noted as active on the product label.


Widely used In many beauty products, this silicone is used as a conditioner and lubricant. It also works well as a solvent in conjunction with other ingredients. Since it is a silicone, it provides users with a silky feeling that users find appealing. It is also somewhat of a water-repellant, making it useful in addition to a sunscreen and works to fill in some fine lines and wrinkles, offering a temporarily plumper or younger look. Although it is claimed to be safer for humans, it is believed to be a concern for marine life and should not be allowed to make contact with them.

Boron Nitride

In essence, this chemical is a real-life version of Mystique from X-men, for those who are familiar with the character's properties. Boron Nitride is a polymorphic chemical, which means that it is known to diffuse light. The effect of this is a shimmery or translucent look to skin. It also adheres to the skin extremely quite well, which makes it an ideal additive for any number of cosmetics. As an added bonus, it can also work to absorb excess oils on the skin's surface and smooth out pigment. Further, it is widely believed to be nontoxic and of no health threat, with volumes of scientific study to support those claims.

Full List of Ingredients

Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5%, Titanium Dioxide 3.5%, Zinc Oxide 3%.

Inactive Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cyclopentasiloxane, Jojoba Esters, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Plankton Extract, Beeswax, Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Dimethicone, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Betula Alba (White Birch) Bark Extract, Squalane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopherol, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Lecithin, Jojoba Bean Meal, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Isostearate, Chlorphenesin, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 Diaminobutyroyl Hydroxythreonine, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tetradecyl Aminobutyroylvalylaminobutyric Urea Trifluoroacetate, Yeast Extract (Faex), Boron Nitride, Epigallocatechin Gallate, Ubiquinone, Xanthan Gum, Magnesium Chloride, Benzoic Acid, Sorbic Acid and Iron Oxides.

How to Use Revision's Intellishade Original Moisturizer

Directions show that your daily skin regimen with a gentle facial wash while using warm water and mild soap. Generously apply Revision's Intellishade Original Tinted Moisturizer with Sunscreen to the face and neck while paying extra attention to the most problematic regions. Next, one should massage gently into skin until smooth and even tone is achieved. The product can be worn with makeup and even with additional Vitamin C lotion for greater antioxidant benefits.

The Last Word on Revision's Intellishade Original Moisturizer

Even though Revision has made a generally well-received moisturizer and excellent cosmetic, the sunscreen part of this product has been the subject of some concern. There is some significant SPF protection, but the greatest concentrations of the ingredients are the ones with the most concerning potential for effects. This is an all-in-one product that could have benefited from being made as a two-in-one instead, since the whole is not really better than its individual ingredients on their own.

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