We’ve all got our creature comforts when it comes to make-up, either out of fear of trying something new or believing we’ve found the optimum products for our complexion. I’ll admit, I committed some serious cardinal make-up sins in my teens… and into early adulthood, but we’ll glide over that.

Make-up counters and cosmetic stores can be terrifying, especially if you’re someone like me who has a love-hate relationship with their appearance. All the staff would be immaculate; not a hair out of place, eyeliner razor sharp that even I could prick my finger.

It took me until the humble age of 22 to get match fitted for foundation, which meant walking into a store. I’d been blown away by a friend’s Fenty Beauty’s Pro Filter Soft Matte Longwear Foundation (£30.60 at Boots) after I’d used it to cover up severe burns I got on my face, neck and collar during a sunbathing session in Australia. Note to self - water resistant sun cream isn’t really water resistant.

Even though her shade was slightly darker than my complexion, it didn’t look too off. And the way my burns were completely covered, well, you wouldn’t even know. I wear shade 185, by the way.

Finding your correct shade online can be a gamble, because you have to know your skin’s undertones, choose which pre-prepared headshot you 'think' you look like. Despite Revolution’s Shade Finder being simple, you never know what the real thing looks like until you see it against your skin.

Makeup Revolution Skin Silk Serum Foundation
The Makeup Revolution Skin Silk Serum Foundation is currently priced at £10.99

According to the brand’s website my ‘perfect’ shade was F6 of its Makeup Revolution Skin Silk Serum Foundation (£10.99), for people with neutral undertones. But I’ll admit I was a little apprehensive seeing the bottle, which looked slightly too pink and peachy for me.

The idea is that the Makeup Revolution Skin Silk Serum Foundation is that it gives you a lightweight light to medium coverage while giving you a ‘radiant satin finish’. Two of those things are true.

I didn’t do half bad choosing my shade, even though I spent an age analysing how the different colours looked against each other. The foundation itself was slightly runnier than I like. My usual routine is a combination of the Fenty Pro Filter Soft Matte Longwear Foundation with the Fenty Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint (£24.30 at Boots) in shade 5 to give me the correct colour of the foundation and the lighter consistency of the skin tint.

The Makeup Revolution Skin Silk Serum Foundation is somewhere in between those two, if not slightly on the thinner side. Its coverage was awesome, I can’t deny that, but on certain parts of my face it felt thinner so I needed to apply more.

Makeup Revolution Skin Silk Serum Foundation
Exhibit A: My pale complexion

As you can see, there is a slight (stark) contrast between the Revolution Skin Silk and my au natural complexion, which to me made me appear paler than I am (I know - I didn’t think it was possible). In fact the foundation is hardly noticeable once applied, making me less aware I was wearing make-up, which can be a benefit in the heat.

The fairer shade washed me out, even if it’s not noticeable to others. Perhaps I got the shade wrong, which in fairness is probably true.

What I was disappointed by was the lack of ‘radiant satin’ sitting on my face, it didn’t make me feel glowy and I’m acutely aware of my spots poking out through the mask. It serves a purpose, but I wanted more. I wanted to be transformed but in turn left me wanting more.

To me, you could tell I was wearing make-up because of my faux pas choice of shade. This fair was too fair, even for a ghostly gal like me.

It certainly does the job of providing a lightweight, breathable foundation - a fair choice for anyone who needs a starting point. I just couldn’t help but feel like my skin looked more lustreless than luxurious.

The Makeup Revolution Skin Silk Serum Foundation has an average score of 4.5 out of five stars from 1,129 reviews. Sinead K said: “Smooth and silky on my skin. I feel I’m not wearing any makeup. I did pick the wrong colour for my skin tone but I’ll return for a better suiting shade.”

Bec P wrote: “Nice formula and very flattering however the colour of the formula is different from my current shade with the same shade number making this a little too light for me. Don’t assume the shade is going to be the same.”

My alternative pick, if you’re after something light to medium coverage, is the Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint 32ml (£24.30 at Boots). Other alternatives include the e.l.f Flawless Finish Foundation (£7.50 at Boots), Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Flawless Filter (£39), and NARS Light Reflecting Skincare Foundation (£33.15).