Review: Revlon PhotoReady Foundation

What it says on the Revlon website: Revlon PhotoReady™ Makeup - for poreless, airbrushed skin in any light. Photochromatic pigments bend and reflect light to erase every flaw. Complete, yet undetectable coverage. Soft, luminous finish, Oil free. Fragrance fee. SPF20.

I use Revlon Colorstay in Caramel most days so was looking forward to trying PhotoReady due to all the hype my blogging family overseas had given it. Unfortunately Revlon haven't released the PhotoReady shades in the same order as Colorstay and I had trouble working out which shade I would be.

I had given up hope of being able to use it when it was suggested I try mixing both Caramel and Cappuccino to customise my foundation shade. I was reluctant it would work, but had nothing to lose so thought what the hell. Amazingly I was momentarily silenced, as indeed when mixed, they created a perfect match for me which was a turn up for the books as I really didn't think I had a hope in hell of being able to wear PhotoReady. 

I'm very pleased with the coverage which I find to be medium, yet buildable. I choose not to build it up though and just add concealer where needed. Texture wise it's not as thick as Colorstay and feels light on the skin. I didn't have a problem with Colorstay feeling heavy, but have noticed that PhotoReady needs less work with my foundation brush when I'm blending it in. The finish on my skin is dewy, but not overly in my opnion. It gives a soft, luminous effect.

I like the pump bottle which makes usage easy and convenient. The pump releases the right amount of pressure so you don't get an overload of product on the back of your hand, brush or palette when using it either.

I've read various comments complaining about the glitter finish this foundation gives. It's a problem I'm yet to experience as I don't find that my face twinkles back at me when I look in the mirror or when it's hit by sunlight. I applied some to my hand and held it in direct sunlight and could see the faintest, teeniest, weeniest shimmer, and even then I was really squinting to see it so it's not asn issue for me. I wear this for both daytime and evening use and don't have a preference for when it's worn. I think it's quite versatile actually.

Sorry there's no swatch of the foundation - I'm not wasting it! Use Google.

Whilst I'm glad that I've found a way I can now use PhotoReady, I'm not happy that in order to do so, I have to fork out double for two bottles for the privilege. It's a high street brand and I should be paying high st prices not in excess of £24 when the RRP is £12.99. I accept that it's unlikely Revlon will adjust the shades in the PhotoReady range to mirror those of Colorstay but I refuse to pay double when everybody else gets to hand over £12.99. Get outta here!

I fully appreciate that a lot of black and asian women darker than myself won't be able to use PhotoReady at all as the shades available do not cater to them. If Revlon are gonna use Halle Berry as a brand ambassador (I dare you to use the likes of Mary J Blige, Gabrielle Union or Nia Long next time instead of the 'safe' option), in an attempt to show how diverse their products are, then surely it can't be that hard to create foundation shades that will actually benefit the women they're trying to reach out to.

Note to the boyf, if you're reading this - buy me copious backups in Revlon PhotoReady in Caramel and Cappuccino forever please, because Revlon are trying to rob me blind me here. Thank you! Over and out.

How much is it? £12.99
Where can I buy it? Boots, Superdrug

17 beauty lovers have sumthin to say:

Lina said...

I often have to mix foundations, it's so annoying especially if the brand is actually an expensive brand. However, if you're using equal measures of both colours it's just the case of buying double the amount you need in one go (which is annoying, yes), but hopefully in return it'll last twice as longer!

Is this foundation good for dry skin? Is it dewy or matte finish? Anything HD or photoready sounds great, vain cow that I am! xx

VexintheCity said...

@Lina - I don't like buying double the amount when it's not needed though. It's not as if it's my HG base.

The finish is dewy, buty not overly IMO. My skin isn't dry so I can't say for sure if it'll suit you. It gives a soft, luminous effect.

Mocha Mish Mash said...

I have a summer foundation that I have to "custom blend" with two diff shades, it's a pain in the butt, but well worth the results. Make sure you tell the boyf to hit up the drugstores during BOGO's and at least your getting your money's worth...

VexintheCity said...

@Mocha Mish Mash - Yeah I'm on the ball with the drugstore BOGO's. That'll be the only time I'll buy it! LOL

Liparazzi said...

Hey, hope you're having a good weekend!I really like the Revlon Photoready too, it's a shame they aren't more on the ball with the darker shades though, that's disappointing. This foundation really does photograph well...just saw some pics of a night out when I was wearing it and no shimmery bits in sight!Just kinda creates a hazy airbrushed look.

VexintheCity said...

@Liparazzi - Hey hon! I miss our emails! Really? I should start using it for my FOTD pics then! LOL

Get Gawjus! said...

great review! and I agree they defo need to improve on their shade range. I would love to see how it looks on you :)

Sara (The Makeup said...

girl I am glad you like it!! I love the note to the boyf at the end, lol!!! Make sure he knows to wait for bogo, lol!

Onna said...

I understand what you mean about forking out double but in the long term.... its exactly the same it will last you twice as long :)

So Divine! said...

I so feel you on this. In principle, I will NEVER wear a foundation which I have to buy two shades of...its inconvenient, messy, annoying and expensive! I feel that even as a WOC, I am not such an "unusual" shade that makeup cannot be made in my colour. I always take the "they obviously didnt intend for it to be bought by people like me" so I dont buy it. It would be nice if they brought the Rich Ginger + Mocha shades here too :-(

Aleksis said...

ugh had to do that with Laura Mercier's tinted moisturizer, annoying!!

Laura said...

Fab soon as I can find this, I'm having it :) xxx

Lisamarie and Christelle said...

Lovely review - I wish it had worked for me but I just couldn't get over the eye socket thing which I am blaming on the glitter!

Best, Lisamarie

Anonymous said...

can i ask if revlon colorstay foundation is available in cappuccino in BOOTS/superdrug? the darkest i found on their site was mahoghany! and it's not really a match. Hope someone can help! thanks :)

VexintheCity said...

@Get Gawjus - I'll do a FOTD using it as my base next time.

@Sara - LOL He's been schooled on it!

@Onna Hmmm but I don't like having to mix, it's tiresome and annoying trying to measure up equal amounts of 2 shades.

@So Divine - My point exactly!

@Alexsis - Very!!

@Laura - Hope you like it x

@Lisamarie & Christelle - Ahh that's a shame.

@Anonymous - Unfortunately, no it's not which is really annoying. It is in America though, no good to us here I know! Check Afro hair shops, local markets and Ebay, you may be in luck!

power2prosper said...

How much of each do you use when creating a blend? I have carmael and the capocinoo looks red maybe i cold try and blend.

VexintheCity said...

@power2prosper - I use an equal amount for each shade. They compliment one another. Hope it works for you too.


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