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