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I have bought this Revlon PhotoReady make-up a couple of times now because I like to give things a fair chance before counting them as a regular in my cosmetic bag and while it is quite a good performer, I don't think it's quite 'the one' for me in particular.
Although the bottle gives the illusion that it doesn't contain much product, a little goes a long way and the pump dispenser helps with judging the amount needed and avoids wastage. I would advise spending a good length of time with the testers choosing the shade as although I was torn between two of the shades available, going for the lighter option,once I got it home, it did seem darker than under the store lighting. The other shade would have been completely wrong. The texture is creamy and the make-up smooths on quite well and from a distance (and also in photos) the effect is quite matt, smooth, with good coverage, leaving a lovely blank canvas on which to apply the rest of your make-up. Strangely though, on closer inspection, the effect is more grainy, as though your face has been given a good powdering and the overall effect is less attractive, so I would suggest the success of this make-up is largely dependent on how closely you are likely to be inspected!
Due to an outdoor lifestyle, I often have rosy cheeks and when I have been outside for a couple of hours in all weathers it is a tall order for any foundation to give me a completely flawless effect,but I would say that this one has a good try and also has staying power.
The price is usually around the £7 mark which is good value and the only thing that keeps me looking for something else is that I can tell I'm wearing it with slight irritation when I first put it on (something I would put down to my temperamental skin rather than the product though). With an SPF of 20 and good performance at a reasonable price for a decent quality product I would say that this make-up is worth a try if you need to be PhotoReady at a moment's notice.
I am in that stage in my life where I have more money then when I was a teenager, but have less money than when I was in my early twenties due to settling down, owning a house and becoming a mature (in age rather then actions) student. I have reached the stage where I want quality for money and I am not too interested in the latest fashionable makeup with fancy packaging and a hefty price tag.
I am also at the age where I am still suffering with teenage acne, but I also am starting to get visible pores and wrinkles. Life is not fair! I have found recently my skin gets very oily, especially around the nose, chin and forehead and foundation seems to slide off no matter what I do or use.
This weekend, I realised that I had no foundation left. It is very rare that I wear it, working in a vets it really would be wasted and I have the tendency to break out and look like an oil slick anyway. I popped to Boots to get some items and decided to have a quick look at the foundation.
The title 'photo ready' caught my eye. I stood there for a moment, because I could not decide if this product would work or not. I mean, who else has bought a product, with 'anti- frizz' in it to still come out looking like your hair is made from candy floss? Green 'anti redness' cream that got used once? Shampoo that promises the world... you get me!
The foundation was on offer, I paid about £10 for it and because I bought another item, I got a third free which seemed good value. Sold!
I took the makeup home and applied it using a Stila foundation brush. I was pleasantly surprised- my old foundation used to sit on dry patches and highlight the skin, or go mottled over my pores. This product slid on my skin and gave a good coverage but felt light as a feather. The product covered old acne scars and gave the skin a dewy but non shiny glow.
The evening I went out, everyone said how well I looked. I do not know if this was my new found confidence or the makeup, but who cares? Someone even took a photo when I was unaware which I usually hate, but my skin looked brilliant and I liked the photo! I came home in the early hours and had been out since 7pm, and did not need to top up anything other then lipstick.
Worth every penny!
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I have been a long time user of the Revlon Custom Creations Range - they are cheap (£6.99 a bottle), adjustable (adjust shade according to your colour that day tan/no tan) and give an amazing coverage! However as they have been discontinued for a while and my only outlet of ebay is sure to dry up soon I though it best to find a new favourite foundation and where best to star, after all these years than Revlon!
Revlon Photoready is my first venture into alternative foundations (I'm sure this will be the first of many - haha) so here we go.....
I bough this from Boots for £12.99 which compared to my previous foundation thought was very costly, especially as it seems small in size (24-30ml). There are 8 shades to this and I chose 004 Nude which a bit confusingly is actually the third shade from lightest. I am fairly pale with some freckles although I do like to use a gradual tanner to my face and body.
The bottle is made of glass and has a pump dispenser and a cap which is sealed at time of purchase which is reassuring. Whilst the glass of the product makes it feel more high end the plastic cap does bring this look down a bit although altogether the product does like rather sleek. I have been using this now for a couple of weeks and am half way through the product (so I assume based on my average use of 5 times a week with a couple of touch ups it should last almost a month)! So for the verdict.....
The pump dispenser is very easy to use although can tend to drip a little bit of excessive foundation so you need to be careful to wipe after use. I use about 4 pumps per application to cover face and the top part of my neck. The hole on the dispenser is little so only pumps out what you need which is lucky as if you pump out too much theres no way of getting it back into the bottle so would be a complete waste! I do worry by the look of the product however that there will be some wastage towards the end and although the bottle is glass you cannot see through it as it is caked in the foundation.
I apply foundation after letting my moisturiser (good ol Liz Earle)! dry and use my fingertips as I find it gives a much better coverage than using a sponge. In between applications I always keep a pot of baby wipes handy! Application is easy and although it blends satisfactorily it doesnt blend as much as my custom creations and perhaps a few more moisturising properties would be nice in this product to make it smooth into the skin better.
The colour of this shade is brilliant and matches my colouring perfectly! It gives a medium coverage which is ideal for the day but perhaps a slightly higher coverage in the evening would be desireable. The foundation gives an initial coverage for any pimples (I still have to use an additional coverage for any of the little blighters but this foundation provides a good base) and it also covers the slight red birth mark I have on my face and gives a fair coverage to some of my freckles! Looking at my face close up however I can see little speckles so it is obvious I am wearing make up. Realistically however I don't think anyone would ever get this close up (literally almost had my face pressed up against the mirror) and from normal distance this seems more than fine!
On my usual sit down office day, the coverage lasts for up to 8 hours before I have to re-apply. Obviously depending on weather conditions and level of activity you may have to reapply a bit sooner - I don't like using powder and rarely use primer but perhaps using such other products may lengthen it's life a bit also. The SPF 20 seems to work in my experience - through all this sunny weather I have no sunburnt face (as yet)! It also doesnt have any yucky smell which some foundations do.
'perfect airbrushed skin in any light'?
I couldn't help but do the photograph test and do have do have to admit that looking at the results the foundation gives a good coverage which is reflected in photographs and I don't look like a big red freckly ogre!
Whilst I'm not ready to give up my search so early on....I may give this one another go again!
As I was shopping around for a waterproof mascara to go on holiday with in the upcoming coming week, I saw my skin in the mirror in the Boots store that I was in and I was sick of the crumbling look that my foundation was giving me.
Don't get me wrong, I know I'm one of the worst people for foundation - my skin is a nightmare, it's so dry. The foundation that I was using was at no fault at all, as it had been excellent in the beginning, but my skin got used to its tricks of making my face look flawless and became immune to it, unluckily for me!
As the bottle of my foundation was practically empty anyway, I decided, on a whim as I usually thoroughly research my make-up products, that I'd buy a totally new one. I had a look around all of the make-up section in Boots, trying Maybelline, Max Factor, Rimmel, etc, and none of them drew me to them. I was about to give up and go home when I noticed the Revlon counter isolated, and I hadn't looked at the foundations there yet. With little hope, I searched through the rack and found one that looked promising - Revlon PhotoReady Foundation. It wasn't hard to find my skin colour, and at just £12, I felt I could give it a go.
After moisturising with a Nivea product, I pump around a pea sized squirt on the back of my hand. Using a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (by Samantha Chapman), only £9.99 in Boots, I buff and blend the foundation into my skin. I usually need around 3 squirts to do my full face, and after using this foundation for just north of 3 weeks, I haven't noticed the foundation line going down at all. This is down to personal choice but I like to set my foundation with a powder, using the same Real Techniques Expert Face Brush.
Like the name suggests, this foundation makes me extremely photogenic! I am beyond pleased with the results this give me, and my skin isn't as dry and flakey as I am so used to it being; within just a week of use I could already see how my skin was in a much healthier condition. Such a small price to pay for the end result!
As a long term fan of Revlon's Colorstay foundation i thought i would try another foundation of theirs- Revlon Photoready foundation. It is always cheaper than its counterpart and i thought that as it is made by the same company it cannot be that different in its effect.
This foundation promises to blur imperfections and give the skin a radiant glow. The Photoready name owes to the fact it is supposed to provide flawless skin in photo's even in harsh lighting. It is oil and fragrance free so is suitable for sensitive skin and contains a SPF of 20 which is a bonus.
This foundation comes in a 30ml bottle with a pump action making it easy to dispense. The only downside is when the foundation is running low the pump tube cannot suck it up and there is no way to open the bottle and scrape the foundation out which is a bit of a waste!
There are 8 shades to choose from. The lightest being "Vanilla" and the darkest "Cappucino". Being pale i always go for the lightest shade of foundation i can find, but whenever i have visited my local Boots to buy this they never have vanilla in stock, so i have to settle for the second lightest named "Shell". Even though this is not my ideal shade it is still light enough for me to wear and it has a yellow undertone which cancels out the redness i get.
I would say this foundation gives a medium coverage that leans to the fuller side rather than sheer side. It blurs my acne scars but does not hide them completely so i have to use a bit of concealer to touch them up. However the effect lasts all day and does not look cakey at all, my skin looks dewy and smooth.
I know many do not like this foundation as they find it too sparkly, but i have not found that to be the case. It just gives my skin a luminosity and a sheer glow without looking glittery or too shiny. I would recommend this foundation to those with problematic skintones as it gives a nice glow yet is oil free so won't clog the skin up.
I went for a night out whilst wearing this foundation and as me and my friends were posing for photos with each other they commented that my skin looked so flawless in the photos! Therefore i would say the foundation lives up to its name and really does make my skin "Photoready".
Overall i would recommend this foundation. It is not as full coverage as my beloved Colorstay but it is perfect for the summer when i don't fancy something so heavy on my face. It still provides a decent coverage yet gives a gorgeous glow to my skin. It gets 4 Dooyoo stars as it annoys me i cannot get the last dregs of foundation out, i hate waste! Other than that a fantastic foundation.
Revlon Photoready is currently available from Boots for £9.99.
I first started buying this foundation about a year and a half ago and for about a year was my holy grail foundation. It offers medium coverage and the shade Vanilla is perfect for my skin tone. Something which is difficult for me as I have very pale skin.
I love the pump bottle as it convenient and dispenses just the right amount of product. The packaging also makes the product look more expensive than it really is. However, I have noticed that when I repurchased this product about 6 months ago I noticed that the formula had changed slightly. The shades are still the same but I noticed that the product appeared much more glittery on the skin. I know that this was a complaint with the original Photoready, but I have only noticed it with the foundation in the new bottle.
Now that the foundation has been reformulated I rarely wear it because I don't like the look of glitter on my face. Also, as many makeup artists will tell you, SPF in a foundation can cause flash back in photos. As Photoready contains SPF 15, so it definitely doesn't live up to its name.
This particular Revlon product promotes this foundation as being the best foundation for photography. However I do not agree. I would say that this is the best foundation for everyday use.
Revlon Photoready foundation doesn't have a vast choice of colours. They range from vanilla to cappuccino, and offer 8 different colours. I do have to promote Revlon for the amazing foundation coverage, when the product has been applied you can see no flaws in your skin. This is a very good advantage however if you are prone to dry skin the foundation seems to pick this particular flaw.
This wonderful foundation dispenses the right amount of foundation via a handy pump. The foundation is creamy and thick however when applied it does not look thick or cakey. This is the first foundation I have bought that actually has glitter like bits in it. This is so that when the light hits your skin it sends off a beautiful glow. With this foundation you do not get a cheap perfumed smell as it is fragrance free.
You will also not get that oily, trapped in your make up feeling as the product is oil free. It is also very safe to use while in the sun as it is SPF20.
I found this foundation work amazingly well however I do not recommend this foundation if you are going to be taking pictures unless you use a power over the top.
I purchased this foundation as a change from my usual Max Factor one because of a special offer. I had been on holiday in the sun and needed a shade darker than my usual fair-ish one, so I chose Nude. I was instantly really impressed. I require a full-coverage blemish covering foundation, and this provided just that. It went on very very smoothly, and set to a very decent finish which didn't require concealer or powder to finish. The colour was natural looking, and because it is slightly runnier than my usual one, it went on quickly and blended easily.
Throughout the day, this makeup stays on, but if I get hot it can have a slight tendency to "melt" a bit. Not any more than other similar-priced foundations though, so not really a negative.
The bottle is nice and classy, and the lid is easy to remove and replace. You press the top of the bottle to release the product, which means you can't control exactly how much you get, so I do sometimes release a bit too much which is a bit of a waste. I try to squeeze every last drop out of makeup bottles, and although you can't physically squeeze this one, I managed without too much effort to remove the nozzle/lid and use up what was left inside. If you don't do this you will be wasting quite a bit of product, as it clings to the sides of the bottle.
Although not as good quality as some higher priced foundations, this is one of the only mid-priced foundations I would buy again. I now use the "Shell" colour, since my tan has faded, and this is equally good. Recommended if you like full coverage foundation that glides on and lasts well.
I've used quite a variety of foundations over the years and eventually settled with what I think are the best ones with good prices (max factor - colour adapt, miracle touch and experience (all reviewed)). Along the way though you have to kiss an awful lot of frogs and that's what I did, metaphorically.
I tried this foundation first a couple of years ago after hearing some good things about it. I decided to to give it a try as revlon is a brand I generally trust to sell me good quality products - even if they are sometimes a little overpriced.
This foundation comes in a clear glass bottle with a black plastic pump and transparent black plastic lid. I think the design is pretty simple and gives a nod towards the style of bottles used for more expensive foundations. It does somehow not quite hit the luxury mark and I think this is because they use black lettering on the bottle too. It does still look nice and I do like the attention to detail, the bottle is curved in the middle to fit your hand.
The foundation itself is very thin and runny by my standards and because I really like a thick, mousse type consistency this is just not my bag at all. This isn't the end of the world though, I have had foundations that I felt were runny but actually ended up giving great coverage - though the texture is important to me it isn't the be all and end all.
The foundation does go on very smoothly and gives great coverage. Once you begin to rub it in it creates a stickier feel which almost gives the impression of a thicker consistency which I personally liked but might not be something everyone would like. I think the overall look of this foundation once it is applied is actually really good. Even without a primer it does create a very smooth and soft look, not quite photoshop standards but near enough to be good.
So what are my main issues with it? I do find that because the foundation feels sticky and dewy once applied you either have to wait for it to dry a little or apply powder straight away and cover your powder brush in foundation (which can, let's face it, ruin the brush forever). Though I like the look of the glass bottle it is impractical when you begin to get to the dregs of the bottle and I find a plastic bottle you can cut into much better. I do also think the price is ridiculous at £12.99 for 30ml, I guess you can keep an eye out for deals but given that this foundation is a few years old now I wouldn't hold out much hope.
The one massively redeeming feature is that there are 8 shades in this foundation range and at least 4 are very light shades. I have very pale skin with freckles and constantly struggle to find a foundation that matches my skin tone, when I do I'm very excited.
So, this foundation has plus points and negatives - like most things in life. I have to say for me this can only ever be my back up because I prefer a thicker texture and have my favourite foundation already, which I prefer. That said, if we both turn 40 and haven't found anything else then maybe I'll give this frog another chance.
I am not a traditional Revlon user , in fact I think this is the first Revlon product Ive ever bought.I had given up the hope of ever finding a perfect foundation and was strolling through Boots one day trying the new BB creams and foundation looking for that missing part of my make up bag. This product caught my eye and I decided to give it a try, I'm so glad I did ! The packaging is quite slinky, beige on the bottom and black on the top half. To get the product out you have to squeeze on the black dispenser.( The dispenser sort of reminds me of a shaving foam bottle).
Consistency wise the foundation is somewhere between a foam and a cream . It easy glides out of the dispenser and across my skin. It very easy to blend and gives excellent coverage. But the best thing about this product is the finish, it literally gives your skin a glow (my boyfriend asked me if I was doing something different with my skin and he never notices my make up!).
Unfortunately as with most foundations this only lasts for a few hours and I find that I need to reapply mid afternoon if I want an all day look . The other slight drawback with that its not smugde proof but again this is a problem with most foundations! On the whole the fantastic coverage and finish more than outweigh these issues.
Price wise this retails at c 10 pounds which us excellent value for money for this product. Each foundation lasts me c 6 weeks with daily application. I am now a Revlon convert!
I have always been a fan of the Clinique foundations and love the fact that they give a full, flawless finish, however, unfortunate they never seem to get on with my skin in the colder months and can look really drying so I decided it was time to buy a new foundation. My skin can be a bit temperamental in winter months and some foundations can make it look slightly worst by turning patchy over any dry patches, so rather than investing in a high end foundation I decided to opt for a high street one. I have used a few Revlon products in the past and although I have definitely not got on with all their products I generally find their foundations to be of high quality so I decided to purchase one of theirs; I opted for photo ready foundation.
==~~What is it?~~==
This is a foundation by Revlon that is designed for a full coverage, which is exactly what I was after. The name 'Photo Ready' comes from the claim that the foundation can apparently perfect your skin to look great in every light, especially the harsh lights such as that of cameras or indoor lighting. I really liked the idea of this as sometimes with other foundations the colour of it can show up slightly differently outdoors to indoors and can in turn look too pale or too orange. It is a liquid foundation that is also oil and fragrance free which I also really liked as I hoped that this would prevent any breakouts when trying out a new makeup product, in particular a foundation.
The claim: 'Indoors, outdoors and everywhere in between, get poreless, airbrushed skin in any light.'
==~~Price and Availability~~==
This foundation costs £12.99, however is currently on offer in Boots for £9.99. Personally I have never really seen it on sale for above the £10 mark as it does always seem to be on this type of offer or an offer that involves this and other Revlon makeup items.
Revlon products are fairly widely available, along with the likes of Superdrug and Boots and their online stores it is now also available in some larger supermarkets such as that of Asda and Sainsbury's.
With some of the high street store foundations I have often find that they are very pale or a very dark orange and there is not really too much in between, however I was thoroughly impressed with the colour range on offer by Revlon. They all seemed to be true to life skin colours and as I still have a very slight of a tan at the moment I was in between two colours, though I decided to go for the paler shade as we are now going into autumn/ winter and could always warm it up with a little bronzer if I needed to.
I felt that there were enough colours available to suit most people and although I was in between two shades I could have easily have gone for either as although they do vary, they don't vary too greatly meaning you're more likely to get a true to life shade.
==~~Applying the foundation~~==
I tend to always apply my foundation with a brush and that is what I decided to also do with this foundation. I pumped a couple of squirts onto the back of my hand before beginning to apply it to the brush/ face. The pump action was very easy to use and I was pleased to see that it was a fairly modest amount that came out in one pump meaning that there would be no foundation wasted.
When applying the foundation I found that it was quite a liquidy foundation, though despite this did seem to set/ dry on the face quite quickly so I found it easier to work with small amounts and work them in rather than trying to do larger areas quickly. The foundation was fairly smooth and silky in consistency and for this reason was easy to work into the skin by using circular motions. The foundation was easy to work with, despite the fact it did dry quickly as long as I focused on small areas of my face then I found it was very easy to work with and to build up coverage.
I was also pleased to see that the brush I was using was leaving no brush strokes or creases in the foundation, meaning that the foundation looked very smooth and even on my skin. I have also tried to apply the foundation with my fingers and although it is still fairly easy to work with, I find that I do need to blend it in a little more and actually find myself having to use more of the foundation.
I was really pleased with the way in which this foundation looked on my skin. It definitely did give a full, 'flawless' looking on the coverage, yet at the same time did not at all feel heavy on the skin and instead felt quite light and breathable. To the touch the foundation did not feel at all sticky or greasy on my skin and neither did it have a shiny finish. The foundation has a fairly matte finish, though also had a slight dewiness to it, so although it was a very full coverage it still looked fairly natural on the skin. It does seem to have a very slight sparkle to it, which adds to the dewiness, though it is nowhere near as sparkly or glittery as the Rimmel Wake me up foundation I recently tried.
I was also pleased to find that this foundation did not exaggerate any dry patches or slight blemishes on my skin and instead help to cover and conceal them, hence adding to the 'flawless' look of this foundation.
The colour of the foundation remained very true to my skin and although I had expected it to be a little pale I found that it almost 'fixed' itself on my skin and once I had blended it in it only needed a little bit of bronzer to suit my skin tone.
I found that the foundation lasted very well on my skin and I did not need to touch it up too much. It did become ever so slightly shiny on my nose, but as the coverage was still there I could have quite easily have left this, though was quite easily fixed with a little powder.
As for looking perfect in every light, I was also quite impressed with this. In daylight the makeup looks really good on the skin, but surprisingly in harsh lighting the foundation looks equally as good and does not give any glare. I was a little worried because this foundation does have an SPF of 20 in it and often when foundation/ concealers have an SPF they can often cause a glare back or reflect badly in that of a camera flash and white the face out, however I was also impressed to see that this foundation neither did this.
Overall, I have been thoroughly impressed with this foundation, I have been using this foundation for around 3 weeks now and am pleased to see that I have hardly use any of this foundation due to finding that a little goes a long way, therefore I believe this item is really good value for money.
I love the fact that it creates a breathable, skin like full coverage which makes the foundation perfect for wearing both in the day time and evening and the longevity of this foundation means that you can wear it from morning to evening with very little need for any reapplication. I will definitely be repurchasing this foundation when I run out and believe the quality of it to be similar or equal of that to some of the more 'superior' brands such as Clinique and MAC.
I would definitely recommend this foundation to anyone who wants a full coverage foundation, yet is still light feeling on the skin. Despite the fact it is a very full coverage on days I just want a lighter coverage I still use this foundation with a little of my moisturiser to create a slightly sheer coverage, so it is quite versatile!
Being half Irish and half English with a bit of Welsh thrown in , I am very, very pale so most foundations either turn me a weird shade of pink or I end up looking like an oompa lumpa with a harsh line on my jaw no matter how hard I try and blend it in!
For ages I had been using Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse as though it were going out of fashion, but I found that it was very drying on my teenage skin so I went in search of a liquid foundation and came across this beauty!
Revlon PhotoReady is packaged in a glass bottle measuring roughly 3 inches in height. It's simple yet effective as the bottle itself is coloured completely with the shade of the foundation making it easier to judge which shade best suits your skin tone. It claims to make your complexion "perfectly airbrushed in any light" and as the name suggests there will be no more shiny foreheads and noses in photos! Once you take the quite large lid off you are greeted with a pump to aid easy application, a much better alternative to the Revlon ColourStay where a lot of product is unattainable due to no pump just a lid! It is compact enough to take in your handbag for a touch up during the day as I feel with most liquid foundations it is necessary! A sturdy bottle makes sure that it will not break or leak whilst your busy bustling about!
There are 7 shades available starting from the lightest: Vanilla, Shell, Nude, Natural Beige, Medium Beige, Cool Beige, and Golden beige. The range is not that varied, hopefully they will bring out some new shade soon to suit everyone! I opted for the lightest which is Vanilla and although it is quite fair it does give me a hint of colour for a glowing healthy complexion - something we could all do with on a rainy Monday morning! One pump should be enough for day time and perhaps two for the night life, its consistency is very creamy and satin with no oil or fragrance which can aggravate acne or allergies. Once you apply to the skin with fingers or a brush it feels quite light compared to the ColourStay, the coverage is full and complete which I absolutely love! I find it VERY easy to blend into the neck and hair line - so no dreaded line appears to give away your secret!
Personally I like to use a little of the foundation as a concealer. This may sound a little strange but all other concealer's I have used in the past never match my foundation completely so why not use my foundation as my concealer too! It's light enough to cover up dark circles and blemishes perfectly so it's sort of a 2-in-1!
I like to set my make up with powder as I feel it helps it to last longer and not melt off, especially in the summer! If you wear a cream blush I would advise applying it after the foundation but before the powder just like a make up sandwich!
Retailing at around £12, you can purchase Revlon PhotoReady at Superdrug, Boots and even some Tesco's if you live in the UK. However if you live elsewhere it is available on eBay, all good online make up stores and even Amazon!
- Why I Bought -
My sister spends an absolute fortune on makeup and skin care products which is great for me because I get to try them all out without spending a penny! However, quite often I try one of her new purchases, fall in love with it and have to buy my own. At least I know it won't be a waste of money though. Revlon PhotoReady Makeup foundation was one of these must have items.
- The Packaging -
As with all Revlon makeup the packaging for this foundation is simple and tasteful. It comes in a clear glass bottle with a black plastic pump and a clear plastic lid. The bottle states that the foundation is oil and fragrance free, offers complete coverage and gives the skin an airbrushed appearance. The brand name and name of the product are clearly displayed in black on the side of the bottle. Although the packaging does look nice, I do find a glass bottle with a pump a little annoying for a foundation as it means it is really hard to completely finish the foundation.
- The Shades -
The shade I chose is called Shell, which is fairly light in colour to match my fair skin tone. It is also available in Vanilla, Nude, Cappuccino, Cool Beige, Golden Beige, Caramel and Natural Beige. I think this is a fairly good selection of shades but as with most makeup brands I don't think the darkest shade, Cappuccino, would be dark enough for some skin tones. I know this really irritates a friend of mine who is from Ghanaian heritage.
- The foundation -
The foundation is quite thin in consistency which to me indicates that the foundation will be quite light to wear. I apply it with my fingers which is very easy to do and it blends into my skin effortlessly. It does feel quite light on my skin and I think it gives a really nice soft, smooth, even finish. I have a lot of freckles and I find this foundation covers them but not so much they disappear all together which I like. I think it is possible to tell that I'm wearing foundation but it doesn't look caked on at all. It covers imperfections fairly well but I sometimes feel I need to use concealer as well. I would say it gives a medium coverage which is ideal for me. It has a slight shimmer to it which I really like but it might mean it isn't quite natural enough for some people. I have quite normal skin and I don't find this makes my skin too oily or too dry. It has good staying power and lasts well throughout the day, it would probably be eight hours before I felt I really needed to reapply. It contains SPF 20 which of course protects my skin from the sun. Overall I think this is a good quality foundation that compliments my skin really well and gives me the coverage I desire.
- Fancy Claims -
PhotoReady apparently contains photochromatic pigments. To be honest this sounds made up to me! According to the Boots website these pigments "bend and reflect light to help erase every flaw". Basically they claim this gives you flawless skin. I don't think this is exactly true but it does do a pretty good job all the same.
- Price and Availability -
I bought this in Superdrug last year. At the time it was priced at £9.99 and there was also a 3 for 2 deal on makeup so this made it quite a reasonable price. The standard price now seems to be £12.99 but there are often deals and reductions in Boots and Superdrug. I have also seen it in some larger supermarkets.
- Would I Recommend? -
I would recommend this foundation as I think it is good quality, gives me the coverage and look I require and is a reasonable price, particularly when on offer. The only drawback is the glass bottle and pump as it makes it difficult to utilise every last drop. I don't think that would put me off buying it again though.
This is an amazing foundation, especially for drugstore, and one of my all time favorites. It is $13 at drugstores for 1 fl. oz/30 ml. I don't think it is available in stores in the UK, but you could order online.
It comes in 11 shades and proclaims to look great in photos. I got 005 natural beige and it matches my nc30 skin pretty well. I love that it contains spf20 because I won't usually put any sunscreen on for photos or else it reflects. It is also oil free(yay for my oily/combination skin!) and fragrance free (great for those sensitive to smell!)
I had already done some research before purchasing this and I used the foundation matrix to match my skin to foundation shades. It came up with 005 natural beige. In store, 005 natural beige looked VERY yellow and dark compared to my skin, but I took the chance and it actually matches my skin well! So be careful about choosing your shade!
This comes in a heavy glass bottle with a pump and a cap!! It makes me feel like I'm using expensive makeup because of this because one thing I really hate about drugstore makeup is that the packaging is usually cheap and breaks easily. The pump is great; I can cover my entire face with 1 pump.
This foundation is lightweight and is light/medium coverage, but it is very buildable. It evens out my skin tone nicely with the first layer and you can cover blemishes and other imperfections with another layer. I like the consistency because I don't like wearing a lot of foundation and this makes me feel like I'm wearing practically no foundation at all!
A lot of reviews have stated that this has shimmers and sparkles, and when I first applied it I couldn't see anything. This has a dewy finish, but I don't really see sparkles. It just makes my skin glow. Since it has a dewy finish, it is supposedly not good for photos, but it actually looks great in pictures.
Since I have oily/combination skin and this has a dewy finish, this foundation doesn't really control my oil, but it doesn't make it worse! I just use a powder over it to set the foundation and absorb any oils later in the day.
This also lasts all day! Although not as longwearing as the Revlon Colorstay foundation, it is still smudgeproof after being set and although it doesn't look as good at the end of the day, it still looks great!
Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide (1.1%), Zinc Oxide (2.0%). Ingredients: Aqua (Water) Eau), Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Boron Nitride, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Nylon-12, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllac Tone Crosspolymer, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Alumina, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Glycerin, Bis-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Dimethicone/Bis-Isobutyl PPG-20 Crosspolymer, Trisiloxane, Methicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tribehenin, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Cycloheptasiloxane, Silica, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Zinc Oxide (CI 77947).
I first bought this makeup through recommendation of a friend and having seen it out and around the internet. The price was a bit steep for what I usually spend on makeup, but fortunatly superdrug had an offer on which made me take the chance.
The Foundation is easy to use and apply wether you use brush spone or fingers and the coverage is fairly good, I feel like my skin looks better on initial application. However, I wouldn't wear this makeup all day, as it tends to go flakey and makes my skin look dry rather than a 'photo finish'
Easy and fairly simple to use. The pump system dosen't waste any product and is fairly easy to control.
The application is easy and leaves you skin looking clear and fresh, hiding any blemishes or imperfections.
You can't leave the makeup on too long before needing a touchup or to wash off.
It leaves my skin feeling a bit clogged up.
A good product, I will continue to use until I run out. But I wouldn't rush out to buy it again.
Revlon PhotoReady make-up contains photochromatic pigments that bend and reflect light to help erase every flaw. The professionally designed formula and shades of PhotoReady have been tested under the harshest lights and high-definition camera lens, resulting in the appearance of flawless skin whether under indoor fluorescent lighting or full outdoor sunlight. The light-diffusing formula gives complete yet virtually undetectable coverage.