Product Type: Revlon makeup
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Revlon PhotoReady Foundation
Member Name: walsha11
Revlon PhotoReady Foundation
Advantages: loads of colours, pale shades, nice design, sticky/thick feeling
Disadvantages: price, glass bottle, stickiness,
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.
Summary: We'll get married when we're 40 if we haven't found anyone better.