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I'm currently sorting out the heaps of cosmetics in my bathroom and am finding all sorts of things I forgot about, I'm a total hoarder when it comes to sachets and sample size products so my first job was getting through as many of these as I could before making a start on the bigger bottles and tubes. One item I've been using for the past week is this primer from Revlon, called Photoready it claims to give me a perfectly flawless base over which to apply my make-up.
It's rubbish, it's actually worse than rubbish as the primer accentuated a patch of dry skin I have near my hairline so when I applied my foundation over the top it made it look worse than ever.
The primer is nice to apply and absorbs instantly into my skin, a very little goes a long way so the tiny 5ml tube I have is lasting really well - the full size bottle would last forever, if you used it for long enough.
It didn't make any difference to how easily my foundation applied and I didn't notice that it lasted any longer through use of the primer either, my previous primer was a much more expensive one by Laura Mercier and it made my skin look fabulous - sadly this Revlon one does nothing and no WAY would I buy it after this sample being less than impressive.
If you want a useless primer that does nothing other than add a pointless step to your morning make-up routine then try this one - at £12 a bottle it's ridiculously expensive for such an ineffective product so no chance would I give it my seal of approval.
Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer is a lightweight primer designed to smooth and soften the skin to create the perfect canvas, and reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines. It's priced at £11.99.
I like the packaging of this primer, it's the first one I've come across that comes in a bottle with a dispenser on top as opposed to a tube, and I much prefer this for controlling the amount you use and I also find it less messy.
The primer is almost white but it has a very slight pinky sheen to it. It is a mid consistency, not really runny and not really thick, and feels like a light lotion. It spreads easily over the skin and just a small amount is enough to cover my whole face.
Sadly, I just don't see what this primer actually does. It's supposed to help reduce the appearance of pores but it makes no difference. Same with fine lines, it does nothing for them. It doesn't mattify my skin like most primers do, and in fact it makes it look quite shiny, which is not what you want if you're going to be 'photoready'!
The pink tint is supposed to even out the skintone, but I can't tell the slightest bit of difference. I really don't understand what this primer is supposed to be doing for my skin because to me it does nothing. It doesn't feel any different, and apart from being shinier it doesn't look any different, it doesn't make rhe slightest bit of difference to how my makeup looks or lasts, so what exactly did I pay my £11.99 for?! I'm completely stumped!
No, I would not recommend this primer to anything, it just does absolutely nothing whatsoever and was a total waste of money.
I don't wear make-up all that often but when I do I insist on a primer. I think the vast majority of my 'essential' make-up items are Revlon items and I purchased this primer a while ago from my local Tesco as part of a three for two offer when replacing my PhotoReady Foundation.
The primer can found at the usual larger supermarkets, Boots and Superdrug priced, more often than not, at £11.99 for a 27ml bottle (although there's usually some sort of money saving offer on somewhere). It's only available in one shade which should suit all skin tones.
This comes in a see through, thick and short glass bottle with a black pump dispenser on top and a clear plastic lid to cover it. Black lettering on the bottle gives us the Revlon PhotoReady logo and product name along with directions for use. Revlon describe this product as a 'lightweight primer [that] smooths and softens the skin to create the perfect canvas. [It] reduces the appearance of pores and fine lines.' The primer can either be worn alone or under foundation.
One quick press on the pump dispenser releases a blob a little larger than a pea which is an adequate amount to cover the entire face and neck in my opinion meaning this bottle lasts ages. Granted I only wear make-up on average once a fortnight so don't particularly use this regularly but I have been using this for about six months now and I'm still not even half way through the bottle thus I do think this offers good value for money.
The primer itself is a creamy white colour with a tiny hint of pink to it which blends into the skin effortlessly. You can feel the difference in softness to the skin immediately; it really does make my face beautifully soft and supple.
For me, wearing this alone is quite pointless as it has no visible effects on me. Having said that I do have pretty much invisible pores anyway and at twenty years old I don't have much in the way of fine lines for this to reduce the appearance of. I do think, however, that this would have an effect on those things if I did have them as if I blend a little of this into the back of my hand it really reduces the look of my, for some reason, constantly mottled skin on that area of my body.
It does an amazing job for preparing the face for make-up though. As it makes my skin so smooth and soft my foundation applies over the top so much easier, blending better and not getting all caught up in my dimple creases or around my nose like it sometimes does if I apply without a primer. Not only that but it really keeps my make-up in place extending that freshly applied look to about double the time I'd have it if I wore my foundation without the primer. I also find this works really well at keeping my eye shadow looking freshly applied for longer too so no need to fork out any extra money for an eye primer.
Prior to trying this primer I had been using a Maybelline one which I was rather happy with and didn't feel it had much room for improvement. Since trying this one, however, I've discovered that primer certainly did have room for improvement and I don't think I'll ever use a different primer now; this bottle will definitely be getting replaced once I finally reach the end of it.
My only problem with this primer is that the lid never stays on. It doesn't matter how much I check to ensure I've securely replaced the lid properly I can guarantee you the next time I open up my make-up bag that lid will not still be on my bottle. This can cause any primer sitting on the outside of the nozzle which may have been missed to dry up leaving a hard, impossible to use, blob sat in the middle of a freshly pumped bit of primer. For the results this gives though, I can easily over look that.
If you're looking for a way to keep your make-up in place for longer then I'd strongly recommend this. It keeps my make-up looking freshly applied for noticeably longer, keeps my skin soft and smooth and makes applying make-up so much easier. I really love this primer!