Monday, 20 February 2012

Revlon Photoready Newness!


Revlon have become somewhat fabled for their foundation. Their Colorstay foundations are undeniably some of the best available on the highstreet, but whenever Photoready crops up, it’s always a bit of a ‘love it or hate it’ product, so I was interested to see that they are expanding their photoready line to incorporate a new ‘Airbrush’ mousse foundation, face primer and eye primer/brightener.

I managed to get my hands on a sample of each last week so I thought I’d give you my two penny’s worth.
First up for the foundation. I’ve never really understood the appeal of mousse foundation and this product has cemented that feeling. The packaging is cheap and rather unappealing (and as it’s Revlon, the price tag doesn’t match at £12.99) I’m always willing to overlook packaging, especially with foundation, but this product really doesn’t have many redeeming factors.


The first pump makes you think that the dispenser may be out of control as it deposits far too much onto your hand, but once you’ve broken the ‘seal’ it actually becomes quite easy to dispense the required amount onto the back of your hand before application.

The consistency is thin (think cappuccino rather than chocolate mousse!) and turns into a liquid when you start to blend it into the skin. Although the pigmentation is pretty good and a little goes a long way, it’s awful to blend, clings to dry patches and tends to sit on your skin rther than blend seemlesly into it like a good foundation should… not a good look.

The most common criticism of the original Photoready has to be the shimmer, and they’ve kept it in there. Love the glitter, or hate the glitter, this foundation really doesn’t have any other redeeming qualities so I’d steer clear if I were you!

OK so the bad news came first… moving on to the Eye Primer + Brightener. This little click up brush pen is a lovely little product. The consistency is light and easily blended so it wont leave your eye area feeling caked in concealer… it definitely brightens up the eye area, but in terms of acting as a primer for colour, I’m not so sure. To me this is more of a concealer and doesn’t act as a base for colour. Don’t stick to the eye area, this is also a great, subtle way to highlight your cheekbones too.

Overall it’s a lovely product and I’d recommend it for those who are looking for ‘no makeup’ makeup. The one downside is the price. I think it’s a little steep at £9.99.

Last but not least, by far the best product of the three is the facial primer. This slightly pink-toned brightening primer leaves your skin looking and feeling beautiful. It’s got a hint of that silicone-y slipperyness, but this disappears in a few seconds to leave your skin looking plumped and mattified.

I’d  compare this to Nubo’s Voile primer (which is over 3x the price for 1/3 of the product!) It’s the best high street primer I’ve used and I’d thoroughly recommend this one. If you’re on the market for a new primer, make sure you check this one out when it hits the shops March. It’s £11.99 and worth every penny if you ask me!

Overall… a mixed bag from the Revlon Photoready line! All three products will be available in Boots nationwide from March.
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47 comments

  1. Great review, I will definitely have to try that primer since it's sounds lovely :)

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  2. I am always in need of a new primer, i will definitely try that one out thanks! :) xx

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  3. i love colorstay and wanting to try the original photoready, dont like the look of the mousse one tho :)

    http://c-a-tmakeupandbeauty.blogspot.com/

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  4. I'm not a fan of Revlon! I'm excited to try the lip butters but not so fussed about trying these three products.

    http://confessionsofasecretshopper.blogspot.com

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  5. Defiantly be purchasing the revlon primer in march :)
    Shannen Xx

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  6. Mousse foundation has never applied to me. I want this concealer.
    http://www.allthingsbeautymake-upandshopping.blogspot.com

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  7. Thanks for the review - will be staying clear of the foundation, but definately picking up the primer :)

    ug-lily.blogspot.com

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  8. the primer looks great :)
    the mousse foundation doesnt do it for me... none ever really have!!

    its good to see negatives in a blog every now and again :) just so you know what to stay away from xxx

    http://girl-with-a-golden-touch.blogspot.com/

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  9. I use revlon photoready and love it! I really like the sound of the primer and i have actually been looking for one, so i might wait for this!
    Great review, very helpful


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  10. Love the look of the primer! I actually really like the original photoready foundation, it my favourite high street foundation. But I really don't get the appeal of the mousse foundations, they just seem so messy and unnecessary.
    Great review though, now I know to stay clear of the mousse foundation!
    x

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  11. What a shame the foundation isn't great. I'll definitely be trying the primer in March though.

    Sophie x

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  12. those bubble foaming things tend to dry out skin though xx

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  13. Really want to try this but I hate shimmery faces xxx

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  14. Thanks for the reviews! I'll definitely check out the face primer.

    http://www.sandra-thepuzzleofmylife.blogspot.com/

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  15. I'll have to check out the primer - I'm looking for a new one! :)

    http://gillianbanana.blogspot.com

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  16. Wow, thanks for the little review - can't wait to do further research!
    Autumn♡
    http://autierhi.blogspot.com/

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  17. Great review, I think I will stick to my Colourstay :-)

    http://sarahjanesobsessions.blogspot.com

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  18. Lovely and helpful review! Would the primer be suitable for oily skin types? x

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  19. I really want to try the primer espicially because it mattifying!

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  20. I love revlon's photoready liquid foundation! it's my favourite everyday foundation and I had such high hoped for the mousse but now I'm disappointed :( I'll stick to my liquid. quite intrigued by the primer too, sounds gorgeous! :D

    Thanks for the great post :D

    xoxox

    www.es-jaymakeup.blogspot.com - for beauty reviews, hauls and health posts x

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  21. I love your photos.

    I think I may try the primer now. Thanks so much for the post!

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  22. I Hate foam foundation for that reason... one speck of dry skin and POOF! Nasty orange patch!! Won;t be trying this one!! x x

    lilmisschickas.blogspot.com

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  23. Definitely want to try the primer, I love the liquid foundation, especially for nights out!

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  24. I haven't tried Revlon's mousse foundation but the Maybelline mousse foundation is really amazinggg- it gives really nice coverage while looking invisible on the skin!

    www.julianneinjune.blogspot.com

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  25. I think foam foundations are awful! X

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  26. Mouse/foam foundations just seems really strange :s
    xx
    http://changingtidesofsummer.blogspot.com/

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  27. I love the normal photoready foundation, I'm not really into moose foundations as I think they contain lots of crap! x

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  28. I love the original Photoready, but I wouldn't have been tempted by this...mousse foundations are always a little odd in my opinion.

    Coralista's Blog

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  29. ya too much glitter I really want to try the primer!

    Great review

    xo Jenn

    imperfection-isbeauty.com

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  30. I love the Gosh primer and I'm running out so I'd definitely try the Revlon one. I have a lot of Revlon products and I think it's my fave highstreet brand and their nail polish coming out called Whimsical is going to be the 2012 must have just like Facets of Fuschia was last year!

    Karen
    www.balmainbeauty.com

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  31. There's nothing appealing even in the looks of the foundation! Thanks so much for the review.

    www.grace-and-beauty.com

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  32. I don't really get the foam foundations but have heard people say they really like them so I guess it's a mixed bag. I definitely need to check out the primer though.

    http://t-g-life.blogspot.com/

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  33. I love that you reviewed the mousse foundation and took some up close pictures! I must admit it is quite odd to see it that close though - definitely an interesting concept. You've definitely solidified the fact I want to stay away from that product!

    xO Kristen
    http://thereviewstudio.blogspot.com

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  34. I love the original photoready and use it every day. I did not like this airbrushed product and found that it didn't set well with my moisturizer.

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  35. Can't wait to try the Primer! xx

    http://beautyandablogger.blogspot.com/

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  36. Thanks for the review at least now I know to stay clear! Might give the primer a go though x

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  37. I really want that primer!
    Please check out the Topshop giveaway on my blog
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    Follow and I'll follow back x

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  38. I'll probably give the primer a go but the foundation sounds flipping awful

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  39. That primer is on my list of things to try, cant wait for it to come out!

    Check me out :-)
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  40. I agree photoready foundation is so bad because it isnt even "photoready" it would look horrible in photos because of the chunks of glitter but everything else looks awesome! :D
    great review xx

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  41. Thanks for the review Fleur. I looked at these in Priceline last week. The only product that interested me was the primer but when I applied it to the back of my hand it felt really silicony which turned me off. That foundation looks horrible! I think I might skip out on these. Thanks you probably saved me some $$$.

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  42. i agree with everyone else the primer is definetely something i look forward to trying - not too sure about the mousse foundation though

    megantarplee.blogspot.com

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  43. I'm really glad that a good high street primer is coming out, I find that the quantity of most primers out there is just pittiful, whereas this looks like a good sized products :)

    http://theredoneblog.blogspot.com/

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  44. I love this review, I'm defiantly going to pick up the primer when I'm next out.
    I love your work

    http://paigeofbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

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