Today's flash review is all about one of the most anticipated drugstore products of this year: Revlon's PhotoReady Foundation, the website of which perkily informs me that it's for poreless, airbrushed skin in any light. For the more impecunious of us, or the more fiscally-savvy, this foundation is supposed to be the answer to bridging the gap between low-end and high-end; the one quality product which won't break the bank. While I'm collecting my thoughts on this product for a full review, I thought a short review in 5 bullet points was a good way to go.
Photo from Ulta
- Disco dolly: Some people don't see it, but I'm used to having matte skin, so when I see flecks of glitter on my skin like I've bumped into a Glam Rock fanclub, I'm disappointed. I see what you tried to do there, Revlon, but the flecks of glitter (at least in my bottle) are too large and just end up looking like, well, glitter, instead of the dewy luminescence I wanted.
- Greased Lightning: I know, I know: this product is not designed to control those pesky oilies. However, an oil-free foundation should not make me more oily than any other kind. Even set with my Kryolan powder, I am dewy within 2 hours and oily after 7. After 7 hours it's anyone's guess - I can't sit with my face feeling that gross for much longer after that and end up cleansing my face off. Needless to say, this foundation is just not performing for me in the longevity stakes.
- Build me up, Buttercup: I was expecting medium coverage, and this is definitely not that. It's a sheer, buildable foundation which just disappears into my skin at first - I can go to town on the application of this and it still won't look heavy or cakey on my skin. I was only brave enough to try 2 pumps on my face (way more than necessary) and the result was even skin with a sheer foundation on it. However...
- Are you sitting comfortably?: This foundation, although at first blending effortlessly into my skin for the 'my skin but better' look, rears its ugly head a little later around the 4 hour mark, where it starts to look like it's sitting on the surface of my skin. It's not a good look and requires a kabuki and powder to fix it. Effort.
- Pump it up (sorry): Revlon have provided us with a pump for this foundation, and I'm happy - take note, NARS (and MAC).
Overall initial impression:
I like it. I'll cope. That's all I can say, really. With this foundation, I find myself having to think substantially more about which products I'm going to use on other parts of my face. MSFs are confined to the 'NEVER AGAIN' category after I was given a fetching metallic sheen which would never normally occur; matte blush seemed to be the only thing which would not exacerbate the 4-hour oilies. Bronzer was avoided and shimmery eyeshadows too. All in all, I don't think I'm going to be repurchasing - I don't especially approve of my foundation making a bid for freedom and sliding off my face around midday.
Stay tuned for a video review at some point!