EDIT: DON'T THINK I MENTIONED THIS BUT... This foundation is BEST applied with a foundation brush than a stippling brush... (dry skin).
We all know Revlon's Colorstay Foundation tops all drugstore foundation in ALL dimensions. This includes the quality, long-lasting formula and many different aspects such as the chemicalized (if thats even a word) scent, price and hatred for being born without a dispenser/pump. Hahaha.
Anyways, there has been quite a lot of different reviews revolving around Revlon's PhotoReady Foundation and this is just another tiny review which won't make a difference... or will it?
Now.. I've picked up this foundation in Golden Beige 008 at CosmoCosmetics for $25. I believe in store, it is $35-$37, not entirely sure.
Revlon PhotoReady Foundation
The Revlon PhotoReady Foundation comes in 8 shades -- not as many as Revlon's Colostay.
008 Golden Beige shares a yellow undertone which is suitable for my asian skin, however, it's a little bit light for me! For reference, I match an NC25 and I can also match a NC37 for MAC SFF.
Comes in a round bottle with a perfect pump/dispenser and a black cap. Love the packaging! On the bottom of the bottle, there's a sticker which lists all the ingredients. It's quite handy since there's a cap, if you're travelling, it won't self-squirt everywhere. Keep in mind, if you're travelling, it'll be a pain in the ass if you lose or break the cap.
Bottle is made of glass and cap is made of plastic --- so be careful not to drop it.
This foundation provides medium-full coverage. However, I don't recommend to build it up to a higher intensity because it can get cakey.
Depending on which skin type you have, this foundation's lasting power will vary. On days that I apply this with a stippling brush are also the days where my skin flakes, it tends to stay on less than 6 hours before it starts fading and all.
I definitely think that using a foundation brush for this foundation is SO much better than stippling and swirling the product on.. that way, it can last up to a good 11 hours [for me].
I think this foundation is OK on the days my skin is nicely moisturized, however, when my skin is disugstingly flakey, I'll stay away from this. There's heaps of shimmers in this foundation which I find it become MORE visible when using a stippling brush, so therefore, I believe in using a foundation brush so it doesn't pack all that shimmer on.
This also contains SPF 20 which is a boo-hoo for flash photography...
For my dry skin, it can get a little flaky or 'scaly' on a bad day.
This is my scarring area and you see, it doesn't flake without foundation.
However, in the photo, it gathers into little balls of flakes LOL.
Would I repurchase? Nope, too expensive and limited color range. I can't match a shade.
Overall for you people who are lazy to read LOL (like me!):
- Medium - full coverage
- Lookin' good in all lightings
- Photogenic skin
- Average suitability for dry skin without flakes
- Sanitary pump (!)
- Available in both pink and yellow shades
- A good 10 hours of lasting power [for me & depending on how you apply it]
- Available all stores
- Easy to blend
- For flaky skin, avoid!
- Bad skin days for dry skin can result in scaly skin so make sure you moisturize & exfoliate properly
- Price $$
- Shimmers which can be obvious when up-close (face-to-face)
- Available in only 8 shades!! Boo for those with darkest and lightest skin tones! :(
- Glass bottle
- A slight sticky feel if you don't powder
- Can get cakey if too much product are applied
My advice: For the price, you can fork out another $10-$15 for a MAC foundation or a high-end brand which gives you a wider shade selection AND a variety of products to choose from. However, if you're on a budget with only $35, I suggest you go for the Revlon ColorStays as it has more shades to pick and ranges to target all skin types.
Hope that helps you :)