PhotoReady Cream Blush
Last Updated:12.17.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

PhotoReady Cream Blush has a lightweight, almost spongy, cream texture that blends on evenly and dries down to a silky-soft powdery feel on skin (so this is suitable for all skin types). There are only a few shades offered, including a light peach with subtle shimmer, dark coral, and a magenta hue, but don't be scared by the vibrant shades: Used sparingly they go on sheer for a natural flush of color and can also be layered for deeper color. Unlike many cream blushes, this applies easily over foundation and holds up well throughout the day. Bravo Revlon!

  • Creamy texture blends on evenly.
  • Wears well over foundation and stays put.
  • Vibrant shades can be applied sheer or with more intensity.
  • Limited color range.
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NOTE: Ingredients may vary by shade from the above listing.

Brand Overview

Revlon At-A-Glance

Strengths: Superior foundations with sunscreen and each of them provide sufficient UVA protection (though one has a disappointing SPF 6); several outstanding concealers and powders; one of the best cream blushes around; great cream eyeshadow and liquid eyeliner; a beautiful selection of elegant lipsticks, lip gloss, and lipliner; some worthwhile specialty products.

Weaknesses: Average eye and brow pencils; inaccurate claims surrounding their Botafirm complex; mostly average to disappointing mascaras.

It may surprise some of you to know that Revlon has been around since 1932, when the company launched a unique nail polish that used pigments instead of dyes. Lipsticks followed years later, and then a full line of cosmetics, which is how we know Revlon today. Although the company has had its continual share of ups and downs over the years (largely due to out-of-control debt coupled with aggressive spending), the line has recently made numerous improvements, especially in the realms of foundations, powders, eyeshadows, and mascaras. It is quite a feat that Revlon products earned more Paula's Pick ratings per category than any other drugstore line reviewed. If their goal was to close the competitive gap between themselves and L'Oreal, for the most part they have succeeded. Revlon definitely has the edge for foundations with reliable sunscreens. But despite Revlon's attempt to improve their mascara range, L'Oreal remains the clear winner (as well as L'Oreal-owned Maybelline New York).

Revlon's vast selection of makeup is divided into three main brands: Age Defying for the forty-something and older woman concerned about wrinkles, ColorStay for the teen to mid-thirties woman concerned about keeping oily skin in check and making sure her makeup stays put, and PhotoReady for women of all ages. These brands present some outstanding options and include products for all skin types (although the range of skin tones is not as well-represented here as it is by L'Oreal).

An intriguing fact is that the longevity claims for ColorStay are quite accurate: this collection of products really does offer extraordinary staying power. Conversely, Revlon jumped on the works-like-Botox bandwagon with their Age Defying range, going so far as to name their antiwrinkle complex Botafirm. Is there any confusion about what that term is supposed to relate to? Despite the claims, Botafirm won't reduce expression lines or control the muscles that cause them, though the products themselves do have many impressive qualities.

Note:Revlon is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Revlon may not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Team.

Suffice it to say, Revlon has more commendable products than ever before, and although they rely heavily on celebrity spokespersons, their best products ably speak for themselves.

For more information about Revlon, call (800) 473-8566 or visit www.revlon.com.

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Nice cream blush

This was a decent cream blush. I really liked how it looked on the skin and blended in well. You can build it up or apply a nice natural flush to the skin. It did not last all day but looked nice while it was still there. I did seem to get a bit greasier in the areas applied though. I chose the "Flushed" shade and used with my stipple brush. Just dabbed and then applied dabbing again onto cheeks. Looked nice when set with powder. The product did start to dry out though.

Reviewed by
Alicia L.

Amazing blush. I tried the other Revlon cream blush but this one is far superior in every way. I have Coral Reef and it is addicting. I put a few dots on and then blend on the cheek bone for a nice flush. There is no shine and no heavy spots that make people think you were in a rush to get it done before heading out the door. Usually I am hesitant to try cream blushes but this is as easy as powder and the color pay-off is even better. I look forward to trying the other colors!

Reviewed by
Ellie, K
Very nice

The coral and magenta are really nice, and buildable since it sheers out to believable flush on cheeks. i actually add a little more after I'm done with my last step of eye makeup since it seems to fade. You can actually apply a little more than you think and it still looks natural. I do need to touch up later in the day like most cream blushes.

Reviewed by
Joann K
In love with these blushes

I have Flushed and Coral Reef and they are both gorgeous. I couldn't be happier with the product -- and for this price? Holy moly. Get one in every color. They're the real deal.

Reviewed by
Meredith M.
Revlon Photoready cream blush

Outstanding formula. I am using Coral Reef and Flushed...both have clear color, light texture, not at all slick or greasy. A comparison is BB pot of colorwith Revlon is a far better product. ...and half the price. Does not fade away, is smooth and easy to apply with no blotches of color. Does not have an oil slick at all compared to other brands. Absolutely a superior product.

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