03.16.2015
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PhotoReady Perfecting Primer
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0.91 fl. oz. for $12.99
Category:Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Foundation Primer
Last Updated:03.16.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This fragrance-free sheer tinted primer has a silky-cream texture that blends on beautifully to even out skin tone and temporarily fill in pores. The satiny-smooth matte finish controls excess shine, but the effect won’t last for hours and hours. The formula allows for foundation to be applied smoothly over it or it can be worn alone. The only potential negative is that Revlon didn’t add more antioxidants and other skin-beneficial ingredients to make this a primer and a skin-care product in one.

Pros:

  • Silky-cream texture that blends on beautifully to even out skin tone.
  • Satiny-smooth matte finish.
  • Temporarily fills in large pores and controls excess shine.
  • Can be worn under makeup or alone.

Cons:

  • Formula could use more skin-beneficial ingredients to make this a two-in-one product.
Claims
Ingredients

Dimethicone, Isododecane, Water, Trisiloxane, PEG/PPG-19/19 Dimethicone, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, C13-16 Isoparaffin, Silica Silylate, C10-13 Isoparaffin, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Bis-Isobutyl PPG-20 Crosspolymer, Silica, Tocopherol, Glycerin, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Methicone, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Ultramarines.

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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07.19.2014
undesirable worn alone

At 67, with light skin, my aim is a thin application over moisturizing sunscreen, for a natural look. PC use made this possible! Please know that I am very good at blending. 1st try: thick and whitish on application; an hour later, flecks of dried product overall; another hour, visible dry patches between eyes, around lips. 2nd try: mixed 50-50 w/moisturizer. An hour later, fewer flecks and dry patches, but still undesirable. Now I use this on the backs of my hands, over heavy moisturizer.

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JUDITH H.
04.26.2014
Not Bad

I like this primer by itself and with makeup. I use it in sync with Paulas Shine stopper (it's the only product that has made any difference for me). Its great in my opinion for oily skin because most primes I use are to slick. It's also great on my nose pores. I understand what other reviewers have said about putting makeup over top(being difficult), but if used with a kabuki brush it's a great primer for it's price

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Elizabeth A
04.09.2014
Disappointed

I've never used a primer before but I have problems with oil control so I thought I'd try it out and see if that helped. This seemed like the best drugstore option. First, it has a strange pink/white color to it that makes it impossible to wear alone and interferes with my foundation shade. Secondly, my foundation did not go on smoothly I had a terrible time blending it on and was left with clumps on dry areas of my skin. I tried it several times and with different foundations. Same problem.

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Anonymous
01.17.2013
Good but pinkish/whitish cast

I agree with first review...it is a nice primer but the pinkish/whitish hue affects the look of my makeup...I'll use what I have but I won't purchase it again specifically for that reason.

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LL
01.17.2013
Imperfect Primer

I was very disappointed in this product. It was difficult to apply, sticking to my moisturizer - it just didn't smooth on easily. Rather than making it easier to apply my foundation, it created a surface that was so dry that my foundation refused to slide over my skin. It is so mattifying that I ended up with a mask-like appearance - even with a moist foundation on top.

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AMY h.
12.01.2012
Leaves Whitish cast on skin, even under Foundation

This is a non-irritating, lightweight product. Application could be more "slippery," but it's good enough as is. Leaves a matte, smooth finish and makeup smoothes over it nicely. The one challenge I've faced with this primer is its color. It's opaque white with a hint of pink/flesh tint. Although it applies and dries down mostly sheer on the skin, I find it leaves a whitish cast that shows through my makeup. I use tinted moisturizer, perhaps a heavier coverage foundation would work better.

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