I would really have loved this foundation save for the sparkling pigment it has. Yes, it reflects light and hides your imperfections in whatever light you are in but I feel the stickiness of the product half a day's time. If you are in a highly humid country like mine, you need to retouch with an oil-blotting powder as it melts and greases. I also dislike how the sparklies transfer from my face to anything I have on.
Meh. When I first bought this, I really like the texture and coverage of this foundation. But, I soon realized, this foundation is FULL of sparkles. You look like you have been dipped in glitter... Not really a good thing if your thying to look as natural as possible -.-
I've been using this foundation for about a year and a half now and never wrote a review, so here goes. I have very oily, shiny, acne prone skin and am forever hunting for a "better" foundation. I need something that stands up to shine and oil, covers well, and does not irritate, make me more oily, or dry me out too much. Tall order. For years I used Mary Kay Medium Coverage oil-free foundation, which I really liked, but the fmaily member I bought it from stopped selling MaryKay, and I could not stand dealing w/ the pushy salespeople, so I switched to the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation and Skin Clearing Foundations. They're not bad, but the coverage is lacking, and the splattery bottles are sooo annoying.
PhotoReady is a thin, easy to spread liquid that provides much higher coverage than the Neutrogena, comes in a range of good colors, so I can always find a match no matter the season, is reasonably priced, and while I have to blot several times a day, does not slide off my face or irritate my skin. It's not perfect, but it does the job. The amount of coverage I get is a lot more than I would expect from a thin liquid, and much more than a number of thicker formulas out there (such as Neutrogena Shine Control and Clinique Even Better).
There are tiny sparkles in it, but they are not obvious, big glitter, and I find that the finish (satin matte) and color gives a bit of reflective luminosity, which helps when you are getting older and finding that a finish that is too flat and matte accentuates furrows, wrinkles, etc.
I do have to set with a powder on top and as noted, blot thru-out the day, but I 've never found a foundation that did not require this, as I am VERY oily. PhotoReady FAR outlasted L'oreal's Infallible, which turned orange and slid off my face pretty quickly. PhotoReady does not do that on me.
The bottle is also great - it's a nice easy pump top, with cap. Overall, dependable, good coverage, non-irritating, reasonable price.
Update: Tried Kat Von D Lock It and had to remove it all and start over with this! Wow, compared to the Lock it, which sank into every pore and fine line, I can see the genius of the PhotoReady - the PhotoReady floats above my pores and gives a luminous finish that seems to blur imperfections, unlike the flat, pasty, cakey looking Lock It that never dried, came off every time I touched it, and generally looked terrible. The experience made me appreciate the PhotoReady all the more. And the Lock it was so much more $. I'm adding a lippie to this review because the comparison showed me that the PhotoReady works so much better than a lot of other foundations out there.
Overall I like this foundation. Before my purchase I did a lot of homework online. And one day I went to the Revlon counter to try the shade (Revlon sets counters in China. You can try everything before purchase.). I use BUFF in ColorStay. In the counter, I asked BA to apply 003 Shell on my face. It turned out too pale in the sun! And to my shock, 003 is the darkest color in China market. Finally I got 004 Nude from an online buyer. It is a good match. Not yellow nor pinky, but a little dark for me, just a little. And the most important thing is that I can barely find the glitters in my face. The texture is lovely, the coverage is OK for minor blemishes, the finish is semi-dewy. However it doesn't last. I feel greasy and oily in 4-5 hours. I have to blot once or twice in the afternoon. I tried using setting powder on the top, which did not help much. I think I won't use this foundation for daily work. It's good for some half-day/night events in the weekends.
So I brought this product as a stepping stone to the makeup forever HD foundation but it was really not for me, despite the packaging being perfect allowing you to control how much you wanted the overall foundation wasn't very good. It was easy to apply really easy to blend but the sparkly specs in there was a huge put off. It also felt a little heavy on the skin where i really felt that I was wearing makeup, with the sparkles it didn't look very natural and it was a bit annoying because when i got home i noticed how many of my blushers had the same sparkly specs. Obviously i couldn't wear them with this foundation without looking like one of the twilight characters so i was quite limited. Also if your a sparkly eyeshadow kind of girl/guy the same problem may occur. Also the coverage wasn't really enough for me it was medium but i didn't want to build on it as i was already conscious about how my face looked. On the plus side it didn't emphasis my pores. But by the end of the day some of it had come off and in other places it was quite dry, despite using my face cream and a primer. In terms of pictures I really didn't see the difference, I still had the same effect as I did with my other foundations. Only purchase this foundation if your looking for medium coverage and don't mind the sparkly bits and don't have dry skin.
I had brought the Natual Beige 005 which was a tad bit dark for me, normally 4 natural in bobbie brown and tawny in ester lauder match me perfect.
Overall this foundation was not for me (but wasn't by far the worst), i shall try the makeup forever HD just to see if there is a significant different but I'm not expecting much as for now i shall trot back to my double wear.
loved the texture of this foundation and the pkg was perfect. the shades, like most Revlon products were spot inn for my pale skin, without being too pink.
the main issue for me was the "light reflecting" component, which was just visible glitter particles, which is what ruined the foundation for me.
This foundation USED to be my HG...
I have combination-oily Asian-olive-toned skin. I believe I bought this foundation in 006 (or 005? I forget). I immediately purchased this foundation after watching Hollyannaeree's review, and how everyone claims this to be a definite dupe for MUFE's HD foundation...blah, blah, blah lol. I feel that this foundation can be comparable to many high-end foundations. For me, this foundation gave me a slightly dewy and natural finish, but after 4-5 hours, that dewy and natural finish turned into a somewhat oily face, and it settled into my fine lines, and you could see patches of this foundation on parts of my dry skin. I gave this foundation a 4/5 because this foundation applies well (I applied this with a Sigma f50 and f82) when used with a brush (not sure about fingertips....), and that (for me) a nickle-sized amount gave me medium coverage on my face and neck.
I recommend this to any who has normal (neither combination, oily, dry, etc.) skin. If you only have a couple of blemishes that you're able to count with your fingers, then give this foundation a try.
Also, I liked the fact that this foundation has SPF. You can never have enough SPF, especially on your face! If only ALL foundation bottles had some similar packaging to the Revlon Photoready, I think half of the world's population would certainly be happy...
Great foundation. Excellent coverage. Reasonably priced. It covers really well, but it won't weigh your face down or make you feel as if you are wearing a mask. I love the shimmer in it. You might want to buy a shade darker than what looks normal in the bottle because it does appear lighter when it is on your skin.
I have tried so many foundations, trying to cover sun damage on my face without looking like I have a mask on. The light deflecting properties of this foundation are great, I would say equal to higher end high def foundations like Smashbox. It covers the darker patches, or not so much covers, but deflects light away. I apply with the ELF angled foundation brush. The Shell color matches me perfectly. It is buildable from medium to full coverage. The Revlon Photo Ready Color Correcting Primer works excellently with this foundation also. I only give it a four because I haven't found anything PERFECT yet, LOL
When I first applied this (with a Real Techniques stippling brush) it looked amazing! Really natural, beautiful, flawless finish. I could barely tell I was wearing foundation. And the lightest colour (001 Ivory) was a perfect match - actually light enough for my very pale skin. I was so impressed. BUT...it only lasted about 3 hours. I have combination skin, with some normal to dry areas and some oily areas (like my chin). It completely broke down, looked patchy, and wore off any oily areas in less than 3 hours, and I'm really not even that oily. I had lightly powdered it with translucent powder and that didn't help the wear time at all. I was shocked at how poorly it stayed on and pretty disappointed. I loved how this foundation initially looked but it's just not practical for daily wear. MAYBE if you had extremely dry skin all over it might last longer? but normal to even slightly oily skin, don't bother.