Friday, 19 July 2013

Review: Revlon PhotoReady BB Cream

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be reviewing Revlon's PhotoReady BB Cream! ^^
As you guys know I'm a HUGE fan of BB Creams (You'd be lucky to find me wearing foundation!) but ever since I reviewed my first western BB Cream (Garniers Miracle Skin Perfector) I've been a bit skeptical about western BB Creams, contrary to my absolute love of almost any brand of eastern BB Cream!
  I thought I would pick up a couple more western BB Creams to try out, and what better brand to try than one of my favorite drugstore brands; Revlon.
 (As a forward disclaimer I would like to say that my skin is far from perfect. Some of these photo's have been edited and some have not, so click and enlarge them at your own discretion. (: )

I chose Revlon's PhotoReady BB Cream in the shade Light, which is the lightest shade. I bought this for $27.50 NZD from out local Farmers store.  

This BB Cream claims it;
- Hydrates like a moisturizer
- Smooths like a primer
- Covers like a foundation
- Blurs Flaws like a concealer
- Protects with SPF 30 like a sunscreen

The BB Cream is cool/yellow toned which is great, but it's still fairly dark on me. 
 I've started out with a fresh face, I have no makeup on in the picture above and below this text. The top picture is taken with my camera set to Beauty Mode  which brightens the photo to even out the colours. It's a very kind setting! The photos below are taken on the HD setting, which is not so kind on the skin.
 BB Cream only
 BB Cream + Translucent Setting Powder
 You can see with the HD setting on my camera that my skin is not having a good day. I have hormonal breakouts coupled with enlarged pores, and very uneven skintone. I chose the HD setting specifically to show you guys how very little this BB Cream does. I mean, there is VERY little difference between the no make up photo and the BB cream photos!
 The BB Cream is really not a good colour match for me because it's too dark. The warm colour compliments my skin tone and it might be ok in summer time, but for my winter skin it is just a little too reminiscent of a bad fake tan for me to want to wear regularly.
 This is a problem that all flute players will have. Finding skincare and make up that does not react with the metal of your flute! There is absolutely NOTHING worse than finishing a performance and taking your bow with a tarnish stain under your lip. You won't know it's there until you look in a mirror. I'm very sorry to say that the Revlon BB Cream reacts with silver flutes. Not attractive.
This is the sad reality of the BB Cream after 6 hours. This includes one mini performance and about 4 hours of practice. The BB Cream has slid off the oily patches, especially on the top of my nose, and created shiny puddles on my T-Zone. It has also somewhat darkened in colour.
The coverage is very minimal, as you can see from the HD photo's. I honestly only consider this a tinted moisturizer because of the lack of coverage. It does not blur imperfections or cover like a foundation for me.
This BB Cream has a very thick creamy texture initially, but when you spread it out it turns thinner which mean you actually need to use quite a bit to cover your face!
Oil Control
 Not great, but interestingly it's not the worst.

This BB Cream smells overwhelmingly like sunscreen! Personally I don't mind since the smell reminds me of summertime beach trips with my family, but this may prove a problem for some people.
Lasting Power
 Again, not great. But also not the worst.

Things I Love
Actually I quite like the scent ^^

Things I don't Love
Not light enough 
Not enough coverage
Very expensive for a small size
Won't last more than 6 hours without retouching or blotting
 Darkens with time
Stains my chin after playing flute :c
 Who might like it?
People who fit in the 3 colour spectrum
People looking for a good tinted moisturizer
People with near perfect skin
People who love the smell of sunscreen! ;) 

Who might not like it?
Fair skinned people with warm undertones, or dark skin tones.
People who have blemishes that need concealing
  People looking for a high coverage BB Cream

Final Thoughts 
 I don't really consider this to be a BB Cream, it's more like a tinted moisturizer. If you are looking for something that's fast to slap on in a rush in the morning and you don't mind how much you spend this could be a great option for you! But personally since it has very little coverage and is not the right colour for me, I will pass it on to somebody else who might like it!


  1. Humm, thank you for the review! I don't think I'd fit into this BB cream's colour range~ xD (And is it just me, or is it really expensive? o__o)

    1. You're very welcome! ^^ It does kinda blend to match skin colours, but the more you blend the less actual colour you get. Think tinted moisturizer. I think it's pricey, especially considering how terrible it is ><

  2. Western BB Creams have yet to impress me. >.>

    That thing about it reacting to the flute is really interesting. I had no idea that happened.

    1. I'm not even sure why I bothered to try this one *sighs* just too curious! Yeah the flute thing is super unfortunate :/ Clearasil skincare products are just terrible for tarnish marks!

  3. thanks for the review! Looks like it doesnt quite turn out like in the ads eh?

    1. You're welcome! ^^ Yeah, the ads made it look really promising, but in reality it's just an overpriced tinted moisturizer :c


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