Revlon’s PhotoReady BB Cream Skin Perfector has been recently released, and after using this product for several weeks, I couldn’t wait to share my thoughts with you. Revlon says the PhotoReady BB Cream is “A lightweight, multi-benefit Beauty Balm that combines skincare, makeup, and sunscreen into one step.”
This product contains Broad Spectrum SPF 30, which is great!
Revlon PhotoReady BB Cream in Light (bottom left) and Light/Medium (top right)
Before & After – On the Left: Bare Face On the Right: One layer of Revlon PhotoReady BB Cream in Light
Full face makeup using Revlon PhotoReady BB Cream in Light. Set with Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder in Translucent. NYC Bronzer in Sunny. Nars Orgasm on cheeks. UD Naked Basics Palette and Naked 2 Palette on eyes. L’Oreal Wet Shine Stain in Pink Resistance on lips.
The Revlon PhotoReady BB Cream Skin Perfector with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is described by Revlon:
- Hydrates like moisturizer
- Smoothes like primer
- Covers like foundation
- Blurs flaws like concealer
- Protects with SPF 30 like sunscreen
The BB Cream is available in three shades, Light, Light/Medium, and Medium.
Application & Experience. The first thing I noticed about the Revlon PhotoReady BB Cream upon opening the package was the scent. It smells just like sunscreen With ingredients like Titanium Dioxide (physical sunblock), Octinoxate and Octisalate (chemical sunscreens), it is understandable the product would smell the way it does. I was a little taken back at first, but since I am a huge fan of SPF in makeup products for every day wear, I was fine with it. The application was smooth and easy to blend in, but just as it’s scent indicated, it even felt a bit like a sunscreen when applying, which was a little off-putting for a BB cream experience. The texture is very smooth and slippery (again, sunscreen-like) but is thicker than sunscreen. It is easy to blend into the skin and I felt did a good job of filling in pores and evening out the skin tone. As you can see from the photos above, if I wanted to really perfect the skin I would need to go in with additional concealer. I would say the coverage of this BB Cream is light. In wearing both Light and Light/Medium shades, I found that this product oxidizes once on the face, and tends to look a little darker than how it appears than in the tube, so the Light shade works well for my skin.
Oily Skin Notes: I have oily skin and had wondered if this product would set well on my face on its own, with mattifying powder, and with mineral powder on top of it. Alone, the product would look shiny on my skin after about 2 hours. With a mattifying powder on top of the BB Cream, I could get about 3.5 hours wear before getting shiny. With the Mineral powder to top it off I was able to get 3 hours wear before getting shiny and needing to blot. I did feel it was definitely a moisturizing BB Cream, and would be more suited to dry skin types.
Overall. While many US BB Creams fall under more of the “tinted moisturizer” category, I felt the Revlon PhotoReady BB Cream product should be placed in the category of a “tinted sunscreen” because of the scent and feeling of this product. I think it is a great attempt at a very moisturizing face product with good broad spectrum coverage, making it a comfortable choice for me to wear out and about on brief errands, but ultimately I felt it lacked the full BB Cream experience I was expecting. Also, Revlon’s claim that it “combines skincare” seems to mostly refer to the product’s moisturizing and SPF properties rather than the transforming properties we’ve seen from other BB creams on the market.
Where To Purchase: $10.99, Ulta and drugstores.
- Product – 7/10
- Formula – 8/10
- Pigmentation – 9/10
- Longevity – 9/10
- Application – 8/10
Rating update: Previously I rated this product a C- but have since changed the rating as of March 12, 2013 to reflect a more objective standpoint. This product may work well for some, especially dryer skin types, and I do think the high SPF rating (for a drugstore BB Cream) is very impressive
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