Revlon PhotoReady BB Cream | Review, Swatches

In Revlon by Angie Canning9 Comments

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.

Ingredients: To view the ingredient list on this product, please click here and here.

    •  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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  1. That looks flawless on you. I swatched this in stores and was slightly impressed compared to the rest. (maybelline, loreal, garnier etc) Ahh pink resistance looks so good on you. I think my lips are so pigmented it doesn’t show as a pretty pink on me. Weird. Great post though!

    1. Hi Julie! Thank you. 🙂 Yes I think for pigmentation of the PhotoReady BB Cream this one really outshines the other brands, but for my skin it is a no-go. You may like it though! 🙂
      Yes I am surprised at how pigmented it does look on my lips – but this is several layers, so that could be why it is showing up like this. 🙂

  2. I had a similar experience and wish it would work better for combination-oily skin.  Initially I need to touch up after 1-2 hours.  I started using a Clarisonic recently and if I use a primer, Revlon’s BB cream, and set with powder, I can go the same 3.5 hours without blotting.  But because it needs powder again, I am pretty disappointed in it.  There is a new one by Too Faced that I’m interested in.  The formula is supposed to be a breakthrough for BB products!

    1. Yes I had wondered with it being from the PhotoReady line if it would be too moisturizing for my skin, but I just had to try it out too! 🙂 I will try to use it up this summer though when I need more of that “tinted sunscreen” look (and no one to see my shiny, lol!) 😉 I will also attempt to use a mattifying primer, mattifying powder, and my UD DeSlick to see if I can get it to last, but to me that is just too much effort for a product that is supposed to do it all in one! 😉

      I still love the Rachel K CC Cream the best of all of the ones I have tried so far. I saw the new one by Too Faced! I am very curious about it too! 🙂

  3. Hm…not sure about this one anymore. I had read a review from someone that has very oily skin and she apparently loved it, so I was all set to purchase it but now I’m not sure anymore. I know all products work differently for different people but somehow I am just not feeling like this will work for me anymore :/

    1. Yes, you are right, everyone is different so maybe this would work for you if it worked for her. The main reason I will not grab for it every day is because to me it feels like sunscreen and not BB Cream but you might feel differently! You could always purchase at a drugstore with a good return policy and take it back if you don’t like it. 🙂 I also wanted to say that I haven’t forgotten about getting you the Rimmel BB Cream ingredients – taking a photo of that and linking it in my review like I did this one is on my to-do list for today! 🙂 I will let you know soon!

  4. The scent was overwhelming sunscreen!  I was intrigued to purchase it but unfortunately (or I guess fortunately) ever single bottle has been opened and tried!  It was so gross!  lol  But with my oily skin, this would not have worked.  Great review!

    1. Thanks Erin – glad to hear I was not the only one who noticed the sunscreen scent. So crazy that the bottles you came across were all opened and tried! 🙁 I have heard that others with oily skin love this, but for me it was just a little much. If you ever do try it I’d love to hear what you think! 🙂

  5. I bought Rev.lon photoready BB cream as the shop had run out of the LOreal one I usually use. As I have often used Revlon in the past and liked it I purchased this instead. I have never before suffered allergic reaction to make-up but within a few hours of application my skin became tight, by the next morning my skin had swollen and was blistering. Initially I hadn’t suspected the BB cream but after a lot of thought about possible cause this was indicated. I waited until my face had healed then applied the smallest dot onto my jaw and neck. Again within a few hours itchiness began so I immediately washed it off and applied a cream. Has anyone else had this problem?

    I am so disappointed.

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