Monday, January 30, 2012

Revlon PhotoReady Perfecting Primer

As someone who has struggled with acne and acne scarring, foundation has been an important part of my routine for a long time, but it's only been about a year that I've been trying out foundation primers. So far, I haven't really found one that has completely wowed me.

When I saw the Revlon PhotoReady Perfecting Primer in CVS, I figured it was worth a shot. It cost $13.29 and contains .91 oz of product.

Going off of first impressions, the packaging is nice. It is in a glass bottle with a pump, which I know a lot of people prefer. I would rather have a squeeze tube that makes it easier to get the last of the product out and to make it more travel friendly, but I don't hate the pump.

The pump itself does a good job of dispensing the right amount of product. One pump gives me what seems to be the right amount for covering my face. The feel of this primer is less slick than Smashbox's Photofinish primer  or Tarte's Clean Slate primer. It feels soft and a little powdery to me, and, thankfully, it doesn't have any of the shimmer associated with the PhotoReady line.

One pump of product.
Blended out.
 I don't notice a huge difference in pore size or in how my foundation applies after using this primer. It does, however, seem to add about an hour or so of extra wear to my foundation. I tested it on back-to-back days, going the first day without it and the next day with; I purposely checked the condition of my foundation right after work. On the day that I wore the primer, my skin was less oily and my foundation looked better overall.

When I first started testing this product, I was worried that it was breaking me out. I seemed to be getting a couple of pimples popping up every day I wore it, but after giving it a break for a few days and trying it again, I haven't noticed any extra breakouts from it.

Overall, I think this is a decent primer. Like the other primers I've tried, it hasn't wowed me. I doubt I will repurchase it because I want to keep looking for a primer that does really impress me, but I'm not annoyed that I spent the money on it. If you are looking for a drugstore primer, this one might be worth checking out.

Have you tried this primer yet? Do you plan on it? What are your favorite foundation primers?


  1. I haven't seen this around yet!

    Is it terrible if I don't wear foundation primer at all? I have one full sized primer (the MUFE green one, I have a lot of redness in my skin), and several samples, and sometimes I put them on, but they don't seem to make much difference at all. I don't have oily skin though - I'm dry if anything - so maybe that's why it doesn't seem needed.

    1. I don't think it's terrible at all. If your makeup lasts the way you want it to without a primer, there's no need. There are days when my makeup starts to break down earlier than I would like it to, which is part of the reason I really want to find an awesome primer. I may eventually give up on them though since I really haven't found any that have done something special for me.

  2. The fine lines on the back of your hand do look more diffused in the blended out photo.

    Mmm I find that BB creams work pretty well as a primer, especially the sheer ones, so I've never been particularly tempted too get a separate one :)

  3. I have never worn foundation until I tried this on accident. I purchased some Mary Kay mineral makeup, and it wasnt QUITE covering the way I wanted it to. My rep told me to try primer, but the MK primer just didnt do it for me. While I was in the drugstore I picked up the revlon. I thought for 13 bucks what would it hurt to try. I was amazed. My foundation now goes on so evenly and flawlessly. It even seems to help cover any darkness for a very even coverage. Im so very happy to have found this and I hope this is a product they continue to make for many years to come:)

    1. I'm glad the Revlon primer is working well for you!

  4. Replies
    1. BB Creams are also called Blemish Balms or Beauty Balms. They are supposed to take the place of multiple products in your routine and be beneficial for your skin. Musings of a Muse gives a detailed explanation here: Keep in mind that Americanized BB Creams seem to be (according to reviews I've seen) glorified tinted moisturizers. HTH