Wednesday, November 17, 2010

AMW Reviews: Revlon PhotoReady Compact Makeup

First things first, I want to thank my readers for always stopping by for a read!  I may be very busy and tired from doing a lot of stuffs but nothing beats having someone read and appreciates my thoughts!  Thank you and *group hugs*! 

A couple of weeks ago, I was sent a new Revlon product from the PhotoReady line.  I am quite ecstatic to give this product a test because I was impressed with Revlon PhotoReady Liquid Foundation which I actually use on clients on photoshoot with heavy and harsh lighting!

I got 200 Natural Beige Shade and the packaging is exactly the same as the Revlon PhotoReady Powder and Translucent Finisher. 


Revlon PhotoReady Compact Makeup says ---

Revlon PhotoReady Compact Makeup is the perfect answer for those looking for PhotoReady  makeup benefits but prefer the compact makeup form.  The compact makeup also features an SPF20, and comes in 6 shades ranging from fair to deep skin tone.

Feature/Benefits/Key Ingredients:
  • Cream makeup that transforms to liquid using build-in liquefying screen.
  • Photochromatic pigments bend, reflect and diffuse light to help erase flaws
  • Full, yet undetectable coverage
  • Soft powder finish
  • SPF20
  • Oil Free, Fragrance Free, Paraben Free
Available in 6 Shades: Vanilla, Shell, Natural Beige, Medium Beige, Cool Beige and Rich Ginger

AMW says ---
  • Medium to heavy coverage can be built.
  • Can double up as concealer due to its nice coverage.
  • Does not fill in fine lines for normal/oily skin individuals.
  • Does not feel heavy on skin.
  • Packaging sealed for freshness once purchased!  This is very important for me as I don't ant people opening up the product and putting it back on counters.
  • Very convenient packaging for a cream to powder foundation.
  • Packaging includes sponge (that works!) and a tiny mirror (which is better than none)
  • Does not have a "glow" that most people complain on the PhotoReady Liquid Foundation.
  • Brings out really nice skin on photos minus the white cast.
  • No weird glow or shine
  • No scent.
  • Has a liquefying screen which liquifies the cream compact making it easier to pick up good amount of product.
  • Texture is easy to blend on skin.
  • Has SPF20 which is enough for typical day under the sun. (going to the office, working in front of the computer, etc...)
  • Lasts more than half a day before retouching is needed for normal skin.
  • For dry to very dry skin: Can enhance dryness of skin if skin is not prepped or moisturized properly prior to foundation application.
  • For mature skin: Can enhance fine lines and wrinkles on mature skin if primer is not used to fill in lines prior to foundation application.
  • Since the product came with a screen, it is only right to use the sponge for application.  Not a good news for brush users out there!
  • Need to wash the sponge often, which is a con for lazy bum out there!
  • A very tiny con: The packaging looks exactly like the Powder and Translucent Finisher which makes it a bit hassle to grab inside the train case especially when you're in a hurry.  (Read tip below on how to deal with this)
This product reminded me a bit of Paul & Joe Moisturizing Compact Foundation at a more affordable price. This is definitely the answer to PhotoReady Liquid foundation users who dislikes the "tiny shimmer"!  This gives out a nice coverage with a clean matte finish! 

  • Always try on testers before you purchase.
  • When testing a product, make sure your skin is free from any makeup.
  • Leave product tested on face for a couple of minutes to see if it oxidizes or turn orange on you. 
  • Check if skin irritations or allergies occur.
  • Wash the sponge daily.
  • Perfect to use once in the morning then retouch with your favorite powder foundation or setting powder.  Never re-apply this in the middle of the day on top of a powder as it will cake up and create patches.
  • For makeup artists who own a couple of these compact, label them with stickers for easier handling.
  • If you have dry skin and you still want to use a cream to powder compact rather than liquid form, make sure to moisturize your skin seriously well, let it set for a couple of minutes before you apply this product.
  • If you prefer to use a foundation brush, pat on ample amount of product on the center of your face with a sponge (Nose, sides of the nose, cheeks, forehead and chin area), use a clean foundation brush to gently blend out the product for a more natural look.
  • If you find the free sponge to be a bit too tiny for you to work with, purchase your own sponge and leave this sponge for out-of-the-house usage.
  • Try to wipe the sides of the compact after every usage as this may get a bit messy if used frequently.
  • Never share foundation sponge to different individuals!
Will I repurchase?
Yes, for clients!  For myself, I prefer to use the Revlon PhotoReady Liquid Foundation.

To whom do I recommend this to?
People with normal, combination and oily skin.  People who loves to use liquid foundation but felt it's too hassle to tote along a liquid/cream foundation bottle.  

Where to purchase and how much?
For Php995.00 (approx. $23.60) at Watsons, Beauty by SM, Robinsons, Landmark, PCX, Gaisano Metro, Sta. Lucia East, Unimart and other major retailers nationwide.

A closer look on Natural Beige on Compact
(sorry for the tiny dent in the middle as 
I accidentally touched it while taking photos)

After moisturizing my skin really well, applied full coverage of Revlon PhotoReady Compact Makeup in Shade Natural Beige.  These past few days, my skin is getting drier again, must be the -ber months plus the fact that I finished up most of my moisturizers!  *hahaha*  What's left on my skincare stash are moisturizers good for normal skin!  Oh well, need to repurchase soon!

Overall, this is one line Revlon should be proud about and I don't mind recommending this to my friends!  Hope you find this review helpful!  I can't stress more on "testing" on the product first before purchase!  Each and every cent you spent is very important as you worked hard for it! 

Let me know if you have further questions about this product!

Keep smilin'
Stay happy!

(Note from Author: Products are sent by company for review purposes.  The writer did not and will never receive any kind or form of payment for positive reviews.  The review has been done based on personal experiences.  Please purchase at your own discretion.)


  1. Awesome post! Thanks. I've been looking for this review.

  2. i was looking at these compact the other day and wasn't sure if i should try them. i didn't as i recall the liquid one didn't work for me (colouring) and i have too much foundation as is. i didn't even swatch any. (not sure how to swatch powder compacts to be honest.)

    i think the foundation looks nice on you. and i agree it's so important to test a foundation personally.

  3. Ah, I've been curious about this product but I still have lots of BB cream freebies to finish off before I think about purchasing this one.

  4. gaaahhh another foundation I don't need but I want to try lol. I have oily skin so maybe I'll like this one. Thanks for the review!

  5. it has a flawless finish.. so pretty and nice!

    I feel like giving into this compact when you stated that it fits girls with combination skin. Thank you for sharing your take on this, Nikki.

  6. i really love the coverage of this foundation! you're right its like the photoready liquid minus the shimmers!

  7. wow I just got this one too :) mine is in shell :) It's really nice.

  8. great review, and thanks for the heads up, the photoready liquid foundation does have many believers and as much non-likers for the dewy glow. at least revlon came out with something a tad toned down from that.

    LOL as a revlon fan, imma gonna have to check that out.


  9. this product review sounds so nice! totally will works for my fez! yay! i wanna get one now :)

  10. Good review, Nikki. It looks great on you. :P

  11. Thanks for the review. I like the coverage, your skin looks flawless!

  12. hi! great product review. I agree with you, I also like the Photo Ready Foundation, comparable to Make Up Forever HD Foundation at a fraction of the price. I also blogged about it,


  13. Jasmin, glad you found this review here :)

    Jojoba, ahhh this is actually cream to powder, so its still easy to swatch :) Thanks for liking the foundation on my skin

    Skysenshi, if BB creams work for you, I'm sure that's fine already! No need to pack up more!

  14. Becky, yes, this is better for oily skin! :)

    herroyalbleakness, the problem with combi or oily skin though is the fact that it can oil up on you, so be careful , use a right primer or bb cream underneath still. You'er welcome with the review

    Khymm, yes, I'm sure you'll like this too?

  15. Charry, oohhh is lighter than this I believe thanks , can't wait to see you use it!

    Marge, I think people who love the liquid version will like this too!

    Ladymishel, goodluck! :)

  16. Anastacia, goodluck!

    Pammy, thanks dear

    Gio, I like the "flawless" look but I just need more moisturization!

    petite-kaye, if this works for you, imagine the savings against MUFE? :) Thanks

  17. this product is really nice ms.nikki :) i got the vanilla shade though. lessens my make-up time in the morning. :)

  18. I just got mine yesterday, it was ok but im not really satisfied, you still need to finish it off with a translucent or any face powder, unless you really want ur face to be a bit shiny =)


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