Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Revlon Photoready BB Cream

I haven't had much success with Western drugstore BB Creams (see Garnier BB Cream post) but I was at Priceline during their 40% off sale (which is happening today (24th April) and tomorrow) and purchased the newly-released Revlon version for a little under $15. 




In cool daylight, l-r: BB Cream blended in; light swatch


The Revlon Photoready BB Cream comes in three shades, Light, Light Medium and Medium and they all run fairly warm-toned. The new release also includes illuminators (think Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector-style with a yellow shade, a pink shade and a bronze shade) which come in pretty interesting packaging. I have yellow undertones and light-medium skin (think between MAC NC25-30) so I bought the shade Light Medium, which looked like a great match initially but upon closer inspection it's too orange for my skin. Darn it. I was so hoping to find a cheaper alternative to something like Laura Mercier's Tinted Moisturiser. It's not the smoothest of applications but it blends in nicely on prepped skin and hides blemishes and discoloration. It has a regular foundation smell, nothing amazing like Bourjois but nothing awful like Revlon Colorstay. The finish is pretty matte, and it dries down quite quickly. I would still powder through the t-zone for oily/combination skin but it's fine on its own too if you're willing to blot.

To round up, this is a decent tinted moisturiser if you can find one of the three shades to match your skin. It's not greasy, nor does it have a funky smell, and it doesn't have sparkles in it. The sparkles were my main fear since it's a member of the Photoready line but thankfully it's sparkle-free. Again, to address the BB cream issue, it doesn't have skincare benefits- SPF and 'moisturising' do not a BB cream make.

Its regular retail price is $24.95 and it's available at Target and Priceline so far. I think the other retailers like Kmart and Big W are less punctual at receiving new releases. I gave the Rimmel and Maybelline BB Creams a miss but Revlon generally gets it right most of the time and this is a worthwhile pick if you're in the market for a tinted moisturiser.

8 comments:

  1. Thanks for the post. :) I'm actually keen to try out something new so I've been looking into BB creams/tinted moisturisers. I've heard that the Loreal one isn't so good so I'll skip that and research this one a bit more. :3 xx

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    1. I think Korean brands are the only ones getting BB creams right, though the Clarins which is set to launch in May looks promising. I'm eyeing up the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser but I don't think it's worth the $60.

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  2. Somehow $24.95 doesn't seem totally exorbitant :p That's how warped our perception is given how expensive "drugstore" stuff is here. I did see this at my local Priceline and tried a little bit on my hand. If I didn't have 1929891813 foundations open at the moment (okay, more like 5-6), I might consider trying this out one :p

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    1. I can relate to having so many bases on the go! It sucks, especially when there are so many open, and no possible way of using them all up before a year passes. I like to pass new ones onto friends. :)

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  3. I like Revlon products, especially their range of foundations. I'm certain this bb cream/TM will be great for so much ppl! :)

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    1. A lot of people seem to like it! :)

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  4. I haven't seen these yet on our local revlon counter but would love to try it out soon! ^_~

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    1. They're quite a new release- I'm sure you'll see it soon!

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