Revlon photoready foundation + insta-fix

Foundation is one of the basic building blocks to a perfectly made up face. The trouble is finding the perfect product to suit your skin, never mind finding the correct shade! Well I did the hard work for you and tested out two foundations from Revlon… Let’s jump right in!

PhotoReadyTM Foundation (R259 from Dischem): I’m a one-foundation-kinda-gal. Once I find a foundation that I love, I tend to stick with it. But when I received a bunch of the PhotoReadyTM foundations from Revlon, I threw caution to the wind and decided to try them out. Revlon promises poreless, airbrushed skin in any light with a soft, luminous finish when using the PhotoReadyTM foundation. Photochromatic pigments within the product bend and reflect the light to help erase flaws on the skin. Sounds good right? To be honest, I didn’t notice anything stand out about this foundation, that’s not to say that I didn’t like it – I did, I just wasn’t blown away by it. It doesn’t feel heavy on the skin and gives a good medium, dewy coverage. It is most definitely not matte so if you have oily skin, I don’t think you’ll go crazy for it. It is definitely buildable which is always great and it blends well (I use my Real Techniques Buffing Brush). I used the shade 004 Nude which I found to be ever so slightly orange on my skin but that was easily rectified with some loose translucent powder. If I did buy this foundation again, I would probably go one shade lighter.

PhotoReadyTM Insta-Fix: I had already seen these on a YouTube video on All Dolled Up and was immediately intrigued. Luckily for me, Revlon basically read my make-up greedy mind and popped some into a press drop for me. Dubbed as a “skin retoucher”, like the PhotoReadyTM foundation, the Insta-Fix also has light reflecting particles to give your skin a flawless, radiant look. What’s great about these is that you can pop one in your bag if you know you’re going straight from the office to a night out, to touch up your foundation. You can use it just in specific areas or over your entire face. I like to use mine instead of foundation on days when I want more coverage than a BB cream but not a heavy coverage either. It’s been great on the past few days when I don’t have the energy to do a full face of make up (those late night feeds take it out of you!) but I still needed to look like I’ve made some effort. I’m not sure if there is a specific way you’re supposed to apply this but I just draw a whole bunch of stripes on my face and then blend it all in with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush. I thought that it might be quite difficult to spread and blend out but I was pleasantly surprised! It has a very smooth and almost creamy consistency and glided around my face like a dream. The only thing that I don’t like about the Insta-Fix is that it’s the perfect vehicle for cross contamination. I haven’t noticed increased breakouts after using it but I thought that I should mention that it is a possibility, unless you come up with a way of applying it that I haven’t thought of, of course. I use shade 140 Nude and will definitely be popping one into my shopping basket once my current Insta-Fix is finished.

*Just a note: The images with swatches have not been edited so that you can see the true colour of the product.


South African Influencer Sarah Booyens

I’m Sarah, shameless coffee addict, brazen beauty fiend, mid-size style gal and the heart behind parentingbeauty and lifestyle blog, Mascara & Mimosas.


  1. The insta-fix sounds very interesting! I’m definitely going to give it a try. The ‘roll on the skin’ type make up items is always a concern, but I wonder if I’m not rubbing the top layer off, so what’s just been on my skin isn’t still on the stick, if that makes sense. lol. Well it’s what I tell myself.

  2. I think I need to come play with one of those foundation sticks, I love the idea of it! Super easy and convenient! Beautimous (yes I stole your word) pics my friend!!

  3. Such a great post, and I am OBSESSED with your photographs! Well done, Sarah! The Revlon PhotoReady Foundation is easily my favourite foundation – it’s the first foundation that I’ve actually managed to finish, that’s how impressed I was with it! I haven’t used the InstaFix much though, so thanks for the reminder – definitely going to give it a proper go tomorrow morning! x


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