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.

Foundation swatches

PhotoReadyTM Insta-Fix (R289 from Dischem): 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.

Stick swatches

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


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  • Reply
    April 13, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    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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    April 16, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    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!!

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    Chicara - Lipgloss Kisses
    April 19, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Those Insta-fix concealer(?) things look so interesting. I like the sound of them. 🙂

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    Simone Cameron
    April 25, 2016 at 11:34 am

    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.

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