Thursday, January 14, 2010

Review: Revlon PhotoReady Foundation *NEW*

I believe it was last year (or perhaps the year before?) that I delved into the world of High Definition makeup and I haven't looked back. For those who don't know, High Def foundations are those that have been formulated to perform the best under the rigors of the camera lens for HD TV and other media. The difference it makes in ones appearance under those circumstances vs. non HD foundations, is astounding. I remember watching the Oscars a couple of years ago when they started broadcasting it in HD, and I can tell you, Renee Zellweger looked like a man in drag with all of that non- HD makeup piled on. I have that vision burned in my memory. I'm just waiting for a late night pizza indulgence to trigger nightmares with those images. *Shudder*

So, what about us mere mortals? We can benefit from HD foundation as well. It is foundation that really does look like real skin and not skin that is obviously made up. It also photographs beautifully and who doesn't have their photo taken from time to time?

Before I begin with my review, I need to confess that my fav HD foundation has been Makeup Forever's HD foundation. I swear by it, but when I read that Revlon was coming out with a HD foundation, I had to give it a try. After all, who wouldn't want to spend less these days? The MUFE is around $40 and the Revlon is around $13. It's a no brainer.

Here goes...

I found the Revlon PhotoReady in of all places, my local grocery store. It was odd in that I have checked with Walgreens, CVS, Target and Walmart with no success in finding it. Lo and behold there was a display in both my local Kroger and the HEB markets while I was picking up groceries. So, word to the wise, check you local grocer for this and it will most likely be featured in a special display until they work it into the Revlon case.

I bought the shade called Shell which is the next to the lightest shade they offer. (They only carry 12 shades. BOO!) I brought it home and put some on the back of my hand to see it all but disappear... this is a great sign! So off to the mirror I go. I decided to apply with my fingers instead of a sponge or foundation brush to see how it did. It did beautifully. It really blended in nicely with no streaks or blotches. I then took a couple of photos (yikes!) in both natural light and with a flash. I have decided to post them so you can make a valued decision, but bear in mind that I am no spring chicken. For your consideration, I give you...

Natural light

with flash

Bottom line... I still like the Makeup Forever just a wee bit better for the abundance of color choices as well as the finish is just a bit nicer, but the price difference is definitely in Revlon's favor. If nothing else, it is a good alternative. B+


  1. Your skin looks great!

    You look very natural but put-together.

  2. Thanks, Erin! That is what I was hoping for.