Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Revlon PhotoReady Insta-Fix Makeup & Prime + Anti-Shine Balm Review

It’s time to get primed for summer and test out another concelaer formulated for a world consumed with selfies! The PhotoReady Insta-Fix stick is designed to retouch the skin for a smooth poreless finish and comes in handy for quick touch-ups anytime, anywhere. Essentially this product helps camouflage blemishes with light filtering technology and SPF 20 for bonus protection.

The world of drugstore concealers and foundation has always been rather hit or miss for me, if I find a formula I like I usually have hard time with color matching. I do however like the stick design for ease of application without a brush and the ability to focus on specific spots that need extra attention. It also makes swiping product under the eyes quick and simple.

The concealer is available in just 9 shades so I think it’s safe to say that some complexions will be left out. I have the stick in 180 Rich Ginger the second deepest color which is actually quite light. On my skin it works to cover, brighten and highlight and although it doesn’t completely diminish blemishes it does fade them enough to help my foundation do its job more efficiently. Because the formula is quite rich and creamy you’ll want to avoid layering it too heavy under the eyes or letting it rest in creases without a bit of blending. It helps blur the look of dark circles, redness, scaring and uneven skin tone and once set with a good finishing product it is quite long-lasting. There may be some who don’t care for the coverage and consistency but I definitely make it work for me.

Up next is the PhotoReady Prime + Anti-Shine Balm in 010 clear/transparent which can be worn alone or under makeup. At first glance the compact may look like a setting powder but it is in fact a balm which can make application a bit tricky. I found that using the sponge provided didn’t quite get the job done so I swirl two fingers in the balm until the top layer begins to loosen into a creamy paste.

You can rub the balm into the skin similar to moisturizer and I love the lightweight texture that smooths and mattifies to prevent grease and shine as the day wears on. It also helps blur the look of pores and evens the skin’s surface for a more refined effect without that slick silicone feel. As far as primers go this one will definitely help you survive the summer sun.

Another honourable mention for glowing summer skin is the Revlon Highlighting Palette in Bronze Glow. There are three complimentary shimmer compacts available for a radiant, sunkissed effect and these babies are wonderful! The highlight has 5 varying color strips from silver, rose gold, mid-range gold and bronze which you can mix together for a luminous finish and a bit of sculpting. The pigmentation is great and the texture is luxuriously soft and silky for easy application and seamless results. You can go sheer or build up to your desired effect but this highlight is a drugstore must-have this season!

Also from Revlon I’m loving the powder blush in the shade 004 Wine Not. This fun berry hue is ravishing for all complexions and lightly defines the cheeks. Although the color looks quite deep it is actually very subtle with a pink base and a beautiful faded finish for a natural rosy flush. The texture is a bit coarse but for the season it looks great!

Revlon lip products I’m currently crushing on:

*The ColorBurst Lacquer Balm in the shade 115 Whimsical is a trendy pink-berry hue. These pigments are creamy and hydrating with balm-like comfort and although this color contains a bit of shimmer once applied it isn't very noticeable. 

*ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick in 035 Backstage is a deep plum/wine with golden undertones more suited for brisk fall evenings. The moisturizing lush formula and smooth application makes it totally swoon worthy!

Revlon products are available at drugstores and mass market retailers across Canada & the U.S

*Press samples featured 


  1. I've always liked stick concealers but find that they're difficult to find anymore. I'm for sure checking this one out! Revlon products, for me anyway, always perform well. They're a brand I've used for many years. :)

    1. Well definitely give this one a try, I hope you find a shade that works for you :)

  2. Revlon has beautiful eyeshadows! Thank you for sharing ;)

    xoxo Celly | beauty blog


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