Whilst searching the Superdrug isles for a new primer last week, I came across a new concept for me which was Revlon’s Photoready Prime & Anti-Shine, which comes in this little compact complete with the balm and applicator sponge.
This was a different concept for me as I’m used to applying liquid primers. I’ve been used to pumping a bit onto my fingers and applying to my face so the idea of using a balm and sponge seemed quite fun and I thought I’d give it a go. The fact that it claims to be an ‘anti-shine’ product too, was an extra bonus.
What Revlon Say
“This multi use balm can be worn alone, under or over makeup to prime and smooth skin and to eliminate shine. It erases the look of pores and imperfections for a perfected look. Poreless, perfected, shine free look, with and without makeup.”
So my first impression of this balm was that I hadn’t seen anything like it before and for £9.99 I thought it was worth a go. On opening the compact half of it is the balm and the other half holds a nifty little applicator sponge. The balm feels really velvety to touch and the sponge is really soft, so I thought it would definitely be really easy to apply and surely feel soft on the skin.
When I got home I resisted taking my makeup off and trying it there and then. Instead, the next morning, after I’d cleansed and toned, I applied the balm using the sponge.
For anti-shine, the particular areas I concentrated on were my forehead, cheeks and chin and I also applied some to the eye area to help my foundation glide on without drag. To be honest I applied all over but these areas I gave an extra once over.
The balm applied really smoothly and actually reminded me quite a bit of the GOSH primer I’ve been using for a while. It glided on, instantly removed the shine from my face and straight away I could also see a reduction in the visibility of the pores on my forehead.
So next I applied my foundation (I’m using the Joan Collins Timeless Beauty First Base Foundation in Warm Medium – it’s amazing!) and this glided really pleasantly on top of the primer. The anti shine remained and as for wear, my foundation looked flawless and had great wearability throughout the day.
So What Do I Think
As for the promises Revlon make about this balm, I would say they are really accurate and I was really happy with the outcome. My skin looked healthy and made applying my foundation really easy.
As for the method of application, I think this is something I’ll have to get used to. I’m not used to applying primer in this way and it did seem like I needed to apply quite a lot but this could just be because it’s a balm and I’m actually applying the same or less than a liquid. Hard to tell.
So far so good though and I’m pleased I’ve tried it. I’m sure I’ll get used to the method after a few more uses and once this one has run out, I really want to try the Smashbox primer on my wish list!
Have you tried this new product from Revlon? I’d love to hear what you thought of it.