Monday, September 24, 2012

Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blushes Review, Photos and Swatches!

Natalie Monday, September 24, 2012
revlon photoready cream blush review

Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush

Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blushes ($12.99) are a small range of cream blushes that were released with Revlon's Summer 2012 Collection. They are now part of Revlon PhotoReady's permanent range, so if you've been curious to try them, don't worry, they aren't going anywhere (for now at least).

There are (3) colors to choose from: Flushed (cool pink), Coral Reef (vibrant coral) and Pinched (natural peach).

If cream blushes scare the wits out of you (because some formulas can be tricky to work with), the Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blushes are a good place to start. It's silicone-based (the first ingredient in the blush is dimethicone), so the very smooth texture allows the product to glide easily across the skin. 

The cream is firm  - somewhat like the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge, but they aren't tacky, and they aren't as sticky/greasy as a lip balm. They offer sheer pigmentation with one layer, but are buildable. I find that Coral Reef builds much better than Flushed. Even after several layers Flushed remains quite sheer.

I don't tend to use my fingers much for application of cream blush, but you can literally use anything without messing up. I still prefer using a brush, and it doesn't necessarily have to be a duo-fiber, because of the texture, you can use any blush brush.

They are cased in small, plastic containers with a glossy black screw-top lid, very reminiscent of the older style Bobbi Brown Pot Rouges. They are compact and lightweight, so you can toss them in your bag without weighing down your bag or taking up too much space.

revlon photoready cream blushes review

revlon coral reef cream blush swatch
Revlon Coral Reef on my cheeks

revlon photoready cream blushes

revlon photoready cream blushes

revlon photoready cream blush swatches
Swatches of Flushed and Coral Reef

Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blushes

Of the two, I like Coral Reef a bit better. It's very reminiscent of MAC Optimistic Orange Cremeblend Blush, so if you missed on it, Coral Reef is a good dupe.

The lasting power is pretty decent. I have very balanced skin - never dry or oily, and this blush gets me through most of the day. For oily skin types I can see it fading fairly quick.

The Round-Up
Pros:
  • Non-sticky, tacky or greasy
  • Easy to work with 
  • Natural finish
  • Sheer color that is buildable
Cons:
  • I'd love to see additional shades! Perhaps some more natural shades?
  • When worn without foundation, the color has a tendency to sit in my pores (much like how silicone primer/powders like to sit in the pores) which isn't very noticeable unless you look closely
  • Lasting power could be better
Price: $12.99 at your local drugstore. Prices may vary based on location. 

18 comments :

  1. Thanks for the review! I wanted to get coral reef ..too bad I have oily skin :(

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    1. I think for oily skin, if you apply a light dusting of setting powder it could get you through 5-6 hours. Coral Reef is a great shade, so don't be discouraged!

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  2. I really want to try these! Unfortunately the full PhotoReady line isn't available where I live so it's pretty limited to just the foundation right now. I wish I could try some of their other PR products, everyone seems to love them. How do you think these blushes would work on oily skin?


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  3. Wow these are surprisingly pigmented, I've seen them hiding in a few of my local drugstores but it seems like they weren't promoted widely here. Just quickly snuck onto the Revlon shelves. Possible option for wintertime but I'm not liking the silicone description...hmmm

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    1. Yeah, I'm generally not a fan of silicone based products either. It really does help them blend nicely, but I still prefer a standard cream blush formula.

      I wouldn't say they are a must-have, but I've been very curious to try them since they launched.

      I'd like to see if they launch any more interesting shades.

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  4. Thanks for the review! I have a couple BB Pot Rouges, but they're so expensive; I'm glad there's a drugstore equivalent!

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  5. Do you think these would work for medium dark skintones? (nc40-42). Thanks!

    Cassidey

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    1. Absolutely! I think Coral Reef would work much better for your skin tone, but either one would look great!

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  6. Coral Reef looks sooo pretty, wow! <3

    ♥♥♥

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  7. Oh they look so nice. I want them so bad now.

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  8. they are gorgeous! I need both those colours xx

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  9. These look nice! Might have to give Coral Reef a try!

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  10. I have both of these shades and I can't get them to look anywhere near as nice as they do on you! I find the consistency quite harsh on my skin and therefore difficult to soften/blend out x

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    1. What's your skin type and application method? For myself, it works better on some foundations over others (typically works better with my less-dewy foundations) I sometimes find that dusting a little silicone-based powder on my cheeks helps it glide on better.

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  11. I have Coral Reef and love it! Probably one of my fave cream blushes I've ever owned!

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  13. How did you get your eyeliner in the blush swatch picture to look so natural? !
    The blush looks very pretty too!

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