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Revlon PhotoReady Translucent Finisher – A Review

Recently I was looking for a pressed powder for a very specific purpose, travel. I’m starting to feel very confident with my skin and I like how it looks, so I’ve often been wearing just primer plus Pampered Puss very sheerly, or primer plus a loose finishing powder, such as Aromaleigh’s Ultra Resolution Finishing Powder. Now to simplify things for travel, I wanted a pressed powder plus my primer. I thought that Revlon PhotoReady Translucent Finisher might be a good choice.

The Website says:
Fragrance free
Oil free
Sheer, translucent universal shade to set makeup
Eliminates shine
Photochromatic pigments bend, reflect and diffuse light to erase flaws
Soft, luminous finish

The Package says:
Can be worn alone or over makeup
Using brush applicator, swirl into makeup and tap off excess before application
Apply over entire face, smoothing over forehead, nose, chin and jawline

The Ingredients are:
Mica, Bismuth Oxychloride, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Dimethicone, Nylon-12, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Polyethylene, Octyldodecyl Glycol Grapeseedate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Calcium Aluminium Borosilicate, Saccharomyces/Calcium Ferment, Saccharomyces/Zinc Ferment, Saccharomyces/Potassium Ferment, Saccharomyces/Iron Ferment, Saccharomyces/Copper Ferment, Saccharomyces/Magnesium Ferment, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Lauroyl Lysine, Dimethiconol, Methoxypropyl Gluconamide, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Lecithin, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Punica Granatum Extract, Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract, Nereocystis Luetkeana Extract, Laminaria Japonica, Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Extract, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Alumina, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid /- (CI 77019/Mica, CI 77491/CI 77492/CI 77499/iron Oxides, CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, CI 77193/Bismuth Oxychloride)

First off, the brush applicator that comes with this sucks. It applies the powder unevenly. I was able to get better results with a duo fiber brush and a kabuki brush. I don’t know why companies insist on putting crappy brushes in with their products. They could charge less and not include a brush, or charge the same and include more product. Either way, the brush was crappy and not worth attempting to use.

Second, I’m not sure that this is a universal shade. While I think it’s probably fine for paler people, I don’t know how well it would work on those of you with darker complexions. I think it might turn darker skin a bit ashy.

Third, I did feel like it would probably make a good highlighter because of the subtle shimmer in it. It’s got a nice, lumizing finish.

Fourth, I think it did an ok job at eliminating shine on my face. I did feel a bit oily towards the end of the day on my T-zone, which is where I’m always slightly oily.

Fifth, I don’t think it really blurred imperfections in my skin. If anything, I feel like it sort of accentuated my pores.

It didn’t have any discernable scent to my nose, which is fine, because I don’t tend to buy facial powders with a scent and a scent can be off-putting or irritating to skin. The powder didn’t irritate my skin at all.


This was taken in the daybulb.


This was taken with flash.

Packaging:
The packaging is slim and nice. I really like the looks of it and it fits nicely into a makeup back without taking up too much space.

Price:
I think I bought it for $9.99 at Target. There was a slight discount or sale with Revlon going on and I think it’s normally $11.99 for .25oz.

Would I buy it again?
I feel like the powder did an ok job, but I wasn’t wow’d by it. So while it is fragrance free, oil free, and has a luminous finish, it didn’t make me feel like it erased flaws and I don’t think it’s a universal shade. I think it did ok at eliminating shine, but not great. In my experience, it didn’t live up to all the claims it made, but it did live up to some of them.

I wouldn’t buy it again. It wasn’t what I was looking for in a pressed powder. I don’t feel like I looked awful wearing it, but I don’t feel like I looked fantastic, either. I feel like I just look ok.

What do you think? Have you tried Revlon PhotoReady Translucent Finisher? If so, did you like it?

Product was purchased by me. All opinions are my own.

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    • Laujoyee

      I love that you wake-up early in the morning – it gives me something to read lol.

      The powder looks lovely – I don’t think they’re selling that here though. Well I’ve never seen it before. It’s good to hear you’re feeling more confident in your skin :) It does look really nice and healthy.

      • Phyrra

        Oh, I don’t wake up early :P
        I schedule posts for early in the morning when I’m planning out reviews. I’m trying to stagger my reviews out and only have one a day pop up. I figure if I have a scheduled review for in the morning around 9am, and then I do my FOTD in the evening after 7pm, that gives people something to read at either time.

        Thanks for the compliments on my skin :)

        I think the powder is ok and would work as a highlight, I just didn’t feel it lived up to all of its claims.

    • http://www.macismycrack.com macismycrack

      I have their photo ready liquid foundation and I LOVE it… seriously the ONLY foundation I have found that I dont get oily in!!! I like full coverage though… lol and it is!!! but it seems thats not at all what you like! I have that problematic skin and occasionally use just my bare minerals foundation when my skins being good!

      • Phyrra

        I have skin where some things annoy it but others are fine, so usually less is more for my skin. It’s awesome that their liquid works for you! Have you tried this as a finishing powder?

    • http://emilysmakeupbox.blogspot.com Emily

      I’m already put off by the fact that bismuth oxychloride is the second ingredient – it would make my face an itchy shine bomb!

      • Phyrra

        I’m thankful that I don’t get itchy from bismuth! That’s gotta be awful.

    • Sara

      How are you able to wear products with silicones and not break out?? i don’t get it. They’re in this, your Mark moisturizer, and damn near everything else (including the studio secrets base, right?) My skin flies off the handle when any amount of silicones are introduced. Right now I’m using a cream with it down on the list and, sure enough, I’m getting breakouts in unlikely areas.

      Lucky bastard. :p

      Have you tried Physician’s Formula Mineral Glow Powders as a highlighter/luminator/finisher? They look scary in the package, but absolutely delightful on (with a light hand).

      • Phyrra

        I don’t know, to be honest. It’s not one of the products that seems to irritate my skin. I get irritated more from skincare products than powders, at least as long as I can remember. I used to use the MAC MoistureFix and StudioFix with no problem to my skin, just they were way too dark for me.
        It’s gotta be AWFUL to be irritated by silicone :(

        I LOVE that mark moisturizer. It’s the best daytime moisturizer I’ve found for my skin, which is why I keep repurchasing it. When I started using it, I started getting paler in the winter.For YEARS I used Oil of Olay sensitive skin.

        I haven’t tried the Physicians Formula glows, but it’s funny you mention that. Izzy at Musings of a Muse mentioned a new PF glow that has hearts of different colors, Happy Booster Blush, and I know I want to try it just because it’s so cute!

        • Sara

          Ooh, I saw those heart blusher thingies on her blog! I *need* them. How adorable are they? My local drugstores and super stores are shit when it comes to getting in new Physician’s Formula products. They’re all over Revlon and L’oreal new releases, but everybody else seems to take ages, if they get them at all.

          • Phyrra

            They are totally adorable :)

    • http://paintedmoogle.blogspot.com/ PaintedMoogle

      I think my skin would react badly to this product, too, like other commenters have said.

      I think it’s great that you’re liking the appearance of your skin lately! I’ve always thought you have nice, healthy looking skin. :D

      • Phyrra

        Thank you so much Painted Moogle :)

        Yeah I’ve never had the bismuth reaction that I’m aware of, but, I have had problems with some mineral foundations in the summer if I sweat. It would sting by the sides of my nose. The Meow Purrfect Puss and I think the Aromaleigh Glissade would both sting there. But the Meow Pampered Puss never has. My guess is that zinc oxide is soothing and that kept it from stinging in that formula.

    • Spooki

      I hate those kind of brushes, it seems like they’re everywhere these days. I can not apply anything powdery with them, I wind up with a ton of fall out and uneven coverage. Better off using a stupid flocked sponge.

      • Phyrra

        Yeah they do seem to suck. I always reach for a kabuki or a duo fiber brush