November 11, 2014

Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix Review & Swatches

Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix Foundation Stick

Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix is a new foundation stick or “instant skin retoucher” as Revlon dubs it that’s launching in drugstores. This is kinda a hybrid formula that takes on Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free Stick and pairs it up with products like Tarte Colored Clay CC Primer as it can be used as a foundation or a primer!

Take a look!

Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix

Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix is a super lightweight foundation stick with a satiny matte finish available in several shades. This is likely a permanent product launch for Revlon so if you haven’t yet found it, no worries, I’m sure it’ll get a bigger push as we near Spring 2015 releases. I purchased it for $11.79 at Bed, Bath, and Beyond so check there and at Harmons.

The drugstore world is kinda lacking in foundation sticks and since they are such an easy product to use it’s nice when one is released like Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix which has a nice, easy to wear formula. I used to be a major fan of Benefit Playsticks but my skin has changed considerably and I couldn’t use them much anymore as I started to notice they’d cling to my drier areas! Sadness!

Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix Stick

Needless to say foundation sticks are just easy. They are such a no brainer swipe and blend application that needs little work to apply and use. I like lightweight coverage that’s subtle, natural, yet pigmented enough to ease dullness and brighten my skin and that’s exactly the type of coverage Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix offers. These are slightly dry so if you have oily skin you’ll get on well with them. If you’re like me, dry, you’ll want to prep up well prior to application! I used NYX Honey Dew Me prior to add a little more moisture to my skin for an easier glide and blend out.

Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix Swatches

Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix Swatches (150 Natural Beige and 140 Nude)

Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix Foundation Swatches

Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix Swatches (150 Natural Beige and 140 Nude)

Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix Natural Beige

Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix (150 Natural Beige)

Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix Nude

Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix (140 Nude)

The formula isn’t terribly pigmented but it has enough color to hide mild redness, some darkness, perhaps light acne, and of course, dullness. I find the texture a bit on the dry side so not really creamy in the least and not as satiny or silky as Maybelline’s Fit Me Stick. The consistency is thicker than the Fit Me Stick and has a more seamless look once applied to skin. It probably makes little sense but once applied the coverage almost looks skin-like in finish. I find it brightens up my skin very nicely, eases dullness, and gives me a focused, refined finish.

It kinda reminds me of Tarte’s CC Primer in some ways because if you want you can use it under your regular foundation to prep so if you desire more coverage than this provides just use it before following up with your regular foundation of choice which might have more coverage!

It’s very subtle, lightweight coverage so don’t expect an industry foundation stick here. If you already have good skin, you’ll find that the Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix will enhance your own natural skin. Coverage wear is around four hours, I haven’t been able to get it to wear longer on my skin.

All in all for quickie, lightweight, and comfortable coverage this little stick is quite nice. You’re either going to love this one or not! Personally you can put me in the “I like it a lot” category!

Tried it?

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  • Chelsea

    I’ll be curious to see what the ivory and vanilla colors look like! Usually their pale shades run so pink.

  • Cindy

    I have the Tarte CC Primer and it’s okay. It provides some coverage and is easier to blend in than liquid foundation if I’m in a rush. It doesn’t do well at controlling oil so I usually like to layer the Body Shop’s Day Cream underneath (HUGE misnomer lol). This sounds like it could be a cheaper alternative to Tarte once I run out 😀

  • melissa

    Didn’t Laura Gellar make a really similar one? I loved that stick for a while. I might have to try this out.. for a quickie face. I haven’t seen these yet i’ll have to check ulta and cvs etc.

  • Lisa

    Oh wow. I tried this and it was HORRENDOUS. Totally dry going on, caught on every single flake and dry patch, looked weird and dry on the skin and wouldn’t blend. THEN, after wearing it for a few hours I looked like a total grease ball; I have naturally oily skin, and it made it worse than normal, even though I had a mattifying primer underneath. I’m amazed how a single foundation can make me look both the driest and the oiliest I’ve ever looked. It’s like magic. Terrible, awful magic.

    • Isabella Muse

      so sorry to hear it. I really loved it. I have drier skin and it worked great for me. I’m sorry Lisa 🙁 sounds awful!

  • Bonnie

    I just picked this up at Walgreens and I’m using it as a “fix” for my under eye area. So far I like it, and the Ivory shade is not pink

  • Jamie

    Thanks for the review! I was on the fence about it, and saw it last night at CVS. Wanted it because I wanted something new, but it’s rather high priced for what it is. Decided to look it up first. I always like your swatches and reviews! Anyway, I have drier and “mature” skin now. =( So I need something that covers lines, a few spots, pores and doesn’t settle into lines. Oh and that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, like Smashbox. But they have a compact that is such a dreamy feel, I want it badly! But it’s something like, $32, plus tax, at Ulta. =\

    • Isabella Muse

      my pleasure jamie! thank you so glad you enjoy my reviews. Maybe wait for a sale as CVS is so overpriced on makeup lately!

      • Marti Garren

        I purchased at Walgreens last night and it was 9.99. Maybe try there. I used it today and love it. My face looks almost photoshoped.

  • Jamie

    You’re very welcome. =) I know, right? We finally got a CVS here and it is overpriced and not as many collections go through as I’d hoped they would. Still, they DO have great coupons for makeup, I give ’em that! =)

  • Ayman Zahid

    Instead of using it as a foundation can I use it as an under eye concealer???

    • Isabella Muse

      It isn’t really pigmented enough for an eye concealer plus it’s a semi matte satiny finish which isn’t particularly great if you have drier skin under your eyes!

  • Kimberly

    I just bought this and love it. It covers great. The perfect shade. Its not dry at all. And it feels like i am not wearing no makeup.

  • Brigid

    I love this stuff. I’ve gone through 3 entire tubes, and I’m on my 4th. It is a bit drier, but I find it balances out on my combo skin. As long as I don’t have any flakey patches, it looks quite natural, especially when blended out with a Beauty Blender (granted, this takes some work and more time). I keep meaning to pick up a darker shade for contouring. I love that Revlon’s PhotoReady line doesn’t break me out or clog my pores too, bc I’m pretty prone to breakouts. Not to mention, this is fabulous to carry in a makeup bag!