November 13, 2014

Revlon Photoready Prime + Anti Shine Review

Revlon Photoready Prime Anti Shine

Revlon Photoready Prime + Anti Shine Balm is a clear, transparent mattifying balm that’s a lot like the recently introduced Covergirl Tru Magic Skin Perfector Mattifier.

Revlon Photoready Prime + Anti Shine is marketed as a product you can use alone to minimize the appearance of pores for a smooth, natural finish on skin or as a primer, applied to skin prior to makeup. Or you can use like Mally Face Defender and applied it over your makeup to blur pores, minimize shine and oil, and create a smooth, soft finish on skin.

I recently purchased this at my local Bed, Bath, and Beyond and it should start popping up at other mass drugstores soon with a bigger push for Spring 2015 I imagine.

Let’s take a look!

Revlon Photoready Prime + Anti Shine is a unique drugstore release. Covergirl is actually the only drugstore brand to offer a mattifying balm at the moment within the budget world so both they and Revlon have a very unique product on their hands! But E.L.F. isn’t too far behind as they recently released a very, very low costly balm for $6!

Before any of these balms became popular there was and still is Benefit Dr Feel Good which never particularly cared for. It was kinda acne in a pot because I always broke out using it.

Revlon Photoready Prime + Anti Shine comes in a slim line rectangle palette and opens up to reveal the balm and a rubber sponge for application just like Mally’s version. I still prefer Mally’s version but this is a very nice formula. The balm is a little thinner in consistency than Tru Magic’s formula and has a smooth, soft glide on skin. It whisks away the little bit of shine or oil I might have on my forehead or around my nose and blurs the appearance of the smaller pores on my nose as well as perfects my skin. When I use it over my makeup it really refines the finish of my blush and foundation and gives it a soft, smooth finish same as Mally’s does. If you have larger, visible pores it’ll likely make your skin look quite flawless. I does have some mattifying abilities but if you’re extra oily I don’t see it working to curb oil and shine for hours on end so you’ll likely need a touch up as the day progresses.

Revlon Photoready Prime Anti Shine Balm

Revlon Photoready Prime Anti Shine Mattifying Balm

I like best using it over my makeup which yes, sounds weird but actually works out great! You can prep with it as you would any primer it’s just the texture and consistency is different from a liquid or cream primer. If you want a feel for the formula think of it Smashbox Photo Finish poured into a compact and solidified. I don’t do very well with silicone primers as they either pill on me or make me itchy but I had no problems with this! It applies evenly but sometimes it will cling on drier areas a little bit but the sponge helps smooths it on my skin.

It does extend the wear of both my color cosmetics and foundation by two to three hours. It kinda creates a barrier around your makeup (if you wear it as the finale step in your makeup application) and you’ll find it keeps colors and foundation from fading. When used under makeup I seem some extension but not as much as when I use it over. I also like the way my makeup looks more finished and polished when I use it over my makeup versus under. No worries, you won’t “rub off” your makeup when you apply it on top! You’ll see a little blush and foundation on the sponge after applying it but it’s very minimal!

All in all it’s a great. If you like Mally’s version this isn’t QUITE it but it’s still a very, very good option and considerably better than Covergirl’s formula in my humblest.

It’s worth trying if you come across it at your local drugstore.

Do share your thoughts if you have tried it.

Revlon Photoready Prime Antishine

I purchased this item.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Carol

    I think I’ll try this. I wasn’t thrilled with the CG one and I’ve never tried the Mally one (too expensive for me) but I will give this a shot. I never thought to use it over makeup so that’s what I’ll do with this. Thanks for the review!

  • Bonnie S.

    Muse, maybe it’s me but I just don’t understand how one would apply this over foundation and blush without wiping the foundation and blush off. I mean, you use a sponge to apply the balm, no? Please explain because I really want to try one of these balms, I’ll probably try the ELF one. I did once own Dr. Feelgood, as I have oily skin and I thought it would help, but to be honest I never figured out how to use it so I tossed it. Now I want to revisit the whole balm thing again, maybe I’ve been missing out. Thanks.

    • Isabella Muse

      You simply swipe the sponge on the balm and gently swipe on your face Bonnie. There isn’t any special trick. Some of your blush/foundation will pop up on the sponge but it’s nothing dramatic, you aren’t doing it rough enough to remove makeup, you want to gently swipe it across your face. Hope this helps!?

    • Susan K

      Bonnie I use Mallys version and simply press it in/on with the sponge. Like you would when cleaning a spill on carpet, you don’t rub but “sponge” the stain out. Also I would recommend skipping the cheaper versions and just get the Mally one. It really is the best and does a great job!

      • Isabella Muse

        i agree mally’s is fabulous! I typically smooth it gently on and that works great. I see some transfer but not a ton 🙂 excellent recommendation for pressing it on, gotta try that!

    • Caroline

      I find that it helps to sort of stipple the product on with the sponge (rather than swiping it across the face). I haven’t tried this product yet, but that trick seems to work for me with the Mally version. 🙂 I hope this helps!

  • Bonnie S.

    Thanks for the answers. I’d love to try Mally’s based on your recommendations but I have never seen Mally’s sold anywhere in Canada.

  • Dee

    I’ve been waiting for this review! I love Mally’s but if there is a less expensive version I’m all for it. I put Mally’s on over my make up too so good to know this one works the same way. Thanks!

  • Fancie

    I want to try this! It sounds really nice and I’ve never tried a mattifying balm before. I hope I like it too!

  • Jen

    Hi Muse,

    You don’t have to publish this comment, but I just wanted to let you know that I was googling reviews on this Revlon Balm and a YouTube video popped up in the search results, and when I watched it, I realized that someone had ripped off your review word for word plus your photos and posted it as a slideshow. Here’s the link in case you want to have it removed.

    I’m a longtime reader of your blog and I love it! Keep up the great work. 🙂


    • Isabella Muse

      crazy thanks jen! just filed a report. Unreal! thank you for telling me appreciate it!

  • Faye

    Hey Muse! I’ve been reading your blog for a while, and this is my first time commenting 🙂 I bought the Mally balm a few months ago, but I can’t quite figure out how to make it work for me, because my skin seems like it’s really dry, even when it’s a little shiny. Somehow, every time I use this on my nose, at first it looks great, and then in a minute or two, it makes my nose look really dry, almost flaky. On the rest of my face, it’s fine. Have you had this problem on your dry skin? Any tips? I really want to make it work, because even though my skin is dry I have pretty large pores, especially on my nose.

    • Isabella Muse

      hi faye nice to meet you! sounds like you might be experiencing pilling (where it rolls off off your skin in little balls of flakes). You might wanna prep prior to using this or your foundation with something a moisturizing primer that’s silicone free (korres has a nice cone free primer)! I typically prep well with a moist primer prior to foundation/concealer and this eases the way to finish my look with Mally’s Defender. Hope this helps!?

      • Faye

        Hey Muse, nice to meet you too! Yeah, I think you might be right. Any time I use anything “mattifying” on my face I need to counteract it by moisturizing heavily… which is why I haven’t gotten much use of my Mally face defender, but I might try that and see if I like the effect. The stuff definitely does what it says it will do, but most of the time I guess it’s not what I need! It took me a while to realize my skin is on the dryer side. So when I first got into makeup, I bought lots of skin products for oily skin.

        Anyway, I love your face product reviews because it sounds like you have similar skin to mine, and it’s nice to see reviews that cater to dryer skin! So far my first and only wearable foundation has been MAC face and body, and I really like the way it blends into the dryer parts of my skin 🙂

        • Isabella Muse

          🙂 hi again faye. Yup, same here! I’m dry so anything matte pills on me or sticks to my drier areas. I typically apply korres primer prior to applying my makeup, it adds nice moisture and the mally ends up finishing my look without pilling or clinging to drier areas. 🙂 you should try BB Creams, they are fab for us drier skin girls!

          • Faye

            thanks for the primer suggestion! I have Mally’s, but again, it’s kind of mattifying! 😉 And yes, I’m all about less coverage so bb creams are probably the best solution for me. 🙂 Thanks for replying!

          • Isabella Muse

            my pleasure! 😀 let me know how you do with the Mally Face Defender after primer!

  • rawortley

    I hate these balm versions…they take my makeup off. Its to wet and creamy and nothing like mallys version. The only good I’ve gotten from any creamy version I’ve bought and I have bought a couple hoping for a cheaper mallys is the covergirl bronze one without the shimmer….added some tough as taupe cream eyeshadow and made a nice contour color….

  • Cat

    My makeup drawer mostly consists of Maybelline products but I am absolutely IN LOVE with this product! My skin is dry in the morning but becomes visibly oily later in the afternoon. The anti-shine keeps my face matted all day. I haven’t had problems using it either over or under makeup but I also haven’t noticed any difference. The sponge does show evidence of foundation and blush afterwards but I don’t see a visible difference after application.

  • amber

    I love love love it over my makeup especially is I use powder to contour cause I’m in a hurry, glide this over my powder blush, highlight, contour, and even foundation that looks cakey and it literally makes everything so smooth, it blurs it into utterly perfection. I haven’t fallen in love with a product this hard in a long long time..

  • Melissa

    I’ve used the Maybelline Magic base and the maybelline Fit Me stick and really like them. Tried a Revlon liquid make up and the scent was so bad I had to get rid of it. It hadn’t turned rancid or anything, I just didn’t like it. Makes me hesitant to try any more Revlon. Any scent to this? Are all Revlon products scented because I seem to remember a pretty red lipstick that was too.

    Thanks, Melissa

    • Isabella Muse

      No scent to this that I noticed. Love is On, the red lipstick you are probably talking about smells awful!