June 20, 2017

Revlon PhotoReady Pore Reducing Primer Review & Swatches

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

Revlon Photo Ready Pore Reducing Primer ($12.99) is one of two new facial primer formulas that Revlon introduced permanently into the Photo Ready Collection. You already know from my past reviews that I absolutely love the original Revlon Photo Ready Primer and consider it as holy grail material. It’s a beautifully textured primer that has a creamy consistency that doesn’t have the cloying silicone feel I hate so much in primers like Smashbox Photo Finish.

Since it launched it’s been a staple part of my daily routine which is why I was happy to hear that Revlon was extending the collection with two new formulas. Revlon Photo Ready Pore Reducing Primer probably isn’t the perfect formula for me since I do not have visible pores (aside from the ones that dot my nose) but I decided I wanted to try it none the less.

Let’s take a look!

Considering Revlon is repromoting the original primer formula with the two newest I have hopes that nothing changed. Why? Because I really don’t love the Pore Reducing Primer’s texture and I hope they didn’t go and reformulated the original version to be anything like this. Fingers crossed.

Revlon houses this in a glass pump jar that’s 0.91 oz in size and will set you back $13 or so bucks at the drugstore. The pumpe works very well and distrubtes just the right amount of product out without struggling with it or over doing things.

The Pore Reducing Primer was created to minimize the appearance of pores and give skin a smooth, matte finish. The original formula was a pearlish shade where as this is an pearlish peach that contains no glitter or shimmer and applies transparently. I think the texture is considerably different compared to the thicker, creamier texture of the original. This is a little thinner and it feels more like a silicone primer which could by why I didn’t like it. During the application I felt like it was dragging around my face versus absorbing easily the way the original formula did. It did do a good job filling and blurring the appearance of the smaller pores on my nose and left behind a satiny finish that could tame some oil but wouldn’t completely eliminate shine or keep skin matte for an entire day. I think I didn’t like it because I could “feel” it on my skin, it’s not heavy but it’s also doesn’t have a texture that sinks right in so, it just sits on top of skin. Not to mention it seemed to make me rather slick after a few hours which is odd for my drier skin.

I wouldn’t say it prolonged the wear of my foundation but it will create a nice barrier between skin and your makeup to create a smoother appearance however, it won’t completely fill larger pores or makeup them disappear completely.

I’m a little surprised. I went into this purchase thinking I’d absolutely love it since I had such great success with the original but sadly, this was a no go for me.

Hopefully nothing has changed with the original formula because that would be crushingly disappointing.

The new Revlon PhotoReady Pore Reducing Primer is available now at ulta.com and amazon.com.

Tried it?

Do share!

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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  • Cheryl

    Thank you for reviewing this! Alas, not sounding like a good, more affordable alternative to my beloved, but way too expensive for every day use, hourglass veil primer.

  • Dee

    I hope they haven’t changed the original formula! That product is my all time favorite.

  • Silvia

    I’ve heard silicone causes breakouts and so far the few primera I have tried have done exactly that. I only wear the tiniest bit on eyes to hold the eyeshadow. Not buying another!

  • Lori

    So, I totally came back to this post to say-after reading what you said about the original Photo Ready primer (and reading your original review of it), something told me to get it. I got it and WOW! HG status!! I love it!!