Makeup does not always have to be expensive yet it does not have to be discounted either. I’ve always believed that if you care enough for your skin, it will reward you with the kind of benefits you were aiming for it to have. This also explains why I don’t have a problem shelling out more money to buy this latest cult favorite foundation of many a beauty blogger.

Review: Revlon Photoready Foundation with SPF20 in Nude | InstyleCebu Fashion and Beauty Blog

Revlon PhotoReady Foundation P995

Revlon PhotoReady™ Makeup – for poreless, airbrushed skin in any light. Photochromatic pigments bend and reflect light to erase every flaw. Complete, yet undetectable coverage. Soft, luminous finish.

– Oil free
– Fragrance free
– SPF 20

Why I love it:

– dewy glow
– hello, SPF!
– super light you feel like you have no makeup/foundation on
– non-greasy
– buildable
– has sunscreen
– water based
– it hardly gives you that copy and paste look (when your face is lighter than your arms)
– it has a pump for easy application and control
– up to 6 hours stay-on power
– no breakout
– great packaging although the glass is scary if you drop it

Why I slightly don’t like it: (see I’m kind!)

– weird smell
– too translucent on first application
– it doesn’t stay on well on the TZONE areas where I have more oil
– it only has eight shades
– they don’t have different formulas for different skin types like the Revlon Colorstay does
– skin would look shimmery if you have oily skin
– ingredients’ titanium dioxide and zinc oxide in foundations with SPF make you look pale when the camera light reflects on your face

See this swatch (above)? The label “with Revlon’s Photoready Foundation” looks pale-ish and chalky. But I guess this is because I took this photo with flash.

A recent photo of me wearing Revlon’s Photoready Foundation in Nude during my friend Yves Camingue’s fashion show in FORMO. See how it makes your tzone look oily? It is not really oily at all. After how many hours in humid temperature, it doesn’t cake at all or settle in fine lines.

Eyes: Clarins Eyebrow Liner in 01 Dark Brown, Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow Quad for highlighting brows, Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner, L’Oreal LE Kohl Pencil Smooth Defining Eyeliner in Carbon Black, Clinique Lash Power Mascara Face: Revlon Photoready Foundation in Nude, Shu Uemura Face powder, Cheeks: Ulta Bronzer, Lips: Marykay Creme Lipstick in Sunburst


– Dry Skin types
– heavy on day wear
– light coverage on nighttime and clubs (where laser lights reflect on your face)
– use Revlon Photoready Translucent Finisher

Should I buy again? Yes! But with a darker shade this time particularly Revlon Photoready Foundation in Medium Beige. Revlon’s Photoready has 8 shades and Nude borders on being too light. When applying Photoready, try to stipple it with a flat foundation brush. Buff for a flawless finish — just enough for your look to not look so matte.

Where to buy:

Metro Ayala
Watsons Ayala
Watsons SM Northwing
SM Department Store
Robinson’s Department Store
Watsons Parkmall

Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Then again, it all boils down to your preferences – whether you want lighter or heavier coverage, whether you like to look dewy or you like to appear matte-like. When foundation is “buildable”, it normally refers to heavier applications until you get your desired full coverage. Revlon’s Photoready is super light and I’m really not too keen on putting on more just to have heavier coverage. Considering I have a combination oily and dry skin, a shiny and dewy face doesn’t always apply to all occasions! Some friends like Revlon’s ColorStay Foundation better because of the smell and coverage. Because ColorStay has a matte finish, I think I would also want to try that look. What do you think?

I don’t advice users to set Revlon’s Photoready with powder because it will look matte and will totally defeat the purpose of looking airbrushed. Unless you wanted a matte finish, you can always use ColorStay. Should you not want to have shimmery face all over, you can opt to use highlighter on top of Revlon’s Photoready Foundation and only apply to areas you wanted to glow such as the tzone and cheeks areas. To be fair, you do have that “airbrushed” look on your face. It totally gave a new meaning to the phrase, “Faking it”.