Revlon PhotoReady BB Cream


The much anticipated (at least in my book) Revlon PhotoReady BB Cream finally arrived at drugstores this month.  As a fan of the ColorStay liquid and whipped foundations and the PhotoReady Perfecting Primer, I was eager for the launch of the brand’s first BB Cream.  I previously tried Smashbox Camera Ready BB cream and appreciate it for its multi-tasking properties as well as its almost medium coverage.  I wanted to purchase a tube, but decided to wait when I heard Revlon also had a BB cream on the way.

The packaging of Revlon’s BB cream is simple and hygienic holding 1 fluid ounce.

Revlon PhotoReady BB Cream tube


Some other BB Creams have a thinner consistency more reminiscent of a lotion or tinted moisturizer.  But Revlon PhotoReady BB Cream is in fact a cream.  It is thicker and less fluid but still blendable, best applied with hands or a dense face brush such as the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush.

Revlon PhotoReady BB Cream Swatch
Revlon PhotoReady BB Cream in Medium


Revlon’s BB Cream comes in three shades:  Light, Light/Medium, and Medium.  Unlike the liquid PhotoReady and ColorStay foundations, the shade range is very limited and will not work on a skin tone darker than NC 40.

After trying the new BB Cream for a week, I am unimpressed and rather disappointed by a brand who leads drugstore brands in high quality face products.

bare face
bare face

My skin is currently clearing up from a couple break outs.  My skin type is normal-combination, I have redness around my nose and dark undereye discoloration.  I have tried the BB Cream ten minutes after applying moisturizer (with and without SPF) and without moisturizer and my results remained the same.  I did not try it over a primer as one of its multi-tasking properties is supposed to be priming the skin.


wearing Revlon PhotoReady BB Cream in Medium
wearing Revlon PhotoReady BB Cream in Medium

The coverage given with a moderate amount of BB Cream is sheer.  While it makes my cheeks appear even, concealer is still necessary on a any redness and under my eyes.  The minimal coverage is expected from a BB Cream so the real let-down is the finished texture.  My skin appears very oily and small bumps on my forehead are accentuated.  Even with setting powder, I find it necessary to blot and powder every two (or less) hours.  Keep in mind that my skin is normal-combination.  There is no way anyone with combination or oily skin could successfully wear Revlon BB Cream unless they planned to incorporate a mattifier or maintain it every two hours.


Price:  $10.99

Availability:  drugstores

Summary:  With a very dewey finish, minimal coverage, and limited shade range, Revlon PhotoReady BB Cream will work best for dry to normal fair to medium skin.

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