Face primers…normally I skip that step but as we’re moving to China where the climate is subtropical I decided I need to make sure my makeup will last longer. As in, much longer, I need it to be sweat- and action-proof. So I decided to look around for a good primer. And suddenly my eyes turned into the direction of Revlon. In France, Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer was marked as new so I was curious and decided to test it. As you can guess, this baby is mine now. Now, the important question is: is it any good?

Packaging and design: 9 out of 10.

Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer

The bottle is made of glass and is quite solid. The design is very simple and yet pretty. There is 0.91 fl.oz/27 ml of product in this primer, which is a standard size.

Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer

What I like is the pump: absolutely hygienic, easy to work with. But it can get stuck if you don’t use this primer every day: mine did as I haven’t used it for a week after opening. Luckily, it got de-stuck pretty easily (I just had to push harder).

Texture: 8 out of 10.

Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer

The texture is quite fine: I mean, it is obvious there are silicones in it but it’s not that bad as with other primers. It feels quite lightweight once applied and doesn’t clog pores, a huge advantage!

Ingredients:

Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer

I am not a big ingredients expert and the ingredients list is huge which means that well, yeah, this is not the most natural product. Which is fine, as the primers are there to make our faces look prettier, makeup last longer. And we need some chemistry for that! The ingredients list is rich in -cones and -xanes (=silicones), but as I said, they are there but you don’t feel them a lot on your face.

Now the most exciting part: the test! Here’s my bare face:

Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer

Here’s another picture, with my bare face and Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer applied next to each other so you can see it better:

Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer

I do see the difference! The primer covered my pores and made my face less shiny. Exactly what I’m looking for. For the actual test I decided to apply Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer on half of my face, the other half is without a primer. I decided this must be the best way to find out if it works or not! Here’s the before picture:

Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer

That day was a really crazy day, I did my makeup at 8 in the morning and then we went to Paris. We came back home at 23 pm and that’s when I took the second picture. So my makeup here is 15 hours old:

Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer

Actually I was pretty amazed when I was looking back at the photos. There’s a huge difference! The left side of my face is much neater, matter and there are almost no pores! I didn’t do any touch-ups that day by the way.

Overall opinion on Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer:

Frankly, when I bought this primer I was a bit skeptical. Because I always thought that makeup primers were overrated, that they either clogged the pores really badly or just didn’t do anything at all. I am so glad I was wrong! The result is visible: directly after application the pores are smoothened, the excess oils are gone and the face looks very neat. The best part is that it stays like that for the whole day long. A 15 hour effect, that’s great isn’t it? So yeah, I definitely recommend this!

Overall note: 9 out of 10.

Pros:

  • Mattifies, makes makeup last longer, erases pores
  • Price
  • Nice packaging
  • Will be good for any type of skin

Cons:

Frankly, there are none!

Price: in France approximately 15 euro.

Where you can buy it:

Boots