I'm back with another review, for another foundation (BB cream?), also by Revlon! What can I say: I love a good drugstore foundation, and Revlon is one of the only ones who have yet to disappoint in that area.
I've tried a couple BB creams before, but they were always high-end, so like $30+. I just don't like having to spend that much money on something I'm not going to use everyday. Because when it comes to foundation, I tend to wear something medium coverage and long lasting like Revlon's Colorstay Foundation. BB Creams aren't usually more than light coverage, and generally not too long-lasting. But for a retail price of about $10.99, I figured this BB cream was a risk I could take.
That being said, I bought this product with some doubts but with an understanding of what this BB Cream was supposed to do, which, according to the Revlon website, is this:
-Hydrates like a moisturizer
-Smooths like a primer
-Covers like a foundation
-Blurs flaws like concealer
-Protects with SPF 30 like sunscreen
So how did this BB cream deliver? Click "Read More" below to find out!
For starters, say hello again to my bare skin:
Both images are bigger if you click on them! As you can see, I don't have a problem with acne, but I do have redness and big pores and weird discoloration.
This BB Cream comes in three shades: Light, Light/Medium and Medium. I chose light/medium. I really knew better than to choose that shade. I'm clearly light. But I'm in denial of my white skin, and this is supposed to be shade adjusting... so.... yeah. It was just a touch darker than my actual skin:
A really giant touch.
Me unable to conceal the fact that I knew I'd made a giant mistake on the shade selection. Whoops.
Application: It felt a little like a primer in the sense that it was thicker than a normal foundation, in my opinion. And despite being the wrong shade, it really did seem adjust and photograph just fine. If anything, if gave some warmth to my otherwise ghostly complexion.
Wear time: For me, it lasted relatively well six hours later. Some redness started to peek through, but it's not bad considering that this bb cream doesn't advertise that it's long lasting. Some days I noticed a little oxidation, where the foundation looked a little orange by six or so hours of wear, but I've found that if you make sure to rub the bb cream into your face well, and have a good face powder, that seems to help.
Does is hydrate? YES! Very much so. My skin is usually oily/combination but in the winter, it tends to be really dry for the first part of the day, but almost right away, this bb cream gives me really dewy skin that doesn't get too oily later. I don't see me wanting to wear this a lot in the summer because my skin is quite oily in the summer, but for right, this product is so great.
LOOK AT THAT DEWY SKIN!
Does it "cover like a foundation"? Not quite. It's about as much coverage as a tinted moisturizer, and even when I'm just going for sheer coverage, I still wear concealer with this bb cream.
Blur flaws? I guess. As you can see below, it decently evens out my redness. But I don't think this would do much for acne scars or serious hyper pigmentation.
And, as you can see, if I'm not careful, it settles in the pores on my nose in a yucky way. Also could mean it's time for a Biore strip though... :)
Protects like a sunscreen? With an SPF of 30, I sure hope so! That's quite a good SPF!
My verdict: If you've got dry skin and don't need a ton of coverage, this BB cream really might be for you. But if you've got oily skin at all, I'd stay away from this! It really is hydrating. And if you've got problem skin that needs a fuller coverage foundation, you won't be happy with the coverage of this. I will say, though, that after a few days of wearing this, my bare skin looked more beautiful than ever. It just looked so much more even and healthy, and it wasn't dried out to the max like it normally is in the winter. So this is my perfect daily go-to face product when I don't have somewhere where I really want to look flawless.
Revlon Photoready BB Cream can be found at most local drugstores and grocery stores for about $10.99!