Product Review: Revlon PhotoReady Translucent Finisher *UPDATE 1.8.2012

Revlon PhotoReady Translucent Finisher, 7.1g, about CAD$14 at Walmart
Revlon PhotoReady Translucent Finisher, 7.1g, about CAD$14 at Walmart

Have you ever researched a product’s user reviews, read mostly negative ones, but thought maybe it would work for you despite the bad reviews anyway? And believe me, I had really wanted to like this – Revlon is listed as a cruelty free brand on PETA, and its very affordable price. What could go wrong?

Well, the masses have spoken. This product has a rating of 2.5 out of 5 on, mostly scathing reviews by the way. But I went ahead and wasted CAD$14 at Walmart anyway. I thought I only needed a no color sheer powder, why spend another US$42 on a jar of Koh Gen Do which I used up so quickly (due to the very big sifting holes…quite a conspiracy to get you to use a lot every time!)?

Here are all that are wrong in this product – let me count the ways:

All That Glitter

Ah…the glitter. This isn’t just shimmery; you can see the glitter on the powder itself. The specks are very noticeable – too big and too much of them. I don’t mind shimmer in a luminizer (I love LORAC’s in Spotlight), but not in a setting powder.

The Packaging

This is the most idiotic compact I have ever owned. It’s very hard to open. And the little brush? It’s beneath useless. Sure, you can’t expect the makeup applicators that come with the makeup to be really functional (except the Shiseido or many Japanese and Korean makeup); but because of the odd size of the slot for that horrible, unusable brush, you can’t even find a little sponge or flat brush to fit in that slot. The compact itself is big and clunky, making it so inconvenient for travel, and the compact itself isn’t even a nice looking one.

Flour Bomb

I don’t think any woman would want to walk out her front door looking like a bag of white flour just exploded in her face. This is basically what it looks like. You would be surprised how many so-called translucent powders actually look so white! (Even Koh Gen Do’s can look a little white if you are not careful) Unless you are Nicole Kidman fair, this powder will look very chalky and white on you, and it’s super drying.  And those sparkles don’t help. I feel like Peter Pan telling me, “You aren’t Tinker Bell, so lay off the pixie dust!”

Bottom Line

Unless you have super fair and somewhat oily skin, avoid this product like the plague.

UPDATE: 1.8.2012

I have tried hard to work this as a setting powder, but the glitter is too big, and it’s too white. So I used this as a highlighter to tone down powders that are slightly too dark on my skin; but only on small areas at a time. If your skin is dry this will accentuate the dryness. It’s a bad powder through and through, but I am in a charitable mood and don’t want to dump this, so for now, it is used sparingly as a highlighter only. It will show up with flash photography so be light handed!


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