Revlon PhotoReady Concealer

Hi all,

Today I am back with a review of the Revlon PhotoReady Concealer!

Recently, I was at Chemist Warehouse and I noticed that Revlon was 50% off. Now, I usually don’t even look at Revlon products because in Australia I find them to be overpriced and a bit boring – both formula wise and packaging wise. Nothing really stands out for me and compared to other products on the market, they haven’t ever really caught my eye. But because it was 50% off, I thought I’d at least have a look.

I came across this concealer called the Revlon PhotoReady Concealer. Now usually, I would go running in the other direction at the first sight of this. Why? Because it’s a stick concealer. Yep, a stick concealer, and no, this isn’t 1998. Stick products (for some reason) have made a huge comeback this year with more and more companies making them creamier and more flawless than that horrible 90s trend. Whilst I can’t say I’m on board with this comeback in any way, I thought I would keep an open mind with this particular concealer. What really sold it to me was not only that it was 50% off, but also the fact that famous YouTuber Tati Westbrook had once mentioned that this concealer was a favourite of hers. I love Tati and I watch her videos all the time so I thought I would give this concealer a go whilst it was 50% off.

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So I bought the shade medium and I have been trying it out over the last week or so and I can’t say I love it (sorry Tati!). Let me summarise what I like and don’t like about it:

Pros:

  • Creamy formula
  • Not too thick
  • Glides on and blends out easily
  • Convenient packaging

Cons:

  • The formula is creamy and thick, which made me expect that the coverage would be medium to full. Instead, it is a sheer to light coverage on me and I find that it hardly covers any of my dark circles! It does very little to actually conceal anything. I find my Fit Me concealer by Maybelline to do a much better job at covering dark circles than this.
  • Can look cakey after prolonged wear. Settles into fine lines easily.
  • Is obvious that you are wearing makeup.
  • Limited colour selection (at least in Australia). There are only 3 shades – light, light-medium and medium. Does not cater for darker skin tones in AUS.

 

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SWATCH: Revlon PhotoReady Concealer in the shade Medium. Left side is blended out and right is a unblended.

 

Overall, this concealer was a miss for me and I will not be repurchasing. It may be better suited to girls starting out with makeup because it is light coverage, easy to apply and shouldn’t be an issue on young girls with no fine lines under the eyes.

Love,

Mano xx

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NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer/Maybelline FitMe

Okay unpopular opinion coming up – brace yourselves – I am not a fan of the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. Before you shoot me down and hate me, let me explain why. I don’t hate everything about this concealer, just some things. Overall, I think I just have a love-hate relationship with this product.

Let’s start with the good. This concealer has been a cult favourite for such a long time now so naturally, I had to try it. My shade is Custard, although Ginger would probably be fine on my skin tone too. I think NARS offers a great shade range that is inclusive of nearly all skin tones, which is great. Custard is a beautiful shade itself.

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The Maybelline FitMe Concealer and the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

The concealer is pretty thick, but not too thick and goopy. It has a smooth finish and pretty good coverage, definitely buildable to full, but building it up does run the risk of it looking cakey. So what do I like this concealer for? Well because it has such good coverage and it blends out so well, I really like to use it to spot conceal any blemishes I have. It covers them well and doesn’t fade much throughout the day especially if I set the area. For spot concealing, it is my favourite and go to concealer – it covers EVERYTHING. The consistency is perfect for it and it ends up blending in so well it just looks like skin.

Okay, so now onto what I don’t like about this concealer. My only beef with this is that the formula is SO DRYING. I have oily skin, but my under eyes are unfortunately the slightest bit dry with texture and fine lines. I know, it sucks. Whilst the concealer does a good job at covering and dark circles – because the formula is so dry – it ends up look cakey, dry and it settles into fine lines causing them to be exaggerated, which makes me look so much older than I am. For this reason, I cannot stand putting it under my eyes!

So I guess I’m in the middle – I love it for spot concealing and I hate it as an under eye concealer.

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Left: the NARS concealer in the shade Custard, Right: The Maybelline FitMe in the shade 20 Sand

A lot of people like to compare the Maybelline FitMe Concealer to the NARS one, but I personally think they’re pretty different. The formula is quite different – the NARS one is thick and dry, whereas the Maybelline one is thinner and more liquid-y I suppose. I like the Maybelline one because of this reason – it’s more hydrating under the eyes and that means it doesn’t settle into fine lines or make the under eyes look aged. However, it definitely has less coverage than the NARS concealer because of the difference in formula. The finish is similar, but overall less drying. Personally, I wouldn’t call these a dupe because the formula is so different. Having said that, I do love the Maybelline FitMe as a good everyday under eye concealer – it’s quick, easy to use, blends beautifully and seamlessly into the skin. I don’t really like this as a spot concealer though. My shade in this concealer is 20 Sand.

What are your thoughts on these concealers? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

Love,
Mano xx