Photo Finish: Revlon Photo Ready Foundation

I finally decided to guess at  my color and get the Revlon Photo Ready Foundation (Thanks Socialite Dreams for the reminder):

I figured that ‘Caramel’ was closest to me. The color before it was way too light, and the color after it was way too dark…

It has a pump! Love that.
It has a ‘smell’… like a new Barbie Doll (rubber). Don’t love that. It also looks like it might be a shade too light for me…

In person, the foundation matched my skin. But it photographed too light. What I think is that the undertones aren’t warm enough, and that the ‘light reflecting’ particles in this foundation can also work against you by reflecting too much back at the flash. People used to have similar problems with MAC Studio Tech (going waaaaaaaaaaay back). Not good.

The coverage for this foundation is medium. Not sheer, not full… but middle of the road. It’s buildable, but I found that building it caused it to go ashy on me.

Although this is an oil free formula likely better for oily skin types, it was a miss for me. I don’t like the smell, I don’t like the finish, and the color selection isn’t nearly as diverse as the Maybelline Fit Me line.

With that said, I’m packing up both and shipping them to my little sister. She’ll get much more use out of them than I ever will. I’ve done my duty with trying out drug store lines to be fair (because I tend to be partial to higher end foundations)… now I’m done for the time being. I will use any brand of makeup if it performs… but I tend to really invest in foundations. An eyeshadow can be primed, built, blended and corrected. I don’t like the idea of having to do all of that with a foundation. When you’re putting together a face of makeup… if the base isn’t right, the finished face won’t be right.