Excuse me for a moment… doing a little dance… Revlon Skinlights have made their comeback! That’s right, the throwback skin illuminating range has hit the shelves – again, with a small name revamp – and I for one am incredibly happy. There is a clear line between those who love or hate the Photoready range, you’re either one or the other, but if you happen to love everything it has to offer then you can dance along with me. Revlon Photoready Skinlights, I love you!
I recently picked up three shades from the Chemist Warehouse sale (half price!), and have been excited to do a quick FOTD, review and swatch, ever since. Does anyone else remember the originals? Am I correct in thinking there was a stick version too? Boy that takes me waaay back. Way. Way. Back.
Below: I lightly contoured my face using three skinlights shades
As it just so happens, I have a small arsenal of Revlon Photoready products in my drawer, so for the FOTD I thought it would be nice to combine them all. I wanted to keep the look as clean and fresh as possible, so I skipped all the extras – no blush, no eyeshadow, nothing. Here is what I used:
Primer - revlon photoready perfecting primer
Foundation – revlon photoready airbrush mousse makeup in natural beige
Concealer – MAC studio finish concealer NC40
Powder – revlon photoready powder in light medium
Mascara – maybelline the falsies
Eyeliner - maybelline eyestudio gel liner
Lipstick - maybelline color sensational vivids in shocking coral
Skinlights - revlon photoready in bare light, pink light, bronze light
There has to be a down side, right?
Yes it’s true. Skinlights won’t be for everyone. As with any highlighter or shimmer, it’s going to accentuate the texture of your skin. If you have large pores, fine lines or scarring, it’s bound to draw attention to it. That’s a bummer I know. Technically, these skin highlighters aren’t suitable for me either, as I have large pores, scarring and combination skin. But I’m not bothered and still love how it looks. A good primer and powder also helps.
The final verdict
The finish is very sheer and shimmery, and only a small amount is needed. If you’re applying it sparingly these will last you a very long time. A small dot is really all you need for one area. The longevity is so-so. On oily skin it will slide eventually, but the shimmer should last until you wash it off. It is not transfer proof unfortunately, so you will end up with light shimmer everywhere if you keep touching your face. That means hands off!
Price wise, it’s a tough call. As far as illuminators go, there are many options out there, so it’s not like you can’t get the same result elsewhere. I do think it is a little pricey for 30ml (the AUD price for most makeup in Australia is high in my opinion), but I’m a Revlon and Photoready fan so I was happy to give them a try.
As I said, you’re either going to love them or hate them. It really comes down to whether shimmer/glow is your thing. I love how fresh and bright my skin looks when I wear it, its 8 hours sleep in a bottle. I could live without the bronze light shade, but would definitely repurchase bare light as it is a great match to my skin. These are winners in my book, and I just can’t beat how beautiful and fresh my complexion looks. If Revlon discontinued the line again, I think I would secretly be a little sad.