Revlon Photo Ready Powder

Are you a certified camera whore? Do you take pics of yourself in so many angles while trying to find the perfect lighting conditions? If so, you may need the Revlon Photo Ready Powder to help you along.

Light/medium looks dark in the pan, but applies light

This face powder promises to give your face a flawless finish under any light. Does it? The answer is yes, surprisingly. I've mentioned before that I'm not a huge believer when it comes to products that promise superlative results. The Photo Ready, however, delivers - with a few caveats.

What I like about this product

  • As promised, I get a flawless, even finish. This doesn't have much coverage, since it's designed to be a finishing slash anti-shine powder so it is best used on top of concealer and foundation. The end result is a matte face with a slight glow. Let me show you:

Dim indoor lighting

The shade I picked is too light on me, but you can see how it does the job. I used it with a Revlon Naturals Concealer and Ellana Mineral Foundation

In direct sunlight. Looks okay even though Light-Medium isn't my shade

  • The texture is fine and non-shimmery. I like that it's not chalky or powdery.
  • I only need a little to achieve the desired "photo ready" effect. No problems with it looking cakey.
  • Controls shine and oil well without the heaviness. I need to re-apply every 3-4 hours, which is pretty decent.
  • It's P950 in Revlon counters. Sounds steep, but powders that provide special "HD" effects like this are usually a lot more expensive. IMHO, the price is okay.

Compact is pretty big, with a mirror and a flat synthetic brush

What I don't like about this product

  • It broke me out. I still have the pimples. I don't think my skin is hiyang with Revlon, or I just haven't gotten used to it yet. If your skin loves Revlon, you're a lucky dawg!
  • Has a strong smell very similar to the Maybelline Clear Smooth powder (which also broke me out). I don't like it. Personal preference, because I know a lot of people who don't mind.
  • Useless brush. The brush included is more appropriate for blushes, not face powders. It doesn't make sense to put it in as an applicator, plus it unnecessarily ads space to the compact. I would have preferred a simple powder puff.


If you've got a special event or occasion where you need to look your best - say a wedding, debut, cocktail celebrations - I highly recommend this product. It will really help you look like you've got great skin in front of the camera, as shown above.

For daily use, however, you have to be more careful since it may clog your pores and cause pimples.


The Revlon Photo Ready Powder could have made it into my makeup routine if not for the fact that my skin doesn't jive with it. Nonetheless, if I've got something special to go to, I will most probably wear a thin layer since the finish and texture is really amazing. I hope you have better luck!