Revlon Photoready BB Cream in Light-Medium Swatches and Review

Revlon Photoready BB Cream in Light Medium

Revlon Photoready BB Cream is new at drugstores now, and comes in three shades: Light, Light/Medium and Medium.

I had a coupon for Revlon whilst I was at CVS not too long ago so I decided what the hay, let’s try this one and see how it compares to all the other BB Creams I have tried lately. Let’s just say…it does not compare at all. And not in a good way.

So here’s the scoop on what this BB Cream says about itself. It hydrates like a moisturizer, smoothes like a primer, covers like a foundation, blurs flaws like concealer and protects with SPF 30 like sunscreen.


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Revlon Photoready BB Cream in Light Medium Swatch

So I picked the Light/Medium shade because Light looked a little too white for my yellow-toned skin. This looks a little orange and dark in the hand swatch above but it actually was pretty close to the correct shade for me once blended into my face.

Revlon Photoready BB Cream in Light Medium on me
Wearing Light/Medium over moisturizer (ignore the wacked out brows, they have been waxed into submission now!)

I have a few complaints about this BB Cream. Let’s go over what they claim and my experience.

Hydrates like a moisturizer: Ok well yes it hydrates but perhaps a little TOO much. It feels fine going on, if not a wee bit oily. You can see my skin is a bit shiny in the photo above and that’s right after I applied it. About 4 hours later I looked in the mirror and holy moly, it looked like I smeared lard on my face! Ok maybe not that bad, but it was really, really oily. And I have dry/normal skin to begin with so…perhaps this isn’t for those with oily skin!

Smoothes like a primer: So it does help blur pores like a primer would, which is probably the only thing I liked about it.

Covers like a foundation: No, no, no. This was the least amount of coverage I have ever gotten from a BB Cream. It was more akin to a tinted moisturizer. Even on areas where I tried applying more, it just didn’t really build up much.

Blurs flaw like concealer: Nope! Like I said the coverage is really light so it didn’t really blur any flaws or dark spots for me.

Protects with SPF 30 like sunscreen: Ok yeah, it does this.

It had no scent that I detected, which I guess is a bonus.

Overall: I would completely pass on this one. There are SO MANY BB Creams out there that are really good like this one, and this one, and this one, so I don’t know why anyone would want this one. And just to let you know, I have three more BB Creams on their way to me I will be testing, as well as a couple CC Creams (Color Correcting)!

Availability: CVS, Walgreens, etc.

Pricing: $10.99.

Have you tried this one and if so I am curious what you thought about it.


Note: Revlon is not cruelty free.

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  • January 31, 2013

    I’m leery of any American brand claiming to be a BB cream, as they all seem to miss the mark in one if not more of the Asian BB cream standards.
    LulubelleĀ“s last post…Empties! Products I Finished in December/JanuaryMy Profile

    • January 31, 2013

      Yeah that’s why I have 3 Asian BB Creams on the way to me! But Dr. Jart+ I have tried and LOVE.

      • January 31, 2013

        Dr Jart is Korean too šŸ˜‰

  • January 31, 2013

    I haven’t tried this one but honestly I haven’t tried many BB creams. I find they’re always too oily for my already slightly oily skin and they don’t give very good coverage. And, I kind of maybe sort of think they’re a bit gimmicky :)
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    • January 31, 2013

      Well they certainly are “trendy” right now, but some of them blow many foundations away for me. I prefer a medium coverage and love all the added benefits some have.

  • January 31, 2013

    The only BB cream I’ve ever used is from Missha, and to be honest, I don’t know if any of the state side BB creams could actually live up to that. Perhaps the higher end brands, but the drug store ones are iffy.

    • January 31, 2013

      I have that one on the way, can’t wait to try it!

  • January 31, 2013
    Katrina Wingers

    What do you think is the best drugstore brand bb cream? I’m interested in trying the bb cream that’s part of the new Drew Barrymore line.

    • January 31, 2013

      So far I think the only one I have tried is this one. Most drug store brands aren’t cruelty free in North America, so I don’t review them. Also right now I am testing the Physicians Formula BB powder one.

      • January 31, 2013
        Katrina Wingers

        Cool, thanks for trying all these out so we don’t all have to suffer from lard on our faces! I’m also excited to try the Tarte BB cream thanks to a $25 Sephora gift card. :-)

  • January 31, 2013

    I actually use this bb cream. Didn’t have a problem with oily side effects, which is strange because I tend to have oily skin. I also have a bit of redness on my cheeks, which it evened out quite a bit. Bummer it didn’t work for you!
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  • January 31, 2013

    I don’t like this one. I tried it in store and it’s like vanished on my skin. I expect BB cream to brighten up my skin tone and has some coverage but also not heavy.
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  • January 31, 2013

    I tried the tester (which was light-medium) on my hand, and it seemed quite nice, but too orange for me to buy. I really liked the texture though – I was disappointed in the color. It’s interesting that the color worked out for you but the formula didn’t at all.

  • January 31, 2013

    we need Koreans BB creams!

  • February 1, 2013

    So glad I didn’t pick this one up. I have oily skin to begin with so this would not work well for me. I’m a fan of the Skin 79 in the pink container. It’s nice and light which I love especially in the summer months.

  • February 1, 2013

    As a tinted moisturizer I really love this. I have very dry skin that is basically always red. This keeps me hydrated and takes the red away which is fine by me since I tend to not wear foundation. This will be my summer go to product. (My skin is a hot mess and the more I try to cover it the more ridic it looks) As for actual BB cream I want to sing on mountaintops about my gold skin79, that stuff is amazing.

    • February 2, 2013

      I have Skin79 on the way to me now! Can’t wait to try it out.