Illuminators, love them, keep buying them, even though I really have too many and probably don’t need them…
Hey, every one has their vices . . . you beauties have perhaps gathered what my many vices are.
This is probably why I put off buying the Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator for a while.
In the end, I caved and eventually got it in the shade Bare 001
Yes, it is the lightest shade and I’m a brown girl, the Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator in Bare light 100 is great for all skin tones, yes that’s right. Who would have thought, no?
It looks beige straight from the tube, but it’s neutral and not very opaque so it sheers out to a subtle shade of champagne gold.
When mixed with a medium coverage liquid foundation, I used the MAC Prolong wear foundation (NC40); it gives a beautiful natural radiance to the skin.
The finish is a healthy glow, no shimmer or sparkles in sight and it’s definitely not greasy.
I know of many women who wear illuminators over their bare face without a foundation and when I tried that, it did emphasize pores.
I also tried it mixed in with a little bit of with MAC Face and Body (C5) and while it still emphasized my pores, the glow was more intense, not in a bad way, in a pretty way.
So, if you want to use it with a tinted moisturizer, BB cream or any foundation with sheer-light coverage, you may want to keep this in mind.
In terms of spot highlighting, this leaves a pretty sheen that once again gives off a ‘barely there’ finish.
However, because the Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator is not very pigmented and a bit runny as compared to other illuminators I’ve used, I found it difficult to apply it as a spot highlight.
For testing purposes (I hate using my fingers to apply make up), I dabbed a tiny amount on the highest point of my cheekbones and tried to blend it in – but the foundation moved.
I then sprayed my face with MAC’s Fix plus and went back in with a small stippling brush and blended it in. This left a beautiful sheen. This was way too much time spent for me to get this to work for me.
You can set it with a translucent powder, not a coloured power because you will lose the radiance if you over powder your face.
This product does not wow me; I’m not jumping up and down to get it. I’m definitely not going to repurchase any of the other shades, (there are two others: Peach Light best for very light skin tones and Bronze light for bronzed tanned look or for darker complexions).
However, I will use it when I’m going for a ‘I woke up like this’ look or if my Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector is out of reach.
This product is best mixed with sheer-medium coverage foundation and is for someone who wants an all over natural radiance that is dewy and not OTT! Perfect for everyday wear.
Personally, I think there are better liquid illuminators (a review to a hum dinger to follow) out there.
That said, it is pretty and does a good but not great job.
It is a decent product. It is affordable and a little does go a long way.
It just doesn’t work for me or rock my boat. I mean, it was barely there . . .
Where to buy: Revlon counters across the country, www.takealot.com or spree.co.za
Price: Prices vary but are about R200 each for 30ml