Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix Concealer Review | Stick concealers are back!

Okay maybe stick concealers never quite left, but for me, stick concealers are something I haven't used since high school when I first discovered foundation (and pimples). Sticks are perfect for people who want coverage, without any fuss or additional tools and modern sticks like the Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix Concealer are eons better than the ones from the 90's with new technology that eliminates that tell-take cakiness you used to get in a concealer stick.

Just J: Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix Concealer Review

The Product
New for 2015, the Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix Concealer creates an instant flawless look in an easy to use package. Simply glide the concealer stick over imperfections and blend to get photo ready skin. Special "light-filtering technology" gives skin an airbrushed finish, smoothing out pores and hiding blemishes for light to medium coverage. They also contain SPF 20, which is an awesome bonus!

The Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix Concealer comes in 9 distinct shades, two of which I received to test, but today's review covers 160 Medium Beige.

The Guts
The primary ingredients in this product are:
  • Titanium dioxide - commonly found in sunscreens, this ingredient provides sun protection as well as offers a whitening effect to skin
  • Zinc oxide - similar benefits as titanium dioxide
  • Dimethicone - a silicone that temporarily plumps up fine lines and provides a smooth even skin surface by creating a protective barrier
  • Isohexadecane - an emollient that gives skin a silky feeling

Just J: Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix Concealer Review

Price & Packaging
A single tube retails for around $10-15 depending on where you purchase it and is available in most drugstores. Nothing too interesting with the packaging here - it's your basic run-of-the-mill stick concealer with a clear lid that lets you peek at the color.

My go-to foundation offers fairly light coverage, so I was eager to try out this concealer to boost coverage on blemishes and hyper-pigmentation. The shade Medium Beige is slightly too dark for my skin as you'll see in the swatch, but when blended and topped with powder, it works and I think will be an even better match for my summer skin tone.

Just J: Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix Concealer swatches
Left: unblended | Right: lightly blended

To use, I simply patted the stick directly over my blemishes and then blended it out lightly with my fingers; applied this way, I get very good coverage that eliminates redness around blemishes. Oddly enough, this method doesn't work as well with scars or hyper-pigmentation and with those I have to apply the concealer using more of a regular swiping motion. Either way, the coverage is decent, but only lasts about 4-6 hours, probably due to the concealer getting rubbed away as I touch my face.

Although less cakey than concealers of the past, I still found this concealer to be rather thick and compared to the dewiness of my foundation, the finish was quite matte. When I switched to a more satin-matte foundation, this problem was alleviated. Overall, I think this is a pretty minor issue unless you're applying concealer to large swathes of your face or for under-eye circles where the cakiness will be exacerbated by your delicate eye area. As I was primarily using this around the mouth and chin area, it was fine as-is.

Final Verdict
Buy - a decent, no-fuss option for concealing minor blemishes. Not recommended for use as an under-eye concealer.

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