For today's review though, I'll be sharing a primer that is fairly straightforward for even the lowest maintenance people out there.
The Revlon Photoready Prime + Antishine Primer is a clear, balm-like primer that is designed to do just three things: provide a long-lasting base for makeup, create a silky surface on your skin and give it a velvety matte finish. Unlike most primers, which are liquids, the Photoready Prime + Antishine is a clear balm, so there's no worries about color matching or spillage when traveling, and it comes in a slim compact for easy touch-ups on the go. Designed to be worn underneath or over makeup, you could even wear it solo for a minimal, put-together look.
- Dimethicone - a silicone that is widely used in makeup and beauty products as an emollient and for its ability to combat redness, moisture loss and for creating a silky seal on top of skin
- Talc - a natural mineral that absorbs oil and shine
- Vinyl dimethicone/methicone silsesquioxane crosspolymer - a silicone blend that thickens products
- Silica - a natural mineral that absorbs oil and gives skin a matte finish
If you're not a fan of silicone based primers, then run away now. The Photoready Prime + Antishine contains a lot of silicones and oil absorbing ingredients, similar to most other mattifying primers. While there's nothing wrong with silicones health-wise, some people may be sensitive to them and since their purpose is to create a protective, matte layer on your skin, that will have the effect of not letting your skin breathe or able to absorb other beneficial ingredients.
Price & Packaging
The Photoready Prime + Antishine sells for around $18 at drugstores. I'm not sure how much product is in each compact, but the compact is quite slim and about the length of my hand, so if you used this quite heavily, you might run out fairly quickly. The compact itself is made of plastic with a clear lid. I'm already cringing every time I open it as I'm positive that eventually the lid will just crack off as all my cheap plastic compacts do.
Inside, the compact is split between the primer itself and a similarly sized sponge. The bottom also is open with a little grid pattern to allow air I suppose to hit the sponge - perhaps to reduce bacteria growth? While I like the sponge and balm format, I do wish Revlon had invested in more luxurious packaging. Would it have been too much to ask for a regular pressed powder style compact with a mirror?
To use the Photoready Prime + Antishine, simply swipe your trusty sponge along the surface and then across your skin wherever you need it. If I'm wearing a full face of makeup, I like to apply this over my whole face, but for normal days I'll just apply it to my forehead, upper lip and nose; basically wherever I get the oilies.
The Photoready Prime + Antishine applies silky smooth thanks to all the silicones and right away you can tell the difference between my primed and non-primed skin; the primed areas become instantly matte and have a very silky, velvety texture.
In terms of whether it helped my foundation apply better or last longer, I haven't noticed any differences. What is noticeable is that this primer does a great job of holding off my dreaded afternoon oil slick. Yes, my face is still "glowy" by the end of the work day, but it's not nearly as bad as it normally is where I easily soak through my blotting paper.
One thing to note is that you do want to swipe pretty hard on the balm with your sponge to get a good amount of product. While that might seem annoying, I actually love this method of application as it guarantees the thinnest layer of primer as possible. I'm always paranoid about clogging my pores with silicones and liquid primers are much trickier to apply thinly, so this format was a total difference maker to me. I've been loving using this primer in conjunction with my Lise Watier Luminous Correcting Primer. I simply apply the Lise Watier primer wherever I have redness then apply the Photoready Prime + Antishine where I want to minimize shine. Both feel super lightweight and give my skin the flawless look I love.
Buy - the unique balm format ensures thin, flawless coverage that combats shine and oil all day long..