Recently I was looking for a pressed powder for a very specific purpose, travel. I’m starting to feel very confident with my skin and I like how it looks, so I’ve often been wearing just primer plus Pampered Puss very sheerly, or primer plus a loose finishing powder, such as Aromaleigh’s Ultra Resolution Finishing Powder. Now to simplify things for travel, I wanted a pressed powder plus my primer. I thought that Revlon PhotoReady Translucent Finisher might be a good choice.

The Website says:
Fragrance free
Oil free
Sheer, translucent universal shade to set makeup
Eliminates shine
Photochromatic pigments bend, reflect and diffuse light to erase flaws
Soft, luminous finish

The Package says:
Can be worn alone or over makeup
Using brush applicator, swirl into makeup and tap off excess before application
Apply over entire face, smoothing over forehead, nose, chin and jawline

The Ingredients are:
Mica, Bismuth Oxychloride, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Dimethicone, Nylon-12, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Polyethylene, Octyldodecyl Glycol Grapeseedate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Calcium Aluminium Borosilicate, Saccharomyces/Calcium Ferment, Saccharomyces/Zinc Ferment, Saccharomyces/Potassium Ferment, Saccharomyces/Iron Ferment, Saccharomyces/Copper Ferment, Saccharomyces/Magnesium Ferment, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Lauroyl Lysine, Dimethiconol, Methoxypropyl Gluconamide, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Lecithin, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Punica Granatum Extract, Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract, Nereocystis Luetkeana Extract, Laminaria Japonica, Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Extract, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Alumina, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid /- (CI 77019/Mica, CI 77491/CI 77492/CI 77499/iron Oxides, CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, CI 77193/Bismuth Oxychloride)

First off, the brush applicator that comes with this sucks. It applies the powder unevenly. I was able to get better results with a duo fiber brush and a kabuki brush. I don’t know why companies insist on putting crappy brushes in with their products. They could charge less and not include a brush, or charge the same and include more product. Either way, the brush was crappy and not worth attempting to use.

Second, I’m not sure that this is a universal shade. While I think it’s probably fine for paler people, I don’t know how well it would work on those of you with darker complexions. I think it might turn darker skin a bit ashy.

Third, I did feel like it would probably make a good highlighter because of the subtle shimmer in it. It’s got a nice, lumizing finish.

Fourth, I think it did an ok job at eliminating shine on my face. I did feel a bit oily towards the end of the day on my T-zone, which is where I’m always slightly oily.

Fifth, I don’t think it really blurred imperfections in my skin. If anything, I feel like it sort of accentuated my pores.

It didn’t have any discernable scent to my nose, which is fine, because I don’t tend to buy facial powders with a scent and a scent can be off-putting or irritating to skin. The powder didn’t irritate my skin at all.

This was taken in the daybulb.

This was taken with flash.

The packaging is slim and nice. I really like the looks of it and it fits nicely into a makeup back without taking up too much space.

I think I bought it for $9.99 at Target. There was a slight discount or sale with Revlon going on and I think it’s normally $11.99 for .25oz.

Would I buy it again?
I feel like the powder did an ok job, but I wasn’t wow’d by it. So while it is fragrance free, oil free, and has a luminous finish, it didn’t make me feel like it erased flaws and I don’t think it’s a universal shade. I think it did ok at eliminating shine, but not great. In my experience, it didn’t live up to all the claims it made, but it did live up to some of them.

I wouldn’t buy it again. It wasn’t what I was looking for in a pressed powder. I don’t feel like I looked awful wearing it, but I don’t feel like I looked fantastic, either. I feel like I just look ok.

What do you think? Have you tried Revlon PhotoReady Translucent Finisher? If so, did you like it?

Product was purchased by me. All opinions are my own.