Revlon PhotoReady Powder in 020 Light/Medium

With the holiday season coming up, I know there are photos in my future. Last year, my grandmother died three days before Christmas while I was visiting my in-laws. Unfortunately, my mother-in-law still insisted on a family photo THAT DAY. I told her I didn’t want to be in it and she told me to just smile. Well, needless to say, that photo of me is horrible and I look terribly uncomfortable. Taking a photo where you’re expected to smile and finding out your grandma died just six hours earlier just doesn’t work. Not to mention I had been crying all day. I was a mess, and my makeup was a mess too. When I look at the picture, I immediately think, “my grandma died that day”, not “great family photo!”

Anyway, it’s no secret that everyone wants to look their best if being photographed. Walgreens has several items on clearance right now for some major bargains, including this pressed powder from Revlon.


Revlon PhotoReady™ Powder eliminates shine and evens skin tone. Photochromatic pigments bend, reflect and diffuse light to help erase flaws. A micro-refined ultra-lightweight texture with a soft, luminous finish.

My shade is Light/Medium. The powder is soft, but it is not as finely milled as Maybelline Dream Matte powder, with is my holy grail, go-to powder. There’s also small flecks of sparkle throughout, which will create shine.


On me, this powder does not last as long as Maybelline Dream Matte powder. I find myself touching up at least three times during the day. The problem with that is the powder tends to look cakey and obvious if too much is applied.

Here’s how it looks on my face in two different lights; the first is just indoor lighting with flash; the second is quite washed out since I was standing by a window and forgot to turn the flash off!

Here it is in natural light (near the same window); it looks really cakey here, yuck! I applied a light dusting with a fluffy Real Techniques powder brush and blended it as needed; there’s a brush that comes inside of this compact as well, but it’s scratchy and not very useful.

Another thing I don’t like and noticed in photos is that when flash is used, this powder creates very random highlights. Personally, I’ve found that I am not a fan of products that promise to give an all over highlighted look; I’d much rather apply highlights to specific parts of my face.

I’m going to test this out more with a different brush (maybe just use a powder puff). The full price of this powder is anywhere from $10-$14. Maybelline Dream Matte powder is $7 and this powder just doesn’t compare to it whatsoever, at least for me! I only paid $5 for this powder while it was on clearance at Walgreens. I don’t believe this is being discontinued, but I can’t be for certain on that, as I’ve seen it marked down at other stores as well. Either way, I don’t think I would purchase this again and will stick with my beloved Maybelline Dream Matte powder!

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