Revlon has come up with interesting releases this year. I have already reviewed the Nearly Naked Foundation and PhotoReady Suede Lipstick, it’s now the PhotoReady Primer + Shadow kit’s turn, as advertised by the always gorgeous Halle Berry. (FYI: I would buy anything that has Halle Berry’s face on. She’s just gorgeous)
Each Revlon PhotoReady Primer + Shadow kit includes a lid smoothing primer, three expertly coordinated shadows that can be used wet or dry, and a sparkle top coat to give eyes added flare. The palette is designed to take the guess work out of application, with a unique ‘eye shape’ layout and suggested ‘How To’ on the back of each package. But the possibilities for looks are endless, remember this is makeup – have fun with it! Revlon PhotoReady™ Primer + Shadow are available in eight professional palettes that range from neutrals to bold pops of colour.
I purchased the palette in Metropolitan and had mixed feelings about it, until I figured something out. What’s that something, you ask? Read on!
First of all, the colors in the 8 palettes are really pretty. I chose Metropolitan – even though it wasn’t the most exciting one – just because I figured it would be easy to incorporate it into my daily make up routine so that I would be able to test and review it quickly (I’m trying to streamline my makeup testing the best I can lol)
Before I talk about the actual eyeshadows, let me talk about the primer. In the palette it really looks like an additional eyeshadow shade. And a pretty one at that. Instead of a primer, I would refer to it as a long-lasting base. Plus, its color allows the other eyeshadow colors to pop when layered on top of it. It has a velvety powder texture and even has some glitter into it. It does not have a creamy texture as one would expect from a primer. So I was initially confused by that. The “primer” did allow for a longer wear; nothing extreme but I’m thinking that it must have helped a little because it is heavier that the eyeshadow and has more coverage. I still experienced creasing after around 5 to 6 hours which shouldn’t happen with a real “primer”. So in my opinion, it is more of a base than a primer.
Now on to the eyeshadows. According to Revlon, you can use them wet or dry. I initially only used them dry and when used dry, they did nothing for me. I found them powdery, had a ton of fallout (especially the glittery ones) and had poor pigmentation. And here’s that something I figured out. Use them wet. And only wet. Because when wet they are great. Pigmentation goes through the roof, application becomes easy and no more fallout!
So if only intended to be used wet, then I like this palette. If used dry, I don’t think it is worth the investment. But since I don’t have a problem with the idea of having to use a foundation wet (wetting the brushes with my Evian Mineral Water Spray) , I know I will be picking up the Bohemian palette for instance, because the color combo is really pretty.
One last thing: I did not use the color in the “order” intended. The brown worked best for my crease, so I inverted the colors.
So, overall, it’s a worth a try but do not expect a life-changing experience! If used wet and with an actual primer underneath, this is an acceptable palette.
It costs 12.95$ which is quite expensive when compared to other drugstore palettes or even with UK brands like MUA or Sleek Makeup that sell fabulous large palettes for around the same price. (I own a few of them and actually should get around to reviewing them…I promise to do so soon) In the mean time, I will be getting Bohemian soon. Let me know what you think!