Revlon PhotoReady Insta-Fix SPF20 Foundation

Finding a foundation that is the right shade, is easy to apply, and affordable is no easy task, but I’ve found just that in the latest Revlon foundation—PhotoReady Insta-Fix that comes in a handy stick (6.8 g (0.24 oz). I’ve tried jars, bottles, tubes, and sticks, but the latter is my favorite because you can control where you want to apply (no waste), it’s easy to carry around (no spillages), is more hygienic (no messy lids to clean), and you can build up your coverage easily.

The foundation also has a useful SPF20 in it which is handy for those who forget to use a sunscreen, but isn’t a replacement for using it. There are nine shades currently to choose from:

  • Ivory
  • Vanilla
  • Shell
  • Nude
  • Natural Beige
  • Medium Beige
  • Golden Beige
  • Rich Ginger
  • Caramel

Priced at £9.99/ $14.99 for a tube, that’s affordable considering there are usually drugstore promotions on where you can buy one get one free or a 3 for 2 offer. The foundation uses light reflective technology, and the target audience is aimed at those who like to take selfies, and those who dislike the mess that liquid and cream foundations can make. There’s nothing worse than squeezing out too much from a tube, and then just having to wipe it away. The stick allows for easy control (you can apply more where necessary and build up coverage), and blends in quickly and easily without the need for a sponge or brush.

Rating and verdict


I’ll be honest in that I’ve never been a huge fan of Revlon foundation as I used to work opposite their counter for years, and the products were pretty average and didn’t last long. My friend had a hard time selling things as people regularly brought products back because the foundation had changed color, and that always stayed in my mind.  I don’t like their ads either that use celebrities gushing over their products—I simply don’t buy that the actresses on million dollar contracts that are airbrushed and photo shopped to death are genuine users. However, I always like to give products a chance and so I tested this is in a drugstore (plus I had a coupon to use up), and the coverage was pretty good, plus there was a shade that actually looked as if it would match! That’s always the first hurdle. This is currently my foundation of choice among those in my beauty drawer for a number of reasons.

  • The color stays true—where some foundations can change color after a while (when you sweat it changes the chemicals in the product), this one stayed true all day. I tried the shell shade, the light to medium neutral shade and it didn’t change; the color you see is the color you get!
  • The coverage is easy to adjust. You can apply this as a light layer for a natural look, or add more layers for a more finished appearance.
  • It has staying power, even in humid temperatures. I was happily surprised to see that my foundation had stayed put all day despite it being a hot and humid day.

The foundation leaves a semi-matte finish which is my preferred choice, as you can add a highlighter if you want a dewy look, or a matte powder for a smoother matte finish. Versatility is important in a foundation, and this product offers that. It’s also a handy concealer stick, and so has a dual function, and is good for retouches if you need it. I never actually needed to retouch, and the coverage stayed true and didn’t go patchy.

I do recommend either using a primer beforehand if you have uneven skin, or to apply it immediately after moisturizing as the foundation can be a little difficult to blend in otherwise because this formula is non greasy unlike some other cheaper stick foundations on the market. Alternatively apply a very fine layer of moisturizer before applying if you have combination or dry skin.

Overall, this a foundation to rival some premium brands in terms of coverage and staying power and at a fraction of the price and is worth trying if you tend to touch up throughout the day, hate using sponges to blend, or are on the go and need a light and portable product.

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