Review: Revlon PhotoReady Candid Concealer

Hi friends!

It’s time for another review today, and now we’re going to deep-dive into the new Revlon PhotoReady Candid Concealer. This is a fairly new release from Revlon, and in addition to this concealer formula there’s also a foundation in the range as well. I saw this on a display in one of local CVS stores, and I just couldn’t help myself from picking it up; I love trying new concealers! I’m always searching for the perfect one, kinda like with mascaras.

I’ve been trialing this product in my routine since early(ish) December, so without further delay, let’s get started!

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

  • $9.99 for 0.34 fl. oz. @ Ulta
  • $6.99 for 0.34 fl. oz. @ Target

Ultra blendable, ultra buildable, and infused with caffeine for a built in pick-me-up.

Hides imperfections and under-eye circles with a seamless natural finish 18 medium, buildable, skin tone matching shades. 

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Back of the Revlon PhotoReady Candid Concealer showing shade & product benefits

PRODUCT BENEFITS

With: anti-pollution, antioxidant, anti-blue light ingredients

Without: oils, parabens, phthalates, synthetic dyes or fragrances

Available in skin tone balancing Banana shade

Suitable for sensitive skin

Flexible doe-foot applicator, for applying to delicate eye area

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HOW I APPLY THIS PRODUCT

If you’ve been following the blog for a while now you’ll know that I apply about 80% of my makeup with my fingers. This concealer is no different. So I use the applicator to dot 3 to 4 small circles under my eyes and into the dark inner corners. I also take this around the corners of my nose where I have redness & broken veins. I then gently tap & stipple the product into my skin with my index finger for maximum coverage. I find using sponges & brushes takes away too much coverage for my liking. I then always set my concealer with a small amount of the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder.

Revlon PhotoReady Candid Anti-Oxidant Concealer in Light/Pale

MY THOUGHTS ON PACKAGING

Like the Joah Beauty Truly Yours Full Cover Concealer, I think the packaging for this Revlon concealer is great. It’s small, lightweight and perfectly suited to throw in your makeup travel bag or your purse. The tube is a slightly squishy plastic and the cap unscrews to reveal a wide but curved doe-foot applicator that eventually tapers. I do find that the applicator holds a bit too much product, so I have to scrape it off along the sides. I’m not bothered by this at the moment because the product hasn’t managed to leak after I’ve reinserted the applicator and closed the tube.

Rating: 4/5 ⭐️

Read this: Review: Joah Beauty Truly Yours Full Cover Concealer

MY THOUGHTS ON APPLICATION

This applies very easily onto the skin without much tugging or pulling. I’d class the consistency as thin-to-medium in terms of thickness, and it definitely has a creaminess to it. A few taps of my finger and this is pretty much completely blended into my skin. I’ve never experienced any clinging or weird patches that won’t blend in. I like the shape of the doe-foot applicator purely because it nestles into the inner corner of the eye very pleasingly.

Rating: 5/5 ⭐️

Doe-foot applicator of Revlon PhotoReady Candid Concealer
Doe-foot applicator or Revlon PhotoReady Candid Concealer

MY THOUGHTS ON COVERAGE

Revlon has been quite direct with this product and literally printed the words Medium Coverage on the back, after listing the product benefits (refer to the photo above). I would absolutely agree with that claim. This is not going to completely erase every little imperfection on your skin, but it’s certainly going to cover redness & discoloration well enough. It’s got a very buildable consistency, which I personally love in a concealer. I always believe you should be able to tailor the amount of coverage to your liking with base products. Clearly though if you want really full coverage this concealer will not be satisfactory to you.

Rating: 5/5 ⭐️

MY THOUGHTS ON SHADE SELECTION

There are 18 shades available in this concealer range, which I think is great. Could it be even better? Absolutely. But it’s definitely a big improvement over other drugstore concealer ranges. Unfortunately though I picked the wrong shade for myself in this instance, whoops! The CVS I went to seemed to have a very limited shade selection, so I got Light. Normally I go for any shade called Fair or Porcelain. Light is definitely not light enough for me and it’s so incredibly yellow, wow! (I have a pink undertone.) But I can just make it work on myself since it blends in so seamlessly.

Rating: 4/5 ⭐️

Swatch of Revlon PhotoReady Candid Concealer in the shade Light

MY THOUGHTS ON LONGEVITY

This lasts on my dry skin quite well throughout the day without much fading, peeling or cracking. At the end of normal wear-time (my standard is about 9/10 hours), I still have coverage under my eyes so I’d say the longevity here is very good. Please keep in mind though thay I’ve only been trialing this during the coldness of winter, so I haven’t been exposed to any natural heat and/or humidity while wearing this product yet.

Rating: 5/5 ⭐️

MY THOUGHTS ON PRICE

So based on the prices I listed above, you can pick up this concealer for anywhere between $7.00-$10.00 depending on the retailer. For what Revlon is offering with this product, I think that’s a very fair drugstore price that I would happily pay again. However, if you wanted to get nitty-gritty about it, the Joah Beauty Truly Yours Full Cover Concealer (another buildable, medium coverage concealer) is only $6.50 for 0.53 oz. of product. (Remember, the Revlon is just 0.34 fl. oz.) However, Joah Beauty doesn’t offer nearly the amount of shades that Revlon does. So there’s definitely a trade-off.

Rating: 5/5 ⭐️

FINAL THOUGHTS

If you can’t tell already, I think this concealer is a hit! It ticks all the boxes for me: buildable coverage, creaminess, easy blendability, & longevity. Plus it’s drugstore! How can you go wrong?

Have you tried the Revlon PhotoReady Candid Concealer yet? What is your fave drugstore concealer? I’d love to know!

Xo, Erica

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Review: Joah Beauty Truly Yours Full Cover Concealer

Hi friends!

I’m back with my last review of the month. I can’t believe tomorrow is the first day of December; Christmas is just a few weeks away and then…2019 starts. Wow. But I digress. A few weeks ago I wrote about about my experience at the CVS “Beauty IRL” store in Connecticut (which you can read here) where I showed you my haul products, including the Truly Yours Full Cover Concealer from Joah Beauty. Well, I’ve been using this concealer ever since so I’m ready to share my thoughts & opinions with you now.

Let’s get started!

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

  • $6.50 for 0.53 oz. of product
  • Cruelty-free formulation

What imperfections? Prepare to look fabulous wearing our long-lasting concealer. Help your skin appear more youthful and say so long to discoloration, blemishes and dark circles. Available in 6 shades.

Source: joahbeauty.com

PRODUCT BENEFITS

Helps your skin appear more youthful and lets you say so long to discoloration, blemishes, scars and dark circles. Light weight and creamy texture is budgeproof, so anything you prefer to hide stays undercover all day.

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HOW I APPLY THIS PRODUCT

If you’ve been following the blog for a while now you’ll know that I apply about 80% of my makeup with my fingers. This concealer is no different. So I squeeze a small pea-sized amount onto the back of my hand, and dot about 3 to 4 dots under my eyes and into the dark inner corners. I then gently tap & stipple the product into my skin with my index finger for maximum coverage. I find using sponges & brushes takes away too much coverage for my liking. I then always set my concealer with a small amount of the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder.

MY THOUGHTS ON…

Packaging: This is a small squeezy tube that is extremely lightweight, so you can easily throw it in your purse or travel bag without much fuss at all. I find the little plastic nib very userfriendly since it gives you a lot of control over how much product comes out. Plus, I don’t mind using the back of my hand to hold product during the application process. Some people who are really into doe-foot applicators or wands may not like this method, but personally I find those wands can sometimes deposit too much product for my liking.

Rating: 5/5 ⭐️

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Application: I do agree with Joah Beauty’s description of this product in that it’s both lightweight & creamy. I find I can very easily tap this into my skin without much tugging or skipping. It also doesn’t cling to any dry patches or flakes on my skin, which is awesome. Right now my skin is quite dry from this frigid NY weather, so I need all the help I can get! Lastly, this can layer up well. When I want more coverage I can build up about 2 thin layers without getting a cakey effect.

Rating: 5/5 ⭐️

Coverage: While this is called a “full cover” product, I wouldn’t necessarily agree with that. I’d say this is medium coverage at best. Like I said above, you certainly can build up coverage where you want it, but if you buy this thinking you’re gonna get the same effect as, say, the Too Faced Born This Way MultiUse Sculpting Concealer or the NARS Creamy Concealer, you will be disappointed. Personally I often have both really-full coverage & medium coverage concealers in my collection at any given time, so I don’t mind lighter coverage when it suits me. But considering “full cover” is in the name and it doesn’t quite live up to that, I feel I have to dock some points.

Rating: 3.5/5 ⭐️

Shade Selection: If you read my brand overview post on Joah Beauty back in September, you may already know my complaint here. The shade selection is seriously lacking, to say the least, and sadly this is an issue across all of Joah’s complexion products. Just 6 shades? There’s no way everyone who wants to try this concealer will be able to fit into so few categories. Some drugstore brands have made strides to expand their shade offerings in the past few years, like CoverGirl & L’Oreal for example, but it’s still largely a problem. For a brand that launched in 2018, I would expect Joah to do better.

Since I’m so pale I usually get the lightest shade in any range, although the undertone is usually all wrong. That’s the case with this concealer too; the shade Porcelain is light enough but very yellow in opinion. I can still make it work though.

Rating: 2/5 ⭐️

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Longevity: This concealer lasts quite well on me without much fading, flaking or cracking. For reference, I usually wear this for 9 or 10 hours at a stretch. But do keep in mind three things: 1) I have dry skin naturally, 2) I’m not piling on lots of product to begin with, and 3) I’ve only tested this in cool, dry weather. So I have no idea how this product would stand up to heat and humidity.

Rating: 5/5 ⭐️

Price: At $6.50 for 0.53 oz. of product that applies well, blends well, & sits well on my skin, I think this concealer is a great price. Let’s quickly compare that to some other well-known drugstore concealers. The Maybelline Fit Me Concealer is slightly more expensive for a lot less product ($6.99 for 0.23 oz.). The Wet nWild Photo Focus Concealer is less expensive for less product ($3.99 for 0.29 oz). And the L’Oréal Infallible Pro Glow Concealer is a lot more expensive for the least amount of product of any item mentioned here ($9.99 for 0.21 oz.). You get the picture, I’m sure 😉.

Rating: 5/5 ⭐️

FINAL THOUGHTS

If you can use one of the 6 shades they offer and you don’t mind medium coverage (even though the packaging says full cover), then I think you’ll really like this concealer. It’s really easy to apply and to wear and the price is very competitive at the drugstore level. I particularly love how lightweight & hydrating it is, and I will definitely get more use out of it. I just hope they expand their shade range in the future to offer more skin tones & undertones.

Have you tried anything from Joah yet? Which affordable concealers are you loving right now? I’d love to know!

Shop the Joah Beauty Truly Yours Full Cover Concealer here.

xo, Erica

Read my brand overview post on Joah Beauty here.

Read my CVS haul post featuring the Truly Yours Full Cover Concealer here.

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Review: Too Faced Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer

I was recently in the market for a new concealer as both my Tarte Shape Tape and Maybelline Fit Me had seen better days. I have a “1-in-1-out” policy with my makeup collection: if I add a new item I have to let another go. It’s how I prefer to control my makeup stash. So as it goes, letting go of older products means slots for newer ones open up. I’m always up for trying new base products, so I initially picked up the NARS Creamy Concealer (I’ll probably do a separate review later), which I’d been eyeing forever.

Continue reading “Review: Too Faced Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer”

Introducing the Makeup Beginner’s Series!

A quick announcement today to tell you that the next several posts on my blog will be part of what I’m calling my “Makeup Beginners Series.” The posts will have a more educational angle for those of us who struggle with understanding makeup or certain aspects of makeup application. For example, finding the right foundation for your skin tone or how to get more mileage out of your lipstick, or how to apply eye liner. The inspiration for this series comes from some of my best girlfriends, who will tell me from time to time that makeup often intimidates them. They don’t understand where to put what on their face or what colors most flatter them.

I think what people need to keep in mind is that you certainly don’t have to be an expert to apply or experiment with cosmetics. Makeup is all about creativity, having fun, and making ourselves feel like our best version. It should be open to all of us and like any other skill, practice makes perfect! Since I’m not a professional myself, all the information and tips I will be sharing come from years of absorbing makeup knowledge from artists and experts both online and in print; in addition to the knowledge I’ve amassed through shopping for and applying cosmetics onto my own face.

My goal with the series is ultimately to demystify makeup and take it back to basics. So whether you are a novice or are more experienced but looking for additional tips or tricks to hone your skills, this is for you! Foundation will be the first installment this week. I hope you enjoy!

xo, Erica