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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Looking for a new drugstore concealer? Curious about Revlon’s new offering? Check out my review of the Revlon PhotoReady Candid Concealer

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Five moisturizing lippies for Autumn-Winter

As the seasons start to change and the outside temperature starts to dip, invariably my skin will start its journey to ultimate dryness. It will flake, it will peel, it will itch, it will crack; all the bad things. One of the areas on my body that tends to suffer the most, especially in the depths of winter, are my poor lips. The peeling is just on another level people. I know it isn’t just me, so many have this problem throughout the colder months when the air is devoid of any kind of moisture. So what happens when you want or need to wear color on your dry lips but it’s cool or frigid out? Well, you pick a product that packs as much moisture as possible. A product that will provide a cushy barrier between your lips and the dry air; extra points for the product that will also treat your lips at the same time!

I’ve gathered a list of 5 lippies that will make your lips feel beautiful this Autumn-Winter season. A variety of products and price points are represented here so there’s something for everyone. This is less about the particular colors I have in my collection and more about the formulas/finishes of these products. But if you are interested in the colors I’ve included swatches here as well.

Before getting into the list, just a quick note about exfoliation. If you suffer from badly chapped lips like I do in the cooler months, no matter what color product you apply to your lips (balms, lipsticks, glosses, etc) I highly recommend exfoliating beforehand to get a smoother texture. Color will cling to any dry patches or flakes and just look all-around awful. I like to take a paper towel or a little textured cotton pad, wet it well, and very gently rub it back and forth over my lips to get rid of all the dead skin.

CLINIQUE CHUBBY STICK MOISTURIZING LIP COLOUR BALM – Shop here

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Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm in Super Strawberry. This is a mini that was included as a gift-with-purchase.

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Super Strawberry

  • $18.50 for full size from Clinique.com
  • paraben-free, phthalate-free, fragrance-free

I’ve been a big fan of the Clinique Chubby Sticks for years and years. If you’ve never used one before, they are automatic (non-sharpening) jumbo pencils or tinted balms that give you a sheer kiss of color while conditioning your lips with mango & shea butter. They’re super comfortable to wear and I love to throw this on before heading out the door. This is definitely a product to toss in your handbag. I would say this has a moderate level of shine once applied to the lips.

There are actually two ranges of Chubby Sticks: the original and the Chubby Stick Intense, which has the same comfy texture as the original but with more color saturation. I used to have Broadest Berry from the Intense range which I absolutely loved, so I would recommend either range really. There are 16 shades available in the original Chubby Stick range and 8 shades available in the Intense range.

CLINIQUE POP LIP COLOUR + PRIMER – Shop here 

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Clinique Pop Lip Color + Primer in Bare Pop

  • $19.50 from Clinique.com
  • paraben-free, phthalate-free, fragrance-free

Like with the Chubby Stick above, I got the Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer as a gift-with-purchase a while back. The packaging on this is much different than the packaging pictured online for this product, so not sure what’s up with that but I’m simply reading the label on the bottom! Apparently this formula has a built in primer which provides smoothness for ease of coverage. I’d definitely agree that it’s a very smooth & creamy lipstick with beautiful color payoff. According to Clinique, it provides hydration for about 8 hours and I would agree with that claim as well. I’d say this gives a little less shine than the Chubby Sticks once applied to the lips. There are 20 shades to choose from in this line. I believe there are 2 other formulas in this range, a matte version and a liquid version, but I haven’t tried either one.

REVLON ULTRA HD GEL LIP COLOR – Shop here

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Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lip Color in HD Sand

  • Between $7.00-$10.00 depending where you buy it

I blogged about this product way back when in this post about my favorite high/low lip combo. The Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lip Color formula contains hyaluronic acid so it’s super, super moisturizing and shiny in finish. Think of it as a gloss but in stick form. I like to layer this over longer-wearing lip products (like discussed in my earlier post) to make them more comfortable or wear it on its own. The color saturation here is quite good as well and the scent is lovely! (Like fruit punch in case you’re curious.) There are 15 shades to choose from in this range.

BOBBI BROWN CRUSHED LIP COLOR – Shop here

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Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color in Lilac

  • $29.00 from Bobbibrown.com
  • paraben-free, phthlate-free, sulfate-free, sulfite-free, gluten-free

The Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color is probably the most saturated in terms of color payoff from this entire list. The texture on this formula is just beautiful, a cross between an opaque lipstick and a moisturizing balm. This has been formulated with beeswax and vitamins B & C to give a comfortable satin-matte finish with tons of cushy comfort. I would say this probably has the least amount of shine once applied to the lips than all the other products from this list. There are 21 shades to choose from in this range.

CLOVE + HALLOW LIP GLAZE – Shop here 

Clove + Hallow Lip Glaze in Angelic
Clove + Hallow Lip Glaze in Angelic. This color sheers out as you apply it to the lips so it looks more like a clear gloss with a slight pink tint.

  • $15.00 from cloveandhallow.com
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • 99% natural, 64% organic
  • Formulated without parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrance or flavor, gluten, mineral or petroleum oil, talc, Bismuth Oxychloride, Phenoxyethanol.

I spoke about the Clove + Hallow Lip Glazes in this post about my haul from Indie Beauty Expo. For me this is a cross between a lip balm and a gloss. It’s super moisturizing, comfortable and shiny. It’s been formulated with olive oil, jojoba oil and shea butter, so you’re definitely treating your lips as you wear this product. I would imagine this is a great layering formula, just like the aforementioned Revlon product is, but so far I’ve only worn it on its own. The great thing about this product is it’s not sticky at all; it’s just simply hydrating. There are 6 shades to choose from in this range. Trivia fact: in 2017 the Lip Glaze won both a Women’s Health Beauty Award & an Essence Best in Black Beauty Award.

What’s your go-to moisturizing lip product for autumn-winter? I’d love to know!

xo, Erica

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Makeup that makes me nostalgic

I’m not big on nostalgia. It’s not that I don’t enjoy reminiscing from time to time about great experiences or moments that I’ve had with friends and family. But I generally try to keep looking ahead rather than backwards. While this sentiment refers to a broader life philosophy, let me take this back down to makeup. I found myself watching an old Pixiwoo video a few days ago when all of a sudden I was struck by a feeling of honest-to-goodness nostalgia. Sam whipped out Gilt by Association eyeshadow by MAC, which I believe is now discontinued, and a piece of my makeup past flashed in front of me. It was one of the very first eyeshadows I used in high school, and I couldn’t remember the last time I even thought about it.

It got me thinking, how many other products did I regularly use when I first started wearing makeup that I’ve since forgotten about? How many are actually still on the market now? How many do I still use today? I racked my brain and came up with a nice list of products (sorted by brand) that I’d love to share with you. And in true nostalgic form, each product reminds me of a specific period in my life. I know I missed ‘Throwback Thursday’ with this post but I hope you’ll indulge me anyway.

COVERGIRL

LashBlast Volume Mascara – Shop here

CoverGirl Lashblash Mascara
Image Source: eBay.com

Of course we all know this one is still on the market, but I feel this is definitely a product that has been overshadowed over the years by a million new launches. This was either one of or the first mascaras I used, I can’t remember exactly. I used it in high school for quite a long time and generally enjoyed it. However I stopped using it after my mom told me it was snapping off her eyelashes (!). Yup, you read that right. She had noticed her lashes were getting shorter since using this mascara. It got me so freaked out, I threw mine out and never went back.

Intense ShadowBlast Eyeshadows (discontinued)

CoverGirl Intense Shadow Blast
Image source: popsugar.com.au

I loved these way back when. At one time I had all the colors from the line, which were the three pictured above plus a light olive green shade. They were cream shadows in a tube with a doe-foot applicator; easy to apply, blended perfectly and locked into place all day. I particularly loved the brown shade (of course) which I think was called Brown Bling. It was a true taupe shade, very cool-toned, which made it very work-appropriate. This was a staple in both my work makeup menu and also in my travel makeup bag in the mid to late 2000’s. I remember specifically taking this on so many work trips since it was so easy to apply. But unfortunately CoverGirl discontinued this line a while back and have yet to replace it.

JEMMA KIDD MAKEUP (DISCONTINUED LINE) 

Jemma Kidd Eyeshadows

Jemma Kidd Eyeshadow Palette
Image source: poshmark.com

Remember Jemma Kidd makeup?? This was definitely early in my makeup-wearing days when I only really shopped at either MAC, the drugstore or Target. This was a UK brand that was carried at Target in the U.S. before the entire line was discontinued. I know a lot of UK bloggers and YouTubers were obsessed with her complexion products like foundations and highlighters, but I never really wore face makeup until about six or seven years ago. I had the eye/lip palette pictured above (probably right after college), and I was obsessed with the dark, sparkling blue shade on the lower right-hand side of the top quad. I look at this now and I’m not sure what I was thinking with that shade, but I used to dig my finger in and lightly pat it across my lids. I almost hit pan on that shade too.

MAC

Pro Longwear Lip Pencils – Shop here 

MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencils
Image source: eBay.co.uk

MAC was the first higher-end makeup brand I ever used because my mom was a big fan of their products. (Spoiler alert: there’s a lot of MAC on this list.) I’ve honestly never been the biggest lipstick/lip liner person. I alternate between really loving lip products and wearing them everyday to hating the feel of any product being on my lips. But when I was first experimenting with lip color after college, of course I went to MAC first. If I was going to wear anything on my lips, I thought, it was going to have to last so I bypassed lipstick at the time and went straight to lip pencils. I still think the Pro Longwear Lip Pencils are a great formula, if not a bit stiff, but I don’t have any in my collection right now. I used to have Staunchly Stylish (a browny nude), In Anticipation (a mid-tone pink), and More to Love (a deep but bright fuschia). Most of the time I would apply these all over my lips as a lipstick.

Prep & Prime Eye BaseShop here for the newer version

MAC Prep + Prime Eye Base
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The Prep & Prime Eye Base (in the compact version) was very first eye primer I ever used. I remember specfically my mother gave it to me and said you should always prime your eyes before using powder shadows to get the best effect. So I do what I’m told and I still prime to this day. I’m not sure if this version exists anymore in the Prep & Prime line, but I’ve linked above to the 24-hr Extend Eye Base in the squeeze tube.

Pro Longwear Paint Pots – Shop here 

MAC Paint Pot in Camel Coat

I’ve talked about my big love for Paint Pots as primers umpteen times on this blog before, so I won’t bore you much longer. But after the Prep & Prime Eye Base, it was Paint Pots for me, and Paint Pots it will likely stay.

Eye Kohl Pencils – Shop here 

MAC Power Kohl Liners

These are real nostalgia products for me. Before I was into face makeup, I was into eye makeup…big time. My eyes were the first feature I really wanted to play up as a teenager and as a young adult. I remember lining my upper and lower lashes with black liner for the first time and thinking I was super cool. The MAC kohl liners weren’t the first liners I ever used, but they were the first liners I really loved. But this was back when I didn’t know much about makeup, so I’d line all over my eyes without setting it with powder, and by half-way through the day I was a panda. I really don’t use kohl liners anymore because of their smudginess, but I’ll always have a fondness for the MAC ones. I used to own Powersurge (a gold), Teddy (a bronze), Smolder (a charcoal-black), and Tarnish (a blackened-green that might be discontinued?).

Powder Eyeshadows in Gilt by Association, Patina, Club & Satin Taupe – Shop here (everything except Gilt by Association) 

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Gilt by Association by MAC

 

MAC Palette with Patina, Club, Satin Taupe highlighted
My MAC palette featuring Patina (P), Club (C), & Satin Taupe (S).

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Swatches from top to bottom: Patina, Club, Satin Taupe, Lola Lola (NARS).

Gilt by Association was a baked eyeshadow with a mineralize finish that had this beautiful marbled effect with gold, black and dark browns. I hardly used eye brushes early in my makeup-wearing days, so I used my fingers to gently tap the shadow all over my lids. It gave me a subtle, shimmering golden-brown effect that I loved at the time. Then I got heavily into MAC singles in the mid-2000’s and eventually created my own palette with my favorites, as pictured above. But I particularly loved, and still love to this day, Patina (a cool-toned golden-pearl shade), Club (a warm brown with green/blue shift), and Satin Taupe (a cool-toned purpley-brown satin shade). Classics.

MAYBELLINE

Dream Bouncy Blush – Shop here

Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush
Image source: walmart.com

This was one of the first blushes I ever bought when I started wearing blush. I’m not sure exactly how old I was, but most likely I was in my early to mid-20’s. I didn’t want to invest in a high-end blush yet in case I didn’t like the effect, so I went to the drugstore instead. If memory serves, the only reasons I gravitated towards the Dream Bouncy Blushes were the fun colors they came in and the cool-looking texture. I had an apricot shade and a pink shade, but I remember thinking these were kinda crap after a while. But perhaps it was my fault. They have a powder-to-cream kind of formula, so I used my fingers to apply the color to my cheeks but I could barely get anything to show up (and I have fair skin). They hit the trash not too long after purchasing them, but whenever I see them in the drugstore I remember when I first discovered blush.

NARS

Lola Lola Single Eyeshadow (may be discontinued?)

NARS Lola Lola Eyeshadow

This one takes me all the way back to high school. I loved this warm, rusty brown shade just simply applied all over my lid (again, just using my fingers). I never applied shadow underneath my lower lash line when I was teenager; too dramatic. I might have hit pan on the first one I had, but I repurchased it a few years ago. Sadly I couldn’t find this shade on NARS’s website, so perhaps it’s since been discontinued.

REVLON

Lip Butters (discontinued)

Revlon Lip Butter
Image source: walgreens.com

I was heavy into the Lip Butters around 2013-2014. I loved this formula so much that I had three or four of these on the go at one time, and nearly all of them lived in my purse. I would never remember the exact names but I had a fuschia, a red, a nude and a peach at least. If you never owned a Lip Butter, they were basically colored lip balms. Nothing special necessarily, but they had some cling to them so the color lasted a little longer than you’d expect for such a moisturzing formula, which I loved. And they had decent color payoff for being just balms. Revlon discontinued them in the past few years and replaced them with the HD Gel Color line, which is equally as moisturizing.

Which makeup items make you feel nostalgic? I’d love to know!

Xo, Erica

 

My high/low lip combo of the moment

I absolutely love a nude-colored lip. It’s my usual go-to now when I want to look a little more done up. (Most days I wear nothing at all on my lips, which I guess is a true nude lip!) Even a few years ago I was a little more adventurous with lip colors; I was partial to bright pinks and berries primarily. But these days, it’s nudes, nudes, nudes, particularly either brownish or pinky nudes, like MAC’s Twig or Flower Beauty’s Honey Nude. I think the shift happened when I started dying my hair red in 2012. True pinks just seemed to clash with the warmth of my hair color.

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My top 5 fave cream eye shadows — #dreamytextures

(Stay tuned for something special at the end of this post!)

So I spoke briefly about my love for all things cream in this post recently and I promised that I would deliver a follow up on my favorite cream products. I realize now that including all my current favorites in one post would be too long-winded and ambitious. I will be dividing them up in separate posts starting first with my top 5 fave cream eye shadows here. I decided to start my list with the more expensive items and work my way down from there. Other than that, the following products are no particular order; I love them all equally. This is more about my affinity for particular formulas and #dreamytextures, rather than for specific colors. Yes, all the following happen to be varying shades of brown, but that’s what I wear most on the day to day.

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