I received this Revlon Photoready BB Cream for free as a Klout Perk. I was very excited about it because I’ve begun to fall in love with BB creams. So far I’ve tried Garnier, Bobbi Brown, and Maybelline. I was eager to see how this Revlon version would compare.
I wasn’t expecting too much because of the very limited range of colors. I was only able to choose from Light, Light/Medium, or Medium. Really Revlon? Ya’ll are just going to totally disregard women of color huh? SMH! I got to the point of being upset because in 2013, there’s NO excuse for a major cosmetic company to just not have a wide range of colors available for it’s fan base. It was really confusing to me because it’s not like Revlon doesn’t normally have products for people with darker skin. For example, Revlon Colorstay liquid foundation is very popular (I wear Carmel and I love it) and has a great range of colors to choose from. I would have only imagined their BB Cream would be the same.
Here’s what it looks like on me.
So you know I was concerned after swatching this on my hand. Of course I know that my hands are darker than my face, but still. I was very worried this Medium color was going to be way to light for my skin.
So what are my thoughts?
I’ve worn it for about a week. I really really like the way it feels on my skin and how it makes my face feel soft. I also like that a litte goes a long way. It’s very long lasting and I’ve noticed my makeup goes on more smoothly when I wear it. I don’t wear it alone because I need more coverage. As you can see in the above pics, my blemishes still show, which is fine. I wear BB Creams to combine skin care products, not to replace my makeup.
It seems as though Revlon was trying to play the “Brown Paper Bag Test”, and I barely made the cut. 🙁 Strangely enough, it does blend well into my skin, even though the color range is extremely limited. I can’t explain how it somehow still works for me even though it looks too light at first. I think I just made the cut. So if you are any darker than me, it’ll be a risk buying this BB Cream. I’d recommend Maybelline instead. I just finished my tube and I truly like it. Maybelline has a good variety of colors, however, I will say I like the Revlon BB Cream better because it’s more light weight and I feel it blends better. It’s not really matte, but it’s not as creamy as the Maybelline BB Cream. So far, I like Bobbi Brown’s BB Cream the best. On the downside, this is another company that didn’t make a wide range of colors. I just made the cut for the darkest color as well. The Bobbi Brown BB Cream gave a little more coverage, which meant I didn’t have to apply as much makeup afterwards.
I truly hope Revlon will extend the color range of this product.