Whether you like it or not, Instagram is taking over social media and is the main influencer platform these days. Jumping on the trend, the Revlon Photoready Insta-Filter Foundation promises to even and smooth your skin tone with a high-definition filter technology. I tested out the shade Sand Beige to see whether this foundation produces the “insta-filter” effect! I’m loving the new unique ideas Revlon has put out including this foundation and this “pizza cutter” eyeliner.
Name: Revlon Photoready Insta-Filter Foundation
Shades: 12 shades, I have 210 Sand Beige
Size: 27 mL
Available at your local drugstore
What is unique about the Revlon Photoready Insta-Filter Foundation is that the product comes with a sponge attached. There is a hole which foundation comes through the middle and it’s designed so you can dab on the foundation using the sponge and also smooth it out with the sponge. I like the idea for a quick touch up but the sponge gets dirty very fast and I’m scared of bacteria forming. Revlon does claim that the sponge is anti-microbial but I’m still a bit wary. The attached sponge would be really nice if I was going away on a quick vacation as I don’t need to pack an extra sponge or brush. There is a plastic lid that goes over top of the sponge so it does keep it clean that way.
You get the product out by twisting the bottom. The product comes out slowly and it’s pretty easy to control the amount of product once you have it open. At the beginning I had to turn about 10 times with nothing coming up.
When the product is pushed up, it is quite liquidy and runny. But the foundation itself is a good medium coverage product! I was surprised by how little you need to cover a large area and also provide decent coverage. I like applying the product with a beauty blender as it applies a thinner layer. When I use the actual sponge to apply I find it streaks a little bit, it’s hard to get into the small corners, and I pack on too thick of a layer.
The Revlon Photoready Insta-Filter Foundation feels quite weightless on the face. It gives a satin finish that would be great if you are normal-oily. I have dry skin so I do prefer a more dewy finish but I like that this provides a flat canvas for me to use more shimmery blushes and highlighters! I didn’t find that it dried out my skin at all so as long as I don’t have dry patches, this foundation works well even on my dry skin. A last added benefit is that there is SPF 20!
There are 12 shades available in the Revlon Photoready Insta-Filter Foundation range. Mine is the 5th lightest shade so there is definitely a big range of colors available. I think 210 Sand Beige is a good pick for the typical Asian skintone. It is a neutral beige with a slight yellow undertone. I do find that if you use too much product it will oxidize a bit orange. But if you use a thinner layer, I don’t find that happens as much. You can see it blended into my hand nicely.
Below I show the before and after photos of applying the Revlon Photoready Insta-Filter Foundation. In the after photo, I also added bronzer, blush, highlight to bring more dimension back to my face. I applied the foundation using only the sponge on the stick and I noticed I missed the tip of my nose once I took the photo. You can also see that the color isn’t a total match around my forehead and I should have applied more bronzer to blend it out. It did a really good job covering redness especially on this mysterious bug bite on the top of my left cheek. The finish is less natural than I would want it to be but I think in subsequent testing when I used the beauty blender, I was able to achieve a more natural look.
I actually like the attached sponge more and more especially if I use a beauty blender on an every day basis but have the option to carry this foundation as a touch up in the purse. I didn’t notice any “high-definition filter technology” but the foundation does provide a decent medium coverage that easily hides redness and imperfections! At $22.99 it’s getting up there in price with high-end foundations but it’s definitely worth a try for a medium coverage foundation that you can easily bring with you on the go!