Revlon PHOTOREADY Candid Anti-Pollution Setting Powder


PhotoReady Candid Anti-Pollution Setting Powder

0.50 fl. oz. for $ 9.99
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Revlon’s PHOTOREADY Candid Anti-Pollution Setting Powder claims to fight pollution, but it doesn’t contain much in the way of antioxidants (or other anti-pollution ingredients), and the formula doesn’t contain anything different than most other standard setting powders on the market. At best, you’ll get a tiny bit of pollution-neutralizing from the vitamin E—tocopheryl acetate—this contains, but even that’s stretching it.

It turns out the near-lack of pollution protection is forgivable because this sheer, fragrance-free loose powder is lovely in every other respect. It’s housed in a slim profile jar that includes an attached, closeable cover for the sifter. This thoughtful touch ensures the powder doesn’t become messy, especially during travel.

Applied with a powder brush (sold separately), the gossamer-light texture beautifully meshes with skin. It feels silky and airy but not drying; shine is tempered from the weightless matte finish and the look of pores is diffused thanks to the mix of silica and mineral pigments.

Three shades are available, each offering a very sheer tint that works for a wide range of skin tones; Translucent works for all skin tones (even darker complexions) while Medium suits such skin tones and the Deep shade, which packs the most color, is versatile enough for most tan to dark skin tones, (but again, all skin tones should do well with the Translucent color).

As long as you’re not relying on this as your sole source of pollution defense, this loose powder is a winner and well worth an audition.

  • Silky, dry-but-not-drying texture meshes perfectly with skin.
  • Translucent sheer-tint shades work for a wide range of skin tones.
  • Tempers shine and diffuses the look of pores.
  • So light, you’ll barely feel it but will see a difference.
  • Fragrance free.
  • The anti-pollution claims don’t hold up well.
Jar Packaging: Yes
Tested on animals: Yes

Our lightweight, ultra-fine loose setting powder evens out your skin tone and sets makeup while it protects. Feels good with: antioxidants and anti-pollution ingredients, to help fight aging, Feels better without: parabens, phthalates, synthetic dyes, and harsh fragrances. Won't turn chalky or white on you. Built-in sifter minimizes mess. Available in 3 shades (the powder's still translucent, with just a hint of tint).

Talc, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch Silica, Dimethicone Mica, Tocopheryl Acetate Phenoxyethanol Carmine (CI 75470), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

Revlon At-A-Glance

Strengths: Superior foundations with sunscreen and each of them provide sufficient UVA protection (though one has a disappointing SPF 6); several outstanding concealers and powders; one of the best cream blushes around; great cream eyeshadow and liquid eyeliner; a beautiful selection of elegant lipsticks, lip gloss, and lipliner; some worthwhile specialty products.

Weaknesses: Average eye and brow pencils; inaccurate claims surrounding their Botafirm complex; mostly average to disappointing mascaras.

It may surprise some of you to know that Revlon has been around since 1932, when the company launched a unique nail polish that used pigments instead of dyes. Lipsticks followed years later, and then a full line of cosmetics, which is how we know Revlon today. Although the company has had its continual share of ups and downs over the years (largely due to out-of-control debt coupled with aggressive spending), the line has recently made numerous improvements, especially in the realms of foundations, powders, eyeshadows, and mascaras. If their goal was to close the competitive gap between themselves and L'Oreal, for the most part they have succeeded. Revlon definitely has the edge for foundations with reliable sunscreens. But despite Revlon's attempt to improve their mascara range, L'Oreal remains the clear winner (as well as L'Oreal-owned Maybelline New York).

Revlon's vast selection of makeup is divided into three main brands: Age Defying for the forty-something and older woman concerned about wrinkles, ColorStay for the teen to mid-thirties woman concerned about keeping oily skin in check and making sure her makeup stays put, and PhotoReady for women of all ages. These brands present some outstanding options and include products for all skin types (although the range of skin tones is not as well-represented here as it is by L'Oreal).

An intriguing fact is that the longevity claims for ColorStay are quite accurate: this collection of products really does offer extraordinary staying power. Conversely, Revlon jumped on the works-like-Botox bandwagon with their Age Defying range, going so far as to name their antiwrinkle complex Botafirm. Is there any confusion about what that term is supposed to relate to? Despite the claims, Botafirm won't reduce expression lines or control the muscles that cause them, though the products themselves do have many impressive qualities.

Note:Revlon is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Revlon may not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they dont test on animals unless required by law. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Team.

Suffice it to say, Revlon has more commendable products than ever before, and although they rely heavily on celebrity spokespersons, their best products ably speak for themselves.

For more information about Revlon, call (800) 473-8566 or visit

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