PhotoReady Eye Art Lid + Line + Lash
PhotoReady Eye Art comes as an eye-catching shadow duo in a sparkling array of colorful shades. The dual-ended applicator features a shimmering, ultra-shiny cream shadow on one end and a complementary glittery overlay on the other. The combined effect is a standout eye design that could be fun for a night out on the town or other special occasions.
In terms of application, a little goes a long way with the solid cream shadow; just a dab with the sponge-tip applicator will do it, and make sure to blend quickly because this sets fast! Although the fluid cream formula spreads smoothly over skin, it's tricky to get soft, rounded edges with a consistency like this. (It can be done, but it takes adept blending.) Once set, the shadow holds up impressively throughout the day, without creasing, flaking, or fading!
As for the glittery accompaniment, it has more of a gel-like, wet formula that takes a bit longer to set. The brush it's applied with resembles a thin nail-polish brush, and it works OK. Revlon's ads showcase this as an eyeliner, but we think of it more as a topcoat because most of the shades go on as a sheer layer of sparkle. Once set, you can count on worry-free wear—no glittery fallout here!
Revlon also states that you can paint this product on lashes for extra pizzazz. We tried it that way and it looked costume-y, but go for it if you want!
Calling this Eye Art is apropos given the rainbow of color options and the almost arts-and-craftsy appearance. This certainly isn't for the color- or sparkle-shy, but if you're intrigued by the long-lasting wear and dazzling effect, then by all means, give it a go!
Of all the shades, the bronze-based Topaz Twinkle is the most universally wearable. This product is fragrance-free.
- Cream shadow holds up throughout the day, without creasing, flaking, or fading!
- Glittery overlay stays put (no fallout here).
- Sparkling effect can be fun for a night out.
- The consistency of each part can make it tricky to create smoothly blended edges.
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 www.revlon.com.
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