Great Makeup On-the-Go: Revlon PhotoReady Primer, Shadow + Sparkle Review

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Recently, I had to run straight from work to an important dinner. That meant packing a bag to get ready for the event including a different outfit, shoes, and makeup. I’d picked up a Revlon PhotoReady Primer, Shadow + Sparkle ($9.99, a few days before, and it was an absolute lifesaver. Instead of a separate primer and several shadows — all in a bunch of different containers — this was one small case with everything I needed. I paired it with Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner and Rimmel Volume Accelerator Mascara.

Color: 4.5/5, Pigmentation: 4/5

I tried Revlon PhotoReady Primer, Shadow + Sparkle in Watercolors and Pop Art. Watercolors is a gorgeous combinations of pale pinks and delicate purples that has a pretty, ethereal look to it. Pop Art — despite its name being an homage to another art era — really had more of an art deco feel to it, with its mixture of earthy colors and muted tones. I like that Revlon included both “safe” and more neutral palettes as well as more vibrant and exciting combinations.

I got great pigmentation with Revlon’s palettes. The primer isn’t the best I’ve ever used, but for one that comes in a makeup palette, I found it to be pretty effective. I had no trouble getting the saturation I wanted.

Durability: 4/5

I wore the Revlon PhotoReady Primer, Shadow + Sparkle Pop Art palette for a whole night and it stayed in place very well. By the end of the evening my makeup looked just about as good as it did when I first put it on.

Finish: 4/5

I loved the finish of these. They looked smooth and had the perfect amount of subtle spark. I felt a little so-so initially about some of the color combinations (particularly Pop Art). But overall, I liked the combinations of colors and I think they work together when they’re all together on your eyes.

Revlon PhotoReady in Watercolors

Revlon PhotoReady Primer, Shadow + Sparkle ($13.08,


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Revlon PhotoReady in Pop Art

Revlon PhotoReady Primer, Shadow + Sparkle ($9.99,


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 Bottom Line

Revlon PhotoReady Primer, Shadow + Sparkle is a fun drugstore find. I love that it’s a complete look in one palette — including primer — but that you can also play with the eye shadow in other looks. It went on easily, lasted all night, and though I’m iffy about some of the combinations, I think many of them have the potential to look awesome if you apply them the right way. Overall, it’s a great palette that’s practical and fun.

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