Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminators Make My Skin Shine (In A Good Way!)

Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator

When news of the Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights launch was announced on Twitter and blogs, the positive response was almost overwhelming. When Revlon discontinued this in 2006, a lot of people were quite devastated. I wouldn’t know because quite honestly, I had no idea this product once existed before this year.

It’s only about a year ago that I began to enjoy using illuminating makeup. I didn’t understand the popularity nor was I a fan because I used to think that illuminators and oily/combination skin do not mix. Heck, my skin’s already shiny enough, do I need more? Last year, I decided to see what the fuss was all about. Whilst I still wasn’t terribly keen on illuminators, I finally saw the point and how good it can make the skin look. Still, I used them very sparingly and always on their own with just a dab or two on the tops of the cheeks.

Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator

When I was sent the 3 Skinlights (Bare Light, Pink Light and Bronze Light), I originally thought they were foundation and that I was also sent one for darker skin tones. As I didn’t know what Skinlights were, I thought perhaps the PR just wanted to send the range for me to check out. ‘Twas a good thing I Googled what it was; it definitely saved me from the embarrassment of having to tell the PR that he sent me the wrong shade when in fact I got it all wrong! :P

Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator

They’re almost the same size as the iPhone 4S!

Background story aside, I’ll just get to the point. I absolutely LOVE them. When I first swatched the #100 Bare Light, I thought it was a tad too sheer yet very shimmery for me to use it on its own, so I decided to mix it with my current favourite foundation, the Rimmel Match Perfection. The result was instantly luminous and glowy skin.

Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator

Now I haven’t tried Becca’s Shimmering Perfector before so I cannot compare it to the Skinlights. It’s not so shimmery as to overpower the skin with shimmer but just enough to give the skin an extra oomph. It doesn’t make my combination skin look any shinier. It just makes my skin look pretty damn good.

Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator in 100 Bare Light

The ratio of Skinlights to foundation that I like

Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator on Skin

The Skinlights on my cheek. Can’t really see the glow, but I promise you it’s there! Oh, and, err, apologies for the large hole-y pores :P

As for the #200 Pink Light, the Pink Light adds brightness to the skin on top of luminosity. I like using this on days when my skin’s just looking mighty blah (especially during that time of the month when hormones make my skin look sallow. Damn you hormones!). But you have to be careful on how much of this to use because it can be too shimmery and artificial-looking on the skin if you use too much. I tend use less of this with foundation/BB cream than the #100 Bare Light. There’s also a 3rd shade to the Skinlights range and that’s the #400 Bronze Light. It’s a tad dark for me so I just use it to mix with foundations that are too light. See, win win for all. :)

Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator in Bare Light and Pink Light Swatch

Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator in Bare Light and Pink Light Swatch

I rarely wear foundations or BB creams on their own now. I like to mix a bit of the Bare Light to my base makeup for that healthy glow. Can’t believe I actually like glowy skin now when I’ve been craving for matte skin for years. This goes to show you just can’t stick to one method of makeup forever.

If you’re looking for something to give your foundation and skin that extra lift, that bit of oomph, might I suggest you give the Skinlights a go. Play around with the ratio of the illuminator to base makeup for your desired results. The bottle is also thin and light enough for traveling so you’ll be sure to have gorgeous glowy skin whilst you’re on holiday too!

Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator

The Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator retails at $29.95 each and is available at Revlon counters in departmental stores, supermarkets and selected pharmacies nationwide.

What I like about it: Slim packaging, gives the skin a gorgeous glow and luminosity, doesn’t emphasise shine on oily/combination skin

What I do not like about it: Surprisingly, nothing!

Have you used the Skinlights before it was relaunched? If you’ve tried the new one, is there a difference between the old and new?

Note: This product was provided for editorial consideration.

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  1. Chelsea

    I’ve always been a bit scared of mixing illuminator with foundation, but I might just have to give it a go! x
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    1. Tine

      Me too, to be honest. I usually just put illuminator on first then foundation. Then I get scared off because so much illuminator on the skin alone made me look like a disco ball so I don’t use them. This one’s just gorgeous though. :)

  2. Issa

    I am not a fan of illuminators because I also have combination skin. I also feel that it would make my face shinier. But after reading your post, I wanna try it! :)

    1. Tine

      I know what you mean. I was skeptical too. But do give it a go because I haven’t found someone who hasn’t loved it yet ;)

  3. Kaye

    Oh my goodness I LOVED the skinlights range. You have no idea how happy I am lol! (Well, actually you do) :)

    I haven’t bought them yet, it’s just a matter of when… Matter of fact… There’s a Revlon display about 5 minutes from where I work… Hmmm ;)
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    1. Tine

      Oooh well there you go. GET. IT. NOWWWWWWWW. :P

  4. rinnah

    One word : WANTS.
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    1. Tine

      BUY. ;)

  5. Claire

    Pink Light would work for me I guess, I am always up for new highlighters :D I am still looking for something lavender coloured though. I really like that they aren’t shimmer bombs! I am tempted to try, even though I already have my HG RBR! but they don’t have anything lavender *sigh*
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    1. Tine

      I found the Pink Light a tad light for me (even after mixing with foundation) but the Bare Light was just perfect. If you like highlighters, you’ll like this one ;)

  6. Jessica W

    I’ve used the old Skinlights! It was given to me by my aunt and I used to just apply a little on the cheeks and as eye base. They had the skinlights in the loose powder form too in my memory serves me right. I haven’t tried the new ones, maybe time to try it out :D
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    1. Tine

      Hahaha do try out the new one and let me know how it compares with the old one :)

      1. Jessica W

        Will do :) Oh by the way, Rae Morris’ radiance brush is back on sale! Got an email from them and apparently it’s better than the old one…
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        1. Tine

          That’s awesome, thanks for letting me know!

  7. What an interesting product. I would love to try this except for the fact that any illuminators turn my oily skin into a disco ball. Ah….sometimes I seriously wish I have extremely dry skin. Let my skin crack because I don’t want to look greasy.
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    1. Tine

      No no no you don’t want dry skin! The upside about oily/combo skin is that we don’t get fine lines early. Dry skin emphasises fine lines. You can always blot the shine away but you cannot blot fine lines.
      I have a very oily T-zone too but this just looks beautiful on my skin. It’s not disco-ball shiny :)

  8. Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    I have never heard of these but boy have you caught my attention. I am REALLY hoping these are released in the U.S? I checked the site but it’s not on there yet. Fingers crossed!!! :D
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    1. Tine

      Aww really? I thought this would have been in the US first before us! We’re always almost the last to get new stuff. Fingers crossed you get this soon because you will LOVE it :P

  9. Michelle Beh

    It sounds good as a drugstore product. I always hold myself back from trying Revlon liquid foundation. Perhaps need to find out and try this product in future!thanks for the review!

    1. Tine

      The Skinlights is absolutely gorgeous. Mix this with your favourite base makeup and say hello to luminous skin ;)

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