New Revlon PhotoReady Insta-Fix Foundation Stick Review & Swatches

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Read ALL about my review process including how I take swatches, photos, and more here.


I LOVE a stick foundation. They may seem intimidating, but they’re so easy to use. You can use them only where you need them for a quick, natural look. You can layer for additional coverage if you need a little something extra. And not to mention they’re also really portable. Revlon recently came out with their version of the stick with the PhotoReady Insta-Fix Makeup. I was on the scene at a Revlon press event last month where I got to take home some of the new products.

So here’s the thing—there’s nine shades for these and the deepest is Carmel which is too light even to highlight for me.

*looks under the table for the deeper shades*


I don’t know—I know Revlon makes deeper shades because I have a match in one of my faves (the ColorStay liquid for Combo/Oily skin) so I’m not exactly sure why these stop short at Carmel. It’s a shame, too because these glide on the skin like butter and set with a semi-matte finish. They’re also formulated with super-refined pigments and unique light filtering technology to give skin that retouched look with each use (as per the press release). I want super-refined pigments! I want unique light filtering technology. But alas.



Anyway, I wanted to still swatch these because this blog isn’t only about me and what I like and suits me all the time. You guys come in every shade under the sun so even if I’m sitting over here salty because I want one of these foundation sticks (meanwhile I have 5 billion other foundations in my stash), I will be a nice beauty blogger and post these. I’m still salty though.

110: Ivory (pinkish undertones)
120: Vanilla (yellowish undertones)
130: Shell (yellowish undertones)
140: Nude (neutral undertones)
150: Natural Beige (neutral undertones)
160: Medium Beige (yellowish undertones)
170: Golden Beige (yellow undertones)
180: Ginger Snap (pinkish undertones)
190: Carmel (yellow/golden undertones)





Bottom line: The formula on these is amazing and it’s such a really easy way to apply foundation whether you’re looking to just cover a few blemishes, brighten your under eye area, or do a full-face look. But I’m still salty about this shade range.

If you have deeper skin and looking for a foundation stick at the drugstore level, check out my post (with swatches) on Black Opal’s stick. I also did two big foundation Q&A posts, check out part 1 and part 2. Then while you’re at it, you might as well also check out my posts on highlighting and contouring here and here. And check out my foundation stash here. You know what, if you have the time you might as well check out all my foundation coverage here.

Price and where to buy: $13.99 at drug/mass market retailers nationwide (the press release says they’re out in January 2015 but these have already been spotted in some stores.

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About Danielle

A former finance girl, Danielle is a New York City based freelance writer and fashion and beauty expert. She's a Hofstra University and Fashion Institute of Technology grad with an obsession with fashion and beauty which she loves to tell you all about every weekday on her award-winning blog. Think of her as your style and beauty entourage all wrapped up into one bubbly brown package. Danielle's work and expertise can be found in print and across the web in Cosmopolitan for Latinas,, and more! She's also appeared as an on-air style expert on CBS New York's "The Couch" and WPIX11's Savvy Shopper segment.
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5 Responses to New Revlon PhotoReady Insta-Fix Foundation Stick Review & Swatches

  1. Fancie says:

    So disappointing! I had a feeling we’d get left out though. I’ll grab a Black Opal foundation stick instead!

  2. Iris says:

    by any chance do you know how they compare to nyx’s sticks?

  3. Sami M says:

    Hi: I’m aware this is years later but it’s an informative post. I had no idea what color to order until I found your blog. I ordered Medium beige based on your advice. I’m anxiously waiting for my item, it’ll be here March 15 ????.

  4. Miilani says:


    What concelar and contour stick would I use for caramel #190?

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