Highlighter Love: Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator in Bare Light

Revlon Photoready Skinlights is a liquid illuminator that comes in four shades including Bare Light, Bronze Light, Peach Light and Pink Light. I will be reviewing Bare Light.

Revlon claims:

The iconic skin illuminator is now better than ever. Banish dullness and even out skin with light capturing crystals and photochromatic pigments for a lit-from-within look.

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I would like to begin by apologizing for the crap-looking bottle of this product that I own. When I purchased it, there was tape around the cap and when I took it off it left that gross, sticky residue. It’s not sticky anymore, but it still looks gross. Oh well.

You get 30 ml of product for the price you pay. I purchased this from Dubai some months ago and I remember thinking the price was somewhat steep for a drugstore brand.

The Good

This thing glows. It is a strong, noticeable luminizer. This is good for those who like a heavy glow instead of a subtle one.

Also I think while the price may be steep depending on where you purchase it from, 30 ml is a lot of quantity which will last you quite a while. I’ve used it on and off for around 6 months now and there’s still a ton left.

It comes in four shades so there is something for every skin tone.

The Bad

To start with, there is some noticeable shimmer. Not glitter, but fine shimmer. You’ll see that in a bit in the coming photos. So this is not too suitable for wear in the daytime. I prefer wearing it in the evening or in the winter months when natural sunlight isn’t so harsh.

Since this is a strong luminizer, it is likely to emphasize large pores and imperfections.

Also you really need to control application with this one or you could end up with a bit of shimmerΒ on parts of your face that should ideally be sans-shimmer.

The bottle design, at least for my bottle, is bad. The cap isn’t aligned with the rest of the bottle when I screw it on. And the nozzle does not hold the product in. The minute you open it, the illuminator starts pouring out. So you need to quickly get the amount you’ll use and screw the cap back on.

And, like I mentioned, it may be expensive depending on where you purchased it from.


I like applying two tiny dots of this onto my cheekbones and blending them in with my foundation. As I mentioned, application needs to be controlled. I use a flat-top kabuki brush to blend this illuminator and my foundation into my cheeks.

It lasts about 5 hours on me when mixed in with foundation or when dabbed on top. When dabbed on top, the sheen is decidedly more noticeable.


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Swatch taken in harsher lighting

Swatch taken in harsher lighting

Do I recommend this product?

If you like a noticeable glow, yes. If you’re more into the lit-from-within, subtle type, I suggest you skip this product. If you want a sexy shimmer in a natural shade to give your face some glow and lift, try this out. I personally really like it, despite its cons.


This is likely available at Revlon kiosks near you or you can purchase it from drugstore.com for $12.99.


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