Touch in Sol vs. Revlon Photoready Eye Art: Comparison + Swatches

Sadly, New Years Eve has recently passed so a post comparing two glitter products may seem outdated but let’s be real glitter is always in season. I picked up the Touch in Sol Metallist Liquid Foil & Glitter Shadow Duo awhile ago and immediately fell in love. When I saw the Revlon Photoready Eye Art in my CVS a couple of months ago I was so excited, assuming they would be similar, and picked up two. Unfortunately, I was slightly let down.

I have heard great things about the Revlon product, so I’m sorry if you’re a big fan this post may not be for you.

Packaging and Applicator:

Revlon 100 Topaz Twinkle – Shadow on left, Liner on Right

The biggest difference to note is that the Revlon duo markets itself as having a lid shade on one end and a glitter liner on the other. While the Touch in Sol is a shadow duo so both products are meant for the lid.

The Revlon shadow has a flat doe foot that is very flexible, easily bent back and forth. The liner side has a brush applicator which in my opinion is a little too thick to be used to apply a liner. Think of the Urban Decay glitter liners but with a brush 2-3X the size.

As for the Touch in Sol the foiled shadow side also has doe foot applicator but it’s much stiffer. I personally prefer the Revlon’s shadow applicator but I think it’s really preference. Now since the glitter is not a liner it comes in more of a loose pigment form. It’s not entirely a true glitter pigment but it is loose and can be messy. The applicator has a soft, flexible plastic end. I’ve seen mixed reviews about it but I think it makes the glitter very easy to pick up and apply to the eye.

Touch in Sol #5 Lottie – Foiled shadow on left, glitter shadow on right

Application and Wear:

Since I found the Revlon glitter side a little hard to apply as a liner I did originally wear the shadow and then applied the liner all over my lid as I would with a glitter pigment. I did find the glitter was hard to apply evenly as you can see in the swatches at the bottom. Both the shadow and the glitter burned my eyes every time I applied them which was very disappointing. I do have sensitive eyes though. I found that these started to flake off in a matter of hours which became extremely annoying through the nights I’ve worn it. Blending shadows on top of the foiled shade is pretty much impossible but I didn’t find that too surprising. To give the shadow itself a fair chance I have worn it alone on multiple occasions. Although it’s a beautiful color I found that flaked off super easily and even easier if I accidentally scratched or rubbed my eyes.

On the flip side,  I adore the Touch in Sol foiled shadow and glitter. Both of these shadows look stunning swatched and on the eyes. The glitter looks beautiful over the foiled shadow or even worn with different shadows for other looks. I think this method of applying glitter is super easy and great for anyone who has trouble or shys away for glitter. The glitter is pigment and you really only need one swipe on the eyelid to apply it. I keep meaning to pick up more of these in the other shades. Applying the foiled shadow directly with the doe foot applicator can tricky, as with any liquid shadow, but I either recommend doing it first in your look or using a smaller brush.

From Left to Right: Revlon 100 Topaz Twinkle Shadow + Liner, Revlon 110 Steel Spark Shadow + Liner, Touch in Sol #5 Lottie Shadow + Glitter

Overview:

I was praying I found a dupe for the Touch in Sol when I first saw the Revlon Photoready Eye Art but sadly that was not the case. Even though these products are marketed slightly different, I also find a huge difference in the quality. The Touch in Sol is slightly costly at $25 compared to Revlon’s $8.99. The Revlon product also comes in a larger selection of colors, including a few bold options like a bright lilac and a cobalt blue.

Overall I would repurchase the Touch in Sol over and over again but will definitely not be picking up any more of Revlon’s duo.

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2 Comments

  1. It’s such a shame that the Revlon one didn’t turn out to be very good but I guess in this instance it’s a case of you get what you pay for. Hopefully you will find another dupe soon 🙂 x

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