Being a not so hot fan of Revlon Photo Ready Foundation I wasn’t exactly prepared to try their new Photo Ready Airbrush Foundation.
But curiosity led me to a three can purchase, yeah, couldn’t decide what shade I was had to haul three of these.
Take a look!
I wasn’t sure what exactly I was getting into here. Revlon Photo Ready Airbrush Mousse Makeup, hmmm is it a mousse? A cream? A spray on foundation? After carefully examining the can these come in I was under the assumption they might be a spray foundation of sorts but “mousse” in the title later led me to believe well maybe it’s a cream foundation of sorts…
What it is, is pure innovative beauty.
Great job here on the formula Revlon. You’ve successfully created a foundation product that’s never been done before in my humblest opinion and who doesn’t love something new and unique to try out.
This foundation has an interesting hybrid formula that isn’t quite sure what it wants to be. This comes in a spray can with a tilted nozzle. You simply press the nozzle and a burst of air infused mousse will shoot out. Now the interesting thing about the formula is it starts off as an airy, lightweight mousse but touch it and it deflates into a heavy cream foundation. It’s a very, very interesting texture. Originally I thought it would be a lightweight mousse upon first using it but after applying the formula begins to morph and it goes from a lightweight mousse to a heavier cream foundation.
Now the cream formula loves my dry skin however it could prove too heavy for oily skin users. There’s definitely some heavy coverage involved in here not only due to the formula but also the pigmentation of the product which provides full coverage. You want to start off with a very small amount and slowly build otherwise you end up feeling a tad on the mask-like side of the foundation fence. If you have problem skin you’ll probably love how easily this conceals skin issues however if you’re used to wearing a lighter foundation for easing dullness or simply evening out your skin tone you might feel this is a tad too much.
As a lightweight foundation and BB Cream user I felt this was a tad heavy but I still liked it very much. It gives a flawless, airbrushed finish that looks incredible. My main problem with it was that it looked like I had foundation on but disregarding this and applying my other makeup does lighten up things a fair bit. My other issue with the foundation is it looks beautiful in photographs and under indoor lightening but after heading out to the car and looking at myself in the mirror in the sunlight I was looking a bit Edward Cullen-like. This has fine silver sparkles in the mix that aren’t noticeable at first but once the foundation is applied and you step outside you can definitely see them. Dare I say, a person who adores sparkle, this might prove a little too much for me. The effect isn’t disco ball like but when you turn your head from left to right the finer sparkle does reflect. It kinda looks like you dusted yourself with some fine shimmer. On the upside this really wore nicely. It remained fresh for about five hours before showing some minor fading and it didn’t oxidize on my skin which is a complete plus.
I ended up purchasing three shades as I always have issues getting my shade right at the drugstores. The swatches you see below are 050, 040, and 030 from left to right. Combining 30 and 40 was the best shade selection for me as 050 was too dark. All the colors I tried had a beige undertone but this didn’t make my skin dull thankfully and it blended well.
Overall, I think Revlon Photo Ready Airbrush Mousse Makeup is a very interesting product. I think the sparkle is a deal breaker for most though as it’s not the most flattering of looks particularly if you work in an office environment. I will say that indoors I can barely see the shimmer but stepping outside it’s very noticeable. I’d like it if they lightened this up just a little as well since the formula was a very heavy foundation product and I normally prefer something a bit on the lighter side. This one can be chalked up as very innovative as the hybrid formula is interesting and unique particularly for a drugstore foundation product but sadly the innovation doesn’t actually come through in the end result and a few bad choices like the introduction of sparkle really kill the product.
Nice job Revlon but it needs a little work. If you already use and love Revlon Photo Ready Foundation I think you’ll probably adore this however if you’re not keen on sparkle or a heavyweight of a foundation product definitely do avoid.