Friday, August 17, 2012

Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Mousse Makeup in Vanilla - Review, Pictures, Swatches

Foundation Friday again!  This week I bring you a foundation from Revlon. The Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Mousse Makeup in Vanilla.  I'm not sure why I'm so into mousse foundation. It might be the implied danger, as there is always a big warning label on the can that say the contents are flammable and under pressure.  Or perhaps it's because I really love dessert and mousse reminds me of Chocolate Mousse, which makes a great dessert sometimes.  Or maybe it's because I love the movie Top Secret!, Val Kilmer's first movie, and there is a character in the movie called Chocolate Mousse, but whenever they say his name they say it with a heavy French accent so it sounds like one word "Chocolatemousse"!  

(As an aside. A man named Eddie Tagoe played this part. He was awesome.  I believe he retired from film back in 1995. Just a bit of movie nerd trivia for ya!) It just rolls off the tongue. Chocolatemousse!  OK. I digress.  I guess I really like mousse type foundations for the pure novelty of the item. It's aerosol foundation. Like spray cheese, you just can't get enough!  So when Revlon came out with the Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Mousse Makeup I was all over that like white on rice!  

Revlon describes this foundation as:
"PhotoReady Airbrush™ Mousse Makeup, an air-light makeup provides a flawless finish, whether it’s on camera or in person. The whipped texture allows you to blend evenly for undetectable coverage, leaving you with a smooth poreless complexion. The formula’s photochromatic pigments bend and reflect light to minimize flaws, leaving you with perfectly airbrushed skin in any light – indoors, outdoors, or under the flash of a camera. Oil free, fragrance free. Use alone or over PhotoReady™ Primers."
 Let's break down how this foundation worked for me by using the True / False meter on the marketing claim:

 1) " air-light makeup..." - TRUE! This makeup while not literally light as air, was very light being dispensed and did not feel heavy on my skin

2) "...flawless finish..." - FALSE! This makeup did not give me a flawless finish in the least bit. It looked greasy in some areas and dry and flakey in others. It really was a complete and utter disaster for my skin type. I'm oily. this foundation is NOT for people with oily skin.

3) "whipped texture allows you to blend evenly" - TRUE! It did blend easily and did not look streaky when applied on my face..

4) "...smooth poreless complexion..." - FALSE! I don't think my pores have ever looked more exaggerated and more obvious with any other foundation I have ever used. (<---Hyperbole) At least not that I can remember.

arm swatch of foundation after it dried. Look at that glitter!
5) "...photochromatic pigments...minimize flaws..." - TRUE & FALSE! Yes. there are pigments to reflect light. That's the GLITTER that is so VERY present in this foundation. It's so present I was easily able to get a shot of it on my arm swatch using indoor lighting.  Can you imagine how Twitard Vampyre you would look in the daylight?  GAH. It was awful!  As far as minimizing flaws...nope. Not happening for me.  Like I mentioned above. HUGE Cavernous Pores of Death on my face, the makeup settled into fine lines I didn't even know I had, and my oily skin, which I consider a flaw, looked sick and unnatural.

6) "...perfectly airbrushed skin in any light..." - FALSE!  See above. Indoors or out the glitter in this makeup will not make you look airbrushed. It will make you look sparkly. The foundation settled into my pores and fine lines, I hardly call that airbrushed.

Yeah. Not looking good at all.  In fact this might be the worst foundation I have worn in a long, long time.  I wore it for a short trip to the mall with Mr. Sith and Darthypie.  When I got home, about two hours later, I was appalled by the way my foundation looked.  It looked as if it had dried all over my face and my skin was peeling off. It looked patchy in some areas and in others, it had completely slid off my face.  It was so bad I washed my face right away because I couldn't stand looking like that for another second.  

Here is why Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Mousse Makeup didn't work for me:
I have oily skin. This foundation seems to be better suited for dry skin.
I have LARGE pores. I think one needs smaller pores to really pull off this foundation
I don't like to glitter in the sunlight. I hate the Twilight Series...Oh. I mean I'm so pale that any addition of shimmer/glitter looks cartoon-ish on me.

I'm too pale. The lightest color, Vanilla, was still too dark and yellow on me.  I was able to blend it nicely onto my neck so it didn't show as much. I will give the Revlon foundation props for blending very well.
I need sliiiightly more coverage. The coverage was light to medium but NOT buildable. When I applied more to some areas it just looked like a cakey mess.

Here is who I think Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Mousse Makeup would work for:
People with dry to sliiiightly combo skin
People with minimal pores, fine lines, wrinkles, etc.
People that want light to medium coverage.
People that don't mind shimmery foundation
People that are at least a MAC NC20 or darker.

Did I like anything about this foundation?  Yes. 
It blended really well.  You could apply with your fingers and not worry about streaks or it drying before you could smooth it out.

The dispenser for the foam was very easy to use, it mixed evenly in the can and the design of the packaging was perfect.  
The finish was very nice, it was a sort of matte to satin finish (had the shimmer not been so obvious I might have liked it even more).  
It didn't have any fragrance to the foundation, which I prefer
A little goes a long way. You will probably get a lot of use out of one can.

Do you NEED this?  Well unless you fit ALL of the criteria above for who would really benefit from wearing this foundation, No.  You don't need it.  Hey, I just saved you $13.99!  However if you must try for yourself, you can purchase Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Mousse Makeup at any of your local Drugstores or on


  1. I don't fit any of those criteria, so I guess this is a no no for me, lol :-) The promise Revlon made in the description sounded too good to be true anyway, really...

  2. I hope Revlon doesn't release any more embellished foundations. I know that's what distinguishes the Photoready line, but I can never see the logic in all over glittery skin (dewy skin is more reasonable). Anyway, now I'm craving a frozen coffee with whipped cream on top :)

  3. mousse sounds so 80's. I am scared of anything mousse- 80's flashbacks! Plus the Emma Stone commercials are so ridiculous- and the product looks like a pile of fresh doggie droppings when she dispenses it. Turn off from the get-go! Revlon, what were you thinking?

  4. HAHAHA soo all in all the people who are suitable for this foundation must have almost to perfect skin. hahaha That is so funny! Anyways, hope you find an awesome foundation next and review that for us. :)

  5. Yeh Gawds that sounds awful. I agree the giant warning labels and sense of danger definitely make mousse foundation more appealing, but it seems in this case it was danger best avoided. Glitter? Really? OMG. I just can't even fathom who would have thought that was a good idea.

  6. ROFL! I have this but haven't reviewed it. Love your review.

  7. Oh, I didn't like this foundation at all when I tried it. I also thought it looked full of promise, but on my skin it was a total disaster. I couldn't get rid of it fast enough.

  8. I have dryish skin and this turned oily. Oily! I haven't had oily skin since I was a teen. Don't like this one.

  9. I think they redeemed themselves for this disaster with the Colorstay Whipped foundation. They should just stick to making more awesome Colorstay products imo.

    1. i actually loved the whipped foundation. weird texture but it works great with my oily/combination skin.

  10. I love this foundation!! My t-zone is oily but I'm pretty dry everywhere else. I use this when I do makeup on others too lol I'm glad you reviewed this, though, because I'm going to have to watch those with oily skin for sure. Thank you for the heads up ;)

  11. Um, I own the movie Top Secret! I love it. Such cheese. A WONDERFUL spoof. I love the singing horse. :)

  12. Yikes that just saved me some cash! I'm obsessed with the new creme formula anyway, it's so right for me! Glitter is not for foundation!

  13. I'm so glad I did not pick this up the other day! Instead I got the Revlon 24hr liquid makeup. I really like it so far, and thanks for this reviews it will same me some time and money!


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