Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Mousse Foundation Review

January 18, 2012

Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Mousse Makeup

Another new trend for Spring 2012 is mousse foundation.  Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Mousse Makeup ($12.99) comes in a metal can.  You shake the can, like you would do with hair mousse, and dispense onto the back of your hand.  But be sure to press down gently, it’s easy to get way too much product out.  You only need a dollop of mousse foundation about the size of a quarter.

When the Revlon Mousse foundation comes out, you’ll immediately notice it start to get bubbles and pop.  Once you begin to touch the mousse, it deflates into a puddle of thin foundation.  You can then apply it with your fingertips or a brush.

Revlon PhotoReady Mousse foundation

Revlon Airbrush Mousse makeup foundation

Revlon Mousse foundation review

At first you’ll notice that it doesn’t appear thick and creamy like normal liquid foundation, it’s a little on the runny side.  And it applies to the skin as fairly light coverage but you could build it up a bit if needed.  I did like how light this Revlon Mousse foundation felt on my face, it doesn’t feel heavy or cakey at all.  And that’s where my “likes” end with this product.

Unfortunately I did not like the finish that it left on my skin.  Revlon refers to it as “photochromatic pigments that bend and reflect light” but it appears as straight up glittery specks.  They’re not quite noticeable indoors but in bright light or outdoor sun, they’re very noticeable.

As for the coverage, I wasn’t impressed with how little it actually covers.  Since it’s so watery and thin, it doesn’t cover flaws or redness completely like most regular liquid foundations do.  But worse than that, it actually settles into fine lines and pores while the glitter accentuates ever flaw.  Not good!

Final Thoughts:

Unless you have zero flaws and want sheer foundation coverage, stay away from the Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Mousse Makeup.  But by all means, if you want to look glittery then go ahead and give it a try.  I was really excited about this product and really wanted to like it but unfortunately I will be returning mine for a refund.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

mary February 29, 2012 at 11:06 am

the Revlon Photo Ready Airbrush made my skin look stunning, but it smells bad and I (not allergic to anything) developed a terrible reaction including redness, itchiness, localized on the face, so be carefull, the product is very strong.


Amanda February 29, 2012 at 11:59 am

Yikes, you’re the first person I’ve heard of that had an allergic reaction to an ingredient in it. My skin is very sensitive to anything that contains Bismuth Oxychloride. I returned my Revlon PhotoReady mousse so I’m not sure if it contains that or not.


Mammal March 17, 2012 at 11:49 pm

I, too, had an allergic reaction…and noticed the odd finish/settling into teeeeeeny little lines. So glad I did a color test on my arm before trying it on my face. Hoping my local store will take it back. Really wanted to like it, but for me, anyway, awful stuff.


Amanda March 19, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Thanks for commenting. It’s good to know I’m not the only one who hated it.


Olivia March 20, 2012 at 8:25 am

I just got mine a few days ago, and I love it, but it smells so bad that I can’t stand to have it on my face. It almost smells rancid. It’s awful. :/


Amanda March 20, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Eeew, that’s unfortunate. I’d return it if I was you.


jess October 1, 2012 at 12:48 am

I just bought it, tried it and when my husband gave me a hug he CRINGED. The smell is SO BAD that other people can smell it. Did this just slip through the cracks at Revlon?? Makes me not want to buy anything of theirs again!


Kathryn June 27, 2012 at 1:32 am

I’ve recently purchased this foundation, and since using it my eyes have stung and become quite irritated by it. To the point I was applying in the car in sunlight and I had tears rolling down my face. I’m not sure if it’s fumes or what the story is – but my eyes really don’t like it! :(


myfindsonline June 27, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Eek, I definitely would return it if I was you! That sounds aweful!


Kimmy A October 1, 2012 at 5:29 am

This is the worst liquid foundation ive ever tried in my life! so worst that I wanna throw the can in the fire so it will explode and will be gone forever! Its so thin and cant even cover any blemishes compare with regular foundation. I look so greasy and I can blend it on my face. worst product ever!!!


myfindsonline October 1, 2012 at 8:03 pm

That was the worst part for me too. Why waste time applying a thin liquid on your face that won’t cover anything. I hate heavy makeup but this was too much on the thin side.


Stephany January 24, 2013 at 10:05 pm

I bought the Photo ready airbrush and at first I liked it. And then I started seeing little red bumps on my face soI fought it was just the time of the month so o
The next day I put more on. And the bumps started to spread.. I don’t know what to do I threw away the receipt and now I’m stuck with it.. I spent a lot of money on this makeup and I only used it 3 times!!!!!!!


myfindsonline January 26, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Ugh, I hate when that happens! I’ve been really careful at keeping makeup receipts lately for that reason. You never know when something’s gonna need taken back. I have a small basket that I keep makeup packaging and receipts in until I know I’m not going to want to return it.


Sarah November 19, 2013 at 11:46 pm

I just used it for the first time, left it on all day, washed my face only to find red slightly raised blotches…never had a reaction to makeup before! Not using it again!


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