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Monday, December 10, 2012

Revlon Photo Ready Airbrush Mousse Foundation

I find something incredibly alluring when it comes to moussey foundations. I've tried many, loved few, yet every-time a new one is introduced, I just can't help myself. I know I'm not alone at least; which is why I had to get my mitts on Revlon's Airbrush Mousse when it was released. I got this months ago, but I never really loved it and thus didn't use it much. I've recently revisited it, and have had a bit of a change of heart.

'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.'

Out of all the mousse foundations I've used in the past, this is the first that dispenses from a can; the others have all been housed in pots. The can is a novel idea, but there are a few aspects I don't love.
  • Putting something on my face that has a WHMIS symbol on it is slightly unsettling. I know it's based on the can, but still I don't want to be reminded that it can explode when I'm putting in on my face. You know?
  • The fact that it's in such a can tells me that the can is what makes the product into a mousse. The can aerates the product before being dispensed, giving it the moussy texture/appearance. The actual product is not a mouse. 
  • The opaque can makes it hard to tell what shade you're buying. Sure, in a perfect world there are testers, but as we know, the world is not always perfect and sometimes they're just too germ-a-rific to risk touching.

To use this foundation, you simply shake it up and press the nozzle to dispense onto the back of your hand. I like the idea of the nozzle, but I don't like how difficult it can be to control how much is dispensed. You know when you need just that much more foundation? Forget about it with this. You will most certainly end up with too much.

Putting that aside, the formulation of the foundation is actually not that bad. I was half expecting something watery and, well not so nice. Once you've dispensed the foundation and dip a brush into it, you pretty much kill all the moussey goodness, but what you're left with is still rather creamy. I find this blends well, but you have to move quickly as it is tricky to blend once set and it does set quicker than most foundations. When I first started using this, I found it didn't apply well on my driest areas - around my nose and eyebrow area, and around my chin/mouth. I'm thinking that was my main reason for initially not liking this. I guess my skin is in much better condition, because I haven't been having that issue as of late. Obviously, a good dollop of moisturizer and a smidge of primer before hand are always a good start if you're prone to dryness.

Overall, this foundation is okay. I don't love it, but the fact that the colour matches so well is a definite bonus. I have the shade Shell, which is the second lightest shade, and it matches my slightly lighter than NW20 skin perfectly.The price point isn't so hot either. Revlon tends to be one of the pricier foundation brands on the drugstore shelf, but at an average cost of almost $20 CAD, there are definitely other foundations I'd rather use. Have you tried this foundation? What did you think?

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