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Sunday, January 15, 2012

1st Impressions: Revlon Photoready Airbrush Foundation

(I like my foundations a bit darker than my face for a sunkissed, radiant look.  I wish I would have picked up a darker shade)

These are my 1st Impressions.  I will have to try this out more to do a more in detail review. 

I picked this up in Walmart today on a whim because I've been loving the Maybelline Dream Nude Airfoam mousse makeup & I was curious to see how this one would compare.  I just put this one about 2 hrs ago, and I have already made up my mind that I like the Maybelline mousse better. This was $10.48 at Walmart (the Maybelline was $8.44).  At the other Walmart that I had gone to last weekend, when I picked up the Maybelline foundation, the darkest shade that they had in this was 060 Golden Beige.  At the Walmart that I was at today, there were 2 additional shades Rich Ginger & Caramel.  Since I am 330 Natural Tan in the Revlon Colorstay, I figured that 060 Golden Beige would work for me.  (I'm NC40 in MAC/Barcelona in NARS, in Maybelline Dream Nude Airfoam I wear Honey Beige & Classic Tan in Covergirl & Olay Tone Rehab).  I chose shade 060 based on the color of the bottle, but when I pumped it out it was extremely light.  Also, this is GLITTER Central.  I should have listened to the reviews.  (I've heard that the original Photoready is super glittery as well.)  
I really like the finish of the Maybelline mousse.  It's natural, demi/matte & there is no shimmer/glitter whatsoever.  Also, I only need 1 large pump of the Maybelline to get good coverage.  I feel it's buildable.  The Maybelline is a more watery texture & a true mousse (reminds me of hair mousse).  This stuff has the texture of a traditional liquid foundation, in my opinion.  When I first pumped it out, it spread out with a quite thick texture.  I figured it would atleast coverage well, but I was wrong.  The coverage is pretty much non-existant & this is coming from someone who usually loves light coverage foundations.  (One of my favorite foundations is the MUFE Face & Body!).  I used 2 layers of this, and it still barely covered anything.  I had to use concealer, which I rarely use.  I don't need to with my other foundations.  I feel like Revlon could have done without all of the glitter.  Don't get me wrong, I like shimmer in a highlight on my cheek bones or under the eyes, but I don't like it as an all over base.  It's not practical for work or everyday use, because it is quite visible. Also, with the Maybelline you need to shake it up.  This one don't shake.  It just pumps out. 

swatch on hand. look at the shimmers! they are much more visible in person

Package: 3.5/5- the pump is a nice idea & sure a heck of a lot better than the packaging of the Colorstay, but I've used better pumps.  The Maybelline Airfoam & The Covergirl & Olay Tone Rehab have a better pump (As well as the MAC Foundations with Pumps), in my opinion.  This is kind of hard to pump out. Nice idea though.  
Shade Range: 2/5- the lack of shades does not make me happy.  A lot of stores that carry this only have up to the Golden Beige, which is a bit light for my liking, but it works.  If you are darker than me, you're only options are the 2 additional shades up.  Very dark skintones won't be able to find a decent match, which is a fail in my opinion.
Finish: Extremely glittery & dewy (I have the MAC Mineralize Satinfinish, which I like, and that foundation has gotten grief for it's shimmers.  I don't even find the shimmers visible in that MAC foundation, but they are very noticeable in this one.)
Recommendations: For special occasions.  I don't see this being practical for everyday use or for work due to the glitter/shimmers in it. Normal/Dry
Overall: C

I'm a tad disappointed with this.  I had high expectations because I am normally a fan of Revlon products, but this one was kind of a fail for me.  I wish I would have purchased this at a drugstore instead of Walmart, so I could return it. 

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