A Reluctant Review: Revlon Photoready Airbrush Mousse Makeup

I am a snob when it comes to foundations. There, I said it. I’m sure you must have had your suspicions, but I do openly admit it. I am not born with flawless skin, and if you are, I don’t like you very much! 😉 So naturally, I have to be very careful with what I put on my face. I am particularly fussy about foundations and unfortunately, today’s post is more about what I don’t like about this Photoready Airbrush Mousse Makeup.



My only other experience with mousse makeup is Shu Uemura’s UV base mousse. I suppose it’s not very fair for me to compare this with Shu Uemura, but I couldn’t help it. First, let’s talk packaging. The metal bottle feels sturdy and cold. Everything looks OK until I used it. The nozzle gets dirty very quickly. As you can see, residue at the opening is unavoidable. This doesn’t bother me much, but what I’d like to point out is that it is very difficult to control how much product is pumped out. You only need very little product, and there is always a lot of wastage. I always get too much on the back of my hand.



Mousse. I expected it to look like hair mousse, like the Shu Uemura UV base mousse… never have I expected it to look like turd. Soft, squishy poo. Photos below show you what the mousse looks like. Left is freshly squeezed and right is after the mousse sat on my hand for 5 seconds. It’s not just me, trust me. Chloe and Ashlyn balked after they saw this on me. They ran away screaming “Poo!” I don’t think it looks anymore appealing if the foundation is a few shades darker. Then, my imagination got the better of me, and it looked like my skin was melting and blistering from acid, or something really gross like that.



OK, crap aside, this foundation gives pretty good coverage. The shade 050 Medium Beige was a few shades too dark for me so I got a friend to test it out. As you can see, she had some blemishes and marks on her bare skin (left) and one thin layer of foundation is enough to cover the imperfections. The foundation did not oxidise on her combination oily skin, but it did get oily very quickly. I tried this foundation on myself too (locked myself at home because I looked like Oompa Loompa!), and it got oily on me by the 2nd hour. Maybe it works better for those with dry skin? This foundation gives a dewy finish if you have drier skin, I presume. If you have dry skin and tried this before, appreciate if you’d let us know how this works on you!



This foundation, performance wise, is okay, other than the fact that it makes my face oily faster than any other foundations in my stash. That is probably due to skin type mismatch, so I can’t rate its performance down based on that alone. However, packaging is a turn off, dirty nozzle, product wastage and I really can NOT tolerate how the mousse looks. Gives me goosebumps!

Revlon Photoready Airbrush Mousse Makeup retails for RM69 and no thank you. I’ll pass. Have you tried this, and perhaps, you don’t feel as grossed out as I did?


xoxo Lily


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  • Didn’t like this one either. Can’t bring myself to even talk about it even though I should. It makes my skin oily too and very few, if any, foundations do that!
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    • Lily

      Haha… I didn’t want to talk about it, but I just had to make that turd comment. Couldn’t help it. LOL! 😀

  • LOL your description of this product is hilarious…and really makes it unappealing as well 😛 Not that it would have worked out for me anyway–I have quite oily skin

    • Lily

      I’m glad you find it funny, Becca. I’m not so sure people at Revlon share your humour though. LOL!

  • Lisa

    Too bad, it makes your skin look really good.

    • Lily

      Hi Lisa, actually it’s my friend’s skin 🙂 I gave the foundation to her, since it suits her skin tone. She doesn’t seem to mind what the mousse looked like, and she only wears foundations for a short night out, so the oiliness didn’t bother her. To each her own!

  • Ugh I can’t bear the sight of the mousse on your hand. It’s making me feel a little sick! :s I saw this when it was first released but the testers at Boots were so filthy and I’m glad that made me stay away from this product! =D

    • Lily

      I’m glad I’m not the only one, that’s for sure. I’ve read many reviews complaining about it being oily and glittery though… must be a dud on Revlon’s part. I hope they’ll at least revamp it for the better.

  • Cynthia

    It does look good at first, but after reading your review I guess I have to stay away from this. I wasn’t a fan of mousse foundation too. It never works on me. 🙁

    • Lily

      Don’t let me stop you, Cynthia. It doesn’t work on me, but it might work on you! The coverage is fantastic, even though it doesn’t hold. I just really can’t take how the mousse looks. It really bothers me. LOL!

  • Jennifer

    I am only beginning to learn how to master powder and liquid foundation, to date it’s been good progress. Mousse in any form – foundation and bb cream alike seem like revolutionary products. The Revlon one looks too rich and creamy that my oily skin will not be able to take. But glad it suited your friend well.

    • Lily

      Yup, I’m glad I could give it to my friend because it’d go to waste otherwise. If you have oily skin, you just have to stay away from this foundation. It’ll make you look like a disco ball with extra bling! LOL!

  • Roxie Hart

    Yeah! That’s the same for me! I have combination skin so when I put on this foundation in the morning after two hours if I touch my face I find this product on my hand . It’s as if melted …bleah

    • Lily

      Hi Roxie, sorry to hear it doesn’t work for you either. What foundation do you use?