I’ve been curious about this product since I first saw it. Well, to be fair, I learned of the Revlon version (PhotoReady Airbrush Mousse Makeup) first, but after reading so many negative reviews of it (especially for us oily skinned chicas), I decided to pass. Then I heard there was a Maybelline version, called Dream Nude Airfoam Foundation.
Naturally I gravitated towards the Revlon version since they have just owned me lately. That includes their Colorstay Liquid Makeup, which I’ve been using exclusively, in terms of base foundation, for the past year and a half. But hearing the Revlon Airbrush foundation had sparklies immediately turned me off. No, it doesn’t mean there are big chunks or anything, but those don’t look the best on those of us who tend to get oily. I, for one, sometimes end up looking like a shiny penny. Don’t need to add sparkles to that! But aside from that, I also ready other reviews and pretty much none of them came off that impressed, so I didn’t even bother. Maybe some day I will, but it’s not likely.
So, I read and watched a few reviews from women of color (I usually look to them first) and they were surprisingly favorable. So, I decided once I got my hands on some coupons, I’d give it a shot!
Keep in mind, I’ve only worn it for a few hours on back-to-back days. So no extended time yet. Just enough to see how it wears and check out the coverage. I’ll do another post once I give it a full run!
First and foremost, if you’re looking to try this please, please, please do not go by the shade chart on Maybelline’s product page. It could not be more inaccurate if it tried! All the colors pretty much look the same and appear much lighter than their true shade; especially for women of color. And also don’t put too much stock in the bottle color you see in the store, although it’s far more accurate than the website. Pity.
I got the best advice on which shade(s) to select from YouTube reviews. Provided there is adequate light while said video is filmed, that would be your best bet. See how similar your skintone is to the reviewer. So, based on a lot of reviews, I thought #360 “Light Cocoa” would be a good match. But then I also noticed a few YouTubers, who bought #350 “Caramel” were also close to my shade. And, I know it’s a different brand, but my shade in Revlon’s liquid makeup is Caramel, so I also gravitated to that as well.
Could I be the dreaded “in between” to shades that I always hear about? It hasn’t happened to me before, but there’s a first time for everything! So, I bought both. I figured I can always return whichever doesn’t work!
Luckily (or unluckily) for me, I don’t have to return either as both work! It’s a subtle change in the shade that, if you look at the can, seems like it would be more drastic. It really isn’t! So, what I’m going to try to do is use the lighter shade, Caramel, during the rest of the winter and whatever Spring we end up getting. And then, should I use this foundation in the Summer, I’ll transition to Light Cocoa. I’m usually a little darker in the summer months without trying.
I love the whole airbrush idea, though. They’re doing some pretty cool things with beauty products these days! You are supposed to shake the can pretty well before opening and pumping out the product. I think I shook for about a minute. But be careful when actually pump it out onto your hand or whichever surface you use. It could come out very quickly and end up all over your walls or nearby objects! I did it over the bathtub first time out and some hit the sides of the tub! The second day, I did it right over the sink and there was no mess. So you never know!
Day 1 I applied with my Sonia Kashuk highlighter brush (I’ve had the same one about 2 years and still going strong!) and Day 2 I used a makeup sponge. I tend to like the stipling application method better, so I’ll probably do that in the future. I just wanted to try it a couple of different ways to start.
Doing small sections of your face at a time is probably the best way to apply. And it’s a light to medium coverage, that can be built up as much as you need. The finish is pretty naturally. I wouldn’t say “dewy” because I can’t do dewy. I’m an oil machine, so dewy isn’t the look that’d work for me. But it’s not the matte-ish look of Revlon Colorstay. Somewhere in between. I like the finish. I’d probably use it more during Fall/Winter because I’m not nearly as oily and the not-so-dewy look would be fine.
Now, I’ll have to do some extended wear to finish this review. I don’t know how my face is going to react to this product. As I said in the previous post, my skin has been through some times and I have to be kind to it. That’s why I don’t often test out foundations. It I piss off my face, it could get ugly…literally! So stay tuned for that!
Has anyone else tried either of these Airbrush foundations?