Since both of these products are new for 2012 and are very similar, I thought that I’d review them both at once and do a battle of the brands. A few things first, though. Before anyone says anything, I know that these foundations are not the same color. My wonderful sister lent me her foundation so that I didn’t have to buy them both for the review. Because of that, I wanted to reserve as much as possible. My sister tested both of them twice, and I’ve tested them both once (without primer) so that is what this review is based on. I wanted to make it clear before we begin that, unlike my usual reviews, I haven’t used these products multiple times, so keep that in mind. Now we can let the battle begin. I’ll start with Maybelline.
Maybelline Dream Nude Airfoam:
In general, I prefer Maybelline foundation to Revlon, so I had very high hopes for this foundation and thought the foam idea was pretty cool. The directions on the back of the can say:
“Before first application, practice using the dispenser by shaking the can and applying a small amount of product to a tissue. Shake can well before use and remove cap. Hold can upright and press lightly to dispense a walnut sized amount of product onto back of hand. Take small dabs of product from hand. Apply to face one section at a time, blending with short circular motions.”
Easy enough, right? What they fail to mention is that if you “shake well” the foam will sort of explode everywhere when you try to dispense the foundation. I am not kidding when I say that I had foundation spots on the walls. My sister had the same messy issue. So be careful not to over shake the can. Maybelline Dream Nude Airfoam looks like a flesh-colored hair mousse when dispensed. It sort of melts into a liquid foundation when dabbed and blended in.
As for formula, Maybelline claims “Our most lightweight foundation for 100% Nude Perfection. Lightweight foam for a flawless finish, ideal for normal skin.” I do agree that Dream Nude Airfoam is extremely lightweight once set. I really didn’t feel like I was wearing makeup at all. However, during application I thought the formula was a bit tacky and hard to blend. It just didn’t want to move around on my face, so I had to buff it really well with my brush. Once I finally got it blended in, it did give me a gorgeous airbrushed finish… for about an hour.
Dream Nude Airfoam has no lasting power at all. I could already see it starting to break down after the first hour. Granted, I didn’t use a primer, but still. Four hours into wearing Dream Nude Airfoam, you couldn’t tell that I had any foundation on at all. Which brings me to coverage. Maybelline Dream Nude Airfoam is extremely light coverage. Those who have used the Maybelline Fit Me foundation know how light those are, but this may be even lighter coverage. It’s more like a tinted moisturizer than a liquid foundation. I don’t know what I was expecting, but Maybelline Dream Nude Airfoam was a complete fail for me. Oh, and my sister wanted me to mention that if you accidentally get it in your eyes it burns like fire for about an hour after, so be uber careful. The only redeeming quality that it can claim is that it is a matte foundation, unlike our next contender.
Revlon Photoready Airbrush Mousse Makeup:
Similar to the Maybelline Dream Nude Airfoam, Revlon Photoready Airbrush Mousse also dispenses from an aluminum can, though with better results. I did not have the explosive issue with the Revlon version like I did with Maybelline and my walls stayed clean. Despite the name, Revlon Photoready Airbrush Mousse looks less like hair mousse than the Maybelline Airfoam.
Personally, I think it looks like brains, but I’m quirky that way. The Revlon Zombies are coming to get you… or y’know… not. *crickets chirping* Aaaaaand I’m back. Just like Dream Nude Airfoam, this will melt into a liquid foundation when dabbed and blended in, and those bubbles will burst if left alone.
“Get an airbrushed finish with Revlon’s light-as-air mousse makeup. Press button gently to deliver a lightweight air-infused foam mousse that blends seamlessly. The whipped texture allows you to blend evenly for undetectable coverage, leaving you with a smooth poreless complexion. The formula’s photochromatic pigments minimize the appearance of flaws for a smooth, poreless look, leaving you with perfectly airbrushed skin in any light.”
Unlike Maybelline Dream Nude Airfoam, Revlon Photoready Airbrush Mousse does actually blend really well and instead of the tacky feeling of Maybelline’s version, it has pretty good slip. Also unlike Maybelline Dream Nude Airfoam, Revlon Photoready Airbrush Mousse still has some decent coverage- I’d say light to medium. It is just slightly less coverage than the original Photoready foundation. I would not say that it gives a “poreless, airbrushed” look. I actually prefer the finish that Maybelline Dream Nude Airfoam provides (in that first hour). Even though I wouldn’t call it “airbrushed,” Revlon Photoready Airbrush Mousse does still provide a very nice finish.
Just like the original Photoready foundation, Revlon Photoready Airbrush Mousse has some shimmer to it, which Revlon refers to as “photochomatic pigments”. What this means is that if your skin tends to look shiny on it’s own, you probably want to stay away from Revlon Photoready foundations in general. However, if your skin tends to look dull or lifeless, Photoready may be the luminosity that you’ve been looking for. I actually like the original Photoready, and don’t really notice the shimmer, especially since I top with a setting powder. Photoready Airbrush Mousse gave a similar finish and the shimmer didn’t bother me at all. Don’t worry that you will look like a disco ball, it is simply a “dewy” finish.
Revlon Photoready Airbrush Mousse Makeup beats Maybelline Dream Nude Airfoam in longevity as well, lasting a good 6 or so hours with no primer. That time could easily be extended by using products underneath. It actually performed extremely similarly to the original Photoready foundation. The only difference in performance that I could see is that Revlon Photoready Airbrush Mousse is a little more light-weight than the original and slightly less coverage than the original. Otherwise they are identical.
So to break it down for you, if you are really interested in trying one of the new foam/mousse foundations I would recommend Revlon Photoready Airbrush Mousse over Maybelline Dream Nude Airfoam. Maybelline Dream Nude Airfoam is actually not a very good foundation at all, in my opinion. However, if you already have the original Revlon Photoready foundation, Revlon Photoready Airbrush Mousse is not necessary because it is an extremely similar formula. As much as I enjoyed the fun new dispensers, I found the new foam/mousse foundations to be a real let down.
Maybelline Dream Nude Airfoam retails for around $10.99. Revlon Photoready Airbrush Mousse Makeup retails for around $13.99, though it varies by location.
Speed Read: When comparing the two, Revlon Photoready Airbrush Mousse is the better option for foam/mousse foundation over Maybelline Dream Nude Airfoam by a lot. However, neither product is necessary, especially if you have tried the original Revlon Photoready foundation. These gimmicky foundations just aren’t worth the money.
Best For: (Maybelline) Makeup junkies (or bloggers) who need to try everything at least once. (Revlon) Those who don’t already own the original Revlon Photoready. Also those who have normal to dry skin and want to increase luminosity.
Keep Walking: (Maybelline) Everyone else. (Revlon) If you already own the original Revlon Photoready, or if you have oily skin and don’t want to increase the shine.