I’m always on the hunt for the most innovative makeup and skincare. When it comes to innovation though, it seems like foundation is stuck in the dark ages. Dior really tried pushing the boundaries with their Airflash Spray Foundation, but does it actually work? I put it to the test.
I suppose the point of the Airflash foundation is to mimic airbrushing without the need of electrical tools and pigment refills. The concept is there, but the execution simply didn’t work for me.
Don’t get me wrong, the formulation of this foundation is exceptional. It reminds me a lot of the Diorskin Nude Air Serum Foundation – both feel weightless and give the skin a beautiful natural glow.
Airflash is slightly more matte than the Serum foundation, and can be applied either by spraying directly on your face, or on the back of your hand and blending out with a brush or beauty blender.
A caution if you decide to spray this directly on your face – this stuff will get everywhere. I’m talking in your hair, on your clothes – everywhere – if you’re not careful. I found that spraying direct from the can delivered fuller coverage, despite some things I’ve read to the contrary. But I also felt like spraying directly on my face made my skin feel dry and also oddly cakey at the same time. A very strange sensation indeed.
When it comes to application, I definitely prefer putting it on the back of the hand first. But even still, there’s just so much faff it doesn’t feel worth it. Not to mention, like a lot of Dior foundations, the shade range just isn’t quite right for my skin tone. Even the lightest shade is still too pink for me, and there’s certainly not a lot of options for darker skin tones.
One other weird thing that bothered me, and I’m sure that it’s specific to Canadian labeling standards, but when I received my can it had been wrapped with a sticker label that had a bunch of air bubbles underneath it. Not a huge deal, but for the price tag I expected better.
Overall I’d rate this foundation a C, the formulation and concept is there, but the execution just didn’t come together properly. Better luck next time, Dior!