During my foundation quest, I have used Dior Airflash off and on for a couple of years. Despite the rather disturbing notion of spraying a foundation onto one's face (much like a can of paint), I was initially impressed by this product's seamless finish and demi-matte, skin-like texture that softens lines and lasts a respectable eight+ hours in a variety of weather conditions. Since this product has been on the market for years, I don't think my review on this formula will be novel; however, I hope to contribute to the conversation with regards to the new shade release (#201) and my favorite way of applying this!
Retailing for $62, three potential caveats of this foundation are the steep price, complexity of application and how quickly one can run through a 2.3 ounce can of this perfecting elixir. I have found that with occasional usage (4-6 times a month) and appropriate application, a single can of this foundation can last nearly four months.
After experimenting with a variety application processes (e.g., spraying it directly on the face, spraying it onto a sponge and then applying etc.), I have experienced the absolute best results when I spray it on a foundation brush (in my case, the Sephora Airbrush #56) and buff it into my face.
Dior Airflash in #201 Linen is a fortuitous release...it is a fantastic yellow-based beige that should have been released years ago (when one takes into account the popularity of Dior's Linen shade in other foundation formulas). It is between NC 23 and NC 25 and doesn't oxidize once applied. For years, I wore #301 Sand (NC 27-30) because it was the only shade that had warm yellow undertones and a shade semi-close to my skin tone depth; sadly, however, Sand was often a bit too dark and had to be lightened with powders or primers. The arrival of #201 Linen has changed this plight and I know I am not the only one pleased with this addition!
Texturally, this foundation is incredibly light while simultaneously providing excellent, buildable medium coverage. Although fragrance is included in the ingredients list, it is a challenge to detect it once applied. Even though it doesn't boast any skin care benefits, and, in contrast, contains some questionable chemicals, my skin thankfully hasn't encountered an ounce of irritation over years of intermittent usage.
There is a reason that Dior Airflash has remained on the market for so many years without a major revamp or reformulation...this foundation's efficacy is undeniable! It works with a variety of skin types (e.g., dry, combination, oily, sensitive, young skin, aging skin etc.) and melds with the skin in a way that transcends that of traditional liquid foundations.
Kindly scroll on for product images, a copious amount of comparison swatches and my video review (which includes additional thoughts on this formula and a tutorial for application)...
|Above: This sleek silver box houses the Airflash, which comes in a 2.3 ounce aerosol canister.|
|Above: Linen #201 is Dior's answer to NC 25...I cannot believe it took the company this long to release this in-demand shade!|
|Above: The full ingredients list...anything facial product containing Butane is a bit daunting to say the least, but I haven't experienced any immediate or long term irritation from usage.|
|Above: The spray nozzle resists buildup and is simple to operate, making this foundation safe for your bag!|
The following images reveal comparison swatches of Airflash #201 and #301 (as well as commensurate shades in the Kanebo Sensai Cellular Performance Cream Foundation) in various lighting situations...
|Above: Linen and Sand in direct sunlight...Linen is close to NC 25 and Sand is approximately NC 30.|
|Above: I am currently NC 25 and my most flawless matches in the lineup above are Kanebo Sensai Natural Beige and Airflash 201 Linen.|
|Above: Swatches (ranging from NC 25-NC 35) in outdoor shade.|
|Above: If I get a bit more color (thereby pushing me over the edge to NC 30+), then Airflash Sand #301 will be a perfect match.|
|Above: All five swatches in direct sunlight (at twilight!).|
Airflash Video Review and Tutorial:
|Above: Airflash on my face in indoor lighting.|
|Above: In direct sunlight.|
|Above: In outdoor indirect light.|
|Above: Happy in direct sunlight ; )|
Bottom Line: Dior Airflash is a fascinating foundation incarnation. From the rather large aerosol can to the next-to-nothing mist expelled, this anomaly produces a lasting, lovely, medium-coverage skin finish with a few sprays and a round of buffing. Although some of the chemical ingredients are less than desirable, the overall effect makes this foundation a worthy candidate for intermittent usage. It has a thin texture that evens skin tone and blurs fine lines without settling or caking and once one masters the knack of application, this foundation becomes a viable choice for anyone seeking a bright, matte-yet-glowing, balanced complexion that lasts for hours. Highly recommended!
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