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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Review: Sephora Instant Airbrush Foundation in Light Ivory


Sephora Instant Airbrush Foundation in Light Ivory
After my experience with Dior's Airflash Foundation, I've become obsessed with spray foundations - the finish they provide, and the lasting power you can achieve with them. In an effort to replicate my experience without spending a fortune, I've been trying a few different spray foundations and next on the road to replication is Sephora's Instant Airbrush Foundation. Ladies and gents, we might just have a winner...

Sephora's Instant Airbrush Foundation has an oil and fragrance-free formula that applies smoothly both when sprayed directly on the face as well as when applied with a brush. If you are spraying directly on, make sure to cover your hair because once it dries, it's not going anywhere. The formula is buildable from medium to full coverage and dries to a matte powder finish and really doesn't budge for much of anything throughout the day. The pictures below were taken on a 90 degree day and I do quite a bit of walking too and from work, so it's fair to say this foundation took a beating. Yet, it finished out the day with very minor wear and tear around troublesome areas like my T-zone. Rather than wearing away, I feel like it assumed a more natural finish. Very impressive results from any foundation, let alone one that falls into the spray-application category. Due to the stay-matte nature of this formula, I might suggest those with super dry skin types think twice before purchasing. Still, you can always go to Sephora and have a pro apply it for you to wear around for the day  to test before before you buy.

Aside from the quality, another innovation that makes Sephora's Instant Airbrush Foundation stand out against the rest is that you get three shades in one can. The top swivels so you can apply anything from "light" to "high", making this a great foundation for the winter-spring-summer transition.

While it claims to be a time saving, I don't find that to be the case with this or any spray foundation, but the results and wear far outweigh the time it takes to put on. The only thing I would do differently with this foundation is the spray nozzle - it's a little narrow and reminiscent of a spray paint can. Still, for $20 and the results I saw, my minor complaints end there. One thing those with deeper skin might want to watch out for is that lack of shade range. There are three shades - light, medium, and tan - and I have the lightest and darkest photographed next to each other for comparison.

For those looking for an affordable alternative to Dior's Airflash Foundation, this might just be it. It might be less suited for very dry skin types, but a little moisturizer goes a long way.




Sephora Instant Airbrush Foundation in Light Ivory

Sephora Instant Airbrush Foundation in Light Ivory & Tan

Sephora Instant Airbrush Foundation in Light Ivory

Sephora Instant Airbrush Foundation in Light Ivory - Before

Sephora Instant Airbrush Foundation in Light Ivory - After 

Sephora Instant Airbrush Foundation in Light Ivory - After 8 hours

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