Here I am comparing two similar foundations; My favorite: DiorSkin Airflash Spray Foundation and my new favorite: Sephora Collection Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation. Both of those are a mouth full to say. I dare you to say the Dior one 5 times fast. Now try the Sephora one. TOUGH
Anyway, let’s get to the real reason we are reading this entry. For starters, DiorSkin Airflash Foundation is made with mother of pearl pigments which help to even skin tone and diminish the appearance of skin irregularities. They have a good amount of shades that go from fair-medium skin tone, but as a makeup artist I wish that it came in darker shades. Sephora Collection Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation is made with mineral-rich red algae which protests the skin from environmental stresses. It’s created with instablend technology to ensure the color lays down smooth and seamless. This foundation also has a good amount of shades, and they have a few more options for all skin. Now it’s time to COMPARE AND CONTRAST: $62 or $28?
Let’s start with the DiorSkin Airflash Spray Foundation ($62). I was doing event makeup recently, and discovered this weightless beauty. At first, I looked at it thinking..what do you want me to do with it? Spray it all over my body? Then, when I tried it, it was like liquid gold coming out of an aerosol can, so I had to try it on myself. ~*Brief background: I HATE wearing foundation on my face. It always looks too thick, covers up my natural glow, and feels heavy/oily. So putting something like this on my face was terrifying, but I felt like living on the edge that day.*~ I sprayed the color “Medium Beige 300” first onto the dorsum of my hand and applied it with a foundation brush from Makeup Forever (SM-104) and then used the Duo Fibre Brush by MAC (SM-188SH) to blend it in. It was a perfect match right off the bat. I really didn’t even need that added step because it dries super fast with a silky matte finish. I kept it on all day, and honestly forgot that I had foundation on. It felt like air on my face and when I looked in the mirror it still had this sheer veil of color and coverage. My fine lines on my face (only from being so happy and SMILING all the time, duh) were completely softened and almost non-existent. So then I decided it only fit to splurge and spend the $62 + tax at Saks. (Bless my soul) When I woke the next day, I was rushing to a shoot, so I did exactly what every other female in this world does-put my makeup on in the car (AND DON’T SAY YOU DON’T BECAUSE WE ARE ALL GUILTY OF IT). I wanted to try it the way “Dior” directs: “Vigorously shake product for 5 seconds before each use. When applying directly to the face, hold the bottle at a distance of 20 cm, keeping your eyes closed and protecting hair and clothing if necessary.” Well, who reads the directions? Not I, so I spray it onto my face, in my car, with the car windows shut. Let’s just say my entire car just turned into a clouded hotbox of foundation. Thank god my clothes and car were safe, and evidently, my face was too. It looked so clean and clear, and I used the Duo Fibre Brush by MAC (SM-188SH) to blend it in again. I personally liked this technique better because it was more of a medium coverage rather than the first time I tried it. I decided that I was in love and the rest is history.
Just kidding. Now, on to the longest foundation name in the history of foundation names: Sephora Collection Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation. I had no idea that Sephora had a very similar style of foundation. It may sound bad, but I’ve always been a little skeptical of brands that sell a similar product as a high-end brand, especially when it’s much cheaper. Like, why are you able to make it cheaper than the high-end brand, but market it the same? Is the formula different? Is it worse for your face? What is it!!!!!? Well, I still don’t entirely know, but I’m learning-and that will be in another post soon. So I went and matched my face to the shade “Medium with a neutral undertone”. I realized what I like about these shades, is that they work with each skin tone. There are pink undertones, yellow undertones, and neutral undertones. So the “Medium” actually matched my skin perfectly. I had applied with both ways I did with the Dior to make sure my science project had no mishaps (except I didn’t fumigate my car with it this time). Applying it with a brush and directly onto my face, again, felt light weight, looked like a velvet sheet of sunshine, blurred all my imperfections, and lasted all day-shine/oil free! The difference with this is that is comes out a little less hectic, so you have more room to build-which I love due to the fact that sometimes I don’t want to look like Kim Kardasian. It is dermatologist-tested and noncomedogenic. It is made with a mineral-rich red algae extract which protects the skin from environment stresses. I figured out that it doesn’t take much for me to fall in love because this stole my heart as well. Maybe also because it’s only $28 whereas Dior is $64 and they felt the exact same.
Besides a first hand experience of trying the two beauties, I had to dig a little deeper and did some background work. I unveiled some interesting things to say the least. Dior revamped the Airflash formula and it no longer contains alcohol denatured (Thank you for looking out for us Dior!). BUT it is tested on animals. And to me, that is a HUGE no-no. When I found out, I threw my $62 bottle in the trash-which shame on me for not checking that in the first place. As for the Sephora Airbrush Foundation, it is formulated withOUT parabens, sulfates, and phthalates AND is oil-free. The formula It also is NOT tested on animals. (Yew!) Therefore I’d like to say that is enough to sell me on the latter-Such a pleasant surprise. Hopefully this helps to shed a little insight into making sure you review products before purchasing. Even the big name designers aren’t ethical and/or healthy for skin. Tisk Tisk…
Fun Fact: You can spray this onto your legs and arms for a smooth, clean finish!