12.19.2014
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Dior
DiorSkin AirFlash Spray Foundation
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$62
Category:Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Foundations without Sunscreen > Liquid Foundation
Last Updated:12.19.2014
Jar Packaging:False
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Tested on animals:Yes
Overview

This is an aerosol foundation that can be tricky to use, but with a little patience the results are rewarding. The coverage you get depends on your application. Spraying it in your hand at close range and then applying to the face will net medium to full coverage that looks surprisingly natural, and is far less messy than holding it 12 inches or more from your face (as the Dior makeup artist we spoke to recommended). Either way it provides a sheer veil of color and coverage.

Once sprayed on, AirFlash dries, well, in a flash—so blending must be quick. Luckily, this blends evenly and sets to a long-wearing, silky matte finish that will require more than a water-soluble cleanser to remove. The shades are excellent, with options for fair to medium skin. Although this is pricey, it is a unique twist on liquid foundations (even those that are silicone-based) and does indeed feel weightless, which is ideal for oily to very oily skin.

By the way, since this foundation can get on your clothing or hairline as you spray it (especially given that you should keep your eyes closed when doing so), it is best applied before dressing, with your hairline protected by a towel or headband, because if you aren’t careful it can get all over. The mist this produces is ultra-fine, but some spotting can occur when spraying from the distance that Dior recommends, and do make sure the opening doesn’t clog or a mess will ensue.

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Ingredients

Butane, Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Propane, Nylon-12, Cocoglycerides, Sodium Lactate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Glycerin, Caprylyl Dimethicone Ethoxy Glucoside, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Aluminum/Magnesium Hydroxide Stearate, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Silica, Sodium Chloride, Zinc Stearate, Methylparaben, Potassium Sorbate, Propylparaben, Fragrance, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone

Brand Overview

Dior At-A-Glance

Strengths:Nearly all of the SPF-related products offer sufficient UVA protection; a few extraordinary foundations and mascaras; a good liquid concealer; an excellent powder eyeshadow set; some good lipsticks and eyeliners.

Weaknesses: Expensive; lackluster moisturizers and serums that contain more fragrance and preservatives than elegant ingredients; irritating toners and self-tanners; ordinary masks; lack of products to address the needs of those with blemishes or skin discolorations; some foundations with SPF ratings that are too low; mostly average makeup brushes.

If you're looking for a clear-cut case of style winning out over substance, here it is. The Dior name is synonymous with couture fashion and countless other lifestyle accoutrements, but they continue to falter when it comes to establishing a first-rate collection of skin-care products. Of course, the company believes their products are the crème de la crème and if we're judging on aesthetics alone, we see what they mean. However, what's inside the gorgeous components is what counts for your skin, and Dior's formulas leave a lot to be desired. On one hand, it's great that all of their sunscreens contain sufficient UVA protection; on the other, all of their moisturizers either leave skin wanting more or contain problematic ingredients with no skin-redeeming qualities.

Fragrance is huge for Dior, and a visit to their counter attests to this, as fragrances line the counter right beside the skin-care tester unit. It would be better for skin if the two categories were kept separate, but in most cases the amount of fragrance added to Dior's skin-care products is greater than the token amounts of state-of-the-art ingredients (and the effectiveness of most of those is further diminished by jar packaging). If you wouldn't put perfume on your face, think twice about applying it in the form of an expensive skin-care product.

On the plus side, there are a few very good products to consider if you don't mind spending the extra money. If you're a fan of Dior's fashions and want to experiment with their cosmetic products, you'll find that their makeup outshines the skin care and has improved in ways that keep the panache while making genuine improvements. Despite all manner of claims to the contrary (everything from purifying pores to lifting skin to the point that sagging is a thing of the past), the most attractive part of Dior's formulas is how they're dressed, not how they perform.

For more information about Dior, call (212) 931-2200 or visit www.dior.com.

Dior Makeup

Always fashion-forward, Dior's makeup is more well-designed and attractive than ever, offering standout products in almost every category. The most notable change over the past several years has been Dior's improved foundation formulas and shades. It's now the exception rather than the rule to find overtly peach, pink, or rose-toned shades among Dior's many complexion-enhancing options. Even better, Dior has recently introduced foundations to compensate for its previous too-low SPF efforts, with formulas available in SPF 15, 20 and 25, a couple of which even include UVA-protecting ingredients. Such a move shows that while Dior may still struggle with an overall lackluster skin care line, they are at least working to meet dermatologist-recommended benchmarks for sun protection.

You will also be very impressed with Dior's powder blush, eyeshadows (though their shiny finish is not the best for Baby Boomer eyes), the DiorSkin concealer, brow gel, and most of the mascaras. If you're a fan of lip gloss and are willing to tolerate a double-digit price, you'll be in cosmetics heaven wading through all the lip-shining options here. On the flip side, neither the standard pencils nor most of the lipsticks are worth the money. With any designer-based line built on artifice, price is more than a matter of dollars. It's indicative of a company’s image and remains a prestige factor that often speaks louder than the products themselves. Dior is guilty of maximizing its assets to play up its image, but with their makeup line the good news for you is that, for the most part, they really pay attention to what’s inside all the luxe containers, too.

One more note: Dior’s makeup tester units are much more accessible and user-friendly than for previous editions of this book. We also found their counter staff to be more accommodating and definitely less condescending than several other European-bred lines.

Note: Dior is categorized as a brand that tests on animals because its products are sold in China. Although Dior does not conduct animal testing for its products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law.” Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.

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Monday, February 23, 2015
Airflash

I have celiac & was told I could not use Diorskin Airflash because it has wheat in it. I did not see that when I read the ingredient. I really would like to try it. Can you clarify this for me. Than you

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Replied on: Monday, February 23, 2015

Hi there!  They are probably referring to the ingredient tocopherol, which is often derived from wheat.  When used in cosmetics, it is incredibly stripped down so that it does not resemeble the wheat protein in or on your body, but I would recomment checking with Dior to see what they recommend and of course if you do try it, remember to spot-test first to see if it is something your body doesn't respond well to!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
LOVE.

I'm lazy when it comes to foundation, but when I wear Airflash I look just about as good as when I used to apply my then-favorite-splurge Armani foundation with a brush. Sprayed lightly over a tinted bb cream, quickly blended with a big kabuki brush, Airflash gives my aging rosacea-reddened skin a pretty semi-matte finish with no heaviness, caking or settling into fine lines. I add the tiniest bit of sheer powder blush, a touch of finishing powder at the t-zone, and my skin is good to go.

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Susan b.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
The BEST

I absolutely love this foundation. Beautiful results. Just make sure to shake well and to get the most out of this product use simply spray onto a foundation brush and then apply to your face after moisturizer. I don't even need to use a concealer with this foundation. Great coverage and worth the expensive price tag. Also comes in a wonder variety of shades for your perfect match.

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Saturday, June 14, 2014
patience rewarded!

LOVE THIS! I'm 51 and it makes my skin flawless. Truly weightless, I can build up coverage. Takes practice to apply. I spray from a distance then immediately use a foundation brush to even out. People say they spray it into their hands then apply. I don't understand this! The whole point is to spray it to get the airbrush effect! Any other application makes it liquid foundation!! If your having trouble, start with a cheaper spay foundation then upgrade. Sephora has one for $26.

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Honey

This is absolutely my favorite foundation and at the age of 49 I have tried many. When applied in a stippling motion with the Tarte bamboo foundation brush, it provides even, smooth, medium-to-full coverage that feels weightless and looks natural. In addition, it has a pleasant cooling effect when you first apply it. I have dry skin and I only apply a small amount of loose powder on top in the T-zone. It is pricey but well worth it!

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Friday, February 01, 2013
best ever

i have never loved a foundation like this one it look so natural flawless skin the coverage is medium to full plus i don't feel like wearing any foundation for best result spray it not on your hand but on a brush and blend it last longer and perfect coverage

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karima
Friday, January 18, 2013
Waste of money

I really wanted to like this foundation as I hear make-up artists talk about spray foundations all the time, so I gave it a full week every day. However, it was impossible to get decent results. It is super messy to apply, when applied to a sponge first a lot of product is wasted. The texture is as thin as water, so it goes on super sheer and there is no coverage to speak of. This is a total waste of money as you can get a product that is MUCH, MUCH better for less than a third of the price of this one.

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