I have always LOVED the effect of airbrush foundations but the idea of having to use a gun and compressor just seems too much for every day. Lucky for me, I was sent award-winning SK-II Air Touch Foundation, an airbrush foundation that you spray directly onto your face for the same flawless effect MINUS the bulky equipment and hassle. Want to know if it delivers? Read on to find out!
Invented by the Japanese, the Air Touch Foundation comes in a sleek, hand-held disk in a sophisticated red color. Inside the case houses a battery-operated ionizer and refillable sachet of color.
To use the foundation, it is strongly recommended that you first moisturize your skin (which I always do anyways) and do your eyebrows, eyeshadow and blush. Next, hold the disk 4 inches away, flip the little switch to On and move it along the contours of your face. The tiny positively-charged foundation color particles will then be drawn straight onto the negatively charged ions on your skin, covering anything with a high water content while avoiding hair, eyebrows and clothes.
The whole spraying process takes about 15 seconds. Although I cannot see the color particles, I can definitely feel a gentle breeze on my face. The foundation leaves behind a moist finish that takes longer than usual to dry. It is VERY important that you keep your hands and hair off your face before the foundation dries off or else it will smear and get patchy.
Once the foundation sets, my skin looks smooth, glowy, evened out and just unbelievably natural. My undereye circles and freckles still show through but you can always build up the coverage by spraying a second layer or use a concealer on top. I also love how there are absolutely no streaks or blotchiness – yay for not having to blend with fingers, brushes or sponges!
Besides the awesome finish, the wearability of this foundation is superb! As you all know, I’m a fan of the dewy look and with this foundation, I never have to set with powder or touch up during the day. The foundation does not oxidize or change color either and my skin stays fresh until I take it off at the end of the day.
Color-wise, there are only 4 shades available in the US. OP-1 is the lightest with pink undertones, OP-3 is a medium color also with pink undertones, BP-4 is a darker beige/yellow color and BR-6 is the darkest with more neutral undertones. OP-3, featured in this review, is a decent match for my MAC NC30 skin. Here is a picture of it squirted onto the back of my hand.
The only con is probably the price. At $165 for the complete set (device and refill) and $90 for a refill which probably will last about 2 months if you use it everyday, this is no doubt the most expensive foundation I have ever used. But considering the effect it gives and how easy it is to use, I am still willing to fork out the money when my refill runs out.
Has anyone of you tried this or other airbrush foundations? Share your thoughts!
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