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The Perfect Base with Diorskin Airflash Spray Foundation

November 30, 2016

Diorskin Air Flash

I’ve been a long-time fan of the Diorskin Airflash Spray Foundation and am excited to team up with Dior Beauty to re-visit it this month. With the holiday season in full swing finding base makeup that covers the face entirely, photographs well with a flash, lasts a long time and still looks natural can be a challenge. I have normal to combination skin and even when I set my base with a good powder I usually find I need a quick touch up at least 2 times a day. I like a base that has visible coverage but sometimes fuller coverage foundations can feel thick or look flat. Formulas have improved across brands over the years with better lasting power, lighter textures and unique glowy finishes, but the Diorskin Airflash Spray Foundation is hands down among the best of bases that hits all the marks on what I want: long lasting, photographs well with flash, covers the face entirely but looks natural.

Diorskin Air Flash

The Airflash comes in an aerosol spray can and dispenses an ultra fine even layer of foundation in a mist. It gives the skin an airbrushed finish. Simply shake it for a few seconds, hold about 6 inches from the face and spray from the top down in a zig-zag motion. There can be a bit of a learning curve to figure out exactly how far to hold it from your face when you spray it – I sometimes wear a band around my hairline to keep the hair back and out of the way. After spraying I’ve blend a bit with a sponge or a brush. You can also add more on areas by spraying the product directly on the brush and patting on the face. Any tool will work but I just discovered the Backstage Buffing Brush #18 and it has the perfect density and angled shape to blend out foundation to a flawless streak-free smooth finish. For color matching, in the past I’ve been a match to the shade 300 Medium Beige, but right now I’m a better match to 201 Linen.

Diorskin Air FlashDiorskin Air Flash

Below is a closer look at the spray foundation with the Backstage Buffing Brush #18. It’s the perfect size for smoothing across the face. So many foundation buffing brushes are on the smaller side, this one has a larger head which makes it easier to swipe in larger motions.

Diorskin Airflash and Buffing Brush 18

Swatches below with the Airflash Spray Foundation in 201 (color I’m wearing in photos) and 300. Over the past few months I’ve also been using the Capture Totale Dreamskin Cushion and mix 020 and 030 – I initially thought it was a foundation but was told by a few reps that it’s actually part of their skincare line and can be used as a primer or just a regular tint. It’s swatched heavily below but the cushion is significantly lighter in coverage and very sheer. Let me know if you want a dedicated review on the cushions.

Diorskin Airflash vs Dreamskin Cushion Swatches

Below on the left is me wearing just the Airflash Foundation in 201 and a bit of the Dior Lip Glow in Lilac to prep the lips, photographed without flash. For me the Airflash has enough coverage to cover dark under eye circles most of the time. There are some days where I do need extra coverage so I’ll layer on something under the eyes or around the nose. Below you can see that with just the foundation everything looks like it’s covered. Everything as in my acne scars on the chin and freckles and sunspots on my cheeks aren’t visible.

On the right side is the base with some color added. This photograph is taken with a flash to show that the foundation doesn’t give a white glare or cast that you see with some other foundations. This makes it a great one to wear for holiday gatherings, dinners or parties. You won’t have to worry about getting holiday photos with your face looking garishly white in contrast to your neck or body.

Diorskin Airflash 201 Linen

Makeup worn is with a light hand and everything blended, products shown below as well. What I’m wearing:

Dior Beauty Holiday Glow Natural Beauty Look

Right now has a special online promo where you can get a mini kabuki brush with any Airflash foundation purchase. The packaging is always exquisite – if you’re looking for a place that will wrap and package everything perfectly, Dior has it all covered.

Dior Holiday Packaging and Airflash GWP

Diorskin Air Flash

Bottom line I think the Diorskin Airflash is a classic. In the past few weeks I tried it without any setting powder – we’ve been having dry weather and air here (even with the rain) so my skin hasn’t been as oily as normal. I almost always set with a powder but the Airflash lasted an impressive amount of time without it. It’s one I’ll be wearing all holiday long because it performs well and truly holds up all day long. It gets extra points from me for covering my skin entirely while still looking natural.

Have you tried the Diorskin Airflash? What color do you use? If not what’s your go-to base for holiday photographs or gatherings? You can find the Diorskin Airflash Spray Foundation for $62 at

This post was sponsored by Dior. As always all opinions my own.




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  • claire talks beauty November 30, 2016 at 8:20 am

    I have heard great things about this dior foundation but i have never tried it! Right now i am using the makeup for ever ultra hd foundation

    Claire from

    • Sabrina November 30, 2016 at 10:03 am

      Ooh the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD is a great one! Do you use the stick or liquid pump? Both are great 🙂

  • Gilda November 30, 2016 at 9:11 am

    The aerosol bit makes me nervous. Is it bad to inhale?

    • Sabrina November 30, 2016 at 10:04 am

      I wouldn’t inhale directly but the mist is very fine and should be safe to use.

  • Jenn November 30, 2016 at 10:02 am

    This foundation has been on my wishlist for years now. I think it’s about time I buy it! I always love purchasing from the Dior site, the presentation is stunning and they offer great samples/GWPs.

    xoxo Jenn│

  • Cynthia November 30, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Thanks for a wonderful review on this. I love Dior foundation and I do believe it has an excellent coverage. I was tempted to buy the first generation of the AirFlash Spray Foundation, but back then they only had few shades. I saw some reviews that the shades looks orange after applying so I never consider in getting it. Thanks to your review I’ll might add this to my Christmas makeup shopping list.

    Cynthia | Peony in Love

  • Lottie November 30, 2016 at 10:59 am

    It’s given you such a nice dewy look to your skin, looks like a perfect pick me up foundation for the winter! x

  • Shelley November 30, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Gahhh I knew I should’ve picked one up during the VIB sale 🙁 This foundation looks SOOOO good on you! And for how much product you get, the price really isn’t that steep.

  • Rena Dempsey November 30, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    Since you are talking to Dior…can you ask them to please intro more shades? Seriously. The product is great. But the shade range is so dated. They need to update. And it would sell more….why brands don’t do this is beyond me.

  • Martha December 1, 2016 at 5:12 am

    Do you use a primer with this foundation?

  • Wildfire Charm December 1, 2016 at 6:10 am

    I have never tried a foundation in a spray can! I am afraid I’ll spray too much product out but I’m interested to try the finish on my skin x


  • Tracey December 1, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Thanks for the review and reminder of this product that has long been on my wish list. Every time I’ve had this foundation applied to my face, it has looked flawless. The Airflash concealer works like magic when combined with the foundation. Wayne Goss also did a tutorial using the product. It has been recommended to me to apply to a brush and not directly to the face. I’m heavy handed, so the brush application is my preference at least to start.

  • CA Sand December 1, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Wore it on my wedding day – there is nothing that compares to it. It’s just that it’s pricey for day to day AND spray is not something simple to use pre-coffee 🙂 You have inspired me to revisit! xo

  • Z December 2, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    I’d love a review and swatches of the Diorskin cushion please! I’m looking for a more natural cushion, but still some coverage.

  • Wendy December 15, 2016 at 6:54 am

    Thanks for the review on this product. I am impressed by the fact that one layer of mist alone covers your sun spots – I struggle with this and always end up layering concealer over the base to minimize the appearance. Will have to give this a try!!

    • Sabrina December 20, 2016 at 9:19 am

      Hi Wendy – I’m so late to responding but glad you liked this. Yes I struggle with sun spots and freckles although my husband and friends think they are “cute.” The Airflash definitely helps even out the skintone without looking like you have layers of product on the face.

  • Sarah January 29, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    I really want to try this foundation but don’t like the application (I’m often doing make up on the go). On the other hand I have really been loving L’Oreal’s cushion foundation, but find it very expensive for the amount of product. I’m wondering if I could fill the cushion with Airflash…any thoughts as to whether that would work? Thanks!