Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Product Review: Sally Hansen Airbrush Makeup

aka: In which I learn how to use a calendar.

So I was all up and debating whether I should review this Sally Hansen foundation for Foundation Week, or if I should talk about a Paul & Joe base that I had the chance to try. And then I realized that hello, I promised a calendar week's worth of reviews, and a calendar week has -- check it out -- SEVEN days, and not five. I can review both! So that's good, even if I feel really dumb now.

The lovely ladies at Delush recently hosted an interview with What Not To Wear's Carmindy, in which she lists Classified Cosmetic's ERA Spray Foundation as a favourite. I love Carmindy, she makes everyone on the show look so naturally cute. So let me take this opportunity to use her interview as an awkward segway into talking about Sally Hansen Fast & Flawless Airbrush Makeup, aka: The Poor (Wo)Man's ERA.

After the disaster that was L'Oreal's Infallible Makeup yesterday, it was a comparative joy to put on the Sally Hansen. This stuff was purchased on sale as part of my ginormous haul from New York, but it's available everywhere in Canada as well. This ultra thin liquid sprays out of a slim aerosol can, and it kind of smells like the Sally Hansen spray on panty hose stuff, which is kind of offputting. The smell goes away after application though, so no worries.

I've heard about people who spray the foundation directly on to their faces, but I've also heard about people who eat things with exoskeletons, and I'm not about to do that either. I usually spray this stuff into my hand, and then blend it on with my fingers. I'm sure it would work well with a sponge or foundation brush too, since it's so thin. For a "long-lasting" foundation, this feels pretty light on the face, and blending is a snap. Take care around the hair line and jaw line though... despite how sheer it looks, this does provide some coverage, so foundation lines will be visible if you don't blend it in properly.

Airbrush Makeup gives a light to medium coverage that is very buildable. If you don't set it with powder, you get a slightly dewy look, but a touch of powder makes it matte. While it doesn't look quite as skin-like as a tinted moisturizer, it does a pretty good job of giving a natural look, IF you get the right shade. Lasting power is pretty impressive as well... I might have to blot once at midday, but that's usually it.

So why don't I use this foundation more? It only comes in like 5 shades, and that's supposed to cover the whole gamut of skintones out there. Creamy Natural is the closest shade for me, but it is still a shade and a half too dark. By far, the worst thing about SH's Airbrush Makeup is the lack of shade choice. The coverage is not sheer enough so that you could get by with a "so-so" shade. From others' reviews though, it sounds like a lot of the shades are kind of orangey or otherwise weird. Since I'm not a fan of the floating-face look, it's back to the drawing board for me.

So, if you're one of those lucky individuals that manages to find a good shade match, I'd definitely recommend giving this foundation a try. This would also be a good "practice" foundation if you're considering buying the ERA stuff, but aren't sure about the technique.

Tomorrow's review will be all about Paul & Joe's Liquid Foundation! That's right, I'm gettin' all fancy on your collective asses! Stay tuned!

Have you tried any of these "spray on" or "airbrush" foundations? What did you think?

This review was part of Foundation Week!

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At 5:45 p.m., Blogger violet said...

In a real lapse of judgement, I bought Sally Hansen's Airbrush Legs once. "Like spraying on pantyhose," the bottle claims. Which, I mean... why?

At 6:47 p.m., Blogger The Glitterati said...

I'm convinced its success is due to our obsession with the word "instant", and with things dispensed from spray cans.

How else do you explain instant bacon and spray cheese?

At 1:12 p.m., Anonymous chrissy said...

there is a clear one available as well. which i was told fantastic with a powder that matches your skin color!

At 6:41 p.m., Anonymous eileen said...

Does anyone know what stores to find this in Canada

At 12:44 p.m., Blogger The Glitterati said...

Hi Eileen,

I've seen this at Shopper's Drug Mart, and at Superstore (out West) in the past. I haven't checked lately though, so I'm not sure if they've stopped carrying it. Are you having trouble finding some?

If your local Shopper's doesn't carry it, check with a manager to see if they might be able to order some stock in for you. They carry other Sally Hansen stuff, it shouldn't be too big a deal for them to get some in store.

At 3:15 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bought the "no color" one, and it was still way too dark

though normally, I'm the palest or second palest shade in msot make up

At 8:21 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

I purchased a spray on foundation several years ago, and I liked it. It was inexpensive and did the job rather well. Can't remember what it was though and cannot find ANY spray on makeup in local store.

At 7:08 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like this makeup a lot. Its so sheer and natural looking. I agree it does need more shades but some loose powder or bronzer will even things out.

At 6:43 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi-I LOVE this makeup, the beach beige works perfectly with my skin tone. Unfortunately, this product has been discontinued and has been listed as such on the Sally Hansen web site. I went out and bought Carmindy's airbrush version hoping it would be the same, but it's not. It's blotchy and orange(and that's the lightest color). Have to say, I'm very sad about it. The only other airbrush makeup that I like is the $60 DiorSkin and who wants to spend that much on foundation!!!!

At 4:23 p.m., Blogger Anna Wong said...

hey! i see that your from toronto! i tried finding this foundation IN ALL drug stores and i cant fint it!!! where did you get yours??

At 8:42 p.m., Blogger The Glitterati said...

Hey Anna, I got this one ages ago, so I can't remember. I haven't seen it around recently, unfortunately, though I *think* I recall seeing it in last time I went to the US. If I see any, I'll be sure to post a comment here! Good luck!

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