I’ve always been intrigued by Airbase HD Foundation, as it is widely used by the make-up artists on X Factor, This Morning and Strictly Come Dancing. Originally created to be used on those behind the lens, it has now been adapted to suit those who are looking for an everyday foundation – so I couldn’t wait to have a try.
Although it is designed to be airbrushed onto the skin (and you can buy your very own airbrush machine from Airbase should you wish to do so), it can be applied with a brush/fingers. The first thing I noticed when applying is how thin and watery the foundation is, which surprised me as I assumed something that was designed for the ‘unforgiving world of high definition’ would be far thicker. However, after applying to skin the foundation turns to a more matte texture and does indeed give the coverage I initially expected.
I did apply quite a fair amount as I wanted to see how the build up of the product looked. Sometimes with other products, foundation can start to look flaky and dry but with Airbase this wasn’t the case. The more you apply, the thicker the coverage – but without looking over the top. One thing I noticed was that it isn’t heavy on skin, which is very different to my normal foundation (Dior Skin Nude). It is very lightweight, regardless of how thick you prefer the coverage to be.
With regards to those who suffer from sensitive skin (like me) and flare up whenever an overly artificial/scented product is used, I would say that this foundation is probably safe to use. Although it’s not specifically designed for those with sensitive skin, it didn’t react when I tested it out – and normally I can tell straight away if it has irritated my skin or not.
A 30ml bottle retails at around £32.95, which in my eyes is a high-end product. My regular foundation costs me £30 and usually lasts several months. I’m quite happy to pay out for it because I know it gives me the desired coverage. However, I would say that if you regularly wear high street foundations (ie: Rimmel, Maybelline, No 7 etc) it is worth trying out a more expensive foundation if you can. You’ll be very surprised at how different it feels/looks and the effect it gives (and like me, probably won’t ever go back). I’m often a little cynical as to whether foundations are worth a high price tag, as often it’s just the name that allows them to charge more – however, so far I haven’t come across a product where that is the case.
Generally, a more high-end product does give better results, as in the case of Airbase. I’m not ruling out high street foundations, as if you have the right type of skin you can make it look more expensive that it actually is. If you are dissatisfied with the one you are using currently, I would recommend you try out a higher end product simply to compare.
I use colour 02 in light medium. I got mine from http://www.airbasemakeup.com/