Wednesday, 14 October 2009
SKII Air Touch foundation review
This foundation doesn't provide a lot of coverage and if you have blemishes, you'll need to conceal those first. I think it's best suited to normal skin that's pretty good to start off with, which makes it sound a bit rubbish as a foundation. However, if you have quite good skin this will give you flawless, almost unreal skin (but without looking like foundation.)
It's what it does for the texture and evenness of my complexion that I like. My skin is pretty good; I have some redness around the chin and nose and a definite tendency to take on a slightly green/grey tinge if I'm tired, but otherwise it's pretty clear and even textured. The SKII gives me glowy, peachy baby-looking skin.
The Air Touch isn't as difficult to get the hang of as the Era spray foundation from Classified Cosmetics, but it does take a bit of practice to get the distance and timing right. If you apply too much it can go dry and cakey - the only time this has ever happened to me is when I first tried it out at the counter and the sales assistant blasted my face for a full minute plus (she gave me flesh coloured eyelashes, because I had mascara on. I looked like Tilda Swinton.) If you spray too close to the face you'll get streaks too, which are quite easy to blend out, but defeat the unique selling point of this product, which is that it gives an incredibly fine and even mist that you don't need to blend.
I apply after concealer and powder blusher (it doesn't cover the blush, weirdly) but I put my eyeshadow, mascara etc and lip product on after it. The foundation does not stick to your hair or eyebrows because it is magic (or it has something to do with ionic charges, one or the other.) I only spray for about 15 seconds, moving the mist around my face. This is enough to give me clear and even skin without looking like I'm wearing foundation. Once it's dry, it's transfer resistant, and as a bonus, it seems to help colour cosmetics stay on longer too.
I'm making this seem like an expensive hassle, but I'll definitely replace the cartridge when I run out. SKII is now only available at Harrods in the UK. I've tried the skincare and didn't rate it that highly, to be honest (although I did buy it at the time when there was a concern about the safety of the formulations in some markets, which may have coloured my perception of the brand.)
Yes, this is £80 for the mechanism and a small cartridge (I think 5ml, maybe) and then £40 for the refill (I think each one would last at least a couple of months using it every day in the way that I do.) Yes, I bought it myself (although, in my defence, I had been influenced by the news that this was the foundation used in the Twilight film. I would like to know *where* my free Cullen is.) I'm shade OP3, which is a pale neutral slightly peachy beige.