Just before the New Year I was in desperate need of a new foundation. I went for No7’s Airbrush Away in Calico.
My last foundation review, the GOSH #Foundation Drops, is one of my most viewed posts of all time, ever. Fingers crossed this one does just as well?
So, just before the New Year I unexpectedly ran out of foundation. As in, I went to pump it onto my hand, as I had done the day before, and nothing came out. I opened the bottle – empty. Luckily I was putting on makeup for a trip into town so it wasn’t the end of the world, and who doesn’t love an excuse for new makeup? After walking aimlessly around Boots, trying some frankly disgusting foundations on my arm, I decided that I was just going to have to get my face tested by the nice lady at No7. I’m just so bad at matching my own foundation.
Having your face matched is just a bit weird. Like, not weird weird. She didn’t sit on my lap or sing or anything, but still a bit space age (am I getting old?). She removed my orange summer foundation (lol) from what I can only describe as my ‘jowls’ on each side with some micellar water and then pressed the little machine to each cheek. Turns out my face is ‘calico’, a pale pinky beige – shout out to my sister for nonchalantly guessing just by looking at me, before the buttons had been pressed. I asked for medium coverage and was presented with two choices. I chose the Airbrush Away.
Packaging wise, the box is pretty ugly. Sorry No7 – but we don’t buy foundations to keep the box so I’m going to skim over that. The bottle itself is really quite pretty. Minimalist frosted glass with a chic black pipette lid is just a brilliant combination. You’ll notice that once again I went for a really wet, pipette style foundation. I hate heavy foundation on face and lately really thin foundations are all I can manage without screaming. If you haven’t tried something a bit thinner I’d seriously recommend it.
I have really normal skin, whatever that means, so have no trouble with most foundations. While No7 say that the Airbrush Away is for all skin types, I’m a little concerned that it may settle a bit on dry patches – much like the GOSH foundation. It’s also Hypo-Allergenic if that appeals to you – I’m probably the least allergic person in the world but always a plus!
So, am I as big of a fan of this as I was of the GOSH? Bigger. Much bigger. For a start, the colour suits me so much better. SO much better. Huge shout out to the woman who matched me and to my sister for being psychic. Its like I’m seeing my face a whole new, less orange way and I can’t get enough.
I also love the texture on my skin. As I say, I hate foundation that you have to almost paint on. It makes my face feel slimy and itchy. This sits on the skin like a velvet dream, genuinely blurring pores and lines. Apparently this is something to do with ‘optical blurring powders’ but who knows – all foundation is just wet powder though, right? Like, it dries to a powder unless it’s a gross wet one? Clueless.
I’ve really found a gem here and I’m 99% sure that when I eventually run out – a little goes a looooong way – I’ll be right back in Boots picking up another bottle (or ordering online if I’m in France). At £16.50 a bottle (30ml) it won’t even break my student loan either!
Have you found a foundation that really blows you away?
What are your thoughts on a more liquid foundation?