Can No7 Airbrush Away foundation really deliver flawless, smooth looking skin? I was intrigued by what I’d read about it, so I put it to the test.
Like many women, I’m always on the hunt for the perfect foundation. Something which is going to give me a flawless base, and feel light and natural on my skin. But I also want it to stick around for longer than just a few hours.
This No7 foundation sounded like it might be one worth trying, so I headed off to buy it as soon it was released.
What They Say
Reading the Boots website, No7 Airbrush Away foundation* sounds like it could be the Holy Grail that I’ve been looking for. It ‘glides over the skin like liquid silk’, giving buildable coverage and blurring the appearance of fine lines.
Airbrush Away foundation contains blurring powders to give a soft focus effect and velvet finish, and Berryflux Vita to hydrate the skin.
It sounds impressive, and I was really excited to find out if it would live up to the claims.
I really like the look of the Airbrush Away foundation’s packaging. It comes in a frosted glass bottle with a dropper cap, and looks lovely sitting on my dressing table. No7 Airbrush Away foundation is available in 17 shades, and I selected the shade Cool Ivory.
Following the instructions, I shook the bottle and used the dropper to dispense a few drops onto the back of my hand. The foundation is fairly liquid, which I have to say surprised me a little.
I thought it would need to be slightly thicker if it was going to cover imperfections and blur fine lines.
I used a buffing brush from the Real Techniques Core Collection* to buff the foundation into my skin.
No7 Airbrush Away foundation is easy to apply, buffing in and blending very easily using my brush. However it did need a little extra blending around the corners of my nose and the inner corner of my eyes.
When applying the foundation to my skin, it feels very silky. So I wasn’t surprised to find out that this product contains silica. It also contains denatured alcohol, which I had expected after reading that you need to shake the bottle before use.
In the past I have found that this can dry out my skin, but so far I haven’t had this problem with No7 Airbrush Away foundation.
I was immediately impressed by the coverage that it gives, considering that it is a fairly liquid foundation.
I would say that it gives medium coverage, but you can easily build coverage in areas that need it. The redness on my cheeks was easily covered, and I really liked the way that my skin looked.
Immediately after application, it looked smooth and even with a finish that’s not dewy, but not matte either.
No7 describe it as ‘velvet yet radiant’ and I think that velvet is a good description.
Is it Long Lasting?
The colour was a good match for my skin, and No7 Airbrush Away foundation* seems to last pretty well on my skin as well.
As I’ve mentioned before, I have oily patches around my nose and chin. And they just love to drink up my foundation by lunchtime. So far I’ve found that this isn’t a problem with Airbrush Away, and it is certainly lasting through the day.
I’d probably need to do a quick touch up if I wanted it to last through the evening as well. Using a primer underneath should extend the time needed before touch-ups, and an Airbrush Away primer* is available as well.
Boots No7 Airbrush Away foundation: The Verdict
On the positive side, this is a pretty good product and is definitely worth trying out. The finish does have that velvety ‘airbrushed’ feel to it which is a nice mid-way between dewy and matte. It’s kind of a natural finish, which I think is lovely for day time use. The coverage is good, it doesn’t feel heavy on my skin, and doesn’t disappear by lunchtime.
However although I think the packaging looks lovely, I really don’t like the dropper for dispensing the foundation. I didn’t like it on the Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude Foundation, and I don’t like it on this. I always worry that I’m going to knock over the open bottle, and it’s just generally messier.
No7 Airbrush Away does generally live up to the claims, although I don’t think it’s the Holy Grail foundation I am looking for. But put this product in a simple pump-action bottle and I’d be pretty happy.