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As a makeup artist, I love trying new products and techniques. Something I had never tried before was a spray foundation. There have been a few on the market, but I never leaped to try one until now.
If you’ve ever looked into buying a spray foundation, you probably know that it can be tricky to apply, and it’s a lot easier to waste product. After using this foundation for some time, I can tell you a few tips and tricks you can use to get the most out of this product. For reference, I got the shade called Tulle, the second lightest shade.
So let’s jump into it!
The Younique Touch Spray Foundation is a lightweight full-coverage foundation. It’s non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog your pores or cause blackheads. The foundation itself is encased in an easy-to-use aerosol can so that you get an even application every time, without wasting too much extra product. Younique also claims that this foundation will last up to twelve hours of wear and is transfer-resistant.
I love this foundation because it contains additional skin-loving ingredients (Macadamia nut oil, Squalane, and Vitamin E) so that you don’t end up with irritated skin as soon as you remove it.
In terms of shades, there are 19 different options to choose from that also offer varying undertones. If you’re unsure about your exact shade, you can try their Younique Beauty Guide, which does a live scan of your face and lets you know what shade you should get. Remember that this type of ‘Try On’ technology doesn’t work perfectly, so you can also look at their swatches gallery to give you a better read.
Even for myself, I picked up a shade that was slightly too dark because I didn’t want it to be too pale. I always recommend going for the lighter shade if you’re between two options because you can always warm up your foundation with bronzer and blush.
- The aerosol spray is easy to use and dispenses an even amount each time.
- It blends in beautifully to the skin.
- It’s super lightweight; it almost feels like a light BB cream or tinted moisturizer.
- The shipping is fast, and the packaging comes with a cute customized note.
- Younique doesn’t test any of its products on animals.
- Younique is only sold online; therefore, you can’t try on any shades in person before purchasing.
- The aerosol can that I received had a slightly wonky cap. It doesn’t affect the integrity of the foundation formula, but I was a little disappointed that it arrived a bit damaged.
- The nozzle can clog if you don’t clean it off with a tissue after a few uses.
- I wish there were a few more shades in each skin tone range.
Where and What To Buy
As I mentioned above, there are 19 available shades of the Touch Spray Foundation. I would recommend using a few different methods to decide on your exact shade (swatches, live tool). You also have the option to ask your specific provider about what shade they might recommend. If you’re slightly confused about what I mean by ‘provider,’ keep reading below!
Let me give you a little bit of background into Younique so that you can understand all of your buying options for this foundation. Younique is a direct sales company, meaning that all products are bought through a provider. The provider receives a commission every time you purchase and is there to help you if you have any questions.
Younique has a development team that creates the products for providers to sell. The sales are made through each provider’s unique e-commerce storefront, which tracks and accepts payments through a secure portal. Essentially, each provider has a portion of the business and is responsible for customer outreach and sales.
When I purchased the Touch Spray Foundation, I didn’t know any providers. However, Younique has a great search tool that helps you find providers in your area. Technically, I think you could look up any postal code and look for local providers, but I wanted to support someone in my area.
Once you’ve entered a postal code, a map will show up with nearby provider profiles and their ranks. I chose someone who lived closest to me. Once you’re matched with their storefront, you can continue shopping. If you have any questions, the provider’s information is available to you at the top of the page.
First Impressions & Application
When I first received my box in the mail, I was so excited! The foundation comes in a branded Younique box and a little thank you note from the team. When I took out the spray bottle, I was delighted to find that it was a lot lighter than most other foundation bottles I own.
I did notice, though, that the metal cap was slightly wonky; it must’ve been an error in the manufacturing process, as it was heavily wrapped for shipping. I could’ve definitely reached out to Younique and asked for a replacement, but I figured that I would just keep it since it didn’t mess with the foundation formula itself.
In terms of the application, I found it to be really fun! The formula was very lightweight and blendable; the consistency of the foundation out of the can is quite fluid, which is a major plus. I think it would be best to walk you through my application process more thoroughly and share some tips that I learned along the way:
- I began by applying my daily skincare and primer to set a good canvas for the foundation. Always ensure that you let it settle into the skin for a couple of minutes before applying anything else.
- Next, I gave the spray can a really good shake; this is a really important step. If you don’t shake the product, it can separate inside and could cause less desirable results.
- Then I grabbed my blending brush and lightly sprayed some foundation onto it using the nozzle. I would recommend dispensing the product in small amounts and blending from there until you’ve covered your entire face. It’s better to go slower than to end up with a brush that’s too saturated; if you do over-spray, lightly tap any excess onto a tissue or the back of your hand.
- Once I applied the first layer, I grabbed a clean brush and gently blended in circular motions. This helps work the product into the skin without adding anything else. If you decide you need more coverage after the first layer, you can always return to your initial brush and buff in a few more sprays. Remember, once you have too much product on the face, it can be very hard to backtrack.
- Once I had blended everything in nicely, I continued with my concealer and setting powder. I would say that a lightweight powder would be best with this foundation as it is still quite full coverage.
- My final step was to use my setting spray to lock everything in. Make sure you give it a few minutes to work its magic before doing anything else.
In all, this application process wasn’t a lot different than it would be for a regular liquid foundation. I want to note that there is a slight alcohol smell when you dispense the product; this is probably the result of it being a pressurized aerosol. It’s not unbearable though, just make sure not to spray it close to your face.
I made sure to wear this foundation over many days to see how it really performed. I have to say, I’m pretty impressed with how it held up each time I wore it. I did find that it started to separate slightly around my nose and forehead, but that has happened to me with pretty much every full-coverage foundation I’ve ever worn.
If that happens to you, take a clean brush and gently buff out the product so that it blends back into the skin. Then, take your setting powder and gently pat it on top to lock everything in. I would recommend always having a mini touch-up kit with you when you go out, as mask-wearing has made foundation mishaps happen a lot more often.
As I got more towards the end of my day, parts of my foundation had worn off quite a bit, but to be fair, I wear my mask quite often. On the areas that were still intact, I still had a very velvety smooth skin appearance. If I were going to wear it into the evening, I would remove any worn-off areas and re-apply from there. Make sure you don’t layer more foundation on top of worn-away or separated product; this traps old product underneath and can create a ‘cracked’ or dry looking appearance to the skin.
I would definitely say that this foundation lived up to its promises. By wearing a mask, I know that I didn’t give the foundation the best circumstances. I’m excited to continue wearing this foundation and see how it stands up over a more extended period. I will say, though, that if it can withstand a lot of mask-wearing, with only a few minor issues, then it’s a pretty fantastic product!
Dior Airflash Spray Foundation
The Dior Airflash Spray Foundation has been around for quite a while now. It provides full coverage while being lightweight and water-resistant for up to twelve hours. What’s great about this foundation is that it gives the skin a radiant and velvety finish, which is what most people want out of something full-coverage.
There are actually two different finishes of this foundation: Radiant and Matte. There are 18 different shades for the radiant finish, and for the matte finish, there are seven. I would recommend opting for the radiant finish, as you can always make it matte with a powder or mattifying spray.
Jerome Alexander MagicMinerals Airbrush Foundation Kit
This is a great little kit if you want to start with a new primer and foundation routine. The kit comes with a spray foundation, a spray-on primer, and a buffing brush.
The foundation is infused with skincare ingredients, like Hyaluronic Acid and Argireline, that help boost hydration and diminish fine lines and wrinkles. The formula is also buildable with a matte finish to get the desired coverage you want. Lastly, the formula is sweatproof, so you don’t have to worry about it coming off as you go about your day.
There are twelve different shades available with a different range of undertones. If you’re unsure about what shade you need, you can use their swatch photo or use their unique try-on feature.
Temptu Perfect Canvas Airbrush Foundation
This spray foundation offers buildable coverage and is infused with skin-loving ingredients like amino acids, peptides, goji berry, and antioxidants. What’s unique about this product is that it’s part of a cordless airbrush system; you purchase the small machine and then use the foundation inserts to get a flawless finish instantly.
While it may seem like a bigger investment upfront, you only have to purchase the inserts in the long run, and the outcome will be a lot more flawless than a regular spray that uses a simple nozzle.
The inserts themselves come in 24 different shades that have varying undertones. I would recommend reading reviews and watching review videos to help you decide on a shade. However, if you order the wrong shade, you can return it and receive a replacement.
Question: Can I Spray My Foundation Directly Onto My Face?
Answer: I really wouldn’t recommend applying a spray foundation directly to the face. For one, you could end up using way too much product, and that would be almost impossible to buff out. You also have to keep your eyes closed as you spray, so there’s a chance of it either going in the wrong areas or not where you want it at all (like your shirt, yikes!).
I would recommend spraying the foundation directly onto your brush or a metal makeup palette and then buffing it out from there. This ensures an even application and allows you to control the desired coverage that you want. Make sure that you use a primer and setting spray to lock it in all day.
Question: Are Spray Foundations Better?
Answer: I would say that the type of foundation that you use is down to preference. After my experience with a spray foundation, I can say that I like having it as an option, but I will probably lean more towards using a light coverage cushion or liquid foundation. In all, spray foundations are more about the experience than the actual formula itself. If you’re a makeup fanatic like me, you can’t go wrong in picking one up, though, because they are fun to apply!
Question: How Can I Ensure My Foundation Stays On for Longer?
Answer: To make your foundation stay on longer, I recommend using a primer and setting spray that is specifically formulated to your skin type and desired skin finish. Primers are more important for hydrating and setting a smooth base for the application while setting sprays is the last step to lock everything in. There are primers and setting sprays that can provide a multitude of finishes to the skin, such as matte, velvet, and radiant/glowy.
Make sure that you do some research to ensure you’re using the right product for your needs. The Sephora website is a great place to start; they have makeup quizzes and information pages that can lead you in the right direction. Stopping in at a makeup counter can also be really helpful, and they can even provide you with samples before you make a purchase.
Younique Spray Foundation Review: Bottomline
In all, I enjoyed using the Younique Touch Spray Foundation. Its lightweight formula helps you build your desired coverage and does a good job of staying in place for most of the day.
The only real downsides are a slight alcohol smell as you disperse the product, but it’s not dissimilar to any other pressurized spray beauty product. It might be nice for Younique to invest in a non-butane and non-propane can, as they are better for the environment and people using them every day.
As always, I recommend following the tips that I’ve set out in the article; this will ensure that you get the best results. I’m excited to see what results you get if you give this foundation a try!
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