More (Affordable) Spray Foundation

04/05/2007 at 10:39 AM ET

Not so fast, Dior! MAC has got a spray foundation that I swear by — and it’s only $28.50 (as opposed to Dior’s $60 version)! I also hate the caked on feeling of most powder foundations, but what frustrates even more is being addicted to expensive beauty products! MAC Studio Mist Foundation, however, is a perfect beauty bag ‘look for less’ item. What I love most is the subtle hint of shimmer, giving my cocoa skin a little bronze highlight. And if you really want a steal or to test out the technology without breaking the bank (or a sweat), check out this Sally Hansen version for $8 at — Amy Keith

Photo: Courtesy of MAC

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KC on

The use of the word ” Spray” foundation is a little missleading. Yes it’s a “Spray” foundation, but you don’t spray it directly on to your face like the “Airbrushing” technique. You actually spray the foundation on your hand, and then use a foundation brush ( or sponge ) to take the foundation off your hand and the apply it to yourface. It’s not all it’s cracked up to be. If you are currently a M.A.C user and you are happy with your current foundation stick with it, it’s really not worth switching over.

Ashley on

KC, thank you for the clarification – I have never really seen or tried the “spray” foundation. Prolly still wouldn’t.

Shellsea on

Thanks for the helpful information KC, I was wondering how these spray foundations worked. Guess I’ll be sticking with my current regime and avoid all the hype.

Colette on

Thanks, KC! I’m a M.A.C. addict, so I was considering this. Another thing to remember if you are a M.A.C. user is that the shades aren’t the usual system, i.e. I’m Nc15 and I don’t think the light is light enough.

katPG on

Girls, A safety tip: Don’t forget that spray foundations has one good point because it is more hygenic than bottled one that can encourage bacteria growth in it’s damp liquid once its open. I wouldn’t mind paying extra for my skin’s safety.

Jeanine on

I love Mac. I’ve been using their spray foundation for about 2 months. Its great. Very natural looking. As someone who doesnt like to wear heavy makeup I have to say its excellent.

Liz on

Not to be smart- really- but does anyone actually get some kind of major infection from using regular liquid makeup? I know that over time extra bacteria from your fingers can build up on the bottle, but there’s bacteria all over the place out there. After all, that bacteria was on your hands to begin with, right? Even if an overgrowth of it collects in your makeup, I just don’t see where its going to kill you. People have been putting their fingers into their creams and makeup forever.

To me, its not enough reason to switch over to a messy aerosol makeup over a more convenient compact or stick formula.

yvonne franceschi on

Hi girls, is this environmental safe? guess I’ll stick to my old regime.These guys keep inventing new things that
makes a hole in your pocket. Let’s get back to basics. I still use Max factor Pan Stick or Maybelline express make-up and the prices is right. Yvonne

m on

Thats why preservatives are added to cosmetics, so no bacteria can grow….

Andrea on

I can’t find that Sally Hansen product you mentioned on Where can I find it?

Jennifer on

Actually, you can spray it directly on skin instead of using brush to apply. I’ve done this twice now, and after a little blending with my fingers, my skin looks a lot better than it ever did using a different formula foundation. The consistency of the foundation is different than any bottled foundation I’ve tried.

Amanda on

I do use the Dior Spray Foundation and have loved it. I only recently stopped using it for the expense, but is it worth it? Yes!

Also, I do spray it directly to my face, then blend with a brush. The coverage is great! If i feel like applying a little more in certain areas, I spritz it on my hand and apply directly with my brush.

I’ll be sure to check out MAC’s version of this- the price seems right, but for anyone who doubts the spray, don’t knock it till you try it!

The ability to spray, blend, and go is really a valuable convenience when you’re on the go.

Samantha on

I have seen them use this many times on What Not To Wear, yes, it is on TV, so I’m sure there there is some strategic airbrushing, but I’m still willing to give this a try. If you don’t have bad skin and don’t really need to cover anything up, then don’t use it. But for someone like me who has always had acne and other skin problems, you’re always looking for something new that might finally work, and I know mac is great, so I’ll give it a shot and let you know how it goes!

Annie on

Sadly the M.A.C. Spray foundation is now discontinued!! Very sad news indeed, since it was the only one that was affordable. I wish someone else would make one that is affordable, because ERA or DIOR charges in the neighborhood of 60$ which is insane.

Sally on

Some of you guys evidently haven’t done your homework. People keep posting that they’re current MAC users and why would they spend more money and change their foundation regimen….all the MAC foundations are around the same price ($26-32) so find another argument.

Vashti on

Heyy dont use your fingers just use a wedge sponge and it’ll do the job perfectly . Just spray it on the sponge and then to your face. Thats it.

Hans on

I happened to be changing the chanel one evening and came across one of the shopping networks and susan somers makes a spray on foundation for about $24-25 you spray it directly on to your face and they showed them spraying it on models live and it was beautiful. I haven’t tried it yet but I’m looking forward to it.

Samantha on

actually i wear the sally hanson spray on and i spray it right on my face from my forhead down to my chin and it works better than spraying it on something then putting it on my face.

Rachael Rach! on

Who else sells spray on foundation?

Sierra on

Spray on foundation is not a bad investment. You are not supposed to spray it directly to your face. That could be a mess. Instead spray it on make up wedges and apply that way. Dispose of the used ones.
If used properly they can provide a more natural looking coverage that gives your skin an opportunity to breathe. It can also give your skin a slight go that looks fresh and not overdone.
You can watch the make up artist on “What Not To Wear” on TLC to see it done professionally.

AC on

Does the M.A.C. version works as the Dior version? the Dior spray foundation is applied directly to your face, not your hands, is designed to work that way. Can anybody tell me?

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