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Rodial Airbrush foundation & concealer review, swatches, photos | UPDATED 11/16/11

Rodial Airbrush Make-up heavy duty foundation paste review

The products: Rodial Airbrush Make-Up in 01 and Airbrush Concealer in 01 Aspen

I know it’s only been a few days, but I feel like I haven’t blogged in ages. So today, I’m bringin’ the blog back with a couple of new products that I’ve been super smitten with this month!

I get a lot of requests for silicone-free foundations (even though I’ve talked about my other two top recs, Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer and Pür Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup, at length), so for those of you still looking: these two new products from Rodial are definitely ones that I’d recommend.

UPDATE 16/11/16: Please see the bottom of this post!

Rodial Airbrush foundation paste review swatches

Rodial Airbrush Make-Up Heavy-Duty Foundation Paste review

The foundation 

Rodial is a brand that focuses on sculpted faces, so I was a little surprised that it took them this long to come out with base products. After trying them, though, I can appreciate why: they’ve been done just right, and they were worth the wait.

The Rodial Airbrush Make-Up Heavy Duty Foundation Paste ($45 USD/$50 CAD) is a gorgeous, old-timey foundation made in Italy. As described, it’s a paste, not a cream – it’s thick and a little grainy, but it applies beautifully.

Rodial Airbrush Makeup 01, Aspen concealer swatches review photos

Rodial Airbrush Make-Up in 01, Rodial Airbrush Concealer in Aspen 01 (indirect sunlight)

The formula: Like other “classic” cream makeup products, the new Rodial Airbrush foundation is silicone-free, so it can feel a little heavy on the skin. I love the way it performs, though: it wears all day long, blends seamlessly into the skin, and has a very natural-looking dewy/satin finish.

It reminds me of the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer, but despite its pastier texture, it catches less on fine lines when applied. Rodial’s Airbrush Make-up looks great even on my dry skin, and like the Kevyn Aucoin, it can double as a concealer or be mixed with an oil or makeup primer.

Rodial Airbrush Makeup, Concealer before after review

Rodial Airbrush foundation and concealer before (left) and after (right) – click to enlarge! 

Rodial airbrush base review before after

Rodial before & after (up close)

The packaging: The Rodial foundation paste is packaged in a sharp-edged, matte black plastic jar, and it’s as lightweight as it is slick. I love the aesthetic behind this foundation’s packaging, but it does have one problem: the formula separates in hot temperatures, and unfortunately, its oils do leak out of the jar.

Rodial Airbrush concealer aspen 01 swatches review

Rodial Airbrush Concealer review

The concealer 

The Rodial Airbrush Concealer Industrial-Strength Camouflage Cream in 01 Aspen ($39 USD/$44 CAD) has an even shorter ingredients list than their new foundation does, and it comes in only two shades.

The formula: The Airbrush Concealer is a product that I wasn’t very excited about, but having tried it, I really like it. It’s a super smooth concealer, both in texture and in finish, and it does an amazing job of colour-correcting and concealing my under eye circles.

Rodial Airbrush makeup review application

Rodial foundation & concealer application before blending

Rodial 01 aspen foundation concealer swatches comparisons

Comparison swatches L-R: theBalm Lighter Than Light, Cover FX G20, It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer in Light, Rodial Airbrush Make-Up in 01, Rodial Airbrush Concealer in Aspen.

I’m lucky enough that Aspen more or less matches my skintone, so I can use it around my nose and on blemishes as well. It has a soft, waxy texture, and it keeps my dark circles looking bright (and crease-free!) all day long.

The formula is more lightweight than the Rodial Foundation Paste, which is a bit odd but is definitely worth keeping in mind if you’re trying to pick between the two.

Rodial Airbrush concealer aspen 01 review

The verdict?

I really, really like both of these new base products from Rodial, but I’d love to see a wider shade range become available soon–there are virtually no shades available for non-white skintones right now.

If you can find a shade to match your skintone, however, both of these products are really well-formulated. The concealer is a bit pricey (although it’s fabulous), but the foundation is a very reasonable price at $50 CAD/0.7 oz and will easily last through 1-2 years of daily use before running out.

To compare these two to other popular high-coverage options: if you can find your shade, I’d buy these before Kevyn Aucoin SSE, Cover FX anything, Bobbi Brown concealers, or Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in a heartbeat. The shade range is embarrassingly small, but they just work better. Respectively, they’re unscented and look better on dry skin; they have better coverage; they’re better priced; and they have a more flawless finish.

UPDATE 11/16/11: Unfortunately, I can no longer recommend the Rodial Airbrush Make-Up. I’ve been concerned about the integrity of this packaging since I received it, as oils from the foundation separate out and leak through the lid’s threads. As you may know, many ingredients can damage the integrity of plastics, and I believe that this is what has happened here. Today, I went to open this foundation, heard a “crunch,” and found out that the twist-portion of the jar had sheared off completely into the base. Because of this major packaging flaw, I will no longer be recommending the Rodial Airbrush Make-Up unless its packaging is fixed.

Availability: Select Shopper’s Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques, Murale, and online at Rodial (US and UK)!

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Rodial Airbrush Make-up heavy duty foundation 01 swatches review

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The Rodial Airbrush Make-Up Heavy Duty Foundation Paste ingredients: 

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polybutene, Polyethylene, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Mica, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl, Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Dicalcium Phosphate. +/- Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Ultramarines. 

The Rodial Airbrush Concealer Industrial-Strength Camouflage Cream ingredients:

Octyldodecanol, Mineral Oil, Nylon-12, Microcrystalline Wax, Paraffin, Cetyl Alcohol, Polyethylene, Copernicia Carnauba Wax, Silica, Talc, BHT. +/-  Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.

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  • I like 'em too! They're my go to products for bad skin days. And lately I've been having quite few >:-(
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    • Yay for these guys being your go-to products! But boo for bad skin days :(

      As an aside, though, your skin always looks fab in your posts & on Insta. I never would have known that you were having a hard time with your skin if you hadn't mentioned it! ;)

      • Well, no fotds or selfies on bad skin days, dude, them's the rules! ;-)

        Seriously though, I do prefer taking pics on good skin days. And my skin has always been a bit schizo… It just goes up and down. I'll have times where everything's good for a nice long while and then bam, breakouts every few days.
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        • Ahh, I feel that. Just a day or two can make such a big difference! My skin's been having a rough couple of months too, but it's been pretty ok for all of my photo-taking days ;P

  • Oh, I like it! Have you ever tried the Bare Minerals Tinted Gel Cream? The lightest color works for me in the summer and to my knowledge silicone free.

    • I haven't! Unfortunately, the Bare Minerals line runs 1-2 shades too dark for me–I can't pull off their lightest shade even in the summertime :(

  • dia

    Oh my gosh, your skin is so amazing, I almost didn't believe those were before and after shots until I noticed some of your freckles were lighter. Keep up the good work love! ^_^

    • Aww, thank you, Dia! I swear it's 90% good lighting, though ;)

  • Hehehe just wanted to drop by to say you're looking fantastic in these pictures! Master of lighting ;)
    I never wear foundation, it was always way too much for my skin, no matter what brands I went with..but it's amazing to hear that a 'classic' type foundation is actually good with dryness – sounds like the brand put in a whole lot of thought into this one!
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    • Haha, thanks, Kathy! <3

      Yeah, this one is pretty fantastic. The ingredients list is actually surprisingly short, but they've got everything in there in just the right amounts. I'm wearing it as a sheer, all-over foundation mixed with a bit of oil today, and it's lovely!

  • shireenplatt

    Your skin is amazing without any makeup, seriously you don't need base products! It worries me because of the word 'paste' but gosh, it looks invisible and so natural on the skin. I wonder if it's possible to request samples beforehand at Shoppers?
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    • Liiiies! Base products have been making such a big difference for me recently — these photos are all lit with natural light, but man, I look like a zombie in fluorescent lights without concealer.

      I've never heard of samples being requested beforehand at Shoppers, but they usually have testers in-store. Their return policy is great, too! You should be able to return it within 14 days, even if it's a shade issue and you've used it :)

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