Product Type: Dior makeup
Newest Review: ... the high end price! The design is very minimalistic with just a faint print of the brand 'Dior' emblazoned on the top. I absolutely love th... more
Go Nude With Dior
Dior Diorskin Crystal Nude
Member Name: HayleyBlondiee
Dior Diorskin Crystal Nude
Advantages: Stylish and sleek compact, Beautiful balm primer + velvety sponge applicator!
Disadvantages: Very high end price.
We all adore Dior but not so much the price tags! That's why I only rarely glance at the counter when shopping. On a recent retail therapy session I happened to turn into magpie mode and spot this shiny compact!
On first inspection I wasn't so sure what in fact it was *blonde moment* but a closer look and a skim read of the box enlightened me to the concept - it is a primer and a shine control all rolled into one. I have tried many primers (and reviewed them) but found this one to look and feel much different as it's a one of a kind product being a transparent balm that glides over your skin to act as a primer before foundation, or you can apply after to add a healthy glow to the skin and reduce shine.
It may be silly but I always check out the packaging and design before deciding to buy - some people do not care and will buy even if it was encased in a loo roll! But with this product it is sure to make a statement in your collection. It comes in an optional black velvet suede pocket to keep it clean and free from scratches when in your bag, once you take the compact out - pop your sunglasses on 'cause it's a dazzler! Made from a gorgeous, gleaming sort of stainless steel (I imagine) however I would like to think of it as Silver or White Gold to justify paying the high end price! The design is very minimalistic with just a faint print of the brand 'Dior' emblazoned on the top. I absolutely love the way it looks as its stylish, sophisticated and snazzy - a real treat for your make up bag! Once you open up the sturdy clasp, (another aspect I love about the blueprint - its built to last!) the fun and games really begin. One the top half and the inside of the lid is a mirror - something every compact should have as it is highly useful and practical. The bottom half is divided into two - one part containing the product and in the other, the soft square sponge.
The product itself looks like a clear lipbalm - very waxy with cloudy clear colouring. If you swirl your finger over the primer, it feels very velvety and silky but not in a liquid form like a cream. I have found the best way to apply it is with the sponge provided - but don't worry if you have heard that you shouldn't use sponges as the absorb half of your product, the consistency of the Dior primer is resilient and durable enough to be applied with a sponge. There are two ways to wear it. One is under your foundation as a primer. I like to start off with a clean and moisturised complexion and run the sponge through the product to pick up enough to cover my T-Zone. You can wear it all over your face, however I tend to use it only on the places I need it to not waste it. You can then go ahead and apply your foundation and watch how easily it glides on over the top. I LOVE the results, although it does not make pores disappear (no product can do that) it does make them seem smaller and definitely not as noticeable. Any acne, scars or fine lines are smoothed away as well - it's a perfect primer!
You can wear this on its own as it does appear matte at first however you will need to keep it with you for a top up during the day - but in a handy little compact it makes the task very easy. Alternatively you could sweep a small amount of powder to any oily parts. Having said that I am glad because it does not dry my skin out or end up looking patchy or chalky, so anyone with dry skin will love this. In fact anyone at all will LOVE this as it is suitable for all skin types. If you are going to wear this on its own I would bear in mind that it only comes in one form or shade as its called 'Crystal Nude' for the reason that it does not add any colour to your skin so you may want to add some concealer for some extra coverage.
Which brings me to the second way in which you can wear this product. Once you have put your foundation on, using the sponge again you can gently and neatly dab some product onto the areas you want to control the shine - I tend to apply some to my nose and forehead. I love the way it makes my make up look and feel - my make up has more staying power and the oil control is amazing. Alternatively, if you can't decide which way to wear it you can be greedy like me and do a bit of both!
Dior claim that this product 'offers all skin types a texture that acts like an optical filler to erase shine and flaws while revealing the living matter of nude skin.' Meaning that your skin will look like a better version of itself! So if your trying to do a 'no make up' make up look, or fool your boyfriend into thinking you are a natural beauty then this is the one! Dior has also developed its very first 'optical effect crystalline formula' which hence a guess at where the name came from!
Overall, I am very happy with this product as it satisfies my skins needs without clogging my pores it making it appear cakey. Thank you Dior! Retailing at £27 it is very high end and very expensive however it does have amazing quality and a little does go a long way. If your not too sure about spending that amount on a primer then go to your local department store or large Boots and ask to test it first, that way you will know if it is for you for sure!
Available at Boots, department stores that stock Dior and all good online make up stores. If your make up bag could talk, it would have all ready left with your credit card to buy this!
Summary: Perfect primer or keep shine at bay on top of foundation!