“ Brand: Dior / Type: Blushers / Subcategory: Powder „
Dior is a brand of make-up which in my opinion, is truly exquisite, and is certainly the finest brand of make-up I have ever used. Although I'm currently using a Maybelline foundation, the blusher I have been using consistently for the last three years, is the Diorshow Powder Blusher.
This blusher is available in 4 shades, "Star Brown", "Artistic Bronze", "Spotlight Peach", "Catwalk Pink". The one I have, is shade 005 artistic bronze, after it was recommended to me by the Dior sales assistant in House of Fraser. I would advise visiting the Dior counter as they are really fantastic at matching the right shades for your skin tone, especially if you are pale like me! I also own another Dior blusher in a travel mirror set which I will get round to reviewing at some point.
From the offset, you can tell the blusher is Dior, just from the way the packaging is designed. There is a very sleek and shiny lid with "CD" engraved in the top, and a circular decoration saying Dior all over it. Although the lid may appear slightly bulky in the picture, it's really not, and the edges are quite smooth and rounded. There is also a clear section underneath the lid, so you can see exactly what colour you are getting, and how much is left etc.
The lid can be taken off, to reveal a circular sponge applicator that the sales assistant showed me how to use. When the blusher is new, you have to tap this a few times to allow the blusher to reach the sponge, and then the idea is to apply this to your face. I'm not sure how she managed to make it appear so effortless, as when I tried this I ended up with circles of blusher on my face... the clown look was not what I was going for! However, you can unscrew the lid to reveal the powder, and this is what I prefer to do as it allows me to use my Dior blusher brush with the product, and just tap the excess off back into the powder pot. I did accidentally forget to tighten the lid once though, and half the contents of the pot ended up on my Mum's light green carpet, so don't do this unless you enjoy some serious black looks and a telling off! (Followed by some major hovering!)
When it comes to applying blusher, I always apply it about 5 minutes after applying my liquid foundation, so that the foundation has had time to settle and I'm therefore not brushing it all off with my blusher brush. I think the method you use to apply the blusher is also important, as the tiny square shaped brushes aren't adequate, so I would suggest buying a proper blusher brush, even if it's a £1 one from Body Care, as it will give you a much softer finish and of course is much easier to blend out with.
Using my brush, I find that the blusher glides on well to my skin. It's entirely up to you where and how much product you apply, however I prefer to apply to the apples of my cheeks and blend it slightly outwards, making sure the over all effect is subtle and not even a slight bit Katie Price-ish. It also gives a matte finish as opposed to a sheen finish. The product has very tiny iridescent particles, which make it that extra bit glamorous and light reflecting, however only to a tiny extent meaning it is very suitable for day wear and you won't look like a walking glitterball. There is also a nice aroma which comes from the blusher and the sponge applicator, it smells very make-upy (I know that sounds obvious, but it's kind of a pleasant smell). It isn't too noticeable after you have applied the product, but it's better than some blushers which smell almost mouldy!
After I have applied the blusher and blended it, I find the look lasts at least 4/5 hours, if not a little longer. It does depend how much you apply, however I have seen some make-up tutorials on Youtube which suggest you should always layer your blusher as it's the first thing to go from your make-up after applying it.
Although the shade I use (005 artistic bronze) does appear scarily orangey dark in the pot, it is actually a very nice shade against my pale skin, and certainly does not look as dark once applied. I always wear it after applying foundation, and I find it gives me extra warm to my otherwise ghostly complexion. I do feel this product works best with an accompanying Dior foundation, or other good brand of foundation, as I find my Maybelline foundation tends to slide off easily and doesn't give a brilliant base for this blusher compared with the Dior foundation I used to use. The whole Dior make-up range seems entwined with how well the products all work together, which is why the blusher suits the foundation range better than other brands.
Perhaps the only downside to this product, is it retails for around £25, which is quite steep especially compared to highstreet brands. Having said that, the colour was picked out for my skin tone, and it's a product I get an awful lot of use out of. It is nicely packaged, and the pot I currently have has so far lasted me about 2 years, and there is still a considerable amount left in the pot. If this is within your price range, and you are a fan of make-up which may seem a little pricey but will last you ages, then I would really recommend this blusher.
Dior / Dior's powder blusher