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Foundation is the ONE thing I will not compromise on and I always buy (or get given!) foundation from a top brand. I am prepared to experiment with all sorts of cheaper cosmetics but when it comes to my complexion, I want the best results possible and I go for quality.
I have tried many brands over the years and I am usually really impressed with anything from Lancôme, Clarins, Yves St Laurent and indeed Dior. I have had several Dior foundations and I would recommend them without hesitation especially the Diorskin Nude Fluid Foundation which I think is a fantastic product.
The Diorskin Eclat Satin Foundation was given to me as Christmas present by my mum and I was looking forward to finishing my previous foundation so I could try this one. It comes in the usual (and rather exquisite) blue Dior packaging. The foundation is stored in a slim glass bottle with a nifty little pump that dispenses just the right amount of foundation and presumably keeps germs and dirty fingers out of the foundation itself. I find that a 30 ml bottle lasts me not far off a year so that is pretty good. The product is still fresh when you get to the bottom of the bottle.
The Dior Eclat Satin Foundation claims to achieve the following: "All-day moisturizing and an impeccable satin finish in one foundation. Nourishes the skin and magnifies its radiance while diminishing imperfections. Its creamy texture leaves skin feeling comfortably smooth and looking radiant from morning to night." It certainly sounds good and on the day I binned my old foundation, I was definitely looking forward to being moisturized and radiant!
I was a little sceptical about this product the minute I started applying it ( I usually just use my fingers). It was jolly hard work and it seems to me I had to go over the same areas many times in order to achieve an even coverage. Even then I discovered some darker streaks on my neck. Once the foundation was applied I was surprised by how my skin felt. It was almost sticky, clammy and I certainly could not have gone out without applying a generous amount of loose powder. I do not have any spots, just a little redness on the side of my nose. I cannot say the foundation did anything to alleviate that and there again extra concealer was needed. A couple of dry areas were actually made worse and more noticeable. I certainly did not feel or look radiant!
There are some foundations you put on and you do see an instant improvement, a glow...it was not the case here.
My next biggest gripe with this foundation is removing it!! Come evening, it seems to take me forever to clean my skin and no matter how many times I do it, my cotton wool disks are never clean. I usually give up after 6 or 7 goes...
This foundation has been a huge disappointment. As I can't really afford to bin it, I have started mixing it with a little moisturizer as it seems to make it easier to apply. It is not ideal but I will make do until I can afford something else for the summer.
In conclusion, I would say it is definitely not worth the £ 31.00 it usually retails at but this is not a reflection on other Dior products, many of them I have found excellent in the past.