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More than a year ago, I was given a sample of the DiorSkin Nude, so as it was free, I was quite happy to try it on! I Love foundations and I usually try lots of them as I have a quite fair skin and red cheeks that I try to hide with my foundation. The sample I tried was for the shade Neutral No 30.
What surprised me first - and seduced me, let's say it - was how long I kept it. When you usually try a sample, you use it once and can't use it again another day to compare. With the DiorSkin Nude sample, I had 3 days worth of applications, which was pretty good and enough to get an actual idea of the product.
I don't know how you girls apply your liquid foundation, but I like to apply mine with my fingers, so I can feel it as I blend it. I find it very easy to blend and it is nearly undetectable on the skin. It gives a matte finish that gives a natural result, as if you were not wearing any make up at all. It is very light and doesn't give this "cakey" effect that you sometimes get with other liquid foundations. It is also fragrance-free, which is even better!
The shade I tried on was slightly darker than what a Dior Lady would recommend to suit my skin tone, but to my opinion that's why it looks so good! It gives me this healthy natural glow that makes the difference. When I started to wear it on a daily basis at work, my colleague did see the difference as she said I looked glowing but couldn't put her finger on what had changed.
It comes in a nice simple packaging, with a pump dispenser. Usually to cover my face and neck, 2 pumps are enough (and it's non-messy). When my cheeks are redder than usual, I add half a pump (cheeky, I know!) on them and my skin tone becomes even!
I don't need touch-ups during the day as it seems to stick to your skin pretty well ( I need to wash my hands 2 or 3 times in the morning after blending it), but I do touch-up if I go out at night (we can never look too perfect, can we?)
It says on the package that it is hydrating, but as I use a moisturiser under it, I wouldn't be able to tell if it hydrates your skin or not.
I don't think I need to mention that after I tried the sample for 3 days I went to buy it straight away, and that it became my favourite liquid foundation since then!
Overall for me, a great product worth the extra money!
I am a total foundation fanatic, I have tried them all. Before trying DiorSkin Nude I used DiorSkin Pure light but unfortunately they discontinued this. So I went to the Dior counter and asked what foundation would be similar to Pure Light, and i was handed the DIORSKIN Nude... nice large bottle, quite nice choices of colour.. could this be the next best thing. So.. like always I got the Dior lady to apply the foundation on my skin... now my problem is my inability to say no so of course I always feel obliged to buy it... oops. However, when I looked in the mirror after getting the foundation applied I was pleasantly surprised... could it be the amazing foundation it claims to be? Or could it just be the magic lights that all cosmetic stores seem to use? Of course i got home, applied it on my own and yes it was the magic lights. I forced myself to give this foundation another go but unfortunately I just was not that impressed.
I have dry to combination skin and this foundation when applied appeared quite cakey and it did not go on as smoothly as hoped. The foundation did not give a flawless finish, instead i feel it highlights all of your flaws. I really wanted to like this foundation but I just couldn't. I have given this foundation to my friend and she appears to like it. Their is a perfect foundation out there for everyone this one may be yours but unfortunately it wasn't mine.
Now, I'm a bit of a foundation virgin.
I know, I know. Most woman wouldn't leave the HOUSE without a second layer of skin. But I've always had such nice, clear skin, I just never needed it...(Are you sick with jealousy yet?)
But that was before I knew what foundation could do for you! (Even me!) It smooths, it hides, it comforts, tightens, blends...It's a God-send. And now I'm hooked.
However, as a foundation virgin, I made mistakes. I rushed in too quickly and...well. I suffered - tide marks (ouch), the orange factor, fading, smudging, "notblendingwithyourconcealer-ing"...I've been to hell and back, let me tell you, with cheap imitations.
Then, like a white knight to my rescue, came DiorSkin...
It's like heaven.
You don't need a lot! No, no, no. Tiny bits, girls. One pump, and you're done. Which has the added advantage that it last AGES, absolutely ages. Which is good, I mean, it's not cheap and cheerful, lets face it. But your skin will thank you for it.
It's just so easy! One pump, dab it on, smooth it out and tah-dah! Smoothy, smoothy, clear, even, beautiful skin. Stick some blush on there and you're done.
Okay, it's expensive. But you CAN'T skimp on foundation, you can't. I tried and failed miserably. People look at your skin...and they don't need to SEE your foundation. It's just depressing.
What do you want people to be thinking. "Hmm, nice glow" or "Whoa, she's been tangoed."
Exactly, thank you. Plus, above everything else, you skin gets hurt really easily. Lots of foundations have a "caking" effect - your poor skin just can't breathe! Hello, breakouts! It's no good.
DiorSkin has a hell of a lot of water in it and a real silky feel - you skin can exhale! I have really sensitive skin, and really dry, too (nightmare) but I've had no problems using this.
Save your pennies and invest! It's a STAPLE...like bread and water.
You've probably noticed if you've read any of my other reviews that most of them are about high end make up or skincare products. I must admit I am a bit of a fiend for designer cosmetics. I wouldn't say I was snobby when it comes to the stuff I put on my face because I do own lower priced items that I've found to be equally as good as their designer counterparts if not better. I just prefer the more expensive stuff most of the time because as a whole I've found it to be of better quality and longer lasting than lower priced products. One issue I've found with high end make up is actually going to buy it. There are a couple of things about going to buy make up from one of the counters in Boots or House of Fraser that I really don't enjoy. For starters I always feel like I'm being watched when I'm browsing for what I want which can be a bit off putting to say the least. I also hate the fact that I get jumped on straight away by whoever's on the counter I happen to be looking at. I know they're only trying to be helpful but on a couple of occasions I've felt really awkward and sometimes even pressured to buy things that I don't really want. Has anyone else had a similar experience or is it just me?
For these reasons I started doing a lot of my make up shopping online. This has been excellent in many ways because it means I can sit and browse through sites/pages at my own leisure and select what I want without being hassled. The only downside though is that I have to blindly order things because there's obviously no way of testing colours before hand. To be honest I haven't found this to be as much of a problem recently because I've found a few blogs and sites that offer great swatches and I find it helps to give me a good idea of what I'm buying before hand. The only product that this doesn't help much on is foundation. For me personally, buying a foundation shade that matches has always been awkward even when I have tried it before buying so ordering based on the swatches on the brands website has been a bit of a disaster on quite a few occasions.
When I spotted an ad in a magazine for Diors diorskin Nude foundation that described it as a glowy, medium overage base naturally I was desperate to try it. I've used lots of Diors products in the past which I've been very pleased with but I'd never tried their foundation. I looked around online at the colours available and tried to find swatches but since it was a new product there weren't many around. The website is helpful in regards to the swatches they offer but as I talked about above you can never quite tell which colour will be best on your skin. That particular day I must have been in a sensible mood because I decided not to risk buying it from Boots online and instead went to the shop/counter to test out shades. There are 12 or 13 shades available ranging from very light to medium, there didn't seem to be much on offer for darker skinned ladies but this doesn't seem to be particularly unusual, a lot of brands don't cater for very dark or very light skinned women. Out of the shade range I was matched to Ivory 010 which looked pretty close but I asked for a sample to take with me and try at home anyway. Unfortunately there weren't any available so I went ahead and purchased a bottle without a tester.
So what is it and what does it claim to do?
This is what Dior has to say about it:
'Containing nearly 40% water, this fluid foundation offers an instant sensation of well-being. Skin appears fresher, silky and feels more comfortable. Thanks to micro-droplets of water, this foundation's coverage is lighter than a "classic" fluid formula, and it evens out the complexion and makes it appear more radiant and transparent. With daily use, the skin becomes more beautiful for an ever more natural and radiant result day after day'
What I was told by the assistant at the counter is that it's a medium to full coverage foundation that's suitable for most skin types and it's designed to hydrate skin and leave it with a natural, glowy finish.
Price and Size
You get a 30ml clear, heavy glass bottle topped with a silver lid for £27.00. The bottle is quite plain and simple and has a pump which is great, much more hygienic and dispenses just the right amount of product. 30mls seems to be the standard size for foundation nowadays and I was assured at the counter where I tested it that a little goes a long way so it would last me a while.
How to use
There's no special way of applying nude. I normally use my fingers to apply foundation in general but I have applied it with a brush which gives a slightly fuller coverage and also with a damp sponge which gives a lighter or sheerer coverage. Either way is pretty simple as its light almost gel type texture makes it easy to work with in regards to blending and buffing into skin. I find one pump is normally enough to do my whole face, I sometimes add a little extra on top in areas that need a little bit more coverage but the counter assistant was right about using a small amount. When I do add a little bit more onto the original base I find it builds really well with no cakey look.
Is it any good?
Yes and no. In terms of the formula/texture I really can't fault it. It's one of the best I've tried at covering and still managing to look natural and feel light. The coverage is brilliant without looking cakey or powdery and the lasting power even on my oily skin was excellent despite it being a hydrating formula. It's easy to use and apply and doesn't sink into pores or lines and I also had no break out issues or irritation when I used it. The only thing that's wrong with it is the colour. The ivory shade that matched me at the counter was definitely not the right colour when I got it home and tried it again. It looked orange and unnatural and it definitely got darker or oxidized when I wore it which was a bit of a shock and left me a bit embarrassed when I wore it out and ended up looking like I'd gone a bit overboard with the bronzer. The formula is that nice that I actually considered buying another bottle in a different colour in the hope that it would match better but after thinking about it I decided against it since I wasn't prepared to waste another £27.00 that might still not be right for my skintone.
Overall it is a nice product and I really am disappointed that I couldn't find a decent match. I would recommend it to anyone who's looking for a similar formula if you can find a shade match. I would advise that you test colours first though and try to get samples to use at home if you can. Since buying this one I've started taking a small Bo bbi brown tester pot/container with me when shopping for foundation so I can ask for a couple of pumps from the bottle on the counter if there are no sachets/tester bottles available.
I've given it a four out of five because the formula is excellent. Dior just need to sort of the color range and this would be a prefect medium to full foundation.
I was given a sample of this product and have to say would not buy the product myself, as it is overpriced and thin, giving in my opinion limited coverage and poor value for money. It didn't smell offensive though and was not tacky on the skin.
I used Dior Skin Nide (in the palest shade avaliable) for about a year and still have a small smidge of it left in the bottle. While it was a decent purchase, I will not be repurchasing it for a few reasons. It is a very thin foundation and doesn't give me the best coverage for my skin (fairly blemish free, but very visable pores) - you can build up coverage quite easily, but I find that if I can't get my desired level of coverage after two thin layers then I'm probably just wasting product. It is very blendable and doesn't feel heavy on the face, but it does sweat off quite easily due to it's thin consistency. While the pump action bottle is very good at only giving you enough product to use and no more than you really need it does end up being a problem. As the product level drops it becomes harder to get the product to come out - much harder than it should be if I'm honest. This is why there is still a small drib drab of it at the bottom of my bottle - it's just not worth the effort to try and get it out!
I've been using Diorskin foundation for around 2 years now... the fact that I've stuck with it for so long indicates that its quite a good foundation.
It comes in a pump action bottle which is easy to use and I find that when its new you don't have to pump it to within an inch of its life to start the product flowing through (as you do with some other brands)
The consistency isn't quite liquid but its fairly runny. I tend to use two pumps worth and put this in my hand to then apply. It has good coverage as I suffer with uneven skin tone and it evens me up without any issues! It is also very light (as the review before stated too) I agree that you don't actually feel like you are wearing make up..
It does tend to stay on for most of the day, although I can be a culprit for touching my face as I lean on my hand but it doesn't rub off too easily... however it does come off as my partner discovered when I put my head on his shoulder! oops!
Some would consider it expensive at around £29.00 but mine tends to last around 6-8 months and I believe that if you have a good base you can usually skimp on the other products!
There comes a time in every women's life when the fresh faced look of youth begins to dwindle, life takes its toll and the little laughter lines become a little deeper and you realise that slapping on a bit of blusher and mascara just doesn't cut it anymore. At this point the cosmetic companies begin to rub their hands together and I rapidly became at their mercy.
Whether it is simply the weather, my lack of sleep, commuting, moving, my age or my increasing intolerance to alcohol I wasn't sure but some time last month I woke up and thought 'its time to get some foundation'. I have been blessed with remarkable good skin, I never got spots and apart from an occasionally dry forehead I have always been happy with my complexion, occasionally putting on a thin layer of Clinque powder I had never seen a need to use anything heavier. However now it felt like time.
With this on my mind I came across a few magazines that were highly rating Dior's new product, Diorskin Nude, apparently a sheer and hydrating foundation. I liked the idea of sheer foundation as I only wanted a touch up of my normal skin, the product was shown in the magazines as 'dazzling with freshness' which certainly appealed and seemed the perfect antidote to my tired skin.
The other thing is I have nothing against cheap foundations but this seemed like a big purchase, if there is one product I consistently see applied wrongly its foundation and I was worried that by going in blind and selecting a cheap product it would not have the finish I wanted. Also because I do have dry skin I wanted some guidance on the best product and application techniques. For this reason I felt a visit to an actual store with consultants was my best strategy, I ended up in Debenhams and headed straight for the Dior counter.
**How to select your foundation**
The Dior consultant was as you would expect incredibly helpful, having told her in advance I had no idea how to select colours she produced five testers and illustrated the beauty myth of applying foundation to your hand to match your face. Of the five shades she applied to my hand one blended in perfectly, she applied the same five to my face and a completely different, much paler colour was in fact the better match. So ladies in future always test it on your face, the one tip she did offer is to take some facial wipes with you to take off the samples afterwards. My perfect colour match was 010 Ivory. The foundation cost £29.00 and I also treated myself to a foundation brush, the recommended method of application, as she kindly explained fingertips don't blend very well and a sponge soaks it all up (at £29.00 no sponge was getting any of this!)
**The product and the marketing**
Allegedly this is a little more than a foundation with claims that will actually improve the quality of your skin over time. Now I bought this because I liked the look and finish not because of these claims but the reason it purports to do so is because it is 40% water so nourishes your skin as you wear it. The box states that it 'contains 100% mineral pigments and energised mineralised water." The foundation is actually called Natural Glow Hydrating Make up, obviously on the basis that hydrated skin will 'glow' only time will tell!
The product is part of the Nude collection which includes DiorSkin powder.
**The beautiful bottle**
When you get your very expensive purchase in its designer bag home it honestly feels like Christmas. Delicately taking off the wrapping a lovely metallic navy box is nestled at the bottom. Taking the bottle out of the box bought equal delight and my boyfriend already staggered at how much I had paid for a product he saw no point in was at least impressed with the bottle. Square shaped and made of glass, I could already tell I was entering an entirely new make up world. The bottle is see through with the foundation contained in the centre of the bottle leaving a lovely see through edging making it look very stylish. Elegant frosted lettering indicating the bottles contents but the real wow factor is the lid. Silver, chunky with CD embellished on the lid and Diorskin embellished on the rim. It looks beautiful on my make up stand not necessarily a reason in itself to spend that kind of cash on cosmetics but certainly lessens the pain.
**How to apply**
As I explained above the recommended method for application is with a good quality foundation brush. To apply squeeze a pea sized amount onto the side of your hand and dab the brush in, you then simply brush on your face, I find it takes to small pea's to do my whole face but by doing it in small stages I ensure I don't waste any of the foundation. The foundation goes on wet and is so easy to apply, even for a novice like me, it brushes on and as you go the brush blends it in for you. It is a bit like face painting and I am still finding it fun even after two weeks of usage!
Once my face is fully 'painted' my skin certainly appears fresher and I have a more polished and complete look rather than bedraggled and tired which has to be a plus.
The finish is more like a powder and is barely there makeup meaning I don't look overdone. I find the staying power to be reasonable, it lasts for a full day in the office provided I am not brushing my face sitting with my head in my hands. The look is subtle and sophisticated and ideal for my purposes.
In terms of its overall hydrating effect it certainly does not dry my skin out which is a testament to its water content, with powder my skin rapidly becomes dry and even itchy but with this I have no problems and even by the afternoon my dry patchy forehead is still looking nourished. At the end of the day it comes off easily with one facial wipe and very often there is very little residue.
It might be expensive but it delivers and for my first furrow into the world of foundation it has undoubtedly been a success.