Product Type: Dior makeup
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Dior DiorSkin Foundation
Member Name: berrydelight
Dior DiorSkin Foundation
Advantages: A great, sheer foundation
Disadvantages: The cost
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.
Summary: My perfect first steps into the world of foundation