Product Type: Dior makeup
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An Excellent Foundation, Shame About The Shade Range
Dior DiorSkin Foundation
Member Name: LittleNat
Dior DiorSkin Foundation
Advantages: Fantastic formula/texture, Long lasting, Feels Lovely
Disadvantages: Rubbish Colours that tend to turn orange with wear
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.
Summary: A great product if you can find a match