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Organising my wedding last year I was always insistent that I was going to do my own make up for the big day, and this gave me free licence to test a lot of make up! I tested Estee Lauder Double Wear, Chanel Pro Lumiere, MAC Pro Longwear, Benefit Flawless Oxygen to name but a few. But nothing beat Diorskin Forever.
The packaging, as always with Dior products, is lovely. A heavy glass bottle with pump which never gets blocked. The foundation itself can be applied lightly for a fairly light coverage, but you can really build it up for a medium-full coverage if desired, without it feeling heavy on the skin or gathering in pores. When applied with a foundation brush and blended well into the skin it really does make my skin look flawless and has real staying power, giving a fairly matte finish without looking cakey. On my wedding day with a tiny bit of loose powder it lasted right though the entire day with no touch ups, and I now use it every day with the same results.
It is a little pricey at around £32, however one bottle will last months so it's not a regular expense.
It's become my go-to foundation and now I can't see how anything else could be better.
This is one of the highest priced foundations I have ever purchased. I heard lots of good things about it and a friend of mine worked for Dior and she told me how it was the foundation that she sold the most of so I thought it must be good!
Price and Packaging
It is priced at £32.00 for a 30ml. It has the most luxurious bottle I've ever had for a foundation. But I think that the brand of Dior always has a higher end packaging to its products. I think it must be psychological so as people do not mind spending the amount as the packaging screams expensive! It has a lid that you remove, and it is pump action. I have always hated pump action bottles as I always end up getting more product than is needed so there is a lot wasted. This was no exception, I tend to need about 2 and a half pumps of this foundation, but I have to have 3 pumps, so I waste half a pump every time I apply this foundation. I would hate to think how much that adds up to over the whole bottle! I have managed to get the whole pump out of the foundation in order to use it how I wish without the pump but this got very messy and it is very time consuming. The bottle is made from glass which again looks and feels more expensive than other foundation packaging however the problem here is dropping the foundation. I always drop items of makeup when applying it in the morning as I am always in a rush, but luckily I have only ever dropped this bottle onto carpet so it did not break. I should imagine that for anybody who takes a makeup bag with them to work or out for the day that this isn't the lightest bottle of foundation to carry with it being glass. So although the packaging looks much nicer than some, it isn't the most practical.
Where it can be bought
This can be bought in a number of places such as department stores like Hoopers, House of Fraser, Debenhams etc providing they have a Dior counter, as well as some Boots. There are many places it can be bought online. But the best price seems to be on Escentual website at £27.20.
There are 10 shades to this foundation at the moment available to the UK. However I have heard that other shades are available outside of the UK. I am the lightest shade which is 010 Ivory. I find it very difficult to find the perfect shade for me as my skin is so pale and as my face can get shiny during the day my foundation seems to get darker but I must admit this is a very good shade for me. I certainly wouldn't have bought this foundation if they didn't have the exact right shade for me as £32.00 is just too much to spend for something which isn't perfect.
Type of foundation
This is a liquid foundation which is advertised as being extremely long wearing as well it smoothing and evening out the skin tone. It contains SPF25 which I like as I think that it is important to have sun protection (even in a foundation). It is advertised as being for all skin types yet it is still hydrating. I am very much a combination skin and it did last very well during the day on my skin compared to other foundations I have tried. I still needed to pat my t-zone with my powder though. I would agree that it is hydrating as usually on my nose and forehead foundation can clump where I have dry patches and this one did not. However I noticed after not using this foundation for a few weeks that it looked like it had a layer of oil forming at the surface which put me off slightly despite the fact it doesn't cause me to be oily when on. But personally I prefer an oil free foundation. I can imagine for somebody who has an oily skin type that they would find this foundation horrible due to the oil in it.
It is described as having a satin finish, this I believe means that it isn't super shiny or super matte. I found the finish was very nice, slightly dewy making me look very healthy. But as mentioned I always put a power over the top which of course changes the end result making it look matte.
It gives a medium coverage which is enough for me even with my difficult skin and redness. I think it is a buildable coverage anyway so you could just apply more for it to be heavier. It is also a natural coverage, my face did not looked caked in make-up which is always good!
I always apply my foundation with a foundation brush as well as a sponge. This worked very well with this foundation making it smooth and perfected. It is an easy to blend foundation and it feels extremely smooth and soft on the skin, unlike other foundations I have tried.
Removal of Foundation
I found that I felt like I needed to double cleanse my skin to remove this foundation, this isn't because I think it is ultra thick but perhaps the oil in the foundation adheres to the skin. To be honest I cannot be bothered to double cleanse my skin at night time and this was a factor that caused me to use this foundation less and less.
So it sounds like a pretty good from the review so far. However the price unfortunately is too steep for a foundation that I do not believe is miles better than others on the market at much lower prices. If you have money to waste or to spoil yourself with then by all means pick up a bottle of this foundation and you will not be disappointed. But I do think you could save yourself money with other brands especially as the pump action bottle causes wastage. If they changed their bottle to allow the user to control how much they use (not with a pump action bottle) I might consider buying it again but not at the full price of £32.00, I would certainly look for a bargain online.
I have read that this foundation was revamped a year or so ago, so I do have the most up to date version. It apparently includes what is called made-to-measure ingredients. However the description on the Dior website stops there on what these ingredients actually are. Personally I would like these ingredients expanded upon in their description otherwise it sounds like the brand is just trying to say something impressive to get people to buy it without actually telling you what these special ingredients are! This is something that really frustrates me with advertisement of all products! Made-to-measure ingredients sounds to me like ingredients made to fit each person, so perhaps the ingredients once they are on the face become tailored to that specific person's face skin type. But if this was the case surely Dior would have hugely expanded upon telling us this as this would be a revolutionary foundation which I would understand the higher price tag for then. But they didn't so the description in my opinion means very little!
Additionally the name of the foundation including 'flawless perfection' is slightly exaggerated, it was a nice foundation when on, but my skin certainly wasn't flawless, I still had imperfections that could be seen through it.
A good foundation but not good enough for the price! I would like this to work wonders at £32.00 a bottle!
Dior have to be one of my favourite brands when it comes to anything related to cosmetics. I have tried a large range of their products but as I am very fussy with foundations and I tend to just stick with one, Diorskin Forever has been my most recent purchase.
Most people can recognise Dior as being a premium brand in terms of cosmetics, perfume, handbags and clothing. They have an extensive cosmetics range with every essential product for a make up bag.
Diorskin Forever is part of their foundation range. According to the bottle, it is 'Flawless Perfection Fusion Wear Makeup' with an added SPF 25 which is always handy. In terms of aesthetics, this foundation couldn't look any more high end if it tried. It comes in a chunky bottle with a dark coloured lid. The foundation can be seen through the bottle, but there is also a clear outline around the bottle which gives it a good first impression. The product and brand name is displayed on the front of the bottle in a dark font. The lid is easily removable by pulling it upwards. This reveals a small pump which dispenses the foundation. I always have a little annoyance with pumps as I feel it wastes quite a bit of make up when it is running out which could otherwise have been scraped out. However that is the only criticism I have of the design!
I tend to dispense the product on the back of my hand - I find that one pump is enough to evenly cover my face, but usually have another half a pump (that sounds silly, but you know what I mean!) just to get some additional coverage. You will notice it is relatively thick, but it isn't gloopy and still maintains some movement.
I apply the product with a standard foundation brush, although I must admit I am very tempted by the foundation brushes Dior sell as they look and feel amazing! I get a small amount onto the brush, comparable to the size of a five pence piece. I then apply it the same way as I usually would. Usually my face will be covered and I will have some excess on my hand. I use this just to build the coverage as that is one of the things I like about this foundation - it can be as light or heavy as you like.
Application is very straightforward. It blends easily and applies smoothly. The only thing I found is that the foundation brush can leave small strokes that look like lines. To avoid this, I make sure I apply it in daylight with a compact mirror so I can rub those in. I'd rather not have a liney face if I can avoid it! The coverage looks really great even with only a small amount of foundation. You can really tell the difference and its nice to know that you don't have to use a great deal of product to achieve this. It is also lightly scented which is nice as I find it majorly off putting to apply a foundation with a nasty smell.
I find that the foundation will last all day. I usually apply it before I leave the house at around 6:30am and by the time I get home (anytime between 5-7pm) it is still intact. However it could do with a reapplication once or twice throughout the day as where by face is slightly oily, around my nose area, the foundation does appear to be a little patchy if you look closely. It doesn't last as long as I would like really, but it manages to stay on properly if I reapply during the day. However I don't think anyone else would notice where it has come off as it isn't at all obvious.
The foundation is easily removed with a normal face wipe such as Simple. However I do notice sometimes that a few patches are left on my face so its better to use a wet face wipe or to cleanse, exfoliate, tone and moisture to ensure its completely removed.
Diorskin Forever comes in 13 shades, so there is bound to be a colour that suits most skin tones. They start quite light, I have the lightest shade which is ivory (010), but they also have peach, sand, honey beige, dark beige, cream and linen to name but a few. It can be purchased from a variety of department stores including John Lewis, Debenhams etc although it is worth checking beforehand whether they have a Dior concession. Their products are also widely available online. The price is pretty steep at £31, it is the most expensive foundation I have purchased. However it does last a fair amount of time - I purchased mine in August and with daily use it is almost finished.
Overall I think this is a great foundation for daily use as it easily achieves smooth and flawless looking skin without feeling clogged up or as if you are wearing too much make up. However the price may put many people off and as I am now at university, I may think twice before purchasing it again when mine runs out. I am not entirely convinced that it is that much better than slightly cheaper alternatives such as Mac foundations. If you want to treat yourself though, this is the foundation for you! 4/5 Dooyoo stars.
We are constantly bombarded with heavily airbrushed models promoting flawless skin so it is no surprise that many girls want to replicate this perfect image. Has Christian Dior developed a foundation that has finally made this possible?
During the day I try to limit my foundation use and instead will use either a tinted moisturised or I will mix my foundation with my regular moisturiser. Due to the expensive nature of this product, as well as its heavily perfumed content I tend to only use it for nights out and I have it in a deeper shade to match my fake tan. Dior has a long lasting coverage making it the perfect product for those who do not like to have to constantly reapply their makeup and like to keep their makeup bag light. It is advertised as "Flawless Perfection Fusion Wear Makeup SPF 25. A new generation of fusion wear, fluid foundation."
*About Christian Dior
Christian Dior is the prestigious brand name for many high-end beauty products and though you may pay through the nose to be the proud owner of their cosmetics, I have usually found that you are getting a good quality product. Christian Dior always had a passion for art and through this he channelled his energy into becoming a renowned fashion designer. He began by selling sketches outside his family home to earn money to finance an art gallery but unfortunately he later had to close this as his family struggled with financial difficulties. For a small period of time Dior then joined the army and upon his leave joined the fashion house of Lucien Lelong as a primary designer. After working with Lelong for Dior finally founded his own fashion house and would later make fashion history. The financial difficulties that the Dior family has previously faced would be forgotten; with Dior products demanding high-end prices and being sought over within high-society. Still highly popular in the 21st century, the Dior name is attached to a large variety of products including watches, cosmetics and perfume. Unfortunately they have been the centre of some scandal following the anti-sematic remarks of John Galliano; a British fashion designer who was head of Christian Dior's haute couture house until March 2011 when they fired him due to his comments. Hopefully this will have no great impact on the quality of their products in the future.
*What attracted me
Back in the days of financial freedom when I didn't have rent, student loans and council tax taking first priority I steadily worked my way through high end cosmetics - especially foundations; Yves Saint Laurent, Benefit, Mac, Clinique and Dior being amongst my top picks. I have to say that in terms of loyalty I have stuck with Dior the longest - having used it for around 5 years now. I first bought it because I was previously moaning to my friends at school about how my mac foundation rubbed onto my sheets of paper and took about 2-3 reapplications throughout the day which meant I had to carry the hefty bottle around in my blazer pocket (which once resulted in a particularly unfortunate incident whereby, much to my mum's aggravation, my expensive blazer's inside pocket stained an awful shade of beige). I was informed that Dior provided long term coverage with minimum application. Just what I needed!
When I first began using this foundation I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was perfumed and I would say that it was probably one of the selling points for me. It does have an original smell for a foundation, one which you could relate to the original Dior perfume (Miss Dior). However months down the line I made a realisation about the disadvantages this holds. I asked my friend if she still used Dior Forever and she replied that she didn't - although she loved the coverage that it gave she found that because it was heavily perfumed it caused her skin to break out. I tend to switch between foundations in order to give my skin a break and so decided to use my Dior for five days and see if I noticed any difference. Although the first couple of days I didn't notice any changes - after the third day I noticed my pores were more clogged and that my skin was starting to have blemishes; something which I don't usually suffer from. This is the reason that I now only use the perfume for nights out and don't wear it on a regular basis.
Dior foundation is not the most expensive one that I have ever shelled out for - but it is up there in the high end category. John Lewis offer a 30ml bottle of Diorskin Forever for £28.50 where as House of Fraser offer it for £29.50. Largely you won't find Dior for much cheaper unless you are buying a knock-off or a manufacturing second. I would highlight however that you do not need to use copious amounts of the liquid to give you a full-face coverage; meaning that a single bottle has an extensive life expectancy and therefore it is worth paying a bit more for it. It is available in most department stores and larger boots stores as well as from the prestigious Dior boutiques.
Dior Forever is presented in a similar fashion to many of their other cosmetic products. It features an upside down, rectangular, thick-glass bottle with a navy-blue plastic lid which allows the bottle to slot neatly into a make-up box or it looks gorgeous sitting on a dressing table. At the top there is a small circular silver dispenser which when pressed lightly dispenses out the liquid cleanly from the bottle. The dispenser is great; I first thought that it was going to be problematic as it only dispenses small amounts at a time; however it turns out that this is advantageous as you don't need to use much of the liquid upon each application. It squirts out a small amount of the liquid which is relatively watery - however this is good as foundation that is too thick tends to layer onto the face rather than blend into it. My one issue with the bottle is that it is made from glass which means that you can't squeeze out the remaining liquid and as the top silver lid is attached pretty tightly it takes a lot to get it off once the dispenser no longer reaches the remaining liquid. This can mean that though there is some foundation left in the bottle you are unable to make use of it.
The thing that I love about buying a foundation from a high end retailer, in comparison to buying it at a cosmetics counter which has no one looking after it, is that you can benefit from a foundation fitting for free. This means that you can go to the Dior counter and you will then be helped be a member of staff to find the foundation that best matches your skin tone and your skin type. This involves answering some short questions in relation to oil levels in your skin, whether you want full coverage or a lesser coverage, whether you wear bronzer etc which allows them to match your needs with one of their products. This is why it is worth buying a foundation that is a bit more expensive; it is tailored to what you like and means that you won't end up leaving the shop with a neck colour entirely different from your face. Dior offer their foundations in a range of shades and the is what is great about Forever. I previously used a lot of sun beds and therefore when I first got my foundation fitted I had a more brown complexion; however having kicked my sun bed addiction I now have a more yellow skin tone and therefore when I went to re-purchase my foundation the sales assistant refitted my foundation and I was given one that matched my complexion better.
Definitely one of Forever foundation's strong points is the coverage that it provides. I was advised when I first bought it that if you liked less coverage then forever wouldn't be for you - but as my skin tone ranges from being yellow in parts to red in others I prefer to have a full coverage on nights out because documented evidence can be so easily scrutinised! Dior covers blemishes and evens out skin tone perfectly and the big difference with this foundation in comparison to others is that the results do in fact last. Often I have bought other foundations with promises of 12 hour and 18 hour coverage but unfortunately that just hasn't been the case and instead they have gradually worn off and leave me looking more tired and worn out than having a fresh face would. I can apply my Forever foundation and it truly will last - from the moment I apply it to the moment that I wake up the next morning - hungover and covered in last night's make up. As the liquid is not too thick it doesn't just sit on the skin and it does sink in which seems to cause it to last longer as well as look more natural even though it is a full-coverage foundation. The other advantage of Dior Forever is the fact that it contains SPF 25; meaning that should you choose to use it in the sun or on holiday it will mean that you won't be substituting sun protection for a pretty complexion.
I do recommend Dior as I believe that it is the longest lasting foundation that I have tried; however the fact that it is so heavily perfumed does pose a problem as it prevents you from being able to make it an everyday product. Their wide range of colours mean that you can have a natural look while still getting a full coverage which lasts. It is an expensive luxury so you have to decide whether you think that it is a necessity. My suggestion is to pay the Dior counter a visit and get them to give you a tester and a demonstration of everything that they have to offer; that way you can make up your own mind. Another suggestion is to visit http://www.dior.com/beauty/gbr/en/minisite/makeup/diorskin_forever/tf505-20.html where they have a great demonstration of their make-up currently endorsed by Natalie Portman as well as application tips. They are now offering a matching powder foundation which I will no doubt give a try and let you know my thoughts and feelings about! If you admire airbrushed images and flawless complexions then this seems like the product that can bring you the closest to that without any enhanced images! The only reason I took one star off is due to the heavily perfumed nature of the product which can cause break outs.