Product Type: Dior makeup
Newest Review: ... but a few. But nothing beat Diorskin Forever. The packaging, as always with Dior products, is lovely. A heavy glass bottle with pump whi... more
Diorskin Forever Fluid Foundation SPF25
Member Name: colleen_uk
Diorskin Forever Fluid Foundation SPF25
Advantages: Long - lasting, blends well, smells nice, SPF 25
Disadvantages: Too heavily perfumed
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.
Summary: A great product for off and on use