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- Diorskin Star foundation
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The new Diorskin Star foundation by Dior, is it the foundation of the stars? Or the star of foundations?
I’ve read a lot of things about this new Diorskin Star foundation launched by Dior in September, mostly general interpretations of its concept.
For me, this foundation is more akin to enhancing the beauty of movie stars, more specifically ‘lightening’. It’s so special, that it will erase all the complexion flaws and give an impression of perfect skin infused in the light…
The ad with Nathalie Portman illustrates this nicely:
It reminds me of the famous French Harcourt portraits.But, that being said, I don’t think that Dior are going to be providing you with the photographer or the makeup artist when you purchase the bottle, but we can dream… wink
So this foundation is supposed to be able to recreate a “soft-focus” effect, they type you often see with professional studio lighting. Basically a “soft-box” / Instagram filter kind of foundation.
Surfing on the whole #selfie trend at the moment, the selection of a name related to photography (“studio makeup”) and the whole star aspect of selfies, makes a lot of sense! wink
Here is the official Dior line about this new foundation:
“Inspired by the professional illuminating techniques and expertise of its makeup artists, Dior invents Diorskin Star, its first brightening foundation: a weightless fluid capable of recreating the spectacular and perfecting light of Dior’s studios.
The complexion is instantly more luminous and visibly more even.
A new generation of hollow silica beads captures and diffuses light in a correcting halo with no shine. At the same time, colour-filter pigments neutralize colour imbalances to recreate the perfect light.
The complexion is purified and more dazzling.
Anti-“light-trap” skincare ingredients help reduce the appearance of dark areas, pigment spots and redness.”
I’ve been testing it for several weeks now.
My skin is ‘combination’ to ‘oily’, with lots of imperfections due to hormonal issues right now. Usually, I tend to avoid dewy foundations because of my oily skin, but now, some of the latest foundations’ lightweight formulas and textures are easier to wear for my skin type. And for most skin types, really.
Also, I’m 35. So, I can’t say no anymore when if I can get a glowing / fresher / younger looking skin!
So let’s say in my case, the mattifying setting powder to be used following the foundation is mandatory (for ages)(with this foundation or others, I still need my blotting powder).
Diorskin Star foundation, my review:
Clearly, the innovation here is in the brightening effect of this foundation, without being either iridescent or shiny/greasy. This is achieved through some innovative and technical components, notably the combination of 3 specific ingredients:
– the “hollow silica beads” that refract and diffuse light on the skin,
– some corrective color pigments (a bit like a CC cream)
– and some “anti-dull” corrective ingredients that will correct dark spots or redness that give shadows to the skin.
All this in a fluid lightweight formula. Basically, Dior promises an Instagram filter in a bottle! wink
Formula and Ingredients:
The formula is a creamy fluid texture. A classic liquid foundation really. Regarding the ingredients, Dior talks about skincare ingredients (no idea which one, I couldn’t find the info anywhere), but given the high concentration of silicones in the formula, there is no chance that they can penetrate the skin… I must say this doesn’t bother me much. Usually, if I want to give my skin a treatment, I trust my skincare products more than my makeup…
A cool thing though, is the anti UV protection. It has SPF 30 (against UVB rays) and a PA ++ (against the UVA), which is always good to have (especially for me).
The product is scented, so be careful if you have a sensitive skin! For me, it’s not really an issue, I even think that this slight floral scent is quite pleasant. It’s subtle though and it doesn’t last on the skin.
The range of available colours is more or less important depending on the country you purchase this. I chose a shade 020, which may be a little dark for me, especially for my winter skin color (but I’m not sure we will have a real winter here, so it will probably still be a good color match for me throughout the year ;)).
Basically, I understand that the 010 colors, 020, 030 etc are for neutral undertones,the 021, 031, 041 etc colours are for yellow undertones, the 022, 032, 042 etc colours are more appropriate for pinkish undertones and finally the 023, 033 etc are for peachy undertones. I’m not 100% sure about that. If you know more about it, please feel free to fill in the comments! wink
The packaging is just total luxury, very Dior, very chic. It is a beautiful 30ml glass bottle with a pump. It is superb.
One thing though, it’s difficult to transport when you’re traveling. But hey, you can’t have expect absolutely everything you need now, can you? wink
In quantity, I usually apply 2 pumps which is perfect for both my face and my neck.
About the application techniques, I tried everything:
– with my fingertips: I didn’t like at all, I felt it was thick on my skin and there were streaks all over my face.Not convinced.
– with a foundation brush: I tried with my fav, the Flat Kabuki by Sigma (F80) and it works perfectly. Especially when I was stippling it on the face, without stretching the product. It still takes a bit of time to blend though.
– with a foundation sponge: I didn’t buy the Dior sponge, because I already have a Beauty Blender (yes, mine is white, not pink fuchsia) and a Real Techniques sponge which I find very good. This is by far are my favorite application techniques for this foundation. The blending process is good, super fast and very even. The sponge (I use it slightly damp) really helps to merge the product with the skin.
The Diorskin Star foundation provides medium coverage, unifying your complexion without covering big imperfections. For me, it’s a coverage that suits me perfectly. It hides my small redness without having an actual mask effect.
The finish is semi-mat immediately after application. The famous “brightening” effect is indeed there, the complexion is glowing without any shine.
But if like me, you have an oily skin, I highly recommend to use a setting powder (at least on the T zone). It really helps to set everything. If you want to see this foundation in action, you can have a look on my post about dark lips for Fall here.
I have not really been blown away by the correcting effect of this foundation. Well, especially if we talking about imperfections in the contours, it doesn’t really work. This foundation tends to highlight the dry patches, the big pimples, or enlarged pores throughout the day.
In other words, I prefer to use it when I don’t have a very bad skin day! wink
Nothing (bad) to report, the foundation sits comfortably on my face all day long. What I have found really pleasant, is the ultra-light effect, imperceptible and like a second skin when you wear it. Long live these new generation foundation formulas! smile
If I put some powder on my T-zone when I’m doing my makeup and if I do some touch-ups with blotting papers throughout the day, the lasting power is very good. It doesn’t migrate to the skin and stays in place, quite evenly. So I would say the lasting power is pretty good. But it’s clear that it must be powdered (even on dry skin, at least on the T-zone, to be sure it stays perfectly in place).
I use my Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder which I have already spoken about here or a transparent loose powder by Ben Nye, which is very mattifying and invisible ( I bought mine in the Beauty World salon in Dubai, at a ridiculously low price)(but it’s usually quite cheap however).
Value for money:
This foundation is pretty expensive, that’s for sure. But I find that the quality is there, you really feel that it is a luxury product.
Strategically, I don’t ruin myself with powders (a lot of high-end powders are overpriced and too expensive), but for a foundation, I always favor quality. I feel you can really see the difference in the way it looks on your skin and how long it lasts. But it’s just my opinion.
I’d really recommend getting a sample of this foundation or testing on yourself for a few hours (the sales people don’t usually need too much convincing to apply some on your skin for you to see for yourself). It’s exactly what I did, and it really helps to make sure you get the right foundation to match your skin (and the right color!).
You can find it at all the points of sale of the brand and on the Dior website.
- very glowy, it refreshs the skin, it's like a good night's sleep in a bottle
- the medium coverage, it covers without a mask effect
- the leightweight feeling on the skin, you can barely feel it
- very comfortable, not drying at all
- the very pleasant and subtle scent
- the very luxurious bottle
- the lasting power is not the best on my oily skin, it has to be mattified with a setting powder. And touch-up will be needed during the day!
- it tends to highlight the dry patches, the enlarged pores... On a uneven skin, it's not the best foundation.
- the price? (well, it's a high-end foundation, so it's not really a surprise)
And you, did you try the new Diorskin Star by Dior? What are your thoughts? And what is your favorite foundation at the moment?
Photos credits: Dior, bonnie-garner.com
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