In this age of hyper-information, I can’t remember the last time I was captivated solely by the power of a product description without the additional influence of some sort of press release, Blog post, Instagram picture, Tweet, YouTube video etc. mentioning the product. But that’s what happened with Dior’s Diorskin Nude Air Summer Glow Shimmering Loose Powder released as part of the Summer 2016 Milky Dots Collection. The collection wasn’t on my radar and I hadn’t read a single thing about it. But during the Sephora VIB sale, I happened upon it while browsing the Dior section of the website.
Dior says: This limited-edition shimmering loose powder by Dior enhances your skin with the subtle glimmer of a summer glow. Its pearlescent pigments blend with copper pigments to mirror the radiance of sun-kissed skin. The extremely fine and soft loose powder wraps your skin in an imperceptible veil of subtle amber light.
Doesn’t that description have you drooling? And I’m not even into bronzing like that. I’m one of those girls that doesn’t sunbathe, wears tons of SPF on a daily and doesn’t self-tan. I do, however, from time to time, enjoy a nice bronzer to liven up the face – especially in the Summer. How about something that wraps your skin in an imperceptible veil of subtle amber light? I’ll have some of that please.
Capped with the ever elegant Dior Cannage design, the loose powder is packaged in a sturdy, round plastic jar with a built-in sifter. A sifter which, by the way, works quite well at releasing the powder without causing too much of a mess. It also comes with super-soft powder puff.
The Diorskin Nude Air Summer Glow Loose Powder is very finely milled and feels like silk against the skin. I’d describe the shade as a peachy sort of rose gold with a soft sheen finish. Actually, I think amber, as Dior describes it, is quite accurate. To apply, I prefer a brush rather than the powder puff that comes with. Even though the powder is not as shimmery as a traditional highlight may be, I’d say it’s still a bit too shimmery to apply all over the face like one would a finishing powder. Summer Glow comes across as a subtle highlight or blush topper type product. I’ve been using my Sedona Lace Tulip Contour Brush to apply on the cheek bones and lightly around the perimeter of my face. Using it this way, it creates an ethereal sun-kissed effect – the subtle sheen makes the skin look almost “wet” – I suppose the right word is dewy or youthful. Being more opalescent than shimmery – as long as you aren’t heavy handed with it, the powder won’t emphasize texture or pores.
When I first swatched Summer Glow, it reminded me very much of the Glowing Gardens Illuminating Powder in Nude (reviewed here) that Dior released this past Spring. I did swatch them side by side. While they do have the same tone, the Illuminating Powder has much more shimmer, like a true highlight, and is a touch warmer.
I’m quite happy with my purchase and can see myself getting good use out of it now and throughout the Summer. The limited edition Diorskin Nude Air Summer Glow Shimmering Loose Powder retails for $56.00 USD ($68.00 Canadian Dollars). You get 0.56 oz of product which is a decent amount, I think. For comparison, the NARS Light Reflecting powder (which is the only other loose powder I have in my collection at a the moment) is 0.35 oz. I purchased my Diorskin Nude Air Summer Glow at Sephora but I’ve also seen it at Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, and Nordstrom.
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