Two beauty bloggers I love recently recommended the Diorskin Star Foundation (check out Sunny’s and Gyudy’s reviews). And of course, they convinced me that I just had to have it. 🙂 We don’t have a Dior counter so I purchased this while abroad (in a hurry) and didn’t really get to test it out before hand.
So, the big question is, am I in love?
Yes…but let’s just say, it wasn’t 100% what I expected. However, I am fully aware that I had major expectations going into this for which I take full responsibility (hmmm….sounds like a typical relationship, doesn’t it? just kidding).
Before we get into the review, let’s see what Dior has to say. The Diorskin Star Foundation is said to be “inspired by the professional illuminating techniques and expertise of [Dior’s] makeup artists…..a weightless fluid capable of recreating the spectacular and perfecting light of Dior’s studios”. It promises to make the complexion “instantly more luminous and visibly more even” by capturing and diffusing light in a “correcting halo with no shine” while “colour-filter pigments neutralize colour imbalances to recreate the perfect light”. Furthermore, “anti-“light-trap” skincare ingredients help reduce the appearance of dark areas, pigment spots and redness”.
The description of the foundation makes no references to longevity but I suppose I just had it in my mind that it would last through a storm because of what I’d been hearing. Long story, short…I don’t find it to be that long-wearing. Does that mean it breaks down after only a few hours? No. It gets me through the work day just great (about 9 hours) but by the 10th hour, I do notice some breakdown and shifting. Honestly, 9 hours is plenty and better than many other foundations. That being said, I’ve also come to the conclusion that my skin condition may have something to do with it.
Among those that are not the biggest fans of this foundation, I’ve heard drier skin types say it’s better for oily skin and oilier skin types say its better for drier to normal skin. Having worn the Diorskin Star Foundation several times over the past weeks, I suspect it may have something to do with how well the skin is hydrated rather than oily vs. dry. Hydration and dryness are two different things, in my humble opinion.
My skin is oily-combo but it has been experiencing dehydration and dry patches lately. On the days I’m really dehydrated this foundation didn’t wear as well – also the oils broke through sooner – which may read like an oxymoron but it’s not. If your skin is dehydrated, it will try to overcompensate by producing oil. Anyway, unnecessary skincare 101 aside, the better balanced my skin was, the better this wore. So I’d say, starting off with a well moisturised faced is key.
Onto all of the things I love. The finish of the Diorskin Star Foundation is divine. It’s sort of a satin but not. It’s quite challenging to describe, actually. It gives the skin a lightness and glow that doesn’t come off as contrived. When I look at my face up close in the mirror, it just looks like my skin, really. And it is so light-weight despite being of a medium coverage. Actually, I’d put this on the fuller end of medium. It covers my redness and minor blemishes fairly well. Some imperfections still peak through but when I wear this, I can skip concealer without feeling naked.
Another fantastic attribute of this foundation is that other products last longer when worn over this. My blush, for example, looks just as bright at the end of the day as it did at the beginning, which is always nice.
A few more points which aren’t necessarily positive or negative, but “in case you’d like to know”. The foundation does have a scent. It’s faintly floral and reminds me of Dior products in general. It doesn’t bother me, though.
The foundation sets quite quickly. I was told by the associate at the Dior counter to apply this in sections and I definitely do think that that method is best.
Speaking of application methods, my favorite way to apply this to the face (where else?) is with a flat top brush that isn’t too dense. I find that with a brush that is super dense, you won’t be able to spread this as easily. A beauty blender also works well.
Finally, you may need a darker shade than you think (Sunny also noticed this). When I was matched to 23 Peach, I thought it was too dark for sure. Just look at swatches against my skin:
My fears were unfounded, however, as 23 ended up blending into my skin seamlessly. I think I heard someone say that it’s almost as if the foundation adjusts to the skin….hmm…interesting.
Anyway, when all is said and done, I do love and recommend this foundation. It retails for $50.00 USD (I purchased at Sephora but it’s also available at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus etc.) or £32.00 (Debenhams, John Lewis etc.). It’s quite spendy so I’d try to secure a sample before purchasing, if you can. 🙂
Hope you guys have enjoyed this Diorskin Star Foundation Review and my thoughts on the formula. Have you tried it? What do you think?
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