Nov 02 2014

Am I in Love? Diorskin Star Foundation Review


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.

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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.

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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.

Diorskin Star Foundation Review

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:

Diorskin Star Foundation Review Swatch
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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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  1. Hey Kimmy, I’m glad to hear that in general, you do like this! I am still really obsessed with it. Testing out foundations is a drag nowadays because this is the only one I really want to wear 🙂 I think it works better for oilier skin types, but I have indeed heard different people say different things. Securing a sample is definitely the best way to go! I’m surprised to see you’re also matched to a shade that seems so much darker but turned out to be a good match. What’s up with that? 😉

      • Kimmy on November 2, 2014 at 6:44 pm
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      Hey, Sunny. I do love it and thanks for your recommendation! I don’t know it’s so weird about the colour match. Some people were saying that this runs dark and to go down a shade but I dunno..I would have never selected this shade for myself online but it’s pretty perfect once on the face. Go figure. 🙂 xo

  2. Hey there Kimmy, I wanted to actually try this out as I have oily skin, however I am still having my reservations reading this, as I too was wowed into the love for it by other bloggers!!!

    I think I’ll test it out before I buy! Thank you for such a great review

    Serene xoxo

      • Kimmy on November 2, 2014 at 6:47 pm
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      Hiya Serene, thank you for your kind words! Hope you’re having a lovely weekend so far! I definitely say test it out first to see how it wears on you. 🙂 let me know if you end up testing it out! xo

  3. Thanks for sharing my post! You’re too kind to do so, but I’m glad I’ve inspired your purchase a bit 😉 I totally agree on the gorgeous finish and your words about hydration and oil production are perfect, you totally said it right! I’m glad you’re still liking this even though it isn’t longwearing as you expected it to be… xx

    Gyudy’s Notes Of Beauty

      • Kimmy on November 3, 2014 at 5:14 pm
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      I must thank you, Gyudy, for this wonderful recommendation and your kind words as always! 🙂 Although it doesn’t last the way I thought it would (one me) the finish is worth it. I hope you’re having a wonderful day, lovely. xo

    • elleseesyou on November 3, 2014 at 12:57 pm
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    sounds nice and i will get a sample

      • Kimmy on November 3, 2014 at 5:15 pm
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      🙂 Can’t wait to here your thoughts on this!

  4. I absolutely love how in-depth your reviews are – always a great read! 🙂


      • Kimmy on November 3, 2014 at 5:16 pm
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      Aww, thank you Karen, I really appreciate you saying so. I use to worry that I was going overboard but hey, that’s me. Lol. When I’m writing about something I think – well, if I were researching this product, what would I want to know about it. 🙂 xo

  5. I really admire your detailed posts Kimmy! I could never do that, but hey – bloggers just have to be different right? Anyways! This foundation doesn’t immediately seem to be my cup of tea, but nevertheless I love being introduced to new foundations. Base addict here, you know. The only foundation I own from Dior is the Dior Airflash which is okay I guess. Currently testing Nars Sheer Glow and Bourjois Healthy Serum! xx

    1. I’m so sorry – I don’t know how that happened. I know I replied but I’m not sure why it didn’t post. :/ Thank you for your sweet comment – and I love that we’re all different. Makes things interesting! I thought about getting the Dior Flash when it first came out but wasn’t 100% sold. What do you like/not like about it?

      1. I was all sad and sobby when I checked your post. :'( Haha! 😀 Well, about the Dior Airflash. It’s lightweight which is a bonus – coverage is quite light, it’s a fuss to apply (spraying onto your face really doesn’t work..) and the colour is too dark for me. 🙁 It’s decent, but not my fave!

    • Priyanka on November 3, 2014 at 8:35 pm
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    Sounds an amazing foundation. Its very expensive. Nice review dear.

      • Kimmy on November 3, 2014 at 9:10 pm
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      Thank you, Priyanka! Yes, it is quite pricey. 🙂

  6. When it comes to products, I want something long lasting. That said, 9 hours is still a lengthy amount of time to stay put. I like scented products, but I’ve never had a scented foundation. Interesting. :] // ☼ ☯

      • Kimmy on November 4, 2014 at 5:16 pm
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      Carmen, this is true, we all, I think, can appreciate long-lasting products. 🙂 I can see how the scent of this foundation might bother some, but I don’t mind it. 🙂

  7. I still haven’t bought any high end foundations but this one sounds fantastic and I want to give it a go 🙂 Thanks for sharing! xo’s

    Pink Frenzy

      • Kimmy on November 4, 2014 at 5:46 pm
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      Thank you, Laura! It’s definitely worth trying out. Let me know what you think! 🙂 xo

    • MJ on November 4, 2014 at 8:21 pm
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    I have heard a lot about this foundation too, and if I have the chance I will try it just out of curiosity – you know I only wear L’Oreal Lumi Magique and I can’t imagine anything else being more perfect for me and my skin.

    But Kimmy let me point out, the long wear wasn’t just an expectation you had in your mind, the foundation description may not make any reference to it BUT it is written in capital letters both on the packaging and the bottle!! 😀

    Very interesting post as always xx


      • Kimmy on November 4, 2014 at 9:07 pm
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      LOL. MJ, you are so right! Brain misfire there, thanks for that! I knew I’d seen that somewhere but as I was reading the product description I was like…oh well, maybe I got it wrong and made the whole thing up in my mind? I double checked a few times as well on several sites and the term long-wear wasn’t referenced once in any of the descriptions…BUT on the bottle itself, apparently. 🙂 xo

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