Monday, March 29, 2010

review : diorskin nude natural glow hydrating makeup

The hunt for le parfait fond de teint continues...

I must thank Ms. Paris B for introducing me to Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Hydrating Makeup. It was due to her review that I decided to give this foundation a whirl when I popped by the Dior counter on Friday. I was instantly impressed with how smooth it went on when applied with my fingers. This is the second liquid foundation I have purchased in six years and quite honestly, I am starting to prefer the finish liquids provide over powder.

Product Description :
Containing nearly 40% water, this fluid foundation offers an instant sensation of well-being. Skin appears fresher, silky and feels more comfortable.
 Thanks to micro-droplets of water, this foundation’s coverage is lighter than a more “classic” fluid formula, even as it evens out the complexion and makes it appear more radiant and transparent.

 With daily use, the skin becomes more beautiful for an ever more natural and radiant result than upon first application.

Verdict :
Dior's Nude Natural Glow Hydrating Makeup liquid foundation contains "100% mineral pigments and energizing mineralized water" to help create flawless skin (it says so on the box). I am not certain if this should be classified as mineral makeup per se. The coverage goes on fairly sheer (when applied lightly with a stippling brush) and is buildable to medium or full, depending on the amount used. I only use one full pump for my entire face and I apply it with a MAC 187 duo fiber brush.

It does not oxidise on me, although I have read reviews that it does on others. The shade I use is in Ivory (010) and it matches my skin tone quite well. The finish is semi-matte, with a hint of glow so it does not look completely flat and ashy. My cheeks are rather dehydrated and the rest of my face is oily. This foundation seems to balance my skin problems, whilst covering redness quite well. It starts to fade after six hours or so but it doesn't slide off my skin and create a streaky mess.

The packaging is typical Dior elegance and the foundation is housed in a solid, pump glass bottle. I have also read that people started to have issues with the pump after several uses but Dior has apparently fixed the problem and re-distributed bottles with new pumps. I just hope mine doesn't get stuck because it would be a shame to have to pry that pretty bottle open.

When freshly applied (tried a new blush and it was rather pink!) :

Many, many hours later (including shopping, eating, napping, walking my crazy dog, getting caught in the rain, etc.) :

Please forgive the rather constipated expression, I have no idea why. Anyway, the foundation lasted quite well throughout the day's activities and I was happy that my face still looked somewhat presentable even if the redness and oilies  were showing through. I did have to blot twice using normal facial tissue. The Dior sales assistant told me that the foundation will help boost the hydration level of my skin with daily usage. As I have only used it twice so far, it is too early to tell if there's been any improvement.

Availability :
Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Hydrating Makeup is available at all Dior counters nationwide and retails at RM140.

Ingredients :
Water, Methyl Trimethicone, Alcohol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Silica, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Acrylates Copolymer, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicapraye, Phenoxyethanol, Stearic Acid, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Alumia, Sodium Myristoyl Glutamate, Dimethicone, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Hydroxyethycellulose, Lecithin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Synthetic Flourphlogopite, Parfum, Sericin, Linalool, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Methylparaben, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Bht, Rhodochrosite Extract, Dinethicone/Methicone Copolymer, Hydrolyzed Linseed Extract, Citronellil, Sorbic Acid, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Copper Gluconate, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben, Mica, Aluminum Hydroxide, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide
Active Ingredients : Titanium Dioxide 3.16% | Octinoxate (Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate) 3.00%

(note : the tungsten lighting in my room is quite flattering and you cannot really notice the bumps, dots and flaky skin but they are there)