Product Review: Dior Diorskin Nude Foundation

by Gio

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Name: Diorskin Nude Foundation
Brand: Dior
Size: 30ml
Price: €40

From Sephora’s website:
A hydrating fluid foundation that delivers just the right amount of coverage to create a naturally flawless, bare-skin effect.

What I liked:
– lightweight texture, feels like you have nothing on, blends like a dream
– sheer to medium coverage
– gives your skin a natural glow
– good staying power
– available in 16 shades
– elegant packaging

What I didn’t like:
– strong fragrance
– high alcohol content
– doesn’t contain broad-spectrum protection

When it comes to foundation, my preference goes to lightweight liquid formulas that provide sheer to medium coverage and a natural glowy finish. Dior Diorskin Nude Skin-Glowing Makeup Foundation fits all those boxes. And more. I can’t believe it took me this long to try it!

The foundation is available in 16 shades that cover all skin undertones: peachy, rosy, neutral and beige. I got shade #20, which turned out to be a bit too dark for my skintone. Shade #10 would have been a better match, but, alas, they didn’t have it in stock. That’s one of the downsides of living in a small Italian town where most women have a Mediterranean complexion. Very few shops bother to order shades for us pale princesses too. But I figured, since it’s summer, and my skin is going to get a bit darker anyway, I might just as well get #20. As soon as I get a bit of a tan, it’ll suit just fine.

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Diorskin Nude Foundation has a very lightweight, but not too thin and runny, formula that goes on smoothly and blends like a dream, regardless of whether you use your fingers, a sponge, or a foundation brush (my favourite option). Once applied, it feels like you have nothing on, which makes it a great choice for hot summer days too.

The foundation gives me a very natural, my-skin-but-better look. The coverage is sheer to medium, so it easily evens out the skintone and covers minor imperfections. You can also build it up on areas where you need more coverage. But if you need to cover serious flaws like acne scarring or severe dark circles, this alone won’t be enough.

The finish is gorgeous. Diorskin Nude doesn’t contain any shimmers nor glitters, yet it delivers a semi-matte, dewy finish that makes your skin look like it’s glowing from within. It’s quite subtle, so it would suit even oily skin types. Mine is combination, and the foundation doesn’t accentuate the shine on my oily areas at all. And it doesn’t fade that fast either. I get about 8 hours of wear before it starts to disappear slowly. On dry skin types, it will last even longer.

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If you have sensitive skin, though, you may want to stay away from it. To start with, you might find the rose scent bothersome. It’s quite pleasant, but also very strong. It disappears soon after application, but if you’re very sensitive to fragrance, this is something to consider before purchasing. Another irritating (and drying) ingredient included in the foundation is alcohol. I didn’t experience any dryness nor irritation when using the foundation, which is probably due to the hydrating, antioxidants rich moisturizer I apply beforehand, which neutralizes the side effects of alcohol. But, if your skin is more sensitive than mine, alcohol can be a problem for you.

Finally, a word of warning about the SPF. It is not broad-spectrum. The active ingredients are Octinoxate, which protects against UV rays, and Titanium Dioxide, which protects against all UVB but only some UVA rays (the short type). That’s why, while Diorskin Nude Foundation can help boost the SPF of your sunscreen, it shouldn’t be used as a substitute for it.

Ingredients:
Active Ingredients: Octinoxate (3.00%), Titanium Dioxide (4.35%); Other Ingredients: Water, Methyl Trimethicone, Alcohol, Phenyl Trimethicone, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Isododecane, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Diphenyl Dimethicone/Vinyl Diphenyl Dimethicone/Silsesquioxane Cross Polymer, Isododecane, Dimethiconol/Methylsilanol/Silicate Cross Polymer, Stearic Acid, Mica, Phenoxyethanol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Alumina, Aluminum Hydroxide, Sodium Myristoyl Glutamate, Glyceryl Undecyl Dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, VP/VA Copolymer, Silica Silylate, Silica, Propylene Carbonate, Fragrance, Dimethicone, BHT, Dimethicone/Methicone Copolymer, Sericin, Linalool, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methyl Propional, Glycerin, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Rhodochrosite Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Hydrolyzed Linseed Extract, Citronellol Balanites, Roxburghi Seed Oil, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sorbic Acid, Ajuga Turkestanica Extract. May Contain: Bismuth Oxychloride, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide

Summary
Dior Diorskin Nude foundation has a lightweight texture that provides light to medium coverage and a natural glow that lasts for hours. However, the strong fragrance and high alchol content may irritate those with sensitive skin.

Rating: 4/5

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4 comments

Allison July 8, 2014 - 1:49 am

It looks like the perfect degree of coverage for you, Gio. I was scrutinizing the Dior display at Sephora the other day. I got a sample of Eye BB cream that I ended up liking and wanted to find out the price. Something to consider, but not sure it was that much better at $36 than my essence I Love Stage for about $3 since I only use it in a limited area. For foundation or certain makeup products, I love Dior and think it is worth it. I was surprised at the alcohol in the foundation you purchased, but I must check the ingredients on the Kat Von D foundation that I just bought. Maybe there’s alcohol in it too, but I didn’t even look at the ingredients. Bad me.

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Gio July 8, 2014 - 8:03 pm

Allison, I love the coverage too. Not too keen on the alcohol content, but that day I was in a hurry and didn’t check the ingredients as I always do. Oh well, at least it doesn’t irritate or dry my skin, so it’s not that bad. A lot of brands put alcohol in their foundations to make the texture thinner, but if you use it with a good moisturizer you should be fine. Unless you have sensitive skin, of course. 🙂

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Icaria July 9, 2014 - 12:35 pm

Oooo niiice!!! I find it suits you nicely on the picture and I think it’s one I might consider eventually. I’ll probably go back to using a moisturizer and foundation next winter. At the moment I’m using Dior’s BB cream and I like it but the color is a little too dark so I wouldn’t be able to use it later on. For now since it’s summer it’s ok. 🙂

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Gio July 9, 2014 - 4:27 pm

Icaria, thanks. It’s a lovely foundation, and you think you’ll like it too. The BB sounds nice but it’s a shame that it comes in just three shades. It’ll probably be too dark for me too. 🙂

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