I have used this foundation now for approximately two years having seen it in John Lewis instead of my then favourite Guerlain ‘Lingerie’ foundation (which I also really rate). In between my use of this product I’ve tried samples of Estée Lauder ‘Double Wear, Elizabeth Arden, YSL, and Dermacol.
This product has an SPF of 30 which is unusual for a foundation and means that I do not have to wear sunscreen under it, which can make my skin greasy and affect a flawless finish. It comes in approximately 19 colours ranging from very light to very dark, these also span both warm and cool tones. I wear 032 ‘rosy beige’ which is a bit lighter than the name might suggest and has a warm tone.
According to Dior ‘The complexion is instantly more luminous and visibly evener. A new generation of hollow silica beads captures and diffuses light in a correcting halo with no shine. At the same time, colour filter pigments neutralise colour imbalances to recreate the perfect light. The complexion is clarified with a purer, more dazzling and long lasting light’. Although I am normally sceptical of such bold claims, the foundation does have a radiant dewy finish and photographs very well without any flashback which is normally a worry for foundations that contain SPF.
This foundation lasts long days with no touching up, and does not rub off or go greasy. I often wear it from approximately 6:00am until 22:00pm with no retouches. I use primer and moisturiser underneath it and set it with pressed powder and ‘bake’ with loose powder under my eyes and along my jaw.
I have fair skin with a lot of dark freckles and some redness and uneven skin tone on my cheeks which it covers well – in fact making even my freckles invisible. I am fortunate in that I do not have spotty or acne prone skin, nor is it greasy or dry. I have no doubt that it would cover spots or acne scarring. With the moisturiser, primer, and powder I also imagine it would cover and last well on oily or dry skin. I do not use any other Dior Skin products alongside this.
I admit this product does have a high price point (£35) but it lasts well- each bottle lasts me about six to eight months as a little goes a long way. I wear it every time I wear make-up, but it would work well as a special occasions only make-up. I know it is popular in bridal make-up because it photographs beautifully.