I am back, ya’ll! Ok, so for any updates please go check my Instagram! Anyways, as you all know, I bought a new foundation, and as promised here’s my Diorskin Star foundation review! I’ve been trying to find this foundation all over the web, but it seems that this foundation is totally brand new. Sephora has it but it’s out of stock, and written as “new”. Anyways, when I bought it, the lady who was helping me actually told me they just received this foundation that morning, and I was the first person to purchase it. So, yay me!
Anyhow, I actually have a very high expectation for this foundation due to the hefty price tag, and the fact that it is Dior! I have never tried any of Dior foundation previously, only their eyeshadows and highlighter. So, I was totally curious about this foundation. Without further ado, let’s get on the review!
The description below is taken from the leaflet provided inside the foundation box.
What is Diorskin Star Foundation?
“Diorskin Star Studio Makeup Spectacular Brightening Weightless Perfection SPF 30 (is) inspired by the professional illuminating techniques and expertise of its makeup artists. Dior invents Diorskin Star, its 1st brightening foundation: a weightless fluid capable of instantly and over time recreating the spectacular and perfecting light of Dior’s studios.
Innovative formula: a complexion bathed in light. Boasting Light Pulsion technology, Diorskin Star formulas give a whole new dimension to light with 2-fold brightening action.
1. A complexion that 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 adapt to each skin tone and neutralize color imbalances to recreate the perfect light.
2. Day after day, a clarified, purer, more dazzling complexion – anti-“light trap” skincare ingredients target action at the source of the skin’s brightness and radiance, with each application they help reduce the appearance of dark areas, pigment spots and redness.
Innovative Texture: a weightless fluid: with extreme finesse and incredible glide, this fluid boasts an evanescent texture with a barely-there feel that leaves nothing on the skin but a correcting veil of pure light. A texture with a new sensation and flawless coverage, it provides comfort and hold all day long.”
source: Dior leaflet from its foundation box
Just a quick reminder on my shades in other brands: MAC NC25/30, MUFE HD foundation 120, Cover FX cream foundation G40, Estee Lauder Double Wear Light foundation 3.0, Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation 4.0, MAC Face and Body C3, and L’oreal Magic Lumi foundation W2/4.
I actually love it! I’m quite picky when it comes to foundation, especially since I’m an in-between shade kind of person. I knew I’ll probably be a shade 30
(there was no shade 31 for this line), and I actually told the lady who helped me to try the 30 on my face. She said it was a perfect match. I think it was close enough, but not perfect. I find shade 30 to be of a neutral undertone, so it doesn’t match me perfectly since I have a yellow undertone. It looks slightly pink, but it’s bearable.
*UPDATE: a few readers have been telling me that they were able to find shade 31, if you can find shade 31 go for it! If I can find shade 31, I’ll probably ditch 30 and go for 31. Like I said, 30 is not a perfect match, but it’s workable for me*
UPDATE (JULY 11, 2015) – I FOUND SHADE 31 AND BOUGHT IT! It matches my skin a lot better now since it has a yellow undertone! Perfection! Absolutely beautiful, especially since I’m a bit more tanned now in the Summer.
Anyways, getting back on the foundation, I love how it’s very light when I put it on my face. It doesn’t feel sticky, nor tacky. It just feel absolutely like my skin, like it’s barely there. Since I expected this foundation to be light-weight, I didn’t expect much coverage. I think this foundation has a light to medium coverage. I didn’t mind it at all. It covers just enough, but still let my skin shows through.
I was expecting some kind of light-reflecting particles on this foundation, since they claimed it was “brightening”. To my surprise, there wasn’t any particles that I can see, no shimmers, no glitters, just normal foundation. It reminds me a lot of my old favorite foundation, the Lancome Teint Miracle.
I think this foundation might be suitable for all skin-type. I have a combination skin, and this foundation works well on both my dry patches, as well as the oily areas. It doesn’t look overly dewy/glowy, and it doesn’t cling to any of the dry patches.
I’d like to mention that I applied this foundation using my favorite Cover FX cream foundation brush. For the entire face, I only used 2 pumps of foundation. Even then, I still have quite a bit of excess foundation left.
Left: with foundation; Right: bare face
As mentioned above, I think this foundation has a light to medium coverage. If you are looking for a heavier coverage, then you might want to look at another foundation. This foundation covers just enough, but as you can see from the above pictures, it doesn’t cover everything. The redness was covered well enough, but my acne scars (e.g. above my lips) is still noticeable.
Dior claims that this foundation has a natural “barely-there” finish. I’m not sure if this is a “new texture” as they claimed, but again, it does feel very natural and weightless. It doesn’t have a glowy or dewy finish, it just looks like my skin but the better version of it. Do you guys get what I mean? It just looks like my skin, but better!
I actually do have to give credit to this foundation. When I wore it today, I received a lot of compliments regarding my skin. Actually my cousin asked me if I’ve been to a dermatologist for a new skin-care regime since my skin looks really smooth and flawless. The fact that people thought my skin looks great meant the foundation does its job!
No one came up to say “oh you wore makeup today”, all of them actually didn’t even notice I wore foundation at all. In fact, I don’t usually wear makeup, so when I do, everyone at office notice it. Today, however, I had this foundation on, brows filled, a bit of blush, and some mascara, and everyone complimented only on my skin. Isn’t that awesome?
7 shades available in Sephora North America. I’m not sure how many shades Sephora Singapore carries. When I bought it, they literally was putting it out of the boxes on to the shelves. So, I didn’t get to see if they have all the 7 shades or not.
The 7 shades are: 010 (Ivory), 020 (Light Beige), 021 (Linen), 030 (Medium Beige), 033 (Apricot Beige), 040 (Honey Beige), 050 (Dark Beige), 070 (Dark Brown).
I got shade 030, which has a neutral undertone. As mentioned above, I didn’t mind it even though I have yellow undertone, since the difference in undertone is barely noticeable. I’ve put a picture of me with a natural light while wearing this foundation on Instagram so you guys can see that the foundation still match me pretty well.
Foundation on whole face – taken at 10am
I started wearing this foundation at 10am. I didn’t set it with powder since I want to see how long this foundation will actually last without being set. I took the last picture (see below) at 9pm. As you can see within the 11-hour time frame, the foundation seems to have last the whole time.
I noticed I looked visibly oily on my T-zone, but that’s to be expected since I have a combination skin plus I didn’t set my face. Also, the acne scars above my lips were visible after 11-hour, but that’s because I had my meals and wiped my mouth with napkins. So, the foundation was transferred to the napkins when I wiped my mouth.
Other than that, I think the foundation looked pretty intact after 11-hour. It did not settle on my pores, it did not oxidizes, and it still maintains that natural finish even after 11-hour.
Oh, you sweet beautiful packaging. I feel like half of the price goes to the packaging. Dior truly knows how to make beautiful product with beautiful packaging. Love the glass bottle, love everything about that glass bottle. It just looks so luxurious and gorgeous. This foundation comes with a pump, so there’s no need to pour the foundation out. Just pump it twice to cover your entire face and neck.
I bought this in Sephora Singapore for SG$78. In Sephora website (.com and its canadian part) they’re selling it at $48. Let me say how I’m super upset that I’m not in Canada right now. What a big price difference between Asia and North America Sephoras. Not sure how much this would be in Indonesia, probably will be expensive too!
Taken at 9pm
- My skin looks amazing.
- Definitely not cakey, very natural, and light-weight.
- Doesn’t feel heavy at all.
- Fragrance doesn’t bother me, has a faint scent.
- Lasted the whole day.
- Doesn’t have any shimmers.
- Doesn’t settle on my pores, thus not making it look big.
- Beautiful, luxurious packaging
- Expensive in Asia! (looking at you Singapore!!!)
- Limited amount of shades – only 7. I find mine to be slightly on the neutral side, while I’m actually yellow. So, this shade did not match me perfectly.
- Not for those looking for a full coverage.
The reason why I am not putting it on my Product of the Week is because I have only tried this foundation once. I think it’ll probably go on my favorite foundation list soon enough, though!
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated nor endorsed by Dior or Sephora. I bought this product using my own money. All opinion, review, and pictures are my own unless otherwise noted. My review is based on my own experience, and my own skin. I am not a dermatologist, nor an expert on skin care. Please note that results might vary on different skin types. Do a skin patch test should you worry for any skin reaction. I bear no responsibility should any issues arise on your own skin.