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When boys read woman magazines like Glamour and Cosmo, they’re often confused at the number of pages dedicated to adverts. “Every other page is an advert! I don’t get it!”
But I like adverts. They exude glamour, and the glossy printing ink smells nice. Sometimes, they even come with invitations to claim free 7-day samples of the new Dior foundation.
That’s what happened last week. I toddled down to House of Fraser after work, invitation in hand, and a nice lady put some of the new Diorskin Star Foundation on my face. She also gave me one of those generous little sample pots that always last longer than 7 days, so I was a happy bunny.
As I only wear foundation during the week, I’ve done a 5-day review of my first impressions of this product. To give you a head start, Diorskin Star Foundation claims to be brightening, weightless, long-wear studio makeup with medium to full coverage. Its illuminating mixture was developed, at least in part, for people who like taking selfies. Teehee. You can learn more about the light-diffusing silica beads (etc.) here. It’s really quite hi-tech. Anyway, on to the review.
Day 1. Monday: First Impressions
House of Fraser lady removed my makeup and smoothed some Capture Totale Dream Skin over my face to prime it. She then used Dior’s Backstage Blender Sponge to apply the foundation.
It went on beautifully – apparently it’s recommended that you use a good sponge – and I was really impressed with the results. Imperfections disappeared, skin lovely and luminous, happy days.
If I was nitpicking, it felt a bit sticky – in a similar way to other long-wear foundations like Estée Lauder’s Double Wear.
Capture Totale Dream Skin. Lovely, tempting stuff – that is, until you google the price tag. Yeowch!
Day 2. Tuesday:
Applied the foundation with a Real Techniques stippling brush, and it looked a bit messy compared to the sponge application.
On the plus side, the foundation didn’t melt off my face on the walk into work, which can happen when you switch from cold morning air to warm morning office.
At 12pm I checked on it – flawless on cheeks, hyperpigmentation and forehead, bit patchy on oily bits – especially on my spots. My concealer could have been causing the patchiness though.
Day 3. Wednesday:
Applied it with my fingers this time. It looked much better and was easier to layer. I didn’t add any concealer to my hyperpigmentation today, and I was right – it is the concealer that makes the texture look weird later in the day.
From today, I’ve decided the coverage on this foundation is definitely more medium than full – it smoothes imperfections and discolouration beautifully, but brand new acne scars and emerging lurkers need a bit more help covering their redness. The foundation neutralises the colour nicely, but they don’t disappear completely.
Face after Day 1, when the House of Fraser lady applied the foundation. It looked very smooth and glowy, apart from my nose – you can see where I’ve scratched it in the photo! Glasses by Ralph Lauren, by the way :)
Day 4. Thursday:
Applied using a combination of fingers and a denser make up brush, and it looked better still! If I had a sponge that would be the method of choice though. Today I also waited for the foundation to settle for a few minutes before I applied my powder, which made a big difference – it didn’t cling to any specific bits, which was good.
Day 5. Friday:
Up until today, I’d been using the Laura Mercier Oil Free Primer underneath the foundation, in the hope of making it last a bit longer. Today, I decided to do a little experiment, and go primer-free.
It turned out to be the right choice – the foundation lasted much longer, and comfortably stayed on for the whole working day. Perhaps that’s because it was bonding to my actual skin rather than a primer base, which would inevitably wear off at some point. So primer-free, on my oily face, this foundation actually lasted very well!
It could just be coincidence, but my skin is also much better than usual this week, and is calming down nicely. I haven’t had nearly as many spots, and the ones I was suffering with have healed quickly.
So, in conclusion, Diorskin star lasts all day, even without a primer, and may or may not noticeably improve the state of my skin. I’d say I’m sold. Maybe those adverts aren’t such a bad thing, after all?