Review: Dior Diorskin Forever Foundation

Review: Dior Diorskin Forever Foundation
Diorskin Forever Foundation

Diorskin Forever Foundation

I never got around to buying the original Dior Diorskin Forever foundation despite trying it in store multiple times. Since my indecisive days, Mr. Peter Philips (Dior Beauty's current director) decided to update the formula of this foundation and when I put some of it on the back of my hand I knew it had to be mine. It felt incredibly light and blended easily without settling into the lines on the back of my hand. Shade 021 Linen looked like a good match for my lingering summer tan. Into my cart it went.

Product claims:

Get perfect, 16-hour foundation coverage and broad spectrum SPF 35 protection from day to evening. This foundation leaves a luminous matte finish, flawless correction, and exceptional comfort. It’s enriched with Poreless Effect skin care essence, leaving the skin’s texture looking more refined with each wear.

The marketing messaging of makeup products always makes me laugh. WTF is Poreless Effect Skin Care Essence? *rolls eyes*
Alas, here's my experience:

  • I love the SPF 35 - I get annoyed when foundations put a measly SPF 15 inside. Despite the SPF, it has no sunscreen scent whatsoever and it does not leave a white cast in photos. 
  • Luminous matte finish - check. It does dry down to a satin matte finish that looks like skin. It doesn't make my face look flat and dry.
  • Easy to blend - I have used this with beauty blender, with fingers and with brush. I personally prefer the beauty blender sponge for the best coverage but it is easy to use and non streaky with a brush or fingers if you're in a pinch or if you hate sponges.
  • Good colour match, no noticeable oxidation. I bought shade 021 Linen which is what I use in the Diorskin Nude Air formula as well. It's a touch lighter than Dior Nude Air 021, but it actually matches me better. I did not notice any unflattering colour changes/darkening due to oxidation on my skin however from other reviews I have read online, the paler shades tend to oxidize and go warmer and darker, so sample this before you buy if this is a concern.
  • Scent - I really like the smell of this but I know this can be a deterrent for some people. It's a soft floral fragrance not quite as overpowering as the likes of Burberry of Chanel, but just enough to notice it when you first pump it out from the bottle to the back of your hand.
  • Oil control - Meh... not as impressive as it claims. While the coverage lasts and doesn't fade throughout the day, it does let my oils shine through and I have to blot around lunchtime to avoid looking like an oil slick in the afternoon. However, after blotting I can easily still get 6+ more hours of wear. I find the oil control on L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte and Maybelline Dream Velvet foundations to be slightly better, but those tend to look a lot more cakey and less naturally flawless throughout the day. I have combination/oily skin but due to the weather during foundation testing, I'm oilier than normal. 
  • Coverage - I assume that by "flawless" they mean full coverage. I don't think this is true - I would classify this more as medium/full buildable coverage. I still have to use concealer on stubborn blemishes but this is what I prefer to do anyway. I typically don't like full coverage all over my face.
  • Lasting power - despite the average oil control, the coverage did last quite well throughout a full work day and on a full day on the weekend spent in hot humid weather. The coverage didn't fade significantly and I did not get unflattering cakey areas/weird patches around my nose or chin which is where I usually have issues. I have been testing this without any primer or oil control products because I wanted to see how it performs by itself. I am sue that with an oil control product (and powder), the longevity can be more impressive.

While it won't knock down By Terry Cover Expert as my favourite foundation of all time, I do like this foundation a lot. It fits the bill for me as an everyday foundation. If you're oily/combination and want a natural finish foundation that gives you decent coverage without giving you the dreaded "cake face" effect, this is your jam. Color matching might be tricky as Dior foundations tend to lean more pink in undertone. 021 is the lightest yellow undertone shade in the line but it's too dark for paler complexions. It matches me in the summer. If you're very fair, the lightest shade (010) might be too dark for you as I have read reviews online saying that this shade oxidizes a bit darker. Samples will be your best friend.

I hope you have found this helpful if you're in the market for a new foundation. Dior Diorskin Forever retails for $62 CAD / $50 USD at Sephora, The Bay and Dior counters worldwide.

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