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Some of you might recall my review of Dior’s DiorSkin Nude foundation and the fact that I was deeply, deeply in love with the results (still am, btw). True, I was a bit head over heels about it and ready to start a new religion that devoted itself entirely to Dior face products. Was I crazy? Maybe a little, but with each Dior face product I try, my crazy devotion climbs to new heights. The object of today’s obsession? The DiorSkin Radiant Base primer. Sigh…..
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I purchased this for $40.00USD (1 oz) at Nordstrom. At this time, the DiorSkin Radiant Base is a Nordie’s exclusive. This base/primer comes in a glass bottle with a pump distribution system. Other vitals? The DiorSkin Radiant Base comes with SPF20 (so you know I am a happy glamper). The formula itself is not the slightly powdery feeling, thick liquid formula that you get with MAC’s Prep + Prime or Smashbox. It has the consistency of a fluid foundation. Rest assured, no weird texture or icky smell. The finish feels comfortable on the skin and does not go tight or greasy on my normal to dry skin. I apply the DiorSkin Radiant Base with my hands.
I am a 020/200 in Dior foundations and I used shade 002 in the Radiant Base for a perfect match. This is a truly unique base (and that says a lot in a market saturated with a quadrillion bases). Not only does it give a very slight bit of colour (read: coverage) to the skin, it also delivers an amazing cocktail of golden shimmer that brightens and highlights the face like NOTHING I have ever seen before. When I say shimmer, don’t think glitter bomb, by any means. You can truly tell that Dior put time, research and quality ingredients into the Radiant Base. It’s revolutionary. It gives a finish that can only be described as angelic.
To give you an idea of how beautiful the finish is, I have worn just my face cream and the DiorSkin Radiant Base alone with tremendous satisfaction at the outcome. Loved it. If you want a little more coverage for your “nude” look, add a bit of Dior’s DiorSkin Nude Powder or MAC’s Mineralized Skinfinish Natural to keep the glow going. You do get more of a shimmery glow when the Radiant Base is worn alone, but when topped with foundation, it tones down the shimmer to a natural glow.
When I wear the Radiant Base with foundation my regimen is: Dior’s HydraAction SPF20 face cream, the DiorSkin Radiant Base with SPF20 and either Dior’s DiorSkin Nude foundation, Dior’s Capture Totale foundation or MUFE’s HD foundation. They all hold up superbly throughout the day.
The only downside to this product is the fact that at this time there is only one shade available, shade 002. To be honest, I’m not 100% sure how this would work on darker skin tones, but my guess is that would work OK up to a certain point, as the Radiant Base does go mostly transparent when applied. My fear is that on quite dark skin tones the gold particles might become too apparent and lend a slightly ashen look to the skin or perhaps even highlight too much giving an almost metallic look to the skin. A darker shade of this base would be very well received, I’m sure. If you are a women of colour who has tried this, I would love to hear your feedback.
Bottom Line: Your face is your canvas. It is the base for all of your makeup application. It sets the stage for your artistry and is worth a little extra devotion. DiorSkin Radiant Base highlights and preps your skin for amazing results. I HIGHLY recommend you try this.
Stats: $40.00USD / 10z / Nordstrom.com or Nordstrom stores (Nordies exclusive)
What Dior says: The luminous glow of golden ice crystals inspires Dior’s dazzling new makeup base. Just a few drops retextures and smoothes the skin dramatically for a radiant, even finish plus SPF protection. The refreshing, air-light feeling makes it the perfect primer under any Dior makeup—or wear it alone for a sheer golden veil of color.
Have any of you tried this? What are your must-have Dior products? What’s on your Dior list?
You all know that I am a huge fan of Dior’s foundations. Most recently, my huge crush on DiorSkin Nude has sealed my foundation choice for the last month or so. It really is the perfect summer coverage. Check out my DiorSkin Nude review for further info. Monica Bellucci happens to be wearing DiorSkin Nude foundation in the above pic. Amazingly perfect, right?
I recently saw some pictures of Monica Bellucci and Hillary Swank at Cannes. Their looks caught my eye, as both were beautiful, glowing and absolutely radiating the quintessential Dior look; natural beauty and a seemingly effortless, organic glamour. You know, that perfectly “pulled-together” look that we wish we all embodied when we woke up each morning. Sadly, I don’t wake each morning with this aura of perfection. It takes a bit of tweaking and trickery on my part to achieve my preferred level of “pulled together”. That said, I was thrilled to find the product breakdown for Monica’s and Hillary’s looks. Easy glamour. Gotta love it.
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Monica Bellucci in Cannes at the premiere of “A Prophet” by Jacques Audiard
Face: DiorSkin Nude Natural Glow Hydrating Makeup Light Beige N°
020, Skinflash Sunbeam 003
Blush: DiorBlush English Rose N°733
Eyes: 5-Colour Designer Eyeshadow in Smoky Design, Dior Style
Liner Intense Liquid Eyeliner Black N°094
Lips: Dior Addict Lip Color Beige Négligée N°223
Hillary Swank in Cannes at the premiere of “Looking For Eric” by Ken Loach
Face: DiorSkin Nude Natural Glow Hydrating Makeup Light Beige N°020
Cheeks: DiorBlush English Rose N°733
Eyes: 5-Colour Designer Eyeshadow in Smoky Design, DiorShow Iconic Mascara
Black N°090, Dior Style Liner Intense Liquid Eyeliner Black N°094
Lips: Dior Addict Lip Color Beige Dandy N°319
Dior Blush in English Rose is now on my shopping list. Do any of you have these colours? What do you think of them? What do you think of the looks? What are your hot Dior picks?
J’adore Dior! I have been a fan of Dior’s colour, mascara, and fragrances for quite some time, but this month I tried my first Dior foundation. My initial reaction was, “Oh my God, this looks amazing!” My second thought was, (Click “Read More” below for further details)….
“Why didn’t I try this sooner?”
I will admit that the terms “nude” and “foundation” generally tend to produce a bit of skepticisim from me. I think it’s going to be either too sheer to cover anything or it will promise me coverage with the look and feel of nude, natural skin and fail to impress. I know I’m not alone in this, am I?
Diorskin Nude eased my “nude anxiety” and absolutely took my breath away. It felt like nothing on the skin (it contains 40% water), had great texture (contains 100% natural mineral pigments) and stayed put throughout the day. The colour match was flawless. It covered most everything and still looked like I literally had nothing on. Seriously, I didn’t think this was possible. I thought it was a foundation urban myth. The last test it passed with flying colours was that it did not settle into little lines in the face throughout the day.
Aside from the amazing performance the Diorskin Nude provided, it impressed me even further with the inclusion of SPF10. I generally prefer an SPF of at least 15 and feel best around a 30, but every little bit helps. I was able to bridge the gap in my SPF comfort level by prepping my skin with Dior’s HydrAction Hydra-Protective Light Creme SPF 20. This cream gets another rave from me. Having normal to occasionally slightly dry skin, this cream was a prayer answered. It’s so light on the skin and incredibly hydrating. It has become my new daily staple and let me tell you, my skincare routine has seen a lot of creams so taking top spot is no easy task.
I know that the price of Dior foundation may be a little off-putting for some, but considering this foundation’s amazing performance, it’s truly worth the investment. I would advise heading to a counter for a colour match up to make sure your money is well spent.
I am completely hooked on this foundation and highly recommend it. I am hoping to try a few more Dior foundations and powders soon and will let you know what I think.
Diorskin Nude Price: $45.00USD/1oz.
Dior HydrAction Hydra-Protective Light Creme SPF 20: $54.00USD/1.8oz.