It’s been the Dior week here on the blog, and I’m so excited to be writing about this new foundation release that’s stolen my heart! It’s no secret that my favourite foundation of all time remains to be the Dior Diorskin Star Foundation ($64, available here) which I have probably talked to death on this blog. With so many high-tech foundation releases in the last couple of years from many high-end brands, it’s difficult to say what else could be new and different. But I must say that the new release, Dior is really delivering on that flawless skin manifesto with an unbeatable matte formula!
The new Dior Diorskin Forever Foundation ($64, available here) is very similar in appearance to its sister, the Diorskin Star Foundation, sharing Natalie Portman as the face of the launch. The only difference between this and the Diorskin Star Foundation is the frosted bottle that masks a little bit of the colour.
However, I find the range corresponds with each other quite well between the two formula’s. I wear the #021 Linen with the Diorskin Star Foundation, a perfect match to my NC25 skintone. Similar to its sister formula, it seems to use the same rule of thumb where the shades ending in the number “0” has a pink undertone, those that end in “1” has a yellow undertone, and those that end in “2, or 3” have a more neutral undertone. There are 16 shades in the range, and that’s quite a promising start so far!
It is marketed to have a combination of skincare, makeup, primer and sunscreen in one. It’s quite a novel product and a very exciting launch to be writing about and I’m really excited to put this to the test!
Before I start, I feel it would be helpful to talk about shade matches, and what colour I wear! Usually, I wear Dior Diorskin Star Foundation #21 Linen which is a spot on match for my NC25 skintone with plenty of yellow undertone. There is an equivalent shade in the Forever foundation range which I will be purchasing separately since the shades #20 and #30 are far too pink on my skintone. However, I did put it to the test over the weekend while I was home (no one wants to make the #1 mistake in applying foundation – wearing the wrong shade!)
Dior Diorskin Forever Foundation | Primer and Makeup in One
Unlike the buildable medium-to-full coverage, satin finish of the Diorskin Star Foundation, the Diorskin Forever Foundation has a fuller coverage with a matte finish. The Diorskin Forever Foundation has oil-controlling properties that helps control shine, and corrects the complexion (redness, and unevenness) with no mask-like effect despite the matte finish. The formula has a soft-focus ingredient, similar to the Diorskin Star Foundation (it was hailed as the selfie foundation when it first launched), and helps reflect light and adding radiance on the skin. The formula is supposedly able to last for a good 16 hours, however I’ve yet to had to wear it that long yet (Although in a couple of months, I can certainly put this to test).
As a foundation with a built-in primer, the fourth ingredient is dimethicone, which is a common ingredient used in cosmetics and personal care products to add emoliency and give the skin a smoother finish.
Sunscreen & Skincare Properties
I will admit that I was a little hesitant about how this product would perform when I read that this foundation has sunscreen in it as it meant there is a high likelihood it won’t photograph well. The original Diorskin Star Foundation did as well, but only with SPF15. The has far more than that – SPF35, which is a good amount for daily sun protection. It’s really interesting that the back of the box actually has an instruction section, which tells you to apply the foundation alongside sun protection with the very familiar directives to apply 15 minutes before sun exposure, and to reapply every 2 hours.
To be frank, it’s quite difficult to test how well this product stood to the sun, but after taking pictures at night, with and without flash, I can safely say that you might want to stick with the Diorskin Star Foundation for flash photography (less bounceback) and use this for daily use or when you’re not being photographed with flash!
As for the skincare properties, the skin is supposedly set to improve with each application given the Diorskin Star Foundation ingredient that refines pores affected by dryness, and slack. The foundation is supposed to help smooth the texture of your skin over time. It was a thing this foundation was released during the winter time as I had a bit of time to test out the dryness claim. I think the foundation holds up quite well, but definitely not one you can use and skip the moisturizer completely.
For some additional reference, I wear the following shades in other brands:
- Laura Mercier Photo Ready Silk Creme Foundation in Bamboo Beige
- Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 2W1 Sand
- Clinique Even Better Foundation in #25 Buff
- Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation in Y245 / Y315 depending on the time of the year
- Dior Star Foundation in #21 Linen
- Dior Diorskin Forever Foundation in #20 Light Beige
The new launch is an excellent product and it’s hard to find fault on a foundation that clearly delivers on every single one of its marketing claim thus far! It hasn’t fully replaced my favourite Diorskin Star Foundation quite yet, but I’ll let you know if I feel like changing it up with this for the longetivity.
A Dior Diorskin Forever & Ever Wear Extreme Perfection & Hold Makeup Base ($55, available here) and Extreme Perfection Matte Finish Powder are complements to this foundation launch that’s worthwhile looking into if you’re into long-wearing complexion!
Are you a fan of matte foundation? Does the new Dior Forever foundation pique your interest?