I am starting to amass quite a collection of NARS…
If you’re looking for a matte that’s not flat and a solution to enlarged pores, look no further than three of Dior’s newest beauty innovations: Diorskin Forever Perfect Makeup, Diorskin Forever & Ever Primer Base and the Dior Backstage Blender Sponge.
Start with a thin layer of the Diorskin Forever & Ever Wear Primer Base ($55 CAD, $45 USD). It has SPF20 so your skin will be protected from harmful UV rays, and it lays down a perfectly smooth base to hold your makeup in place. This is a Universal shade, with a light milky pink tint that brightens the skin and gives it a soft-focus veil.
Before I get into the glorious Diorskin foundation, I don’t want to overlook Dior’s new Blender Sponge ($20 CAD/USD). It was inspired by the techniques of Dior’s Backstage experts and is supposed to mimic “the hand of a backstage makeup artist”.
This egg-shaped sponge with a beveled side is made with high-density material so the fluid foundation sits on top of the sponge ready for application.
How to use:
- Use the flat side to spread and blend liquid foundation.
- Use the rounded side to build coverage and optimize coverage (use dabbing motions).
- Use the tip is any corners or hollows such as around the nose or the lips.
VERSUS THE BEAUTYBLENDER: This is actually a completely different concept, although it looks the same. You don’t wet the Dior sponge, which can sometimes dilute the formulation. Dior’s helps deliver an even, matte finish in medium-to-full coverage. BeautyBlender is great if you want a dewier tint vs. a full coverage matte.
Dior’s Diorskin Forever Perfect Makeup fluid foundation ($62 CAD, $50 USD) is pretty much just that… perfect. It boasts everlasting wear (up to 16 hours) and takes skin perfection and a matte finish to next level. It’s not oily and as it dries down to the matte finish, it feels like it’s melting into the skin.
The finish is more of a very natural, flexible velvet matte. It doesn’t look like a mask on your face and it doesn’t feel tight on the skin. (And it has SPF35!)
The secret is in the two “Wear-Lock” polymers. The acrylic polymer sets the makeup into place and the hydrating polymer adds flexibility.
I let the swatches dry down for a minute or two and you can see how matte they set. These aren’t too orange and the 010 Ivory is almost a direct match for N15 skintone (in between NW and NC 15 MAC).
I didn’t retouch anything in this photo at all. You can see my usually enlarged pores around my nose are almost non-existent. My skintone is even, my redness concealed and my skin did not get flaky or shiny for the entire day! I have no powder over top and just a bit of Dior blush on my cheeks.
Just a reminder, I’m 38. If a makeup can make my skin look this flawless, I think it will make you all look flawless too!
The Dior Diorskin Forever Perfect Makeup comes in 16 shades and is available now at all Dior counters. The primer base and sponge are a nice complement to the foundation, the primer being one of my new faves, but I urge you to try the foundation above all else!