If you’re looking for a pricey foundation which makes you glad to have spent all that hard-earned cash on it, then it might just be that Diorskin Star foundation is the one for you. I absolutely had to try it after hearing it described as Dior’s “selfie foundation”. If you follow me on Instagram (if not, you can click here if you want to) you will know that I take a lot of selfies.
But in my defense, I have had so many comments about my makeup of the day posts that it has encouraged me to be more creative and now I just see my face as a blank canvas. It isn’t about me looking in the mirror in the morning and thinking, ooh, I look good! I had better take a #selfie! It is partly for those who enjoy the pictures, partly a form of makeup diary for the future, and a good dose of self-education. It is like an artist painting self portraits until he feels he is good enough to paint other people’s portraits. This entire explanation is especially for my dad, in case he ever reads this, because he probably thinks I’m vain and self-indulgent.
Dior spent two years developing this foundation to make women feel more confident about being photographed, which frankly was very nice of them. We aren’t all blessed with Natalie Portman’s skin. Apparently Diorskin Star contains titanium-rich silica beads which diffuse the light, even out skin tone, hide the appearance of wrinkles and redness etc. This is all wonderful, you are thinking, but does it work?
Shade: I have it in shade 10 which is slightly too light for me. Shade 10 would be my perfect winter shade, and shade 20 would be my summer match. They are both neutral shades. Shades ending in a 0 (like 20) are neutral, whereas 21 would be yellow undertones, 22 would be pink undertones and 23 would be peach undertones.
Application: I find this foundation is best applied with a damp sponge or beauty blender (I use the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge) to get the most natural, invisible effect. Dior actually recommends sponge application and sells a sponge alongside it, but I didn’t feel the need to splurge on a Dior makeup sponge.
Coverage: Diorskin Star has slightly more coverage than Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, but it is still a light/medium coverage foundation. It can be built up with more than one layer in areas where you need more coverage without losing its ‘invisibility’ on the skin.
Finish: I really like the finish of this foundation. It is a good example of radiance without any shine or shimmer. It isn’t dewy, but it isn’t drying either. It is more light-diffusing than light-reflecting, I think if your skin is normal or combination you can get away with it. It brightens up your skin but gets rid of shine at the same time.
Lasting power: Over a primer I find it lasts well, although without primer I get a little bit of oiliness around my T-zone that needs touching up. I use the Dior Pore Minimizer primer underneath and will set my T-zone lightly with powder, and the majority is still intact by evening. I think you can’t expect it to set like concrete on your face considering it isn’t a matte or full-coverage foundation,
What it looks like on the skin
Verdict and Price: I really love this foundation, so if you have tried Dior foundations before and know that the shades work for you then I really recommend this one. As with all foundations it is best to get a sample first and test it properly before committing to the purchase, R680 at Dior counters.