Following the likes of Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion, YSL Fusion Ink, and other similar foundations by various brands (I see Bobbi Brown has one too now!) Dior has developed their own Diorskin Nude Air Serum Foundation which basically takes the traditional notion of foundation and turns it on its head. I hesitated over buying this as I bought the Diorskin Nude Star foundation a while ago, but since we don’t get many brands with this type of formula available here I couldn’t resist the urge to splurge. This was my Mother’s Day gift.
So feather-light and watery that it requires a dropper for application, this is definitely the thinnest and runniest foundation I’ve ever tried. I don’t have a problem with the dropper and find it quite useful, but I can imagine it could get messy for those who have little patience. I got shade 020 which is actually my summer shade, but since I’ve been dosing myself with Vita Liberata lately it has been a match I can just about get away with. It comes in a glass bottle too, which is very luxe looking but I would be terrified to travel anywhere with. On the plus side, I’ve tried mixing it with my Diorskin Nude Star foundation in shade 010 and this lightens the shade without affecting the performance.
The formula contains volatile oils which quickly evaporate, leaving pigment behind on the skin. The reason I was skeptical was that I was worried it would cling to dry patches, and that the coverage would be far too light. I have probably said dozens of times that I suffer from bad breakouts, so I usually have quite a bit to cover. I have always moisturised very well and applied the foundation immediately after, and have never seen it clinging to any dry patches. Thumbs up. On the coverage front the reviews are right…it is light coverage and doesn’t cover blemishes or even completely disguise redness. I do have to use concealer afterwards, but then again I always use concealer anyway so it’s no hassle for me.
What made me believe that this was magic in a bottle was the fact that it literally disappears on your skin. It vaguely reminds me of my holy grail Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in the way it sinks invisibly into the skin…but this is like Vitalumiere Aqua with a sprinkle of fairy dust added in. It can be smoothed in with your fingers and requires basically no blending. I go over it with a flat kabuki brush afterwards in circular motions, not because it needs blending (because there is nothing there to see), but just so I don’t feel I’m wasting a very nice makeup brush!
Wearing Diorskin Nude Air 020 and Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder
It definitely smooths over pores, evens skin tone and leaves a velvety finish that is mostly matte but still very natural and skin-like. I think this foundation is ideally suited for normal to combination/oily skin rather than dry skin, as it could potentially emphasize dry patches. The longevity is also pretty good on me despite having a t-zone which likes to melt makeup.
If you are someone who doesn’t like to wear foundation or hates the feel of foundation on your skin, then this is the perfect choice for you! It is the usual cringe-worthy R695 Dior foundation price, but this bottle will literally last forever because you only need a couple of tiny drops to do your whole face.