I'm madly in love with all of Dior's Nude products. I started with the liquid, then the loose powder, then the concealer. When I found this compact, I had to have it too. And it has met all my expectations, and more.
It's not inexpensive, at $50 USD. It comes in a larger, heavier compact than I'm used to - it's a rectangular shape that's reminiscent of Clinique's newer packaging (the shiny, mirror-like squares that replaced their old green packaging. Inside, you'll see three strips of color: one to highlight, one to sculpt, and one to unify. You'll also find a flat brush - more on that later.
Initially I thought I could use the highlighter as, well, a highlighter, and the sculpting color as blush. I can't. The middle color, at least in the shade I take (20), is too sheer for that. I also didn't think I'd like the results of sweeping all three shades on my face - I'm yellow toned but prone to pinkness, and I hate adding any kind of pink to my skin. I thought the middle color would exacerbate any kind of redness issues I might have. Boy, was I wrong.
Swirling all three colors together (using the provided brush - wow! Never thought I'd see the day) makes for the most luminous, natural finish I've ever seen come from a pressed powder. How a product can seem both sheer and provide significant coverage is beyond me. It covers all of my pores but my skin still breathes. I don't look like I'm wearing makeup yet my skin looks flawless. The Dior gods are shining upon me!
And the brush. Oh, the brush! I am a brush fiend, buying the likes of Trish and MAC and Shu, and have always dismissed in-product brushes as total crap, horsehair. But the brush that accompanies this compact is soft and not prickly in the least. It picks up just the right amount of product. How convenient - finally I can appreciate a brush that comes in a package, instead of needing to carry a separate brush!
Brilliant, innovative product from Dior. From this combination to oily girl who's prone to redness - a heartfelt thank you!