Review of Christian Dior Diorskin Forever Flawless Perfection Fusion Wear Makeup (new - 2011 version) by lollsazz
What I search for in a foundation: light-medium coverange that covers redness well, a good colour match that would save me time in the morning, lasting power (no patchiness, lasting in warm and cold weather) and natural look. It should also not break my sensitive skin out, and also shouldn't be drying (my skin then patches easily).
I decided to try this because I got intrigued by the SA saying that they had gotten a new foundation that was long lasting in all kind of weather - no separating in hot humid weather and no cracking in cold, and it kept moisture in!
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I took a sample home and have now tested it for four days; I wear foundation about 16/24 (hours/day...). This gave me a natural-looking, not too mat, not too dewy look, and the fact that it just melted (or fused) into my skin, taking the same texture, was a part of it. This IS long lasting (although not completely transfer resistant), and looked good even after me running in cold rain! It didn't become patchy and didn't make my dry patches show. I haven't reacted badly, except for that this isn't really for my skin type.
Cons (for some people):
- the coverage is light-medium, I would say more medium, depending on application
- it keeps the skins texture, correcting mostly only colour - pores will still be visible, unless you have very smooth skin from before. Again, depending on application
- strong scent; not happy about it myself, as it's not a pleasant one to me, and perfume can cause allergies
- alcohol (I hate this ingredient!)
- colours: lightest yellow (21) is like NC25 in MAC = too dark for me now + it's VERY yellow toned
- does contain oil
- oxidation depends on skintype
- tend to sink a bit into wrinkles
I definitely recommend checking this out! If you find the right colour and the foundation fits your skin type, this may be an HG.
Now to application: I know Dior makeup artists suggest to apply this with a brush. I have A LOT of foundation brushes, a beauty blender and some other sponge applicators (actually better than beauty blender), but I've found that I can achieve the look I want only with fingers. First I smear the foundation on, then pat it. This prevents it from looking like it's sitting on the skin. Always CLEAN HANDS! Also: this dries pretty fast
One more thing I want to mention: different fluid foundations need different bases underneath. Some need a cream-type of moisturiser, some a gel-type, some only work over an oil-free one, some are better over a bare face and some need a primer (not my favourite...). I suggest one not to slippery for this one. You should also wait till the moisturiser has been absorbed before applying foundation. Try to wear less where you tend to get oily, like the forehead.
UPDATE: may wear regularly when I'm tan enough.
My skin: has been oily, resistant, normal, and now dry and sensitive. I don't have any problems with big pores, but still are acne-prone. I'm about an NC20-15 in MAC, closer to 15. Light skin with olive undertone, which basicly means a "neutral yellow" - yellow-toned foundations can look orange on these skin tones. Orange colour may also result from too dark foundation colour. Most brands have not yet incorporated olive tones into their colour range.
Other foundations I have tried (some are reviewed better on my page - will eventually review them all):
- Maybelline dream matte mousse (young and inexperienced...it's a 1-lippie: nice to put on, but you have to be very careful with what you do during the day for it to look good)
- Maybelline affinitone (hello sparkly! Transfers very easily)
- L'Oreal visible lift serum foundation (OK drugstore foundation, but in my opinion nothing special. Pretty good shade selection)
- L'oreal High Definition Smoothing Foundation Studio Secrets (really crappy foundation - no coverage, only oxidation!)
- Lucy minerals mineral foundation (VERY good shade range, but mineral foundations don' suit my dry skin - recommend for those who like mineral foundation!)
- Elisabeth Arden flawless finish (indescribable crap! Rolls up in balls, bad smell)
- Boots stay perfect (not bad if you can find your shade. The one I got was "Homer Simpson yellow"... OK staying power)
- The Body Shop moisture foundation (very light and natural coverage, moisturising, good as base for powder, as it can transfer easily. Not for me though)
- Declaré (olive toned colour - suited me very well, but is pretty thick, full coverage, which I don't need anymore)
- Estee Lauder double wear (staying power like nothing else, covers almost anything, but I can't stop myself from thinking my skin doesn't breathe underneath + can look flat/dry)
- Sensai fluid foundation (pretty natural, medium coverage, but all too pink or orange on me)
- Chanel vitalumiere aqua (makes complexion look very smooth and porcelainy, poreless, but not too great staying power, like it, but not my favourite, covers redness well)
- MAC pro longwear (long lasting, but often tricky to find the right colour)
- Lâncome photogenic lumessence (oxidizes to...pink. Didn't stay on too long, nothing to write home about)
- Lâncome teint miracle (looks very natural, found my shade in Japan, good coverage with this consistency, but bad staying powder - melts away and disappears if I use it outside the house)
- Clarins everlasting foundation (not good shade range, too thick, made face look flat, didn't like it)
- Helena Rubinstein spectacular (yes! Nice staying power, natural looking, nice finish, but few colours)
- Guerlain Parure Extreme (long lasting! Few colurs, better for oilier skin, smells a lot)
- Make Up For Ever Face & Body (very natural looking. Nice staying power if used right, hydrating, oil free)
- Bourjois Healthy Mix (natural looking, for normal skin, light coverage)