I have to hold my hand up and say I haven’t really tried many foundations. But that’s only really because I’ve only been using makeup for less than a year, and there are SO MANY to choose from…
When I first started out, I was pretty much set with my Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation; it was light, weightless and gave that ‘your skin, but better’ kind of a finish. But as time has gone on, I’m finding myself itching to try something new. I moved onto the All Nighter Foundation, and I also loved that, but I just got a little… bored? Is that a thing? So after watching MANY videos; I decided that I was going to head to my local department store and get something new; and one of those foundations I was desperate to try, was the Diorskin Forever foundation.
So on a day off from work, I headed to my nearest Dior counter in Debenhams, and had a chat with the gal running the counter. She was polite, professional, and had me shade matched within minutes. I came away with shade 020 (Light Beige). I was also given a sample of the Diorskin Forever Undercover foundation to try as well, just to see which one I would prefer. Thankfully, the regular ‘Forever’ foundation was definitely the right choice.
So the reason I wanted to try this particular foundation, was it’s claims that it ‘provides optimal comfort and flawless wear’ throughout the day. My only complaint with the Naked Skin foundation, is that after about 6 hours, I do tend to notice some fading, particular on the nose and around the mouth. Unfortunately, some of my working days last 10 hours, so towards the end of my shifts, things will start to look a little… eh. The Diorskin Forever says it creates a ‘perfect matte finish with no mask effect’ and offers up to 16 hours of wear. It also says it offers shine control, and has a pore-refining effect.
The Diorskin Forever is packaged in a solid glass bottle, with a pump; and it really does feel every bit as luxurious as you would expect something from Dior to feel. It’s the first ‘luxury’ foundation I have tried (well, it’s actually the second, but I won’t be talking about the Shape Tape foundation; unless you want me too). You get 30ml (1 Fl.oz) of product in the bottle, which is fairly typical. It retails (in the UK) for £35.00 (making it the most expensive foundation I’ve used). The shade range is a little… well, it could be better. In fact, a lot better. I’ve seen conflicting information about how many shades are available. The official website says there are 12, Debenhams say there are 22.
To be fair, I am late to the Dior party, so maybe there WAS 22 shades and now only 12 (that seems ridiculous) OR they’ve added some shades recently… I don’t know. Either way, I still think that this range is lacking in shades for darker skin. When I was browsing, Debenhams had 16 shades for lighter skin, but only 6 for tanned and darker skin. That’s pathetic. In 2018, can we PLEASE see more diversity in the shades available? Make-up should be inclusive, not exclusive.
Sensitive & dry…?
My worry when I try anything new like this, is how it’s going to react with my sensitive (and sometimes) dry skin. Previously, matte finish foundations would have been something I would have wanted to avoid, as my skin was very dry. I recently changed my skincare routine (more on that in this post) and I have to say, my skin has never felt better; and I am now able to use more matte foundations without issue. The Diorskin Forever has worked absolutely fine for myself. When applied, it settled into my skin nicely. It does dry down to a very matte finish, so if you are on the drier side, I would certainly recommend a good moisturiser AND a good moisturising primer before use.
Supposedly, this is a medium coverage foundation, that’s able to leave a matte finish without creating a ‘mask’ effect, and I would agree that the coverage is pretty damn good. With two pumps on a sponge, I was able to cover pretty much my whole face (bearing in mind, my face is massive) and it looked flawless. It evened out my skin tone, and covered up my redness. It’s oil-free formula blended into my skin quickly and when it dries down, it doesn’t feel like I even have anything on. When applying, I definitely prefer using a sponge to really press the foundation into my skin. When using a brush (in my case, I use the Morphe Y6 as my foundation brush), the finish is OK, but I feel that the brush actually sheers the foundation out a little, to the point where I felt I needed to apply a little more than I normally would. With a sponge, the coverage was full, flawless and still felt natural.
So did it last?
Well, I never got to try it out for the full 16 hours; and honestly, I cannot think of anytime in the future where I will NEED to have makeup on for that long; however, I can say with confidence that I pushed it to 12 hours, and I gotta say, I was impressed. Throughout the day, I kept peeking in the mirror, and was amazed at how it still looked like it had been freshly applied. Even my husband had to keep stopping me to have a look. When that happens, you know you are onto something good.
One issue I do have with almost all foundations, is fading around the nose. I’ve yet to find anything that will hold up, which is odd because I’ve never thought of having like, an oily nose or t-zone. But, the Diorskin Forever held up much better than any other foundation I’ve tried so far. We definitely had some fading around there by the time I took it off; but at the 12 hour mark, I could not have been happier. My bronzer and blush seemed to hold onto their colour better, and even around the 10 hour mark, things were still looking good. I think this could be my new favourite foundation.
So let’s recap those claims: Long-lasting (16 hour wear)? Check! Well, it certainly last 12 hours without any real need to touch up, so I reckon I could have pushed it a few more hours. Refined Pores? Well, I would say so. I don’t really have too much of an issue with enlarged pores, except on my nose; and to be fair, it did reduce their appearance slightly. Matte Finish with no ‘mask’ effect? Another big Check! It does dry down to a matte finish, but it didn’t look or feel heavy. It still felt quite natural and comfortable. It also boasts an SPF of 35; so it’s going to help keep your skin protected during use as well.
Now this is definitely a high-end foundation; but to put it into perspective, even the Urban Decay foundations are pushing £30 a bottle almost. Is this worth the extra splurge? Yeah, I honestly would say so; if you are in the position to invest in a luxury foundation, this could be worth checking out. I will of course be checking out some cheaper, drug store foundations as well, so recommendations of brands and foundations to try will always be appreciated! But for now, the Diorskin Forever liquid foundation get’s a big thumbs up from me!
Where to Buy
You can pick up the foundation direct from Dior (if you already know what shade you need) or you can pick it up from most department stores [Debenhams / John Lewis / House of Fraser] (I would always recommend going into store to be shade matched, and at least get a sample to try before you buy!)