I know I’ve been terrible at reviewing my favourite products and giving them credit where it’s due but one of my main resolutions this year is not to be tardy and blog more often! =D
This joined my make up collection sometime in August last year as I was on the look out for a light powder foundation to replace my Clinique Stay-Matte Sheer Pressed Powder. This caught my eye at the Dior counter at Fenwick’s so I decided to give it a go. =)
There are three layers to the powder, which makes it a multi-tasking product. I purchased mine in the shade 020 Beige Praline which can be a little dark for me should I only use the Unify bit (the one right at the bottom) as recommended in the information sheet provided by Dior:
I find the above information sheet helpful as I would have just swirled the brush into all three layers and apply it onto my face without thinking. #ignorant
The SA helped me apply this to my bare face according to the above instructions but the Unifier was a little too dark and dull for my NC15 skin. I was a little disappointed as Beige Praline was the lightest shade available! The SA then suggested we swirl the brush over all three layers and the result? Even, brightened complexion!
For those of you who are fair-skinned and find the Unifier shade a little dark for you, I suggest you sweep the brush through all layers and try it out before walking away because the upper layers work well seems to lighten the shade quite a bit! =)
Now, onto the upper layers. I love the illuminating first layer as it just gives you a nice sheen without being glittery / overly shimmery. I love to just sweep this onto my cheekbones and even down my nose bridge to somehow camouflage that big fat and flat nose of mine. 😉
Dior refers to the second layer as the sculpting one but as yours truly is seemingly hopeless at sculpting her face, she uses it as a blush and although a little on a sheer side, it’s enough to give you that glow to your cheeks!
Even though the packaging is rather bulky, I lug this around as I never need under eye concealer / blush in my bag when I have this baby with me!
I use this everyday, be it by itself, or as a setting powder (I use a large fluffy brush to gently sweep across the layers and buff it onto my face) and I’ve barely made a dent in it. This is surely saying something in terms of the pigmentation of this product!
Now, how does this fare on one’s skin? I always use the brush provided, which means the coverage is sheer-light, enough to mask the redness in my face so I’m happy with the coverage provided. I suppose you can use a sponge for heavier coverage as this product does not cake on my skin (yay) but one thing to note though…. I do not think this helps keep my slightly oily T-zone at bay!
The fact that this product does not have any oil-controling qualities doesn’t bug me as I do not have very oily skin. For those of you who have oily skin, I suggest blotting your skin before reapplying the powder.
I have swatches of the powders, as seen below. Note that the swatches were done with my fingers and only one swipe was needed to get the powders to show on my arm. Says quite a bit about the pigmentation of this product, doesn’t it? 😉
Some of you may be worried looking at the peachy-ness of the final swatch where I swirled all the colours together but don’t worry! You will not end up with a pink-based face as long as you use a light hand. =)
I declare this my Holy Grail powder foundation as I have yet to see a better multi-tasking product than this one! =D
Do you use powder foundations?
p/s: I have adjusted the size of my photos and I was wondering if you lovely readers prefer photos of this size or that of my older posts? Please let me know! Thank you my dears!