I seem to have fallen under the spell of compact foundations as I seem to have abandoned my liquid foundations in favour of cream compacts over the last couple of months!
As I’ve constantly been on the go during my recent stay in Malaysia, compacts were my best friends as they were travel-friendly eg. No messy spills / having to worry about that carry-on rule where I always struggle to fit all my skincare products into that clear zip lock bag and it works just as well, if not better than some of the liquid foundations I’ve tried!
Today, I’ll be talking about the Dior Nude Natural Glow Creme-Gel Compact foundation which I got quite awhile ago from a blog sale when I was really new to make up. When applied with a sponge (or blame it on my nonexistent make up application skills) this foundation gave such an unnatural, cakey look that I just kept it aside and forgot about it.. Until now. =)
Dior describes this product as having a ‘cream formula that turns to powder’ upon application and I was intrigued by this. Before we go any further with the texture of the product, I would like to reveal the main gripe I’ve got about this product!
The packaging annoys me to no end. The compact comes with a sponge which sits on a plastic lid. The foundation lies beneath the lid. When you open the compact, this is what you get:
photo taken from Dior’s website
I find that the mirror’s rendered useless when I try to use this product as the mirror gets blocked when the plastic lid gets lifted up so it gets cumbersome when travelling as you will constantly need to flip the plastic lid up and down should you need access to both the foundation and the mirror.
Okay end of rant. =)
Other than the cumbersome packaging, I find myself liking the product! The creme-gel compact comes in 6 shades with neutral undertones so you won’t have to worry if it’s too yellow or pink! Having only 0.35oz of product makes you wonder if it’s worth its £36 price tag (£27 for refills) but I will get there in a bit.
I have this in the lightest shade – 010 Ivory which is a good match for me. Here’s a swatch:
The above swatch looks a little pink but in real life it is neutral. Just like its claims, the Dior Creme-Gel foundation feels like a gel when applied to the skin but upon blending turns powdery and feels lovely on the skin! I usually apply this with my Shiseido foundation brush or my Sigma F82 round kabuki brush and both help blend the foundation out effortlessly!
I normally use cream compacts this way where I use my fingers to swipe the foundation on a few areas of my face, namely the area around my nose and chin before spreading the product and blending it out with a brush. The coverage given isn’t amazing as you will still need to conceal your blemishes as you can see in this FOTD where I did not use concealer on my blemishes. However, this evens out the skintone perfectly and I love how light it feels on the face! Dior created this product using ‘a microscopic network of extremely soft waxes that imprison mineral powders’ that are then released upon application. This is the most unusual cream compact foundation I have with the other being Shiseido’s Hydro-Liquid Compact foundation which feels just like any other liquid foundation.
Wear wise I do not have any problems with this product sliding or melting off my face even though I’ve worn it everyday during the last 2 weeks where it has been rather warm and humid over here but I do set the foundation with a light dusting of Bare Escentual’s Mineral Veil or Guerlain’s Meteorites. Also, wearing this foundation with primer (Revlon’s Photoready or MUFE’s HD primer) makes the foundation stay in place all day as I’ve experienced during my trip to London for the Jubilee celebrations!
I thought I’d *proudly* show you I’ve hit pan with this product but please pardon how mangled it looks!
This has been my go-to foundation since coming back to the UK and I’ve rarely used any other foundation as I’ve been loving how light it feels on my skin!
If you do not mind the unhygienic aspect of using a cream compact, do give this a go as it gives a natural-looking finish and does not reveal your dry patches to the world. 😉