I hope you are having a great Friday. Weekend is just hours away and weather is smiling, yay! As mentioned in yesterday's post, my parents are currently visiting us. I still sneak away for a post or two but expect some delay in answers to comments or lack of posts at social media. Bare with me until next weekend ;-)
Today I would like to share my thoughts about Diorskin Nude Air Healthy Glow Ultra-Fluid Serum Foundation. What a mighty name! Here are the thoughts of a normal to dry skin gal, who doesn't have many skin texture problems other than some spots, marks and redness. Her standards of longevity and ease of application are as high as it gets. Does Diorskin Nude Air make this gal happy? Right after the jump.
|Diorskin Nude Air Healthy Glow Ultra-Fluid Serum Foundation|
First things first. It is hard to be a foundation enthusiast. Although I own foundation which would last me over three life time, I would like to try and test new ones. I am so curious about the new textures, consistency, finish, packaging, application methods, you name it.
Since I own Giorgio Armani Maestro and YSL Fusion Ink (reviewed here), I wanted to see how Diorskin Nude Air compares to these. That said it is always hard to justify buying more foundation knowing you have so many similar ones. This is when lovely Melanie from mel-et-fel offered me her press sample because the shade was too dark for her. Many thanks for this from the bottom of my heart, also for the super sweet Easter surprise you can see here!
Before this miracle happened, I was stopping at the counter and trying to figure out if the foundation would be fine with my dryish skin. The only "sample" they have is in shade #030 which is too deep for my complexion. It is hard to understand why they don't stock samples of all shades. It is also hard for me to understand the reason behind not offering shade #010 in Germany. Almost all the girls I know are fairer than me and the fairest shade offered, #020, is a little darker for my complexion. This is not special to Dior though, many companies do the same nowadays *rolls eyes*.
|Diorskin Nude Air Healthy Glow Ultra-Fluid Serum Foundation|
As Lily from ChloeAsh pointed out very appropriately, it is the least messy packaging of these type of foundations. The name says it all "Ultra-Fluid" and no matter what you do, it is hard to get the packaging right. Lily points out there is a rubber stopper inside the neck of the bottle. I haven't recognized it myself but all I know is that Giorgio Armani Maestro runs out and gets messy but this one doesn't. That said all in all it is still messy. The only super fluid foundations I get along with are the cushion ones anyway and those I apply with a beauty blender.
As I mentioned above, I find it hard to believe that #010 is not offered in Germany. That aside, there is an undertone issue to this foundation, which you can recognize yourself below. #020 is very peachy. I have come across too warm or too cool shades but peachy? Why I wonder. Sheered out it is fine on my but this undertone might be an issue for some.
In the swatch below you can see how Diorskin Nude Air compares against some of other foundations in my stash. Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting in Fawn is warmer and pulls more yellow. Estée Lauder Perfectionist 2C3 Fresco is a little darker and cooler (or looks more natural with my natural undertones). Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua B20 is also warmer but almost the same shade in terms of lightness. Clarins Teint Multi Régénerant is also more yellow and close in intensity. YSL Ink Fusion is the closest shade with a bit of peachiness to it but it is slightly lighter.
|Comparison swatches for Diorskin Nude Air Healthy Glow Ultra-Fluid Serum Foundation in shade #20|
First thing I do is to give the bottle a good shake. Then I turn the lid and take a few drops on my fingers. While doing that you have to be extra careful since it is very runny and may drop on your clothes. I massage that on my face, get a few drops more and proceed that way. First layer is light coverage but it can be build up to medium coverage. I wouldn't classify this foundation as full coverage. After applying a thin layer everywhere I revisit the parts which need more coverage and apply them only there. I complete the base with under eye concealer and concealer where needed.
It has a semi.matte finish which has a slight sheen which must be what the name claims, Healthy Glow. Diorskin Nude Air is nothing but glowy on me though, it looks natural though but if you have a dull complexion, you might want to add some glowy finishing powder to this.
|Before/After FOTD with Diorskin Nude Air Healthy Glow Ultra-Fluid Serum Foundation|
If you have dry skin, you definitely need a good moisturiser under this one. After my moisturiser, I go on with Smashbox Photofinish Primer Water which keeps my skin's moisture and prolongs the longevity even more. Definitely recommended for those with dry skin to try this combo.
Here is me wearing it. I will post more about this make-up soon. The base stays on me all day, which is one of the most impressive things about Diorskin Nude. Compared to YSL Fusion Ink, I like this one more which glides on easier during application (more silicons maybe, haha, but it is easier to apply) and it stays longer on me. Giorgio Armani Maestro dries out my skin, so I like Diorskin Nude Air also more than that one on my complexion.
|FOTD with Diorskin Nude Air Healthy Glow Ultra-Fluid Serum Foundation|
Dior claims that Diorskin Nude Air is a serum foundation, foundation with skincare benefits, because of what they call Oxygen Active™ technology, a combination of some oils, minerals and vitamins. It also has SPF 25. Since I am changing my foundation for the test purposes all the time, it is hard for me to test and comment on the skin benefits part. Here is a list of ingredients. It has some alcohol (not high in the list) and fragrance, it might be worth mentioning in case you are sensitive to these.
Check out reviews by Sunny (combination skin), Linda (dry skin) and Lily's (mentioned above) too. I have asked at Instagram how everyone is dealing with Diorskin Nude Air and received wonderful thoughts which you can check out here. In general it seems to be not the foundation of preference with very dry skin to dry skin and if the skin has texture issues and dry flakes. Also some stated it is not enough coverage and it seems if you are very oily, it doesn't last very long. Other than that everyone else seems to be happy.
Final thoughts: Diorskin Nude Air works on my normal to dry complexion with a dose of moisturiser and hydrating base underneath. It applies beautifully, although the runny texture of these type of foundations is always a little messy. The most impressive thing about it is the longevity though, it stays longer than other Serum Foundations I tried (YSL Fusion Ink and Giorgio Armani Maestro). It also feels weightless. All in all I really like it and reach for it quiet often now.
Disclaimer: My dear friend Melanie gifted this foundation to me, which was sent for her consideration but it was too dark for her
to wear and test. I am not paid for this review.
All opinions are honest and my own.