Hello everyone, I hope you’re doing well. Today’s review is of Diorskin Star* a foundation which has landed a spot in my top 3, so I’m very excited to be reviewing it for you all. Dior Star was released around a year ago and it had a lot of sparkling reviews from makeup artists and bloggers alike, so I knew it was one I had to try. I actually picked this up for free using my boots points which was amazing, imagine getting a Dior foundation and paying £0.00 for it?! (For more info on how I save money on makeup check out this post.) It was one of the best bargains of 2015 for me and I highly recommend my fellow U.K ladies to do the same with their points - treat yourself ^_^
Lets start with the visuals, the bottle is absolutely beautiful. The glass packaging and a sleek black lid with the initials of ‘C.D’ engraved on the top. It feels luxurious and I’m glad because at the price of £32.50 this is one of the most expensive foundations I have ever used! You get a standard 30ml and the pump is very handy, I like that it distributes a smaller amount so you don’t waste any product at all.
Dior say that it is a brightening foundation, which feels weightless and is ‘capable of instantly and lastingly recreating the spectacular and perfecting light of Dior studios.’ I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve never been into said Dior studios .__. However I do agree with their claims here. The formula isn’t exactly dewy where you feel the need to add powder over the top, but at the same time it doesn’t have a totally satin formula either - it really is very brightening! The complexion looks healthier and the medium coverage gives it a sort of ‘perfect bare skin’ look. Y’know how you would want your skin to look without any makeup? All unevenness covered, redness reduced, skin looking radiant? Yeah one and a half pumps provides that easily. It is also not a heavy feeling foundation, although I wouldn’t quite stretch to weightless, it feels very comfortable on the skin and blends beautifully.
Its the kind of base where I catch my reflection in a mirror or a car window and I’m instantly like ‘wow Iqra, you’re looking a solid 8.5 today, iz dat u yh??’ in the least narcissistic way possible!! It makes my skin look SO beautiful, I use two pumps all over my face with a damp beauty blender and the finished result is so worth the high price tag. All uneven skintone is covered, it is kind to dry patches and it doesn’t sink into pores. I also love that you can build it up in areas you need a bit extra of coverage without fearing that horrid cakey look.
Dior star contains SPF of 30+ making it fantastic for the day-time. There is a total of 16 shades which is pretty good although not it doesn’t cater for ALL skintones by any means. I bought the shade 31 after using the tester bottle for a while and it’s my perfect summer time colour. Technically I can get away with using it all year around due to my hijab, however it is definitely a tanned version of my natural completion. But not so tanned that it looks obvious, I think the brightening formula of this foundation means that when its blended in the skin, it just looks so seamless I LOVE IT.
I’ve added a swatch of this and NARS Sheer Glow in Stromboli (on the right) and as you can see NARS is a lot more yellow toned! So if stromboli is perfect for YOU don’t go ahead and by the shade 31 without getting a tester first, because like I said I don’t mind the more warmer tone but it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. Basically get a sample for sure, with this price tag it’s important you don’t get the shade wrong!
Longevity wise it works better than Diorskin Nude without primer and powder which is awesome, I’d say it lasts well for over 7 hours without that extra help. However with SPF, a primer and a bit of powder when I need it I get at least 9 hours of beautiful wear. One thing to note is that it’s not totally transfer proof, meaning it will probably attach itself to your sunglasses if you choose to put them on - annoying! I suppose if you had a special event to go to and you wanted to wear this you could carry the handy little sample bottle to touch up with, ehh it’s not ideal but it’s workable.
Overall its a gorgeous base, the healthy and brightening formula which actually lasts decently well on the skin delivers a healthy glow, with medium coverage. Of course for acne, dark spots etc. you’ll need to go in with a concealer if you want that totally flawless look.
Rating: 9.5Pros: It lives up to the name, it really is a star foundation, with medium coverage it doesn’t mask the skin in the slightest, nor does it sink into pores, buildable and it builds beautifully none of that nasty cakey look, it brightens up the skin and as this shade is a little deeper than my normal skintone it gives my face a real warmth and glow! It blends into the skin easily, it feels light and comfortable to wear and it can last for a decent 9/10 hours depending on prep.Cons: The shade range isn’t great, it might take you a couple of samples to find your perfect shade and even then I don’t think those with super yellow or pink undertones will find a match (correct me if I’m wrong though!!).Repurchase? Yes the finish of this is so hard to find and this JUST WORKS SOOO WELL. I love it ^_^
Read my review of Diorskin Nude here if you’re interested in Star’s sister!
What is your favourite foundation of the moment?
*This product was bought with boots points. All opinions are my own. For more info check out the disclaimer in my nav bar.
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