Selecting a good powder foundation is still essential for me, though.
My combination skin needs touchups frequently, and the morning effort put in to look descent could all end up in vain if I am not equipped with a nice powder foundation.
Actually, Diorskin Nude Compact was not my first choice.
I initially went with the Chanel Perfection Lumiere Powder Foundation which I happily used up quite a while ago, but I forgot the U.S. color range Chanel offers is always slightly off for me. Even the lightest shade looked muddy on me and the powder felt drying on rather than melding with my skin.
Diorskin Nude Compact came as an alternative when I remembered Dior always offered an excellent selection of pale yellow base makeup.
Dior Diorskin Nude Compact Ivory (10)
Dior offers another type of powder foundation which is more traditional, but I decided to go with Diorskin Nude Compact largely attracted by the silvery exteriors and the brush that comes with.
(But lets go back a little and start with the porn first. ;))
The compact is housed in the signature Dior blue box, of course.
The dark blue pouch has a front pocket where the brush perfectly fits in.
I can't say it's all that practical, but it is a nice touch showing that Dior cares.
(Chanel should learn a few things, no?)
As you see, the silver case is super reflective and obviously a fingerprint magnet.
It is very pretty and sturdy, but I must say it is a bit bulky, too.
The case easily opens and snaps shut. You don't have to worry about your nails with this one.
You can use Diorskin Nude Compact in two different ways.
You get more coverage with sponge application (powder foundtion), or you can use it all over as a finishing powder with brush.
There is a protective cover that is quite thick, but I would have preferred one of those flipping plastics as I've seen from some of the Dior makeup.
The sponge is pretty good quality, btw.
The brush is well made and very soft.
No scratchy mess here.
(That's right. I'm looking at you, Guerlain.)
I myself much prefer the brush application for daily touchups.
Overall, I am happy with this powder foundation.
I was a bit concerned that it might be too shimmery since it boasts of having mother of pearl particles in it, but the finish is very natural and satiny rather than shimmery. Still, it doesn't look flat or ashy, which is my usual concern with powder foundations.
Instead of the sponge provided, I use a kabuki brush to achieve more coverage and the result is quite flawless.
The flat brush is best to use for touchups to ensure no cake-up in sight.
Diorskin Nude Compact is very finely milled, so the surface stays velvety soft even after months.
No grainy spots. I hate those. ;-/
The quality of this powder foundation is great but I am most satisfied with the color, actually.
The Ivory (10) is almost too perfect for my current complexion. This clean beige with yellow undertone works wonderfully to cancel the ruddiness on my cheeks and to effectively refresh the look of my makeup throughout the day.
You don't need all that heavy coverage when the color match is great, is my humble opinion.
I still prefer my former (and sadly lost) powder foundation from Paul & Joe for its smaller and prettier packaging, but Diorskin Nude Compact comes in a close second.
This is not for someone looking for ultimate coverage or oil control, but I can certainly see many will love it for what it is.
Thanks for reading.
What is your favorite powder foundation?
Do you use powder foundation all over or just for touchups?
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