The only reason I started using powder was for setting liquid foundations, mainly to prolong their longevity.
So far I was somewhat successful, either with the Mac MSF natural or with the Laura Geller Balance 'n Brighten powder. The main drawback though was the powdery look but it was nothing that my Mac Fix+ couldn't fix.
It goes without saying that I've been searching for a better product and I have been lusting for a long time over the Laura Mercier mineral powder foundation that everyone has been raving about. The truth is that I was very reluctant to pay 40-50 euros for a product that seemed not suited for my skin type.
Until one day, when I watched this review of the Dior Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Fresh Powder Makeup from pinkiecharm and it was the first time I heard about this powder foundation. Afterwards I did some more search online and I read only good stuff about it.
Coincidentally there was a 35% off sales at some store so I decided to give it a try and I got it in the lightest shade available here, that is #20 Light Beige.
Also, the shifter doesn't have the rotating cover that allows you to reveal just a few of the holes. Instead, there is an internal transparent removable lid that keeps the powder from going everywhere.
This lid is also indispensable because it helps retain the quality of the product intact.
As for the shifter itself, I removed the sealing tape only partially in order to contain as much of the powder inside it.
And these are the only negatives I could find of this product. The rest of it simply perfect!
Company description: This loose powder foundation contains 20% water and offers the skin the sensation of freshness upon application. Water acts as a veritable moisturizing and energizing coctail for the skin. The complexion glows with radiance and with daily use the skin becomes more and more luminous. Apply after fluid foundation or alone for a silky and transparent finish.
It comes in 7 shades but I believe that the lightest one, #10 Ivory is not available here.
What I think it is: Dior's next level interpretation of a mineral powder foundation
I love it because:
- It's the finest milled, silkiest powder I've ever tried
- It feels like nothing on my face
- It doesn't cake or set into fine lines, even if i apply a little heavily, not even after many hours
- It gives a gorgeous flawless and fresh finish that looks like skin instead of something on my skin.
- It doesn't oxidize on me (hooray!)
- It doesn't dissolve midday, it just stays put (hooray again!)
- Worn alone it gives a decent coverage.
- Used moderately on top of a liquid foundation, it can provide almost full coverage without the mask effect.
- Although it does contain Bismuth Oxychloride in its ingredients, for some reason it doesn't itch at all. I have had this problem with the first mineral powder I tried, from ELF.
How I use it:
Because it is so fine and lightweight I just pour some into the internal lid and then gently pick up some on my brush. Then I tap it all over my face and then I buff it in.
I have used the Sigma Sigmax F82 brush and the Elf Studio Powder Brush to buff it in and they both work fine.