Diorskin Forever Foundation Compact

HELLO. IT HAS BEEN A WHILE.

I’ve been enjoying my new life out of work a little too much. I’ve been occupying myself by doing things I enjoy, such as a lazy movie in the afternoon, actually getting things done (reading, making stupid payments otherwise known as insurance and tax) and abusing the most I can out of a MyMulti1 ticket by venturing out to the city one day per weekend just to buy another MyMulti1 ticket (for those who don’t know what this is, this is a ticket that enables you limited train travel depending on distance, but unlimited bus and tram travel. I live bus distance away from the city).

But just to clarify, I’m not unemployed. I am still working 5 days a week, just not at my old workplace. My new (but not yet permanent) workplace is a lot laid back, and I have plenty to keep myself occupied with.

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This is my friend’s dog, who I see at work. She is a cutie, but can be vicious to strangers lol. She barked a lot at me the first time she saw me, but now she chases her tail when she says hello in the mornings. I personally do not have much experience with pets or animals in general, so this is the first time I’ve had this much exposure to a household pet. Call me noob or whatever, but that’s just the way it is.

Also probably for the first time I can recognise that owning a pet has therapeutic qualities. You can de-stress and you can also have fun. Despite her not being my dog, I do feel happy when I see her around, so pets can have that kind of effect on you.

Anyway, that aside I know I’ve been lazy and all so here’s just a quick review – I’m pretty short on material because I want to use the Clarisonic for at least 3 months before reviewing it. There are other things I can write about as well, but it’s all the same – I want to use it a bit longer before I make up my mind!

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I get a Dior shopping bag. YAY!

I have a friend who works for Dior cosmetics. I have recently swapped from BB cream to powder/foundation because I couldn’t stand how oily I became by the end of the day. I also could no longer see anything particularly amazing about BB cream in terms of effects on my skin. I saw no whitening effect and I was still breaking out and looked like an oily fry pan.

I was using a Biotherm compact for the past few months – a bit pale, however it did alright. It wasn’t very good with coverage, but it did keep me somewhat matte and I was not too terribly oily as it was to an extent that I could accept.

Well, using a compact means that you need to either refill or buy another. In this instance I chose to buy another because I wasn’t really happy with the Biotherm texture… it was a bit cakey and the coverage as I mentioned early, was pretty average. I wasn’t sure if the colour matched my skin either, so I decided to trek a short distance where my friend worked. I can’t say where, but it is one of the major department stores.

There are two types of Dior foundation – one being NUDE (light coverage – about 2/5) and the other being FOREVER (better coverage – about 3/5). I went for FOREVER as it has better coverage which is what I want in a compact. I was going to buy the NUDE in loose powder but they were out of stock. I really wanted to try the colour first before buying because it was something I never actually did. Every foundation or BB cream I bought was either too light, too dark and was generally a surprise. Sometimes you just really need to buy in person because that’s included in the price.

There are only 3 colours available – 1 2 and 3 and all three come in two tones, pink and yellow.

I was given colour 2 as apparently 1 would be too light for me. I said that I wanted something to match my actual skin rather something lighter. I was also given the choice to choose between a pink or a yellow tone as I could suit both types – my friend recommended that pink tone as it looked more natural and the yellow seemed a bit too yellow and flat. This is ultimately up to you to choose, but as I usually skip blush and I do redden quite easily, pink actually does suit me a bit more as it seems a bit rosy and gives me a good complexion. Yellow made me look a bit sallow.

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The compact comes in a velvet sleeve which is like a dust cover and will prevent your compact from getting scratched. Everything is consistent with the gold and navy packaging of Dior cosmetics even back when it was still Christian Dior.

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There is a mirror and a sponge included. The sponge has two different textures – one being more of a fluffy fabric and the other being purely sponge. I use the fluffy side to get a silkier application. I assume the sponge side will give you a matter finish.

At first I was a bit hesitant after purchasing this because it is a lot darker than the Biotherm foundation I originally had. However, once I used the powder on my face, it really was the same colour as my skin tone because I couldn’t really tell where I applied powder. The coverage is also pretty good – maybe two applications over a blemish or pimple pretty much hides it without the use of a concealer, so that was very convenient. Don’t you hate it when you pack on powder to cover up something just to have it look cakey?! Well, this wasn’t the case, a thin application still did the job. I did get a bit oily by the end of the day, but it wasn’t too bad either. Probably you will need to touch up, but the coverage was better than the Biotherm, which I really needed to pack on for the powder to last me all day.

Apparently to change the powder it is quite easy and from what I am guessing you only need to snap it in, unlike some brands which glue in with a pre-stickied back. Well, I don’t know until I actually need to change the refill, but so far although the colour is a bit dark compared to what I’m used to, it is the correct colour and I will live with it. The best thing is that it looks natural, which is what I am after.

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My friend also went a bit overboard and was generous to give me various samples to try. THANK YOU!

The Dior compact foundations retail at $92AUD each (for both NUDE and FOREVER), with the refills being $60ish each.

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