Dior foundations have been on my radar lately given how much I’ve been loving the Dior Diorskin Star Foundation. By chance, I came across the new Dior Diorskin Nude Air display at Sephora which features three new products, and get this. Natalie Portman on the display. This woman can sell me anything, and Dior knows it.
I decided to give it a couple of weeks, go on vacation before deciding if I really wanted it. I waffled quite a bit, and settled on getting the sample from Sephora using my Dior Star foundation shade. The range features three new products: a foundation, a loose powder, and a tan powder.
The Dior Diorskin Nude Air Serum Foundation ($64, available here) is new to the brand, but not a foundation concept that we are strangers with. Giorgio Armani came out with the first dry-oil formula that was such a huge hit that both L’Oreal and Maybelline took a stab at replicating that. Following the success of the Diorskin Star Foundation, I was very curious about the new Diorskin Nude Air Serum Foundation and wasn’t disappointed.
Similar to the Giorgio Armani Maestro Fluid Foundation, the Diorskin Nude Air Serum foundation comes in a heavy frosted glass bottle with a dropper applicator. It is important to shake the bottle prior to use to ensure that you don’t get that separation in the foundation. The dry-oil texture is still very new to me, so I ended up using my Real Techniques Expert Brush and I quite liked the result. I am not a fan of using my fingers to apply foundation (which is the recommended method) and I feel that a sponge would absorb too much of the product.
The coverage is medium, and easily covers up most minor and/or discoloration spots. A little bit of concealer on top of the foundation is sufficient if you have heavier/more pigmented areas to cover. The one thing the foundation doesn’t do well, is really when it is applied on uneven/texture-d skin. I find the foundation to look perfectly fine once applied over those textured areas which can get slightly patchy after a couple of hours.
The wear time is excellent – I’ve worn this for 6-8 hours without noticeable patches. The foundation feels weightless on the skin, and does make you feel like you’re wearing nothing. Despite the “light as air” texture, the formula does not disappoint, and easily surpassed my expectations especially when it comes to dry oil formulas.
On my NC25 skintone, I find #021 works best as it has the right amount of yellow undertone. I tried #020 as well only to find it having a slightly pink undertone which doesn’t look as noticeable but still something I wouldn’t feel right wearing. I have a normal-dry skin combination and this felt fine, though you can feel the “oil” texture on your skin. This is a foundation that may be challenging for those with oily skin to wear.
For some additional reference, I wear the following shades in other brands:
- Laura Mercier Photo Ready Silk Creme Foundation in Bamboo Beige
- Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 2W1 Sand
- Clinique Even Better Foundation in #25 Buff
- Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation in Y245 / Y315 depending on the time of the year
- Dior Star Foundation in #21 Linen
- Dior Diorskin Forever Foundation in #20 Light Beige
Similar to the Dior Diorskin Star Foundation, the Nude Air also imparts that lovely glow, Photoshop-like even, soft-focus finish on the skin.
If you are looking for slightly more coverage, the accompanying Dior Diorskin Nude Air Loose Powder ($60, available here) will help achieve that. The powder, which is about the size of my palm, features a puff to apply the powder with. The powder provides slight coverage without mattifying or flattening your features. The powder is one where the contours and crevices of your face will not be overwhelmed and that was a very nice surprise. The incredibly beautiful embossed lid is a work of art itself. The shade of the loose powder #020 I own is a tad lighter than my foundation shade but haven’t presented much of an issue.
While you don’t need both products to achieve Natalie Portman’s glowing complexion, this is an excellent range to check out if you find the Dior Diorskin Star to be too heavy and/or providing too much coverage. If you have drier skin, the dry-oil formula might be more compatible to your skin.