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Friday, May 13, 2011

Review & Swatches: Dior DiorSkin Nude Healthy Glow Powder in Aurora

I've been waiting for AGES for the release of Dior's Electric Tropics collection and finally, it's in my hands. I was going to blindly purchase the bronzer on Dior's main website (without swatching it first) because I was 99% sure that Sunset would be the color for me, but then I chose to go into the store to purchase it.

When I read the descriptions and saw the swatches online, I was certain that Aurora would be too light and pink for my complexion, and that it would suit cooler skin tones better. For reference, I'm a Mac NC30/35, Dior Forever 021 mixed with 031, MUFE HD 127 and L'oreal True Match W4.  

When I swatched Aurora in person, it reconfirmed my assessment. As for Sunset, good thing I didn't purchase it online because I would have been so disappointed. The color is basically the same as my Dior Bronze Original Tan in Amber Tan 03 (review & swatches), but I didn't want to leave empty handed because the design of the packaging is simply too gorgeous to resist. I just had to have it in my collection!

I know that products, when swatched on the back of the hand, look different than when applied to the face. So, I took the risk and bought Aurora since I already had something very similar to Sunset. When I got home, I immediately whipped out my Mac 168 brush and applied it onto my cheeks. I didn't use the mini brush that came with it because I find that full-size brushes are much softer and work better.

 Natural Sunlight

The bronzer is sheer, but buildable. It's perfect for someone like me because I have a heavy hand and tend to pack too much product on my cheeks. It gives a semi-matte finish under artificial lighting, but looks a little bit shimmery under direct sunlight. The shimmers are not overwhelming, and can still be used during the day without looking glittery or dramatic. As for the color, it's completely perfect, and totally not what I had expected. It shows up on my medium skin tone and translates into a peachy honey-tan shade with a teeny tiny hint of pink that is barely noticeable. It acts as blush & bronzer for me and I love it. In the swatch pictures, Aurora looks more peachy pink, while Too Faced Peach Leopard (review & swatches) looks more peachy tan.
                                  With Flash                                Indoor Lighting

I can't think of anything negative to say about Dior's Healthy Glow Powder, except that it's limited edition, but I doubt I'll be hitting pan anytime soon because the compact contains 10 grams of product. It costs $46 and can be purchased at any Dior counter, Nordstrom and Sephora, but you better grab them fast because they won't be available much longer.

Do you prefer Sunset or Aurora?

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