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Friday, January 8, 2016

Swatches + Review: Dior Spring 2016 Forever Foundation + Powder

Dior Spring 2016 Makeup Collection Swatches

The Dior Forever Flawless Perfection Fusion Wear Makeup SPF 25 has been one of my favorite foundations for the past few years and I'm so sad that's it's being discontinued; however, it's being replaced with the Forever Everlasting Wear Pore-Refining Effect Foundation SPF 35, which sounds promising (and a mouth full).

Dior Forever Perfect Makeup Everlasting Wear Pore-Refining Effect Foundation SPF 35 021 Review

Dior Forever Foundation New vs Old Formula ($50 for 30ml/1oz)

Color: The first thing that I noticed is that 021 Linen is slightly more yellow compared to the the previous version, which is more beige. It's winter over here and I'm not sporting a tan. However, 021 is still too light, while 031 Sand is too dark in both the new and old formula. I have to mix both shades to get a perfect match. (I'm also an NC30/35 and MUFE HD Y345 right now.) 

Packaging: The packaging is still the same and comes in a frosted glass. It also has a pump that makes it sanitary to use and easy to control the amount you want to dispense.
Dior Forever 031 Sand 021 Linen Swatches Mufe Y345

Application: It's suppose to "refine the skin's texture," which does so by providing an even complexion when I have the foundation on, but it's too soon to know if the benefits accumulate over time and allow me to wear less and less foundation. What it doesn't do is cover my pores, which I find silicone-based primers (review) to be perfect for that. 

The old version offers slightly better coverage with one layer, but the new version can be easily buildable to medium coverage without looking cakey. Both formulas leave a matte finish to the skin and it doesn't look flat when worn alone without a setting powder. Also, they're easy to work with, but I find that the new version melts right into the skin. (Make sure you exfoliate and moisturize your skin well before applying the foundation so that it smooths onto your skin easily without leaving dry flaky patches. Applying foundation without prepping is like painting a picture over a dusty canvas that's full of debris!) 

When I apply two layers using the new version, the weight feels slightly lighter on my skin than when I apply one layer using the old version. My skin feels like it can breathe and is a major plus!

The brush that I've been reaching for is the Marc Jacobs Sculpting Foundation brush (mini review). It does all the work for me and buffs the product into my skin effortlessly with its dense and bunny soft bristles. 

Dior Forever Perfect Makeup Broad Spectrum 35 Review Swatch 021 031

Longevity: It lasts at least 6 hours before oils start seeping through my t-zone, which is far better than what many of my other foundations can do. (For reference, I have normal skin on my face, but suffer from a greasy t-zone.) I just use my Clean & Clear blotting sheets to suck up all the oils and the foundation can last up to 14 hours without melting off my face. I have worn this during a long day that lasted through the night and my foundation still looked good after 16 hours! This is a must-have foundation for the summer when my skin gets greasy and sweaty! The extra SPF is also a plus.

Dior Forever Everlasting Wear Pore-Refining Effect Foundation SPF 35 
Active Ingredient: Octinoxate 3; Titanium Dioxide 1.75%
Inactive Ingredients: Aqua (water), Methyl Trimethicone, Isododecane, Alcohol, Dimethicone, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Diphenyl Dimethicone/Vinyl Diphenyl Dimethicone/Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Silica, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Butylene Glycol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Mica, Aluminum Hydroxide, Sodium Myristoyl Glutamate, Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Undecyl Dimethicone, Propylene Carbonate, VP/VA Copolymer, Stearic Acid, Parfum (Fragrance), Tetrasodium EDTA, Algin, Linalool, Rosa Multiflora Fruit Extract, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Acacia Senegal Gum, Citronellol, Xanthan Gum, BHT, Serine, Sodium Stearate, Atelocollagen, Zinc Gluconate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Chloride and Tocopheryl 

[May ContainCl 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), Cl 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), and Cl 77891 (Titanium Dioxide)]

Dior Forever Flawless Perfection Fusion Wear Makeup SPF 25 
Active Ingredient: Octinoxate (Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate) 4% and Titanium Dioxide 2.37%
Inactive Ingredients: Water, Methyl Trimethicone, Alcohol, Dimethicone, Isododecane, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Diphenyl Dimethicone/Vinyl Diphenyl Dimethicone/Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Dimethiconol/Methylsilanol/Silicate Crosspolymer, Mica, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Stearic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Myristoyl Glutamate, Phenoxyethanol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Alumina, VP/VA Copolymer, Parfum (Fragrance), Propylene Carbonate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Algin, Linalool, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Acacia Senegal Gum, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, BHT, Citronellol, Serine, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Stearate, Atelocollagen, Zinc Gluconate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Chloride 

[May Contain: Cl 77163 Bismuth Oxychloride, Cl 77491CI 77492CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), Cl 77891 (Titanium Dioxide)]

Dior Forever Foundation New vs Old Formula Review Swatch

Dior Forever Matte Powder vs Nars Light Reflecting Powder Review

Nars Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder Review

Dior Mini Kabuki Brush Review

Color: The shade looks like it has a more pink undertone when seen through the container compared to the Nars one. When swatched heavily on the back of my hand, the pink undertone is unnoticeable, while the Nars one is more stark white and apparent. However, when applied onto my face, they both work well on my skintone and blend nicely into the skin without adding any color. Also, both powders have shimmering particles that can be seen under direct sunlight, but can't be detected under artificial and natural lighting. 

Packaging: The packaging makes the product stand out compared to other loose powders, which can be messy to work with. It has an elastic mesh that prevents too much product from spilling when you're travelling with it. Also, all you have to do is dip the brush in the container, in a tapping motion, and it picks up the perfect amount of product needed for your face without making a mess. 

The mini kabuki brush that's included is soft and dense. After its initial wash, the bristles widen and fluff out, but still packs on too much powder for my liking. I prefer to use it to buff out over applied product, like blush.

Application and Wear: I prefer to use my Sonia Kashuk #29 brush (mini review) because it's fluffy and has a domed shape that fits perfectly in the container. For a more concentrated application on areas where it's the most oiliest, such as around my nose, I reach for my Giorgio Armani Large Eye Contour brush (mini review).

powder can emphasize dry spots and cause the
foundation to look too drying if you over apply the product. If you use a light hand and a fluffy brush, you won't have any issues with that. Less is more when it comes to this product!

It takes the shine away and does indeed prolong the wear of my makeup. It works especially well with foundations that have a semi-matte finish (L'oreal True Match and Make Up For Ever HD) because it keeps the oils at bay, while still maintaining a natural look. The weather is super cold over here right now and my skin doesn't get as greasy as it does in the summer. So, I've been loving the powder with my MUFE HD foundation, which is more moisturizing and not as matte as the Dior one.

Ingredients: Polyethylene, Diphenyl Dimethicone/Vinyl Diphenyl Dimethicone/Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Phenyl Trimethicone, Acrylates/Stearyl Acrylate/Dimethicone Methacrylate CopolymerCaprylyl Glycol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Talc, Pentylene Glycol, Silica, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Parfum (fragrance), Sodium Lauroyl Aspartate, Tin Oxide, Linalool, Zinc Chloride, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Tocopherol, and BHT

Dior Forever Extreme Perfection Matte Finish Loose Powder Swatch

Nars Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder ($36 for 10g/0.35oz): I first bought the pressed version and have gone through over 5 of these. I noticed that I would hit pan super fast like after a month and it would get very difficult to pick up the product with my brush when half the product was still left in the pan. So, I bought the loose version and have been using it religiously for the past 2 years. It sets my foundation, prevents it from moving, mattifies my skin, keeps my oils at bay, and lengthens the wear of my makeup. Alot of other translucent powder do the same, but they break me out. So, the Nars one has been my holy grail!

The main difference between the Nars powder and the Dior one is the packaging and price. The former can get messy in the container, but it contains 2 grams more and does not carry a "luxury" ticket price. The latter is easier to use and comes with a brush, but can make your wallet weep. 

Ingredients: Silica, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Dimethicone, Lauroyl Lysine, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Glycerin, Magnesium Silicate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Chlorphenesin, Polysilicone-2, Maris Aqua (Sea Water), Aqua (Water), Barium Sulfate, Algae, Phenoxyethanol, Alumina, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Mica, cl 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), cl 77491 (Iron Oxides), cl 77492 (Iron Oxides).

Nars Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder Swatch

Dior Forever Extreme Perfection Matte Finish Loose Powder Review

Bottom Line: The Pore-Refining foundation is a breeze to work with and leaves a soft, matte finish to the skin, while the Matte Finish loose powder combats stubborn oily t-zones and offers a more mattifying effect! I highly recommend checking out Dior's new Forever makeup line for those that need to keep their oils at bay for long hours of the day.

Note: The Dior Pore-Refining foundation ($50) is available at Sephora and NordstromThe Dior Matte Finish loose powder ($52) and Giorgio Armani Large Eye Contour ($41) are available at Nordstrom. The Marc Jacobs Sculpting Foundation brush ($48) is available at Sephora. The Nars Light Reflecting loose powder ($36) is available at Nordstrom, Sephora and Beauty.comThe Sonia Kashuk #29 ($17.99) is available exclusively at Target.

Have you tried Dior's revamped Forever line?

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