[REVIEW] Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation

Rated a little over 4 stars on the Sephora USA website on top of the latest hoorah on Instagram, I grew quite curious of this foundation. Many people were urging me to get it when I was in Singapore, and so I did.

Personally, I am not a huge fan of Dior. I have never been. The thing about Dior is I find that all these high end brands like Chanel, YSL, etc, are selling the name. Okay, perhaps I am a little bias towards Chanel, but truly speaking, I find Chanel improving in their quality. Their products used to be so shit.

So yes, never really tried Dior products although I am pretty fond of their Dior Lip Glow. I have not repurchased it due to its price. Crazy price tag at about $30USD? Utter craziness.

This foundation itself isn’t cheap. I think I spent about $68SGD and you’d get a 1.6 fl oz of product. Considering that this product is super watery, it makes sense that they’d give you more product. I am in the shade 1.5Neutral.

PACKAGING

I was pretty surprised at the packaging that Dior decided to go with this time round. Clearly, as you can see the makeup trend in packaging recently, companies are going towards a more “humble” approach. In my opinion, that means packaging is less complicated and fancy.

I guess it also depends on how you see it. Often times, I believe that packaging costs a lot, especially when you’re a high end brand, you definitely want to look more luxe.

This foundation’s packaging is… nifty. It’s a regular squeeze tube, housed in a cylinder with round edges. The cap itself is nice because it has my initial. Super minimalistic look. Super straight-forward, super travel friendly… Or so I thought.

Initially when I unscrewed the cap (I think this is due to air pressure in the airplane), the foundation came pouring out, almost squirting the product out. I literally wasted quite an amount there. This happened for two times before it really settled in without squirting out the excess product.

FORMULA

The first thing that really annoyed me was the scent. I don’t like overly scented products and this certainly falls in that category. You know that old grandma perfume smell that’s in high end products? Yup, it smells so much like that. I know my skin hates fragrance too so I knew right then and there that it’s going to be… difficult on my skin.

The foundation itself was watery. It reminds me a lot of the Glossier’s skin tint and The Ordinary’s serum foundation. The only difference? It is way more pigmented and you can feel it. You know how when you apply the foundation onto your skin and sometimes it feels like nothing is in it? That’s not the case with this. This is packed on with soo so oooooo much pigment.

The way I apply it is to squeeze some product onto my fingers, rubbed them together and  apply them to various spots on my face. I go in twice using the same amount (which is not much), but it sure can cover.

The foundation is so light on the skin yet gives beeeeautiful coverage. The finish itself is a healthy satin matte and makes you look like you have really healthy skin. It covers most of my acne scars, I barely need to touch up anymore with a concealer. But then again, I barely ever spot conceal anyway.

No filter on this pic. I had the Dior foundation on.

This foundation looks utterly nice on my skin. I’ll show you a few pictures of me using this foundation. A few of you have even commented on how nice this foundation looks on me.

Oh, and do you know that aqua is not the primary ingredient in this foundation? Sneaky, sneaky… Sephora USA did not list down the ingredients to this foundation but here you go:

Cyclopentasiloxane, Aqua, Alcohol, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Polyurethane, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Glycerin, Silica, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sodium myristoyl glutamate, Glyceryl undecyl dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Propylene carbonate, VP/VA Copolymer, Tetrasodium EDTA, Parfum, Aluminum hydroxide, Linalool, Limonene, Citronellol, BHT, Tocopherol, CI 19140, CI 42090, CI 77007, CI 77163, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI77891, Titanium Dioxide, Bismuth Oxychloride, Iron Oxides, Ultramarines, Yellow 5, Yellow 5 Al Lake, Blue 1 Lake

FYI, Cyclopentasiloxane is a type of silicone. “When applied to the skin and hair, it gives a silky and slippery feeling to the touch and acts a mild water repellent by forming a protective barrier on the skin.” (source)

STAYING POWER

The best primer to use with this foundation is definitely not a creamy one. I used my Tatcha Silk Canvas and oh, my, god, so bad. So I stopped and changed to Studio Tropik’s Original Priming Water which is better. I don’t know how it’d be with a silicone primer but I am guess it’s fine since it has tons of silicone in it.

According to my experience, I think this foundation is best for normal-dry skin. If you are feeling like a daredevil and have oily skin, I think you can pull it off to, but only for a short period of time. I am not a fan of powder touch ups so I don’t bother. This lasts a nice 4 hours on me before it gets a little nasty. I pretty much look oily on my t-zone area, around my nose and near my cheeks. Pretty bad on me, I think. I needed to blot my face with an oil paper on the 3 hour benchmark and that’s pretty soon. :\

The foundation looks horrendous at the end of the day on me. I could see that my pores are hanging on to their dear life, trying to come to surface to “breathe” and I look like an oily mess.

Again, keep in mind that I do not like to touch up. But if you do, perhaps this foundation is still on the okay side.

SUMMARY

After using it for about 5 times, I could say that this foundation makes me add a spot or two every time. Yes, pimples. I never get pimples, especially on weird areas, that’s why I know that it is because of this foundation. I would say it’s a horrific break out, but I had 3 pimples at one point and said that’s it. It is perhaps due to the high concentrate of silicones because I know my skin hates silicones too.

I like this foundation and how it looks on my skin… for a short while. 3 hours max. However, that really isn’t enough for me, and I can’t justify the price. It’s almost IDR 700.000 and belum lagi if you buy it from a reseller. I’d much rather buy a Too Faced Born This Way or even Rose All Day foundation. I know they’re basically not the same thing but if you want something really lightweight, I’d go with a cream foundation, apply ever so thinly and work from there. I think it will give you the same result.

This foundation no doubt gave me one of the most beautiful finishes compared to the rest of the foundations in my collection, but… nah. I’d skip this entirely.

Repurchase? Hell no.

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