Ah, summer. Healthy tanned skin, beautiful beaches, flowy sun dresses. That’s what I remember of my summers when I was studying abroad. A cold winter definitely makes me appreciate the warmth of the sun even more. Today, I will talk about Dior’s Healthy Glow Enhancing Powder, a limited edition face powder which was released for summer. Diorskin Nude Tan is the first makeup by Dior that enhances the skin’s natural colour for a healthy glow and a radiant, vibrant complexion all year round. There are 4 shades: 001 Aurora, 002 Sunlight, 003 Zenith and 004 Sunset. I have with me the lightest shade, Aurora.
The face enhancing powder comes in a heavy and sturdy metal case. Of all my powders, I’d say this one is the heaviest. It also comes with a really cute mini kabuki brush and I’m glad to report the bristles are gentle on the face. The brush is dense enough to deposit more products on the face, so if your desire is to look more tanned, this brush will do it. I like that it is small because I use it at the hollow of my cheeks and around my hairline for a light contour. It is small enough to be precise, so application is less messy.
As you can see from the pictures and swatch below, Aurora isn’t very dark at all. I suppose you can use the different shades of each quad diagonally, but I’m really too careless to be so precise. I swirled the brush around the pan and swatched it on my arm. It’s quite sheer, so I had to swatch it again using my fingers. When I was playing with this powder, I tried both heavy and light application, and it didn’t look too flattering when I had lots on. It is very likely due to the fact that I don’t like to be tanned, but with a light hand and a softer fluffier brush, the powder gives my face a lift. It does give my natural skin colour a boost. I seem to be at a loss trying to describe the effect properly, so I took a few photos to show you.
What is more effective than showing you exactly how it looks on my face right? The before photo on the left is where I only applied foundation set with powder. I already filled in my brows, applied a light dusting of beige eyeshadow and mascara only. The other 2 photos on the right are taken with Aurora applied using a large fluffy face brush on high points of my face, where sun would hit naturally. I also applied it at the hollow of my cheeks as a light contour. No blush, no lipstick. Do you see the difference? My face looks flat and pasty before applying Aurora.
Photos below show a complete FOTD, and they are taken using my phone camera. If you followed me on Instagram, you would have recognised the photos below. For this look, I merely added a pink blush on top of Aurora, and Dior Addict Extreme in Incognito on lips.
I have grown fond of Aurora. I usually use a darker shade for contour, but Aurora gives me a more subtle and natural effect that I have grown to like a lot. Other than contouring, I like to use this as an all over powder, hitting the high points of my face. It makes me look like I’ve got a light tan at all the right spots. It’s cheating, I know. For those of you who might be concerned, let me tell you this pan will last me a while. Even though I have been using this regularly, the pan still looks untouched.
Have you seen this limited edition powder at your nearest Dior counter? It retails for RM173 and is available nationwide. Do you use bronzers? Do you contour? What’s your favourite?
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