** Warning, lengthy post **

Dior released its Diorskin StarΒ late last year, and in less than a year, there’s another new foundation. I’m very sure you’ve already heard of it by now – nearly every blog I read has mentioned or reviewed this. It’s the Diorskin Nude Air Serum Foundation (RM191 / 30ml). Accompanying its launch are the powders – pressed (RM199) and loose (RM204). While Diorskin Star is a weightless foundation that gives you medium to full coverage, this serum foundation is even more weightless and gives you a sheer finish – your skin but better. This is VERY different from another serum foundation I reviewed recently, so just erase all preconceived notions of this and start fresh. Let’s go!

 

 

Diorskin Nude Air Foundation

 

 

Like all other serum foundations, this comes in a heavy glass jar and a dropper to dispense the foundation. The foundation is anΒ extremely fluid talc-free formula, and shaking it before applying is a must. The reason is this foundation is made with oils (hence serum foundation) so you need to make sure the oils mesh with the pigments well before you apply. The oils also evaporate instantly, making this foundation set rather quickly. I can’t dot this foundation all over my face before blending it out. I need to work it as I go – something to note. Ah, also, the fragrance is quite strong. It stays on for a good few minutes, so if your nose is sensitive, you might want to test it out properly before purchasing.

 

 

dropper

 

 

One thing I want to mention about the packaging is that, of all the serum foundations I’ve tried, this is the LEAST messy. Points for that, Dior! I freak out when I can’t keep my foundation bottles clean, but this one has kind of a rubbery barrier hidden INSIDE the bottle, so the dropper can go in and out of the bottle without messing up the mouth of the bottle. Genius! OK, I realise not many people appreciate this little detail, but for someone with slight OCD tendencies, this is brilliant. See picture below. Dirty dropper doesn’t touch the sides of the bottle. Woozah! Okay, enough of that.

 

 

less messy cover

 

 

As the name implies, this serum foundation is infused with skincare goodness. This foundation, with continuous use, is supposed to improve our complexion, giving it radiance and glow to the skin. Honestly though, I read through all of Dior’s foundation leaflets and they all say that. Bahahahaha! OK ok, not funny. Even though I appreciate skincare benefits in a foundation, I use foundations NOT because of them. I use foundations for better looking skin when I need it! If I have beautiful skin to start off with, I’d skip foundation altogether. TRUTH!

So how does this Diorskin Nude Air Serum Foundation work as a foundation? (Finally, Lily, after all the nonsensical blabbing, you’re JUST talking about the foundation now??) This is foundation that makes me look and feel like I’m not wearing any foundation at all. This formula dries semi matte and on my normal skin, it is fantastic. It does have the tendency to settle and emphasize on dry flakes, so proper moisturizing is important. It lasts the whole day on me, doesn’t oil up, doesn’t oxidize. It works even better with the powder. With the powder, the coverage is ever so slightly increased (since both powders don’t offer much coverage to begin with). The pressed powder actually minimizes the look of pores on my face. I was like WHA???!?!! Really???

Erm, yes, really.

 

 

Diorskin Nude Air Powder Diorskin Nude Air Loose Powder

 

 

I do have one grievance about the foundation though. It’s the shade availability. I usually use 011, but they do not make it in this shade (WHY!?!?!!). So, I was sent 010 to try, and on my skin tone, it leans pink. The coverage of this foundation is sheer enough not to matter terribly, but it still looks a tad pink which makes me look… well, a little off. I’m just very picky when it comes to shade match. It’s the key to foundation looking natural. Anyhoo… Here are the swatches for those of you interested.

 

 

swatches

 

 

OK, so here is where I show you how the foundation looks on me. Here’s a scary picture of my bare face. Unevenness on my face, a little darker around the centre of my face, weird patchy nose, redness here and there, and pores.

 

 

bare face Diorskin Nude Air Foundation result

 

 

Now, the after picture. My face looks way lighter, but this is also due to the shift in lighting when I took the photo. I use natural daylight and the sun and clouds just wouldn’t sit still. As you can tell, the coverage is quite modest, and you can notice some flakes on my nose. Skin tone is evened out, some redness concealed. Pores at the sides of my nose are still visible, so are some pigmentation. However, once I set it with powder, the pores don’t look as obvious. If you see the photo above, it’s really obvious that there are less pores on the side that I set with powder (left side of the picture). Definitely more polished and airbrushed, and the bonus is, the powder doesn’t add any weight to the foundation.

 

 

Diorskin Nude Air Foundation ingredients

 

 

The Diorskin Nude Air serum foundation is not drying on my skin even though the finish is quite matte. After a few hours of wear, it looks even more natural albeit the slightly mismatched shade. I would say this is definitely an every day foundation for the weightless, no foundation look. Great for those with combination oily skin as well, but I’m not sure how it would fare on really dry skin. If you have dry skin, I’d recommend the other serum foundation which gives you beautiful glowy finish.

Have any of you tried this foundation / powders? Do you like it? What foundation are you using now? Or rather, what foundationS are in your current rotation?

 

 

DIOR

 

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

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Written by Lily

  • I was hoping to like this one! But yeah, the shades are off-the lightest one is too pink for me too. And it doesn’t like flakes so, it was a no go for me. I’ve had such trouble with foundations this year-all of them have not been very good for dry skin at all.

    • Lily

      You need to try the Bobbi Brown one then. Excellent for dry skin!

  • Paritashah26

    I want to give this a try..god knows I have enough foundations right now..but will def try the powder..it looks amazing on you

    • Lily

      Oh definitely the powder. It blurs all my pores I had to take a double take!

  • Oh Lily!! I have been waiting for this review! Have not tried any of these serum foundations… Unless you consider the L’oreal Magique BB Essence to be one (bought it in the wrong shade, looked crap on me). Not sure if I should try this one now as we are skin twins!

    • Lily

      I haven’t tried the L’Oreal one before… this one definitely leans pink and if you prefer fuller coverage foundations, this one is definitely the opposite!

  • Hi Lily,
    you have written it so beautifully, lot of detail but the post is not too long (although you thought it was).
    Coincidentally I am about to post about the Serum Foundation today as well. I have drier skin and on me it works. I don’t have very dry skin though. I tried Smashbox Primer Spray under it and it lasts like whole day.
    By the way your face is not scary at all, you almost have no issues (not my rednesses etc.) Girl you don’t need a foundation!

    • Lily

      Haha thank you so much Sara! It’s great to know that it works on your skin too. However, I know some with flaky skin really dislike this foundation. I can’t wait to read your review!

  • Well written and no review is ever too long for fellow beauty junkies! I have tried samples of this foundation and I love everything about it. I am definitely going to purchase the full size bottle, I just haven’t committed to spending this kind of money yet…but it’s coming for sure!

    • Lily

      I know what you mean though, Agata. The thing is, when you’re ready to purchase, there’ll be the next best thing already. It’s impossible to catch up with the latest releases. LOL!

  • Bella

    This is my current favourite foundation! I have oily skin (except for that time this past winter when it turned into an angry red desert…all over now sing praises) so no flakes. It turns glowy on me after about an hour. I set it with Chanel Les beiges or Charlotte Tilbury’s powder at the moment since the Dior Nude Air powder I got is too dark…(silly cow me). The *effect* of the powder is spectacular thoug, I agree!!! All in all, Star was great for winter when I wanted mor coverage and had very dry skin, Air is perfect for the summer and the oily state I’m in now! Have you tried the Nude Air Tan Bronzer? I love it too!!!

    • Lily

      Hi Bella, long time no see πŸ™‚ I haven’t tried the Nude Air Tan Bronzer. I don’t even know if we have it here. Bronzers are (most of the time) not brought into the country because they don’t sell very well. It’s weird though, considering the Guerlain ones sell like hot cakes.
      I have yet to try anything from Charlotte Tilbury, but on my wishlist are her new cream shadows (which I heard are like Tom Ford’s but more affordable). Have you tried those?

  • Haven’t tried this yet but hoping to at some point! Looks great in the photo! My favorite foundation is Face Atelier, medium coverage and glowing natural finish. If I use a good matte primer underneath the finish turns demi matte so is versatile that way.

    • Lily

      Hi Meiko, I haven’t tried anything from Face Atelier before. What matte primer do you use? I am very lazy when it comes to face primers but I’m better now, just because I set my mind to use up a few products! Otherwise, they’d just rot in their own corner. LOL!

      • Haha I’ve had a few products “rot” too (like they’ve been dug out of some grave in the drawer, where I go, woa how many years has this been here…off to garbage). I like the Hourglass and Skindinavia for matte primers (Skindinavia is a spray primer, super fast to use!)

        • Lily

          I’ve read lots of raves about the Hourglass primer. I get really curious at times, but I haven’t bought it because I know how bad I am with primers. LOL!

  • Thanks for the in-depth review, Lily!
    Packaging details like that is actually huge. I really like that functionality is well hidden in the beautiful jar.
    I still really want to try this foundation although I think it would be a lighter more watery version of NARS All Day Luminous Weightless foundation. Diorskin Nude Air still remains on my wish list! Dior used to bring out such pretty light shades with clean yellow undertones. Wonder what happened this time, though. ;-/

    • Lily

      Hi Lena, I’m glad this post is helpful. I am disappointed that they didn’t bring in the yellower tones, especially here in Asia. I need to get a sample for this NARS foundation! I was curious, and I still am. I mean, not that I need another foundation, but curiosity always gets the better of me >_<

  • Hey Lily, thanks for sharing your thoughts on the foundation! This one is my current go-to, and I like it a lot. I have some dry patches around my nose, but I don’t feel this accentuates them! Definitely with you on the packaging: I hate mess, but my bottle of Nude Air is still lean. Sorry to hear about the shade selection tho! I with they had made an equally extensive shade range as Star!

    • Lily

      Hi Sunny, I’m with you. If the shade range matches Diorskin Star, I would be over the moon! I’m sure I’m not the only one πŸ™‚

  • What a great in-depth review! I have a few samples of this foundation around here somewhere. I really need to try it out already. I’m really sold on the Nude Air Powder though! It really did minimize pores! Something I can definitely benefit from lol. Would you say the powder is worth the purchase? Also, I’m the same way with my foundations. I’m forever wiping them down because I hate when they get all icky.

    • Lily

      Hi Lisa, I’m glad you liked this review! I was worried nobody will read it because it’s so long. Also, now that I’ve seen the magic the powder does on my skin, I’m telling everyone I know to get it. It’s amazing! It blurs skin imperfections and minimizes pores likeaboss. I don’t remember I was ever so impressed by a powder before. So yeah, get it πŸ™‚

  • Thanks so much for such a thorough review, Lily! I can’t use most foundations and powders (‘cones), but I’ve been really curious about this line anyways — the products are just all so PRETTY. So, your thoughts have been really interesting for me! Reading our review, I feel almost (alllmost) like I got to try these myself πŸ˜‰

    • Lily

      Thank you Rae. It’s a beautiful collection to look at, and also, the products do make the skin look better. You probably aren’t missing much though, Rae… it’s not like your skin needs much covering!

  • I am sold!!! I appreciate the complete review, Lils! And yes, down to the rubber mechanism inside the bottle to avoid ze MESS that happens with serum foundations! I love Dior powders too – so much!! They really hide those pores without cake city ensuing. I’ve tried this and if it weren’t for the $$$$$ and number of bottles of foundation on my table still needing love, I would’ve jumped at this already!

    • Lily

      I know what you mean Shari! I read lots of reviews about gorgeous foundations, but in the end, we can’t buy everything. Guess we just have to live vicariously through others πŸ™‚

  • Wow! I didn’t even notice the pore-blurring ability of the compact powder… you’re amazing Lily! I have dry dehydrated skin (which means it can get oily on top just cos my skin is trying to over-compensate), and this one actually worked better than Dior Star. That one just didn’t work for me at all, until I added in a drop of facial oil to get it to adhere to my skin.

    • Lily

      Hi Linda, yeah, the powder is pretty amazing. I did a double take when I first applied it. Sorry to hear Dior Star didn’t work though I know that those with drier skin didn’t like it much. What’s your favourite foundation though?

  • Liz

    Oops, meant to comment on this and forgot. I wanted to like the foundation because that bottle is beautiful (lol) but it emphasized all the pock marks on my skin instead. Otherwise it had great lasting power and colour coverage. Maybe I’ll check out the powder later.

    • Lily

      You should go try the powder, Liz. I was really impressed how much imperfections are blurred!

  • Jaa

    Yet another glowing review of the Nude Air! Seriously, I haven’t come across one review that’s negative! πŸ˜‰ I’m probably a little OCD as well since I appreciate the no-messy opening. This is definitely one of the best foundations I’ve tried to date. Good coverage, skin-like, pore-minimizing, oil-controlling, and long-lasting! <3

    • Lily

      Too bad there aren’t enough yellow based shades though.

  • GummyVision

    Ok, that’s it…I’m gonna try this at some point!! Plus I love the no mess bottle!! Love how you showed with and without the powder – definitely makes a difference. You’ve got beautiful skin πŸ™‚

    • Lily

      Thanks Gummy. I saw a huge difference after powder so I really needed to show you guys πŸ™‚

  • The powder really gives your skin a beautiful finish and poreless look! Nude Air is one of my favorite foundations. It does truly feel like nothing on the skin, and I love that I can layer it in areas where I need more coverage, and it doesn’t cake or feel slippery after a few hours. I TOTES RELATE to your OCD joy on the packaging! “So fresh and so clean, clean!”-Outkast πŸ˜‰

    • Lily

      Ah, the clean bottle is refreshing. I’m still bummed that there isn’t my shade though. This is still a little pink on me even though I could get away with it.

  • Nailz Craze

    Looks fab and luxurious! I don’t own anything from Dior but this one sounds like a winner!

  • Maria Baquero

    Hi! I’m thinking in get the powder but I’m no sure which will be better the loose , press or are the same and only change is the form? And I’m shade 010/020 so i should pick the lighter or the 2d? I’m ususally in Dior the first shade, but always tend to be pink undertone so i prefer pick the 2d that is more yellow. Thanks

    • Lily

      Hi Maria, it really depends on your personal preference, whether you want loose or pressed powder. They work the same. This foundation is quite sheer, so if you’re in between, I don’t think it makes too much difference if you pick either. The best is to test them out and decide which looks better.