Dior Capture Totale Dreamskin Perfect Skin Cushion (RM280) is the second cushion launched here in Asia, but the first ever worldwide. This cushion promises to refine skin texture, reduce spots and redness, and smooth, unify and firm the skin. It is lightweight yet long lasting, protects (SPF50) and hydrates. Marketed for everyone, for all ages and skin types, this hybrid complexion skincare is touted to be an anti ageing skincare and cushion foundation in one.
I have been using this for the past couple of months so let me tell you how it performs. Shall I start with the good or the bad? Let’s end on a good note, so let me first tell you about some of the things that didn’t strike my fancy. We won’t be complaining about the price, because I think I’ve established a long time ago that Dior is a luxury brand and they’re not going to pretend things are cheap and affordable. Back to the cushion itself. The packaging is just like any other cushions I have tried. It comes with a refill which is good because some Western brands don’t offer that. There are only 3 shades available, and I find that they only accommodate those with medium to fair skin tones. It seems like this launch is only targeted at selected markets. Perhaps if the response is good, they might launch other shades, who knows?
The cushion itself is saturated with the foundation but I notice the foundation sits at the bottom of the cushion. So, I have to be sure to press hard so that the foundation is transferred onto the sponge applicator. Being gentle got me nowhere. When I press too hard however, the foundation tends to spill around the sides of the cushion, making the case a little messy. My OCD tendencies flare up every time that happens. The white case must be pristine, you see 😉 I tried storing the compact upside down but that didn’t work. So, I used a tweezer to flip the cushion itself. It was ok for a little while, but the foundation does tend to want to sit at the bottom. This might not bother you, but it does me. I don’t know what else to do to mitigate this situation, but hey, cushion engineers, can you please improve on this?
Now, the formula. The foundation goes on to the skin UNDETECTABLE. It has light to at most medium coverage, so if you prefer high coverage foundations, this is not for you. However, you can always apply your high coverage foundation at home, and use this cushion as your on the go touch up compact. In the unretouched photos below, you’ll see that my skin’s sallowness and redness are covered. It also reduced some light spots, but I do need a separate under eye concealer. If I had angry spots, I know I will need a separate concealer. However, I’m happy with what this cushion does. It evens out my skin tone with no trace of foundation – no flakes, no lines, no seeping into pores and no cakeyness. You can see in the close up that I provided below as well. I only used the cushion and nothing else.
I’d also like to mention that this cushion goes on slightly dewy, like you have just applied a light moisturizer. It stays that way, hours after applying. I have normal to slightly dry skin, but the area around my nose where the pores are, is slightly oily. This cushion balances out my skin – hydrates where it’s dry and mattifies where it’s slightly oily. If you have very oily skin, you might need a mattifying primer and if you have very dry skin, I suggest using a rich moisturizer to sooth your skin first. I think this cushion is great for those with slightly oily to slightly dry skin. However, if your skin is on the either extreme, it won’t be enough to meet your concerns.
I hope I have covered everything. If there’s anything you want to know (which I’ve left out), please ask me in the comments below!