The kind that feels like nothing on your skin and subtly evens out your complexion, without the typical look of foundation, i.e. heavy or makeuppy. (Not a word, but I'm going with it.)
The most recent contender for a replacement is Dior's Diorskin Nude BB Creme—which is not a new product, no, but new to me. How I overlooked it before, I don't even know. I think I was missing out!
It comes in four shades*, and look how pretty:
* Actually, there is some news here. The fourth shade, 025, is this year's addition to the family, and sits in between 002 (Light) and 003 (Medium). There's also o01 (Fair). I don't know why 025 doesn't get a name, just a number. Hardly fair.
The texture is creamy but fluid. I wouldn't describe it as gel-like. It's more like a thinned-down foundation, so more spreadable and blendable.
One thing I don't like is that it's so heavily fragranced. Why does Dior DO that? But at least, it's not as off-putting as I found the Diorskin Nude Air Serum to be, which I couldn't use for scent reasons alone. Once this is on, you don't notice it.
These are the ingredients. Not loving that alcohol is so far up there. Also note that it's only SPF 10, so you should wear other protection with this.
Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 2.19%; Inactive Ingredients: Water, Methyl Trimethicone, Dimethicone, Alcohol, PEG-9P Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Isododecane, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Silica, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Mica, Sodium Myristoyl Glutamate, Stearic Acid, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Tocopheryl Acetate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Propylene Carbonate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Parfum (Fragrance), Maltodextrin, BHT, Aspalanthus Linearis Leaf Extract, Sericin, Linalool, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Rhodochrosite Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Hydrolyzed Linseed Extract, Citronellol, Balantines Roxburghii Seed Oil, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sorbic Acid, Ajuga Turkestanica Extract. May Contain: Bismuth Oxychloride, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide
Here's how the four shades compare:
- 001: Fair with slight pink undertones
- 002: Light with yellow undertones
- 025: Medium with apricot undertones
- 003: Medium with pink undertones
So a couple of issues here. First, they neglected all the people who are darker than a medium. So move along, nothing to see here.
The other potential problem is that there's quite a bit of pink in this range, with the exception of Light 002, which is more yellow.
The shade that worked best for me was the very lightest, Fair 001. I've always found that to cover up my redness, it works better to err on the side of lighter in a sheer foundation instead of matching exactly—I do the same with the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer as well. But, I wouldn't do that in something with more coverage, or it would look way too pasty/chalky.
Here's Fair 001 on me, with concealer and powder still to be added for spot touch-ups.
Even though Fair 001 leans pink, and my skin is probably more neutral, in between pink and yellow, I think it works just fine and I've been really happy with the colour, coverage and finish. (Light 002 just doesn't give me as much redness-concealment, since it's darker.)
I find this looks really natural and doesn't feel greasy or look like makeup on the skin. It's perhaps a teensy bit sticky to touch initially, but that definitely goes away quickly.
If you're one of the two lightest shades, and you enjoy a sheer feel and finish like I do, then I think you'll be VERY happy with this.
But 025 and 003? I'm not exactly sure. They look awfully orangey-pink to me, which usually sets off alarm bells. I wish these companies would do more neutral or yellow-based options. Then again, if they are as forgiving as the pink-toned Light 001 on me, then maybe they'll be okay!
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