A makeup product with skincare benefits? YES! A BB cream? YES! By Dior? YES & YES!!! Well, you know, I'm a huge fan of BB creams, so of course I had to try this one. :)
I remember being so ridiculously excited when I saw this Diorskin Nude BB Creme on the shelves at Sephora. I knew at that instant I had to own it. I had no knowledge of the product at the time of purchase, I didn't know how it would perform, I didn't know how it would react with my skin (there weren't any reviews yet at the time since it was a brand new product) but for some reason I had a feeling it was going to be a good buy and I was going to really like it. And as it turned out, it was indeed a good buy and I really, really like it.
I mean, just look at the packaging alone. Doesn't it look unbelievably feminine? The soft color of pinkish tan tube – so gorgeous. And so practical because it has a pump at the bottom of the tube. I prefer products that come in a tube and pump combination like this since the tube is usually more lightweight – good for travel, and the pump is just more sanitary in general.
Diorskin Nude BB creme comes in 4 shades:
- 001 Light
- 002 Fair
- 003 Medium
- 004 Dark
I purchased mine in 002 Fair which is a tad bit too light for my NC30 skin but 003 Medium is definitely too dark and since having a tan complexion isn't really my thing so I settled with 002 Fair. I can always use a bronzer to add some color back to my face if I look too washed out. All 4 shades have a slight pink hue, which is intentional, to give you that “rosy” pink glow like, you know, a rose. But honestly, I never notice any pink in the 002 Fair that I have, it looks pretty “yellow” to me on my Asian skin with yellow undertones.
The formula is almost weightless; it literally feels like it melts right into your skin upon application. The coverage is marketed as sheer but it surprisingly does a pretty decent job at covering some minor flaws but if you have some serious redness, freckles, or severe acne scarring, this might not cut it. In that case, you can always add more where needed or use the help of a concealer. The color is buildable without looking fake or cakey and it lasts throughout the day without noticeable fading.
The method of application depends on personal preference. Fingers will give a more dewy, skin-like finish while brushes will give a matte finish. I have tried both and I found that I liked to use fingers much better. I seem to prefer a healthy “glowing” skin over a matte complexion these days (and I'm not sure why). My makeup has been very minimal in the past few weeks, maybe I'm just getting sad that Summer is almost over? Summer is definitely way too short around where I live. :(
Anyways, back to the product at hand. This BB cream has a pretty runny consistency that dries down quickly so use a speedy hand while blending. In addition to leaving the skin so soft, nicely hydrated, and evened out, it also produces this subtle glow that seems to brighten up my overall complexion without looking shiny or greasy. You can probably get away without adding any powder since the finish is so natural, almost like a second skin but for me, I just always have to powder, at least on my T-zone. I'm too paranoid not to. If you have dry skin, I really think you can totally skip it.
Onto the skincare benefits. It is supposedly enhanced with “mineralized floral water and a blend of antioxidants” – good! At this age, I need all the antioxidants I can get. But it comes with a low SPF of 10 which I think is really low. So my advice is to always double with a regular sunscreen with higher SPF underneath (something in the range of 50 and preferably with PA+; anything over 50 is just an overkill in my opinion).
Overall, it is a decent BB cream perfect for those “good skin” days or when you want just a simple fresh-faced look. I can't say I strongly recommend this product to anyone due to the low SPF and a very limited shade range. But you know what? For some reason that I do not understand, I seem to reach for this BB cream more than the others in my drawer. It must be the lightweight feeling and how it makes my skin appear so naturally smooth without having to do much else. The low SPF isn't really a deal-breaker for me since I always wear my usual sunscreen under my makeup anyway but if you are looking for a total all-in-one product that will do everything effectively in one step, this might not be it.