|Above: Products for a Springtime FOTD, featuring the freshly-released Dior Nude Air foundation.|
I hope your weekend is off to a lovely start...while you are reading this, there is a good chance that I am in the midst of hosting the Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills Project Beauty event (discussed HERE). More on that experience soon! A couple of days ago, I shared a preview of the Dior Nude Air Serum de Teint (now available at Nordstorm, Neiman Marcus, Sephora and Saks), and now am thrilled to offer more details as well as a comprehensive FOTD that also features the stunning new Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick (available at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Chanel) in Jean and a gorgeous scarf from Moon Cats.
Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches, images of the foundation, scarf and lip color in action as well as the Bottom Line...
|Above: The freshly-debuted Dior Nude Air foundation in 021 Linen, resplendent in the sunshine.|
The Dior Nude Air Serum de Teint foundation (available at Nordstorm, Neiman Marcus, Sephora and Saks), comes in eight shades (021 Linen is a perfect match for my NC 25 skin) and is distinguished by a seriously fluid texture, similar to that of the Giorgio Armani Maestro formula (reviewed HERE). Unlike the Maestro, however, the Nude Air offers immediate light-medium coverage that can be built up to full coverage with a second go around. Erstwhile, the foundation remains nearly undetectable on the skin for hours on end.
In my experience, the fluid is lighter and smoother than the new NARS foundation (swatched and reviewed HERE) and also does not get as glowy as the day grows long; in turn, my skin looks and feels fresher and more comfortable than when I wear the NARS. The Dior Nude Air blurs pores and fine lines without settling into them later in the course of wear and, while not completely budge proof, offers a respectable 6-7 hours of wear before a touch up is required. Because the foundation seems to dry down to a satin matte finish, I don't feel the need to set it with powder, but have been experimenting with various mid-day touch up options to mitigate the unwanted shine that seems to only become apparent on days when more humidity in the air.
Although my sensitive skin thankfully hasn't experienced any irritation from my week of experimenting with the formula, the largest caveat of this foundation is its scent. It isn't obnoxious and dissipates rather quickly but it must be noted that it is undeniably present upon application. I can handle it becuase the formula wears so beautifully, but those with little to no fragrance tolerance might want to sample first!
All in all, this is yet another impressive formula in what I would deem to be a very strong 24 months of foundation releases. I like the soft focus, nearly undetectable coverage and decent lasting power...plus, the shade Linen is so spot on for my skin right now (and it doesn't oxidize in the slightest bit). That being said, it is not as full coverage and long wearing as the Zelens Age Control and Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting and there is a rather prominent intial scent. In sum, I would recommend it if you desire light-as-air medium coverage and can handle the fragrance.
Additional official details, courtesy of Nordstrom:
A precursor in the art of natural, Dior innovates and broadens its nude makeup expertise with Diorskin Nude Air, a weightless, ultra-fluid serum foundation as light and beneficial as a breath of fresh air that gives you an enhanced complexion with sheer correction. It features an incredibly fine, exceptional texture and is made with oils that evaporate instantly, depositing an undetectable film of makeup on your skin. Its high-precision dropper easily delivers the exact amount you need for convenience and ease. Enriched with soft-focus agents and glazed pigments, your complexion glows with natural beauty. The foundation features Oxygen Activ technology, an innovative combination of hyper-oxygenated oil, cranberry oil, vitamins and minerals.
|Above: The foundation has an extremely fluid texture and easy to control dropper applicator. Just a few drops are all that is necessary to achieve light-medium coverage.|
|Above: Swatches of Linen 021 in direct sunlight. Linen is absolutely apropos for NC 25 skin.|
|Above: The foundation line up...some of my favorite fluid formulas in my rotation.|
I decided to do some comparison swatches of the Dior Nude Air along side some other favorite liquid foundations in my rotation. Consequently, I have determined that the Dior Nude Air in 021 Linen:
- Skews more yellow and is thinner in texture, with slightly less initial coverage than the Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Fluid O 20 (reviewed HERE).
- Is a touch darker and more yellow than the neutral beige By Terry Densiliss Foundation #7 (reviewed HERE). The By Terry formula is also considerably thicker and offers more coverage in a single layer of application.
- Is a bit lighter and more yellow than the Zelens Age Control Foundation in Beige (reviewed HERE). The Zelens also offers the most coverage of all formulas in this particular lineup.
|Above: Swatches in direct sunlight.|
|Above: Chanel Rouge Coco in Jean.|
The Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick (available at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Chanel) in Jean is fast becoming a constant bold in my rotation. The new Rouge Coco formula is extremely hydrating and shiny while still yielding an impressive amount of color-saturated pigment. Jean is a medium-dark pink with cool violet leanings for a fresh spin on a classic fuchsia lip.
|Above: A swatch of Jean in direct sunlight.|
|Above: Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lipliner in Pillow Talk + Chanel Rouge Coco in Jean.|
|Above: Swatches of all products used in direct sunlight.|
- *SK-II Facial Treatment Essence...reviewed HERE
- *La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Eye Lift...reviewed HERE
- Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge #2...reviewed HERE
- By Terry Densiliss Primer (available at Barney's NY and Space.NK)...reviewed HERE
- Dior Nude Air Foundation in 021 Linen available at Nordstorm, Neiman Marcus, Sephora and Saks)
- Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic blush in First Love (reviewed HERE) on apples of the cheeks
- Surratt Beauty Expressioniste Brow Pencil in Brunette...reviewed HERE
- A touch of By Terry Eyebrow Mascara in Dark Brown to set the brows...reviewed HERE
- Surratt Beauty Relevee Mascara...reviewed HERE
- By Terry Baume de Rose...reviewed HERE
- Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Pencil in Pillow Talk...reviewed HERE
- Chanel Rouge Coco in Jean (available at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Chanel)
The images below reflect the products in action in various lighting situations...
|Above: Direct sunlight...to showcase the inherent luster of the Gucci Magnetic Mono Eyeshadow in Oxydus, a favorite product from the line.|
|Above: Outdoor shade...loving Chanel Rouge Coco Jean.|
|Above: Direct sunlight, with a flash.|
|Above: Natural lighting, no flash.|
|Above: Outdoor sunlight, with a flash.|
|Above: Outdoor sunlight, with a flash.|
|Above: Direct sunlight.|
|Above: Outdoor mixed lighting.|
|Above: Outdoor sunlight, with a flash.|
|Above: Outdoor sun, no flash.|
|Above: My Moon Cats Checked Square scarf...gossamer softness and extra large for an effortless look.|
The scarf prominently featured throughout this post is from online accessories retailer, Moon Cats. Simply entitled the "Checked Square," this extra large wonder is ultra soft and the classic plaid's soft tones make it a quintessential option for the seasonal transition. Just as wearable with a coat as it is draped over a bikini, I love its subtle versatility.
I am excited to extend a special coupon code for Beauty Professor readers offering 30% off ALL products on the Moon Cats site! Simply enter: RACHELANISE30OFF when prompted at checkout. With most scarves under $40 and free US shipping, this is a brilliant opportunity.
|Above: My Moon Cats scarf...I draped it along our garden leaves and still couldn't capture its massive size!|
|Above: Last look.|
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this FOTD and foundation review and would love to hear what YOU think of this latest formula from Dior.
As aforementioned in my last post, I have some exciting new products to share including newness from Estee Lauder's collaboration with Courreges, fresh Tom Ford, some Marc Jacobs lip color (Honeybun is a must!) and Burberry Spring/Summer releases!
xx and have a beautiful weekend,
--The Beauty Professor
** PR samples provided for review denoted by an asterik (the rest purchased by me), however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.
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