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The Foundation Files : Dior Backstage Face and Body

Welcome back to another Foundation Files! Today we are to talk about one of my most asked about foundations. The Dior Backstage Face and Body claims to be a makeup artists secret weapon to create an instantly flawless complexion.

For those of you who haven't read one of my Foundation Files before, in each review I will give you photos of my skin before application, immediately after application and at the end of the day. I will talk about how I prep my skin before applying, as well as the method that I use to apply. I will also talk about the coverage and finish, as well as how well I think it wears throughout the day. Now as for my skin type (which will impact what I think of foundations) I have dry/normal skin. I do have blemish and pigmentation concerns, particularly in my T-Zone. Without further adieu, let's get into it!  

The Dior Backstage Face and Body claims to be an ultrabuildable coverage, from a natural nude glow to high-coverage perfection. Thanks to its wide range of shades, this foundation also suits all skin tones. It has a natural, luminous finish, revealing the skin's radiance while camouflaging minor imperfections on the décolleté and shoulders. Not only that but it also claims to be waterproof and transfer proof, meaning it can withstand all the extreme temperatures and environments. It has been tested and approved by all Dior make up artists.

I was very lucky that when my beautiful husband was in Sydney a month or so ago, he went to Sephora and bought me back the Dior foundation to try. I have heard lots of rave reviews of the product and have been desperate to try it out for myself. I have never tried anything from Dior before, so I was excited to have something from this luxe brand to try. 

The packaging of the foundation is in a soft, squeezy bottle. It is quite easy to get the product out, and I can only imagine (I'm not there yet) that because of that it will be easy to get the last few drops of the foundation when you are running out. When I apply this foundation I typically prep my skin with my usual skincare routine and then wait a couple of minutes before applying the foundation. I haven't been wearing a primer much recently, however if I am to apply a primer, I would use the Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre Foundation Skin Primer*. I then apply the foundation with a brush, blending in as I go. The formula is quite a wet and runny finish and it is suggested that you shake the bottle before using. I have read that the foundation is a buildable foundation, which I would agree with, however I have found that it does take a bit of work to build it up. On initial application it is definitely a light coverage - evening out the skin tone, but not doing much for blemishes, especially angry ones. I typically apply one layer and then apply, using my finger, a little bit more to areas that need it. I would say that for me, it doesn't quite to a full coverage, probably only a medium coverage. I have definitely found it to be on the lighter end of the spectrum, unless I want to apply a lot of product (which I typically don't). As for finish, it is definitely a natural and glowy finish that leaves the skin looking healthy and flawless.

As for lasting power, I would say that after application, I didn't like how the foundation looked on my skin - it was just not the coverage that I was feeling comfortable with. However, an hour later, when I got in the car, I loved it. It set really nicely and gave a really lovely finish for the skin. I can't say that I find it transfer proof. If anything, it transfers quite a bit - more than I expected. Being more of a luminous finish, I was never expecting it to be transfer proof, I am yet to find a glowy foundation that is (if you know of one I'd love to hear about it!). It does, however, last quite well. I get the usual wear around my t-zone. I have struggled to get it to last well on my chin, but everywhere else is mostly ok.

I have to say, this foundation hasn't wowed me in the way I had hoped. Hearing the rave reviews from some make up artists, I was expecting big things, but haven't really seen those. Maybe it's because my skin isn't initially as flawless as models that make up artists would typically see, or maybe it just  hasn't worked for me, I'm not sure. While it is a lovely foundation and works well for days where I am just doing errands or wanting something that feels a little lighter on the skin, it is not something I would reach for during the week when I am working, nor for a night out. 

I would love to hear what you think of the foundation. Let me know in the comments below! xx

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