REVIEW: DiorSkin Nude BB Creme

In some recent posts, you may have read that I was unsatisfied with non-Asian BB creams; and, in many ways, I harped on its inconsistencies and bold claims. In all fairness, I can only recommend Bobbi Brown’s BB cream out of the high-end ones I’ve tried, but I’m happy to report that the DiorSkin Nude BB Creme has come in a close second place.

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First of all, I had no idea this product was even available until I just happened to see it at Sephora — freshly stocked. Of course, I naturally had to take a look and immediately began swatching. In today’s post, I’ll be talking about the shade 002 FAIR. In fact, just for reference, 001 Light, is pink — like, really, really pink. In my opinion, 002 Fair will match all with fair to light skin tones — all beneath NC/NW 25-30. Color matching may still be tricky though especially if you’re very fair like me, or you don’t lean entirely yellow (like me). Base makeup that has a hint of pink/ivory tends to match me better, so for me, the color match was only so-so.

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The packaging is pretty — very sleek with a well-performing pump. So far no clogging and that in itself is a plus in my book. Dior is marketing this product as a “skin-perfecting beauty balm” that runs along side the NUDE range (which includes everything from foundation, concealer, bronzer, and lipsticks). As with all products in the nude range, a fresh and radiant look is the overall goal and Dior claims that this product is “the next generation complexion enhancer.”

According to the insert, “Dior wanted to create the ‘beauty balm’ that would offer the flawless correction and perfect skincare efficiency of Asian [BB creams], with the added bonus of a light texture and an enhancing fresh rosy effect.”

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According to Sephora’s website, the Diorskin Nude BB Crème “provides the benefits of skincare and makeup in a fresh and airy formula. Enhanced with mineralized floral water and a blend of antioxidants, it moisturizes, smoothes, protects, and corrects skin with sheer coverage. Available in four expert shades to match every skintone, the complexion is illuminated with a unique fresh glow and dewy finish.”

Much like Asian BB creams, this product is loaded with skincare benefits and it feels and blends beautifully and flawlessly. However, it lacks coverage and sun protection — which pretty much all Asian BB creams have including the Bobbi Brown’s BB cream. I agree, when I use the DiorSkin Nude BB Creme, my skin looks even and radiant; and, I swear it looks plump and healthy too. The finish is light and feels like a fluffy veil that has softly coated my skin. Minor imperfections are blurred and pores are concealed; oil-control is okay, but I’ve seen better.

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My shade 002 Fair is a good match, but only because it’s so sheer. The heavy yellow undertones help with blending into my skin somewhat but isn’t a great match, and what I love the most about this product is the way it feels on my skin. However, coverage is very minimal and unless you already have good skin to begin with, it’s going to be difficult to see that this product is doing anything for you without additional help from concealer. In my opinion, rather than being labeled a BB cream, the original concept of being a “complexion enhancer” is more accurate.

Layered UNDER foundation, this may end up being superb at color correcting and act as an optimal primer. But, it defeats the purpose of using a BB cream — an all-in-one product that gives you everything: skincare benefits, coverage, and sun protection. The DiorSkin Nude BB Creme has a pitiful SPF of 10. Seriously??

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I buff this onto the skin with my Real Techniques buffing synthetic brush and it works like a charm. I really like the BB cream and find it great for most days. The glow it gives is beautiful, but I feel that I’m only enjoying it because I don’t need much coverage. Also, I layer SPF 50 underneath this anyway. Compared to my next favorite (Bobbi Brown), I like both for different reasons; and, depending on what your personal skin needs are, your choice may be different. Overall, I like the DiorSkin Nude BB Creme and would recommend it — but don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Made in France.
1 oz.
Retails for $44.00 USD.

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REVIEW: Olay Fresh Effects BB Cream SPF 15 – “Fair to Light”

Although the Bobbi Brown BB Cream is currently my only favorite “Western BB cream,” I have yet to be happy with the performance of other brands – high-end AND low-end. I innocently stopped by Walgreens to get chapstick and stumbled upon Olay’s new Fresh Effects collection for the skin. I was intrigued.

While the new collection includes face wipes, a moisturizer, and other skincare necessities, I was drawn towards the Fresh Effects BB Cream (SPF 15) and purchased it. To get to the point, I hated it and it’s going to be returned. It’s not even worth keeping around for lazy days. For me, if I don’t like a product I just don’t write about it. However, since Western BB creams are all the craze right now, it’s only fair for me to tell you WHY I disliked it so much compared to my beloved Asian BB creams.

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The box indicates – that this BB creams contains “no oil or PABA” and has “just the good stuff” in it. The Fresh Effects range apparently is a line catered towards those who want to “create a customized skin care that’s as expressive and vibrant as you are.” It claims to provide an airbrushed finish while giving your skin 24-hour hydration and a “splash of sheer color for a flawlessly radiant look.” Supposedly, we can say “bye bye to blotches and imperfections, and hello to instant skin-perfecting coverage.” The BB cream claims to contain 6 “skin perfecting benefits” – it “refreshes, brightens, evens skin tone, hydrates, smoothes, and protects.” Marketed as a product that is an “all-in-one solution for instantly brighter-looking, smoother-feeling, [and] even skin tone,” the claims are VERY high.

First of all, this is the only product I’ve tried that did absolutely NOTHING. In fact, I figured if I didn’t get any coverage, at least I’d get all the hydration. Fail. Second, the coverage – although the product said it would be sheer – was SO sheer that it did nothing and looked like nothing. Fail. Third, a BB cream is NOT a tinted moisturizer; just like a tinted moisturizer is NOT a foundation. Using the terms synonymously and expecting equal results from products that do different things is wrong to begin with!! Saying that the product is sheer yet it provides all this coverage is misleading – and, unfortunately, Western BB creams haven’t been able to hold up to these claims yet.

Also, the whole purpose of a BB cream is to be a multi-tasking product with lots of sun protection. That’s the whole point. Yet, this product contains only SPF 15. Again, Fail.

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I chose the color “Fair to Light” and it was fine. The consistency is thick and goopy but spreads evenly despite the initial texture. There’s a lot of product in a single tube and the opening allows for a lot of product to be squeezed out at once. This product is NOT buildable so the excess product goes to waste.

The scent is a light, almost fruity scent that quickly disappears. It doesn’t bother me, although if I were keeping the product, it would help for it be unscented. When applied with a buffing brush, the product was hard to blend in. It just moved around on my face and clogged up my brush with product – which, again, is wasteful. When I used my hands, it was slightly better – but, I swear, the product transferred more onto my hands than onto my face. Again, fail.

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Final results yielded nothing. Once applied onto the skin, nothing happened. Nothing was covered – the redness or blotchiness. It didn’t even minimize it; and, my face looked like I hadn’t applied anything at all! FAIL! What was supposed to be a quick application turned into an ordeal – I had to go back and apply concealer and powder over it to get the finished look I was going for. And, even then, I still wasn’t happy with the overall look. What’s upsetting is that I’m not one who needs a lot of coverage to begin and I LOVE the natural look. But even for me, this product was useless.

All in all, I wouldn’t recommend this product. You’re better off spending a little extra on something that provides results – like a real tinted moisturizer – perhaps like the Chantecaille ‘Just Skin’ Tinted Moisturizer; or, the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer. If you’re on the hunt for a Western BB cream, I’d go for the Bobbi Brown BB Cream that I mentioned before. Above all else, I still prefer Asian BB creams, which are widely available on eBay and other websites that cater towards Asian products, such as http://www.imomoko.com/ I hope this was helpful to some of you. The search continues for a good, well-performing Western BB cream. Onward!

On sale at Walgreens for $12.99 USD.
2.5 fl. oz. (75 ml)
Made in USA.