Did you say cushion? So wait, here I am!
You probably know that I'm a huuuuge fan of cushion foundations. I've been using this type of foundation for about 2 years now and almost haven't used traditional foundations ever since.
So when I heard that Dior was releasing one, I was super excited! I was even more excited when I heard that Dior was cooperating with Amore Pacific to manufacture their foundation. Amore Pacific owns Iope, which is the company that launched the cushion foundation that started all the craze around cushion foundations in Korea back in 2008. So when I heard that Dior was dealing with Amore I was relived that we wouldn't get the weird kitchen-sponge-type of cushion we've seen in other western cushions (phew...) plus we would have rubycell puffs.
On the left is the box of the cushion compact that also contains 1 refill (because Dior sells refills! Yay~!). You can indeed also purchase only refills without the compact case. And on the right is the box of a single refill.
If you're not familiar with cushion foundation, the term ‘Cushion’ refers to a revolutionary make-up compact built with a specially-designed sponge (= the cushion) that safely contains and preserves a liquid formula comprised of foundation, sun protection and various skincare ingredients.
You can also read my review of Hera UV Mist Cushion if you want to see more cushion reviews.
So what I like about cushion foundations:
So what about the Dior Capture Totale Dreamskin Perfect Skin Cushion?
|The cushion compact comes with a refill.|
|Cushion compact on the left, refill on the right.|
To apply, simply press the cushion with the provided puff and dab it onto your skin. You're not supposed to wipe the puff across your face but rather gently dab it all over your face and pat it into your skin. You can wash the puff with soap and it's actually quite easy to wash it (rub a soap on the puff).
I received shade 020 as a PR sample but as it's a bit too dark for me (and especially too yellow, I'm super cool-toned), I bought myself a refill in shade 010. And that's also a good opportunity to show you both colors side by side. The refill comes with a puff.
|Cushion foundation in case (shade 020) on the left, refill (shade 010) on the right.|
So overall I like that it's a very lightweight tinted moisturizer, you totally forget you have it on. It doesn't look cakey or doesn't emphasize dry patches. What is important to note is that it provides a very low coverage. I personally prefer low coverage foundations but here even for me the coverage is too low, I would appreciate it more if it had a bit more coverage. But still I think it does a nice job at evening out the skin and making it look healthier. I think the healthy look is due to the fact that is has a dewy finish that makes the skin more luminous. I'm all about the dewy look so that's something I really like. So yes honestly, I like the finish but I think it lacks coverage.
That said, Dior says "This ultra fresh, lightly tinted liquid skincare fuses with the skin to create a natural, even, amazingly matte and luminous finish.". The words "lightly tinted skincare" make sense since it is what you should expect: it's not a foundation but rather a tinted moisturizer. By the way, Dior never uses the word foundation. It's actually advertized as a product with skincare benefits. Dior says "the first Dior skincare to instantly enhance the complexion's natural beauty."
That's a bit confusing since I was expecting a cushion foundation. If you take it as a tinted moisturizer , it does the job wonderfully and is a great product. If you take it as a foundation, you might be disappointed.
If you have oily skin or have skin imperfections you want to cover and prefer matte foundations, this cushion is not for you. On the contrary, if you already have a nice skin to start with, have normal to dry skin and want a luminous tinted moisturizer with low coverage, you will love the new Dior cushion.
Dior products can be purchased from your regular Dior counter (e.g., Sephora, Selfridges, Nordstrom) or directly through dior.com. In Switzerland you can find them at Douglas, Marionnaud, Jelmoli and Manor for example.
*contains some PR and some purchased by me products*