With copious amounts of foundation releases currently hitting high-end counters left, right and centre; YSL's Fusion Ink, Estée Lauder's Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Makeup and CHANEL's Vitaumiere Aqua Loose Powder to name but a few that come with mixed reviews, word on the street was that Dior's latest Star Foundation is all kinds of amazing and good write-up after good write-up got me too excited. Naturally, off I sauntered simply for a swatch and a possible (very possible) purchase - only then did the counter assistant give me the heads up that it's been the foundation being used on models at London's Fashion Week. SOLD.
Taking centre stage as their debut brightening base, Star is basically a perfecting Instagram filter, for your face, captured in a foundation. Now we're all aware that any form of sunscreen or titanium dioxide in our foundations causes the dreaded 'flashback face' when photos are taken, but even with an SPF of 30 and a titanium-rich formula, a light layering of this stuff serves up an instantly photo-ready complexion. Combining the perfect balance between two radiance enhancing spheres, silica beads diffuse light in all the right places, minus the shine, enhancing cheekbones, lips and eyes as it goes, and at the same time, the colour filtering intelligent pigments neutralise any imperfections you may have going on. Things don't stop there; with built-in active skincare ingredients, it reduces redness, dark areas and scars with the promise that, day after day, the skin's overall radiance will be increased. Fancy.
Texture wise, it's super light, and that reflects once it's on - I deem it one of those doesn't-feel-like-you're-wearing-a-foundation, foundations, yet it delivers a decent, medium coverage that really does last long-time. It comes priced tagged at £32 and is available in 16 shades - the Dior foundation match-maker scanned me up as Light Beige, which, upon initial pump looks a little dark, but blends in seamlessly to be my perfect match.
Alongside the foundation, comes the launch of the Star Concealer and Backstage Fluid Foundation Sponge designed to work in conjunction, but I gave that a miss and instead dusted off my Beauty Blender to stipple it on with, fingers if time is an issue - The results? Flawless, smooth and second-skin like with a bonus boost of a glowing radiance. To sum it up, get your backsides down to your nearest Dior counter and form an orderly queue ladies - oh you bet there'll be one...