Dior Forever Foundation: Patty’s Foundation Obsession Part 2

If the foundation I reviewed in Part I of this series (Make Up Forever Face and Body) is my everyday, go-to, be-bop around town foundation, then Dior’s Forever foundation is my evening out with my husband, a night out with the girlfriends, or I want to make sure my skin looks PERFECT foundation!  I’m somewhat of a foundation collector and hoarder and own dozens of foundations, but these are two that I reach for most often these days.

Dior’s Forever Foundation is touted on Dior’s website as being “A new generation of fusional wear, fluid foundation.   Its ultra-sensorial texture, bursting with made-to-measure perfecting skin care ingredients, melts into the skin for an absolutely perfect complexion that lasts all day long. The foundation blends seamlessly with the skin for a smoother, more even complexion day after day.”  I’m finding that more and more foundations lately have “hybrid” claims of part skin-care, part foundation.  I can’t say that I’m sold on those claims so I’m sort of in a “sit back and see” sort of state with these claims.  I also don’t wear this foundation every day, so that may be why I don’t see any skin-care benefits.  I do have to say however, that I ADORE this foundation!

This is a medium-to-full coverage foundation that is buildable.  I read a trick on a makeup artist’s site recently that suggested mixing foundation with a drop of primer to ensure better adherence to the skin.  I started doing this with my favorite primer of the moment, CoverFX Nourishing Foundation Primer & Anti-Aging Serum.  (BTW – if you are over 40 and don’t have this yet in your arsenal of products, do yourself a favor and GET IT NOW!!  It is the most wonderful primer for us aging gals!)  One drop of the CoverFX primer with 1-2 pumps of foundation is plenty of product for my entire face.  I would actually prefer 1 ½ pumps but unfortunately pump bottles don’t work that way!

This is one pump of product

 For a more sheer application, I apply with a damp Beauty Blender sponge; for a fuller application, I use a foundation brush (either the Armani brush I mentioned in my Make Up Forever Face and Body review or the Le Metier de Beaute foundation brush).  This foundation is medium-textured, not as thick as most fuller coverage foundations and blends beautifully! If you are scent-sensitive, there is a very faint scent to this one that dissipates upon application.

This foundation gives a beautiful airbrushed, satin finish that could probably be described as more matte than dewy, but the addition of the CoverFX primer adds a nice subtle glow that I love.  I typically set this with a very light dusting of Make Up Forever HD powder.  I get about 5-6 hours of wear before I see a little bit of caking around my nose, but this is nothing a quick smooth-over with my finger can’t correct.

Dior’s Forever Foundation is available in 12 shades.  For reference, I wear 030.  My skin in the winter is light-to-medium with both yellow and red undertones, leaning more warm than cool.  It contains SPF 25 PA+++.  I do prefer to have SPF in my foundation instead of in a separate product.

This product retails for $47 for 1oz of product.  I’ve been previously disappointed with Dior’s foundation packaging.  For example, their Nude foundation was housed in the same type of bottle with the same type of pump which stopped working long before the product was exhausted.  The bad part is there is no way to get the top off without breaking the bottle, leaving behind a lot of unused product.  I don’t know if Dior has fixed their pump problem, but I do know I’m not the only person who had this problem.  I’m only a few weeks into my bottle so I don’t know if this will happen with this product or not.

If you’re looking for a new “I want my skin to look perfect foundation”, give this one a try.

  • are

    Oh, I so wish I had read this a few days ago, having just bought the Chanel Perfection Lumiere. I’m not 100 percent convinced of it, though I will say that the feeling of wearing a Chanel foundation alone is kind of extraordinary for me (I have only ever used Revlon Colorstay and still love it). But I was deciding between the Dior and Chanel and finally went with the latter. Have you tried Perfection Lumiere? Would love to hear your thoughts on the two in comparison.

    Thanks for being one of the few over-40s out there doing this with style!

    • cindy

      I have tried the Chanel Perfection Lumiere and my problem with most, if not all Chanel foundations is that I can’t get a good color match. A lot of them seem to have a pink undertone and I;m too warm toned for that.

  • Ammie

    Great review, Patty!

  • I loved Dior Nude but I won’t rebuy it because of the pump problem. I was so disappointed to have to toss it before it was finished. Plus it had no fragrance.