The foundation release that took the internet by storm: The Dior Face & Body Foundation became a hit even before any of us managed to get our hands on it and try the product for ourselves. With a matte-finish squeeze bottle, the packaging was cute and quirky, yet innovative and elevated. And with a lot of Dior Beauty products, it was marketed to perfection. Labelled as the go-to complexion product used and adored by supermodels, the foundation was released during a time where the women in front of the camera were all the rage on social media. We all wanted to be a part of the glamour of that world, and to be involved in this pivotal moment where the beauty industry was significantly shifting towards the current-day preference of minimal and natural soft-glam. If you’re wanting to know whether the Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation is right for you, let me take you through my review…
COVERAGE, APPLICATION & FINISH
The Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation starts with light-medium coverage that is buildable. It has a fluid and light texture, meaning it layers up gently and maintains an effortless no-makeup makeup look to the skin. To achieve what I would class as a true medium coverage finish, I tend to require three layers of the foundation. It’s one of the only formulas that I’ve ever tried that looks almost undetectable on the skin, and is perfect for minimalist and natural makeup days with a soft-satin finish. My preference, like with all foundations, is to apply the Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation with a damp beauty sponge to maximise hydration and radiance.
PERFORMANCE & SKIN-TYPE SUITABILITY
I have combination skin. With an oily T-zone and more dry skin everywhere else on my face, my complexion requires a formula that offers hydration as well as oil-control. I find the Dior Backstage Foundation to last really well throughout the day, and I’ve never known it to break up across my more oily areas. Like with all foundations, especially in warmer environments, it would probably benefit from a light touch-up of your favourite powder during the day to remove any unwanted shine. Given my experience, I would say this foundation is suitable for all skin-types, whether you have normal, dry, oily or combination skin.
PACKAGING & PRICE
If you’re after medium coverage, you will require more product with the Dior Backstage Foundation than what you’d need from foundation formulas with a thicker consistency, such as the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. When I first bought and tried the Dior Backstage Foundation I was quite worried that I would fly through the product. And then I realised something. Most foundations, be that the Armani Luminous Silk, the NARS Natural Radiance Longwear, or the Hourglass Ambient Soft Glow, come in 30ml bottles, with these three foundations averaging at £47. The Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation comes in a 50ml bottle, giving you an extra 20ml than normal, and is £36 in price, making it more affordable than all the aforementioned formulas. I think this foundation is brilliant value for money, and if it’s the type of formula you’re after it’s a fantastic option.
The design of the packaging is what makes the Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation so special, unique and desirable. It’s easy to dispense the product onto the back of your hand, and is easy to keep clean and tidy. The lid is made with brilliant quality, featuring a sturdy click function close which means it doesn’t leak or come off easily.
If you’d like to know more about my thoughts on some of the beauty industry’s leading foundations, you can do so right now by reading my article The Complexion Edit: Reviewing The Industry’s Most Coveted Foundations & Concealers.