I enjoy my beautiful quality cosmetics, but there are certain luxury brands I've stayed away from: Channel, Dior, Guerlain, Givenchy, Armani. I enjoy watching their collections, but trying out and falling in love with their products could be disastrous for my wallet. My strategy is to tell myself I'm not particularly interested and it has worked until this day. Then Dior released this lavender face powder in their Summer 2016 Milky Dots collection. Oh no.
DIOR SKIN NUDE AIR GLOW POWDER
Now that name is that's a mouthful! I couldn't get the beautiful lavender shade 025 Fresh Rose out of my mind after eyeing it on Instagram. After considering long and hard I decided to invest on it, but unfortunately 025 Fresh Rose was one of the two Asia exclusive shades and sold out in Japan sooner than I expected. Luckily, I managed to order one. The powder costs ￥7,020(+tax) for 10g/0.35 oz and comes with a small kabuki brush, which was decent but I passed it on to my Mom.
The powder comes in a pretty silver compact with a decent mirror. The NUDE letters are pink and lavender with very, very fine microshimmer, barely detectable. The backgrounds are matte peach yellow and light warm pink. While the shades released in Europe were tan bronzers in my eyes, the Asia exclusives work as highlighters or all over finishing powders. I expected the powder to be lightly glowing Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders but there is a stronger sheen than in my Diffused Light.
Swatch and color
The powder swatches quite sheer, you won't see a stark stripe of highlight on your cheekbones. When you mix all parts together the color is a gorgeous pinky lavender in natural light, in shadow an icier lavender - almost duochrome, but more refined. I have nothing else like this, the swatch doesn't do the justice. The texture of the powder is soft and finely milled. Very pretty as a subtle, barely there highlight. I'm glad the color is light enough for my skin, but it doesn't pick up very well in yellow indoor lighting.
Dior Skin Nude Air Glow powder in 025 Fresh Rose is a subtle highlight with a beautiful texture and gorgeous, unique color. The powder is a joy to the eye both in the pan and on the skin. I'm glad there's no threat you would go overboard in application, but I wish the pigmentation was stronger.