Shades:Firstly, my shade is 030 which is Medium Beige (MAC NC35-ish). The coding system for Dior foundations work so that the second number indicates the darkness, and the last number indicates the tone. For example, 0 is neutral, 1 is warm/yellow-toned, and 2 is cool/pink-toned. I know there is a 050, but not sure about the range inbetween and beyond that. I think this oxidizes ever so slightly, so it's best to keep that in mind.
Packaging:I'm not a fan of the navy lid, but the frosted glass, the 'CD' imprint on top and the silver band with "DIORSKIN" is gorgeous. However, it is heavy and sturdy-feeling so it's more of a vanity foundation. Also - I feel like it'll be such a waste when I finish it. High end companies should have foundation refills.. who's with me?! *eco-warrior mode*
The pump is great - it's pretty, high-quality, and it's controllable.
Formula:The formula is quite watery but so incredibly creamy and a dream to blend. You do have to shake it before you use it but it's not as runny as the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua or the Bourjois Healthymix (i.e. it's not dripping in the above picture).
A little goes a long way, and I find that the most I use is 2.5 pumps, which is with a duo-fibre brush, and with fingers, I use 1.5 for my whole face.
There is a relatively strong smell, but it does go away after you put the formula on your face. It's a very perfume-y smell so if you are sensitive to smells I'd suggest to give it a sniff before you buy it.
SPF 25 = No no to flash photography.
The Wear:Absolutely gorgeous. It disappears into my skin, and it really looks as if I'm not wearing foundation. Does it feel like I'm not wearing foundation? Close enough, but it's definitely not heavy!
As an "Extreme Wear" make up, it's supposed to last you through "unfriendly environments". Personally, I think this lasts better on the skin than the esteemed Estee Lauder Doublewear. I find that there's always so much product on my make-up wipe at the end of the day, so I'm not even sure if it DOES wear at all! During the day I never see any creases, no patchiness, no nothing, so I can't really tell until I use a make-up wipe how much is left on my face. I've read reviews that said the person has walked through rain with it on and it was still good :) (Hopefully will never come to that).
I think it's also meant to be transfer resistant but that claim is always a bit dubious cuz most people put blusher/bronzer/powder over it anyway.
The Finish:I'd say it was a semi-matte finish, and the finish of Forever is as natural as a foundation could be in my opinion - looking at my face in the mirror, I can't really tell that I'm wearing a foundation. If I can't tell, others probably can't either. That being said you do have to take care of dry flakes, because while this is a smooth and creamy foundation that will glide over most, some will slip through and become accentuated.
This formula isn't the best at oil control so I always have to powder my t-zone, but I've been told that the newer formula has done more to tackle this issue - I'm obviously not qualified to comment on that :)
Is this my HG foundation?I think it's the closest I've gotten, alongside the old Lancome Teint Idole Ultra!
- Looks like you're not wearing foundation
- Medium coverage
- Wears away nicely (if it even does wear)
- SPF 25
- Not great at oil control
- Waste of a jar when you're done!
UPDATE: You can buy the new formula from Debenham's for £29.50 :)
Have you tried any Dior foundations? What's your HG foundation?