Presenting the new Dior Forever Natural Nude foundation and Backstage Powder for a fresh complexion this spring!
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Dior Makeup is on a mission to update your complexion this spring and they have two new products to do it!
The Dior Forever Natural Nude foundation is an expansion of their most beloved foundation range. It promises a 24 hour wear time and it’s Dior’s most natural formula to date with 96% of ingredients come from the *drumroll* nature. It’s also formulated with Dior’s concentrated skincare ingredients to nourish the skin throughout the day.
Additionally, the new Dior Backstage powder is an expansion of the brand’s professional makeup line originated by creative director Peter Philips. Since the range launched in 2018, it has added several eyeshadow palettes, a cult favorite foundation and contour products for accentuating your features. The Backstage powder is an addition that makes a lot of sense and it’s somewhat surprising we haven’t seen a powder arrive before. But nonetheless — it’s here now in 10 shades.
Dior Forever Natural Nude Foundation + Backstage Powder Review
Over the course of the last month, I’ve been experimenting with the new Dior Forever Natural Foundation and Backstage powder – testing them out in every form of weather you can imagine. Literally! From hot 85 degree days to surprise April blizzards, these two have been by my side through it all.
I wanted to get a real sense of how the foundation in particular held up in number of weather conditions, because any time a brand claims a product lasts for 24 hours I’m determined to put really put it to the test!
Well after several weeks now, I’m ready to report my findings to you! Get the full scoop on these new Dior products below.
SHOP THE PRODUCTS
Dior Backstage Powder:
Dior Natural Nude Foundation:
Dior Forever Natural Nude Foundation
17 SHADES AVAILABLE
Dior offers the Forever Natural Nude foundation in 17 shades, ranging from light to deep skintones. The variation between shades definitely gets more limited as you go deeper on the color spectrum, which is disappointing. Hopefully they expand the shade range to provide proper matches for all skintones.
CHOOSING THE PROPER SHADE
For right now at least, the Forever Natural Nude foundation is exclusively available at Dior.com. I’m very familiar with Dior products so had a relatively easy time picking my proper shade online.
If you do need some help, I recommend using the Sephora Shade Finder and use a foundation you already routinely use and match that to the traditional Dior Forever Foundation as their shades are very similar.
SATIN FINISH THAT’S SEMI-DEWY
On the skin, the Dior Forever Natural Nude foundation has a satin, semi-dewy finish that has a healthy appearance on the skin. That dewiness definitely increases as the day progresses. that does get a bit “dewy” as the day progresses.
Light to Medium Finish
The Dior Forever Natural Nude foundation is a rather light one, compared to other formulas in their range. It nicely evens out your skintone, but natural features like freckles (I have MANY) will shine through. It is a lightweight formula, though, that layers nicely in areas you are looking to add more coverage to.
24 Hour Wear Time?
Oh boy. Sometimes I wonder why marketing teams put themselves in these awkward positions by making such bold claims that are hard to live up to. While I don’t think anyone really is looking for a 24-hour foundation, I can fairly say the Dior Forever Natural Nude foundation does NOT last 24 hours. Instead, you’ll get about 6 hours of solid wear time. Then, with the help of a little powder touch up it will get you through the evening. Is that a groundbreaking wear time? No. But it is better than average.
Standing Up to Heat and Humidity
Here’s where I’m glad the weather has been so all over the place, because I was able to test out the foundation in a variety of conditions. What I found was that the product performs better in cooler weather. When the temperatures and humidity rises, you’ll start to feel the foundation get a bit greasy and break apart in spots. It’s not unmanageable with a powder touch up, but definitely not a bullet-proof formula that will carry you through extreme heat and humidity without the extra help.
An Alternative Option from the Original Forever Matte Foundation
Dior’s Forever Natural Nude foundation doesn’t takeover my love for the original Forever matte foundation, but it DOES offer something different and could make for a wonderful addition to your collection.
The light-to-medium finish helps color correct your complexion, smoothing over any imperfections while still letting your real and authentic self shine through. It also applies and blends evenly, making for quick and easy application.
Dior Backstage Powder
Available in 10 Shades
The Dior Backstage Powder currently has 10 shades available, ranging from light to dark skintones. I think Peter Philips did a pretty great job creating a shade for everyone. There’s a more even difference between shades than the foundation had to offer.
Pressed, Lightweight Powder
As you can see from how beautiful it is in the pan, the Backstage Powder is pressed! It’s lightweight formula is also virtually undetectable on the skin when in applied.
A Smoothing Effect
Now for my favorite part: how smoothing and blurring this powder is! Instead of clinging to and accentuating any texture, the creaminess of the Backstage powder smooths the skin and creates a lovely blurring effect for your complexion.
Gel Base Prevents Any Cakiness
We’ve all been there with a powder that mattifies and controls shine, but leaves you face feeling like a cake along the way. Fortunately — the Dior Backstage Powder is formulated with a gel base to keep your makeup flawless without turning you into a cake. (Gosh, I could really go for a slice of cake right now… ha!)
A New Favorite
Already I can fairly say the Dior Backstage Powder is a new favorite of mine and one I’ll continue to repurchase again and again!
Pressed powders and I haven’t always gotten along, but Backstage Powder’s gel base provides a light and smooth application to the skin that’s undeniably beautiful. I also really like that as a pressed powder, it’s one I can throw into my handbag for touchups throughout the day without worry of creating a mess while on-the-go.
TIME FOR FINAL GRADES
DIOR FOREVER NATURAL NUDE FOUNDATION
- 17 shades
- Light-to-Medium Coverage
- Satin, Semi-Dewy Finish
- Moderate Wear Time
- Loaded with Dior’s floral concentrate to nourish the skin
- 96% of ingredients are directly from nature
- Performs better in cool temperatures over hot/humid days
- Works well with the Dior Backstage powder
- Exclusively Available at Dior.com
While I do think this foundation has a lot of things going for it, it doesn’t manage to top my love for favorites like the original Dior Forever Foundation and the NARS Soft Matte foundation I simply can’t seem to get enough of. It’s also not ideal for warm temperatures and humidity, meaning it’s likely one that will sit on the back burner as we enter some of the hottest months of the year.
If you are looking for lighter coverage that’s semi-dewy on the skin, I think you very well could enjoy this! Just beware that it isn’t a bullet-proof foundation in terms of wear time. Also beware that the shade range is sadly more limited for women of color.
DIOR BACKSTAGE POWDER
- Available in 10 shades
- Gel-base formula
- Pressed powder that minimizes shine
- Smooths over imperfections
- Improves the wear time of your foundation/concealer
- Lightweight consistency that does NOT cake
- Available from Dior.com, Harrods and Sephora
Oh I love this powder! It’s fantastic and one I really enjoy applying every day. Already I’m planning to order my second one and I look forward to using the powder again and again. It very well may be the best powder of the year!
SHOP THE PRODUCTS
Dior Backstage Powder:
Dior Natural Nude Foundation:
Thank you for reading! Hope this review was helpful to you. x
If you’re interested in more new makeup products, be sure to checkout my review of NARS hot new eyeshadow palette for summer.
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