New from Dior for Summer 2014 (but to stay in the core range), is the Diorskin Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder in 001 Rose/Pink and 002 Ambre/Amber. More than a finishing powder but less than a blush/bronzer, these powders are all about ‘radiance’. Ultra finely-milled and with the softest shimmer you can imagine, one sweep of a brush swirled through the pan is enough to give your skin a light-kissed look, without ever coming across as overdone.
But just look at them – do you seriously need any more reason than that?
Both powders are housed in a luxurious silvery compact bearing the distinctive Dior cannage pattern with a nice hefty feel and secure magnetic snap closure, and come with their own protective velour pouches (must keep that finish pristine) as well as small included kabuki brushes. Delicately scented, the fragrance itself is so subtle as to disappear into the background of your application. To say that these powders are ultra-finely milled, would be an understatement – I experienced no kickback when I swirled my brush across the pan, and it took some vigorous sweeping (all in the name of experimentation – it actually hurts to waste any of these beauties) to stir up residue. The tiny kabuki brushes work surprisingly well, although I prefer my own brushes as I like variety in my application – that being said, these little brushes actually do a great job of buffing these powders seamlessly into the skin. Lasting power is excellent as well, going way past the 8 hour mark – when my skin’s oils finally combined with the powder to give an even more natural glow.
TIP: As with other tinted face powders and/or bronzers, you should be aware that the colour “develops” slowly – it’s best to apply with a light hand, and then wait a few minutes to see the desired result before going in with more product.
Diorskin Nude Shimmer 001 Pink & 002 Amber
Diorskin Nude Shimmer, included velour sleeves and mini kabuki brushes
Diorskin Nude Shimmer, compacts with signature cannage pattern
Diorskin Nude Shimmer, ingredients list
Diorskin Nude Shimmer 001 Rose/Pink (CAN $57.00) – The lighter of the two powders and perfect for fairer skin tones (although medium toned skin types can definitely wear this with ease, without fear of it appearing ashy), this compact bears 4 hues: the larger sections in light tan & blush, with the pink and pearly white lettering to add a hint of colour. Trying to pick up the individual colours is a waste of time and not meant to be worn that way in any case, although you could probably grab enough of the larger portions, if so desired.
This shade can be worn as an illuminating blush on very fair skin, and if you use a smaller face brush to pink up more of the pink section, you can definitely make it more blush-like on light-medium skin, although I personally prefer it combined with the other shades in the compact and applied on the upper cheek portion and temples for an instant brightening effect.
The swatches below show the pink and darkest portions swatches heavily (at left) and all four shades blended (at right).
Diorskin Nude Shimmer – 001 Pink
Diorskin Nude Shimmer – 001 Pink swatch, in sunlight
Diorskin Nude Shimmer – 001 Pink swatch
Diorskin Nude Shimmer 002 Ambre/Amber (CAN $57.00) – The darker and more bronzey-looking of the two powders, the hues here are more butterscotch than tan, which will lend skin a generous warmth without any oxidation (ie: no oompa-loompa orangey-ness). The four hues of this compact are: a deeper tan plus a taupe/nude in the larger sections, with tangerine and pearly ivory in the lettering for both colour & highlight.
Running a small face brush through the lettered portions of this powder, will yield a more blush-like effect, that’s both soft & vibrant, perfect for light-medium skin tones looking to add a subtle spot of colour. Swirled together, however, is when all these colours come alive and provide a gorgeous glow to the skin – think sun-kissed fresh, not baked. For those with very light skin, this will make an absolutely perfect bronzer, as it can be applied sheerly enough to not overpower. Darker hued skin tones can definitely benefit from the light glow this will impart, although don’t expect much by way of colour.
The swatches below show the orange and darkest portions swatches heavily (at left) and all four shades blended (at right).
Diorskin Nude Shimmer – 002 Amber
Diorskin Nude Shimmer – 002 Amber swatch, in sunlight
Diorskin Nude Shimmer – 002 Amber swatch
Dior’s Summer 2014 Transatlantique Collection is all about the outdoors – sunshine, the wind in your hair, warmth, adventure – and to that end, these two powders couldn’t be more perfect, as they totally succeed in giving your skin that “I just got back from sailing” fresh glow. I was sure that of the two, 002 Amber would be my hands-down favourite, but after playing and wearing both, I have to say that 001 Pink has been getting some serious love from me. There’s something really magical going on with these powders – something about how the highlight and colour portions merge with the deeper shades to create this super fine but multi-dimensional shimmer, capturing the light and transferring it onto the skin. Absolutely gorgeous and worth your time to check them out in person.
Available in May at Dior counters nation-wide through The Bay (Canada), not available at Holt Renfrew. For more information:
*Disclosure: Product samples provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration