Dior Forever was the first high-end powder I bought. It was many years ago, I tried many different products since then. Back then, Forever was a beautiful powder, it gave me such a flawless face even if I had breakouts and my skin was not perfect. The packaging and formula have been renewed recently and as I needed a good compact powder that I could use instead of foundation, I decided to give it a shot! I was hoping it would be like Forever but better. Here are my thoughts for renewed Dior Forever Compact Powder in 023.
Packaging and design of Dior Forever Compact: 9.5 out of 10
I see a huge improvement here comparing to the earlier version! First, the powder was in a rectangular-shaped box, with a separator inside where the sponge were. So you had to open the packaging, lift the separator, take the sponge, lift it again and keep it like that. That was a bit annoying. I love the packaging now: it has a huge mirror, the sponge is of great quality (I love applying this powder using this sponge, it gives such a smooth flawless coverage). The packaging itself is made of dark blue plastic but it is not a cheap kind of plastic. The powder looks stylish. It is a bit on the heavy side but oh well. I could do with that! There are 10 grams (0.35 oz) of product inside.
Texture: 8.5 out of 10
Frankly, I prefered the old one. It was a bit more silky, smooth. I mean, this texture is good, too: it is still silky and smooth but it is drier than before and more mattifying. I would even say this powder is not for ladies with dry skin. Except for that, I like the texture a lot, it gives nice smooth coverage which is invisible but makes your face look fresher and younger. It is buildable, but be sure to blend it out well and hydrate your face before applying Dior Forever Compact. It hides my pores and lasts long. I only need to do a touch-up once, sometimes I even skip that.
This is how the Dior system works: first there’s always a 0. The next number stands for intensity of the shade, i.e. 01 is the lightest shade, 05 the darkest. The last number stands for undertone: 0 is beige, 1 is yellow, 2 is pink and 3 is apricot. Mine is 023 Peche which is a fair apricot shade (according to Dior standards). I remember I used to have 020 but strangely enough it was not available for this powder. Right now we’re in the middle of the winter and I’m at my palest, so it is a bit too dark for me. 023 really is a fair neutral beige. It doesn’t look yellow on my face and it doesn’t have pink or orange pigments. If you want to take a closer look at the powder, the packaging and the shade I showed it in my Foundations video (starting at 6:50).
Finish: 9 out of 10
What I absolutely love about this powder is its finish. The previous Dior Forever gave me a satin finish, this one is more matte but not absolutely matte. My face looks healthy this is what it does. And that is definetely what I prefer!
This is still a product of great quality. If you need something to make your face look flawless in 5 minutes, take this. You don’t need ‘special instructions’ to make it work, application with a sponge will do. Your face will look healthy and beautiful, the rednesses and minor imperfections will be covered. I like also how it smoothes my skin. It looks absolutely lovely on the photos: no excess shine, no white flakes. It doesn’t highlight pores, it hides them. It is not a light finish powder though, but you can not expect a compact powder that you can use instead of foundation to have a light texture. Its texture is light enough to be almost invisible on the skin, let me put it like that. As an advantage for some of you, this powder has a SPF 25 PA ++.
Overall mark: 9 out of 10
Price: 49.50 euro for a standard powder of 10 grams (0.35 oz) and 35.90 euro for a refill.
Where can you buy it: feelunique.com
Here is how it looks on me, my bare face first so you could compare:
And here I applied Diorskin Forever Compact Teint Haute Perfection Tenue Fusionnelle SPF25 – PA++ (this is its official name by the way):
Here I also applied MAC Studiofinish concealer in NC20 on my blemishes and Bobbi Brown Concealer in Sand 2 under my eyes:
You can also use this powder as a base for highlighters or light finishing powders like La Poudre Signee de Chanel.