Monday, December 8, 2014

Dior Star Concealer; Review & Swatches of Shades

Dior Star Concealer
New for Fall 2014
Price: $36 for 6 ml
(Approx $6 per ml)

Dior Star Concealer was released alongside big sister Star Foundation for the Fall 2014 season. The new line claims to have revolutionized the way makeup works with light to create a totally flawless appearance...

Dior claims that their Star Concealer will "instantly neutralize the appearance of dark circles" and over time it will "work to improve signs of fatigue for a more dazzling appearance". To be honest I have absolutely no idea what they mean here.

Of course the Star Concealer will help neutralize the appearance of dark circles- any concealer will help to neutralize the appearance of darkness! What it will not do is eliminate the appearance of dark circles since it just doesn't have that type of coverage capability.

As for gradually improving the signs of fatigue over time; that's the really baffling claim. I can't figure out if Dior is implying they included skincare ingredients or what but there is nothing in this concealer that will even remotely improve the look of anything over time.

The formula itself is a pretty standard concealer formula. It's silky smooth and blends beautifully before it sets to a soft matte finish. (It's not a long-wearing concealer so it won't provide any transfer-resistant benefits.)

While the formula itself sets to a natural matte finish, Dior Star won't provide a true matte finish on account of the sparkles and shimmer mixed into the formula.

This is somewhat common for cosmetic companies. Instead of employing a hydrating formula that will impart a dewy or satin finish they will use a matte formula and add shimmer. That way the concealer will be drier to the touch but still have the "soft focus" effect from the glitter.

There are five shades available which range from Light to Deep and are the standard Dior Concealer lineup. Those with very dark or very fair skin may not find a match but undertone-wise, the shades are well chosen.

Coverage is definitely in the medium range. If you're looking to conceal even moderate darkness you won't find Dior Star to be even remotely sufficient and if you're looking to conceal acne the shimmer will probably only draw attention to the areas you want to conceal.

If you're looking for a highlighting concealer or just a brightener, than the Star may work for you but at $36 there are far better options!

*If you're looking for a Cruelty Free option, Marc Jacobs Remedy Concealer Pen is a great alternative if you're comfortable in this price range. Nars Creamy Concealer is another fantastic option that will provide much better coverage and is just as blendable!*

Dior Star Concealer Swatches of Shades
Dior Star Concealer Swatches of Shades
001 Ivory, 002 Beige, 003 Sand, 004 Honey, 005 Mocha
Dior Concealer Swatches of Shades 001 Ivory, 002 Beige, 003 Sand, 004 Honey, 005 Mocha
Dior Star Concealer Swatches of Shades
001 Ivory, 002 Beige, 003 Sand, 004 Honey, 005 Mocha
If you look at the pictures above you can see how much product was swatched and how insufficient the coverage was once it dried. You can sort of see some shimmer in the bottom picture as well.

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