Hydra Life Pro-Youth Skin Tint SPF 20
1.7 fl. oz. for $45
Last Updated:03.25.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This tinted moisturizer with sunscreen has a velvety liquid texture that feels light on the skin and blends well while providing medium coverage. It eventually sets to a semi-matte finish and has the potential to last sufficiently well throughout the day, and its sunscreen includes titanium dioxide for sufficient UVA protection. The color selection is limited, but if you can find one that works for you, this tinted moisturizer has its strong points (although price isn’t one of them).


Active: Octinoxate (Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate) (5.49%), Titanium Dioxide (4.74%), Other: Water, Glycerin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Methyl Trimethicone, Caprylic/Capric/Succinic Triglyceride, Isododecane, Pentylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate / Dicaprate, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Disteardimonium Hectorite, Polyglyceryl-2 Isostearate, Phenoxyethanol, Stearic Acid, Silica, Alumina, Sodium Myristoyl Glutamate, Lecithin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance, Mica, Propylene Carbonate, Betaine, Centella Asiatica Leaf Extract, Ajuga Turkestanica Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Rosa Hybrid Flower Extract, Aluminum Hydroxide, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Tocopherol, Hydrolyzed Opuntia Ficus-Indica Flower Extract, BHT, Limonene, Citronellol

Brand Overview

Dior At-A-Glance

Strengths:Nearly all of the SPF-related products offer sufficient UVA protection; a few extraordinary foundations and mascaras; a good liquid concealer; an excellent powder eyeshadow set; some good lipsticks and eyeliners.

Weaknesses: Expensive; lackluster moisturizers and serums that contain more fragrance and preservatives than elegant ingredients; irritating toners and self-tanners; ordinary masks; lack of products to address the needs of those with blemishes or skin discolorations; some foundations with SPF ratings that are too low; mostly average makeup brushes.

If you're looking for a clear-cut case of style winning out over substance, here it is. The Dior name is synonymous with couture fashion and countless other lifestyle accoutrements, but they continue to falter when it comes to establishing a first-rate collection of skin-care products. Of course, the company believes their products are the crème de la crème and if we're judging on aesthetics alone, we see what they mean. However, what's inside the gorgeous components is what counts for your skin, and Dior's formulas leave a lot to be desired. On one hand, it's great that all of their sunscreens contain sufficient UVA protection; on the other, all of their moisturizers either leave skin wanting more or contain problematic ingredients with no skin-redeeming qualities.

Fragrance is huge for Dior, and a visit to their counter attests to this, as fragrances line the counter right beside the skin-care tester unit. It would be better for skin if the two categories were kept separate, but in most cases the amount of fragrance added to Dior's skin-care products is greater than the token amounts of state-of-the-art ingredients (and the effectiveness of most of those is further diminished by jar packaging). If you wouldn't put perfume on your face, think twice about applying it in the form of an expensive skin-care product.

On the plus side, there are a few very good products to consider if you don't mind spending the extra money. If you're a fan of Dior's fashions and want to experiment with their cosmetic products, you'll find that their makeup outshines the skin care and has improved in ways that keep the panache while making genuine improvements. Despite all manner of claims to the contrary (everything from purifying pores to lifting skin to the point that sagging is a thing of the past), the most attractive part of Dior's formulas is how they're dressed, not how they perform.

For more information about Dior, call (212) 931-2200 or visit www.dior.com.

Dior Makeup

Always fashion-forward, Dior's makeup is more well-designed and attractive than ever, offering standout products in almost every category. The most notable change over the past several years has been Dior's improved foundation formulas and shades. It's now the exception rather than the rule to find overtly peach, pink, or rose-toned shades among Dior's many complexion-enhancing options. Even better, Dior has recently introduced foundations to compensate for its previous too-low SPF efforts, with formulas available in SPF 15, 20 and 25, a couple of which even include UVA-protecting ingredients. Such a move shows that while Dior may still struggle with an overall lackluster skin care line, they are at least working to meet dermatologist-recommended benchmarks for sun protection.

You will also be very impressed with Dior's powder blush, eyeshadows (though their shiny finish is not the best for Baby Boomer eyes), the DiorSkin concealer, brow gel, and most of the mascaras. If you're a fan of lip gloss and are willing to tolerate a double-digit price, you'll be in cosmetics heaven wading through all the lip-shining options here. On the flip side, neither the standard pencils nor most of the lipsticks are worth the money. With any designer-based line built on artifice, price is more than a matter of dollars. It's indicative of a company’s image and remains a prestige factor that often speaks louder than the products themselves. Dior is guilty of maximizing its assets to play up its image, but with their makeup line the good news for you is that, for the most part, they really pay attention to what’s inside all the luxe containers, too.

One more note: Dior’s makeup tester units are much more accessible and user-friendly than for previous editions of this book. We also found their counter staff to be more accommodating and definitely less condescending than several other European-bred lines.

Note: Dior is categorized as a brand that tests on animals because its products are sold in China. Although Dior does not conduct animal testing for its products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law.” Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.

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Super Hydrating

Light is more like medium w/ golden overtones. Wears great but you definitely feel like you have moisturizer on although skin won't feel suffocated. If your skin is super dry this is definitely worth a try if you can find it & one of the limited colors meshes w/ your skin.

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Best foundation I've ever had

Dior is stupidly expensive, but I I really do love this stuff and do not regret buying it. I used a foundation brush to apply dabs and it does blend well. It has a barely noticeable irridesence/cense (sp?) -- no alien-like glow though there is a healthy glow. Really like and the girls at a party last night liked too. This foundation feels light on the skin, not goopy and with results this good I will wear it daily, benefiting from the SPF...I cannot say this of any other spf or foundation I've used. It looks natural, feels comfortable and seems to be ironing out a bit of age related crepeiness. So for me, an excellent buy. Also - Dior is also very smart to have experienced & talented make up artists who know the product available to show you how to apply the stuff correctly. The make up artist who helped me buy $370 !!! worth of Dior worked for Dior and really spent time helping me find exactly the right make up and cosmetics. I can't believe I spent that and I wish I'd spent it years ago as I look great with make up.

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