Capture Totale Radiance Restoring Serum Foundation SPF 15
Category:Makeup > Foundations With Sunscreen > Liquid Foundation w/ Sunscreen
Last Updated:05.28.2014
Jar Packaging:False
Tested on animals:Yes

This liquid foundation for normal to dry skin claims to combine the skin-improving benefits of makeup with the anti-aging ingredients present in other Dior Capture Totale skin-care products, which actually isn't saying much.

Although this hits the right marks for broad-spectrum sun protection along with an elegant texture, it doesn't contain ingredients that make it anti-aging or an all-in-one solution for wrinkles over and above the sunscreen it contains—not even close!

  • Fluid, slightly creamy texture is easy to blend.
  • Sets to a smooth, satin-like finish that adds a subtle glow and provides medium to full coverage.
  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection and reliable UVA protection with titanium dioxide.
  • Elegant, functional pump bottle for easy dispensing.
  • Needlessly expensive for what ends up being just a very good foundation.
  • Overly fragranced formula containing synthetic and natural fragrances known to cause irritation (please see More Info below for details).
  • More than half of the shades are too peach, pink, orange, or rose; the best shades are those for fair to light skin tones.
  • Considering the claims, the formula contains only a dusting of anti-aging ingredients.

More info:

The numerous fragrance components in this foundation are known to be irritating. The irritation they cause hurts your skin's healing process and its ability to produce healthy collagen, which is counterproductive if you're considering this an anti-aging product.

None of the exotic-sounding plant extracts in this foundation can "correct all visible signs of aging." There is no single ingredient or blend of ingredients that can "correct" every sign of aging, and there's no research proving otherwise. Besides, if this foundation were all it took to correct all signs of aging, what are all of the other Dior Capture Totale products for; this should be plenty, right?


Active: Octinoxate 3%; Titanium Dioxide 3.16%; Other: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Diphenyl Dimethicone/Vinyl Diphenyl Dimethicone/Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Talc, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Sodium Chloride, Mica, Alumina, Stearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethiconol, Sodium Myristoyl Glutamate, Silica, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Tetrasodium EDTA, Parfum (Fragrance), Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polyacrylate-5, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Tocopheryl Acetate, Potentilla Erecta Root Extract, Limonene, Calcium Pantethine Sulfonate, Alcohol, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Dimethyl Methoxy Chromanol, Faex (Yeast) Extract, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Sorbitol, Aframomum Angustifolium Seed Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Root Extract, Kluyveromyces Extract, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, BHT, Carbomer, Citronellol, Geraniol, Algin, Polysorbate 20, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Cellulose Gum, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Sodium Tocopheryl Phosphate, Hydrolyzed Soy Flour, Citric Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Sorbate May Contain: Aluminum Hydroxide, Ultramarines, Bismuth Oxychloride, Titanium Dioxide.

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.

About the Experts

The Beautypedia Research Team is dedicated to helping you find the absolute best products for your skin, using research-based criteria to review beauty products from an honest, balanced perspective. Each member of the team was personally trained by Paula Begoun herself.

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Tuesday, January 06, 2015

This is the best foundation I have ever used, and have used it for over 6 yrs. Occasionally I depart from this magic, to try another foundation - I always come back. The coverage and dewy finish is just extraordinary, and it photographs so well. If applied properly, the product makes pores and lines disappear. The shade of cameo (22?) is the perfect match for my cool, fair complexion. Re the price, 1 bottle lasts me over 6 months = <$10/month for angelic skin. I consider that fantastic value.

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Dana F.
Sunday, May 25, 2014

Over-priced.probably the only Dior foundation that the first ingredient isn't a drying alcohol. But way over-priced. You should never spend this much on make- up period!

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Annette D.
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Makes my skin look great

I don't wear foundatiion to reduce wrinkles or to improve my skin - I do plenty of other things for that, including good moisturizers and exfolliating productcs. The reason I wear foundation is to make my skin look radiant and healthy and that is what this foundation does. My skin glows and looks as with no imperfectons yet it does not look unaturally overdone. The color matches my skin tone perfectly. A foundation that does that is hard to find .

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