Diorskin Nude BB Creme SPF 10

by Dior  DiorSkin
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$44 - 1 fl. oz.
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Category:
Makeup > Tinted Moisturizers/BB Creams > BB Cream
Last Updated:
5/20/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Diorskin Nude BB Creme falls down right out of the gate due to its low SPF rating. Although the sole active—titanium dioxide—provides broad-spectrum protection, given the new sunscreen regulations in Europe, we're surprised Dior launched this with such a low SPF rating, especially when they sell other BB creams that sport much higher SPF ratings. SPF 15 is the minimum recommended by medical and regulatory boards around the world, with many dermatologists touting SPF 30 as the new normal. We're wondering why Dior seemingly ignored these facts.

Let's say you're not concerned about the SPF rating because your daytime moisturizer provides at least SPF 15. The initially creamy texture blends on thin, yet feels and covers more like a liquid foundation than most BB creams. Some may prefer this light, thin texture over the traditionally thicker feel of BB creams, and Nude BB Creme has a soft matte finish that works well for combination to oily skin.

The formula's two low points are a potentially problematic amount of alcohol and the presence of several fragrance ingredients known to be irritating (this is a highly fragrant product). Also, the shades aren't quite up to par: Light 001 is a bit too yellow for many light skin tones, Medium 003 is slightly peach, and Dark 004 is noticeably orange. Even the best shade (Fair 002) comes off as slightly pink and must be blended carefully.

One more comment: The best BB creams contain beneficial ingredients that improve skin beyond what's possible with a standard foundation or tinted moisturizer. In this case, the beneficial ingredients are barely present. This is not a multiple-benefit product that allows you to skip other steps in achieving your goal of younger-looking skin.

Pros:
  • Thin, fluid texture blends easily.
  • Contains titanium dioxide for broad-spectrum sun protection.
Cons:
  • Expensive for what you get.
  • SPF rating falls below the standard minimum recommended to protect skin.
  • Amount of alcohol poses a risk of irritation.
  • Contains several fragrance ingredients known to be irritating.
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Alcohol in skin-care products causes dryness and free-radical damage, and impairs the skin's ability to heal. The irritation it causes damages healthy collagen production and can stimulate oil production at the base of the pore, making oily skin worse (Sources: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419; Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research, January 2011, pages 83–90; "Skin Care—From the Inside Out and Outside In," Tufts Daily, April 1, 2002; eMedicine Journal, May 8, 2002, volume 3, number 5, www.emedicine.com; Cutis, February 2001, pages 25–27; Contact Dermatitis, January 1996, pages 12–16; and http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh27-4/277-284.htm).

Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 2.19%; Inactive Ingredients: Water, Methyl Trimethicone, Dimethicone, Alcohol, PEG-9P Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Isododecane, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Silica, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Mica, Sodium Myristoyl Glutamate, Stearic Acid, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Tocopheryl Acetate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Propylene Carbonate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Parfum (Fragrance), Maltodextrin, BHT, Aspalanthus Linearis Leaf Extract, Sericin, Linalool, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Rhodochrosite Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Hydrolyzed Linseed Extract, Citronellol, Balantines Roxburghii Seed Oil, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sorbic Acid, Ajuga Turkestanica Extract. May Contain: Bismuth Oxychloride, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide

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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  1. Melanie A
    Reviewed on Wednesday, March 12, 2014
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    • Results
      2 / 4
    Wish it wasn't so.. Was it the alcohol?
    • Not sure about 3 stars but the product looked better than anything u ever had, but later & day after came the blotch and burns. I regret to send back.. Did I get it too close to eyes or was it the alcohol? It's a shame. It's beautifully perfect if you can tolerate it! I'm very fair, the lightest shade was brilliant! Sigh

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