Dior has recently added a new line of foundation to their arsenal of products. When we heard that the new foundation was an all-over product, meant for face and body, we had to put it to the test. Apparently, this makeup was the foundation of choice for Meghan Markle on her wedding day. After all, if Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation was good enough for the Duchess of Sussex, it should be good enough for us, right? Right!
Foundation for faces has long been in existence. But Dior, a heavy hitter in the foundation world, claimed to have upped its game with Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation. They stated that the new product is the “secret weapon” of Dior makeup artists and that it can create an “instantly flawless complexion with ultra-buildable coverage.” Dior also claims that the foundation is “extreme condition-proof for 91% of women” and provides a “photo-ready finish for 95% of women.”
Being someone who shares their home with a bossy and temperamental rescue parrot, there are red bite marks, light scars and scratch marks all over this writer’s arm. So Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation had its work cut out for this review.
I visited my local Dior counter to be matched for my light skin tone. I almost always get shades that are too dark (even when “properly matched” by a salesperson). The very first thing that I noticed was that the foundation easily blended in and matched my skin tone, and with minimal effort, erased the bird battle wounds on my arm. It dried down fairly quickly as well.
Then again, for $40 for a small-ish sized bottle, good performance, such as a clean blend and a quick drying time, are things that I would expect for the price. While this bottle of foundation won’t break the bank, it’s not exactly "very affordable" either. If you plan to use this product daily as your go-to facial foundation, you could be running back to your local Dior counter or Sephora fairly quickly. If you keep it around to cover imperfections on your body on occasion, it should last for many moons.
“It's my star product,” Peter Philips, the Creative and Image Director for Dior Makeup has said of this product. “In total there are 40 colors, so every woman can find the shade that best matches her skin tone.”
Though Philips’ opinion is certainly biased, I have to agree with him that this foundation is nice enough to be called a “star product.” I also agree with Dior’s description of “extreme condition-proof.” While I didn’t go base jumping, white water rafting or hang gliding after applying this foundation, it didn’t rub off all day long and it was waterproof. Soap and water didn’t do the trick but a little bit of mineral oil along with a good scrub took it right off. Dior claims that their waterproof formula “fuses with skin, resisting extreme conditions like workout sessions, water, and even high temperatures and humid environments.” In full disclosure, I did not take a hot yoga class or jump in the steam room while wearing this foundation, so I can’t speak to back up or disprove Dior’s claims. But after wearing it all day, I can say that I wouldn’t feel completely confident that it wouldn’t melt off after a workout session or in a very humid environment. On the other hand, wearing foundation for a workout is probably not a great idea anyway.
Most of us have skin imperfections on our necks, shoulders, arms, and legs but the thought of applying facial foundation anywhere but the face seems a bit drastic, at least in my humble opinion. That being said, Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation is truly lightweight and looked and felt natural on. Applying foundation to cover imperfections on arms, legs, necks, and shoulders isn’t something that most of us would do as part of our daily routines but it’s nice to have the option to perfect areas other than the face for special occasions as needed.
This particular foundation line is Dior’s largest foundation range ever with 40 different shades total, so you can be assured that you will find a color to match your skin tone. Dior says that this foundation is used at all of their runway shows and the name was inspired by the energy backstage. The line has gained a lot of popularity ever since it was revealed to be the foundation used on Meghan Markle on her wedding day.
Overall, I rate Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation a 7/10. It did not leave me with a greasy feeling, had a good consistency, and I enjoyed the smooth matte finish. Sadly, Dior is not a cruelty-free brand for those of you who are animal lovers out there. If you are a longtime fan of Dior, have trouble finding a shade to match your skin color or if you have been searching high and low for a foundation specifically made for the body, Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation might be for you. That being said, I don’t think it’s enough of a “star product” to pull you away from the foundation you’re using now if you’re quite content with your brand, but I did enjoy testing it out.
Thanks for bringing a "royal" runway-inspired product to our local beauty suppliers, Dior!