Review: Dior Skinflash Primer

By Voxy  

dior skinflash 1Something is wrong with me. I’m sure of it.

You see, not once, but twice in my makeup-wearing career I have failed to fall in love with a Dior product.

<sobs, covers face with hands> I know! Don’t look at me, I’m a monster! Mothers, hold tightly to your children, and look away, look away!

The first of my failures was a Dior Addict lip gloss that I thought was OK but nothing to write home about. I did not say anything to anyone about this, of course. It was my secret shame. The only brand that is less socially acceptable to disdain among cosmetic junkies than Dior is MAC. I think that if you say anything bad about a MAC product the makeup police come to your house and confiscate all of your makeup except your blue eyeshadow from 1988, which you are then sentenced to wear every day for the rest of your life. You think Hester Prynne had it bad? I’m telling you, a scarlet A has nothing, nothing on powder-blue shimmer eyeshadow.

And now, my second Failure to Love — Dior Skinflash primer.

I like it just fine, but I must admit that I have failed to love it, in spite of its highly lemminged status. It is sheer, light, easily absorbed, and leaves a velvety finish. It comes in a beautiful silver container. It is a perfectly good primer. I’m just not sure it’s the best primer ever, and I think if it’s Dior, it ought to be.

Then again, I seem to be face-primer-challenged in general. I also fail to love the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, in spite of the two facts that a) it has a cult following and b) there are tons of Smashbox products that I love and want to marry. I’ve tried others, and continue to try them, but I’ve yet to find one that makes me swoon. I think I still like the Dr. Brandt Pores No More, which I reviewed previously, the best of the bunch. And I recently picked up a travel-size container of the MakeUpForEver HD primer, which I’ll be trying soon.

There are a couple of genuine objections I have to this product besides its general failure to bring about world peace, and they both have to do with the delivery system. This is another one of those turn-the-base-and-the-product-comes-up-through-the-built-in-brush deals. Unlike some of those products, though, the clicker only works one way. So you twist the base to the left (or right, depending on what your point of reference is), gingerly at first because you don’t want the product to come gushing out the brush. Then, after you’ve waited patiently and nothing happens, you give it a slightly more assertive turn, and then, when nothing continues to happen, you give it a good wrench and suddenly you’ve got product all over the place. You cannot at this point turn the base in the other direction to suck the excess product back down the channel. Nope, you now have enough primer to cover your bathroom wall as well as your face. I’m also not a huge fan of the permanently-attached-brush delivery method, because those brushes are pretty impossible to really clean.

So there it is. I fail Dior.


Dior Skinflash Primer: $40, Sephora

Provenance: Purchased.

Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent):

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  1. avatar marigolds
    Posted December 10, 2009 at 11:48 pm | Permalink | Reply

    You know, I didn’t love the Smashbox primer either. I don’t know if it was because I erroneously blamed it for my crop of new AHA/BHA pimples, or what, but I certainly felt slick and pimply after wearing it a couple of days, so I just stopped. (I might as well have used that hair silicone, actually.) I might wear it if I had to be interviewed on TV, or for a long day of interviews where I needed to look as good at the end of the day as I did at the beginning and consequences be damned, but it’s not an everyday product for me.

    Take THAT, Products Everyone Else Freaks Out About!


  2. Posted December 10, 2009 at 9:29 am | Permalink | Reply

    I think you mean that Dior fails at Vox.

    Totally different vibe.

    I still mourn a Dior mascara they stopped manufacturing 8 or 9 years ago–the supposed replacement product was terrible. That was my big Dior disappointment, and I don’t think I’ve bought anything from them since.


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