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