So after having it recommended to me by a couple of fellow beauty bloggers and swatching it for myself, I took the plunge and decided to buy Dior Poudre Skin Shimmer (this product appears to go by at least 3 different names by the way!) in Amber Diamond when I popped into Sephora during my recent NY visit.
Poudre Skin Shimmer is an oil-free pressed powder that's designed to make the skin bright and radiant, adding a non-glittery, luminous glow. I bought the shade Amber Diamond, which is made up of ivory, champagne, tan, bronze and peach stripes contained in a sturdy mirrored compact.
It's finely milled so there's no fear of creating a blotchy shimmery mess on your face. This powder is supposed to emit a soft, illuminating glow. There's not a scrap of sparkle in it, so it's great for young and maturer skins alike.
It comes in bulky navy plastic case, which has a holographic 'CD' on the lid. The faux-suede pouch it comes in, is a nice touch too.
Am I loving it? Not much to be honest!
I wore it a couple of weeks ago and spent far too long trying to recreate the amazing glow I'd heard others speak of and had seen in a couple of FOTD (face of the day) pictures.
Yes, it's buttery soft, applies really smoothly, but once I'd applied it, the glow that I'd initially swatched on my hand, didn't transfer to my face! I was scrutinising my face trying to position myself under the bathroom lights to see this 'amazing' glow. I couldn't really see anything other than a very subtle shimmer ..certainly nothing to get my knickers in a twist about.
To be honest, I think it looked a little ashy on me - perhaps I used too much of the lighter strips, even though I'd made the effort to avoid those, so who knows!!
Yeah, it looks gorgeous on my hand - but I didn't feel the same once it was on my face.
I used my MAC 136 brush to apply it to my (non-existent) cheekbones and a teeny bit on my cheeks themselves but I think I'll use a smaller, denser brush next time, so that I can buff it out better.
Basically this purchase has been a bit of an anti-climax for me - and I hate when that happens. Even more so because it's not as if it cost me £3.99 either! So I'm sorry but for now there'll be no gushing feedback detailing how this has changed my life and how I won't be reaching for any other highlighters as a result of its performance. I'm not giving up on it, I'm just not in "Oh my God!!" mode over this. To be honest, I'm sure I have a MAC Mineralize Skinfinish that gives me a glow that I can see instantly, minus shimmer. I'll need to rummage through my stash and compare them.
That'll teach me to get caught up in the hype. Will I ever learn? No. I'm not giving up on this completely, if anything I'm determined to make it work but I need to find an application method that works for me. I also think this may look better on me when used with deeper toned blushes.
It may be useful to know that this is also currently available to purchase in Rose Diamond (pearl/pink/ mauve/soft plum/pink) too.
I know this is loved by many, so please share your application tips with me.
Where can I buy it? Larger Boots stores (If you're gonna buy it, you may as well get your advantage care points!), department store counters
How much is it? £31.50