Diorskin Star Sculpting & Brightening Concealer review, swatches and application.

Diorskin Star Concealer 003 Sable/Sand.

I have never been one to wear concealer on a daily basis.  The thought of applying another layer of makeup to an overly sensitive area, never appealed to me.  After all, the products I encountered have either been too heavy, or too light, too emollient, or too dry, I could never find the right product with the right consistency–that is, until now.  Diorskin Star Sculpting & Brightening Concealer ($36 USD/ 6ml) has changed my unenthusiastic outlook.  Ladies, this is the concealer that has been missing from my makeup life–this is the peanut to my butter, the milk to my shake, the salsa to my chip…you get the idea 🙂

Diorskin Star Sculpting & Brigthening 003 Sable/Sand.

Diorskin Star Sculpting & Brigthening 003 Sable/Sand.

The Pros to Diorskin Star Sculpting & Brightening Concealer 003 Sable/Sand:

  1. Extremely pigmented.
  2. Silky smooth consistency glides on the skin and blends out seamlessly.
  3. Very little amount is needed to achieve amazing coverage.
  4. Natural semi-matte finish (due to the titanium dioxide and silica) looks like second skin.
  5. Incredibly hydrating without any creasing.
  6. Can be blended with fingers or a synthetic brush.
  7. Unbelievable lasting power..seroiusly does not budge throughout the day.
  8. Adorable plastic packaging is compact and easily portable for travel.
  9. Five shades provided to accommodate a variety of skin tones.
  10. Compatible with my Guerlain Powder Foundation.
  11. Formulated without fragrance, mineral oil or parabens.
  12. Made in France.

The Cons to Diorskin Star Sculpting & Brightening Concealer 003 Sable/Sand:

  1. Blotchy results can occur if the conceler is left unblended for too long.
  2. Colors are a bit deceptive.  002 was originally the shade I wanted to get, but it turned out to be more of a highlighting shade.  003 swatched a bit on the dark side, but once applied to the eye area everything melded beautifully.  Try before you buy.
  3. Can be easily overdone if a heavy hand is used during application.  Take it one dot at a time.
  4. Can attach to dry spots if skin is not properly moisturized before hand.
  5. Formulated with silicones.

Highlighting the green veining around the bridge of the nose (right eye).

  • My purpose for purchasing this color was to conceal the green veining next to the bridge of my nose.  I know, the general consensus when it comes to concealers is to use one shade lighter than our foundation coloring, but that method was only adding to my sallowness.  Finding a color closest to my foundation actually concealed my problem area, rather than highlighting the issue.
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Applied Diorskin Star Sculpting & Brigthening Concealer 003 Sable/Sand unblended.

  • For the above photo, I dispensed a small amount of concealer to the back of my hand, and used my finger to apply a light coating directly over my veining issue.  This method ensures one does not accidentally deposit too much product, to the affect region all at once.  My issue is not that serious, but for those who have severe discoloration, applying light gradual layers will yield more natural and blended results.
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Diorskin Star Sculpting & Brigthening Concealer 003 Sable/Sand completely blended.

  • For the above photo, I blended out the concealer with my finger, but a synthetic brush (Sonia Kashuk Concealer Brush) works just as well for natural results.
Diorskin Star Concealer 003 Sable/Sand with Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation in 03 Beige Naturel.

Diorskin Star Sculpting & Brigthening Concealer 003 Sable/Sand with Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation in 03 Beige Naturel.

  • For above photo, I added the lightest dusting of Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation in 03 Beige Naturel to set and incorporate the color with the rest of my makeup.  Not bad, if I do say so myself.
Comparison Swatches: Sunday Riley Dry Touch Concealer 125W, Edward Bess Soft Beige Concealer, Diorskin Star Concealer, Estee Lauder Maximum Coverage Foundation 03 Creamy Vanilla.

Comparison Swatches:
Sunday Riley Dry Touch Concealer 125W, Edward Bess Soft Beige Concealer, Diorskin Star Concealer, Estee Lauder Maximum Coverage Foundation 03 Creamy Vanilla.

  • Sunday Riley Dry Touch Concealer was purchased with the same intent, but as you can see, this cream formula has a strong pink undertone that did not mesh well with my coloring.  In addition, the lasting power was not that impressive and the texture felt heavy.
  • Edward Bess Soft Beige Concealer was sold to me by the man himself (who I must say, is a true gentleman) to act as a highlighting shade.  Even though the lasting power is wonderful, sadly the color was too light for my purpose.  Furthermore, the texture is not as lightweight as Dior.
  • Diorskin Star Sculpting & Brightening Concealer 003 Sable/Sand seemed too dark, but when applied to the desired area, the color magically adjusted to my coloring.  If you can tell, the texture is also the lightest of the bunch and this formula adheres to the skin beautifully.
  • Estee Lauder Maximum Coverage Foundation 03 Creamy Vanilla is just as pigmented as Dior, but the texture is heavier and drier.  This was my go-to concealer on the rare occasion I actually wore concealer, but now Dior has dominated the playing field.
Diorskin Star Concealer 003 Sable/Sand ingredient list.

Diorskin Star Sculpting & Brigthening Concealer 003 Sable/Sand ingredient list.

  • Diorskin Star Sculpting & Brigthening Concealer can be found at Nordstrom, Sephora, Bloomingdale, Saks, Dior.com, or any location that sells Dior Cosmetics.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Diorskin Star Sculpting & Brigthening Concealer 003 Sable/Sand is the best concealer I have ever used.  The hydrating formula, creamy texture, natural results and superb lasting power make this an all around winner.  This is the nut to my bolt, the cherry to my sundae, the milk to my shake…I could go on.  Try Diorskin Star Concealer and see for yourself and this may very well be, the best to your friend.  Yeah, I had one more in me 🙂  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Makeup of the Week Tenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Tenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Tenth Edition.

This week I was inspired to create a classic eye look using three shadows.  Typically, I wear one color across the lid and call it a day.  I am always a tad reluctant to apply too many colors on my lids.  My ample lid space can quickly become overwhelmed and start to resemble a finger painting gone awry.  The general rule for using three colors, is to pick shades in the same color family with different levels of intensity (light, medium and dark).  Enjoy!

Makeup of the Week: Light:  MAC Too Chic Medium: Clarins Auburn. Dark: Clarins Dark Chocolate.

Eye Look of the Week:
Light: MAC Too Chic
Medium: Clarins Auburn.
Dark: Clarins Dark Chocolate.

Eye Look of the Week.

Eye Look of the Week.

Eye Look of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas EC-3 used as an eyeshadow base (reviewed here).
  2. MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus all over the eye lid from lash line to brow bone (purchase here).
  3. MAC Too Chic Beauty Powder used as the first color across the mobile lid (discontinued).
  4. Clarins Auburn Mineral Eyeshadow used as the second color in the crease.
  5. Clarins Dark Chocolate Mineral eyeshadow used as the third color to deepen the crease and outter “v” (purchase here).
  6. Clarins Auburn Mineral Eyeshadow used on the lower lash line (purchase here) with W4 from the Tokyo Lights Palette (reviewed here).
  7. Merle Norman inner eye liner…a nude shade as opposed to white (check your area locations).
  8. Inglot #90 AMC liner for the upper waterline (purchase here).
  9. Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (reviewed here).
  10. Clinique Mascara trying to use this up..smudges on the brow bone at the end of the day (purchase here).
  11. Shu Uemura Brow pencil in 02 Seal Brown (purchase here).
Makeup of the Week.

Makeup of the Week.

Face Makeup of the Week:

  1. Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer (purchase here).
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation (purchase here).
  3. Estee Lauder Maximum Coverage Foundation used as a concealer…the tiniest dot on the inner most part of the under eye area and then blended out (purchase here).
  4. Giorgio Armani #10 Beige Sheer blush (reviewed here).
  5. Giorgio Armani #4 Sand Sheer Blush used as a bronzer (purchase here).
  6. Laura Mercier Spellbound highlighter (reviewed here).
  7. Nars Light Reflecting Setting Powder (reviewed here).
  8. Skinidinavia Setting Spray (purchase here).
Lip Combination of the Week.

Lip Combination of the Week.

Lip Combination of the Week:

  1. MAC Prolong Wear Lipliner in Nice-n-Spicy (purchase here).
  2. Shiseido Rouge Lacquer in RD203 (purchase here).
Brushes of the Week.

Brushes of the Week.

Brushes of the Week:

  1. Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (reviewed here).
  2. Tom Ford Cheek Brush (reviewed here).
  3. Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush for highlighter application (reviewed here).
  4. Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush for finishing powder application (purchase here).
  5. Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush for foundation application (purchase here).
  6. Edward Bess Luxury Eye Brush (purchase here).
  7. MAC 219 for lower lash-line shadow application (purchase here).
  8. Billy B brushes #8, 12, 11 (reviewed here). ♥
Makeup of the Week Tenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Tenth Edition.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you this simple and classic look can be worn anytime and anywhere.   I have worn this look to weddings, school functions, to the park, and recently to see Spiderman on Broadway.  Whatever you decide to do while sporting this chic look, I sincerely hope you will have the time of your life.  As always, be well and stay safe.

-M-

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Makeup of the Week Ninth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Ninth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Ninth Edition.

This week’s look was fast and easy using minimal products (for me at least).  The theme for the week was rediscovery; to use forgotten products within my collection.  Usually I’m pretty good at deciphering what will work for me in the long run and what will end-up in my “donation basket.”  However, it is wise to try to use these products again before discarding them or giving them away. Absence does make the heart grow fonder, thus making the reunion that much sweeter 🙂  Enjoy!

Eye Makeup of the Week Ninth Edition.

Eye Makeup of the Week Ninth Edition.

Eye Makeup of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 used as a base (reviewed here).
  2. MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural used as a base color (purchase here).
  3. Shu Uemura Tokyo Lights Palette (reviewed here) W2 on a dampened brush for the upper and lower lash line (discontinued) Ebay purchase (here).
  4. Clinique True Black Cream Liner on the upper lash line (seen here).
  5. Inglot #90 AMC Gel Liner on the upper and lower waterline (purchased here).
  6. MAC Pressed Amber Mineralized Blush for a crease color (discontinued). Ebay purchase (here).
  7. Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara (reviewed here).

Face Makeup of the Week:

  1. Estee lauder Double Wear Foundation (seen here).
  2. Estee Lauder Maximun Coverage Foundation (purchase here) used as a concealer only on the inner most under eye area (not across the entire under eye area…too drying).
  3. Burberry Sheer Summer Glow Palette (Bronzer sides only) used as a bronzer. Really dislike the lighter shades and fragrance, but the bronzer colors and packaging are beautiful (discontinued). Just for fun, check out how much this palette costs on Ebay (here).
  4. Chanel Destiny (61) and Inspiration (64) mixed together for blush (reviewed here and here).
  5. MAC Too Chic Beauty Powder (purchase here) used as a Highlighter (discontinued).
  6. Skindinavia Finishing Spray (purchase here).
Lip Combination of the Week Ninth Edition.

Lip Combination of the Week Ninth Edition.

Lip Combination of the Week:

  1. MAC Red Enriched Lipliner (purchase here).
  2. Tom Ford Pink Adobe Lipstick (reviewed here).
  3. Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Liquid Petal (reviewed here).
Brushes of the Week Ninth Edition.

Brushes of the Week Ninth Edition.

Brushes of the Week:

  1. Tom Ford Cheek Brush used for bronzer application (reviewed here).
  2. Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush (reviewed here).
  3. Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush (purchase here).
  4. Edward Bess Luxury Eye Brush (purchase here). The lettering rubbed off. Not the softest brush, but will blend out the cheapest eyeshadow to perfection.
  5. Billy B Beauty Brushes #8, 11, 12 (reviewed here).
  6. Estee Lauder #20 Eyeliner/Brow Brush for liner application (purchase here).
Makeup of the Week Ninth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Ninth Edition.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you as time passes your perceptions and taste will change.  Products that may not have worked for you in the past should be given another chance.  You never know, you may find a new use for them in your present routine.  I rediscovered Burberry Summer Glow Palette’s bronzer half worked perfectly with my current coloring.  Edward Bess Luxury Eye Brush head is a bit too big to use as a sole eyeshadow brush, but I rediscovered its magical ability to blend out any color to perfection.  MAC Too Chic Beauty Powder imparts a flattering subtle golden highlight color, appropriate for a daytime chic makeup look.  What have you rediscovered in your stash lately?  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

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Makeup of the Week Eighth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Eighth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Eighth Edition.

This has been a very busy week.  My children started school and that in it of itself is always stressful.  The silver lining in this scenario is, I have gained some much needed time to myself.  I had time to carefully apply my makeup without any interruptions, it’s the little things in life that make me happy.  Admittedly, I do miss my eldest son’s commentaries and photographic assistance.

This week’s look was centered around my lashes.  Truthfully, I never gave them much thought, until Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara came into my life.  The delivery of zero flaking, no clumps, no stiffness all wrapped-up in a lightweight formula was enough for me to declare, love at first application!  I hope you find this post helpful.

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Eye Makeup of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 (reviewed here).
  2. MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus as an all over lid color (purchase here).
  3. MAC Uninterrupted used in the crease (reviewed here).
  4. MAC Sweet As Cocoa used on top of Uninterrupted to add dimension (reviewed here).
  5. Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow in 57 Black Stream used at the base of the upper lash line and smudge outwardly (reviewed here).
  6. L’oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil to line the upper lash line (purchase here).
  7. Shu Uemura Tokyo Lights Palette W2 mixed w/W4 on the lower lash line (reviewed here).
  8. MAC Copper Strip Powerchrome pencil for the lower waterline (reviewed here).
  9. Inglot #90 for tight-lining (purchase here).
  10. Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara in I ♥ black (reviewed here).
Makeup of the Week Eighth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Eighth Edition.

Face Makeup of the Week:

  1. Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer (purchase here).
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in EN1 (seen here).
  3. Estee lauder Maximum Coverage Foundation used as a concealer in 03 (purchase here).
  4. Chanel 61 Destiny Le Blush Creme de Chanel used as a bronzer/blush (reviewed here).
  5. Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (reviewed here).
  6. Skindinavia Setting Spray (purchase here).
Lip Combination of the Week.

Lip Combination of the Week.

Lip Combination of the Week:

  1. Daliia Runway Fashion Fuchsia Herbal Lip Stain (reviewed here).
  2. Tom Ford Aphrodisiac Lipstick (reviewed here).
Brush of the Week.

Brushes of the Week.

Brushes of the Week:

  1. Philosophy supernatural airbrush brush (purchase here).
  2. Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush for highlighter application (purchase here).
  3. Sonia Kashuck concealer brush to add second color to the crease (purchase here).
  4. Smashbox #7 brush (purchase here).
  5. Burberry #10 blending brush (discontinued online/check your Saks counters).
  6. Billy B brushes (reviewed here).

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you if you have some time to yourself, do what brings you the most joy.  Just think in a year from now, events/people/things which gave us the most stress presently, will be a fleeting memory.  A lesson I remind myself of everyday.  Don’t sweat the small stuff and try to appreciate all the positive fortune surrounding you. It’s there I promise.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

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Foundation, Foundation…Wherefore art thou Foundation? Foundation Selection Guide.

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Wearing Estee Lauder Maximum Cover #03 mixed with Koh Gen Do #123

Foundation.. you illusive and bewitching siren!!!   You can bedazzle the human mind, heart and soul!!  Oh how I long for you in my life but alas…shade, formulation, and brand confound me!  What am I to do?  Oh stop begin so dramatic!!!  If it is an answer if you seek, you shall receive it…if you are open to its arrival!!  WOW!!!!   Add philosopher to my list of things that I can DO!!  Foundation is not as mysterious as one might imagine.  

Foundation selection Guide

#1:  SPEND THE BULK OF YOUR BEAUTY BUDGET ON YOUR FOUNDATION!!!

DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE WORDS THAT ARE COMING FROM MY COMPUTER?  Refrain from purchasing drugstore foundation.  Why?  Good question.  Firstly,  you cannot test the color and formulation in the drugstore.  Secondly, the level of pigment in drugstore foundations (more water less color) are not on par with higher end brands.  Thirdly, some drugstore cosmetics manufactures do not list their ingredients on the bottles/compacts.  This can be problematic if you have skin sensitivities.  The saying,  “you get what you pay for” applies in this case.  

#2:  GO TO A LOCATION WHERE SAMPLES ARE GIVEN!!!  

Your best friend in this category is Sephora!  They do not carry all high-end brands, but the friendly service and patience their employees exude, is priceless!   They will spend as much time as you deem necessary on making samples for you to take home.  Sephora will happily accommodate any of your requests, without the added pressure to make additional purchases.  Department stores sales associates are a bit more ambiguous and are limited to the counter brand they are working for at that moment.  Their goal is to make a sale; they will try to persuaded you to purchase something else.  STAND YOUR GROUND….be gracious, get your sample and leave!

#3:  BUY THE HIGHEST COVERAGE AND/OR LONGEST LASTING FORMULA!!!!   

You have read correctly!!  These types of foundations are very versatile.  What is the point to a tinted moisturizer when you can make one yourself?   How you ask?  Take your high coverage,  long-lasting foundation and/or a bronzing liquid (Dr.  Hauschka Translucent Bronze Concentrate) and mix it with your favorite moisturizer.  On really bad skin days, high coverage formulas can be sheered down next to nothing on the skin, yet still give wonderful coverage.  The secret is to use a slightly damp sponge (Beauty Blender) or a slightly damp brush (philosophy airbrush brush) and use stippling and swirling motions.  The results are amazing.  As an added bonus,  you will only utilize a small amount due to the high pigment and viscosity!  Who wouldn’t want that?

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Very high coverage long-lasting formulas:                  Estee Lauder Maximum Coverage #03 creamy vanilla, old packaging
Koh Gen Do #123,
Estee Lauder Double Wear #3N1 (summer shade)

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Estee Lauder MC #03 and KGD #123.  EL gives KGD  better longevity.  This will cover my whole face!

#4:  MATCH YOUR FACE TO YOUR NECK!!!!

Our necks are naturally shielded from the sun by our heads.  The majority of women have lighter necks/darker faces.   The opposite can occur if you are a sunscreen devotee; which will result in a darker neck/lighter face scenario.   Regardless, do not try to cover your neck with a darker/lighter foundation, on the contrary, cover your face with the same shade as your neck!!  The results will be more natural and you will have a more uniformed look.  Test your respective foundation by swatching it on the side your neck (bringing it up slightly onto the jaw); not your cheek, backs of your hands, fingers, or arms.  Sometimes you need to mix two colors to achieve your ideal shade or consistency.  Once you’ve mastered your neck coloring you can victoriously declare a winner!!

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From left to right on bare skin: Estee Lauder Maximum Coverage #03 Creamy Vanilla,
Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation #123 
Estee Lauder Double Wear 3N1 (old formula).

#5:  DO NOT BELIEVE CERTAIN FORMULAS CAN DO IT ALL!!! 

If the long-lasting feature conjures up images of cracking skin, then by all means stick to cream formulas which have higher coverage and are moisturizing (Eve Pearl).  BB creams, CC creams, DD creams EE creams…any alphabet cream, are just creams with foundation mixed into them.  They claim to have all the benefits of your sunscreen, moisturizer, foundation, primer, etc…all rolled up into one product.   You can go that route, however, these will not give you much coverage and color matching is challenging.  Most likely you will still need an additional layer of foundation.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you, work on perfecting your canvas and the rest will follow!!!

The wrong formulation and shade can have adverse effects, in the form of break-outs and what I like to call,  bobble head syndrome (line of demarcation separating the jaw and neck line).  So 1983!!!   Use these suggestions as a guide to selecting your foundation.  When you find the right formula you will proclaim you have found your equivalent to Romeo and rejoice, “Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.”  Oh Shakespeare you romantic fiend, you do have a way with words!!   Adieu my lovelies!   Be well and stay safe.

-M-

Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me.  Compensation is not given for any reviews.  Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.