TSABD Edit: YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer + NEW Dior Face & Body Foundation (40 Shades)

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Anyway, like I said in previous posts, I’m on a makeup backlog so I’m trying to get everything out as fast as my one face testing all this stuff can, so you might be seeing maaaad makeup reviews over the next few posts…lol. If memory serves me correctly, I do believe this is around the time when brands start coming out with their fall stuff. Make sure you’re subscribed to the blog so you don’t miss anything.

Dior Backstage Face and Body Foundation

So the newest brand that appears to have let the Fenty effect take hold of their everything? Dior. Now I of course don’t have proof that Dior got shook after Fenty swooped through with the 40-shade range from jump, but one can’t help but to think that brands are definitely going to have to do WAY more for our darker skin tones to compete. The new Dior BACKSTAGE Face & Body Foundation comes in 40 shades and pays particular attention to undertones. Within about the last decade, Dior has added more deeper shades to their foundation ranges, but this is the most brown and dark brown I have ever seen at Dior. I’m no longer the darkest or second to darkest shade (which I’m pointing out because although my skin is dark, there are SOOOOO many more shades that are deeper than mine). I picked up a deluxe sample at Sephora and also picked up full sizes in shades 6.5N and 7.5N to try out. I also reached out to the one person I know on Dior’s PR team for additional shade samples to swatch, but they didn’t have them in their sample stock (which is different than the stock that is for sale) and would send what they could when they get them in. So I may update this post or a future post with more swatches so stay tuned. (Subscribe so you can have new post notifications sent to your inbox).

Official description:


Skin type:


What it is:
A foundation for the face and body in 40 shades with a natural, matte finish and medium, buildable coverage that’s waterproof and sweat-resistant.

What it does:
Dior Backstage Face and Body Foundation is the Dior makeup artists’ secret weapon to create a flawless, runway-ready complexion for both the face and body. This waterproof formula fuses with skin, resisting extreme conditions like workout sessions, water, and even high temperatures and humid environments. It can also be used to camouflage minor imperfections on the neck, shoulders, legs, or anywhere else. Best of all, it’s available in 40 shades with a natural, matte finish.

What else you need to know:
A collection of makeup artist essentials, designed to suit all skin tones, used at the Dior runway shows, and inspired by the energy backstage.

Enriched with beauty-enhancing pigments, the formula creates a perfect, natural look, both in real life and through the lens of a camera. Its natural finish and lightweight texture can also be used on the body, revealing the skin’s radiance while camouflaging minor imperfections on the neck, shoulders, and legs. Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation also offers Dior’s largest foundation range ever, with 40 beautiful shades made to suit all skin tones.

“It’s my star product. In total there are 40 colors, so every woman can find the shade that best matches her skin tone.”—Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director for Dior Makeup.

6.5N is such a GREAT match for my skin. I’ve been able to wear shade 70 in the other Dior foundations but it had a little too much red in it. 6.5N is perfectly neutral.

I like that this foundation has a natural matte finish and a very my-skin-but-better look and feel to it. You can build up the coverage so you get more of a medium coverage, but if you’re worried about using too much product because you want a fuller coverage, check out the Dior Undercover Foundation.

As of my writing this post, this is a Sephora exclusive product (it could come to other retailers later) and there is also a foundation finder on the Sephora.com site which you can find here. Take a look at the deeper shades below and you can see the rest of the shades here.

Performance-wise I really love this foundation. I have oily skin AND it’s summer but this foundation still holds up well with some touching-up throughout the day.

Bottom line: I haven’t seen the full range yet, only the few shades I got from what I bought at Sephora, but looking at the guides, I’m pleased with this shade range. Of course we can still use more shades on the deeper end, but this is the kind of range I’d like to see brands at least start with. I love the performance of this foundation as it holds up really well on my oily skin even in the hot summer. I’d have to see how I’d like something like this when the weather gets colder, but I’m sure I can tweak it with my moisturizer and a more hydrating primer if necessary.

Price and where to buy: $40 at Sephora (plus 4% cash back when you use eBates)

(The video demo for this foundation is included in the video demo for the YSL Blur Primer below)

Find out how to keep your makeup from melting in the heat here/h4>

YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer

(I will review the Catrice product later—this was the only pic I had of the YSL product before it got contaminated with foundation)

I’m going to go really quickly with this one.

Official description:

What it is:
An illuminating primer that blurs imperfections and boosts the radiance of foundation.

What it does:
Touche Elcat Blur Primer preps skin for foundation application, creating an improved, refined appearance: pores seem to be minimized, skin texture feels smoother, and skin tone is more even. It’s enriched with four nourishing oils—corn oil, apricot kernel oil, passiflora oil, and rice bran oil—to leave skin feeling incredibly soft without a greasy residue. Packed with blur technology, this universal primer provides a subtle, golden shimmer for ultimate luminosity.

What else you need to know:
This product is noncomedogenic, and it’s suitable for all skin tones, including sensitive ones.

I got this as a deluxe sample with my Sephora.com order so this is NOT the full size product. I have heard so many people raving about it so I had to give it a spin.

While I like that it does give the skin a smoother surface and a nice blurring action, I CANNOT stand the strong fragrance. Everyone is of course different when it comes to tolerance of fragrance, but this to me smells like it has like 4 oz of dated old lady perfume in it. It does the same blurring job that Murad Invisiblur does which I’d much rather use since it doesn’t have the fragrance smell AND it also has SPF.

Bottom line: YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer does it job of blurring the skin and making it look and feel better especially when applying makeup, but it has a heavy fragrance smell to it. If you can bypass the fragrance, go in and let have. But check out Murad Invisiblur as well and see which one you like better.

Price and where to buy: $52 for the full size (I have a deluxe sample size) at Sephora (plus 4% cash back when you use eBates)

Dior Backstage Face and Body Foundation + YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer Video Demo:

(there’s no sound on this, so feel free to watch from almost anywhere)

DIOR Backstage Face & Body + YSL Blur Primer from Danielle Gray on Vimeo.

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About Danielle

A former finance girl, Danielle is a New York City based freelance writer and fashion and beauty expert. She's a Hofstra University and Fashion Institute of Technology grad with an obsession with fashion and beauty which she loves to tell you all about every weekday on her award-winning blog. Think of her as your style and beauty entourage all wrapped up into one bubbly brown package. Danielle's work and expertise can be found in print and across the web in Cosmopolitan for Latinas, Allure.com, and more! She's also appeared as an on-air style and beauty expert on The Real, CBS New York's "The Couch" and WPIX11's Savvy Shopper segment.
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