Dior really knows how to name their products to attract attention. “Nude“, “Air“, and “Serum“, who wouldn’t want their foundation to look like skin, feel like air, and have skin benefits! So of course, it was the name that lured me into this product in the first place. But the amazing thing about this foundation doesn’t stop there. Of all foundations I’ve tried recently, Dior Diorskin Nude Air Serum is literally one of the easiest to use and provides one of the best-looking results on my skin. I know some of you are expecting my review so I’ll be as detailed as possible! :)
Dior Diorskin Nude Air Serum (or Diorskin Nude Air Healthy Glow Ultra-Fluid Serum Foundation SPF 25) features a frosted, heavy glass bottle with a dropper dispenser. It’s not a unique design but it sure is a better-looking one. With the product being so fluid-y, I don’t think there’s a better way to package it.
There are currently 8 shades to choose from, quite a limited range I might say, but luckily I was able to find a good match for my skin. I use 030 Medium Beige which makes it easy for me to remember because I am NC30 in MAC! :)
The formula contains alcohol and has a strong powdery-perfume-y scent (a little dated smell in my opinion) that does linger for a good half hour post application. Some love it, others don’t. It doesn’t bother me but I could certainly do without.
It is talc-free and infused with Oxygen Activ™ complex which is supposedly a unique blend of vitamins, minerals, and hyper-oxygenated oils, including cranberry oil that evaporates upon contact leaving only a sheer layer of high pigment on the skin. Dior suggests depressing the dropper and shaking the bottle well before every use to ensure a homogeneous consistency.
It also contains SPF 25 to protect the skin from sun damage. I was a little concerned that it would cause flashback in flash photography but as you’ll see in my before and after photo at the end of this post, where I used flash, that there was no visible white cast or flashback at all on my skin.
The liquid-y formula feels very much like a perfect blend of serum, oil, and silicone. It feels so silky and light on the skin. I typically use 3-4 drops to cover my face and occasionally I’ll use an extra drop to cover more problem areas.
It is quick and easy to apply and blend with fingertips so that’s how I like to apply it but I discovered that if you follow with a dry Dior Backstage Blender Fluid Foundation Sponge (review) or Beautyblender (by lightly rolling it over the skin), it will take the already-so-smooth finish to the near-airbrushed effect! You can definitely use a damp sponge or buffing/foundation brush to apply but it will soak up too much product in my opinion and lastly I would not recommend using a paddle-shaped foundation brush at all since it tends to leave a streaky finish.
I’d describe the finish as matte-velvet; it is certainly not dewy and in my experience does not impart any extra glow to the skin. It just looks like my skin but better — smoother, more matte, and more even-toned. One layer yields a medium coverage that is slightly buildable to near-full. I still need spot concealing to cover my deep acne scars and hyperpigmentation. If your skin concerns are only redness and pores, you are in luck, because this foundation alone covers them up wonderfully!
Sounds pretty good so far right? But it’s not without cons, however! :)
If you have just-dried-out blemishes or dry spots (I do have both, blemishes on the cheeks and chin, and dry spots around my nose), Nude Air Serum will highlight them unless your skin is adequately moisturized beforehand.
If you have uneven skin texture such as acne pock marks, you won’t benefit much from this foundation, either (as Liz has pointed out) and you will probably need something else with a thicker consistency and higher coverage.
It does not oxidize during the day but it can be drying on the skin if worn for long hours. I wore it for a full 14 hours once and at the end of the night, my face felt dry and the area around my nose became noticeably flaky. For everyday usage, though, it controls oil like a champ and keeps my face fairly matte throughout the day without needing to blot.
In my photo below, I applied one layer on my bare, moisturized skin on the right (AFTER) and an extra layer on the center of the cheek to cover acne scars. I did not apply any primer, corrector, or concealer prior or after. As you can see, Nude Air Serum effectively blurs enlarged pores on and around my nose to the level comparable to a pore-minimizing primer! The redness is also substantially reduced as well as fine lines under my eyes! My skin appears brighter, softer, smoother, more even-toned, and more importantly still looks like skin without the heavy and cakey feel. Color me impressed! :)
If you are like me, who prefers a low-maintenance, lightweight, medium-coverage foundation that covers the majority of small skin imperfections while providing a soft-focus, smooth-skin appearance, I truly encourage you to give Nude Air Serum a try! And of course, if you can find a good color match! I thank Sunny for introducing me to it, and Mo for confirming that I needed it! :)
What is the most recent foundation that you have tried and come to love?
I don’t know anyone who writes about a foundation better than you! You’re awesome. I am definitely going to buy a full bottle of this foundation. I have some dry patches on my face but I didn’t notice that this product made it look worse. So I guess it all depends on an individual person.
Thanks so much, Agata! That means a lot to me! <3 I'm happy to hear it works well for you! :)
Hey Jaa, thanks for the shout-out! I’m glad you’re loving this! I use mine all the time because it’s so easy-peasy!
It’s funny that you mentioned smell! I never really noticed it till I read through the ingredient list and saw fragrance. It’s not drying on me, but everyone’s skin is just really different! So yeah, impressed indeed! I have to try it with a sponge now. I never did because I think it’s excellent if I blend it out with my fingertips. If a sponge will make it even better, I’ve GOT to see that for myself!
No problem, Sunny! :D Yep! Try blending with fingers first then roll a dry sponge over it lightly. I do this often and my skin looks even smoother! :)
I had a little sample of this foundation and I love it, but I agree that it does accentuate dry spots. It smells so good though and the texture is just amazing. I’m happy that we’ve come to the same conclusion!
Yay! Glad to hear I’m not the only one who feels that it highlights dry spots! I don’t particularly like the scent, though. :( Will you be purchasing a full-size once you finish your sample? :)
I want to but I have like 12 bottles of foundation to work through so I don’t think I will :( Maybe I’ll add it to my wishlist though!
12 bottles?!! Wooo you are all set for the next 5 years! ;D
This is perfect on you! I do love the design of the bottle so very much. It’s by far the prettiest foundation ever, lol! Thanks for the shout-out. Love your thorough reviews, even when you’re busy packing. :D
Hahaha I love the name, you love the packaging! Dior gets us in every way it seems! ;) Packing is NO fun I tell ya! I’d rather blog and let my bf pack. LOL!
This sounds wonderful, except I suffer from lots of dry patches, some of which only appear once I out on foundation, so may not work well for me :(
I wouldn’t write it off completely, though! Agata and Sunny didn’t feel that it accentuates their dry spots at all so I guess it depends on the individual! Definitely try a sample first if you’re intrigued! :)
this sounds outstanding
I love dior star , dior forever foundation . For sure I will be buying this next im all about light weight foundation
Then you WILL love this one, Krithi! :)
Nice review and thank you for the tips, Jaa I need something lightweight this summer! I am just gonna save this on my wishlist and see! xx
I’m already seeing myself using it a lot this summer. Hopefully it will hold up well in humidity and heat! :)
This one has made it´s way straight up to the top of my list, I will go get it when I manage to finish something else and pray there will be a good color match for me.
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It could be tricky finding a color match but I hope you find your color! :) I’ve never managed to finish up any of my foundation before. It must be a good feeling lol.
I guess it will. My bases keep mocking me! For more than 1,5 months I´ve been thinking it is about to run out, but everyday there is still product left.
Haha I so know the feeling! Same thing with my benefit POREfessional and NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base!
This sounds so good. And darn Jaa, these pictures. They could easily be featured in a magazine. I’m currently on the hunt for a new foundation but one that imparts a beautiful glow but I can’t deny this makes me more than curious though …
Thanks so much, Alice! :) I didn’t see much of a glow from this one unfortunately! One can always mix it with a bit of liquid highlighter/illuminating primer, though. :)
I am a shade 011 in Dior, but they only have 010. Right depth but wrong undertone. I’m still going to try it just to see if I can pull it off. Usually, lighter coverage is more forgiving on slight shade mismatch. I can’t wait for my sample. I have read so many raves online!
I don’t understand why they don’t expand the shade range a bit. Surely they have to know it’s going to be a popular product! :-/ Hope you can pull off the 011!
Thanks for such a detailed, helpful review! This has such a lovely finish on your skin. My skin is sometimes sensitive to foundations with alcohol, so I may have to sample this to see what I think. Also curious to see how this compares with my much-loved Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet!
Yeah, if your skin is sensitive to alcohol, I’d definitely try a sample first! I find the Chanel PLV to have a higher coverage and leave a slightly more matte finish! :)
That’s good to know! Thanks for the comparison :)
Anytime, Jen! Happy Sunday! <3
Hmm…not sure if this one will work for me. I should have gotten a sample as I was just in the States but we were so busy with other things, I barely got a chance to shop makeup. I was in Sephora for 15 mins. Lol. And Dior makeup isn’t sold in The Bahamas. Next time, maybe. :-)
Can you order Sephora online? I got a sample card with my last order. There’s not much in there but’s still enough to “feel” the formula. Did you buy anything at all in that “15 minute” window? ;) I bet you still walked out with a handful of goodies! :D
I do order online through a friend but still have to wait for her to send it to me. And yes, you are 100% correct, I managed to do some damage in a short period of time. I’d also placed some online orders that were waiting for me when I arrived. What can I say? :-)
I suppose you’ve received it by now? How do you like it? I’d love to read your review! :)
Hmm, pock marks and dry patches… I have both *cries*. I’ll try to sample it still if they have shade 10 in it.
I think they do. It’s the 030 Medium Beige (my shade) that is always out of stock on Sephora! :)
Ahh! Sounds lovely Jaa:) honestly I like Dior bases because they look natural while provide a good amount of coverage too. This goes up my wish-list because who doesn’t like the airbrushed finish right.
I really love the finish of this one, Fiona! I hope you give it a try soon! :)
Thanks for your beautiful review, Jaa!
(sorry if someone has already asked this) How would you compare this to the new NARS foundation? Sounds like they share many pros and cons. :)
I find the Dior one much easier to use. It doesn’t emphasize dry patches as much and it allows more time to blend (doesn’t set as quickly). It leaves a velvet-matte finish rather than NARS’ matte. I find the NARS one to have a much better coverage, though, and you only need a tiny tiny dot per application! Besides, NARS has a wider shade range and comes in a pump packaging — more hygienic I suppose! :)
I’m surprisingly dry patch free at the moment so this sounds perfect for me! Love the review Jaa! ^_^
Thank you! :) Oh that’s awesome! Then I think you’ll get along REALLY well with it! :)
this sounds very interesting ! aghhhhh you got me again .
I just can’t stop looking at the packaging , it’s way too prettyyyyy
LOL it’s the name and packaging that got me first! Glad the formula didn’t disappoint! ;)
Wow, this foundation sounds like a perfect match for me and my oily skin brigade, lol! I just bought Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk though, so I’m out of the foundation buying game for a while. Beautiful review and photos, as always!
Ok, so I’ve given the GA Lasting Silk a week and I really loved it the first day, but ever since, it’s been blah. I’ve tried different application methods, mixing it with other foundations that I love, and after seeing how bad my skin looked at the end of the day today, I’m going to return it. It just does not have the coverage I expected and the staying power isn’t great. I think after your review and Karen’s video review of Nude Air, I will try it next!
Oh that’s just too bad! I have a feeling you’ll like the Dior Nude Air SO MUCH better! I’m sure of it. :)
Thanks! <3 How do you like the GA Lasting Silk? I've heard mixed reviews about it! :)
This sounds so cool! Makes your skin look amazing Jaa (not that your skin looks bad at all on the side that doesn’t have foundation, honestly!). Might have to try and get a sample of it!
You must at least try a sample, Carla! :) Everyone I know who’ve tried loves it so I bet you’ll love it, too! And thanks!! <3
I tried a sample of this foundation today. I love it. You absolutely spotted on with your recommendation:) I thought I’d read your review before I purchase a bottle. Did you know in Australia, they sell for $78 Australian dollars? Makeup are so expensive here.
I hope you are well. I am back to work from my maternity leave so haven’t been around much x
Ahhh that’s why you’ve been rather quiet! I have missed you, Grace! Makeup in Thailand is CRAZY expensive as well! And you can’t return something that you don’t like! BOO!
Hi Jaa, I love your reviewed on the Diorskin nude air serum foundation and chanel perfection lumiere velvet. Just want to know which one do you preferred for the summer? I do have combination skin with some dry patches around the forehead and nose. Sometime I get very oily as well. Any suggestions? Thanks :)
Hi Pat! Right now I prefer the Nude Air much better! :) Easier to use and doesn’t accentuate dryness as much. I try to use primer when and where I can especially on the oily area of the face before I apply my foundation. I also find that if I apply a couple drops of facial oil before bed, I wake up with less dry spots around my nose and mouth. So maybe that’s something you could try? Good luck! :)
Hi Jaa, thanks for a good tip. I just bought the Dior nude air today from sephora (15%off good deal) I used it out part of the day without a primer and i did not see as much oil around my t-zone. Does the chanel perfection lumiere velvet stay as matte as Dior? The weather here is comparable to Thailand so I hope this foundation work on me because the last time I was in Thailand I used the Armani luminous silk and it was horrible. Thanks again!
I find the Chanel PLV slightly to be slightly more matte than the Dior Nude Air. That GA Luminous Silk doesn’t sound good at all! Thanks for the heads-up! LOL!
Hello ka p’jaa
since you’ve been using this for a while, I wonder if it hold up in bkk weather? :) I’m looking for an everyday foundation that will not betray me in late afternoon.
btw I really like your review, every single one ka :)
Hope you now get used to the weather here na ka
Sawaddee ka n’PP! :) It definitely doesn’t control oil as well as when I tested it back in the US but it’s still better than most of my other foundations. I maybe have to blot slightly once and that’s about it! :) The coverage is so great even when I use a thin layer. A friend even commented on how nice and smooth my skin looked with this foundation on. :)
Definitely worth a try imo ka! :)