I was gifted a bottle of Dream Skin Care and Perfect Moisturizer from Dior by Influenster to test out and review. I know it feels like a while since I have done a moisturizer review. I spent much of the summer testing out samples which at best lasted two weeks so there were moisturizer reviews every couple of weeks for a while. But this is a full sized bottle (1.7 oz retail value $120). So I used it for the full month, putting it to the test with my skin to see how it performed.
So let’s get into it shall we?
The complete age-defying skincare and perfecting emulsion, to be applied as the last step of your skincare routine.
With its beneficial skin-perfecting action, the Dreamskin emulsion helps recreate naturally exquisite skin while fighting visible signs of aging: wrinkles, dark spots and redness appear minimized. Day after day, the skin’s texture is refined and smoother. Skin is radiant.
This perfecting emulsion fuses with the skin instantly thanks to a unique* complex of moisturizing ingredients. Its skin-perfecting action helps refine texture and pores appear tightened. Progressively, dark spots and redness appear faded and the complexion is more radiant. The skin is more beautiful, even when bare.
Apply the Care & Perfect emulsion at the end of your skincare routine, for perfect affinity with your foundation. Results from this skincare are instant and lasting – after 7 days and 28 days – and visible on bare skin with the naked eye.
Also available as a refill, Capture Dreamskin Care & Perfect skincare is included in Dior’s efforts to improve the environmental footprint of our products.
“THE INGREDIENTS THAT ENTER IN THE COMPOSITION OF THE PARFUMS CHRISTIAN DIOR PRODUCTS ARE REGULARLY UPDATED. BEFORE USING A PARFUMS CHRISTIAN DIOR PRODUCT, PLEASE READ THE INGREDIENT LIST ON ITS PACKAGING TO ENSURE THAT THE INGREDIENTS ARE SUITABLE FOR YOUR PERSONAL USE.”Dior
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Okay, those are some bold claims. But before we break them down, a few words about packaging. I know the image looks a little blurry but it is because of the dual layer of the outside packaging. The letters are printed on the outside and then sort of reflected against the inner layer so although it looks lovely in person, my photos are a bit on the blurry looking side where the letters are concerned.
The bottle itself feels luxe in the hand. It also feels durable, which is nice as the outer casing is reusable. It is only the inner portion that you replace. I like the fact that there is less waste, should I want to reorder it. I would also think that there might be a cost reduction if you are only buying the refill versus the entire package but I am not 100% certain of that since I could not find the cost of the refill.
I will say the cap does fit a little loosely. When you pick up the bottle, if you pick it up by the cap it is likely to pop off and drop the bottle. So you have to lift from the bottle not the cap. However if you have mobility issues with your hands it is very easy to open as the lid lifts with relative ease and no extra exertion needed. While I like the ease of opening, I wouldn’t mind seeing something like a magnetic cap. In other words I almost dropped the bottle several times. But that is not a deal breaker. And in some cases the ease of opening might actually be beneficial. It is just something to keep in mind.
Also with the packaging, there is an easy to use pump. I am actually in love with this pump. It didn’t clog. It didn’t stick. And the best part is that it limited the amount of product dispensed. Two pumps covered my face well. A third pump covered my neck and upper chest. What I like about this is that the pump is designed for multiple skin types. My skin right now is normal, leaning slightly towards oily. If I were more to the oily side, I could just use one pump and not worry about having excess product. If I leaned towards dry skin I could use more pumps. I know this sounds like a silly thing but there are several pumped moisturizer products where one pump is far too much product so I end up moisturizing my face, neck and chest and then use the excess on my arms. I always feel like I am wasting product. Don’t get me wrong, I like moisturizing my arms, but with a $120 product, I kind of like to conserve it for my face.
Okay so we have talked packaging, now it is on to the product. For my skin, two pumps covered my face and a third added my neck and upper chest into the coverage area. As you can see from the photo, the cream is slightly pink. As directed, I added this as the last step in my skin care routine. The scent is the classic French skin care rosy scent. If you hate rose, you might not like it. However the scent was very mild, in fact much more mild than the Nuxe products I tried a while back. To my nose it pinged as less Rose and more French Skin Care scent. While on the floral side, it also smells fresh and clean rather than cloying. I happen to really like this scent, but if you are not a fan then this product is probably not for you.
I just really happen to like the scent.
The moisturizer absorbed really well and did not feel greasy. From the first application my skin felt super smooth to the touch. In fact, I really wanted to keep touching it. Interestingly, while my skin felt moisturized, because of the tint to the moisturizer my skin also looked as though I applied a layer of primer to it. Not a heavy primer, but one I could wear with just a dusting of powder over. And to be honest, there were several days in the past month where I did just that. On my no makeup days I tend to just apply a layer of primer and powder, along with lip balm and mascara (because I can’t resist) and call it a day.
With this moisturizer I didn’t need to add the primer. When I applied foundation, I still used a pore filling primer, but I think this moisturizer gave it a little boost. For me any color was unnoticeable, it disappeared as I massaged it into my skin. I tried removing just the moisturizer with a toning pad and there was some tint on the cotton round so there may be a tint, it just matched my skin so well I didn’t notice. If you have darker or less pink undertones to your skin than I do, I would test a sample before buying to make certain that it didn’t leave a tint you didn’t want.
For me any tint was an added bonus, but again that may be my skin tone. Like the scent, that’s an individual call, just something to be aware of.
But temporary coverage isn’t the same as results. The earliest I would see results, according to the product page is seven days. Yeah, I can’t with any good conscience say that happened. But also I didn’t really expect it to. It generally takes about thirty days with any skin care product to be able to see results. There may be results but I think it would take much sharper eyes than mine to see them. At the thirty day mark, it did start to see improvement and my skin felt soft and silky when I woke up rather than after I put the moisturizer on. I also noticed an improvement in the fins lines around my eyes.
I did start this moisturizer trial at almost the same time I started the Timeless Skin Care Hyaluronic Acid Serum trial. (I have been using the Dream Skin for about six weeks).So technically my before and after photos for the trial would be the exact same. I think that the two products helped each other out. These were the two main skin care products for the month and for the past month I have had really great skin. I continued using this moisturizer past the month long trial of the HA Serum because I wanted to see which was doing what. I did start using a Timeless Vitamin C serum (the review of that will be around October 19th) but I set the HA Serum aside.
What I noticed is that the line in my forehead (what I call my personal stress crack) didn’t shrink any more than it had, but my skin stayed clear. The lines around my eyes still looked less prominent. I think much of the line reduction was the HA Serum, but some of it might be down to Dior. Neither really did much for some of my skin pigmentation from acne scars or sun damage. However this was a really good light weight moisturizer.
Let’s look at those claims again shall we?
… refine texture and pores appear tightened. Progressively, dark spots and redness appear faded and the complexion is more radiant. The skin is more beautiful, even when bare.
Did it refine the texture of my skin? I would have to give that a yes.
Dark spots and redness appear faded? I’m going to have to say no to the dark spots but yes to the redness.
Complexion is more radiant? I would have to go along with that. I certainly feel like my skin looks better than it has in a long while.
Skin is more beautiful, even when bare? I think it is.
On the negative side, it is more of a day cream. After a couple of weeks to test how it was performing I found that at night I needed something heavier on my skin. Not every night, but several times a week. So I switched to using a different cream at night and this during the day. Personally I don’t mind as it makes the moisturizer last longer. To be honest I have no idea how much moisturizer is left in the bottle. There is no gauge and I forgot to weigh it at the start of the trial. It feels lighter, but it also feels like there is a lot of moisturizer left. While the package keeps the product safe from light and air, it makes monitoring it difficult.
As a day cream this product makes my top ten list. I really enjoyed using it and will use it until every drop has been taken from the bottle. And yes, I have begun periodically dropping into the Dior site to see when they will have refills available and to judge the cost. To be honest, I enjoyed the product enough and I think the volume of product is enough that I can actually justify the cost. It is a luxury moisturizer that deserves it’s luxury price. At the same time, I love the fact that the bottle is reusable and that I can reduce waste, even with a luxe product by picking up a refill. Somehow that makes my luxury splurge feel less wasteful. And to be fair, if there is one skin care item I will splurge on, it is my moisturizer.