Foundation Review: Dior Forever Perfect Mousse

Diorskin Forever Perfect Mousse Foundation Review

There seems to be a bit of a thing for longwear foundation launches at the moment, and I have a handful of those that I’m testing on rotation, but I wanted to kick off this run of reviews with Dior’s new Diorskin Forever Perfect Mousse. Although it actually is longwear, longevity isn’t even this foundation’s talking point – it’s forté, I suppose, is its light-as-air texture, its ultra-matte finish and its ability to create a sort of blurred “veil” over the surface of the skin.

Diorskin Forever Perfect Mousse Foundation Review

But it would be remiss of me to go any further with this review without first making a direct comparison to another light-as-a-feather, blurring base. I wrote about La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar BB Blur at the beginning of last year and could find very little wrong with the formula – it was beautifully light, easy to blend, oil-controlling, pore-minimising, imperfection-blurring and shine-blotting. Perfect, really, on the face of it, and it gave the most amazing radiance to the skin (look at the before and after pics, they’re quite striking!) but the BB Blur had one major and disappointing flaw: it came in only two shades.

Effaclar BB Blur Review

So when the press material for Dior’s Forever Mousse foundation came through I was instantly intrigued. It promised, on paper, everything I had seen the Effaclar BB Blur deliver – a light mousse texture, an almost imperceptible feel on the skin, a pore-blurring effect and a matte, non-powdery finish. All of this and in eight shades rather than two; a vast improvement, especially with the claim that the shades “blend with every skin tone”. (Can’t vouch for this, only that my own shade, 20, seems relatively adaptable. Please do leave feedback on other shades in the comments, if you’ve tried this.)

Diorskin Forever Perfect Mousse Foundation Review

Did the Diorskin Forever Mousse Foundation live up to its claims? Well I have to say that it ticks a hell of a lot of boxes. For someone with combination or oily skin, who wants good coverage and a long-lasting formula but doesn’t want to look powdery or “caked”, it’s beautiful. On application, this matte foundation is the lightest, most feathery sort of mousse – it just glides on effortlessly and blends quickly and seamlessly.

Diorskin Forever Perfect Mousse Foundation Review

Diorskin Forever Perfect Mousse Foundation Review

I’ve tested it for a couple of months, now, and used it (as I always do, when I’m reviewing foundations) in every conceivable way. Over rich moisturisers, light moisturisers, over primers and serums, applied with a brush, with a sponge, with fingertips, built up in layers, smoothed on in one quick go… I’d say that it’s pretty much foolproof. I’ve never had any tide marks, any slipping, any settling in fine lines or clinging to dry patches. For an oil-controlling formula (no need to powder!) it feels surprisingly comfortable on normal skin, though I’d hesitate to use it on very dry…

In terms of coverage, it’s definitely far more pigmented than Effaclar’s BB Blur, though I don’t think that it has quite the same kick of radiance. Take a look at the before and after photos:

Diorskin Forever Perfect Mousse Foundation Review

Diorskin Forever Perfect Mousse Foundation Review

You can see that dark circles and little areas of redness are covered quite well, although not completely, and that the final finish is very matte, but not powdery or dry looking. I’ll zoom further in:

Diorskin Forever Perfect Mousse Foundation Review

Diorskin Forever Perfect Mousse Foundation Review

Hopefully you can tell that the pores are very effectively blurred and the shine has been totally taken off. The overall look is far from “real skin”, but it definitely doesn’t look unnatural or stagey. It’s a soft, ethereal sort of finish – the kind of blurring veil you might get from a very good powder, like the Hourglass Ambient Light, except the texture isn’t at all powdery.

Diorskin Forever Perfect Mousse Foundation Review

If you fancied the Effaclar BB Blur when I wrote about it last year but didn’t fall into the very restrictive shade range, the Dior Forever Perfect Mousse could be the thing you’ve been waiting for. If you need oil-control but don’t want to powder, if you want a bit of coverage but hate the feel of makeup, if you like an easy, quick-to-apply base, then I’d say give it a go.

Diorskin Forever Perfect Mousse Foundation Review

For a creamier consistency but a more powdery finish, take a look at my Hourglass Immaculate review here. It’s a strange one, the Hourglass, because it feels as though it’s doing absolutely nothing but the photos clearly show a different story. I prefer the texture of Dior’s Mousse, but you definitely don’t get quite so much coverage. Less still with the Effaclar.

You can find the Diorskin Forever Perfect Mousse online at Escentual here* – it’s £28.80, cheaper than the RRP, but they only carry six shades, not eight. For the full shade line-up, go to the Dior website.

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  1. Poorani
    October 26, 2017 / 3:22 am

    Can you please do a review of the It Cosmetics CC Cream? Have you tried it? I wonder if it is high coverage and easily spreadable like the Hourglass Immaculate.

    • Carrie Bishop
      October 27, 2017 / 2:31 pm

      Hi Poorani. For what it’s worth, from my purchase of the IT CC cream. The IT Cosmetics CC cream is one if you you’re on the drier side of the scale. I’m combination skin and it ‘glows/looks a tad greasy’ (depending on your preference). There’s also something lemon scented in it (citrus oils) which, if you have sensitive skin, might be something to watch out for. The longevity isn’t great (at least on me, and I powder). Coverage wise I’d say it’s a medium to high (but these can be quite personal evaluations I know!). I’m very pale (most foundations are just too dark, the nearest one to my skin colour is YSL Fusion Ink cushion foundation in B10) and I use LIGHT (the lightest shade). The Effaclar BB cream was WAAAAY to dark for me (honestly, do French cosmetic companies only do ‘tan/slightly darker tan’? It’s kinda shameful and it’s not that the point hasn’t been raised a gazillion times). Overall, the It CC cream is OK but I wouldn’t buy it again personally. I think there are better foundations out there for the price and definitely avoid if you have oilier skin unless you want *cough* ‘major glow’ (greasy) but you’ll probably like it if you have dry skin.

      • Poorani
        October 27, 2017 / 11:14 pm

        Thank you. I should steer clear of it as I tend to get oily quickly after doing makeup.

  2. October 26, 2017 / 6:38 am

    That one goes straight to my shopping list. Sounds like everything I need for a day at the office.

  3. NIN
    October 26, 2017 / 7:33 am

    thanx ruth!
    very informative as always.
    i’ll definatelly check out the dior one. sounds perfect for my combo skin. i’m a 20 shade too. the only thing i see on the photos since it is both mat and of a good coverage, is that it seems to need some highlighting in places, and some color. the face seems a little washed out and dry, without.
    i want to check the effaclar bb since you mentioned it, but unfortunatelly it is the only LRP product that hasn’t launch in my country yet, and i hope it will. the closest to this i have is the effaclar duo, tinted in “light” which is great.

  4. Emma
    October 26, 2017 / 9:22 am

    Hi Ruth,

    Does the Dior one have silicone containing products quite high on the ingredients list? (Dimethicone etc)? I have really oily skin and like the effect of the LRP one but it makes my skin break out which I think is due to the silicones. I’m guessing with that kind of finish the Dior one is probably the same. :/

  5. Mila
    October 26, 2017 / 9:31 am

    I bought it two weeks ago and it’s really amazing. I like to be done in less than 5 minutes and this foundation is so easy to apply that I really manage that. Just a note on shades – in general they all look darker in the tube, but they adjust perfectly. So try on your face before purchase – I was pushed by SA in Sephora to a lighter shade that would not absolutely work for me.

  6. October 26, 2017 / 9:40 am

    It sounds very promising, and I can already say that I like how blurring and pore minimizing it is, Dior foundations always work for my skin (I love the Forever cushion which is also quite blurring), but this one sounds even better! Thank you for sharing :)

  7. October 26, 2017 / 12:41 pm

    Hi Ruth,
    Informative post as always. I’ve very dry skin and am looking for something with a medium’ish coverage. I may give the Effaclar one a go, especially for its pore-minimising qualities.

    • October 26, 2017 / 1:30 pm

      Honestly, I wouldn’t if you are very dry. I don’t think it would feel that comfy? Maybe try something like Armani Maestro or Maestro Glow if you want a light texture and medium coverage, they feel a bit like a dry oil. Though won’t really do any favours on the pore front… Urban Decay pore primer is excellent. x

  8. October 26, 2017 / 1:02 pm

    How have I not already heard of this? I adore the sound of this!

    Danielle xx

  9. October 26, 2017 / 3:01 pm

    Although it does not have a lot of radiance, from what I see and what you wrote, I still think it has quite a natural look. I appreciate coverage in combination with natural looking skin. Good one!


  10. Amber
    October 27, 2017 / 2:22 pm

    This looks very promising. Dior foundations are my favourite to use. Do you know if this will be available in the US?

  11. October 27, 2017 / 4:01 pm

    This sounds so good !

  12. October 27, 2017 / 6:52 pm

    Really interesting read that has answered all my questions about this seemingly brilliant foundation! I also love the sound of the Effeclar one, will have to have a look and see if either of the shades are right for me. Thanks for the brilliant review.


  13. Mjane
    November 1, 2017 / 12:10 pm

    Ruth, I love you, and with all due respect, this Dior foundation creates white polka dots on the side of your nose. All modern foundations look great at conversational distance, but up close they fail for me because of it. I do expect something better from foundations, else why buy?

    Your review of the Bioderma cream made me buy it, and boy is it a favorite of mine: somewhat blurs pores and fine lines, somewhat mattifies, as a 50+ I appreciate it.

    Been reading you for years, loving your content and you.

  14. caity
    November 20, 2017 / 1:48 pm

    I have to say I absolutely love this foundation. I found a shade (10) that’s just right, and it’s very easy to apply, and I like that I get great coverage and a matte finish without having to apply much product at all.

  15. Colette White
    December 18, 2017 / 11:24 am

    Do you think it’s better than Chanel velvet lumiere?
    I’m happy with it but had initially intended to try the Chanel following your review of it. They didn’t have my shade and so I ended up with Dior. Wondering now should I try Chanel next?

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