Truth be told, highlighting was a step that I very often skipped. Either the highlighters gave me frosty sheen, or they barely did a thing. Most of the time I contoured under my cheekbones and called it a day.
Until I met Diorskin Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder, that is! I know that some people are still crying about the fact that Amber Diamond and Rose Diamond have been discontinued in Europe (I still don’t know how it is for anywhere else. Last time I checked they still existed in North America and Asia). I never got to know Amber Diamond (it had been discontinued when I made up my mind to pick it up), but with Diorskin Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder, I don’t feel deprived!
Diorskin Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder is part of the Diorskin Nude collection. According to Dior, the “magical powder (is) a subtle combination of fine mother-of-pearl in a transparent base.” It can be “lightly applied to the cheekbones, forehead, bridge of the nose and the chin, to attract a maximum amount of light and recreate the dewy glow of the backstage look.”
The packaging of Diorskin Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder is slightly different from that of the quints or blushes. The compact has a silver lid, and is slightly heftier than the blush. It opens to a mirror, the highlighter, and an applicator. The compact contains a generous amount of 10 grams (0.35oz) of product. Chances are it will take you years and years to hit pan even if it’s the only highlighter you own!
The powder looks beige in pan, and under the light you can see the very fine shimmer. On my skin, if I really blend it out, the claim that the base is transparent is true. It has a light scent that I don’t notice unless I put my nose right on top of it, so it shouldn’t bother most people.
The enclosed applicator is interesting. It is not a brush but some kind of sponge. I am usually pretty skeptical about enclosed applicators, but this one actually works very well! Lightly dip it into the pan and dab it on where you want the glow: the result is frankly pretty natural. That or I use my duo-fiber brush which doesn’t tend to pick up too much product in one go, but the applicator makes blending it out another bit easier.
Top: blended out. do note if can definitely be blended out further. Bottom: heavily swatched.
The texture of Diorskin Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder is good, but it gets even better once the surface gets a bit scratched up by the brush/applicator. I can comment on this because I’ve been using it for some time, and the patch where I dip my brush in now feels positively creamy and buttery! There’s absolutely no glitter or large shimmery particle in this one. All the shimmer is teeny tiny and it catches light in the prettiest way! It doesn’t make my pores seem larger or skin greasier either, though I seldom use it on the bridge of my nose because with my combination skin I get a natural sheen anyways.
I have had the opportunity to play with a friend’s Amber Diamond, and in comparison Diorskin Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder is slightly lighter in color (though again, as I said, if you blend it out well it doesn’t necessarily have a color). Texture-wise, now that my Diorskin Nude Shimmer has been “broken in” a little, I actually can’t say if Amber Diamond is really softer anymore. When swatched together, Amber Diamond seems pinker and browner if it makes sense. I do like the fact that there are different color stripes in Amber Diamond, and you can customize the shade according to your needs. However, Diorskin Nude Shimmer could be nicer in a different way because once it’s sheered out, it doesn’t have a color at all! Therefore, even if it might look ashy on darker skin tones when swatched, do note that you’re not going to put it on your face with the same intensity.
I have been wearing this regularly since I got it more than a month ago, but I think the best pictures to illustrate the effect are the ones from my Elie Saab runway-inspired look:
See the light on my forehead, bridge of the nose, and top of my cheekbones? Diorskin Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder is how I faked that glow!
Bottom line: I have tried some highlighters, but Diorskin Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder might be the first one that’s not too in-your-face or too subtle. When I apply it I see a difference, but at the same time it’s not a glittery/frosty mess. If you go to the counter, have the SA try it on you with the enclosed applicator to find out if it offers the effect you’re after!
Have you tried Diorskin Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder or any other Dior highlighter? What’s your go-to highlighter or do you skip the step? Now come to think of it I haven’t tried a liquid highlighter. Does anyone have any experience with it?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx
Disclosure: This post contains one (or more) sample that is sent by the PR for my consideration. All opinions are honest and my own. I am in no way compensated for this review. I have always been, and will always be committed ONLY to my readers.