I knew Dior HydrAction Deep Hydration Skin Tint SPF 20 ($38) was something special when I tried taking a few pictures with it on.
Most of the time I’ll wear a full-coverage foundation for pics because many tinted moisturizes appear too sheer for flash photography — not HydrAction, though. It disguises EVERYTHING, and almost passes for a foundation in pictures.
Dior HydrAction in action! I have no idea what’s going on with my hair…
But while it may cover like a foundation, it doesn’t feel like one on my skin. It’s light, lets my skin breathe and looks so natural that I sometimes forget I even have it on — perfect for days when I want good coverage but don’t want the weighty feel of a foundation.
Dior’s “ultra-fine pigments and light-reflecting micro-pearls” must be magic… One small blueberry-sized dollop of the richly pigmented formula covers all of my red patches, pigmentation spots and pimples, leaving skin that’s almost flawless (as close to flawless as my skin gets).
Note: For the most natural natural-looking results, I like using a foundation brush to apply and blend Dior HydrAction. Fingers are okay, too, but the coverage can look streaky.
A few more reasons why HydrAction’s rockin’ my boat:
- Finish: It’s mostly matte with a pinch of dewiness, like perfect bare skin
- Scent: The light floral scent — girly and fresh — doesn’t linger for long (and doesn’t conflict with other fragrances I might be wearing)
- Travel-friendly packaging: The elegant 1.8-oz tube fits nicely into a medium-sized makeup bag
- Hydration: The formula moisturizes the dry spots on my cheeks, nose and mouth without weighing me down
- Fine lines: Some tinted moisturizers settle into fine lines and wrinkles, but this doesn’t; a big plus for aging skin
If it sounds too good to be true…
It has a lot going for it, but like most good things in the makeup world, HydrAction has some drawbacks.
First off, there’s the $38 price tag. Yes, it’s a little cheaper than Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer ($42 for 1.7-oz tube), but that doesn’t mean it’s a drugstore-caliber bargain.
And with just four colors to choose from, it’s lacking in shade selection. I have Golden 3, which is the third darkest color. I happen to like how neutral it is (neither too red nor yellow), but I have a feeling some women simply won’t be able to find a shade that works for them.
Swatch of Golden 3
Despite the drawbacks, I think HydrAction’s texture and coverage are exceptional for a tinted moisturizer. If you can find a color to match your skin tone, you’re set.
I’d love to see Dior expand the selection of colors and drop the price. If they did, I’d be singing their praises from the rooftops! Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B
You might like HydrAction tinted moisturizer if…
- You have dry skin
- You’re looking for a product that doesn’t settle into fine lines
- You want light to medium coverage
- You’re looking for a tinted moisturizer that photographs well
- You like lightly scented products
- You don’t mind springing for tinted moisturizers in the $40 range
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,