The Dior Diorsnow BB Creme is not a figment of my imagination!

by Paris B on · 38 comments

in BB Cream,Product Reviews,Sunscreen

On 1 April, I held a chit-chat session and I showed you a picture of the Diorsnow UV Shield BB Creme with SPF50 PA+++ Apparently, some thought it might be an April Fool’s joke icon smile The Dior Diorsnow BB Creme is not a figment of my imagination! Dior coming out with a BB Creme? Not likely right?

However, it wasn’t a joke. Dior did come up with a BB Creme under the Diorsnow skincare range! icon biggrin The Dior Diorsnow BB Creme is not a figment of my imagination!

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Looks like the luxury brands aren’t sparing the BB Cream hype. Dior has placed their BB Cream, or as they would have it “BB Creme” together with their Diorsnow sunscreen range. The regular Diorsnow Sublissime UV sunscreen did not work out for me before, so I was a little worried as to whether I’d break out. I was also worried as to whether it might be too oily, too light/dark and too thick – some of the reasons I dislike using BB Creams.

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Sorry for the messy pump, but this is the mechanism of the Diorsnow BB Cream – a pump on a tube. The tube at 30ml is rather small but unlike my problem with Etude House BB Cream, I faced no problems using this pump mechanism. It was smooth and pumped out a sizeable enough amount each time. I only use 1 pump for my face, since BB Creams do look better with a light layer on. I’ve got a colour swatch below, since this product comes in only 1 colour.

Here’s a swatch of the BB Creme.

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On the left is the product pumped straight out from the tube and on the right is the product blended out. You can see that the Diorsnow BB Creme is actually quite dark (to my surprise) and has a yellow undertone.

I was worried actually. Previous experiences with various BB creams had taught me that BB creams had a tendency to oxidise on my skin and when that happens, a shade this dark would turn my skin a whole shade darker and I might even risk looking orangy. However, my worry was for naught.

Happily, the Diorsnow BB Creme does not oxidise on my skin. In fact, it seems to adjust itself so it fits my skintone quite nicely, despite looking about half a shade too dark on initial application. I could not quite figure it out but it suited me just fine. Happily also, it does not turn oily on my skin nor does it feel thick upon application. It does feel a little stickier than the Dior sunscreen, but I expect that from all BB creams so that did not bug me.

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As you can see from the image, the coverage offered by the BB Creme is medium-light. It evens out the redness around the nose and evens my skintone while offering very slight coverage for pigmentation. This was just a very thin layer, as I apply the BB Creme the same way I do moisturizer – 1 pump in my palm, spread between hands and apply on face.

With a dusting of loose powder over the BB Creme, you can see that shine is cut down and you can build up coverage too if you prefer. With a light dusting of loose powder or Guerlain Meteorites powder over the BB Creme, I can go the whole day till evening with my foundation looking pretty much intact. It impressed me! Without loose powder I get some shine by around 4pm which suits me fine too. I must note however that I do not have oily skin in general, just on my forehead and nose.

The SPF50 PA+++ sunscreen protection is wonderful of course. However as I use BB creams as a foundation i.e. over my skincare routine which includes sunscreen, it wasn’t a main consideration for me. However, I must point out that this product contains Oxybenzone.

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Oxybenzone is a chemical UV blocker that has gotten some flack over the years for being potentially harmful to health so many sunscreens or sunblocks don’t use Oxybenzone anymore. I was therefore quite surprised to see it being used in this sunscreen. Although its classified as “safe”, you don’t find this ingredient in most sunscreens anymore.  Interestingly, Oxybenzone is not an ingredient in the regular Diorsnow UV Shield sunscreen. But that one contains zinc oxide which I seriously think I’m allergic to, so that’s a bit of a non starter for me.

In a nutshell, I’m very happy with how the Diorsnow BB Creme performs on my skin. It feels light, the color although starts out a little darker than I expected matches my skintone after a little while, and it does not make my skin oily throughout the day. Coverage too is quite good, I’ve had no breakouts, and I have worn this quite a lot in the past 2 months and am really happy with it. I would just prefer it did not contain Oxybenzone as an ingredient.

Pros: Colour suits my skin, Feels light, Does not make my skin oily, Coverage is medium-light and evens out skintone and covers redness, High sunscreen protection

Cons: Contains Oxybenzone, Pricey

I find it quite intriguing that in my foray through BB Creams, the usual ones everyone loves from Korean brands don’t agree with me at all whether in terms of colour or texture, but the ones emerging from the Western brands seem to suit my skin quite well. There are exceptions of course, but in the main, that seems to be the rule rather than exception and I find it quite intriguing.

It could just very well be that my skin tolerates Western skincare better and so a product like a BB cream that straddles the skincare-makeup divide would similarly work better for me but that would be an over-generalization icon smile The Dior Diorsnow BB Creme is not a figment of my imagination!

I do have quite a few BB Creams to tell you about so you can expect to read about a couple more coming up in the next few days/weeks icon wink The Dior Diorsnow BB Creme is not a figment of my imagination! Whilst I’m still not convinced of all the benefits that BB creams can offer, I’m not quite the sceptic I used to be before icon smile The Dior Diorsnow BB Creme is not a figment of my imagination!

Have you tried this Diorsnow BB Creme or a sample? You might be able to get a sample from the Dior counters, I’m not sure but its always worth a shot icon wink The Dior Diorsnow BB Creme is not a figment of my imagination! If you have tried it, I’d like to hear your thoughts on it icon smile The Dior Diorsnow BB Creme is not a figment of my imagination!

2012 Update

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Paris B

Dior Diorsnow UV Shield BB Creme White Reveal UV Protection with SPF50 PA+++ retails at RM190/30ml at all Dior counters. I’m unsure if this is only available in Asia or if it might be available worldwide.

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eliza April 25, 2011 at 8:34 am

oooo its definitely pricey at RM190 for 30ml @@
alamak~! i didn’t know that oxybenzone will be harmful to our health
thx for the info

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ParisB April 25, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Yup the price will put off many, I can tell :P I didn’t learn that about Oxybenzone until recent years too.

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zoe m May 21, 2011 at 10:44 pm

hi paris,
thx for ur review, i’ve juz bought a tube of the bb dior last week and i haven’t tried it yet. i am finishing off my sk2 sunblock which has gotten more expensive by the minute. i like the fact that it has a high spf as i go out in the sun a lot. But the mention of oxybenzone being a hazardous chemical am making me a tad worried. anyway since i almost max my credit card buying it i might as well use it. thx again for ur very helpful review.

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Hanny
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April 25, 2011 at 8:52 am

Am trying DiorSkin Nude liquid foundation currently, and it seems that it’s a tad too dark for me… *sighs*

As for BB creams, I’m still on my Shills one, ahaha ^.^ I didn’t use it that much compared to my Photoready and Colorstay.
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ParisB April 25, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Ah I love my Diorskin Nude foundation :D Maybe you were colour matched wrongly?

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Nikki April 25, 2011 at 9:15 am

Amazing! The power of BB Creams, I Can’t believe giant companies like Dior would come up with one too! Looks nice on your skin and it doesn’t look like you have anything on even after application! — which is always good!

Take care sweet cakes!

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ParisB April 25, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Yep! The Western world is all gaga over it! :D Have a good week Nikki!

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Cynthia April 25, 2011 at 9:26 am

The price of this BB cream is ridiculously~~ I rather spent it on other Korean brand BB.. :)) Your skin does look good with it but somehow it look a bit greyish. Or is it my computer resolution? Lol..
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ParisB April 25, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Its the camera/computer, likely. It doesn’t leave a cast in real life :) but yes its pricey but since it works for me unlike many Korean brands I guess its one of those things :)

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lyn
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April 25, 2011 at 10:13 am

I probably won’t get this since I tend to be allergic to anything with SPF50++. I was very tempted though since I’ve been on a huge bb cream kick lately. I find the Japanese brands to suit me more than the Korean ones. The only western brand I’ve tried is Vichy and I quite like that too.

Today I’m using KissMe Heroine Make BB Matte (new in town!) as a base, topped with Dior Nude loose powder foundation (new love). Seems to work well together. I’ll have to reassess at the end of the day to see if it gets patchy.
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ParisB April 25, 2011 at 3:09 pm

The only Japanese one I’ve tried is the Sunplay one and I quite like that too :D I’m still not into BB Creams though. I much prefer just using liquid foundation because I do the whole skincare routine including sunscreen already as a rule.

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Jen April 25, 2011 at 10:38 am

That’s pretty awesome! I never would’ve thought Dior would come out w/a BB cream. But they did and I’m not surprised that it’s in the Dior Snow line, because it’s exclusive in Asia =p

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ParisB April 25, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Yup – they know their target market! ;) I didn’t expect it of Dior either but I guess its just a matter of time eh? ;)

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AnnaYJia April 25, 2011 at 10:43 am

I like this BB cream to but the coverage seems to be quite low =( And the price is 0.o

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ParisB April 25, 2011 at 3:10 pm

For me I can get medium coverage and using some loose powder helps. I do agree the coverage is low, but then I don’t do anything full coverage either :)

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makeup.addict April 25, 2011 at 11:42 am

I’ve always wanted to try BB cream’s but having such tan skin could never make it a possibility as I would probably look like I am wearing a white/grey-ish mask if I do attempt to wear them. :( Higher end brands should really widen their BB cream colour range in order to cater to a wider market of skintones as I am pretty sure they could make a lot of profit from it. :) But since there is/will-be no BB cream for me, I’ll just use my current foundation love, Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua everyday while I let all my other foundie’s collect dust. :D

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ParisB April 25, 2011 at 3:13 pm

I have to agree with you about the colour selection offered in BB Creams. It looks like they are really only targeting the fair skinned – perhaps it might be because of the rage in Korea/Japan/Taiwan. That said, I much prefer just using normal liquid foundation – perhaps if they were to widen the colour spectrum it’d just be another range of foundation LOL

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twenty-third April 25, 2011 at 2:00 pm

I, too was puzzled that dior had decided to include oxybenzone. it’s too bad because this bb cream was the only one that I had found that did not give me a grey-ish/ white cast that many bb creams do esp those with nc20 – nc30 skin tones.

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ParisB April 25, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Oh I feel the same way too! This worked wonderfully for me on all fronts except the inclusion of Oxybenzone.

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Jean April 25, 2011 at 4:08 pm

RM190 is very expensive for me as for BB creme, but seems like it’s good.. i like the coverage!
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ParisB April 25, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Yup its expensive on all counts :) But coverage is nice enough for me

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yuki
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April 27, 2011 at 12:48 pm

walao… n I thought that forking out RM99 for a tube of bb cream was expensive… lol… paying for the brand as well, I guess…

I dont think the bb cream I use oxidises… after 3-4 hours, it’ll mostly be gone cuz I have oily skin on ther t-zone… I put loose powder but no use :(

any recommendations? I dont really like foundation cuz the coverage is quite thick… I’m using F.O.X loose powder n skin food’s sun aloe bb cream…

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ParisB April 28, 2011 at 10:35 am

Personally, I prefer just using foundation. Most BB Creams turn my skin oily and considering I have drier skin, that’s quite a feat! Try a lighter foundation – most new foundations aren’t thick. In fact, I find BB Creams thicker in texture than most foundations :)

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Marina (Makeup4all) April 28, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Interesting! Thanks for the review, Paris. I am actually one of those who thought it was a joke ;)

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ParisB May 4, 2011 at 2:40 pm

LOL!! Nope, not a joke ;)

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Lyn April 28, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Ouch to the price, I’ve never used BB cream but I’m so tempted to try this out, I don’t even know why. My mum raves about the Kose Sekkisei BB cream, maybe I’ll steal some from her first.

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ParisB May 4, 2011 at 2:43 pm

If you try this Dior BB Creme, you might find it harder to try the other Korean branded ones because I find the texture of those thicker :) I haven’t tried the Kose Sekkisei one – I didn’t even know they had one but then it appears that most brands do these days!

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lee ping May 13, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Hi,
Thanks for all the info. Can the BB cream be used alone without having to apply any loose powder. By the way I have oily and combination skin. Any suggestion?
Thank you.

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ParisB May 14, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Yes it can. Using powder over usually helps with staying power and coverage. It’s a matter of preference

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Zoe Hoang June 11, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Hello, you should try the BB Creme of the brand ERBORIAN. The best texture ever, between a great French and the original Korean formula.
Enjoy!
Zoe

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LuvJ June 21, 2011 at 1:14 am

Hi there.. of all your BB creams, which one offers the most coverage? I would like to try this Dior one but I’m hoping coverage is a little bit more than a tinted moisturizer.

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ParisB June 21, 2011 at 10:10 am

For better coverage I use liquid foundation or use a BB Cream and apply a powder over it. That was also recommended to me in store. I don’t have many BB Creams but all of mine have only medium coverage at best.

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Hema June 22, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Hi there,

I just got my BB cream from Dior today, and it cost RM170 for 30mil… wondering why yours is more expensive?? Anyway, i tried before and i think it was great product. And you can’t have it in Europe coz i been searching for it when i was in Paris, Italy, Spain.

Hema.

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ParisB June 22, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Hmm… that’s odd. I could have sworn its RM190. Still, thanks for letting me know and glad you’re liking it too :D

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mizzgreen March 3, 2012 at 11:53 pm

i just bought this bbcream last week.and its just myr175.i think its too dark for my skin..sad its only in 1 color..

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lynne July 24, 2012 at 4:38 am

i love the dior bb cream. have tried them all and get the best coverage with this one. i just wish it came in a darker tone. runs very light and with my sicilian skin tone its not dark enough.as for the price, you get what you pay for. i,m worth it.

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j February 1, 2013 at 7:15 pm

Found this post while searching the product on google, i never comment on any blog posts normally but i just wanted to thank you for the well written good review! Helped me alot thanks xx

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Paris B
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February 2, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Thank you so much, it means a lot to me that you found it helpful!

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