This was one of my duty free purchases on my most recent trip. I had some Korean won to use up so I blew the better part of it on the Dior Healthy Glow Summer Powder in the Asia Exclusive #003 First Light at Incheon airport. In Korea, I only saw one colour being sold i.e. this one First Light.
Dior Healthy Glow Summer Powder – #003 First Light
I was looking forward to it, when I first told you about Dior’s summer offerings. I guessed quite correctly, that it being sold only in Asia meant that it would be more of a highligher than a bronzer, unlike #001 Aurora and #002 Sunset. I was not far wrong.
First Light is as its name implies, a very light powder. Its very pretty to look at, but the peachy tones don’t show up very well on the skin. I’m already very light toned to start with so when I tell you that this powder does not show up, you can bet those with darker skintones can just skip this one. Take a look at the swatch to see what I mean.
See? The swatch on the right is layered about 3-4 times to show you the colour. The swatch on the left which you can of course, barely discern, is blended into my skin. I was hoping it might pass as a peachy blush but no such luck.
Left: Blended Right: Swatched heavily
So as I’ve pointed out, First Light is not a bronzer by any stretch of imagination. Its a highlighter that does its job. But only just. I’ve used it nearly everyday since I got it, to see how it performs.
Its not quite correct to say it does not show up. It does, but in a very subtle manner. I dust this along my cheek bones and down my nose with a blush brush and whilst I can’t capture the subtleties on camera, it does give the skin a bit of lift. I must warn you however, that its very sparkly if you over do it and then go out in the sun. Its only in the sun that the sparkles really appear and I don’t quite like that. I prefer something more subtle.
As I can’t use this one as a blush, unlike Dior’s previous summer offerings – Rose Brazilia (I love this!) – I just lightly dust it over my face and then use a blush for a touch of colour. I must say that I do like the effect in reality. The skin looks lifted and just better overall and a touch of blush gives a pretty healthy look. I’ve worn this look in this previous post which as you can tell, doesn’t show up as anything.
Close up, you can see the sparkly bits that show up in the sun
The upsetting thing is that Dior isn’t bringing in 001 Aurora or 002 Sunset here or, I might stretch it to say, Asia (do correct me if I’m wrong and you see them at your local counters in Asia). It was unavailable in Korea and its not available at local counters – I’ve checked. I did want to try Aurora. I do think it would make a pretty introduction to bronzer for someone like me because its light. But no such luck 🙁
Pros: Very pretty to look at, Very subtle highlighter provided you don’t over do it or the sparkles show up in the sun
Cons: Pricey, Colour does not show up, Only 003 available in Asia
I’m not quite sure where Dior was going with this one, and although I don’t regret purchasing it I can’t in all honesty tell you to go out and grab it before its gone. Its pretty to look at, and I do get use out of it, just that its not quite what I had in mind when Dior called this a “Healthy Glow Summer Powder”. Frankly, I’m a little disappointed 🙁
Oh well, onto Fall then Dior! Let’s see what you have for us then! 😛
Might you have this one and do you like it? Do you have any tips for using this one? Or perhaps you own Aurora or Sunset and want to share your thoughts on those? Please do 🙂
Dior Healthy Glow Summer Powder #003 First Light retails at RM140 at local Dior counters. In Malaysia Dior only carries #003 First Light in the summer collection. I picked it up for about 40,000 Won at Incheon Seoul Airport and this is limited edition.