I may have found my holy grail foundation in Dior Capture Totale Foundation. I kind of wish I hadn’t because of the price though!
Capture Totale is a line by Dior aimed towards “aging” skin. The line features quite a range of products including a range of serums, day creme, night creme, eye creme, powder, foundation, etc.
This is my first venture with any Dior foundation and boy did I luck out! The only reason I bought this was because I was wanting to try a really high-end foundation and I had a 20% off discount at Sephora that was burning a hole in my in-box. 🙂
I also totally lucked out with choosing the exact color for my skin tone (Light Beige 020).
So what is all the hype about Capture Totale Foundation you ask? Well it contains a blend of anti-aging ingredients which include Alpha-Longoza and Centuline, optical correctors, and HD liquid crystal pigments.
They claim “This revolutionary formula works, in part, thanks to a broad band of multi-toned pigments that create a more subtle, real, and natural effect than the four-part pigment palette (red/yellow/white/black) usually used in foundation.”
It’s ideal for aging, dull or dry skin because it helps to boost collagen and plumps up the skin. It also contains an SPF of 15, which is great.
Light Beige (020)
Light Beige (020) blended
So what do I like about this foundation? Well just about everything.
Over the last 20 years (yes I said 20) I have tried a bajillion different foundations in all forms. Some have been awful, some have been ok, some have been really good, but this is the best and here’s why.
The texture is really nice and thick, but not greasy or too heavy feeling. The coverage is really great (medium and buildable). Even without using a primer underneath it immediately helps to conceal my pores and fine lines and make them less noticeable. But over a primer it’s even better! I have tried this both over my beloved Hard Candy Primer and Tarte Clean Slate and it’s like smoothing soft, velvety butter onto warm bread. Hmm am I hungry?
It blends in SO nicely and has a velvet (not cakey or too matte) finish. The product doesn’t settle into fine lines at all either.
The stuff LASTS really nicely also. I rarely have a need to touch up my t-zone halfway through the day like I normally would (I don’t really have dry or oily skin, but sometimes my t-zone gets a little shiny). It stays put, and looks good even after 10+ hours. It has a really nice, slightly perfumed scent, but it’s subtle.
The only other HD foundation I have ever used was the Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation, which I was not impressed with at all. This really does give me that “soft focus” effect that Make Up For Ever’s claims to, but didn’t on my skin.
Hmmm ok we have gone over the good now let’s see if I can find something bad to say.
The price for one. It’s tres expensive ($76 for 1 oz) so it’s not something a lot of people will want or be able to spend the money on. I would most likely buy it again because I love it that much but only on sale.
The only other negative I can think of is perhaps it’s hard to find your right color online. I noticed that Sephora doesn’t have the color I originally purchased anymore, but Nordstrom has a wider range.
What is your holy grail foundation?