Foundation Review: Dior Backstage Face & Body

Dior backstage

The Dior Backstage Face & Body foundation is one of the foundations I picked up in the Sephora sale. I’d been eyeing it for a while and swatched it in store a few months ago to make sure I had a match.  It replaced my L’oreal Fresh Wear foundation I had been working on for the past year. In this post I’ll provide swatches, first impressions, and thoughts on my newest foundation.


dior backstage
Image source: Sephora.com

Name: DIOR BACKSTAGE Face & Body Foundation

Cost: $40

Size: 1.6 oz/50 mL

Best Skin types to use it: Normal, dry, oily, combination

Finish: Natural

Number of shades: 50 (very fair, fair, light, light medium, medium, tanned, deep tanned, deep, very deep, deepest)

Undertones available: 6 (neutral, warm, cool rosy, cool, warm peach, warm olive)

Fragrance: Yes

Packaging: Outer packaging is a non-excessive cardboard box. Foundation comes in a clear, squeezable plastic bottle with a silver twist-off top

Claims (per the packaging): Waterproof, ultra-buildable, sweat-resistant

First five ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, aqua (water), alcohol, trimethylsiloxysilicate, polyurethane-35. Check full ingredients list on the packaging as well as the brand’s website to determine potential allergens.


Shade comparisons

Here is what the Dior Backstage foundation looks like compared to others in my collection.

foundation swatches Dior Backstage
From top to bottom: Cover FX Power Play in N90, Milk Makeup Flex Foundation stick in Maple, Nyx Born to Glow in Mahogany, Nars Radiant Longwear in Macao, Dior Backstage Face & Body in 5N


First impressions

I love the simple packaging and ease of use. The texture is a bit watery so it wears very well with my water-based primers. Higher end brands are known for putting a fragrance in their products and it’s strong in this. Alcohol is high in the ingredient’s list so I prepped my skin using a hydrating moisturizer and primer.

I applied the foundation around 7:20am and washed it off when I got home around 6:00pm. I used the Milk Hydro Grip primer, Sephora Micro Smooth pressed foundation powder, and the Morphe Continuous Mist setting spray. The finish is natural and feels very lightweight.

You can see in the pics how it looked when I first applied it and how it looked after a few hours (which is also how it looked at the end of the day). My t-zone gets oily and you can see in the 2nd picture how my oils started to form around my nose. It started around the 3 hour mark and stayed like that until I washed it off.

Dior backstage first application
After 1 hour of wear


Dior backstage wear test
After 5 hours of wear

Overall thoughts

The scent being strong in this formula doesn’t bother me because it goes away after application. I did find that I had to work in sections because the formula dries down kinda quick.

The brand claims the foundation to be medium buildable coverage but I was okay with just applying one layer. My dark spots were showing through more by the end of the day but I don’t mind that. The shade was a pretty good match and didn’t seem

All in all, I loved how it wore throughout the day. I can see this being in my foundation rotation for the summer because it’s super lightweight and it looks like skin. Plus my oil wasn’t out of control.

Stay tuned to see more reviews and swatches for other foundations.

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