Dior Capture Totale DreamSkin

April 2, 2014

I always love it when the beauty industry innovates, and one area that that I’m particularly interested in is the blurring of lines between skincare and makeup. Sure, there are BB creams and foundations with increasing moisturizing / anti-aging benefits, etc. But what about skincare that actually gives a more refined look to the skin?

This Spring, Dior has introduced the new Dior Capture Totale DreamSkin to fill the serum/primer gap in our beauty arsenal. It works for all ages and skin types, and targets skin tone and texture. DreamSkin contains mineral bio-mimetic powders such as mica platelets and hollow silica microspheres to mimic the epidermis’ optical properties. Right after application, my skin looks visibly brighter, smoother and more even in tone. Dark spots and redness are reduced, and pores minimized. I know it sounds like I just copied and pasted marketing speak here, but right after I tried DreamSkin for the first time, I felt good enough to go, skipping my foundation entirely (something I NEVER do!).

Dior Capture Totale Dreamskin


DreamSkin contains plant extracts to improve skin from within. Longoza extract from Dior’s garden in Madagascar helps to combat wrinkles along with loss of radiance and firmness. And from a new garden in Burkina Faso, opilia extract helps reduce dark spots and redness, bringing dull complexions back to life. Used day after day as the last step in your skincare routine, DreamSkin promises to produce younger-looking skin.

So is it serum or primer really? The answer, is both. Curiously, while few people have problems embracing makeup with skincare benefits, there seems to be a struggle with DreamSkin. The reason, I feel, is that it feels more serum like (lightweight fluid that absorbs completely, leaving no trace) than makeup. It also does not have the sort of opacity that makeup generally has. However, people do not seem to like the idea of skincare that makes their skin look good. Why ever not???

Dior Capture Totale Dreamskin swatches

Swatches of Dior Capture Totale DreamSkin. On left is freshly dispensed product from bottle. On right is DreamSkin completely blended into skin, leaving no trace of product at all.

Putting aside the silliness of conventional wisdom, DreamSkin works marvelously as a primer. It is lightweight, non-silicon-y, and gives instant results. At the same time, I found it to be mattifying and holds my makeup wonderfully. One note though, I know some people have found DreamSkin to dry up their skin. The SA who recommended this to me told me to use it after my regular moisturizer, and I have had no problems with dryness. Of course at SGD150 this is some seriously expensive primer. My recommendation is to go, run don’t walk, to your nearest Dior counter and try this out for yourself. Get a sample and experience it in the comfort of your own home. And then tell me all about it!


2 responses to “Dior Capture Totale DreamSkin”

  1. I have this too ! I like it !
    It’s too pricey as primer but on me it works well as primer too. XD
    I bought it to use it in summer, to skip the foundation.
    When you use sunscreen, do you use it under the Dior or over it ?

    • silverkis says:

      Yeah, it is rather expensive… all thanks to their “skincare” claims. I usually apply sunscreen before primer, so it would be under the Dior.

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