DiorCapture Totale One Essential Skin Boosting Super Serum
1.7 fl. oz. for $120
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Dior states that this is their most advanced and scientifically proven; so, you ask, does that mean that their other products are not as advanced or scientifically proven? Of course not, they’re not going to stop selling all of their other anti-aging serums and moisturizers that make similar fantastic-sounding claims, which should give you pause. And what about a few months down the road, when yet another “essential” serum is launched?

We're all for improving products to keep in step with current scientific research, but the research Dior seems to be relying on isn’t going to result in younger-looking skin; in fact, possibly just the opposite. This serum is primarily water, slip agents, and alcohol. Alcohol causes free-radical damage and collagen breakdown—it’s hard to imagine what scientific research Dior is actually relying on. There are some impressive ingredients in here, but there is also a lot of fragrance. All in all, the alcohol is a deal breaker because it is a serious problem for skin. There are lots of well-formulated serums without the negatives this "one" presents. Far from essential, this isn’t capable of maximizing any result for someone with wrinkles or sun-damaged skin. And it absolutely cannot double the effectiveness of your skin-care routine as claimed. The paltry proof of this is ridiculous!

Last Updated:12.18.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
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Super-charge your skincare! Dior introduces its most advanced, scientifically-proven skincare to help maximize the results of all age-defying skincare routines. NEW One Essential Skin Boosting Super Serum helps to detoxify skin cells to powerfully correct all visible signs of aging and renew skin’s youthful appearance. Applied before any other skincare products, One Essential boosts their effectiveness and extends the benefits over time. The skin regains its vitality, becomes more luminous, smoother and visibly younger-looking.


Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric/Succinic Triglyceride, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Isohexadecane, Lactic Acid, Maltitol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Aminomethyl Propanediol, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-32, PEG-8, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl/ Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Hydroxide, Decyloxazolidinone, PEG 7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance, Tetrasodium EDTA, Yeast Extract, Lecithin, Calcium Pantetheine Sulfonate, Acacia Senegal Gum Pyrus Cydonia Seed Extract, Salicylic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Mallow Extract, Alcaligenes Polysaccharides, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Adenosine, Sorbitol, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Pentylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein. Sodium Metabisulfite, Algin, Citric Acid, Aframomum Angustifolium Seed Extract, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Thiohistidine, Limonene, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Evening Primrose Root Extract, Kluveromyces Extract, Cellulose Gum, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Alpha Isomethyl Ionone, Geraniol, Potassium Sorbate, Plankton Extract, Potentilla Erecta Root Extract, Red 4, BHT, Tocopherol

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Dior At-A-Glance

Strengths:Nearly all of the SPF-related products offer sufficient UVA protection; a few extraordinary foundations and mascaras; a good liquid concealer; an excellent powder eyeshadow set; some good lipsticks and eyeliners.

Weaknesses: Expensive; lackluster moisturizers and serums that contain more fragrance and preservatives than elegant ingredients; irritating toners and self-tanners; ordinary masks; lack of products to address the needs of those with blemishes or skin discolorations; some foundations with SPF ratings that are too low; mostly average makeup brushes.

If you're looking for a clear-cut case of style winning out over substance, here it is. The Dior name is synonymous with couture fashion and countless other lifestyle accoutrements, but they continue to falter when it comes to establishing a first-rate collection of skin-care products. Of course, the company believes their products are the crème de la crème and if we're judging on aesthetics alone, we see what they mean. However, what's inside the gorgeous components is what counts for your skin, and Dior's formulas leave a lot to be desired. On one hand, it's great that all of their sunscreens contain sufficient UVA protection; on the other, all of their moisturizers either leave skin wanting more or contain problematic ingredients with no skin-redeeming qualities.

Fragrance is huge for Dior, and a visit to their counter attests to this, as fragrances line the counter right beside the skin-care tester unit. It would be better for skin if the two categories were kept separate, but in most cases the amount of fragrance added to Dior's skin-care products is greater than the token amounts of state-of-the-art ingredients (and the effectiveness of most of those is further diminished by jar packaging). If you wouldn't put perfume on your face, think twice about applying it in the form of an expensive skin-care product.

On the plus side, there are a few very good products to consider if you don't mind spending the extra money. If you're a fan of Dior's fashions and want to experiment with their cosmetic products, you'll find that their makeup outshines the skin care and has improved in ways that keep the panache while making genuine improvements. Despite all manner of claims to the contrary (everything from purifying pores to lifting skin to the point that sagging is a thing of the past), the most attractive part of Dior's formulas is how they're dressed, not how they perform.

For more information about Dior, call (212) 931-2200 or visit www.dior.com.

Dior Makeup

Always fashion-forward, Dior's makeup is more well-designed and attractive than ever, offering standout products in almost every category. The most notable change over the past several years has been Dior's improved foundation formulas and shades. It's now the exception rather than the rule to find overtly peach, pink, or rose-toned shades among Dior's many complexion-enhancing options. Even better, Dior has recently introduced foundations to compensate for its previous too-low SPF efforts, with formulas available in SPF 15, 20 and 25, a couple of which even include UVA-protecting ingredients. Such a move shows that while Dior may still struggle with an overall lackluster skin care line, they are at least working to meet dermatologist-recommended benchmarks for sun protection.

You will also be very impressed with Dior's powder blush, eyeshadows (though their shiny finish is not the best for Baby Boomer eyes), the DiorSkin concealer, brow gel, and most of the mascaras. If you're a fan of lip gloss and are willing to tolerate a double-digit price, you'll be in cosmetics heaven wading through all the lip-shining options here. On the flip side, neither the standard pencils nor most of the lipsticks are worth the money. With any designer-based line built on artifice, price is more than a matter of dollars. It's indicative of a company’s image and remains a prestige factor that often speaks louder than the products themselves. Dior is guilty of maximizing its assets to play up its image, but with their makeup line the good news for you is that, for the most part, they really pay attention to what’s inside all the luxe containers, too.

One more note: Dior’s makeup tester units are much more accessible and user-friendly than for previous editions of this book. We also found their counter staff to be more accommodating and definitely less condescending than several other European-bred lines.

Note: Dior is categorized as a brand that tests on animals because its products are sold in China. Although Dior does not conduct animal testing for its products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law.” Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Research Team.

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