Beauty Breakdown: Dior Hydra Life

Skincare means different things to everybody, right down to the routine. You may be someone who’s quite regimented and loyal to the brands you use, only changing things up with a mask or a targeted treatment here and there. Or, you might be more experimental and open to trying what’s new in the market, since the tech is constantly evolving and getting better as the months (weeks!) go by.

I admit, I tend to stick to whatever I have on hand; my Top-Shelf are the ones that prove their worth and they become the mainstays, but the in-betweens get changed pretty much every time we have beauty products to review. So you would say my relationship with skincare is…  Fleeting. Not to sound flighty, but commitment? Neh. Not now.

But when it comes to Dior, my memories of it never fell short of notable.

I remember distinctly reading about a friend giving an honest-to-God testimonial about the Dior One Essential range, and I was so convinced I went straight to the counter to buy a few for myself and for my mum. I was working with a magazine at the time and not too long after, in late 2012, I found myself in Taipei discovering the then-newly released Capture Totale range, being introduced to it by Edouard Mauvais-Jarvis, who was the Scientific Communications Director of Dior at the time.

The science that goes into each product is way more than skin deep — Dior researchers spend years examining skin structure, ingredients, enzymes; the brand has gardens and grounds that grow specific ingredients to ensure Dior quality and efficacy. But in all honesty, their skincare ranges always seemed a little mature or not totally geared to my concerns. The Capture Totale? Gifted to way more deserving colleagues who were later in their thirties, with some of course making their way to my mum’s vanity.

When introduced to the new Dior Hydra Life collection, I could see straight away that everything about it looked and felt different, in a good way. The range has an energy, a spirit that’s fresh, young, fun. Most importantly, it seemed accessible, and I knew right off the bat I’d find things that would suit me and people my age and younger. The range looks and is effervescent as our buzzy, connected lives are right now (always on the move, gotta always be on the move), with an ethos to commit less harm to the environment.

In our CLEO haul we had five products to try out of the range. If you’re wondering, yes their textures are perfect for our weather — so clear up, quench it and cool down with the super-fresh Hydra Life range.

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1. Cleanse, Exfoliate and Prep
From left: Dior Hydra Life Deep Hydration Sorbet Water Essence, RM295; Dior Hydra Life Lotion to Foam Fresh Cleanser, RM160; Dior Hydra Life Time to Glow Ultra Fine Exfoliating Powder, RM190

In the middle is the Lotion To Foam Fresh Cleanser which is exactly what its name says. It’s an amazing cleanser that emulses into a creamy foam that’s not too light or fluffy — it’s dense enough to mean business and makes its way into every crevice of your skin for a serious clean, without leaving you too tight. It has a fresh, invigorating scent (it has white tea in it, mmm…) that’s perfect for every morning. Hit play to see the foam in action:


The Sorbet Water Essence is also exactly what the name describes it — a sorbet-like essence that’s slightly lighter than a gel but not too watery. It’s lightweight so it’s beautiful to wear in our hot heat, but absorbs like a dream so you don’t worry about any greasiness or stickiness after. Skin is soft and velvety.

The Exfoliating Powder has oh-so-very fine granules which you mix with water and spread all over. It’s very fine, unlike any other type of exfoliator I’ve tried. It dries down a little mask-like and you have to wash it off. The result? Skin texture was slightly refined, perfect for setting the tone for putting on other products for a coveted glow.

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