Dior Amber (002) Diorskin Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

Dior Amber (002) Diorskin Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder
Dior Amber (002) Diorskin Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder

Dior Amber (002) Diorskin Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder ($56.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a gold-shimmered, light-medium peach-orange with warm undertones and a satiny sheen. MAC Alpine Bronze (LE, $25.00) is darker, browner. MAC Fairly Precious (LE, $30.00) is lighter. Givenchy In Vogue Orange (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, darker. Clarins Graphic Expression (LE, $35.00) is lighter. NARS Puerto Vallarta (LE, $39.00) is a cream product, darker, brighter. NARS Luster (P, $29.00) is darker, more shimmery. MAC Trace Gold (P, $21.00) is browner. MAC Blazing Haute (LE, $25.00) is a touch darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Much like in my review for Rose (001), I regret to pass along that Amber (002) is no replacement for Amber Diamond. They share a similarity in terms of tone, and even in the pan, but applied, they’re very different, as Amber (002) is much darker, more pigmented, and way, way less shimmery. The texture is soft, finely-milled, a little powdery, and easy to blend and apply to the skin. This shade had more noticeable shimmer applied to the skin than Rose (001), though it didn’t emphasize pores too much, there was a very, very slight emphasis that must be noted. It had good color payoff that’s buildable and blendable, so the intensity can be controlled. When worn, the color lasted for eight hours before it started to fade.

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Dior Amber (002) Diorskin Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder
Dior Amber (002) Diorskin Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder

Dior Amber (002) Diorskin Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder
Dior Amber (002) Diorskin Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder

Dior Amber (002) Diorskin Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder
Dior Amber (002) Diorskin Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder

Dior Amber (002) Diorskin Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder
Dior Amber (002) Diorskin Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder

Dior Amber (002) Diorskin Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder
Dior Amber (002) Diorskin Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder

Dior Amber (002) Diorskin Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder
Dior Amber (002) Diorskin Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating PowderDior Amber (002) Diorskin Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder
Dior Amber (002) Diorskin Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating PowderDior Amber Diamond vs. Amber (002) Diorskin Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder
Dior Amber (002) Diorskin Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder vs. Amber Diamond

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Guerlain Parure de Lumiere Foundation
  • Guerlain Les Voilettes Loose Powder
On lips
  • : Dior Magique (479)

About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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They’re a bit closer, but this one is still more “blush/bronzer” territory with a more shimmery finish vs. highlighter. Like Amber Diamond gives a hint of color but primarily sheen.

This is such a bummer. I totally missed out on those diamond powders. 🙁 Needing help with the best available dupes . 🙁

You might just like the Milani highlighters. This brand never eases to amaze me. Excellent quality. Often comparable to high-end items except for the packaging.

The main appeal of this blush, just like the other one is the presentation. I still don’t think it justifies the price point. It is gorgeous though!

I like this way better than the pink one! It has a prettier and more obvious sheen. Only problem is that I’m pretty sure it’s too warm for my skintone (NW20 atm). I’m sure I would love it mixed with amber diamond on the brush before applying.

I definitely prefer the originals.. neither of these appeal..one too orange, the other too pink and the pigmentation lends to looking more like dupeable blushes. They are pretty in the pan, though and this warmer toned one looks lovely on you, Christine.

Right? There aren’t that many *permanent* highlighters out there – highlighters seem to be LE and then you have your more standard yellow-tinged white gold permanent options.

Ohhh the old Amber Diamond is soooooooo much prettier (same with the rose one)… crossing my fingers they don’t discontinue it!!! I think I will buy a backup just in case (since in my experience, when products I love go discontinued, I never find out until it’s too late- maybe I just don’t pay enough attention)

Most brands discontinue things very, very quietly. Half the time they do not alert until stock is really low. Even then, it seems like the only way to find out is to ask artists at the counter/store.

And lo and behold, I tried to look for a backup of Amber Diamond online and it’s gone from every outlet 🙁 None left at Sephora, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Neiman, Bloomingdale’s, etc. Sephora doesn’t even have it listed as out of stock, it’s gone period, which probably means all hope is lost.

And it’s selling on Amazon and Ebay for $100+. Time to start rationing what I have, lol. Thankfully it lasts a long time!

They still have them (amber & rose diamond) at the Macy’s in Boston when I stopped by today. Maybe you could check with your local Macy’s.

I really like the older ones better! I don’t understand why Dior decided to replace them. I like the new design but the older versions were much prettier!

i much prefer the prior version as well…very sad i didn’t know they were going to be discontinued so i could stock up

Are these limited edition or permanent? It says LE on Sephora’s website but I read somewhere else that they will be added to the permanent line to “replace” Rose and Amber Diamond. Can’t wait to buy this one either way! 🙂

I have heard it both ways as well, but Sephora listed them as LE, so I went with that. I reached out to Dior HQ for a press release but haven’t received one yet so I don’t have the official word.

Aye… Seriously? I’m quite apologetic to seem such a negative nut, but really? As I look at the thousands I’ve spent, in many containers throughout my room, I feel such guilt they aren’t laden with drugstore products. What have I contributed to? Yet.. I can’t stop. I’m going to take a wild guess that it’s probably good I haven’t delved into those brands mentioned on another question one day…. I’d be running from more debt. At least I’ve donated at least 1/3 of what monetarily I’ve had.. And I do give things generously. My jelly mixing, Five, Turtle, and I, are going to have an intervention with me.

I think they’re such different products in the end that it really depends what you’re looking for! Definitely not a replacement, though.

For anyone who finds this too orange/warm, or just can’t justify the cost, try the Maybelline Master Hi-light in Light Bronze, which has a similar finish (in between this & Amber Diamond), and leans a bit more peachy-pink.

THE MAKEUP LOOK
On face: Guerlain Parure de Lumiere Foundation, Guerlain Les Voilettes Loose Powder. On lips: Dior Magique (479).

These are such pretty products 🙂 A little too orange for me I think (what isn’t, LOL!), but once again I’ve gotten distracted by the Amber Diamond you’re comparing it too 😀

Sooooooooooo Sad they discontinued the Diamonds! I loved mine and if i knew they were going to be discontinued i would have purchased backups for the ones that are now hitting pan!!! Ugh

I am surprised that this emphasized the pores/unevenness on the skin so much. I guess it could be because there’s more shimmer/glowiness from this than the other Amber Diamond! Well, that helps in making the decision then 🙂 Thanks!

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