Dior Capture Totale One Essential Skin Boosting Super Serum Review

Monday, February 6, 2012

I'm not sure about you, but I think facial expressions are fun.  You can tell right away how someone is feeling simply based on an eye squint, a slight frown, or a simple smirk.  Most say "I wear my heart on my sleeves" while I say "I wear my emotions on my face". Although facial expressions are very helpful in expressing how I feel, they seem to overstay their welcome as I get older.  The first signs of aging are rapidly becoming more and more visible, especially on my forehead.  I have been on a mission in the past couple of months to find the perfect anti-aging serum. Lo and behold, I think I might have stumbled onto a hidden gem that has surely turned my little frown upside down.

 I vaguely remember doing a search for anti-aging products on Sephora and ran into Dior's One Essential Super Boosting Serum.  It has raving reviews with a whopping 4.5 stars out of 5.  Everyone seems to love this product, touting it to be a miracle worker for their aging skins. I was skeptical but definitely curious.  I went to the local Nordstrom counter and asked for samples of the serum just to be on the safe side. After all, this is not exactly cheap at $95USD for 1 oz.

I came home and excitedly ripped open the first packet expecting little to nothing. I applied the serum at night to "let it work its magic" and went to bed. The next morning, I could not believe what I saw when I looked in the mirror.  Those pesky visible fine lines on my forehead? 90% diminished. I literally had to squint really hard to even see them.  It was simply amazing! Without hesitation, I quickly placed an order for the limited edition deluxe bottle.


When I read the ingredients in the list, I was definitely bummed to see Alcohol listed as the 4th ingredient.  I'm not a fan of alcohol and it has been known to break me out.  I will be totally honest, this did cause 1-2 pesky pimples within the first 3 days of use. However, as I continue to use up my sample packets, the breakouts stopped and my skin just looks better and better each day. 


The original size bottle of 1.0oz retails for $95USD while the deluxe 2.5oz version costs $150USD.  Below is size of the the large version on the palm of my hands.  It is rather big and is meant to last for an entire year.


Each bottle comes with a simple pump that easily dispenses the serum.


The serum is milky white and is slightly sticky.  You'll feel the stickiness on your hand when you apply the serum, but it doesn't feel that way on the skin. 


Once applied, the serum absorbs into the skin instantly, leaving it nice and smooth.  I love to use this at night after using my toner.  So far, it is the only serum that produces instant result by smoothing my fine lines.  My skin glows when I wake up every morning.


Overall, I am a huge fan of Dior's One Essential Skin Boosting Super Serum.  I think it is worth every penny because it works so well for my skin.  Please do keep in mind that we are all different and what works for me may or may not work for you.  As a long time user of La Mer, I have to say this beats La Mer by far in the anti-aging department. I have been using this everyday for the past 2 weeks and I love it.

Bottom Line: I highly recommend stopping by a Dior counter or Sephora to ask for some samples before taking the plunge. You may experience some small breakout at the beginning but they will go away by the 2nd week of use. This serum is amazing for diminishing fine lines and it helps skin look so much more radiant. 


Have you tried Dior's One Essential? What are some of your must-have anti-aging products?

17 comments:

Polarbelle said...

I used La Mer for a long time and while it kept me well moisturized, I didn't feel that it was really doing anything as far as anti-aging. Actually, I had kind of given up believing that products do help guard against aging until I was introducted to Dior One Essential and Guerlain Abielle Royal Youth Serum. Both of these have been amazing for my skin and turned some deeper wrinkles to small little lines. Really has been amazing results.

Jamilla Camel said...

Sounds good, but with that alcohol, I'll have to give it a miss! Thanks for the review!

Lucy said...

every single time I visit a Dior counter the SA tries to sell me a bottle of this.. I always resist... however I did receive a couple of sample packets... lol... I want to rush home and rip one open... I might have been missing out on a really good thing here :)

Mylinda said...

I definitely want to try this now :) Does it say if it can be used under the eye area too? I just hate having to use so many separate different products all the time.

prettyaspeaches said...

How's the smell of this one? I remember forever ago you didn't like the smell of Dior Capture Totale. Is it similar in smell or different? Now I need to check this stuff out. I was just about to get PTR laser-free resurfacer but I guess I shall give this a go instead. You're good at talking me into stuff.

Kristie said...

Mylinda- I was told that this can be used all over the face. It works pretty well around my eyes as well. I hope it'll work for you as well!

Prettyaspeaches - try it!! The fragrance is a lot lighter and I'm not bothered by it compared to the cream. I think you'll like the light texture of this one.

sunnyItaly said...

I have been using this serum for several months. I doubt whether it's your personal reaction to alcohol that brought a few pimples out. It is a normal reaction to the serum detoxifying properties. It cleares the skin of the "dirt" that acculmulates to prepare it to absorb other treatments, and this results in a sort of break out during the first week or so. This was explained to me before I bought in by the assistant. And it was a correct forecast. I had a few spots here and there and disappereared after the first 7-10 days of use.
A wonderful product, the only drawback is the price.

Eileen said...

The alcohol is what is giving you the immediately visible results. The irritation caused by the alcohol causes a mild swelling which makes line's appear less deep and pores appear smaller. The result? Smoother looking skin. That aside, the product does contain a lot of good skin nurturing ingredients that will benefit the skin in the long run.

It takes about 4 weeks for a new set of skin cells to reach the surface and that is why dermatologists caution that a product needs to be used for about 4 weeks before you can tell if it is really benefitting your skin. Dior knows; however, that many women are terribly impatient and want immediate results, so they have provided them via the alcohol.

Apropos breakouts, they are usually caused by either sensitivity to ingredients or to the fact that the skin is being continuously exfoliated. As skin congestion beneath the surface makes its way to the top, there is usually some initial break outs. Once the congestion has been illiminated, though, the skin usually clears up nicely. Even the gold standard of anti-aging, retinoic acid, can cause some initial breakout during the first couple weeks if the skin is congested.

Eden-Avalon said...

At 22, do you think I should start splurging on this type of product now?

resham said...

Instant results...I am sold...

Alcohol....Hmmm....I guess sample should be good...i usually try samples before buying full bottle...sometimes though, some SA are mean and don't want to give samples.....

Kristie said...

Eden Avalon - I think it's really helpful to use if you have fine lines or deep wrinkles. If not, I think a good moisturizer is good enough since this is on the pricier side.

Eileen said...

Hi Eden Avalon,

I'm going to add to what Kristie has said. Make sure your moisturizer has anti-oxidants and peptides or use a separate serum. Something like Jack Black's Protein Booster Skin Serum has all the bells and whistles and only cost $60 for 2 ounces. It's suitable for all ages. Don't be deterred by it being a "man's product". It's an excellent product for a woman's skin, too. The single most important thing any woman can do, though, to help her skin look young longer is to wear a good broad spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30 every single day. Whether you're going out or staying in, whether it is sunny or overcast, just make it part of your routine. And don't forget about your neck and chest. Whatever you do for your face, make sure to include your neck and chest as well. You're just 22, but this is an excellent time to cultivate good skin care habits that will make a real difference in how your skin ages.

Joolz said...

Thanks for the super review! I have tried a sample of a serum from Guerlain (not Royal Abeille) and it was fantastic! Their cost: $490! If this Dior serum works the same way, it's really a bargain in comparison!

Ashley said...

Looking at the ingredients, it doesn't look that great :-( - more fragrance and preservatives than the actives according to the ingredient list, and alcohol being one of the first ingredients...I think there are better serums for the money that have higher concentrations of effective ingredients that won't dry out the skin with long term use. That said, if it works for you, great! We are all searching for what works - Do what your skin likes!

Anonymous said...

I am a artist with Dior, we actually make and sell a separate serum for the eye area

Anonymous said...

If this is truly the correct ingrediant list I truly question the product claims. On the Dior website I noted they indicated such ingrediants as Resveratrol, Retinol, and hyalauronic acid. I don't see these on the list. What I do see is water, alcohol (2), hydrogentated castor oil, and sodium hydroxide (lye), yep the stuff in common soap. Fragrance (parfum) even ranks higher than any "natural" extracts and they top it off with a red 4 dye. Got to question this one at the price...

Håkan Nellmar said...

I have saying about skincare that it's 50% science, 40% empirical evidence (what you find works for you) and 10% magic.  ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
The magic part is that some products are more than the combination of their ingredients. The One Super Serum is such a product. The list of ingredients isn't that impressive. What stands out is the early listing of a stable form of vitanin C, which is an effective anti-oxidant and can help lighten and prevent dark spots and discolorations. Together with the vitamin E (in two forms) and all those exotic extracts and what not, I really would recommend you to try a sample at least. I have almost used up a small 30ml/1 ounze bottle and like the results. Not sure if will rebuy though as I'm usually faihful to Lauders Advanced Night Repair and they are about to release an improved version so I think I will buy that. The cost is less and it lasts longer than this Dior.
I have also read several users complaint that when you stop using this super serum, skin immediately goes back to what it was before. So The One seems to have this cinderella quality to it. You have to use it permanently. But having said that my skin does look darn good while I've been using it, and the antioxidants makes up for the 'cikderella effect', so your not wasting your time using this.

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