So, Dior Reformulated My Go-To Concealer (Dior Forever Skin Correct Concealer 4WO New Formula Review and Swatch)

I was shocked to find out Dior reformulated the Forever Skin Correct Concealer. With all the love this concealer gets, I wonder if they started the reformulation before it gained traction. Regardless of the reason the update is now on the market with a formula made up of 96% natural-origin ingredients. Now that claim doesn’t mean a whole lot to me, but for those of us with sensitive skin, the downside to this new formula is that it does have added fragrance. I avoid products with added fragrance as a rule, but my curiosity won out and I decided to check out the new formula in store. The fragrance seemed subtle enough for me to tolerate, so I decided to buy it and test it out.

Dior Forever Skin Correct Concealer 4WO New 2023 Reformulation Swatch
Dior Forever Skin Correct Concealer 4WO (old on the left, new on the right)

If you’ve seen my review of the original formula, as long as you keep the added fragrance in mind, then you pretty much know all you need to know about the new formula. Honestly you guys, I don’t know how they managed it, but this formula is nearly identical to the original. For a point of reference, I have dry, sensitive, eczema-prone skin. Now let’s get into some detail on what I feel is better about the new Dior Forever Skin Correct Concealer.

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The short and sweet review is that the new formula performs even better for me than the original. It is easier to blend, creases less, and transfers minimally. The original formula of this concealer takes longer to blend than any other concealer I’ve used. While the new formula also takes longer than my other concealers, it does blend faster and easier than the old formula. For reference, some somewhat similar consistencies (not dupes) that blend faster and easier are the Too Faced Born This Way Concealer and the Ami Cole Skin Enhancing Concealer.**

For me, I still have to set this concealer with powder to keep it from creasing badly and the only powder that I’ve used with it that works well is the NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder. I’ve also tested this formula with the Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder and the NARS Soft Matte Advanced Perfecting Powder.** When set with powder, the creasing is very minimal and you can only see it from up close in the mirror. Creasing is more minimal for me when I apply this with a brush over my fingers. This new formula claims there is no transfer which I wasn’t expecting and I’m not sure if it’s true, but I would call it transfer resistant. I would keep in mind though, that I mostly use this under the eyes and toward the center of my face where there would be less transfer anyway. But when blotted with a tissue, there is not much transfer.

As promised in the brand claims, this concealer has a natural finish. Of course, once I set it with powder, it is no longer quite as natural. When I use this with the NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Powder it does mattify the concealer a little but it doesn’t suck the life out of my already dry skin.

Oh and for those interested in packaging details, the Dior concealer now comes in a glass bottle instead of plastic. It also has a better stopper mechanism, so those that had issues keeping the concealer clean near the cap shouldn’t have that issue anymore. The amount you get for the price ($40) is 11ML which is large for a concealer.

Dior Forever Skin Correct Concealer 4W0, $40**

4WO is for medium skin with warm olive undertones

Dior Forever Skin Correct Concealer 4WO New 2023 Reformulation Swatch Medium Dark Skin

For shade reference, some of my best foundation matches are Estee Lauder Double Wear in 4W4, MAC Studio Fix Fluid in C8, and NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundations in Tahoe. I can use shade 4WO as an undereye concealer, but it doesn’t work for spot concealing on my face. I’ve heard in other reviews that the new shades run lighter, but my shade is actually darker than the original. It is however less olive than it used to be which coincides with other reviews claiming their new shade has more peach to it. On the face, the shade change doesn’t make a difference to me. I wore the old versus the new in some of my wear tests and when I questioned my husband he could not tell that I had two different concealers on.

Dior Forever Skin Correct Concealer, $40**

Now for some drawbacks. First, the brand claims full coverage concealer but people who struggle with dark under eyes or acne scars, like myself, will only experience medium coverage. The Dior website states that “Dior Forever Skin Correct offers buildable coverage, from light coverage for targeted application to full coverage for application on the entire face.” So maybe the problem is that their claim of full coverage is about how you apply it versus what it covers.

Second, the shade range is still the same 30 shades and the range still needs work. If you have a medium-deep to deep-dark skin tone and need a warm or cool undertone, they still don’t have it. 4W is the last warm undertone shade in this lineup. Depths 5-9 are only offered in neutral undertones. Conversely, if you are on the lightest end of the spectrum, there is only one warm shade available. Both of these drawbacks were also the case in the original formula.

The third and biggest drawback of the new Dior Forever Skin Correct Concealer formula is the added fragrance. I do think this is an odd addition since the last version worked just fine without it. Also, some people are sensitive to fragrance, which isn’t a necessary ingredient anyway, so why add it. I do notice the fragrance especially on the initial application and for about 30 minutes or so after. If you enjoy the experience of fragrance in your makeup, then obviously this wouldn’t be a drawback for you, but for me it certainly is.

I’m glad I gave the new formula a try and satisfied my curiosity. I have enjoyed the easier blend and less creasing that this new formulation offers, however, I am still nervous about what the added fragrance might do to my skin. So far, I’m not noticing any rash or increased sensitivity, so that is good. If that changes, I’ll be sure to post an update.

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5 thoughts on “So, Dior Reformulated My Go-To Concealer (Dior Forever Skin Correct Concealer 4WO New Formula Review and Swatch)

  1. Hi Nikki. I stumbled across your blog today and I’ve gone down the happiest of rabbit holes combing through your content. Do you post beauty stuff on IG?

    I’m curious to know how long you keep your concealers. I have a stash with the oldest being at least 2 years old 👀. I’m bad with purging because I feel guilty not fully using things and dumping them out.

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    1. Hi Ayana! Thanks for checking out my site 🙂. I’m not on Instagram, I just post here.

      I understand the guilty feeling as I struggle with that as well when it’s time to throw something away. I do tend to stick pretty close to period after opening listed on the packaging for concealer because I don’t like to gamble with things around my eye area especially. 6 months after the recommendation is as far as I personally feel comfortable using something, but I do have sensitive skin. If you aren’t sensitive, you may not need to worry as much. The recommendation from the brand is just that, a recommendation based on their testing. They can’t account for individual climates and usage variations. So some products could last longer than their recommendation and some could expire faster. I’d say just pay attention to any changes in smell, texture, or performance, and if you’re experiencing any irritation then I would stop using it at that point.

      Also, if you have a Nordstrom near you, you can take certain containers there to be recycled but they do have to be empty. Here is the website for more information on what things they will and won’t accept.


      1. Thanks for sharing these considerations. I know I’m definitely at the “stinging” mark with my Giorgio concealers 🫣. My skin isn’t too sensitive but I am acne prone and bacteria is the enemy for my skin type. It’s settled – it’s time to let half of my stash go 😩.

        I never knew about Nordstrom’s recycle program. I’m going to look into it, thanks…I’m so glad to have tapped into another resource for makeup reviews/news…and you being a fellow hr pro is the cherry on top!

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        1. You’re welcome.

          I hate to disappoint, but I don’t work in hr. The hr is a nod to my old web address (happily redundant) that I had to change because as it turns out it is a little demoralizing to call yourself redundant 🤦🏽‍♀️.


          1. Plot twist 😂. Thanks for the context. Redundant is definitely a triggering word in these times… Until I stop by again, have a good rest of your weekend.

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