Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Dior Eye Reviver Palette and Cheek & Lip Glow for Spring 2015
Dior Eye Reviver Palette and Cheek & Lip Glow for Spring 2015

Eye Reviver Palette ($62.00) (New, Permanent)

Dior has created its 1st illuminating palette to brighten the eyes with an instant radiance-boosting effect. Using Glow-MimeticsTM technology, the incredibly luminous universal neutrals recreate the radiance of a flawless eyelid. The shades combine in perfect harmony with the primer and liner to create smooth, even and wider-looking eyes, while adding structure and brightness.

  • 001 Illuminating neutrals

Cheek & Lip Glow ($37.00) (New, Permanent)

Dior creates its first cheek and lip blush to create a flush of pink on the skin. 2-in-1 hybrid formula. Using Fresh Color Reveal™ technology, CHEEK & LIP GLOW instantly reacts to the moisture in the skin and lips to give them a luminous custom pink glow. Fresh and ultra-light, its fluid embellishing gel formula blends seamlessly with the skin, leaving nothing but the weightless veil of a healthy glow.

  • 001 Flush of pink

Availability: Now at Nordstrom (March 2015 is the official on-counter date)

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Sunday, February 15th, 2015

The world could always use more cool-toned taupe eyeshadows (that are permanent!), and here are five of my current favorites:

  1. Make Up For Ever S556 Taupe Gray — a shimmery taupe
  2. Dior Aventure — a gray-taupe with a frosted finish
  3. Giorgio Armani Shadow — a cool-toned, purple taupe
  4. ColourPop Meow — a frosted, purply taupe
  5. Inglot #434 — a rich, deep taupe with cool undertones

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Dior Rouge Dior Brilliant Lipshine & Care Couture Colour
Dior Rouge Dior Brilliant Lipshine & Care Couture Colour

Rouge Dior Brilliant ($35.00) (New, Permanent)

Dior has created the Couture lip balm gloss with lip care oil, a Rouge Dior that is simply Brilliant. Rouge Dior Brilliant subtly shapes and brightens lips with precision thanks to a pen-like applicator that dispenses the “perfect dose”. Formulated like a liquid balm, its formula boasts an exclusive Dior mix of 3 lip care oils and a complex that teams vitamin E with an active ingredient known for reactivating collagen synthesis. It comes in a range of timeless couture shades.

  • Swan (263)
  • Paname (310)
  • Miss (359)
  • Bonheur (468)
  • Hollywood (688)
  • Times Square (760)
  • Rose Harpers (766)
  • Darling (775)
  • Victoire (808)
  • Royale (858)
  • Soho (888)
  • 999 (999)

Rouge Dior ($35.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Paname (310)
  • Miss (359)
  • Times Square (760)
  • Royale (858)
  • Soho (888)

Availability: Now at Neiman Marcus; February 2015 at counters and retailers nationwide

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Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Dior House of Pinks Eyeshadow Palette
Dior House of Pinks Eyeshadow Palette

Dior House of Pinks Eyeshadow Palette ($63.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a pink-hued palette with five shades ranging from pink-tinted ivory to mauve. Despite having continual poor luck with the quality in Dior’s palettes, I remain a glutton for punishment and bought both of the new spring palettes. I wasn’t impressed with House of Pinks due to its drier, unforgiving texture–it made my entire lid space look dry. I thought Monochrome was frustrating to work with (I tested both simultaneously, one on each eye), but Monochrome didn’t emphasize texture nearly as much, despite being more powdery (I guess that’s the where the silkiness came into play). The consistency of the eyeshadows was generally firmer and drier, while the color payoff ranged from semi-sheer to semi-opaque. They were harder to apply to bare skin, as they didn’t want to stick, and only one shade performed decently. It’s yet another palette that reminds me of why Dior’s palettes are a “look but don’t touch” situation more often than not. Dior palettes are best at inspiring me to try a new color combination, but I should know better by now to create it with anything but Dior’s own palette.

House of Pinks #1 is a gold-shimmered, pink-white with a frosted finish. It had a dustiness to it that made it a pain to work with, and it seemed to really be one of the worst offenders when it came to exacerbating the texture of my natural lid (which looks fine with the majority of the eyeshadows I have ever used). It lasted for five and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

House of Pinks #2 is a pale, pink-tinted white with a matte finish. It was semi-sheer with a very powdery, dusty texture that was prone to fading and didn’t apply evenly. It lasted for five hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

House of Pinks #3 is a brightened pop of cool-toned, light-medium pink with a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff but was rather dusty and almost chalky, and it barely showed up on the lid. It really needed to be pressed into the skin and packed on for any visible color, but none of it stuck. It just seemed to fade immediately. The washed-out version of it that remained after the initial five minutes stayed in its sad state for six hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

House of Pinks #4 is a mauve-y taupe brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation with a slightly firm, dry texture. It lasted for seven hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

House of Pinks #5 is a dark, eggplant purple with subtle, warm brown undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff with a drier, dustier texture that applied unevenly. It creased after six hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Dior
Dior Peach Splendor Blush

Dior Peach Splendor Blush ($44.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a light, peachy-pink with a semi-matte finish. There are fine bits of sparkle strewn through the powder, but it appears primarily satin to matte on the skin. LORAC Unimaginable (LE) is pinker, darker, more shimmery. Surratt Beauty Duchesse (P, $32.00) is less shimmery. MAC New Romance (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Honeymoon (P, $9.99) is slightly darker. MAC Perfect Topping (2014) (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery. Tarina Tarantino Feather (P, $25.00) is pinker, darker. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is more shimmery. NARS Sex Appeal (P, $29.00) is less shimmery. MAC Amber Glow (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery. Benefit Sugarbomb (P, $28.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture of the blush feels soft to the touch and seems finely-milled, but there’s a dryness present that gives it a more powdery, visible look on the skin. If you have oilier skin, it may not be noticeable once applied, but drier skin types will definitely see the powder sit on the skin. It is barely visible on my skin tone (just lighter than a true medium) other than giving it a very subtle sheen (I can see the powdery finish in person better, though), so if you have a similar skin tone or are darker, I would highly recommend trying it in person. For fairer skin types, it would easily work as a foolproof, everyday kind of color. It had semi-sheer color payoff at most but tended to sheer out due to the drier texture–not the “maximum expression of pigments” or “Vibrant Color Powder Blush” (official product name) described. On my skin, which is normal-to-dry, it lasted for six and a half hours.

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Thursday, December 25th, 2014

Dior Kingdom of Colors Collection
Dior Kingdom of Colors Collection

Kingdom of Colors Eye, Lip & Face Palette ($80.00) (Limited Edition)

The Colors Palette for Face, Eyes and Lips is filled with 10 custom colors and four professional applicators tucked inside a graphic palette embossed with the personal crest of Christian Dior. The palette features a mattifying skin-perfecting powder; a pearly highlighter and coral blush to enhance the complexion; and a deep purple enhanced with a silver shadow; an illuminating touch of aqua green shadow; and a black eyeliner to define the eyes. An iridescent coral gloss and a powdery pink lipstick adorn your lips and four professional brushes make application a breeze.

Dior Addict Gloss ($29.50) (Limited Edition)

  • Fastes (154)
  • Mylord (624)

Diorshow Kohl Professional Hold & Intensity Eye Makeup ($32.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Pearly Silver (039)
  • Smoky Black (099)
  • Smoky Blue (289)
  • Smoky Brown (789)
  • Smoky Grey (079)

Diorblush Vibrant Color Powder Blush ($44.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Peach Splendor (536)

5 Couleurs Couture Colors & Effects Eyeshadow Palette ($63.00) (Limited Edition)

  • House of Greens (466)
  • House of Pinks (856)

Rouge Dior Baume ($35.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Palais (628)
  • Cotillon (668)

Vernis Blossoming Top Coat ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

Dior Vernis Blossoming Top Coat is brimming with confetti to decorate bare nails or to enhance your nail color. Gel coat resins with intense purity are combined with a techno-polymer to transform each coat of lacquer into a film as smooth and as shiny as glass. It’s also enriched with organic silicone to strengthen your nail’s surface for extra-long wear.

Vernis Gel Shine & Long Wear Nail Lacquer ($27.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Lady (294)
  • Glory (660)

Availability: January 2015 at Dior counters and retailers; pre-orders available at Nordstrom

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