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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House of Pinks

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6/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

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6.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

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House of Pinks #2

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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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Peach Splendor

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6.5/10

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7/10

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7/10

Longevity

6.5/10

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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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Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Dior Golden Shock (756) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Golden Shock (756) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Golden Shock (756) Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0. 21 oz.) is a limited edition palette that features five shades in hues of pink, gold, plum, and purple. It performed better than Golden Reflections (0460), at least, though I’m not sold on it. It also seems to overlap with Trafalgar at a glance, though it isn’t quite one-for-one. The quality of this palette is decent to good, with the more problematic shade being the richer purple (which seemed better initially), as the texture was thinner and drier, so blending was more difficult without a smoothing base.

Golden Shock #1 is a rich, eggplant purple with warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had good color payoff, but the texture wasn’t as blendable as desired for such a dark shade. It wore well for eight hours, though. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Golden Shock #2 is a medium brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had nice pigmentation with a soft, blendable consistency that wasn’t difficult to use. The color didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Golden Shock #3 is a sparkling gold with warm, yellow undertones and a glittery finish. The texture feels almost wet and slick, and there’s some color in the base, though it isn’t fully opaque. I felt like you could wear this as a standalone eyeshadow, not just patted over the other shades. It wore well for almost eight hours but did have fall out over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Golden Shock #4 is a light, warm-toned pink with a mostly matte finish. It was somewhat powdery but didn’t have too much excess during application. It started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Golden Shock #5 is a muted, light-medium gold with a soft, frosted sheen. It had decent color payoff with a softer, smoother consistency. It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Golden Shock (756)

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8/10

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8/10

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8/10

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Golden Shock #2

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9/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Dior Golden Reflections (046) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Golden Reflections (046) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Golden Reflections (046) Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0. 21 oz.) is a limited edition palette that features five shades ranging from gray to gold to beige. I think Dior does interesting color combinations at times, but I find that too often the quality of their eyeshadows is lacking. If you prefer a softer, sheerer, more muted look out of shades like these, you may enjoy this palette. If you want more true-to-pan color, I would skip.

Golden Reflections #1 is a medium-dark, warm-toned gray with a frosted sheen. The texture seemed like it was going to smooth, but there was a dryness there that made the color look uneven and almost patchy applied, while the color coverage was semi-opaque. It wasn’t readily blended, and it lasted for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Golden Reflections #2 is a muted, golden, olive brown with a pearly sheen. It had nice color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Golden Reflections #3 is a brightened, light-medium beige with warm undertones and a sparkly, glittery finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, though it was mostly glitter and not a lot of color. It’s better patted over one of the other shades than used alone. I did have some fall out over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Golden Reflections #4 is a light, warm beige with a mostly matte finish. The consistency was slightly powdery, but it had decent to good pigmentation and blended well. It wore well for almost eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Golden Reflections #5 is a light-medium, gray-taupe with a soft, satin finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, and the eyeshadow felt somewhat powdery, which made it harder to build-up on the skin. This shade showed signs of fading after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Golden Reflections

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Product

7.5/10

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8/10

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8/10

Longevity

8/10

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4.5/5

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6/10

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6.5/10

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9/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

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Saturday, November 8th, 2014

‘Tis the season for red lips–or at least, that’s often how it feels–so how about a top five of creamy, glossy reds? (For this one, I specifically wanted to highlight shimmer-free shades.) What are your must-haved reds?

  1. Dior Vie d’Enfer (869) — medium, blue-based red
  2. Laura Mercier Poppy — a bold,, medium red with orange undertones
  3. Milani Red My Lips — a bright, neutral red
  4. Maybelline Signature Scarlet — a warm red
  5. MAC Russian Red — a blue-based red cream

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