Introduction to Dior

Introduction to Dior

I’m new to this brand. Where should I start?

A Few Notes | Dior frequently reformulates their products and discontinues older lines; as a result, I have found myself with very few lipstick shades to recommend that actually exist (a mental note has been made to consider to trying a few in the future). Most of their lip products have a floral/rose scent. They also are a brand that tends to have primarily limited edition blushes and highlighters with a limited permanent range (none that exist permanently now I have tried!).

They are famous for their Diorshow mascara options, while most of their liquid foundations have fairly favorable reviews to my knowledge, but I haven’t tried any of their current formulas in awhile. I am actually more curious to find out what Dior fans would recommend as so much of what I’ve tried from Dior in recent years has been limited edition (I try to only recommend currently-available products).

What would you recommend to someone just trying Dior for the first time?

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Dior Blue Garden Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Blue Garden (031) Eyeshadow Palette ($63.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a mix of white, silver, gray, blue, and orange. The orange is an interesting addition (certainly makes it more unique), but whether that’s a good addition or not is quite subjective. I couldn’t find anything online that described this as a wet/dry formula, but it felt like that to me, so I did swatch it both dry (left) and damp (right) for your viewing pleasure. The ratings are based solely on performance dry, though, which was disappointing across the board.

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Dior Blue Garden (031) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Glowing Gardens Eyeshadow Palette Blue Garden (031)
C
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
7
Application
4.5
Total
76%
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Dior Floral Pink (844) Diorblush

Dior Floral Pink (844) Diorblush ($44.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a light-medium pink with subtly warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. MAC Lotus Blossom (LE, $40.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Launch Away (LE, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). Guerlain Smile (Right) (LE, $52.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Whimsy (LE, $26.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Burberry S/S15 Runway (LE, $65.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Blush (P) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Sweet Pink (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is brighter (90% similar). Tarte Flush (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Morning Rose (P, $52.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Burberry Misty (P, $42.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS New Attitude (LE, $30.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). Stila Light Pink (LE) is cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Temper (LE) is darker, brighter (85% similar). MAC I'm a Lover (P, $23.50) is cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Skyline (LE) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Pinch O' Peach (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Dior Floral Pink (844) Diorblush
Dior Glowing Gardens Diorblush Floral Pink (844)
D+
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6
Longevity
7
Application
4.5
Total
69%

Dior Rose Garden (451) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Rose Garden (451) Eyeshadow Palette ($63.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette for spring. The eyeshadow formula feels different than their standard, permanent eyeshadow formula but similar to the formula used in the limited edition holiday palettes–more in the vein of MAC Extra Dimension and NARS Dual Intensity–but I couldn’t find anything from Dior that indicated these are actually wet/dry, though for your perusal, I swatched them both dry (left) and damp (right), so this review only covers dry application. I think that the eyeshadows perform much better damp, though, or with primer, as they run crumbly and/or powdery, so they tended to look a little dry or uneven applied to the lid as-is.

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Dior Rose Garden (451) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Glowing Gardens Eyeshadow Palette Rose Garden (451)
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
80%
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Dior Glowing Nude Diorskin Nude Air Illuminating Powder

Dior Glowing Nude Diorskin Nude Air Illuminating Powder ($58.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a light-medium gold with warm, peach-brown tones and a luminous, slightly frosted sheen. Urban Decay Angel (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker (95% similar). Burberry No. 02 Nude Gold (LE, $68.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Frenzy (Left) (P) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Bubbly (LE) is warmer (95% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P) is brighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Collection Jubilant (21) (P, $15.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Wisp (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Oh, Darling! (LE, $30.00) is darker (85% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Dior Glowing Nude Diorskin Nude Air Illuminating Powder
Dior Glowing Gardens Diorskin Nude Air Illuminating Powder Glowing Nude (002)
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
92%

Dior Glowing Pink Diorskin Nude Air Illuminating Powder

Dior Glowing Pink Diorskin Nude Air Illuminating Powder ($58.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a cool-toned, pinkish-white with a luminous sheen. Burberry No. 01 White (LE, $68.00) is cooler (95% similar). Becca Pearl (P, $38.00) is cooler (90% similar). NYX Ice Queen (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Delice (78) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Perles et Fantaisies (Left) (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Cle de Peau Pastel (11) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Pearl (P, $38.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Fanny Pack (LE, $8.00) is brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Rosy Glow (Right) (P) is warmer (85% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is darker, warmer (85% similar). NARS Craving (Left) (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Benefit 10 (Highlighter) (DC, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Light Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Dior Glowing Pink Diorskin Nude Air Illuminating Powder
Dior Glowing Gardens Diorskin Nude Air Illuminating Powder Glowing Pink (001)
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
92%