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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Golden Shock #1

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8/10

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9.5/10

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Golden Shock #2

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9/10

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9/10

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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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7.5/10

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8/10

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8/10

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8/10

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6/10

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9.5/10

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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

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

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Dior Mirror (621) Fusion Mono Long-Wear Eyeshadow
Dior Mirror (621) Fusion Mono Long-Wear Eyeshadow

Dior Mirror (621) Fusion Mono Long-Wear Eyeshadow ($31.00 for 0.22 oz.) is described as a “shimmering gold.” It’s a pale, muted light-medium gold with warm undertones and a sparkly, metallic finish. LORAC Cashmere (LE) is very similar. LORAC Sand (LE) is similar. LORAC Opal (LE) is lighter. Hello Kitty Bright (LE) is lighter. Dior Pied de Poule #2 (P) is lighter. Make Up For Ever D416 Crystalline Yellow (P, $21.00) is a touch lighter. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #2 (P) is very similar. MAC Cool Companions #1 (LE) is more glittery. YSL Saharienne #2 (P) is lighter. Dior Pastel Fontanges #3 (LE) is similar. Tarina Tarantino Taurella (LE) is similar. Too Faced Snowflakes (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Greenluxe #2 (P) is more sparkly. Disney by Sephora Charming (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

When the formula first released, I really loved it (and I still love the original shades), but some of the limited edition releases have left me less impressed. I think Mirror works well as a sparkly wash of gold on the lid–if that’s the look you’re going for–but it doesn’t layer or build up to fully opaque color. It’s not as pigmented as the formula is normally, and this one had enough sparkle that there was a little fall out over time as well. I didn’t have any creasing until after nine hours of wear, and the texture of it is spongy, gel-cream like so it blends incredibly easily on the skin and looks smooth applied.

FYI… some confusion about whether this is limited edition or permanent exists as three counters I called and online retailers are listing it as limited edition, but Dior says it is new and permanent, so they’ve said that they can confirm at the very least Dior.com will have it permanently.

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Mirror (621)

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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5/5

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Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Dior Gold Rain (164) Addict Gloss
Dior Gold Rain (164) Addict Gloss

Dior Gold Rain (164) Addict Gloss ($29.50 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is a sheer, white gold with light-medium gold shimmer and sparkle. It lasts for two and a half hours, though the lightweight, non-sticky, creamy consistency meant it was very comfortable and nicely hydrating during that time. The formula is supposed to be a sheerer, lightweight, hydrating, and high-shine gloss, and Dior delivers–it’s a matter of whether sheer is your thing (or not). MAC Pussywillow (LE, $15.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Rose (LE, $24.00) is less golden. Guerlain Gold Tchlack (P, $30.00) has a clearer base. Dior Lame Gold (LE, $28.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dior Pink Excess (663) Addict Gloss ($29.50 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium pink-coral with pink and gold sparkle. It had semi-sheer color coverage, but this one had more impact applied than Gold Rain, as it did noticeable tint the lips and add sparkle. It wasn’t quite as glossy, though. It lasted for three hours on me and was very hydrating over time. Gucci Beauty Crushed Coral (P, $32.00) is more orange. Dior Rieuse (373) (P, $35.00) is more pigmented. Josie Maran Timeless Coral (P, $18.00) is less sparkly. NARS Salamanca (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Sonate (178) (P, $29.50) is pinker. Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is more pigmented, finer shimmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Gold Rain (164)

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8.5/10

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9/10

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9/10

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Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Dior Golden Shock (001) Diorific Vernis Nail Enamel
Dior Golden Shock (001) Diorific Vernis Nail Enamel

Dior Golden Shock (001) Diorific Top Coat ($28.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a clear top coat with gold leaf. It’s certainly fun and festive, but it requires fishing and some maneuvering to get the gold flakes to appear just-so on the nails. The cap on the Diorific polishes makes this a little more difficult, but the degree of difficulty will depend on how large your fingers are. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dior Mirror (022) Diorific Vernis Nail Enamel ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a pale, white gold with warm undertones and a very fine, metallic shimmer. Alone, it has a more pearly, white gold effect. I tried it layered over Shock (a warm red), and it made the pearl look more orange. It’s semi-sheer average two coats and has a moderately shiny dry down. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dior Gold Equinoxe (241) Diorific Vernis Nail Enamel ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark gold with hints of brown and fine, gold metallic shimmer. It didn’t apply evenly, and it was only semi-opaque. The consistency of this was thin, and it seemed to dry as I was applying, even though it isn’t a foil finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dior Shock (762) Diorific Vernis Nail Enamel ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, medium red with subtle, warm undertones (almost neutral, I’d say) and a cream finish. It was opaque after two coats, and it dried down to a glossy finish without need for a top coat. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and this was the best-performing shade out of the five. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dior Smoky (990) Diorific Vernis Nail Enamel ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a deep, dark, blackened purple berry with a cream finish. It was mostly opaque, but it was somewhat streaky (which was a surprise!), possibly due to the more watery formula. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Golden Shock (001)

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8/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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8/10

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8.5/10

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Gold Equinoxe (241)

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7/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

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7.5/10

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8.5/10

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4/5

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