Monday, May 25th, 2015

Dior Rouge Brilliant Lipgloss
Dior Rouge Brilliant Lipgloss

Dior Rouge Brilliant Lipgloss ($35.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) released a few months ago as a new formula from the brand. The new formula is supposed to be a “long-wearing, couture lip balm gloss” that is supposed to “dispense just the right amount” with its “pen-like applicator” that is hydrating. As far as color coverage is concerned, there is a lot of marketing speak, and best I can surmise is… your mileage may vary, since it is the “perfect dose” and “the right touch of vibrant color.” I bought six shades to test out, and across all six, color coverage is semi-opaque, so there’s some translucency but noticeable color on the lips, but the stronger your natural lip color is, the more it may impact how the color translates on your lips. The gloss has a smooth, lightly thickened gel-like consistency that feels plush and covers fairly evenly on average; it doesn’t feel heavy, but it has that jelly-like consistency of balm. They’re moderately hydrating–less than the best balm, better than the average gloss–with a high-shine finish. They’re non-sticky, which makes them comfortable to wear and easier to smooth out. The formula is noticeably rose-scented, though not as intense as the Fluid Addicts, so I don’t normally notice it as a taste, just a scent. The lasting power is three to five hours, which is good for a gloss as non-sticky as this. All six of the shades I tried had a very faint pearl to them, which is definitely there, but it’s hard to really see the impact of the pearl on the lips from a normal viewing distance.

Dior Swan (263) Rouge Brilliant Lipgloss ($35.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a fine dusting of gold pearl. It had semi-opaque coverage with minimal settling into lip lines (more noticeable on my upper lip) that lasted for four hours and was moderately hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dior Hollywood (688) Rouge Brilliant Lipgloss ($35.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a slightly muted, medium fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and fine gold pearl. It applied somewhat evenly without pulling into lip lines and yielded semi-opaque coverage. It lasted for four and a half hours and was hydrating while worn. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dior Rose Harpers (766) Rouge Brilliant Lipgloss ($35.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is reddish-fuchsia with slight cool undertones and a fine pink pearl. It settled into lip lines and had a tendency to look almost like a stain at times. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that covered evenly without looking streaky. The gloss wore well for four and a half hours on me and was hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dior Darling (775) Rouge Brilliant Lipgloss ($35.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is light-medium, coral-pink with subtle, warm undertones and fine white pearl. It had semi-oapque pigmentation, though it was one of the lesser pigmented shades of the six. It lasted for four and a half hours and was hydrating, but it didn’t apply as evenly as I would have liked. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dior Soho (888) Rouge Brilliant Lipgloss ($35.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool, violet pearl. It had semi-opaque coverage that went on fairly evenly, though there was a little settling into lip lines, but it was hard to notice from a normal viewing distance. The color lasted for five hours and was hydrating over time. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dior 999 Rouge Brilliant Lipgloss ($35.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is an orange-red with warm undertones and a delicate gold pearl. It had semi-opaque color payoff that went on fairly smoothly and evenly with very slight settling into lip lines. I didn’t find the settling to be noticeable except very up-close. The color stayed on well for five hours, and the formula felt moisturizing. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Swan (263)

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Hollywood (688)

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Rose Harpers (766)

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Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Dior Coral Sunset (002) Diorskin Nude Tan Tie Dye Blush
Dior Coral Sunset (002) Diorskin Nude Tan Tie Dye Blush

Dior Coral Sunset (002) Diorskin Nude Tan Tie Dye Blush ($57.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “blend of orangey and effervescent coral hues.” It’s a muted, medium peach-orange with a satin finish. Tarte Fame (LE, $26.00) is darker, more matte. Colour Pop Bonus (P, $8.00) is cream. MAC Love & Laughter (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. Makeup Geek Summer Fling (P, $9.99) is darker. Makeup Geek Bliss (P, $9.99) is a smidgen lighter. bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is pinker. MAC Melba (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $21.00) is pinker. Giorgio Armani Coral Bliss (LE) is pinker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It’s a new, limited edition variation available for summer in a hefty, metal compact. It’s a multi-hued powder that includes white, pink, peach, and orange, but none of the parts are large, so the most practical way to use it is swirled together, which yielded that peachy-orange hue as swatched. The powder was finely-milled and smooth, but it was powdery and looked a little dry on the skin. It had medium coverage that was somewhat buildable, but it didn’t stick as well to skin, so I really had to pack it on to get enough to stay in place. I would recommend applying this over a cream blush or as a cream/liquid-based foundation was drying to maximize color payoff. It lasted for seven hours on me.

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Coral Sunset (002)

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8/10

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8.5/10

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7/10

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7.5/10

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Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Dior Jardin (456) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Jardin (456) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Jardin (456) Eyeshadow Palette ($62.00 for 0.21 oz.) is one of the more recently released quints, and it is part of the permanent range as far as I know. I picked it up awhile ago when I initially was trying out the new range, and it seemed promising when swatched, but there’s a dryness to the formula that can make it difficult to blend and apply on bare skin. Over primer, it’s easier to work with, but it’s still not a formula I’d reach for or would feel comfortable recommending. As they have a drier, dusty kind of texture, they tend to sheer out on the skin or look dry and fade more quickly.

Jardin #1 is a light-medium, neutral-to-warm-toned sage green with a soft, metallic shimmer-sheen finish. It had good color payoff, but the texture was a smidgen on the dry side, so it sheered out readily on the lid. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Jardin #2 is a brightened beige with a frosted finish and subtle warm undertones, though it tended to read almost cool-toned on me. It had good pigmentation that applied decently, but it was also a little dry to work with. It had started to look faded after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Jardin #3 is a medium-dark, khaki green with warm, olive undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice color payoff with a moderately dry, thin consistency that had faded noticeably after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Jardin #4 is a brightened, pinky-white with a frosted sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a soft, smooth texture that adhered well to the skin. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Jardin #5 is a deepened, almost blackened blue with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It swatched really beautifully with rich color payoff, but the texture was dry, and I had trouble with blending it out; it tended to just stick where it was initially applied. It did wear better than other shades at eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Jardin #1

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8.5/10

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Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Dior Designer 5-Colour Palette
Dior Designer 5-Colour Palette

Inspired by professional techniques and textures, this palette lets you create easy, stand-out eyes. Achieve flawless, sculpted eye looks and color graduation with these five semi-tones, while the designer textures allow for infinite layering with a sheer finish. This palette features a powder base that smooths, evens out, and prepares lids for application of longer-lasting, eye shadow color. Enriched with pearlescent pigments, its array of satiny eye shadows deliver high-pigment power with a luminous finish that creates a 3-D, sculpted effect. The shimmering highlighter imparts an ultra-fine film of light onto the eyelid, and the dense eyeliner finishes off the look by defining the eyes with an elevated, matte glow.

Designer 5-Colour Palette ($62.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Navy (208)
  • Khaki (308)
  • Nude Pink (508)
  • Amber (708)
  • Taupe (718)

Availability: May 2015; coming soon to Sephora

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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Dior Tie Dye Collection for Summer 2015
Dior Tie Dye Collection for Summer 2015

5 Couleurs Couture Eyeshadow Palette ($62.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Contraste Horizon
  • Ambre Nuit

DiorSkin Nude Tan ($57.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Pink Sunrise (001)
  • Coral Sunset (002)

Dior Addict Lipstick ($33.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Red Bliss (001)
  • Coral Trip (002)
  • Fuchsia Utopia (005)
  • Nude Fever (006)

Dior Addict Fluid Stick ($35.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Tropiques (379)
  • Ciel Rose (449)
  • Plaisir (779)

DiorShow Khol ($32.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Pearly Turquoise

Top Coat ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Tie Dye

Vernis ($27.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Sunkissed (239)
  • Sunwashed (319)

Availability: Now at NordstromSaksNeiman Marcus

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Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Dior My Lady Diorblush for Spring 2015
Dior My Lady Diorblush for Spring 2015

My Lady Diorblush Cannage Edition ($65.00) (Limited Edition)

Embossed with the cannage pattern, a timeless code of the House of Dior, My Lady Diorblush is a unique formula that gives maximum expression to pigments. Its micronized powder texture blends seamlessly with your skin, leaving nothing but a veil of pure, evanescent, weightless color.

Availability: Now at, and exclusive to, Nordstrom