Wednesday, April 17th, 2013


In Christian Dior’s early years as a designer, he was keen on exploring the visual and cultural magnificence beyond Europe, and Latin America became a source of inspiration for years to come. His global interests were evident in his designs. Vibrant colors, sophisticated fabrics like organza and silk, and ornamented details (often featuring feathers) exuded an exotic femininity and glamour. Drawing from nature’s tropical paradises, Dior takes a journey through Latin America once again to evoke the intoxicating aura of fresh greenery, glistening waters, and exotic creatures.

The Bird of Paradise collection embraces the vibrancy of nature and translates to versatile, wearable color for summer. Lips are inspired by tropic temperatures, while eyeshadow palettes feature a spectrum of luminous, marine blues, bamboo greens, and subtle accents of soft yellow for dramatic, shimmering lids inspired by the plumage of an exotic bird. A combination of bright pigments and rich textures celebrate summer’s energetic mix.

Nude Tan BB Creme ($44.00)

Dior has infused its original BB Crème with a natural bronzing agent. The exclusive Tan Beautifier complex works in combination with the sheer Complexion Corrector to enhance and prolong a natural healthy glow. In addition, Diorskin Nude BB Tan Crème features hydrating ingredients including jisten, mauve and hibiscus, as well as green, red, and white tea extracts to offer the same skin-illuminating effects as the original Diorskin Nude BB Creme, now with the added benefits of SPF 15. Available in two universal shades: 001 and 002.

Jelly Lip Pen ($26.00)

  • Copacabana (516)
  • Carioca (636)
  • Gaia (656)

Diorskin Nude Tan Paradise Blush Duo ($56.00)

This summer, Dior introduces a multi-faceted product that provides all the tools for achieving fresh-faced beauty. A unique hybrid of bronzing powder and high-pigment blush, Dior’s signature cannage patterned compact holds a quartet of bronzy shades and bright tones ideal for illuminating the complexion and sculpting cheekbones. The iridescent harmonies blend seamlessly to create a multi-dimensional effect, while complementary light and dark shades provide subtle highlighting and define the natural contours of the face.

  • Pink Glow (001)
  • Coral Glow (002)

Dior Addict Lipstick ($31.00)

  • 751
  • 771

Diorshow Waterproof Eyeliner ($29.00)

  • Aqua Green (348)

Vernis Nail Duos ($29.00)

  • Samba (001)
  • Bahia (002)

Paradise Summer Blush Brush ($55.00)

5-Couleurs Eyeshadow ($60.00)

  • Blue Lagoon (347)
  • Peacock (434)

Availability: May 2013 at Dior counters nationwide, Now @ Nordstrom

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Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Dior Cruise (230) Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow
Dior Cruise (230) Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow

Dior Cruise (230) Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a pale aqua blue with a frosted finish. Cinderella Glass Slipper is bluer. Dior Swimming Pool #4 is similar but bluer. bareMinerals Illusion is darker. Giorgio Armani #10 is more metallic. MAC Sky Blue is darker. Inglot #367 is matte.

The texture is soft and finely-milled, but it is also on the powdery side. My larger issue with it was the weak color payoff–no matter whether it was used wet or dry, because it looked the same both ways–and that it was sheer at all stages. I tried to layer and build up the color to no avail. The formula can be used both dry as well as wet, but I really didn’t notice any difference in finish or intensity when I used it wet. When applied with a damp brush, what I did find was that it stayed on better; I was able to see eight hours without creasing or fading (though it was always sheer). When applied dry, it had disappeared by eight hours. At present, this shade is exclusive to Saks and Dior.com.

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Cruise (23)

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I can't say I would look long and hard for this shade, because it's not nearly as versatile or as pigmented as it should be.

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

6/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

3.5/5

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Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Dior Pareo (644) Mono Eyeshadow
Dior Pareo (644) Mono Eyeshadow

Dior Pareo (644) Mono Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.07 oz.) is tangerine orange with a subtle golden shimmer. It’s just bright enough to be a bolder shade, but it’s muted enough that it isn’t a neon orange. Dior Aurora #5 is darker, more shimmery. MAC Fresh Daily is a touch more copper. Milani Orange Primary Runway Eyes is more shimmery. NARS Ramatuelle is darker and more muted.

The eyeshadow had good color payoff, and while the texture was soft and finely-milled, it was noticeably powdery both in the pan and applied.  It’s really vital that you remember to lightly tap your brush against your forearm or over the pan to minimize fall out during application.  The color is also better patted on, rather than swept, and though pigmented, has a tendency to blend out very, very quickly.  I like applying it, then working the rest of the colors into the look, and then going back to add more color and blend it with the rest of the shades.  When I wore it, Pareo lasted seven hours but was noticeably faded after eight hours (no primer).

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Pareo

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It's definitely a case where the eyeshadow looks better in the pan--and even swatched--than it performs in action. It's a little more demanding as a result of its powdery texture: sheers out too quickly and has a tendency to fade faster than other shades.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Dior Bow (887) Mono Eyeshadow
Dior Bow (887) Mono Eyeshadow

Dior Bow (887) Mono Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a bright pop of medium-dark pink with subtle blue undertones and a satin-like finish–just a dusting of shimmer. Urban Decay Noise is cooler-toned (more fuchsia) and frosted. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #2 is very nearly the same in color but has more of a matte finish. MAC Tease with Ease is slightly cooler-toned.

It’s not yet released stateside but should be popping up in the next few weeks (several of the more neutral shades are already available). Bow had good color payoff, and the texture was very soft, finely-milled, and smooth. It was a touch powdery, but since the formula can also be applied wet, then dampening the brush prior to applying would help alleviate the slight powderiness. The pigmentation was the same both wet and dry, though it is easier to sheer out when applied dry.  On the lid, it blends easily, and it can be sheered out or patted on for more opaque color payoff. When I wore this shade, it lasted for eight hours without creasing, and there was faint signs of fading after nine hours (no primer).

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Bow (887)

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There's something that's still really fun about seeing higher-end brands like Dior embrace pops of color like Bow. It had good color payoff, and I liked that you could use it both wet and dry.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, December 30th, 2012

Dior Espiegle (687) Dior Addict Lipstick
Dior Espiegle (687) Dior Addict Lipstick

A Sheer Dance of Fuchsia Shimmer

Dior Espiegle (687) Dior Addict Lipstick ($31.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “punch of pink.” It looks like a fuchsia pink in the tube, but it’s much tamer swatched and applied. It’s a lightly cool-toned, medium pink with iridescent shimmer. On my lips, it brightened and added some cool-toned pink coloring. Guerlain Rose Ensoleille looks similar on but is a bit warmer overall. Guerlain Rose Piquant is cooler-toned. The shimmer was reminiscent of Revlon cupcake, which is more lilac and pigmented.

This shade wore away in a mere two hours, which is quick for a lip product–a lot of this range lasts three hours, which is decent for something as balm-like in texture as this is.  The texture is slick, lightweight, and very comfortable on the lips.  It also applies evenly and slides on without tugging or dragging.  It is somewhat hydrating but not enough where I’d describe the formula as a moisturizing one.  The color is sheer, which is on par with the range and expected results (supposed to have a “veil” of color), so don’t let the color in the tube intimidate (or mislead) you!

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Espiegle

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This wasn't quite as hydrating as anticipated--it was just lightly moisturizing but not enough where I'd describe it as a hydrating formula. It was also a bit quick to wear away.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Dior Candide (457) Dior Addict Lipstick
Dior Candide (457) Dior Addict Lipstick

A Rather Candid Pop of Pink

Dior Candide (457) Dior Addict Lipstick ($31.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with subtle yellow undertones and a shiny finish. MAC Vivid Imagination is more opaque, slightly brighter. Bobbi Brown Pink Orchid is a touch lighter. Guerlain Rose Piquant is similar. Chanel Charme is similar in color, a touch cooler, and more shimmery.

The Dior Addict Lipstick formula is creamy, balm-like, and lightweight; it slides on easily and deposits even color while you glide it across the lips.  This is actually one of the more pigmented shades from the range that I’ve experienced–it’s semi-sheer to semi-opaque as there’s a noticeable translucency that allows the natural lip color to come through.  As a result, those with redder natural lip color, this will look redder on you still, but the effect is lightening and brightening, even on my less pigmented lips.  Candide wore for three hours, and it was somewhat hydrating but not as hydrating as I’d expect.

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Candide

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Based on the claims, I would expect this to be a bit more hydrating than it was--it was just lightly moisturizing but it lasts mostly while it's on.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

5/5

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