Monday, March 12th, 2012

Dior Graphic Berry Nail Lacquer
Dior Graphic Berry Nail Lacquer

Dior Graphic Berry Vernis Nail Lacquer

Dior Graphic Berry Nail Lacquer ($23.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is a rich berry-red with a cream finish. Chanel April is lighter, pinker. Rescue Beauty Lounge Bruised is darker, purpler. China Glaze City Siren is redder. Butter London Blowing Raspberries is lighter, brighter. Illamasqua Vice is less red, slightly darker. China Glaze Winter Berry is redder. Essie Size Matters is darker and redder.

Graphic Berry had opaque color coverage in two coats, though it was almost opaque in a single coat–it was that pigmented. The polish flowed evenly and fluidly across the nail without bubbling, pooling, or streaking. Dior has a slightly larger brush that makes application a little easier, unless you have really narrow nail beds, then it may be more problematic. I typically get a week of wear with minor tip wear with this formula.

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Graphic Berry

A
If you love reds but feel like straying--but not too far from--consider a berry-red like this. It's rich, luxurious, and timeless.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, March 11th, 2012


Dior Addict Extreme for Spring 2012

“Why deprive fashion and women of the prestige of color?” asked Christian Dior, who fervently believed in the power of color. As early as 1947, at the midst of the excitement of the New Look collection, Dior envisioned a “total look” in which fashion and makeup came together in perfect harmony. Each model from that first collection appeared wearing original shades of lipstick in tones that “harmonize with each color, each fabric, each hour.”

Tyen, Artistic Director of Dior Makeup, has inherited this passion. For Dior Addict Extreme, he creates a dynamic, fashion-inspired color palette with a formula that boasts striking hold and a radiant finish, just as Christian Dior always envisioned.

The 12 bold shades of Dior Addict Extreme combine vibrant color intensity with luminous shine and hold. The melt-away texture leaves just the right amount of pigment on the lips for both dazzling shine and intense color. The formula features an exclusive combination of four waxes, hyaluronic acid spheres and delicate, shine-boosting oils for an exclusive, featherweight finish.

Dior Addict Extreme ($30.00)

Dior Addict Extreme features four color families: sophisticated, natural beige shades, variations of essential pinks, bright, playful colors and glamorous, intense shades. Within each family is a standout shade: Incognito, a chic, discreet greige reminiscent of the minimalist chic of Parisian women, Lucky, a bold, dazzling pink shade inspired by Kate Moss and named for one of Christian Dior’s favorite models, an icon of the 1950’s, while the iconic Plaza Athenee Hotel on the Avenue Montaigne inspired Plaza, a refined mauve. Finally, the electric coral Riviera is a nod to Christian Dior’s love of sunny locales, where he would retreat to renew his energy and return with sketches for his next collections.

  • Shades: Incognito #316, Saint Tropez #336 (Sephora Exclusive), Silhouette #339, Cherie Bow #356, Pink Icon #366 (Sephora Exclusive), Plaza #476, Holiday #479 (Sephora Exclusive), Cruise #486 (Sephora Exclusive), Lucky #536, Riviera #639, Avenue #667, Fireworks #756, Bellissima #789, Sunset Boulevard #829, Princess #857 (Saks Exclusive), Paparazzi #866, Black Tie #987. #829, Princess #857 (Saks Exclusive), Paparazzi #866, Black Tie #987.

Dior Addict Vernis ($23.00)

Dior Vernis reinvents the color block trend. Four nail polishes that echo the four Dior Addict EXTREME it shades for ideal color coordination: Plaza, Riviera, Lucky and Incognito. Pure, radiant, fresh and daring shades. A desire to live for seduction, look beautiful and have fun. In perfect fusion or surprising contrast, nail polish and lipstick can be endlessly mixed and matched for a unique and edgy style down to the fingertips.

availability: Now @ Nordstrom

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Thursday, February 16th, 2012


DiorShow New LookMascara Launches

In 1947, Christian Dior’s first collection completely overturned the sober codes of the era with its hourglass shapes, rich colors and full skirts. It was so revolutionary, it garnered its own place in fashion history and quickly became known as the “New Look.”
65 years later, a revolution comes to beauty…

2012 draws inspiration from these original values of the Dior “New Look” with an exceptional new mascara: Diorshow New Look. The revolutionary formula and 1st for Diorshow nano brush creates multi-dimensional volume for a dramatic, multiple-eyelash effect. Much like the voluminous shapes of the 1947 New Look, Diorshow New Look creates an unprecedented, voluminous result.

The Diorshow New Look formula pairs a nano-brush with a high-precision, serum formula to multiply volume lash by lash, both instantly and with continued use. In contrast to the original Diorshow XL brush, the nano brush of Diorshow New Look provides ultimate precision, coating each lash with the exclusive Lash Multiplier TM serum formula. Its unusual architecture is structured in two parts: the lower part of the brush is made up of four reservoirs and rows of separating spikes which load lashes from the root while allowing for maximum extension. The upper part of the brush has a “lash catcher” micro-head, which slips into the slightest gap to catch every lash with the precision of a couturier’s hand. The brush is made up of the perfect balance between supple rubber and resistant plastic which allows for easy application.

Lashes are instantly thicker, extended at a wider angle and appear infinitely more numerous thanks to an exceptional and supple polymer enriched with SR38 ceramide that coats each lash for extreme thickness, stretch and curl. An additional benefit is the intense color effect, obtained thanks to an exclusive, 3D effect, Dior Black Glass pigment. This black pigment is coated with light-reflecting particles for an astounding magnifying effect, which increases the depth and shine of the color. The formula is enriched with a regenerating royal jelly extract that works to repair damaged parts of the lash fiber, infiltrating the slightest gap to re-texturize and thicken each lash. In addition, Diorshow New Look reacts to body heat, allowing the serum to release its potent active ingredients as close as possible to the lash line. Lashes become stronger and denser day after day.

In 2002, Dior introduced Diorshow, the first Dior mascara directly inspired by professional makeup artist’s techniques. Backstage at fashion shows, artists would use a toothbrush to create a dramatic, voluminous lash look. With its one-of-a-kind XL brush, Diorshow created explosive volume for a stunning catwalk look and has since become a cult favorite. In 2012 new technology in Diorshow New Look Mascara will deliver a very unique type of volume: infinite volume, lash by lash.

availability: Spring 2012, $28.50, dior.com

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Video Review: Dior Spring 2012 Eyeshadow Palettes

First impressions and swatches of Dior’s two eyeshadow five-pan palettes for spring, Garden Pastels and Garden Roses.

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Dior Garden Roses Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Garden Roses Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Garden Roses Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Garden Roses Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a limited edition palette for spring that features five shades of pink, purple, and gray.  The new palettes for spring are slightly lighter (0.16 oz. vs. 0.21 oz.) compared to other five-pan palettes, though everything looks to be about the same visually.  The texture of the eyeshadows from spring have a drier feel to them, which might be an explanation for the discrepancy in quantity.  When I trialed these eyeshadows on the eye (without primer), I managed eight hours with slight fading but no creasing.

The first shade is a soft, frosted pink with gold shimmer. It’s a yellow-based pink with decent to good color payoff but does have some underlying sheerness and a drier texture. It’s similar to MAC Taupeless. Inglot #431 is a bit lighter, no golden shimmer. Make Up For Ever #303 is also a few steps lighter.

The second shade, which is on the top right, is a pale pink-tinted white with a golden-white frosted finish. The color payoff with this shade was good, and it applied very smoothly. It’s whiter than Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk. It has more of a frosted finish compared to Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse. It’s similar to MAC Defiance.

In the middle, there is a red-toned medium-dark purple with a satiny sheen. It has good color payoff and a soft, smooth consistency. Estee Lauder Cyber Lilac is several shades darker. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse is less metallic. MAC Plush is more vibrant. theBalm Kissy Kissy is less red-toned. Bare Escentuals Encore is very similar.

The fourth shade, on the bottom left, is a golden pewter–a little silver, gray, and gold all mixed together–with a frosted, metallic sheen. Inglot #431 and Make Up For Ever #303 are a bit more yellow-toned.

The last shade, on the bottom right, is a pink lilac with a metallic shimmer-sheen. It has decent to good color payoff but seems a bit sheer. It’s similar to MAC Palladium. Giorgio Armani #19 is more golden, lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild Dancing in the Clouds is more golden.

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Garden Roses

B+
Everything has a fairly shimmered finish, so you may want to mix and match with other finishes to create more dimension. When worn together, it can feel like frost overload, depending on which shades you use!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Dior Garden Pastels Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Garden Pastels Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Spring 2012: Garden Pastels Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Garden Pastels Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as “pale pink, buttercup yellow, and luminous greens.” It’s new and limited edition just in time for spring. It’s slightly lighter compared to the usual Dior eyeshadow palette, which has 0.21 oz., while this palette only has 0.16 oz. I suspect it is due to the consistency difference somehow, since it doesn’t seem less full or smaller compared to other Dior eyeshadow palettes.

The shade on the upper left of the palette is a yellowy green with a soft, frosted finish. The color payoff is good, and the texture is very smooth, though there’s a little dryness to it. If you’ve played with Estee Lauder’s Cyber Eyes eyeshadows, you’ll know what I’m talking about. It’s dry, but still very soft and smooth, and while dry, it’s not powdery. It’s a yellower and more subdued version of MAC LUcky Green, but it’s much darker than MAC Juxt. Inglot #412 is similar but more metallic, so it appears lighter.

On the upper right of the palette, the shade is a bright frosted white with good color payoff and a smooth, soft feel. There’s not a lot to the color–it’s a neutral white, not too cool- or warm-toned, so there are a fair amount of white eyeshadow dupes.

The center shade is a soft pastel pink with a silver shimmer. It has decent to good pigmentation, but there is some underlying sheerness. The texture is nice and smooth, though. It’s similar to Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk and is just barely darker than Tarina Tarantino Delightful. MAC Fresh Ice has more lilac in it. MAC Seedy Pearl is a bit darker and purpler.

On the bottom left, there is a pale yellow with a frosted finish that’s just slightly metallic. This shade had the best color payoff of the five shades; really dense and opaque. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful is less yellow, less frosted. theBalm Wild Child is more golden. MAC Nylon is a bit lighter and more golden.

The last shade on the bottom right of the palette is a green-tinted blue with a green-gold shimmer-sheen. It has decent color payoff, but like the center shade, it has underlying sheerness. It’s greener than Urban Decay Aquarius. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm is similar but a touch darker and doesn’t have the same golden sheen. Make Up For Ever #302 is more teal.

The texture of this palette is definitely different compared to previous iterations of Dior’s five-pan palettes. I don’t think it’s a departure from their typical formula but something in particular for the spring collection. Part of it may have been necessary to incorporate the design, but it’s certainly not an unwelcome or bad different! The drier consistency feels off at first, but it works well on the lid.

I like it, though perhaps not am not in love with it, since there are some sheerer shades in the palette. Everything has a fairly shimmered finish, so you may want to mix and match with other finishes to create more dimension. When worn together, it can feel like frost overload, depending on which shades you use! I went for the most obvious combination for testing: yellow, green, and blue/teal.

The new palette for spring doesn’t have much in the way of a description, but based on Dior’s other five-pan palettes, their eyeshadows are supposed to have rich, versatile colors that are “designed for easy application and long wear.” The drier consistency definitely helps these wear longer without creasing (without the aid of a primer), though I did find there was some slight fading after eight hours.

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Garden Pastels

B+
I like it, though perhaps not am not in love with it, since there are some sheerer shades in the palette. Everything has a fairly shimmered finish, so you may want to mix and match with other finishes to create more dimension. When worn together, it can feel like frost overload, depending on which shades you use! I went for the most obvious combination for testing: yellow, green, and blue/teal.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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