Tuesday, September 11th, 2012


Dior Grand Bal Collection for Holiday 2012

“Now that cinderella’s fairy godmother no longer exists, the couturier must be the magician,” said Christian Dior. From Monsieur Dior’s extravagant parties in Granville, his childhood home, to the Parisian balls of the Roaring Twenties, the couturier was profoundly fascinated by the transformative qualities of the ball gown and the fantasy of a fabulous fete. Now, Dior debuts a makeup collection inspired by Dior’s love for entertaining: the limited edition Palette Grand Bal, four new shades of Diorific, Dior’s most haute couture lipstick, two shades of Ultra-Gloss, and four new shades of Dior Vernis.

Palette Grand Bal Carnet de Maquillage ($85.00) (Limited Edition)

Inspired by the dance cards held by young women in the 18th-century to help keep track of their dance partners, this essential beauty kit is bound to be a must-have for the modern day party girl. The glamorous gold clutch features a pearl eyeshadow duo of platinum and gold, two shades of gloss, a mirror, and deep black eyeliner for quick touch-ups.

Rouge Diorific ($36.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Diorling #037
  • Diva #038
  • Lady #039
  • Marilyn #040

Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Lame Gold #424
  • Ceremony Red #774

Dior 5-Couleurs Eyesahdow ($59.00) (Limited Edition)

Night Golds #524
Fairy Golds #764

Diorific Vernis ($26.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Lady #011
  • Diorling #207
  • Marilyn #751
  • Diva #901

Dior Expert Eye Palette ($65.00) (Limited Edition)

This all-in-one compact features Dior’s must-haves for a sophisticated eye look: shadows in shades of brown, taupe, and champagne in a serum-infused base, brow liner, eyeliner, a Diorshow New Look Mini Mascara, and two double-sided applicators.

Dior Expert Lip Palette ($62.00) (Limited Edition)

The perfect rosy pink lip is just a few steps away with this ingenious palette. Prep the lips of Creme de Rose, mix and match three complementary shades of pink Rouge Dior lipstick, fill in with a pink mini lip liner and finish off with a boost of Dior Lip Maximizer.

Dior Holiday Mini Brush Set ($62.00) (Limited Edition)

Back for the holiday is a Dior favorite: the mini brush set. This chic, sleek patent case unfolds to reveal a powder brush, cheek brush, eyeshadow brush, and lip brush.

Dior Manicure Essentials Set ($62.00) (Limited Edition)

Housed in a classic black case, the Dior Manicure Essentials Set features all of Dior’s manicure must-haves: Mini Vernis Pelline Cuticle Remover, Mini Vernis Base Coat, Mini Vernis Top Coat, and a full size Creme Abricot. Orange wood cuticle sticks and a nail file round out this travel-friendly kit.

Golden Tattoos ($120.00) (Limited Edition)

From the early years of his career, Christian Dior was fascinated by gold and its mysterious powers. It wasn’t long before gold became a refined signature of the house and Dior’s most magnificent couture outfits were adorned with gold accessories. Now, Camille Miceli, Dior’s creative director of costume jewelry, has created a limited edition set of Golden Tattoos, comprised of 24-karat gold micro particles that melt onto the skin. The set includes seven exclusive designs: two wrist chains, a Dior Dollisimio charm, pearl drop charm with the Christian Dior logo, three rings, and a Line A interlaced bangles.

Grand Bal Lashes ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

Grand Bal Lashes are available in deep black or vibrant gold. Pearl Drops are available with silver pearl drops or soft gold.

Availability: October 2012

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Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Dior Shadow Nail Lacquer
Dior Shadow Nail Lacquer

A Deep Purple Emerges from the Shadows

Dior Shadow Nail Lacquer ($23.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as an “intense, shimmering purple.” It’s a dark eggplant purple with flecks of coppery red shimmer. Cult Nails Spontaneous is lighter. MAC Festive Finery is duller, slightly lighter, and has a cream finish. Cult Nails Enigmatic is browner. China Glaze Urban-Night has a stronger red undertone. You might be remembering Bobbi Brown Twilight from yesterday, but while both are dark, purple-ish shades, Shadow is much more of a purple-eggplant without all of the brown that Twilight had.

This is a Nordstrom-exclusive shade that launched with the retailer’s Anniversary sale, but it’s still available.  Shadow was opaque after two coats, and the formula wasn’t too thick or too thin.  It applied easily and evenly, without pooling along the sides or bubbling up.  Dior has a wider, curved brush, which has made it easier to apply polish for me, but I could see those with narrower nail beds having more difficulty.  I liked that the shimmer in this one was bright enough to actually show up even in low light.  I typically get a week of wear without chipping, just minor tip wear, with Dior’s formula.

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Shadow

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I liked that the shimmer in this one was bright enough to actually show up even in low light. It's an appropriate shade for fall, and I can imagine it looking lovely across skin tones.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Dior Incognito Addict Extreme Lipstick
Dior Incognito Addict Extreme Lipstick

They’ll Never Know with Color Like This

Dior Incognito Addict Extreme Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a subtly rose-tinted beige with a natural shine. Make Up For Ever #N40 is lighter, more beige. Tom Ford Blush Nude is lighter. Chanel Superstition is gold-shimmered. MAC Woo Me is several shades lighter. MAC Mellow Mood has a similar color but also has gold shimmer.

Talk about an effortless nude! I like to think of nude color as if your natural lip color and your skin color merged together to form something natural and infinitely flattering–on you.  This might be why it can be a challenge to find that perfect nude.  Many nudes are very pale, light, and don’t always work as nudes on a lot of complexions.  Incognito takes the natural pink and beige tones often found in the skin to create a nude that will work really well on light to medium complexions. It might be lighter than nude for medium-dark to dark skin tones (but it can still be worn–it just might not be your perfect nude, you know?).

After testing a bolder shade in the range, I wasn’t surprised that this one wasn’t long-wearing like Dior described it to be.  It does have mostly opaque color with a natural shine, but the wear is right around four hours, which is what I typically get with most lipsticks, including plenty of Dior shades from the past.  Incognito applies more evenly than Lucky when I was trialing it, but it had the same subtle translucency that gives it a really lush look on lips.  The texture is creamy enough that it slides across lips without tugging, but it’s not thick or heavy.  Not drying, lightly hydrating, it’s an all-around comfortable formula to wear.  It has a light perfume-y scent that I couldn’t notice once applied.

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Incognito

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Incognito takes the natural pink and beige tones often found in the skin to create a nude that will work really well on light to medium complexions. It might be lighter than nude for medium-dark to dark skin tones (but it can still be worn--it just might not be your perfect nude, you know?).

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Dior Khaki Design Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Khaki Design Eyeshadow Palette

Camouflage Your Eyes with These Jungle Hues

Dior Khaki Design Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.21 oz.) consists of four eyeshadows and one cream eyeliner, and all of these are in hues of greens, khakis, and olives. This eyeshadow palette is designed to be layered, as each shade has a different texture. It comes with a plastic insert that shows the labeling of what each shade is. Four of the shades can be treated as eyeshadows, while the fifth shade is a cream eyeliner.

The first shade, located on the upper left, is a darkened olive green with a subtle gray-tint that gives it that subdued color. It has noticeable brown undertones and a soft dusting of shimmer. The color payoff was good, and the texture was soft and smooth. NARS High Society is duller, grayer. Girogio Armani #25 has a blacker base and a ton more shimmer. Bare Escentuals Speaker Box is more shimmered. Giorgio Armani Green Jacquard is similar but less pigmented. MAC Femme Noir is greener, richer. Make Up For Ever #47 is greener.

The second shade, located on the upper right, is a sheer golden shimmer, which is noted as a “shine.” It can be layered over one of the other eyeshadows to add shimmer/sheen. The shimmer in it is finer than Dior Golden Savannah. Giorgio Armani #1 is more pigmented but similar in color–perhaps a touch browner. Giorgio Armani #18 is yellower. Tarina Tarantino Dreamy is similar but more like a regular eyeshadow, so it is opaque.

The third shade, located in the center, is an olive brown with a hint of green and a golden bronze shimmer. It has so-so color payoff; it’s a bit sheer, and it doesn’t build color well. theBalm Wocka, Wocka is similar but looks richer, as it is more pigmented. Bare Escentuals Spectacular is similar but more metallic in finish. MAC Sumptuous Olive is yellower. Inglot #419 is similar but very frosted.

The fourth shade, located on the bottom left, is a pale white gold with a frosted, metallic finish. The color is semi-sheer–it delivers more payoff than the upper right shade. Dior Couture Gold is chunkier and a smidgen yellower. MAC Carefree is similar in color but has more of matte finish. Bare Escentuals One Hit Wonder is also similar but a bit starker. Bare Escentuals Breathtaking is similar but has a less metallic finish.

The final shade, located on the bottom right, is a cream eyeliner that’s a blackened brown with a hint of teal shimmer.  The cream eyeliner has good color payoff, and it has a creamy consistency once you break through the initial surface.  It had so-so wear; it seemed a little faded and definitely migrated after six hours.

All of the shades had a soft, finely-milled texture that felt like butter and silk.  I liked the variation between finishes and light/dark within the palette, as it is more versatile–though I think it could have done with one more medium-colored eyeshadow instead of two pale/white golds that look more similar than not.  You would think that the Shine finish would have fall out problems, but it’s actually very easy to wear. I patted it over the darkest green eyeshadow, and I didn’t experience any fall out during the day.  When I wore the palette together, the eyeshadows wore for eight hours with very minor fading along the edges.

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palette

Khaki Design

B+
If you like layering your eyeshadows, enjoy khaki/olive-toned eyeshadows, and don't mind some sheerer color, then you might like this. I don't think it's a must-have, though.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, August 5th, 2012

Dior Lucky Addict Extreme Lipstick
Dior Lucky Addict Extreme Lipstick

Feel Lucky with This Not-Too-Vibrant Pink

Dior Lucky Addict Extreme Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a fuchsia-pink with the barest hint of coral; there’s an underlying warmth lurking just beneath the surface. Tarina Tarantino Fuchsia Lining is a bitter redder. MAC Speak Louder is pinker, cooler-toned. MAC Party Parrot is brighter, less red. Lancome Fuchsia Clutch is a bit darker and has a light smattering of iridescent fuchsia shimmer.

This formula is supposed to be long-wearing and yield bold color with “radiant shine.” I like the formula overall, though it doesn’t deliver particularly stellar results when it comes to wear–Lucky wore for five hours well, though the shine had faded after three–but it’s not much better than other Dior lipsticks (that aren’t marketed as long-wearing) or other lipsticks overall (typically, lipsticks average four hours on me). It lasts for a good length of time, but it’s short of long-wearing, which I would expect to clock in between six to eight hours. It definitely has a distinctly glossy shine that reflects the light well and gives lips a fuller look.

The color is semi-opaque (though almost opaque) with a slight translucency, so some of the natural lip color will peek through. When I applied the lipstick, the color coverage was mostly even but you can see how it didn’t go on perfectly even. It has a somewhat creamy consistency, but it reminded me more of a lip balm in a way, because it feels wetter–think Revlon’s Lip Butters with less slip.  There is a light perfume-y scent that’s just noticeable in the tube but not after it is applied.

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Lucky

A-
This color should be flattering on a variety of skin tones, because it's not too warm or too cool-toned and has enough vibrancy to contrast against the complexion. It has a really nice shine, feels comfortable on, but it's not as long-wearing as touted.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, July 28th, 2012

Dior Golden Savannah Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Golden Savannah Eyeshadow Palette

Welcome to the Jungle, Dior’s Got Fun and Games

Dior Golden Savannah Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a new and limited edition eyeshadow palette inspired by the jungle for the fall season. It contanis five shades: a yellowed medium brown, coppered bronze, glittering platinum, dark brown, and deeper brown.

The first color (upper left corner) is a medium brown with yellowy tan and a soft gold sheen. The color payoff was excellent, and it had such a nice softness to it, which resulted in a really smooth application of color. NARS Paramaribo is darker. theBalm Schitoz is similar, a smidgen lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone is close, slightly less yellow-toned. MAC Wedge is darker, no yellow. MAC Soba is close–a smidgen less yellow in the base color. MAC Double Feature 4 is pretty close but slightly darker–it shares the yellowness, though.

Next, we have a warm-toned, coppery bronze with a soft frosted finish. It has nice pigmentation with opaque results and a smooth, soft feel and application. This kind of color, though, is incredibly common, even if this particular shade is more subdued than a lot of other coppery hues. Urban Decay Snakebite is a little darker. Bare Escentuals Cognac is less copper. Urban Decay Baked is very comparable. MAC Bronze is a bit darker. Inglot #405 is more metallic.

The center shade is a metallic platinum with a silvery-gold shimmer and glitter. It’s very reflective, and it’s sheer. Truth be told, it feels and acts like a layering shade. It has a sheerness that seems like it was deliberate so you could use it over the other shades in the palette, but I can’t confirm this, as it’s not part of the description of this palette or of Dior’s 5-Couleur palettes in general. When I wore it, I tested it over another shade in the palette, and surprisingly, there was very little fallout after application. MAC Manila Paper is similar but has no silver. Make Up For Ever #101 is very similar but more opaque. Dior Couture Gold has a shade nearly like it in the center as well.

In the bottom right corner, there is a medium-dark olive-tonted brown with an almost cool undertone (but there is definite warmth). The color payoff is fairly good, and the texture was soft and applied smoothly. Giorgio Armani #24 is darker. Urban Decay Cobra is darker and more matte. Urban Decay Deeper is comparable.

The fnial shade is a dark brown with a subtle gray tinge that makes it look like a neutral-toned brown. It has a soft sheen. This shade was slightly drier than the others, but the color payoff was still good, and it did apply evenly. Inglot #409 is more metallic. Urban Decay MIA is a bit darker. Tarina Tarantino Dreamy is very similar.

What I didn’t love about this palette was the same thing as Guerlain Les Fauves: the colors are too alike. If you have a good-sized stash and are applying makeup at home, it’s not a big deal, but if you only want to take this palette and maybe one other for traveling, then it’s a little less ideal. This palette has a lot of brown, but they’re on the darker end of the spectrum–a beige or light-medium olive green could have worked exceptionally well in this palette.  Aside from the sheerness of the center shade, the palette was high quality from the pigmentation to the texture to the wear.  I had no fading or creasing (and very, very little glitter fall out from the center shade) over a twelve-hour period.

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palette

Golden Savannah

A
If you have a good-sized stash and are applying makeup at home, it's not a big deal, but if you only want to take this palette and maybe one other for traveling, then it's a little less ideal. This palette has a lot of brown, but they're on the darker end of the spectrum--a beige or light-medium olive green could have worked exceptionally well in this palette.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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