Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Dior Swimming Pool Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Swimming Pool Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Swimming Pool Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Swimming Pool Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.24 oz.) is one of two limited edition summer eyeshadow palettes from the brand, and while Aurora soared, Swimming Pool sinks (couldn’t resist!).

The upper left shade is an iridescent pink-peach with sheer color. It had a powdery texture, though it wasn’t as bad as other shades in the palette. Tarina Tarantino DIamond Dusk is similar but has no peach. Bobbi Brown Black Ruby ends up looking similar because it’s also very sheer. Make Up For Ever #940 is very similar but has a much stronger duochrome.

The upper right shade is a pale silver with sheer color payoff and a powdery finish. Tarina Tarantino Lovely has a similar silver but has a more frosted finish. Guerlain Les Aquas is similar but has a more metallic finish.

The center shade is a light-medium sky blue with a mostly matte finish. It is very powdery, and it’s one of the most pigmented out of the five–but it’s still on the sheer side and impossible to build up on the lid. I wore this in the crease, and I kept going back (four times!) to get mediocre color payoff. The powdery texture makes this extremely easy to blend into oblivion–it just disappears as soon as you attempt to soften the edge. Buxom Husky is a smidgen lighter. NYX Cool Blue is darker. MAC Styledriven is very similar but has a frosted finish. Inglot #367 is lighter.

The lower left shade is a seafoam green to the eye, but when applied, it’s a sheer iridescent aqua that seems to bunch up on itself and disappear in sections. It doesn’t like to blend, and it doesn’t apply evenly. Giorgio Armani Airy Jade was the most similar, though it’s more metallic. Cle de Peau #112 doesn’t have the same finish. Lancome Fashion Forward is greener.

The lower right shade is a pale, frosted beige–the high metallic finish makes it appear almost white, though. This was the other more pigmented shade in the palette, though it’s still on the sheerer side. The texture was also the least powdery. Dolce & Gabbana Jewels seemed the closest.

This palette is characterized by two things: sheer and chalky. Let’s throw in powdery, too, because nearly every shade kicks up a ton of excess powder even when you barely touch your brush to the pan. When I applied these eyeshadows to the lid over a primer and over bare lids, I still couldn’t get much color payoff, and they didn’t want to blend. The aqua shade disappeared and looked so uneven. The blue shade insisted on looking like a pale, pasty blue. I’m about medium in color, but it’s horrific on me–the chalkiness is just emphasized and exacerbated with the genuine chalky base of the shades. I think the only people who could possibly wear this would be really pale skin tones.  What little manages to apply to the lid wears so-so; it seems a little faded after six hours or so both with and without a primer.

Swimming Pool may be one of the worst palettes I’ve come across from Dior. I can’t get over how powdery the finishes are, how sheer the colors were, and how they didn’t want to stick to the eye at all. I can only think of one compliment: it was a nice combination of colors in theory, but the execution was awful. I typically don’t return products I buy for review, since I get my “use” out of them, but this makes me want to reconsider that policy and get my $60 back.  I’ll have to settle for letting all of you know to check this out in person first!

The Glossover

palette

Swimming Pool

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Chalky, powdery textures abound in this palette--accompanied by pitiful pigmentation! The eyeshadows are soft, but they are difficult to blend together, partially because they tend to disappear and blend to nothingness with little effort. I think the only hope this palette has is on really pale complexions and for someone who wants only sheer washes of color.

Product

3/10

Pigmentation

5/10

Texture

5/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

2/5

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Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Dior Aurora Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Aurora Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Aurora Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Aurora Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a limited edition five-shade palette for summer. The shades were inspired by the emblems of the French Riviera. It’s really rich, deep, and filled with warm tones.

The shade in the upper left corner is a rich, molten orange-gold with a soft frosted finish and excellt color payoff. Bare Escentuals Remix is yellower, not as dark. Chanel Blazing Gold is lighter, paler. MAC Goldmine is a bit more golden. Inglot #430 is yellower. Urban Decay Honey is yellower and not at all orange. MAC Juiced was the closest I could find, though it’s more orange.

The shade in the upper right corner is a medium-dark brown with subtle red undertones. It has good pigmentation. It is actually similar to quite a few shades! MAC Havana is just slightly deeper and has a stronger red undertone. Buxom Golden Retriever is just a smidgen warmer. Benefit Dandy Brandy seems nearly the same. MAC Roasted Chestnut has a stronger red undertone. MAC Buckwheat is less golden. MAC Make Your Mark is darker.

The center shade is a pale, icy pink with a subtle blue undertone. It looked almost yellow-toned in the pan, but it looked rather cool against my skin tone. The color payoff is decent to good, though slightly sheer. MAC Joy & Laughter is similar, slightly more lilac. Dior Garden Roses is slightly darker. Dior Garden Pastels is very, very similar. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk is also incredibly similar.

The shade in the bottom left corner is a beige-peach with a slight iridescent sheen. It had decent pigmentation but was a bit sheer when swatched. It was slightly better when applied to the lid/eye. Inglot #330 is similar but peachier and matte. Giorgio Armani #1 Madreperla had a simialr shade but it was lighter, less yellow. MAC Dazzlelight is a bit lighter. MAC Vanilla is lighter, less yellowed. Urban Decay Skimp is similar but doesn’t have the same sheen.

The shade in the bottom right corner is a medium-dark orange with a subtle dusting of gold micro-shimmer and a satiny sheen. It had pretty good color payoff. MAC Rule is similar but has a matte finish. Dolce & Gabbana Cocoa is slightly lighter. MAC Fresh Daily is very similar. Milani Primary has a similar orange shade as well.

This kind of palette is very effortless to use on warmer complexions–the colors complement not only each other but warm skin tone in a very obvious way.  There has certainly been a fair number of gold/copper/bronze eyeshadow palettes on the market, so while this one is lovely in its own right, it’s not exactly a unique color combination.  It’s practical, wearable, and something that would work well for summer-themed looks.  Cooler complexions may find there are too many orange-based shades here to be as instantly flattering, but like anything, it’s workable if you want it to make it work–usually by pairing it with the right cheek/lip.  For instance, I wear cool-toned products but have to pay attention more closely to coordinating shades.

The pink is kind of a weird addition; it doesn’t really go with the palette, and I think its overall paleness makes it less functional.  If it were a shade that perhaps contrasted more, it could add a complex dimension to the look.   You could certainly do a combination where the pink is the lightest shade and then graduated from orange-gold to copper/brown.  I think a coral would have been a nice shade to have mixed in.

The texture of these is soft, finely-milled, and very smooth.  They’re dense and buttery, and they aren’t too powdery, which is something that Dior’s eyeshadows can sometimes suffer from.  Because of their soft, finely-milled texture, they blend easily on the lid and with each other.  Without a primer, these shades wore for eight hours with very faint fading around the edges.  With a primer, these shades wore for ten hours with very faint fading around the edges.  Overall, the color payoff was good to great.

The Glossover

palette

Aurora

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This kind of palette is very effortless to use on warmer complexions--the colors complement not only each other but warm skin tone in a very obvious way.  There has certainly been a fair number of gold/copper/bronze eyeshadow palettes on the market, so while this one is lovely in its own right, it's not exactly a unique color combination.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, April 7th, 2012


Dior Croisette Collection for Summer 2012

“On vacation, you can wear all the colorful and casual clothing that you like, but you must always be elegant,” said Christian Dior. Inspired by the art de vivre of the French Riviera, the Dior Croisette Collection combines the peace of the French countryside with the splendour of Saint Tropez. These locations have always been a prolific source of inspiration for Christian Dior. From Dior’s first swimsuit collections and seaside fashion creations in the Fifties to the current Cruise Collections, the French Riviera also embodies the brand’s most daring, fresh and colorful lines today.

Between the shimmering turquoise of the Mediterranean Sea and the sparkling gold of the sand, through soft coral and bikini pink, the Croisette reveals all its elegance and optimism in sunny and aquatic-inspired shades. The skin is warmed up and illuminated in a natural glow effect, while the eyes are dressed up with luminescent sunny shades or fresh azure blues. The lips are colorful and subtly sparkling while the nails complete the look with coral and blue shades inspired by the most glamorous emblems of the French Riviera.  Available April/May 2012.

Dior 5-Couleurs Croisette Edition ($60.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Aurora Warm
  • Swimming Pool Cool

1-Couleur Eye Gloss ($28.00) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

  • Tan (560)
  • Sunset (750)

Dior Addict Lip Balm ($30.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Crystal Coral (Sephora Exclusive)

Lipstick ($30.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Palace 354
  • Casual Gold 414
  • Jet Set 544

Ultra-Gloss ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Brown Panama 432
  • Pink Croisette 464
  • Orange Pareo 542

DiorShow Liner Waterproof ($29.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Turquoise 258 (Not at Sephora)

Vernis ($23.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Bikini 231
  • Saint Tropez 401

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Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Dior St. Tropez Vernis / Nail Lacquer
Dior St. Tropez Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Dior Saint-Tropez Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Dior Saint-Tropez Vernis / Nail Lacquer ($23.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) launched quite awhile ago, but it was extremely limited and sold out faster than I could review it! Now, you may be wondering, “What changed?” While browsing Nordstrom’s last night, I saw a very pretty teal-like Dior polish, and lo and behold, St. Tropez is being repromoted in Dior’s upcoming summer collection (which I’m still awaiting permission to post–this is the only item Nordstrom had up).  You may also see it called Saint-Tropez (which is actually how the bottom of the bottle is labeled, but online it is abbreviated).

Saint-Tropez is an aqua-blue–it’s almost a teal, but it’s probably a bit too blue to be a true teal. Depending on the light and your skin tone, you may find it looks closer to teal than aqua. It’s very reminiscent of vacations spent on the beach, though. MAC Salad Dressed is a bit darker and greener. Zoya Wednesday is much lighter, a touch greener. Zoya Zuza is greener, darker, and has shimmer. Chanel Nouvelle Vague is greener and has shimmer. On the same note, China Glaze For Audrey is the closest but a little greener (which results it in looking more like a teal).

This shade was opaque in two coats (but one coat is surprisingly opaque–the index finger I left with just one coat to show you) and I didn’t have any issues during application–no streaking, pooling, or bubbling here.  It applied fluidly and evenly, and the drying time was average.  The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin.  Dior’s lacquers have a wider, more tapered brush, which I actually like, as it makes it easier to apply the color in one or two strokes (depending on the size of the nail).  When I tested the wear of Saint-Tropez, it wore for a full week with very minor tip wear and no chipping.

The Glossover

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St. Tropez

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If you're a fan of aqua-blues, blue-teals, and other beach/ocean-inspired shades, you'll probably enjoy this one. I know when it initially debuted, it sold out very quickly. I anticipate that they made more for this launch (as it has a wider distribution), but it should still sell well.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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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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product

Graphic Berry

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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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