Saturday, June 21st, 2014

One thing I really love about coral lipgloss is it’s a way to wear coral that is often more muted, softer, and less bright and in-your-face compared to a coral lipstick. Here are my current favorites…

  1. Dior Rieuse (373) — brightened, medium coral
  2. Hourglass Nectar — slightly muted, medium coral
  3. Bobbi Brown Citrus — sparkling mix of coral, pink, gold
  4. Burberry Cameo Pink — gold-shimmered, pink-coral
  5. Chanel Reflexion — brightened, coral-pink with gold shimmer

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Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Dior Color Icons Collection for Fall 2014
Dior Color Icons Collection for Fall 2014

Introducing Dior’s first ever pre-fall color collection created exclusively for Nordstrom and inspired by the Raf Simons’ Dior pre-fall fashion collection of classic lines and sumptuous colors. Featuring modern, feminine and sophisticated shades, the Dior Color Icons Collection is as timeless as it is current.

For eyes, two shades of Dior Fusion Mono Eyeshadow—a classic smoky blue and a shimmering silver—can be paired with a Dior 3-Couleurs Eyeshadow palette in exquisite shades of gold while a Diorshow Art Pen in deep navy adds depth to the lash line. For the lips, Rouge Dior Lipstick in shades of classic red and vibrant fuchsia can be paired, mixed and matched with two shades of Dior Addict Fluid Stick in glossy red and juicy pink. Cheeks are dusted in a shimmering rose shade of Diorblush.

An array of Dior Vernis shades add the perfect finishing touch to this flattering beauty look: a shimmering gold, a mysterious charcoal or a classic Dior red can be paired with the exclusive Dior Nail Artistry Box.

Dior 3-Couleurs Smoky Eyeshadow ($48.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Smoky Gold (531)

Dior Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($30.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Trompe L’Oeil (011)
  • Reveuse (271)

Rouge Dior Lipstick ($34.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Tout Paris (742)
  • La Vie (773)

Diorshow Art Pen ($30.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Cruise Blue Blue

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

  • Rose Tricheuse (669)
  • Mona Lisette (872)

Vernis ($25.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Reflects (228)
  • Night Shock (808)
  • Tout Paris (888)

Diorblush ($42.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Rose Libertine (939)

Dior Nail Artistry Box ($60.00) (Limited Edition)

Inspired by the show-stopping metallic effects seen on the fall runways, the new Dior Nail Artistry Box, a curated limited edition kit of essential nail art accessories, is a must-have for creating the nail statement of the season. Featuring timeless symbols of the House of Dior—including the famously superstitious Mr. Dior’s lucky star and clover charms, which he carried with him at all times, as well as splashes of Swarovski crystal embellishments as seen in Raf Simons’ designs—this exclusive nail kit makes it easy to translate the latest trends straight to the fingertips.
Included in the boxed set are one Dior Vernis mini nail lacquer in the limited edition shade Chrome, one Dior Gel Coat, one sheet of Swarovski Elements® Crystal sparkling stones, one set of precision tweezers for easy application, and two exclusive Dior stencil sheets: Lucky Star and Clover Charm. In addition, each set comes with an exclusive handbook that features pro tips and helpful illustrations for recreating the looks at home.

Availability: July 2014 at dior.com, August 2014 at Nordstrom; exclusive to Dior.com/Nordstrom

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Sunday, June 15th, 2014

One of my favorite products these days are cream eyeshadows, particular one-and-done shades, which I’ve included three of here, and then two brighter, more vibrant shades that could be used as bases or incorporated with other eyeshadows for a major look.

  1. Benefit Birthday Suit — a bronzy taupe
  2. Maybelline Fierce & Tangy — tangerine orange
  3. Shiseido Esmaralda — a bluish-teal
  4. MAC Rubenesque — a coppery peach
  5. Dior Lune — a shimmery white

>> See side-by-side swatches here! <<

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Dior Vie d'Enfer (869) Dior Addict Fluid Stick
Dior Vie d’Enfer (869) Dior Addict Fluid Stick

Dior Vie d’Enfer (869) Dior Addict Fluid Stick ($35.00 for 0.18 fl oz.) is a brightened, medium, blue-based red with a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly and smoothly. This shade wore well for five hours on me. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $15.00) is darker. Giorgio Armani #400 (P, $29.00) is warmer. NARS Norma (P, $26.00) is darker. MAC Send Me Sailing (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Russian Red (P, $15.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dior Intrigue (995) Dior Addict Fluid Stick ($35.00 for 0.18 fl oz.) is a cool-toned, purpled berry with a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage–it was the least pigmented out of the shades I bought to try–and settled noticeably into lip lines. The gloss managed to wear just over five hours on me. MAC Modern Lure (LE, $15.00) is shimmery. Maybelline Caviar Couture (050) (P, $8.99) is brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Wet Violet (P, $45.00) is darker, purpler. MAC Rebel (LE, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

To recap, the formula is supposed to have the effect of “shiny gloss and pigmented lipstick into one color-rich product.” It is also described as long-wearing, lightweight, and having coverage “that is between a gloss and lipstick.” The texture is lightweight, creamy, and almost cool-to-the-touch when initially applied, but it thickens slightly and clings more to the natural curvature of the lip without being uncomfortable. A slight tackiness develops shortly after application and gets progressively tackier as it wears on, though it never feels too sticky or gluey. It feels mostly like a more opaque lipgloss than a liquid lipstick. It was fairly hydrating and wore longer than the average gloss. It had a perfume-y scent that is stronger during application than it is worn. At times, I felt like I was tasting it here and there (almost soapy), but it was faint enough that sometimes I thought I was imagining it.

P.S. — This wraps up all my reviews on this formula — all shades I bought have now been reviewed! :) If you missed any, you can see them all here!

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Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Dior Tiny Pink (269) Dior Addict Fluid Stick
Dior Tiny Pink (269) Dior Addict Fluid Stick

Dior Tiny Pink (269) Dior Addict Fluid Stick ($35.00 for 0.18 fl oz.) is a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage with some translucency, but it covered the natural lip color for the most part. There was some minor settling of the color into vertical lip lines, but it wasn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance. This shade lasted for four and a half hours on me. Urban Decay Flushed (P, $19.00) is less glossy, darker. Paul and Joe Beaute Carnaval (06) (P, $29.00) is darker. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is a touch lighter. MAC Viva Glam Nicki (LE, $15.00) is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dior Rieuse (373) Dior Addict Fluid Stick ($35.00 for 0.18 fl oz.) is a slightly muted, medium coral-pink with a creamy, glossy finish. It had rich, mostly opaque pigmentation that covered my natural lip color. It applied evenly and smoothly, and it wore well for five hours on me. Dior Magique (479) (P, $35.00) is pinker. Hourglass Muse (P, $28.00) is darker, brighter. NARS Paris Follies (LE, $26.00) is similar. MAC Drawn in Chic (LE, $15.00) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty Paint It (202) (P, $28.00) is warmer. MAC Fever Isle (LE, $20.00) is shimmery. Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is shimmery. MAC Star Quality (LE, $20.00) is slightly pinker. Illamasqua Mistress (P, $22.00) is brighter. Hourglass Nectar (P, $28.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This formula is supposed to have the effect of “shiny gloss and pigmented lipstick into one color-rich product.” It is also described as long-wearing, lightweight, and having coverage “that is between a gloss and lipstick.” The texture is lightweight, creamy, and almost cool-to-the-touch when initially applied, but it thickens slightly and clings more to the natural curvature of the lip without being uncomfortable. A slight tackiness develops shortly after application and gets progressively tackier as it wears on, though it never feels too sticky or gluey. It feels mostly like a more opaque lipgloss than a liquid lipstick. It was fairly hydrating and wore longer than the average gloss. It had a perfume-y scent that is stronger during application than it is worn. At times, I felt like I was tasting it here and there (almost soapy), but it was faint enough that sometimes I thought I was imagining it. I also had issues with the color getting on my teeth.

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Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Dior Front Row (769) Vernis Gel Nail Lacquer
Dior Front Row (769) Vernis Gel Nail Lacquer

Dior Front Row (769) Vernis Gel Nail Lacquer ($25.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is a fuchsia-shimmered, pink-red with cool, bluish undertones. Formula X Spectrum (P, $12.50) has larger shimmer. Formula X A+ (P, $12.50) has no shimmer. Guerlain Madame Batifole (860) (LE, $23.00) is darker, no shimmer. China Glaze Love’s a Beach (LE, $7.50) is brighter. China Glaze 108 Degrees (LE, $7.50) is more of a jelly-finish. Essie Super Bossa Nova (LE, $8.00) is more fuchsia. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Recently, Dior revamped their polish formula to a “gel-effect nail polish” that is supposed to have a “glass-like shine and extended wear.” They also changed the brush, which is still slightly widened at the edge, but it isn’t as wide as the previous brush, so it is easier to maneuver on narrower nails (for me, the previous brush was almost too wide for my pinky nail, but this one is just right). After applying two coats, it was fully opaque, and the color applied evenly, smoothly, and didn’t bubble or streak. The consistency is on the thinner side but not watery. I thought the finish was only somewhat shiny after it dried down, though not truly glossy so you may still want a top coat for true shine. It wore well for seven days with very minor tip wear, which is slightly better than average for me, though very few polishes chip on me. After ten days, there was more noticeable tip wear, but it was still mostly intact.

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