Wednesday, August 17th, 2011


Dior Fall 2011 Nail Bar Collection

Never before has the color of the new Dior Vernis displayed such lacquered and vibrant shine! A cocktail of shine and sarkle amplifying active ingredients directs pigments and pearly particles to enhance light reflection tenfold.

Le Vernis ($22.00) (Permanent)

  • Safari Beige (219) Nude
  • Pink Icing (253) Pink with shimmer
  • Pink Kimono (483) Bright pink
  • Psychedelic Orange (545) Orange
  • Graphic Berry (671) Berry
  • Perfecto (804) Gray
  • Massai Red (853) Red
  • New World Purple (886) Purple with shimmer
  • Purple Revolution (906) Purple

Rock Coat Topcoat ($19.50)

Rock Coat, the ultimate smoky topcoat. As a topcoat, its semi-transparent black formula coats varnish with a veil of smoky lacquer, extending wear and increasing shine. Your nail varnish takes on an enigmatic ‘rock’ look. How to use: Apply one coat over dry nail varnish. For best results, use Rock Coat with darker shades.

Vernis Top Coat ($19.00)

Sets, speed-dries and protects nail enamel, increasing its staying power and shine. Beauty tip: Apply in a fine coat over dry enamel.

Diorlisse Ridge Filler for Nails ($21.00)

  • Petal Pink (500)

Creme Abricot Nail Cream ($23.50)

An extremely effective cream that encourages nail growth and improves resistance. Beauty tip: Apply in the evening, gently massaging into the nail. Allow to penetrate overnight.

availability: Now @ Nordstrom

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Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Dior DiorAddict Crystal Gloss
Dior DiorAddict Sweet Peach Crystal Gloss

Dior DiorAddict Crystal Gloss – Where’d you go?

Dior launched a new gloss for summer, and it actually prompted today’s question about sheer lipgloss. Dior DiorAddict Crystal Gloss ($27.00 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is described as a “jelly gloss” that is “lightly tinted in vivid summer shades for shiny, radiant lips.” The “vinyl texture” is supposed to deliver volume to lips along with long-lasting hydration. There are four shades, two are translucent (Sweet Peach and Sweet Rose) while two are sparkling (Luminescent Peach and Luminescent Rose).

The description in itself is a contradiction, because there is no tint to these when swatched or worn. First, these are “lightly tinted” (but they’re not) and translucent (kind of, but not quite).  These are more transparent than translucent–it should be sheer and allow light to pass through but in a diffused manner. I specifically tried Luminiscent Peach (037) and Sweet Peach (047), and except for the shimmer in Luminiscent Peach, the two are the same in color (or lack thereof). They are completely clear when worn (I didn’t even bother with lip swatches, because as soon as I tested them, I could tell!).

Crystal Gloss is a scent-free formula with a very thick consistency–it has a thick, gel-like feel that’s cushiony on the lips but a little tacky. Despite the thickness, it does not feel as heavy as you would expect, but it is more noticeable on and heavier than your average lipgloss. It slides around quite a bit, and I find I need to reapply every two hours (glosses usually wear an average of three to four hours on me). They are comparable to Chanel’s Gloss Fluos from last year, but I didn’t find these to wear as well or as long–and at least the Gloss Fluos were tinted.

The glosses are moisturizing while you wear them but don’t impart as much hydration as I’d like over time (lip balms, generally, seem more effective than this gloss at that). They do deliver impeccable high-shine whether worn alone or layered over a lipstick–just don’t expect any color if you happen to pass by them, because they look rather different in the tubes than when swatched or applied.

This product lost points pretty much across the board, because it didn’t fully meet its moisturizing claims, falls short of “lightly tinted,” and wears away after two hours (which is below average).  A sheer gloss that’s not even sheer but clear always makes for a difficult rating experience!

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Dior DiorAddict Crystal Gloss Review, Photos, Swatches

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The best part of this gloss is the high-shine finish it has when applied, but it is not moisturizing enough to impart the "long-lasting" hydration as promised. I'm not a fan of misleading tubes--I'd rather it be sheer in the tube than fluorescent orange if it's actually going to be sheer!

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

6/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, July 20th, 2011


Dior Smoking Blue (001) Blue Tie Palette

Dior Smoking Blue (001) Blue Tie Palette

Dior Smoking Blue (001) Blue Tie Palette ($70.00 for 0.19 oz.) is new and limited for fall, and it contains a mix of silver and navy blue eyeshadows along with a pink lipgloss. The compact itself is metal and includes a full-size mirror when you open it. The gloss has a metal lid that you can open, which is nice, because it helps to minimize any cross-contamination of the eyeshadow powder into the gloss.

My first thought when I was photographing the palette was how lovely it looked. It’s heavy in a luxurious way (though not something I’d love to travel with!) with great detailing on the outside and inside. After swatching it, I was left disappointed. For all of Dior’s sleek packaging, this palette falls flat where it counts the most–quality.

The eyeshadows are dry in texture so they drag and pull when applied, and the lack of pigmentation makes it difficult to apply even layers of color or to really utilize this palette in a meaningful way. For such shimmery colors, these were surprisingly chalky overall. The upper left shade (1) is a semi-sheer gray-blue with a subtle sheen. The upper right shade (2) is a purpled, navy blue with a sheen. It didn’t look anything like the pan–it leaned purple and lacked the vibrancy of the blue in the pan. The bottom left shade (3) is a semi-sheer black with multi-colored shimmer. The bottom right shade (4) was a silvered-gray with a hint of brown, and it was the most pigmented shade of the bunch.

For better alternatives, consider: 1) MAC Prussian, 2) Inglot #332, theBalm Risque Renee, or Make Up For Ever #81, 3) theBalm Guilty Gwen, and 4) Inglot #444, theBalm Sexy Stacey. You can also peruse the Blue Eyeshadow Gallery or Gray Eyeshadow Gallery.

The lipgloss is a sheer peony pink with a subtly glossy finish; there isn’t much color to it, but it gives lips a brightened look. It didn’t quite feel like Dior’s Ultra Glosses, as this was thinner and a little tacky. Both the eyeshadows and gloss wear about average, but with the eyeshadows, it’s difficult to tell since everything looks faded as soon as it is applied.

The Glossover

palette

Smoking Blue

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The exterior packaging is so lovely and well-thought out, but the actual product inside leaves a lot to be desired. The eyeshadows are chalky, dry, and have poor color payoff, and these characteristics make them difficult to apply to the lid.

Product

4/10

Pigmentation

5.5/10

Texture

5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

1.5/5

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Wednesday, July 6th, 2011


Dior Fall 2011 Collection: Blue Tie

“Navy blue is the only color which can ever compete with black,” said Christian Dior. Dior’s new Blue Tie Fall Color Collection features shades of deep marine, luminous petrol blue and sky blue tones delicately highlighted by touches of white to create a sophisticated, unexpected version of the smoky eye. Lips create the perfect complement in a range of luminous pinks and rosy beiges with a touch of light-reflecting gloss and nails catch the eye in dark blue and beige. The ultimate effect is a playful mix of masculine and feminine codes, a refreshing, modern take on the nighttime beauty look, inspired by a woman dressed in the tailored elegance of a tuxedo.

Smoking Blue Blue Tie Palette ($70.00) (Limited Edition)

Inspired by Dior’s ultra-glamorous silver cannage clutch, this chic metal palette features all of the smoky makeup essentials in one sleek compact. Inside features four shades of Dior Eyeshadow to create a smoky navy eye and one shade of nude lip gloss. An inside mirror and two double-tip applicators make for a quick, seamless application.

DiorBlush ($42.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Vintage Pink (839) (Not at Sephora)
  • Pink in Love (889)

Rouge Dior Lipcolor ($32.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Angelique Beige (314) (Not at Sephora)
  • Pisanelle Pink (428)
  • Tourbillon Pink (651)
  • Allegro Pink (741) (Not at Sephora)

Vernis ($22.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Safari Beige (219) (Not at Sephora)
  • Tuxedo (908)
  • Blue Denim (607)

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Friday, June 17th, 2011


Dior Mitzah Collection for Fall 2011

Introducing the Dior Mitzah Collection, inspired by Mitzah Bricard, the audacious and glamorous muse to Christian Dior.
Born in Paris to an English mother and Austrian father, Mitzah Bricard captured the fascination of Christian Dior at the very beginnings of the house. While she was officially responsible for the Dior hat collection, she played a key role in advising and influencing the couturier on many aspects of the brand, including the creation of the ―New Look.

Known for her love of leopard (she wore a leopard scarf wrapped around her wrist at all times), the color lilac and over-the-top jewelry, it was said that Mitzah could ―turn the ordinary into stylish.

“Ms. Bricard is one of those rare people whose only reason for living is elegance,” Monsieur Dior said of his muse, whose unique extravagance helped inspire many of his designs.

The collection, featuring a limited edition 5-Couleurs Eyeshadow palette stamped in the iconic leopard pattern, two Vernis shades inspired by the same earthy print and a tawny, shimmering brown Diorshow mascara, pays homage to this one-of-a-kind woman.

The Collection

  • Mitzah 5-Couleurs Eyeshadow ($60.00) (Limited Edition)
  • Vernis in Camel / Ebony ($22.00 each) (Limited Edition)
  • Diorshow Mascara in Golden Brown ($24.50) (Limited Edition)

Mitzah Collector Palette ($90.00) (Limited Edition)

Each numbered, limited edition eyeshadowpalette reproduces the legendary ―Jungle‖ panther/ leopard print—now a signature print of the House of Dior—favored by MitzahBricard. Shades of elegantcamel, chocolate brown and beige shadow can be applied separately or combined to create a sumptuous tawny shade.

availability: Sephora, September 2011

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Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Dior Rosy Tan (754) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Rosy Tan (754) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Summer 2011: Rosy Tan (754) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Rosy Tan (754) Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 0.21 oz.) is the companion quint to Rosy Nude–they read almost day and night to me. They’re similar yet not the same. Rosy Tan is darker and deeper overall, but it also has cooler undertones.

The top left shade is a lightened cotton candy pink with subtle blue undertones and a white shimmered finish. To the right of that shade, there is a dark, burgundied brown with a satin sheen. On the bottom right, we have a dirty, bronzy brown with a reflective, metallic sheen. Beside it, there is a soft, rose-tinted beige brown with a pearled finish. In the center, there is a brightened pink-tinged white with a shiny, metallic finish. I found the rosy beige to be just a hair sheer, while the center shade was a touch sheerer than that, though both still had good color pay off (think about the difference between good and excellent–noticeable but not necessarily a deal breaker).

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Dior Rosy Tan (754) Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

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Like Rosy Nude, these eyeshadows feel like silky on, glide on smoothly, and have nice pigmentation throughout. This palette works better for more dramatic looks, but the inclusion of three softer shades still means there are plenty of subtle combinations available.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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