Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Dior Sundeck (564) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Sundeck (564) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Sundeck (564) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette ($61.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a new and limited edition, warm-toned set of five eyeshadows. Overall, the palette was nicely pigmented, wore well (about eight hours across the board), and blended easily. The darkest brown was the only troublesome shade, and it was on the drier side, but if you use a soft, fluffy brush, you won’t notice the deficiencies much.

Sundeck #1 is a light, yellow-toned beige with a matte finish. It had fairly good color payoff, while the texture was soft, velvety, and not powdery. It wore well for seven and a half hours. Kat Von D Entomology (P) and Divergent Altruistic Almond (LE) are yellower. theBalm #24 (P, $6.50) is lighter. Laura Mercier Buttercream (P, $23.00) is lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild Naked Truth #2 (P, $2.29) is more shimmery. Kat Von D Countess (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Bleach (LE, $18.00) is similar. Urban Decay Broken (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Foxy (P, $18.00) is similar. Inglot #353 (P, $6.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sundeck #2 is a light-medium, orange-gold with a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation, while the texture was soft and blendable. This shade wore well for eight hours before starting to fade. Maybelline Beige-ing Beauty (85) (LE, $6.99) is a cream product. MAC Vanilla Extract (P, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Until Dawn #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #10 #2 (P) is similar. Urban Decay Blunt (P, $18.00) is similar. Dior Night Golds #4 (LE) is slightly lighter but very similar. bareMinerals Surreal (P) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sundeck #3 is a brightened, medium orange with fine gold shimmer and a soft, pearly sheen. It had good color payoff, and the texture was blendable, soft, and velvety without being powdery. This color lasted for eight hours without fading on me. Tarina Tarantino Trumpette (LE) is lighter. Fyrinnae Pyromantic Erotica (P, $6.80) is similar. Disney by Sephora Rajah (LE) Maybelline Fierce & Tangy (P, $6.99) is a cream product. Dior Aurora #5 (LE) is darker. Chanel Tigerlily (P, $28.50) is lighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Mimosa (P, $14.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sundeck #4 is a golden, medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The pigmentation was rich, while the texture was soft and buttery. This shade wore for just over eight hours before I saw signs of fading. Chanel Mirage (95) (P, $36.00) is a cream product. bareMinerals Hot Commodity (LE) is darker. Dior Golden Flower #4 (LE) is very similar. Too Faced Buttered Rum (LE, $16.00) is also similar. Maybelline Downtown Brown (P, $6.99) is a touch less golden. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sundeck #5 is a medium-dark, red-toned brown with a satin finish. It had decent color payoff, but the texture was drier and somewhat stiff to work with, so it was more difficult to blend and apply on the eye. MAC Espresso Blend #3 (LE) is warmer. Divergent Burnt Mahogany (LE) is lighter. Chanel Quadrille #4 (LE) is darker. LORAC Sable (P) is similar. NARS Flowers 3 #4 (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

LE
palette

Sundeck (564)

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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LE
product

Sundeck #1

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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LE
product

Sundeck #2

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Dior My Lady (003) Glowing Colour Blush Palette (Cannage Edition)
Dior My Lady (003) Glowing Colour Blush Palette (Cannage Edition)

Dior My Lady (003) Glowing Colour Blush Palette (Cannage Edition) ($60.00 for 0.35 oz.) is is a light-medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. Make Up For Ever #310 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is darker, cream. Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is lighter, warmer. Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is warmer. Tarte True Love (P, $26.00) is similar. Tarte Fearless (P, $26.00) is pinker. Tarte Crave (LE, $26.00) is similar. Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is warmer. NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is slightly warmer. NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade is definitely darker and warmer compared to My Lady (002), but there’s a subdued quality to it that keeps it from looking bright. If coral blushes tend to look too warm on your complexion, you might like the way the pink dominates in this shade. The texture is finely-milled and soft to the touch, easy to blend, but it was also a little powdery (not quite as powdery as the other shade, though). It had fairly good pigmentation, and the color wore well for eight hours on me when I tested it.

This blush is listed as a Saks’ exclusive, and it sold out within a day or two of being available online, so you’d have to find it at a Saks’ store locally or have it shipped to you. When I looked up the nearest local store to me, the locator showed San Francisco’s location (call 866-873-0972). Saks also says, “This item may be available in the Dior boutique within a Saks store … Please call 1.877.551.7257 for assistance.”

The Glossover

LE
product

My Lady (003)

B

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Dior My Lady (002) Glowing Colour Blush Palette (Cannage Edition)
Dior My Lady (002) Glowing Colour Blush Palette (Cannage Edition)

Dior My Lady (002) Glowing Colour Blush Palette (Cannage Edition) ($60.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a light-medium, subtly cool-toned pink with a silvery-white shimmer. Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Blush (P) is cooler-toned, matte. Revlon Haute Pink (002) (P, $9.99) is slightly warmer. Tarte Flush (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is brighter. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, matte. NYX English Rose (P, $15.00) is slightly darker. MAC Stay Pretty (P, $23.50) is less shimmery. MAC Lovecloud (P, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Dame (P, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s just barely cool-toned, as the dominant shade in the palette is more of a peachy-pink, followed by a cool-toned pink, and finally a softly warmed-up rose. Applied, it looked almost warm-toned on me (as I am warmer in tone), so you may find it behaves more like a chameleon depending on your skin tone and where you concentrate your brush during application. The texture is incredibly soft and finely-milled, but it leans on the powdery side so those with drier skin may find it less flattering. It had good color payoff, and the shimmer finish didn’t emphasize pores when applied to the cheeks. Worn, the color lasted for almost eight hours before starting to fade.

This blush is listed as a Saks’ exclusive, and it sold out within a day or two of being available online, so you’d have to find it at a Saks’ store locally or have it shipped to you. When I looked up the nearest local store to me, the locator showed San Francisco’s location (call 866-873-0972). Saks also says, “This item may be available in the Dior boutique within a Saks store … Please call 1.877.551.7257 for assistance.”

The Glossover

LE
product

My Lady (002)

B-

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, April 25th, 2014

Dior Amber (002) Diorskin Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder
Dior Amber (002) Diorskin Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder

Dior Amber (002) Diorskin Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder ($56.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a gold-shimmered, light-medium peach-orange with warm undertones and a satiny sheen. MAC Alpine Bronze (LE, $25.00) is darker, browner. MAC Fairly Precious (LE, $30.00) is lighter. Givenchy In Vogue Orange (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, darker. Clarins Graphic Expression (LE, $35.00) is lighter. NARS Puerto Vallarta (LE, $39.00) is a cream product, darker, brighter. NARS Luster (P, $29.00) is darker, more shimmery. MAC Trace Gold (P, $21.00) is browner. MAC Blazing Haute (LE, $25.00) is a touch darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Much like in my review for Rose (001), I regret to pass along that Amber (002) is no replacement for Amber Diamond. They share a similarity in terms of tone, and even in the pan, but applied, they’re very different, as Amber (002) is much darker, more pigmented, and way, way less shimmery. The texture is soft, finely-milled, a little powdery, and easy to blend and apply to the skin. This shade had more noticeable shimmer applied to the skin than Rose (001), though it didn’t emphasize pores too much, there was a very, very slight emphasis that must be noted. It had good color payoff that’s buildable and blendable, so the intensity can be controlled. When worn, the color lasted for eight hours before it started to fade.

The Glossover

LE
product

Amber (002)

A-

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Dior Rose (001) Diorskin Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder
Dior Rose (001) Diorskin Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder

Dior Rose (001) Diorskin Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder ($56.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a light-medium, cool-toned, muted pink with a soft, satiny sheen. Make Up For Ever #210 (P, $26.00) is a cream product, warmer. Sleek MakeUP Icing Sugar (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, warmer. Revlon Haute Pink (002) (P, $9.99) is darker. Tarte Flush (P, $26.00) is a touch darker. NARS Sex Fantasy (LE, $29.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is a cooler-toned, brighter. MAC Stay Pretty (P, $23.50) is darker, warmer. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

First and foremost, it is not the same as Rose Diamond. I don’t know if this is designed to replace it, but I can say that they aren’t actually similar in terms of color, texture, or finish. Rose is much, much more pigmented with a deeper, darker pink and significantly less shimmer and frost. Whereas Rose Diamond was a highlighter, Rose is more of a blush with a luminous quality to it, which is how Dior describes the formula: “blushes gently, catching the light and revealing a sculpted face.” The texture of Rose is soft, finely-milled, and just a tiny bit powdery but very blendable on the skin and doesn’t look powdery applied. On me, I was able to get eight hours of wear before I noticed slight fading. It comes with a small kabuki brush, which I found prone to shedding and somewhat scratchy.

The Glossover

LE
product

Rose (001)

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Dior Addict Fluid Stick
Dior Addict Fluid Stick

Dior Addict Fluid Stick ($35.00)

Flawless application in a single sweep: the high-impact colour and long wear of a lipstick, combined with the shine of a gloss, all in a thin veil that delivers a weightless feel. Colour and shine come together for maximum impact with intense lip stain pigments directly encapsulated in spheres of gloss for long-wearing results. Dior Addict Fluid Stick is formulated with water, not wax, for a light feeling on the lips, an immediate fresh effect and addictive sensation.

A pure object of desire : the illusion of a lipstick is maintained until the case is opened and an applicator emerges that is steeped in colour and as precise and easy to apply as a lipstick.

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