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.

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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.

  • Whisper Beige (219)
  • Frisson (239)
  • Tiny Pink (269)
  • Mirage (338)
  • Rieuse (373)
  • Kiss Me (389)
  • Magique (479)
  • Aventure (551)
  • Wonderland (575)
  • Artifice (639)
  • Vertigo (689)
  • Open Me (753)
  • Pandore (754)
  • Vie d’Enfer (869)
  • Trompe L’Oeil (893)
  • Minuit (975)
  • Intrigue (995)

Availability: Now @ Nordstrom, Macy’s

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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Diorblush Cannage Edition @ Saks
Diorblush Cannage Edition @ Saks

Diorblush Cannage Edition ($60.00) (Limited Edition)

EXCLUSIVELY AT SAKS. A burst of blush on her cheeks catches the light, proclaiming the radiance of her face. Signed and embossed, Diorblush Cannage Edition sculpts cheekbones with elegance. The sleek silver compact houses a harmony of pink or coral blush embossed with Dior’s iconic cannage pattern. Available in a feel-good pink harmony and a sunny coral shade. Made in France.

  • Coral
  • Pink

Availability: Now exclusively @ Saks

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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Dior Transat Collection for Summer 2014
Dior Transat Collection for Summer 2014

On the bridge of an ocean liner blows the wind of liberty. Dior renews ties with the world of the great transatlantic crossings,inspired by the travel spirit of its first Resort and Spring line in 1948. The 2014 Summer Look unveils a cruise make-up collection: a palette of navy blue, primary red and sandy beige.

Diorskin Nude Shimmer ($56.00) (New)

The nude skin effect glowing with a halo of freshness and light. Subtle combination of mother-of-pearl and glowing color, Diorskin Nude Shimmer can be used as a light veil on the rounded areas of the face to catch the maximum amount of light and create a naturally dazzling glow. Comes with a mini kabuki brush.

  • Rose (001)
  • Amber (002)

Couture Colour Eyeshadow Palette ($61.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Atlantique (344) Blue and brown
  • Sundeck (564) Sand and orange

Addict Gloss ($29.50) (Limited Edition)

  • Offshore (412)
  • Seafarer (645)

Addict Lipstick ($32.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Cruise (611)
  • Mayday (651)

Nail Enamel & Couture Stickers Duo ($30.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Yacht (210)
  • Sailor (700)
  • Captain (750)

Availability: Now @ Nordstrom, Saks

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Monday, April 7th, 2014

Here are some of my personal recommendations for eye products to pick up while Sephora’s offering 15% off! Beauty Insiders use code TICKET, VIBs use code VIBTICKET, and Rouges use code ROUGETICKET. :) Feel free to share your recommendations for other readers to try!

  1. Urban Naked Palettes (review) if you’re a big fan of various hues of neutrals that tend to lean more shimmery. I’ve enjoyed all three palettes enormously, and I usually take one along with me when I travel. (Pictured: Naked3)
  2. Too Faced Pretty Rebel Eyeshadow Palette (review) is one of the best eyeshadow palettes ever–perfect if you love rich, pigmented eyeshadows with frosted finishes.
  3. bareMinerals Power Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette (review) is a nice option for a neutral palette with a variety of finishes.
  4. Sephora 10 Shades of Samba Set (review) has ten shades of one of my favorite eyeliner formulas (Sephora’s Eye Contour Pencils) in several colorful hues. (Pictured: Romantic Comedy)
  5. NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base (review) is my very favorite eyeshadow primer–colorless, works well across brands and finishes, and keeps my eyeshadow on extra long.
  6. Dior Fusion Mono Eyeshadows (review) are my newest favorite for cream eyeshadows! So versatile, long-wearing, and sparkling. (Pictured: Hypnotique)
  7. Marc Jacobs Intro(vert) Highliner (review) is an eyeliner I get complimented on all the time–it’s a cooler-toned, brighter teal that is harder to dupe.
  8. Urban Decay Ocho Loco 2 (review) is a set of eight full-sized eyeliners from black to teal–I’m constantly reaching for the shades in this one–and bonus, it comes with Grind House as well!
  9. Urban Decay Grind House (review) is my go-to for all my eyeliner sharpening needs!
  10. Marc Jacobs Brow Tamer (review) works nicely to keep brows in place without giving them a hard, crunchy feeling. I just picked up my second one this time around, actually!
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Dior Rivage (264) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Rivage (264) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Rivage (264) Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.21 oz.) consists of five shades ranging from pale gray to navy blue–four of the shades are cool-toned, lean bluish, while one is a warm-toned gold. The palette is part of the Saks-exclusive Transatlantique collection and is available online and in-store. At this point, I feel like I should know better than to buy Dior’s more “vibrant” palettes, because I usually find them disappointing, and true to form, this one is a miss as well. (Unless they bring back last year’s Mystic Metallics formula.) The application is difficult due to the powdery, almost chalky, base of the majority of the shades, so it looks dry, powdery, and gets muddied quickly on the lid. It’s a palette that desperately needs to be paired with a slightly tacky, creamy base (it needs more than a regular, invisible primer), and I highly recommend applying it prior to your base products as there is a lot of excess fall out (and yes, I tap excess off my brush prior to applying). The shades started off more faded applied than they looked in the pan, but it had noticeably faded even more after six hours of wear.

Rivage #1 is a muted, periwinkle blue with a silvered, frosted finish. It had decent color payoff, and the texture was slightly powdery but soft to the touch. Sleek MakeUP Acid #5 (P, $9.99), Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #3 (LE), Sephora Collection My Boyfriend’s Jeans (19) (P, $13.00), and NARS Rated R #2 (P, $24.00) are all significantly darker. MAC Moon’s Reflection (P, $15.00) is lighter, warmer in a way. MAC Wintersky (LE, $32.50) is darker, more frosted. Chanel Destination (LE, $36.00) is grayer, cream. Inglot #429 (P, $6.00) is lighter with a more metallic sheen. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rivage #2 is a pale, gray-ish white with a soft, pearly finish. This shade was dry, chalky, powdery, and ultimately, semi-sheer at best in regards to coverage. Tom Ford Beauty Ice Queen #1 (P) is more frosted, brighter. Tarina Tarantino Glinda’s Kiss (LE) is yellower. MAC A Waft of Grey #1 (P, $21.00) is similar. Dior Golden Snow #1 (LE) is brighter. theBalm A3 (LE, $16.00) is grayer. NARS Vent Glace #1 (P, $24.00) is similar. Dior Night Golds #1 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rivage #3 is a light-medium, sky blue with a metallic sheen. It had so-so color payoff, but at least the texture wasn’t powdery. Sleek MakeUP Acid #6 (P, $9.99) is slightly darker. NARS South Pacific #2 (P, $24.00) is darker, less metallic. MAC Dimensional Blue (LE, $19.50) is cooler-toned, more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rivage #4 is a medium gold with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture had an almost wet feel to it, but it had some chunkier glitter, so there was some fall out during wear along with the shorter wear-time of the color in general. bareMinerals Stay Golden (LE, $14.00) is darker, less sparkly. Dior Golden Snow #2 (LE) is chunkier. MAC Until Dawn #2 (LE, $21.00) is more muted. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is less sparkly. Milani Drenched in Gold (P, $6.99) is warmer. MAC Retrospeck (P, $15.00) is similar. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is yellower. Lancome Eternal Gold (P, $24.50) is yellower. Dior Night Golds #4 (LE) is less metallic.Dior Fairy Golds #2 (LE) is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rivage #5 is a rich, deep blue with a frosted finish. It seemed to have excellent color payoff, but the texture was noticeably powdery, and when I worked with it on the eyelid, it looked incredibly faded and muted. I tried to layer and build the color up in the crease to no avail. The one shade that seemed promising ended up disappointing as well. Sleek MakeUP Acid #5 (P, $9.99) is lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m His Breezey #5 (P, $2.29) is less shimmery. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #3 (LE) is brighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild I Don’t Do Camouflage #3 (LE, $2.29) is less frosted, more muted. Sephora Collection My Boyfriend’s Jeans (19) (P, $13.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

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palette

Rivage (264)

D+

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

6.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

4/5

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Rivage #1

C+

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

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Rivage #2

F

Product

4/10

Pigmentation

4.5/10

Texture

4/10

Longevity

5/10

Application

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