Friday, March 28th, 2014

Dior Transalantique Diorskin Nude Tan Golden Shimmer Powder
Dior Transalantique Diorskin Nude Tan Golden Shimmer Powder

Dior Transalantique Diorskin Nude Tan Golden Shimmer Powder ($58.00 for 0.22 oz.) is described as a “soft golden glow.” It’s a brightened, light-medium yellow gold with a frosted, metallic finish. Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is darker. Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is very similar. Bobbi Brown Gold (LE, $39.00) is yellower. Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (P, $42.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had very rich color payoff, and in a highlighter that’s as metallic/frosted as this, it makes it a little more difficult to apply as a little goes a long way–and more than a little is a recipe for emphasized pores. I applied this with a stippling brush (MAC’s 131) with a light hand along the tops of cheek bones and down the bridge of my nose, and I still felt like it slightly emphasized the texture of the area. It was quite reflective, though, that seemed to almost mitigate some of that emphasis that I saw when I looked closer in the mirror. The texture of the powder was soft, finely-milled, and smooth; it was also effortless to blend it out on the skin. When I wore it, the highlighter wore well for eight hours before starting to fade slightly.

I bought mine as soon as I saw it online for sale (the 20th), received it on the 26th, and now it’s gone! If it’s something that interests you, it’s a Saks’ exclusive, so you’ll have to track it down in-store.

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Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Dior Transatlantique Collection for Saks
Dior Transatlantique Collection for Saks

5 Couleur Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Voyage to Saks Sea blues and sunset golds

Voyage Nude Tan Golden Shimmer Powder Transatlantique Edition ($58.00) (Limited Edition)

The elegant golden shimmer compact is embossed with a delicate rope pattern and creates absolute radiance on the skin. The finely milled iridescent pigments create a soft golden glow on the skin as if kissed by the sun. The limited edition compact is delivered with a mini kabuki brush.

Voyage Transatlantique Manicure & Decals ($30.00) (Limited Edition)

Dior presents a nail lacquer and sticker kit for a fashionable look down to the fingertips! Choose from one of three nail polishes in cruise inspired tones: sandy beige, deep ultramarine or vivid red. Each nail lacquer comes with a set of transparent nail stickers, decorated with stripes and CD logo for an application with a playful nautical twist. Each set comes with a travel size Dior nail file for flawless precision application.

  • Sailor (700) Deep ultramarine
  • Captain (750) Vivid red
  • Yacht (210) Sandy beige

Rouge Dior Couture Colour ($34.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Sunrise Blushing pink
  • Sunset Fiery red

Dior Addict Gloss ($29.50) (Limited Edition)

  • Beige Songe Sandy beige
  • Rouge Defendu Nautical red

Availability: Exclusively at Saks

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Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

I thought coming up with a beautiful rainbow of hues might be a fun (and challenging!) theme to work under.  Of course, I took liberties with the concept of rainbow and added a few in-between shades to make a full list of ten.  I would love to see what your top ten shades are, in rainbow-order, so-to-speak! :)

  1. Urban Decay 69 — a bright, medium-dark red with cool undertones
  2. Zoya Amy — a fiery, gold-shimmered orange
  3. Sugarpill Buttercupcake — bright, matte yellow
  4. Illamasqua Fledgling — rich, grassy green with a matte finish
  5. OCC Man by Man — a metallic teal
  6. Urban Decay Radium — a medium blue with shimmer
  7. Sephora My Boyfriend’s Jeans — a blue-purple with shimmer
  8. Fyrinnae Parental Advisory — a bold, cool-toned purple
  9. Too Faced Lollipop — violet with fuchsia shimmer
  10. Dior Aventure (81) — because life isn’t complete without taupe

Share your favorites…  For bonus points, feel free to share picks for teal, violet, and taupe :)

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Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Dior Pastel Fontanges (234) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Pastel Fontanges (234) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Pastel Fontanges (234) Eyeshadow Palette ($61.00 for 0.17 oz.) is another new and limited spring offering from Dior. I wish I could say it was more impressive than Dulcinee, but I was still disappointed.  The palette suffered from poorer color payoff and wear that lasted just over seven and a half hours (for most shades, though the blue was significantly faded by the seventh hour).  Like Dulcinee, the colors tend to look all the same once applied to the lid, so it loses a lot of versatility and usefulness as a result.

Pastel Fontanges #1 is a bright, metallic silver with cool undertones. It had so-so color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. Tarina Tarantino Lovely #1 (P) is darker. MAC A Party of Pastels #1 (P, $21.00) is similar. Sleek MakeUP Pretty in Paris (LE, $9.99) is more metallic. Guerlain Crazy Paris #3 (LE) is lighter. NARS Flowers 3 #1 (LE, $24.00) is similar. Guerlain Les Aquas #4 (P) is also similar. See comparison swatches

Pastel Fontanges #2 is a pale, pastel blue with a white base and a frosted finish. It had sheer color payoff, though the texture was soft to the touch. It faded faster than the other shades did when worn. Guerlain Les Tendres #2 (LE) is less blue. Too Faced Joy (LE) is less blue. Sephora Collection Sweet Dreams (17) (P, $13.00) is slightly darker. Maybelline Icy Mint (LE, $6.99) is a cream product. See comparison swatches.

Pastel Fontanges #3 is a sparkling, yellow gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It was semi-sheer, and the texture was fairly soft and smooth. I didn’t have any fall out with this shade that I could see when I wore it. bareMinerals Presto (LE) is darker. Clarins The Essentials #2 (LE) is similar. theBalm C1 (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly. Bobbi Brown Sunlight Gold (P, $28.00) is a cream product. Chanel Convoitise (90) (LE, $36.00) is a cream product. MAC Greenluxe #2 (P) is more glittery. Disney by Sephora Charming (LE) is less glittery. Disney by Sephora Sand in the Glass (LE) is less glittery. Make Up For Ever #101 (P, $20.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Pastel Fontanges #4 is a medium-dark taupe with subtle warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had so-so pigmentation, though it was easy to blend on the lid and applied smoothly for the most part. Wet ‘n’ Wild Naked Truth #4 (P, $2.29) is similar. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #4 (P, $21.00) is also similar. MAC Just Before Dawn (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Pastel Fontanges #5 is a pink-tinged, light peach with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and easy to apply. It was the best performing shade in the palette. Laura Mercier Sparkling Dew (LE, $23.00) is less frosted. theBalm D2 (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC A Natural Flirt (LE, $19.50) is more golden, warmer. Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle (LE, $30.00) is more metallic. See comparison swatches.

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Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Dior Dulcinee (324) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Dulcinee (324) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Dulcinee (324) Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.21 oz.) is new and limited edition for spring–and exclusive to Nordstrom. The colors look bolder at a glance than they perform on the eye. The darker, mint green looks more like a wash of very pale aqua green on the lid, even though I tried to pat and pack it on. Even the purple shade didn’t seem to hold up well; it just sheered out quickly and looked faded from the get-go. If you’re after a very, very soft, pastel-driven look, you may enjoy this palette. If you wanted the colors to look and perform exactly as they do in the pan on the eye, you’ll be disappointed. Overall, the eyeshadows lasted about seven hours before starting to fade (from what they looked like initially).

Dulcinee #1 is a pink-tinged beige with a frosted, metallic finish. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. Guerlain Les Tendres #1 (LE) is similar. LORAC Nude (P) is warmer. theBalm Promiscuous Pearl (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Phloof! (P, $15.00) is also similar. MAC Star Crystal (LE, $32.50) is darker, less metallic. See comparison swatches.

Dulcinee #2 is a pale, pastel green with a pearly, golden sheen. It looked cool-toned in the pan, but it has a strong golden shimmer that makes it look more like a yellowed green. It had good pigmentation, and it applied smoothly and evenly on the skin. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #4 (P) is darker. Disney by Sephora Atlantica (LE) is brighter, darker. MAC Zestful (LE, $19.50) is similar. Dior Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow #5 (LE) is also quite similar. See comparison swatches.

Dulcinee #3 is a glittering, sparkly silver with neutral undertones and a metallic sheen. It’s semi-sheer–mostly just something you’d use to layer glitter over another shade. This is the purpose of the center shade in these types of Dior palettes. The texture has an almost wet feel to it, and it adheres better than some other glittery eyeshadows. I had minor fall out after seven hours of wear. There’s no shortage of similar sparkly silver shades — see comparison swatches.

Dulcinee #4 is a medium-dark, subtly warm-toned, purple with a satin shimmer. It had so-so color payoff, but it sheers out quite quickly, and it doesn’t build up, so it looks more like a light purple on the lid. Too Faced Candied Violet (P) is cooler-toned, darker. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #6 (LE) is cooler-toned. Tarina Tarantino Poppycock (LE) is brighter. Dior Constellation (864) #4 (LE) is brighter. theBalm Lavish Latoya (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. theBalm rem (P, $16.00) is warmer, smokier. See comparison swatches.

Dulcinee #5 is a blue-leaning, light-medium aqua with a satin finish. It seemed like it had decent pigmentation when I initially swatched it, but it blends and disappears very quickly on the lid! I’d apply it, then apply another color next to it, and it would look MIA after a couple of minutes. The texture was somewhat powdery as well. Disney by Sephora Blue Oasis (LE) is bluer, darker. Sugarpill Mochi (P, $12.00) is darker. MAC Sky Blue (P, $15.00) is bluer. Inglot #367 (P, $6.00) is greener, darker. Inglot #345 (P, $6.00) See comparison swatches.

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Dulcinee (324)

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If you're after a very, very soft, pastel-driven look, you may enjoy this palette. If you wanted the colors to look and perform exactly as they do in the pan on the eye, you'll be disappointed. Overall, the eyeshadows lasted about seven hours before starting to fade (from what they looked like initially).

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Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Dior Celeste (121) Fusion Mono Matte Eyeshadow
Dior Celeste (121) Fusion Mono Matte Eyeshadow

As I mentioned in my review for Nocturne and Rosee, Dior released four shades under the Fusion Mono Matte formula for spring. According to Dior, the new formula is “soft” (presumably sheer) when applied with fingertips and then “bold” (presumably pigmented) when using an applicator “to reveal pure matte color.” It’s an interesting formula; it has a much drier feel once applied, but it’s not actually dry. The consistency isn’t quite as emollient as the regular range, but it’s not stiff or difficult to work with. They do not sheer out as readily as the more shimmery shades, though. It almost seems like putty in the jar–you could just shape it however you’d like. If you have any natural dryness on your lid or around your eye area, the texture can be unforgiving and will catch onto some of that dryness. All three wore well for nine hours and had minor fading after ten hours of wear.

Dior Celeste (121) Fusion Mono Matte Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a cool-toned, lavender-pink with a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it could be sheered out to semi-sheer color if desired. This shade seemed to be the least forgiving if you have any dryness on the lid (I have a little). bareMinerals Velvet Lavender (LE, $14.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Digit (P, $15.00) is lighter. Inglot #346 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Fantasie (641) Fusion Mono Matte Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a soft, light-medium pinky-peach with a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage. Of the three, this one didn’t sheer out as easily, though I didn’t have any trouble blending the edges out. Disney by Sephora Sebastian (LE) is very similar but is a powder. MAC Perky (LE, $18.00) is warmer, less pink. MAC Frisco (LE, $15.00) is slightly more beige and a powder. MAC Dear Cupcake (LE, $15.00) is darker, pinker, powder. Inglot #341 (P, $6.00) is more beige, powder. See comparison swatches.

Mirage (761) Fusion Mono Matte Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a neutral-to-warm-toned taupe brown with a matte finish. It had nice, opaque pigmentation and applied evenly. It was able to be sheered out to semi-opaque color coverage. If you’re looking for a cooler-toned version, might I suggest MAC Tailor Grey? (not a dupe!) bareMinerals Head Over Heels (LE) is darker, powder. MAC Smoked Cocoa #2 (LE, $15.00) is slightly grayer, powder. Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $18.00) is similar, powder. MAC Brains & Brawn (LE, $15.00) is a touch cooler-toned, powder. Bobbi Brown Pale Rose (LE, $29.00) has a pink tinge to it, powder. Bobbi Brown Slate (P, $29.00) is powder. See comparison swatches.

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