Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Dior Blossom (132) Vernis Nail Enamel
Dior Blossom (132) Vernis Nail Enamel

For this spring, Dior’s released six limited edition shades of polishes, and I picked up three of the ones that were available at Nordstrom (I didn’t get Porcelaine). There is also Bouquet (available online at Sephora) and Bloom (I saw online at Saks). I wasn’t overly impressed by the three I chose, and I’m normally a fan of Dior’s polishes. Pampille was a milky disaster that applied unevely, looked almost goopy when applied (but wasn’t so thick that it was actually goopy), while Blossom was sheer and a little thick to work with. Perle was interesting, but it almost seemed too pigmented/densely packed with shimmer to be a really versatile top coat.

Dior Blossom (132) Vernis Nail Enamel ($24.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is a soft, pastel peachy-orange with muted, yellowed gold sparkle. It seems like it has an almost jelly-like finish, though it didn’t quite have that really plush, juicy texture/look of a true jelly polish. It was semi-sheer with noticeable nail line. I concede it’s possible this was intentional, since it is spring and pastel and sheer seem to be keywords that are rarely ignored during the season, but without an actual description that affirms (without one, expectations based on an online photo would be that it is like the rest of the range!), I err against giving the brand the benefit of the doubt (but if sheer is cool with you, then the rating breakdown would be 8.5, 10, 8.5, 9, 4.5). I don’t have a dupe for this, due to the translucency and shimmer content. NARS Wind Dancer (LE, $19.00) is a lot darker, more orange, and has no shimmer. MAC Sweet Pop (LE, $16.00) is a cream finish and more orange. MAC Pep Pep Pep (LE, $16.00) and MAC Life & Beth (LE, $16.00) are closer in color but are creams. Chanel June (LE, $27.00) has a slight plushness to the finish, but it is darker, more orange, no sparkle. See comparison swatches.

Dior Perle (187) Vernis Nail Enamel ($25.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “matte pearly white with iridescent purple glimmer.” It’s an iridescent mix of lavender, fuchsia, and pink with a white-ish frosted matte finish. This is a matte top coat, though it’s fairly pigmented/dense so it’s not the most versatile top coat. I think it’s one that would work best on pinks and reds, as well as lighter shades in general. I tried it over black, which was all right, but it didn’t seem to work as well as I expected! I also tried it with just two coats over nails, and alone, it’s semi-sheer–but this a top coat, so that’s as expected. On its own, it wore well for five days on me (I normally get a week), and as a top coat, it wore a full week. MAC Frayed-to-Order was the only dupe I could think of, and it’s a bit whiter. See comparison swatches.

Dior Pampille (192) Vernis Nail Enamel ($24.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is a milky, mint-tinged white with iridescent green shimmer. The consistency was thicker, and it applied unevenly and showed streakiness on the nail. It was semi-opaque after two coats. Guerlain Star Dust (862) (LE, $23.00) is the only comparable shade I have, but it has more of a clear base than a milky one, so they end up looking quite different applied. See comparison swatches.

The Glossover

LE
product

Blossom (132)

B

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Dupes
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LE
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Perle (187)

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Dupes
LE
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Pampille (192)

D+

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

6/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3/5

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Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) DiorBlush
Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) DiorBlush

Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) DiorBlush ($43.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a pink-coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. Chanel Intonation (69) (LE, $38.00) is a cream product. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is a smidgen lighter. MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $21.00) is less pink. Bobbi Brown Pink Coral (LE, $26.00) is similar. Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is slightly warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Flush (P, $55.00) is brighter. theBalm Frat Boy (P, $21.00) is a touch pinker. See comparison swatches.

This is a new and limited edition blush for spring, and the color certainly fits with what comes to mind during the season. It had good color payoff, and it was a both blendable and buildable, so it could be worn very lightly or more intensely, depending on the pressure and application. The finish is somewhere between a satin and a matte; the more is it blended and buffed into the skin, the more satiny the finish becomes–just a little luminous along the edges but not shiny or metallic. It never emphasized pores, and when applied more heavily, it never looked powdery or caky. The texture was soft and finely-milled, blendable, and easy to use. The blush lasted almost eight hours on my normal-to-dry skin before it started to show signs of fading.

The Glossover

LE
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Corail Bagatelle (763)

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Dior Trianon Collection for Spring 2014
Dior Trianon Collection for Spring 2014

This information is based on Nordstrom having put up the collection today–and I also spotted the new Bloom (777) Vernis on Saks as an image but not yet in the drop down–but since it’s available at Nordstrom, I wanted to share what information I have for now! I did inquire with Dior directly last week, but they said to check back with them later in January. When I have additional details (some other shades I’ve heard about seem to be exclusive to other countries as well as to specific retailers, which is very typical for Dior), I’ll be sure to update this post! :)

Rouge Dior Lipstick ($34.00)

  • Rose Crinoline (531) (Limited Edition)
  • Allegresse (774) (Limited Edition)

Addict Gloss ($29.50)

  • Petillante (442) (Limited Edition)
  • Exquise (772) (Limited Edition)

Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($30.00)

  • Rosee (141) (Limited Edition, Nordstrom Exclusive)

5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00)

  • Dulcine (324) (Limited Edition, Nordstrom Exclusive)

Diorblush Powder Blush ($43.00)

  • Corail Bagatelle (763) (Limited Edition)

Vernis Nail Enamel ($24.00)

  • Blossom (132) (Limited Edition)
  • Pampille (192) (Limited Edition)
  • Porcelaine (204) (Limited Edition)
  • Bloom (777) (Limited Edition) (Possible Saks Exclusive)
  • Perle (187) Matte top coat (Limited Edition)

Diorshow Fusion Mono Matte Eyeshadow ($30.00)

  • Nocturne (091)
  • Fantaisie (641)
  • Mirage (761)

Availability: Nordstrom has several pieces available now; January 2014 is the official release date (Sephora also shows two of Mono Mattes Eyeshadows but not yet in stock)

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Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

When it comes to eyeshadows, by and large, most of the ones covered these days are found in palettes! There are definitely plenty of reviews of singles, but palettes outnumber them easily. To compile this list, though, I only think it’s fair to focus on the singles (that’s why there’s a whole top ten for palettes, so they’re not left out!) that made my heart pitter-patter and go all aflutter.  As always, I tried to go across formulas and colors, picking the best of the best, though I couldn’t help myself from choosing two from Dior’s new cream formula.

What eyeshadows captured your attention this past year?

Monday, December 30th, 2013

I have to admit: this was a complete challenge. In fact, it felt unfair trying to narrow down favorites to a mere ten when I was considering around 300 different shades from the past year. As what tends to happen when I start to feel indecisive, I went for favorites across brands and weighted uniqueness slightly more heavily than other factors. But there were some really outstanding formulas released this year! At year-end, I have to give major props to Cult Nails and OCC, both of which had a lot of contenders.

What were your favorite polishes you tried this past year?

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Choosing my top ten favorite palettes from the ones I tested and reviewed in 2013 was a lot more difficult than I anticipated! To give you an idea on how stiff the competition was, there were 128 reviews filed under “makeup palettes,” so you can see there were plenty to choose from! (And if you were curious, I have 1,261 posts filed under “reviews,” and the majority of those posts feature more than one shade, for the past year.) I considered which ones gave me warm, fuzzy feelings, that were high quality, and that I could really reach for over and over again. With those things in mind, here are my favorites…

What were your favorite palettes that you tried this past year?