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Dior Diorling Diorific Lipstick

Dior Diorling Diorific Lipstick
Dior Diorling Diorific Lipstick

A Holiday Red That Wears and Wears

Dior Diorling (037) Diorific Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a vibrant cherry red with subtle blue undertones and finished with a natural sheen. MAC Charmed, I’m Sure is a bit lighter, almost pink-tinged in comparison. Guerlain Luxure is less vibrant. Edward Bess Midnight Bloom is brighter. MAC Red Racer is lighter. MAC Runaway Red is similar. Guerlain Vega is a bit less red. Chanel Dragon is deeper and has shimmer. Guerlain Garconne is similar in color.

It’s full formula name is “Rouge Haute Couleur Longue Tenue” or “Long-Wearing True Color Lipstick.”  Both are very true; this is a highly pigmented, long-wearing lipstick that feels as good as it looks.  Diorling wore for seven hours on me with residual staining getting me to eight hours without feeling compelled to reapply.  It will last through drinking and a light meal as well.  It’s lightly moisturizing, so my lips didn’t feel parched after I removed it.  The color itself was fully opaque and very little product was needed to achieve full color coverage.  It had a creamy, glide-on consistency that didn’t tug or pull at lips and deposited color evenly.  Diorling is one of four shades for the holidays and is packaged in limited edition, vintage gold packaging.

Dior Diorific Lipstick Diorling
Diorling

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Color Club Port-folio Nail Lacquer

Color Club Port-folio Nail Lacquer
Color Club Port-folio Nail Lacquer

Add This Duochrome to Your Nail Portfolio

Color Club Port-folio Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “purple duochrome.” It flashes from violet purple to aqua-green. The duochrome is incredibly present and noticeable. I don’t have it, but Zoya Adina seems like it would be similar, perhaps a bit lighter. Initially, my mind went to Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie, but it’s definitely a pinker purple with more of a blue shimmer.

It’s fully opaque after two coats, and the formula was a breeze to work with; not too thick or too thin, so it applied evenly and fluidly without overflowing along the edges. I tested this shade specifically for wear, and it wore for a fully seven days with minor tip wear but no chips. There are some visible brush strokes in the finish, which is as anticipated, but may be a deal-breaker for you.  I think the strength of the duochrome might sway you, though 😉

Color Club Nail Lacquer Portfolio
Portfolio
Portfolio
A

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

China Glaze Unpredictable Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Unpredictable Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Unpredictable Nail Lacquer

How Much Do You Like a Duochrome Polish?

China Glaze Unpredictable Nail Lacquer ($4.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “multi-dimensional gorgeous green.” It’s a seafoam-like green that flashes from true seafoam green to darker, almost forest green (but there’s still some aqua to it that it’s not true forest green). The only similar shade I could think of was OCC Chimera, which matches the darker green color you see at an angle. If you know of a dupe, please share it with us!

The consistency of this one was a little thin, and it wasn’t as pigmented as other shades in the collection or China Glaze’s polishes in general. After two coats, there was a very slight translucency in places, because it was somewhat streaky when applied. I would recommend going with three coats on this shade to get full color coverage. There are noticeable brush strokes, and they were fairly easy to control. I typically get a week of wear out of China Glaze’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer Unpredictable
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
86%
Total

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Giorgio Armani #526 Rouge d’Armani Lipstick

Giorgio Armani #526 Rouge d'Armani Lipstick
Giorgio Armani #526 Rouge d’Armani Lipstick

Tread Lightly Into Fall with #526

Giorgio Armani #526 Rouge d’Armani Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.14 oz.) is medium-dark plummy rose with subtle warm undertones. Chanel Caractere is more plum. Benefit I Think I Love You is similar but has more shimmer. MAC Oh Oh Oh has gold shimmer. Chanel Fetiche is similar.

It has mostly opaque color coverage (I’d say 95%) and a subtle sheen. The consistency is lightweight but very creamy, so it glides on easily without dragging or tugging on the lip and deposits even color. This shade wore just over six hours on me, which is great for a lipstick, but this formula touts eight hours, so it is a little short. Otherwise, it was moisturizing, comfortable to wear, and wore away evenly. It’s scent- and taste-free, and it is packaged in a black lacquered tube with a magnetic closure.

Giorgio Armani Rouge d’Armani Lipstick #526
#526
#526
10
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

Bobbi Brown Citrus High Shimmer Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Citrus High Shimmer Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Citrus High Shimmer Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Citrus High Shimmer Lipgloss ($23.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright coral with pearl.” It’s an orange-coral base with pink, gold, and silver shimmer. MAC Strictly Plutonic gives similar color but has no shimmer. NARS Viva is more opaque and has no shimmer. MAC Dynasty at Dusk is lighter and less sparkly. Chanel Coral Reef is pinker.

Citrus wore for four and a half hours, and I’ve probably worn it half a dozen times since photographing it a few weeks ago.  I recently added it to the other two Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lipglosses I keep in my purse for on-the-go color.  It tints my natural lip color a darker coral color; it’s not really opaque such that it masks my natural lip color, but it does significantly alter mine by darkening and brightening it.  It has a high shimmer content that makes it less see-through.  Overall, I’d say it’s closer to being semi-sheer than semi-opaque, but the shimmer masks some of that sheerness.  The range varies from sheer to semi-sheer bordering on semi-opaque.  It’s moisturizing, comfortable to wear, and not gritty (nor does the sparkle travel).

Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss Citrus
Citrus

Milani Dolce Pink Baked Blush

Milani Dolce Pink Blush
Milani Dolce Pink Blush

A Glowing Pink for Your Cheeks

Milani Dolce Pink Blush ($7.49 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium pink with gold shimmer. Tom Ford Frantic Pink has a similar look, but it is more matte. MAC Stunner is a bit cooler-toned and has less shimmer. MAC Mighty Aphrodite has a similar coloring to the underlying pink color but not the golden shimmer. NARS Outlaw is darker, more plum. NARS Orgasm is similar.

Milani’s Baked Blush is supposed to have a silky smooth application with a luminous finish.  I think the formula is fairly comparable to MAC’s Mineralize Blush formula, so if you like that formula or you’ve always wanted to try it but haven’t wanted to pay MAC prices, you might try this range.  Dolce Pink has a fair amount of gold shimmer, and it is soft and applies fairly smoothly.  The shimmer does accentuate the size of pores a little bit (and I find this is true with MAC’s Mineralize range), but it gives a nice glow from the golden shimmer that looks more like a sheen when applied.  Dolce Pink wore for six hours well, and after seven, there was some noticeable fading along the edges.

Milani Baked Blush Dolce Pink
Dolce Pink
Dolce Pink
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
87%
Total

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