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Dior Diva (038) Diorific Lipstick

Dior Diva Diorific Lipstick
Dior Diva Diorific Lipstick

A Holiday Red That Wears and Wears

Dior Diva (038) Diorific Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a rich orange-red with warm undertones and a natural sheen. Lancome Red Haute is more orange. theBalm Vanilly is a little lighter. Hourglass Raven is more orange. Guerlain Genna is also more orange. Edward Bess Midnight Bloom is more blue-toned. Guerlain Habit Rouge is similar. MAC Charmed, I’m Sure is slightly bluer.

It’s full formula name is “Rouge Haute Couleur Longue Tenue” or “Long-Wearing True Color Lipstick.”  Diva is rich in pigment and applies with full color coverage with one pass.  The texture is just creamy enough to enable good glide across the lips without pulling or tugging, but it doesn’t move around on the lips and almost feels like a matte lipstick.  This particular shade lasted nearly eight hours, and while it wore for hours, it did not dry my lips out at all.  It has a lightly floral scent.

Dior Diorific Lipstick Diva
Diva

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Color Club First Looks Nail Lacquer

Color Club First Looks Nail Lacquer
Color Club First Looks Nail Lacquer

How Deep is Your Navy Blue?

Color Club First Looks Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “blue green metallic.” This is an incredibly rich, inky blackened navy blue with bluish-teal micro-shimmer. The way the shimmer is catches the light makes the polish look like it’s glowing on the nails. NARS Night Flight has larger blue shimmer. MAC Biker Blue is bluer with larger shimmer. Rescue Beauty Lounge Under the Stars has much larger shimmer (more like particle glitter) that is sparse.

It’s completely opaque after two coats. The formula was not too thick or too thin, so it leveled and applied evenly and easily without pooling along the edges. The drying time was about average, but it did have a natural shine to the dried result.  As you can see from this week, I’ve been doing some wear-testing of Color Club polishes, and First Looks was another one I specifically tested for wear.  It wore for a full seven days without chipping and only had minor tip wear at the end of the week.

Color Club Nail Lacquer First Looks
A

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

Dior Lame Gold (424) Dior Addict Ultra Gloss

Dior Lame Gold (424) Dior Addict Ultra Gloss
Dior Lame Gold (424) Dior Addict Ultra Gloss

For Fans of Sheer, Lightly-Shimmered Gloss

Dior Lame Gold (424) Dior Addict Ultra Gloss ($24.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a warm wash of goldenrod with gold and copper shimmer and sparkle. It is mostly a clear gloss base with a dose of shimmer. Le Metier de Beaute orange Juiced is somewhat similar but has less sparkle. MAC Rising Sun has more color in its base.

The formula is described as “delivering a sheer wash of catwalk color” while being hydrating and highly reflective.  It’s a new and limited shade for the holidays, and I suspect this shade is best for layering over red and berry-hued lipsticks to add a little shimmer and warmth.  It’s a wash of color/shimmer, and the finish is extremely glossy and shiny.  Lame Gold wore for three hours, which was surprising, because of the sheerness.

It comes with a brush-type applicator in a clear, square tube.  The consistency is thick without being gloppy, heavy, or sticky.  It has an almost gel-like, cushion-y feel on the lips.  It was lightly moisturizing when I wore it back-to-back for six hours.  After two hours, I did notice a very slight grit from the glitter/sparkle, but it wasn’t overly noticeable.

Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss Lame Gold
Lame Gold

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Bobbi Brown Uber Beige Rich Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Uber Beige Rich Lip Color
Bobbi Brown Uber Beige Rich Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Uber Beige Rich Lip Color ($24.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “neutral brown beige.” It’s a warm, rosy beige with a healthy amount of pink and a natural sheen. MAC Pure Zen is a smidgen darker and has a slightly frosted finish in comparison. Dior Incognito is more subdued. MAC 3N is lighter.

Uber Beige yields opaque color coverage with little product.  The consistency is creamy without being too slick, so it glides on but doesn’t slip around.  It’s lightly moisturizing, wears five hours, and is scent- and taste-free. I love how creamy and opaque the shade is, but it’s still lightweight and stays in place well.  This shade did not last quite as long as some of the other shades in the range do, but it did last well for a lighter shade.

Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color Uber Beige
Uber Beige

China Glaze Rare & Radiant Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Rare & Radiant Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Rare & Radiant Nail Lacquer

A Not-So-Rare, but Radiant Shade

China Glaze Rare & Radiant Nail Lacquer ($4.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “extraordinarily rich gold.” It’s a dirty, yellowy gold with antique gold/brown and green. It flashes from a dirty, antique gold to grass green. As I mentioned earlier this week, Color Club Editorial is very comparable, as they both are similar to Chanel Peridot. Though not quite as similar, Ozotic #507 is worth mentioning–it just shifts more to blue than to green.

It’s mostly opaque after two coats, but I would advise applying three, because the formula is a bit thinner and slightly sheerer than other China Glaze polishes. There are noticeable brush strokes in the finish  and they apply straight overall, but they are there. This shade dried down a bit faster than other China Glaze polishes, and it did have a naturally shiny finish. I recommend waiting between coats, because it will drag if you apply a second or third coat too soon. I typically get a week of wear out of China Glaze’s formula but do not have any chipping, just minor tip wear.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer Rare & Radiant
B+

Limited Edition

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
88%
Total

Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink Blush

Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink Blush
Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink Blush

Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink Blush ($25.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “warm baby pink.” It’s a light-medium strawberry pink with subtle blue undertnoes against my skin tone. It looked a little cool-toned in the pan, too. The finish was mostly matte. MAC Stay Pretty is lighter. NARS Angelika is a smidgen darker and bluer-toned. MAC Weekend Getaway is similar but cream. Tarte Dollface is lighter.  It seemed darker than the original Pretty Pink that came in a palette previously.

The texture of Pretty Pink was on the dry side, but it is plenty pigmented; you can get true-to-pan color if desired, but not so much gets picked up on the brush that you can’t get a subtler look if that’s what you prefer.  I recommend building up the layers, because the drier texture made this blush less blendable than ideal once applied to the skin.  I liked that it seemed to melt against the skin, though, and the finish looked wonderfully natural on.  Pretty Pink wore well for seven hours, and after eight, there was some slight fading around the edges.

Bobbi Brown Blush Pretty Pink

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