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Dior Blazing (631) DiorShow Fusion Mono

Dior Blazing (631) DiorShow Fusion Mono
Dior Blazing (631) DiorShow Fusion Mono

Dior Blazing (631) DiorShow Fusion Mono ($31.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a sparkling, soft champagne gold with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Bobbi Brown Sunlight Gold (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Nude Beam (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Golden Locket (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Kitties (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Crimper (LE, $5.00) is lighter, more pigmented (85% similar). MAC Retrospeck (P, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Vivacious (LE, ) is lighter, brighter, more pigmented (85% similar). Lancome Eternal Gold (P, $24.50) is warmer (85% similar). Maybelline Beige-ing Beauty (85) (LE, $6.99) is warmer (85% similar). L'Oreal Gold Imperial (LE, $7.99) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Baby It's Gold Outside (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). L'Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a new, limited edition shade for the holidays. The DiorShow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow formula is a cream eyeshadow formula that feels like a cross between cream and mousse, as it is spongy and less wet. The pigmentation varies from shade to shade with Blazing landing in the semi-opaque range with some ability to build-up to mostly opaque coverage. It has a soft, velvety texture that applies smoothly and blends easily. The sparkle is fine and not gritty, and there was minimal fall out over time, while the underlying color lasted a good nine hours on me.

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Dior Luxurious Beige Illuminating Pressed Powder

Dior Luxurious Beige Illuminating Pressed Powder
Dior Luxurious Beige Illuminating Pressed Powder

Dior Luxurious Beige Illuminating Pressed Powder ($82.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a light, yellowed beige with fine gold shimmer. Dior Cosmopolite (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Hourglass Surreal Light (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Light Beam (02) (P, $14.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Highlighter) (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Perles des Neiges (LE, $80.00) is lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (Sahara) (P, $44.00) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Brilliant Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, lighter, better quality (90% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Too Chic (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

According to Dior, this holiday’s limited edition highlighter is supposed to give a “natural glow.” The powder is very soft and finely-milled, to the point that it gets powdery and the shimmer doesn’t seem as well-integrated with the base. I was worried about how this would apply after I had swatched it, but it seemed to go on quite nicely and didn’t look powdery or dry on the skin (though I have normal skin at the moment). It also produced a noticeable sheen–far greater than the swatch would have you anticipating!–that didn’t emphasize pores. The powder blended well over the skin, and it wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. Worth repeating, but this is very, very similar to Cosmopolite while the holiday iteration just reads more shimmery when applied to the face.

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Dior Diorkiss, Fashion Night, Be Dior Dior Addict Lipsticks

Dior Diorkiss (578) Dior Addict Lipstick
Dior Diorkiss (578) Dior Addict Lipstick

Dior Dior Addict Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) was recently reformulated and relaunched for fall with a large variety of shades. I bought three to try, which are reviewed below. The updated formula is supposed to have “intense color” with a “long-lasting top coat” for greater shine and longer wear. I can only speak based on the three I tried, but the coverage is more semi-sheer to semi-opaque, lightweight and a little clingy, with natural shine. They wear three to four hours and are lightly hydrating. I was surprised to discover that they were unscented (and also had no taste), as I associate Dior lip products as usually being perfumed. The texture is more balm-like, and they soften as they melt against the warmth of the lips, but they never really drag or tug, even initially. I actually quite liked them as a lip product, but I was completely surprised that they weren’t marketed as more buildable/medium-coverage products, so if you like your lip color sheerer, you may like these, but if you were drawn in by the promise of intense or “high-impact” color, I’d look elsewhere.

Dior Diorkiss (578) Dior Addict Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a soft, medium rosy pink with subtle, warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff that went on fairly evenly and smoothly, but it was nowhere near “intense” in coverage. The color lasted for three hours on me and was lightly hydrating. Tarte Punch (LE, $16.00) is brighter, more pigmented, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Fiend (DC, $22.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Tarte Tulip (P, $16.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Perfectionniste (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Out for Passion (LE, $20.00) is warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Infamous (228) (P, $30.00) is lighter, more pigmented, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Mystical (LE, $17.50) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cary (P, $36.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented (90% similar). Bite Beauty Hazelnut (P, $28.00) is lighter, more pigmented, less glossy (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dior Fashion Night (881) Dior Addict Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a soft, medium-dark berry pink with lighter fuchsia and violet pearl. It had semi-sheer color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly with a light shine. There was subtle shimmer that was fine and never felt gritty, but it was still noticeable on. The color lasted for four hours on me, and it was moderately hydrating while worn. Surratt Beauty Glitterati (P, $36.00) is warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Intriguing (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop Tiger (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Cabaret (146) (DC, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter, more pigmented (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Bitter Grape (P, $39.00) is darker, more pigmented (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Alasdhair (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented (85% similar). Chanel Erik (456) (P, $37.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Boyfriend Stealer (LE, $17.50) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Otranto (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dior Be Dior (976) Dior Addict Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium, pinky-red with very subtle, fine fuchsia pearl. It had semi-sheer pigmentation that noticeably tinted the lips but allowed a lot of the natural lip color to come through. The shimmer is subtle, as is the shine. On me, this lasted for four hours, but the shine was gone after two hours, so this ended up looking more like a soft stain. Colour Pop Peacocky (DC, $5.00) is darker, cooler, less glossy (95% similar). Revlon Sorbet (P, $7.49) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Etienne (446) (P, $37.00) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Suspense (P, $37.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Illusion (660) (LE, $37.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Red Teddy (021) (P, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). Revlon Whimsical (115) (P, $8.99) is lighter, brighter, glossier (85% similar). Revlon Flirtatious (125) (P, $8.99) is brighter, glossier (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Dior Holiday 2015 Collection

Dior Holiday 2015 Color Collection
Dior Holiday 2015 Color Collection

Gold has long been a signature color for the House of Dior. Mr. Dior’s creations incorporated gold in various ways, whether as an opulent adornment on a timeless Dior Grey Bar Suit or in a complete ensemble. Today, looks created by Raf Simons for Dior feature metallic, subtle gold elements to balance audacious shades of red, pink, fuchsia, or silver. Now, Peter Philips has combined the storied history of Dior Gold and Dior Grey with the modern incarnations of these elegant shades to create a limited edition color collection for holiday. Philips’ vision of gold and radiance incorporates the emblematic Dior Grey with gold to create a subtle, delicate hybrid. This modern shade of Grey-Gold mixes seamlessly with more intense shades of radiant reds and pinks and delicate, shimmering nudes for an urban yet sophisticated look.

Eyes are imagined in iridescent and metallic effects, from shimmering grey-gold contrasting with warmer hues of soft burgundy and pale pink, to elegant champagne complemented by regal purple. Lips pop in moisture-rich matte shades of vibrant pink, rosewood, deep red, and fresh pink, while nails complete the look in shades of grey iridescent gold, blazing red, burgundy and sparkling glitter gold. The complexion is luminous, highlighted by shades of golden beige.

Diorific Mat Velvet Colour Lipstick ($38.00) (Limited Edition)

For the first time, the cult favorite Diorific Lipstick is available in a new more moisturizing formula. Featuring four new luminous velvet shades, from rosewood to iconic red to classic pinks, each Diorific Mat Lipstick provides weightless, long-wearing color without drying for an elegant, modern effect.

  • Radieuse (430)
  • Fascinante (580)
  • Fabuleuse (750)
  • Fantastique (770)

Diorific State of Gold Illuminating Pressed Powder ($82.00) (Limited Edition) (Dior.com Exclusive)

This illuminating, limited edition pressed powder compact comes embossed with a graphic chevron pattern, stamped with the House of Dior logo. The ultra-fine powder comes in pearly hue, golden beige, which can be dusted on tops of the cheekbones, chin and nose for a shimmering effect.

5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette ($63.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Blazing Gold (886)
  • Eternal Gold (576)

Diorific Vernis ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

  • State of Gold (001)
  • Gris-Or (227)
  • Mystere (991)
  • Passion (951)

Dior Addict Gloss ($29.50) (Limited Edition)

  • Sparkle (322)

Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($31.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Blazing (631)

Dior Couture Creations Multi-Use Palette ($89.00) (Limited Edition)

This runway inspired palette features an array of complementary shades for creating multiple holiday looks. Diorific Face Powder in Rose d’Or #001 illuminates the complexion while Diorblush creates a natural flush. Dior eyeshadows in shades of light pink, purple and silver-taupe create a glowing eye effect while shades of light grey, shimmering black and gold create a more smoky look. For lips, choose the glamorous Rouge Dior in Darling #775 or more subtle Dior Addict Gloss in a soft pink. The chic, textured black case fits into the sleekest evening clutch for easy touchups. Includes a foldable powder brush and two double-ended lip and eye applicators.

Dior Couture Couture Smoky Palette for Eyes & Lips ($62.00) (Limited Edition)

The essential Smoky palette inspired by Dior runway beauty looks. Featuring three eyeshadows to create the ultimate smoky eye look: light beige, a satiny purple and a matte brown. Rouge Dior #468 and Lip Maximizer in Apricot finish the look.

Dior Couture Prêt-a-Porter Nude Palette for Eyes & Lips ($62.00) (Limited Edition)

The essential Nude palette inspired by Dior runway beauty looks. Featuring three eyeshadows to create the ultimate nude eye look: light gold, satiny brown and matte brown. Rouge Dior #766 and Lip Maximizer in Pink finish the look.

Dior Backstage Brush Set ($115.00) (Limited Edition)

This deluxe patent case is filled with Dior’s best-selling brushes in convenient-yet-generous travel sizes. Includes one Powder Brush, one Foundation Brush, and Eyeshadow, Eyeliner and Lip brushes to create a professional makeup result even while on-the-go!

Diorshow Iconic Overcurl + Deluxe Miniature 5 Couleurs Set ($28.50) (Limited Edition)

This must-have set features a full size Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara and a complementary deluxe miniature Dior 5-Colours Eyeshadow in Bar #056, which includes shades of Dior grey, baby pink, versatile taupe, deep black and soft white.

AVAILABILITY | Early access at dior.com; November 2015 at all other counters and retailers

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Dior Addict Lipstick Relaunch for Fall 2015

 

Dior Addict Lipstick Relaunch for Fall 2015
Dior Addict Lipstick Relaunch for Fall 2015

The new Dior Addict formula is a breakthrough hybrid lipstick, delivering intense color and a long-lasting top coat in one. Featuring a Hydra-Gel Topcoat and a Triple Oil Complex at the core of the lipstick, Dior Addict lips are plumped with more volume and spectacular color than ever before. In addition, the collection of fashion-forward shades has been reimagined in three eye-catching finishes: pure color, shimmering and pearlescent.

Dior has created four must-have It Shades and corresponding Vernis shades to illustrate the new Dior Addict Lipstick Collection. Be Dior is an audacious raspberry inspired by the emblematic rose of the House of Dior, Wonderful is a fresh baby pink created in tribute to Monsieur Dior’s declaration that pink is a shade that can be worn “at any hour,” Smile is a versatile pinky nude that creates an illuminating, natural effect on the lips and Tribale is a pearly coral reminiscent of Monsieur Dior’s classic pearl accents. Each lip shade can be paired with a corresponding shade of Dior Vernis: Be Dior #892, Smile #552, Wonderful #868 and Tribale #588.

Dior Addict Lipstick ($35.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Purity #138
  • Urban #178
  • Mirror #211
  • Bright #260
  • Delight #266
  • Incognito #316
  • Spring Ball #343
  • Dream #422
  • Tribale #451
  • Girl #485
  • Tailleur Bar #535
  • Lucky #536
  • Smile #553
  • Wonderful #561
  • Sparkling #572
  • Diorkiss #578
  • City Lights #612
  • Confident #622
  • Not Shy #623
  • Riviera #639
  • Diablotine #643
  • Mutine #655
  • Avenue #667
  • After Party #680
  • Oversize #685
  • Fantasy #686
  • True #722
  • Rock ‘n Roll #750
  • Fusion #752
  • My Love #756
  • Tout-Paris #762 (Sephora Exclusive)
  • Bold #780
  • Zig Zag #842
  • Power #871
  • Fashion Night #881
  • Artsy #885
  • Too Much #951
  • Gotha #967
  • Be Dior #976
  • Insoumise #983

Vernis Nail Lacquer ($27.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Smile #552
  • Tribale #588
  • Wonderful #868
  • Be Dior #892

AVAILABILITY | September 2015, spotted online already at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus

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Dior Eclectic (866) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Eclectic (766) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Eclectic (766) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Eclectic (766) Eyeshadow Palette ($63.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a muted, smoky set of shades ranging from a pinky-beige to deep purple. I loved the color combination put together here, as using the blackened green made for an interesting time, but the quality just isn’t there. I wish the eyeshadows were softer and less dry, even if they were sheerer, but the thinner, dusty texture made for a lot of extra work to really blend and diffuse the eyeshadows on the lid.

Eclectic #1 a medium-dark eggplant purple with subtle, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. There’s a dusting of fine shimmer on it, but it’s really hard to see applied. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage with a really dusty consistency that made for tougher application and blending. It wore for seven and a half hours before fading. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 16 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Delectable (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Worship (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Dark Matte #6 (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Silver Lining (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Exposure #2 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Mulled Wine (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #6 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Delicatesse #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Eclectic #2 is a sofot, light pinky-beige with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a thin, dusty texture but applied well, even though it only lasted for seven hours on me. MAC Pretty (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Call Me Bubbles (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Moz (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Exuberante #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Smitten (P, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Cop-a-Feel (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Sensation (102) (LE, $29.50) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Soft Plum (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Vanilla Kiss (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Lucius (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Nubile (DC, $18.00) is darker (85% similar). Cle de Peau Marmalade Sky #1 (P, ) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Eclectic #3 is a brightened, light silver with a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth consistency that didn’t get powdery or too dense to work with. There is an overspray, so it appears more metallic in the pan or if swatched without removing the overspray (I always take a brush to the surface and get rid of any oversprays first before swatching). It stayed on well for seven and a half hours. Kat Von D Holy Bible (DC, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Sterling (P, ) is brighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME202 Iceberg Blue (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Oyster Mushroom (LE, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). theBalm #34 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Crazy Paris #3 (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Pretty in Paris (LE, $9.99) is darker (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Your Voice (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Les Aquas #4 (P, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Starry Night #1 (P, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Inglot #447 (P, $6.00) is brighter (90% similar). NARS Flowers 3 #1 (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Guise (LE, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Virgin Silver (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty In Doubt (P, ) is darker (85% similar). NARS Silver Factory (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Eclectic #4 is a deepened–but muted–green with fine green shimmer over a mostly matte finish. Applied, it looks mostly matte as the shimmer doesn’t seem to bind with the base product. It had good pigmentation and blended out fairly well while lasting for eight hours. LORAC Forest (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm #3 (P, $6.50) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Black Ivy (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Punk (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel L'Intemporel de Chanel #2 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Envy (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Shade V (LE, $25.00) is warmer (85% similar). NARS Snake Eyes (P, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Eat, Love (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). bareMinerals Utopia (P, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Tisse Venitien #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Emeraude (04) (P, $39.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Viseart Dark Matte #11 (P, ) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Eclectic #5 is a blackened purple with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff with a dry, dusty consistency that made blending more difficult as the color would look patchy and uneven. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. bareMinerals Center Stage (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Jungle Love (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Meow! (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit #3 (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Huckleberry (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Dior Precious Embroidery #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Amorous (P, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Indigo Blend #3 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Glamorous (LE, ) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Pinkluxe #5 (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Beverly Hills #4 (P, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #7 (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Shadowy Lady (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Wonder by Wonder (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 18 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Arabian Nights #1 (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Straight Trippin' (LE, $5.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Totally Trouble (LE, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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