Dior Rouge Dior Pastel Mattes Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Dior Tender Matte (340) Rouge Dior Lipstick
Dior Tender Matte (340) Rouge Dior Lipstick

Dior Rouge Dior Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) was recently relaunched, and part of the range now includes several matte shades. On top of the permanent range of 50 shades, the brand also released a few limited edition, pastel shades. They sold quite quickly through Dior’s website, but I found them on Selfridge’s and bought them. Only one of the four shades below performed decently when compared to what you’d want in a typical lipstick, but like something out of a fantasy novel, Dior says that the formula “provides 16 [hours] of comfort with no dry lips or colour streaking.” The formula is also supposed to be pigmented and hydrating. I did not get anywhere near 16 hours of wear with any of the four shades, unfortunately! The pigmentation varied from semi-opaque to mostly opaque, but the texture was unforgiving and prone to catching on any and every imperfection along with settling into lip lines.

Dior Tender Matte (340) Rouge Dior Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium peachy-orange with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but the texture emphasized lip lines and imperfections, while color gathered in my lip lines as well. There was some slip, so it didn’t drag or feel uncomfortable to apply or to wear, but it lasted for three and a half hours on me. It was neither drying nor hydrating on me. Kat Von D Noble (DC, $21.00) is lighter, less glossy (95% similar). MAC Close Contact (LE, $19.50) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Antonio's Girls (LE, $19.50) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Pout (142) (LE, $30.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Milani Adore (LE, $8.99) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Pink Sands (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler, glossier (90% similar). Sephora Peach Tart (LE, $14.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Maybelline Barely Bloomed (700) (P, $7.49) is lighter, glossier (95% similar). Urban Decay Unicorn (P, $18.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Namaste (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NYX Nude (P, $6.00) is cooler (85% similar). Anastasia Pure Hollywood (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). NARS Get Off (P, $27.00) is darker (80% similar). Bite Beauty Leche (P, $24.00) is darker (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty First Time (09) (LE, $54.00) is darker (80% similar). Colour Pop Button (LE, $6.00) is darker (80% similar). Bite Beauty Amaretto (P, $24.00) is darker (80% similar). Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dior Cloudy Matte (380) Rouge Dior Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium lavender with cool undertones and a natural finish. It had good color coverage, which applied fairly evenly, but some of the color pulled into lip lines due to a more emollient consistency of the formula. I would not call this matte, as there was a definite shine to it. The color lasted for four and a half hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating. This was the best of the Pastel Mattes, as it had the most even coverage; the cooler undertone of it made it harder to dupe. MAC Flatter Me Fierce (LE, $19.50) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NYX Lavender (P, $6.00) is lighter, glossier (85% similar). MAC Love & Cherished (P, $19.50) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Evening Buzz (LE, $19.50) is darker (85% similar). Kat Von D Coven (DC, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Zero (LE, $21.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (80% similar). MAC Galaxy Grey (DC, $21.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). Anastasia Clover (P, $20.00) is darker, less glossy (80% similar). Make Up For Ever C502 (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). LORAC Brunch Queen (LE, $17.00) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dior Sunny Matte (610) Rouge Dior Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, sunshine yellow with strong, warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had medium color coverage, and like Clover Matte, was streaky, uneven, and emphasized every lip line and imperfection I had on my lips. It was moderately slippery, so it moved around a lot on the lips, and the photo is of the best case scenario but the moment I pressed my lips together, it fell apart. The color wore for four and a half hours and was non-drying. MAC Yellow You Dare (LE, $19.50) is more pigmented (95% similar). Anastasia Primary #4 (Vol. 1) (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). NYX Citron (P, $6.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). MAC Gold Xixi (P, $19.50) is more muted, glossier (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dior Clover Matte (400) Rouge Dior Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium green with cooler undertones and a natural sheen. It had medium coverage with a moderately slippery texture–and that showed heavily in the application, as the color found its way into every lip line and crevice on my lips. It was streaky, uneven, and unforgiving. The color wore for four hours and left a bluish stain behind, and it was non-drying. Make Up For Ever C601 (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter, better quality (95% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Whatever (DC, $17.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Charm (LE, $6.00) is lighter, warmer, better quality (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Cosplay (DC, $18.00) is darker, better quality, glossier (85% similar). Kat Von D Plan 9 (DC, $21.00) is darker, warmer, better quality (80% similar). NYX Risque (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Dior Tender Matte (340) Rouge Dior Lipstick
Dior Tender Matte (340) Rouge Dior Lipstick

Dior Tender Matte (340) Rouge Dior Lipstick
Dior Tender Matte (340) Rouge Dior Lipstick

Dior Tender Matte (340) Rouge Dior Lipstick
Dior Tender Matte (340) Rouge Dior Lipstick

Dior Tender Matte (340) Rouge Dior Lipstick
Dior Tender Matte (340) Rouge Dior Lipstick

Dior Tender Matte (340) Rouge Dior Lipstick
Dior Tender Matte (340) Rouge Dior Lipstick

Dior Tender Matte (340) Rouge Dior Lipstick
Dior Tender Matte (340) Rouge Dior Lipstick

Dior Cloudy Matte (380) Rouge Dior Lipstick
Dior Cloudy Matte (380) Rouge Dior Lipstick

Dior Cloudy Matte (380) Rouge Dior Lipstick
Dior Cloudy Matte (380) Rouge Dior Lipstick

Dior Cloudy Matte (380) Rouge Dior Lipstick
Dior Cloudy Matte (380) Rouge Dior Lipstick

Dior Cloudy Matte (380) Rouge Dior Lipstick
Dior Cloudy Matte (380) Rouge Dior Lipstick

Dior Cloudy Matte (380) Rouge Dior Lipstick
Dior Cloudy Matte (380) Rouge Dior Lipstick

Dior Cloudy Matte (380) Rouge Dior Lipstick
Dior Cloudy Matte (380) Rouge Dior Lipstick

Dior Sunny Matte (610) Rouge Dior Lipstick
Dior Sunny Matte (610) Rouge Dior Lipstick

Dior Sunny Matte (610) Rouge Dior Lipstick
Dior Sunny Matte (610) Rouge Dior Lipstick

Dior Sunny Matte (610) Rouge Dior Lipstick
Dior Sunny Matte (610) Rouge Dior Lipstick

Dior Sunny Matte (610) Rouge Dior Lipstick
Dior Sunny Matte (610) Rouge Dior Lipstick

Dior Sunny Matte (610) Rouge Dior Lipstick
Dior Sunny Matte (610) Rouge Dior Lipstick

Dior Sunny Matte (610) Rouge Dior Lipstick
Dior Sunny Matte (610) Rouge Dior Lipstick

Dior Clover Matte (400) Rouge Dior Lipstick
Dior Clover Matte (400) Rouge Dior Lipstick

Dior Clover Matte (400) Rouge Dior Lipstick
Dior Clover Matte (400) Rouge Dior Lipstick

Dior Clover Matte (400) Rouge Dior Lipstick
Dior Clover Matte (400) Rouge Dior Lipstick

Dior Clover Matte (400) Rouge Dior Lipstick
Dior Clover Matte (400) Rouge Dior Lipstick

Dior Clover Matte (400) Rouge Dior Lipstick
Dior Clover Matte (400) Rouge Dior Lipstick

Dior Clover Matte (400) Rouge Dior Lipstick
Dior Clover Matte (400) Rouge Dior Lipstick

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
  • Guerlain Terra India Bronzer
On eyes:
  • ColourPop Studio 1400 Super Shock Shadow Set
  • Urban Decay Honey Eyeliner

About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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I would not buy these funky colors. I bought two of the permanent shades. I wish you test out the permanent shades and tell us what you think. I like Dior lipsticks actually more than Tom Ford.

I did purchase permanent shades, but I have a lot to review at the moment, so they are on the backburner. I’m sorry for being so slow! I prioritized these as they are limited edition and are selling very quickly.

You are wonderful. No apologies needed. I am just expressing my thoughts. I read your blog everyday, but I don’t comment as much as before. Different priorities in my life.

I totally understand, Stacey! 🙂 I actually have five or six of the Diors I haven’t even swatched yet (a lot of them were pre-orders, and then they came in one a week, lol), but I definitely plan to review other shades from the range!

Christine, no need to apologize. I think it’s great you are reviewing these “funky colors”. I don’t wear these colors either, but it’s important for potential customers to know they are paying $ 35 (or more) for D/F rated lipsticks, and the fact that they are selling out quickly means a lot of people are probably buying without knowing that, unless they see your swatches/reviews first

Sometimes I am puzzled by how fast something like a green lipstick by Dior sells out, because I feel like people who are wearing non-traditional shades have found go-to options in other brands (that have already released ’em), so who is the customer for Dior’s take on green? Yellow? Dior only had them on their website, and I don’t even think they announced it via email (I didn’t receive anything, at least), but they did show some on their Instagram – by the time I saw them on Dior’s site, only two shades were even visible!

When I think of Dior’s traditional customer base (more mature, wealthier), I don’t see them buying much green lipstick. And if I were to buy a green lipstick, I wouldn’t pay $ 35 for one, as I wouldn’t wear it often, so I would go to NYX, ColourPop, etc. My guess is that Dior is trying to look hip/edgy by launching some non-traditional colors on website/ Instagram, to appeal to a younger customer base, and they only produced a very, very limited quantity (knowing they won’t sell well), so that’s why it’s selling out so quickly, and of course, selling out quickly also makes it appear like a super hot item

I was thinking the same. And talking about your eyeshadows, what a gorgeous look! I promise I looked more at your eyes than your lips, sorry, I know, but the lipstick only deserved a quick glance. I love unconventional lipsticks, but these are really not good.

Yikes! I rolled my eyes pretty hard when Dior released these funtastic colors. Kind of surprised the formula is so awful!

It is strange to release these as they are, as a couple would be less disappointing if they were actually more matte!

Wow, Clover Matte looks stunning with the eyeshadow look! I honestly can’t wait for the Studio 1400 reviews–Donna looks very pigmented!

On another note, I’m shocked by how poorly these performed! If I’m paying this much for a lipstick compared to what I can get at the drugstore or from indie brands, I expect at least a B. Oh well, better to spend my money elsewhere. Thanks for the review, Christine!

I had already swatched some of the new/permanent shades, and they seemed promising (including a couple of non-traditional colors, like the gray), so I had higher hopes for these.

I was looking at these weeks ago! So happy you reviewed them! I was even about to drop money into buying the sunny + clover + cloudy matte! You saved me a TON! Really surprised on how badly these performed…

I’m sorry, Dior, but to produce a $35 lipstick that performs like $1 kiddie makeup from a dollar store, is just unacceptable and shameful, IMO.

Since they incorporated some non-traditional shades into the permanent range, I really thought they were going to do these justice 🙁

I snort laughed at “like something out of a fantasy novel” but honestly these look like you rubbed sidewalk chalk on your lips wow Dior :/

16-hour wear that’s hydrating? There are some lip colors that definitely get 10+ hours of wear, but they are likely matte or a liquid lipstick 🙁

Thus, ONLY IN MY DREAMS!

Completely off topic, but how do you get your Colourpop shadows on the lids and crease so pigmented and blended so nicely? I struggle with them unless it’s a pop of color for a halo eye. TIA

BIG thumbs down on all 4! These look utterly horrid. Like stuff out of a children’s play makeup kit. So uneven and cheap looking, IMHO.

Cloudy Matte was the only decent one – if it wasn’t for the 16-hour wear claim, it would be worth considering for its uniqueness (though $35 for less than A-quality is you know, frustrating).

I agree – three of the four are really poor (and not just against the extra long wear claim!) and just make you go, “Why did you even bother?”

On the one hand I think it’s great that a high-end, department store brand like Dior acknowledges the existence of non-traditional lipstick shades – it was quite daring of them when you think who their loyal customers are-, but on the other hand they did such a poor job with the quality of these shades that it ruins the experiment… Dior CAN do great lipstick, that’s probably what they’re best at, so seeing these streaky shades makes me sad.

I was thinking along the same lines – wow, yellow, green from Dior? I thought they were going big, but they were such flops!

I very much applaud a brand like Dior for branching into unconventional lipcolors. Too bad these suck. They didn’t even get the peachy shade right! I wish brands in general had the cojones to make these shades fully opaque. If not, at least make them sheer and easy to layer. This patchy BS just doesn’t work.

Yes! This is in-between – too pigmented to layer (and super streaky/patchy as is) but not pigmented enough to work.

Agreed Rachel!!! I was SO excited to see these on IG. So cool for Dior to do these shades, and I would buy them in an instant if they were GOOD. I’m sad. Clover would’ve been an amazing lipstick. Le sigh.

I’m curious as to who Dior would even market these to? The clentele that would likely wear these more uncoventional colours would probably go with a niche or indie brand and their regular clientele would swatch and play with them in store but not actually buy them. I mean there’s shaking up your image and then there’s this haha. Looking forward to your reviews on the other shades!

This may not be fair of me (that’s why you’re the pro reviewer!!) but as soon as I saw the words “pastel matte” in the title, I already knew this would not be good….bwahahaha!! The colors look fun, though. Thank you for saving me some dough 😉

This is not at all what I expect from Dior… I thought they learned from that Smeraldo disaster? Plus, this is not quite what I’d call “fall”.

Get your life right, Dior!

Thank god we have those gorgeous eyes to look at. These are simply dreadful, and we’ll be puzzling over why D did these for days. Truly an unexpected departure, one that ran off the runway, crashed, and burned. I really don’t get it. Their target market has been duly noted. The target market for these, well, they’ve already gone for better choices at CP or Nyx, where they could get a slew for the price of one Dior. This is baffling….bafflingly bad.

It is definitely puzzling… I didn’t think they’d be PERFECT, but I didn’t expect them to crash and burn either.

I am not a fan of these non-traditional lipstick colours, but if I was, I would want to know that I am wasting my money buying these from Dior. So many cheaper and better varieties around.
Thank you so much for this.

Oh gosh! These are way too expensive to be this bad. D: It’s a shame, because Cloudy and Clover looked like they could have been pretty if the weren’t so streaky.

Sometimes I wonder how a line like this comes to be / could be allowed to happen. Like, maybe this is a first-ever project for a new product manager, for whom the lesson would be to get engaged on formulation. Or, when a brand has two products in a release so similar they are dupes for one another — perhaps the product committee couldn’t agree so they just went with both. Or, the MAC Selena debacle where maybe someone didn’t tell the IT department it had a highly promoted, LE product about to launch (and in that case, a simple apology would have helped its reputation and not just ‘due to the passion…’). Etc. But for likes of MAC and Dior someone up the chain should be watching out for the brand and not let the worst products or launches happen. Point of view of one.

It’s a good question!

I am not sure why MAC didn’t use the “waiting room” or queue – they did so for Rihanna’s collab a few years ago!

It’s unfortunate that in an effort to be trendy they really missed the mark on these lipsticks. I’ve seen NYX lipsticks that perform better (the Macaron collection to be exact!). I think a sophisticated brand like Dior should stick to what they know since this probably won’t appeal to their target market.

These just seem like a total miss from Dior. I think of the Dior customer as a little bit older and less likely to wear something as out there as a green lippy (like me!). I mean their shadows are usually sheerer and glitter is understated, etc. I always just thought the brand trended a bit older. I’m surprised they’re selling out so fast.

If they wanted to attract a different customer, they certainly go about it well, since I think someone who DOES wear yellow would want it to perform better.

These look so DRY! I’ve seen you try so many more fun color lipsticks on you that looked more soft and smooth. Sad that these come from a high end company like Dior.

I would’ve bought and worn all of these if they were decent!!! Cloudy and Clover are fantastic shades, just terrible quality unfortunately. I get so excited when high end brands do non-traditional colors.

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