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The Dior Tie Dye Collection for Summer 2015 is all about that bohemian vibe (ahhh …those lazy days ahead …), filled with an eclectic mix of both brilliant and diffused colours. The two nail lacquers – 319 Sunwashed & 239 Sunkissed (CAN $28.00 each, with a 3rd shade released in Europe) perfectly exemplify this theme with their sun-faded tone, while the Die Dye Top Coat (CAN $29.00) helps to jazz things up with a splash of translucent colour.
If you’re unfamiliar with Dior polishes, you need to change that STAT, because this formula and brush rank as one of my absolute favourites and definitely sets the bar high for all other brands. The lacquer formula was given an overhaul a little over a year ago and now displays an increase in pigments & colour saturation, combined with a built-in top coat for a long-lasting gel effect shine – all courtesy of advanced resins and Techno-Polymers. The brush is made of unicorn hair, or at least that’s what it feels like (how cool would that be?); dense and rather bushy-looking, the slightly chiselled edge makes application child’s play: with just the lightest pressure, the bristles splay perfectly along the nail bed for a precise and effortless application. As a nail polish fiend, I can’t extoll its virtues enough – trust me on this.
*Note that both the lacquers and top coat are all limited edition.
319 Sunwashed | This is a soft buttercup-yellow shade in a mid-sheer formula with jelly-like tendencies, both in application and its cushiony glossy finish. Displaying a sun bleached and rather weathered tone, it holds that patented Dior ‘secret shimmer’ that’s not very visible to the naked eye (unless seen in direct sunlight), but which adds a lovely overall depth. On shorter nails, full opacity will be reached at 2 coats, while longer lengths will still show a slight nail line – but I personally love this translucent effect, as it makes yellow so much more wearable this way, not to mention perfectly in line with the whole laid-back hippie theme. Coats applied: 2, plus top coat
239 Sunkissed | Just when I thought that Dior had created the perfect nude shade with Lady (reviewed), THIS comes along. Bearing a perfect mix of peach, beige, and pink tones in the base, 239 Sunkissed takes things a step further and displays one of the best formulas for a nude that I’ve ever come across. Streak-free, self levelling, über-glossy at the finish and holding traces of ‘secret shimmer’, this shade not only comes to a smooth opaque finish at two coats, but I’ll go on record as saying it will suit basically all skin tones across the board – and that’s not easy to do when dealing with this colour family. Well done, Dior. Coats applied: 2, plus top coat
Tie Dye Top Coat | This is a more pigmented and deeper shade of rose than Dior’s Nail Glow, with a cooler-leaning tone due to the blueish tint in the base. This topper can easily be worn on its own, which is my personal preference, actually – and not only because I lack the necessary nail art skills to use it creatively, but for the candy-like look it gives nails: 1 coat provides a healthy wash of colour, with a deeper – but still sheer flush – at 2 coats. The formula falls on the thick side and has a tendency to spring back somewhat during application, but the glass-like glossy finish makes up for that slight drawback. Bonus: Relatively quick drying as well. Coats applied: 2, no other top coat
Applying the Tie Dye Top Coat straight up over 319 Sunwashed, gives the yellow base a peachier tone and due to the nature of this topper, it also provides a natural ombré effect; by varying the pressure of the brush along the nail, you can amplify this look quite easily (middle finger). Or, you can always get creative and use a dotting tool, a thin brush, or even bits of sponge to dab on patterns along the nails and create your own custom look. Finish off with a clear top coat to seal everything in, as well as to provide a smoother appearance.
Applied over 239 Sunkissed, the Tie Dye Top Coat provides a deeper pink colour that also takes this nude shade from warm into cooler territory (but still quite wearable just the same). Once more, you can easily create your own patterns using your preferred method – or experiment with new ways and see what turns up; random attempts usually create some fabulous designs (especially if you’re not a seasoned nail art pro, like me).
Dior surprised me with these; to begin with, I expected the usual brights, vivid, neons, etc and instead, there are just 2 shades in what initially appears to be rather lukewarm colours, and a cheery topper to add confusion to the mix. But looks can be deceiving; the second I began applying these shades, my love of deep hues was basically chucked out the window – they’re THAT fabulous (and I don’t even like yellow. Imagine that). Where things get a little tricky, is with the Tie Dye Top Coat; in theory it sounds amazing and the answer to every nailart-challenged person out there, but the application is not exactly there yet. Still, after playing with it for a few weeks now, I have surprised myself by finding new ways to apply it (not always successfully, mind you) and have realized that I prefer it solo. Please feel free to let me know how you’ve worn this – would absolutely love to hear! All in all, I don’t think it’s meant to take itself all that seriously – after all, it’s a SUMMER collection and that means: anything goes!
The Dior Summer 2015 Tie Dye Collection is available now through The Bay & thebay.com, Sephora & sephora.com, and Holt Renfrew stores across Canada (links provided for convenience). Fine more information via dior.com
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Dior has just launched an innovation in the field of face powders: Diorskin Nude Air Healthy Glow Invisible Loose Powder (CAN $60.00 available in 4 shades), a face powder that is designed to work as an ‘invisible’ setting product for your makeup, with a lightweight and fresh feeling upon the skin. Some of the key features, according to the brand:
- an undetectable to the eye ultra-light texture to help unify, mattify and enhance the complexion
- made with transparent pigments & translucent mineral powders to add precise tone
- leaves a velvet finish upon the skin
- enriched with vitamins, minerals and Sweet Orange Extract to help boost tone & freshness
- non-occlusive and ‘breathable’ like an ‘intelligent fabric’
- helps create a shield against pollution by limiting the absorption of harmful particles
In the past, I’ve never felt the need to wear face powder as it always seemed a bit chalky in appearance upon my skin, not to mention somewhat ageing – so it was with a healthy degree of skepticism that I approached my testing for this Dior version (I was kindly sent shade 020 Light Beige to test). Thankfully, the Diorskin Nude Air Healthy Glow Invisible Loose Powder (a bit of a mouthful to say, no?) is not only absolutely wearable, but visually delivers on its claims as well.
The round plastic jar bears a silver lid bearing Dior’s signature Cannage pattern and comes with an included plush velvet puff to enable a silky-smooth application. The contents are under a protective sieve to prevent an overload of product/powder being released – a convenient feature, while the powder itself is relatively unscented (I personally can’t seem to pick up any fragrance, per se). The texture is exceptionally finely-milled and once buffed into the skin, becomes completely undetectable without leaving a flat finish behind; rather, there’s a very subtle sheen that almost seems to give ‘vitality’ to the skin. As the powder wears and starts fusing with the warmth of the skin and natural oils, it seems to then develop a more luminous tone, but never shiny. Best part? Absolutely no oxidation in evidence (when the product takes on an orange-y cast).
The shades range from 010 for the fairest types – to 040 for deeper complexions, and while you’d think that these 4 options wouldn’t be nearly enough to cover the gamut of skin tones, the nature of this featherweight powder should be easily wearable by a broad skin tone range just the same (with the exception of the darkest complexions, where I suspect it may appear slightly ashy – but still worth checking out at a Dior counter just to be sure). According to the included insert, start by upending the firmly closed container and lightly tapping it once along the bottom to release a measured dose of powder into the upper section. The velvet puff works extremely well at buffing the powder into the skin, although I found it much easier to first use a brush (a large headed & semi-rigid Kabuki brush, such as the one offered by Dior) to first pick up the powder for quick distribution along the skin then followed by a thorough buffing using the puff – which feels so incredibly soft along the skin while seeming to ‘fill’ in fine lines – is the most effective application method. As to staying power, the sheer nature of this product makes it difficult to determine exactly how long it actually wears, but I will say that my skin (which is combination/oily) looks flawless, even, and luminous throughout the day, with very little touch-ups needed.
Dior | Diorskin Nude Air Loose Powder 020 Light Beige swatched heavy & blended
Dior | Diorskin Nude Air Loose Powder 020 Light Beige swatch, fully blended out
What I really love about this Diorskin Nude Skin healthy Glow Invisible Loose Powder, is that my skin never feels like it’s ‘suffocating’ throughout the wearing. A light dusting over foundation (never forget to buff, buff, buff!) not only sets your makeup, but provides a seamless and flawless finish. Another great and even easier way to wear this powder, is over moisturized skin (always allow approx. 15 minutes for moisturizer to settle into the skin first before powder application) – this method provides a natural and sheer finish, while still managing to even out skin tone. For a powder-phobe like myself, I am beyond impressed with how totally ‘non-powdery’ this product appears, and urge you to give it a look – it’s so totally worth it.
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Press sample provided for my unbiased consideration
The House of Dior has hopped on the nude eyeshadow palette trend that’s so on point right now, with the release of the Eye Reviver Illuminating Neutrals Eye Palette (CAN $63.00). Admittedly, when I first heard what this was called, a part of me was hoping for some miracle product that would peel back time, but I’m certainly happy to take the brightening effect that this palette can provide. We first saw a glimpse of this beauty, when it was used by Peter Philips (Creative and Image Director, Christian Dior Beauty) backstage during the Spring 2015 show (see below) and thus, the buzz began …
Peter Philips using the Eye Reviver Palette
Backstage Spring 2015 looks using the Eye Reviver Palette
The Eye Reviver Palette is more of a warm-leaning group of colours, and includes 6 shades: 1 primer hue, 4 eye shadow shades that have been created using Glow-Mimetics™ technology for an instant radiance-boosting effect as well as colour luminosity, and 1 gel-liner to complete your look. The slim profile and totally travel-friendly compact has a transparent body and a mirrored lid embossed with the brand’s logo, a full sized mirror on the inner lid and 2 mini brushes (one is dual ended with a sponge applicator on one side and an angled brush on the other, while the second brush has a slim tapered head for use with the eyeliner). With the exception of the liner shade, the other five hues all display the Dior name in raised lettering – such a pretty touch.
All four eyeshadow shades display shimmer of the ultra finely-milled & complex variety – the type that is definitely not overt when applied, but just somehow seems to add a beautiful depth of tone and dimension, while attracting light to the area. The primer shade is relatively matte, but the texture is silky-soft which means it will not appear flat when applied and while not exactly a ‘primer’ in the conventional sense (do not expect it to set/hold your makeup – especially if you have oily lids like I do – the way an eyeshadow primer is meant to do), this shade is a great base for layering any of the others on top or even wearing on its own with a light swipe of mascara on the lashes, for a super-easy yet polished daytime look.
The eyeshadow shades have excellent pigmentation – albeit of a softer nature – with zero dust kicked up in the pan upon swirling my brushes through any of them. The primer and lightest eyeshadow colour are both very close to my natural skin tone and don’t show up as well, although they are great for evening out the eyelid tone. Of them all, the rosewood shade (#4) seems to show a stronger shimmer than the others, which makes this an excellent crease shade to provide depth and dimension. The eyeliner is a soft black that is very smoothly applying without any signs of patchiness or crumbling, and can easily be built up for a stronger intensity; once it dries down, it’s set for the duration without any fading or creasing. As far as staying power goes, the lighter hues will obviously last a little less than the darker ones – although by first layering my go-to primer underneath (I prefer the NARS Smudge-Proof Eyeshadow Base), I’m able to wear either/all without any signs of significant fading, until removed at the end of the day.
- shade #1 – primer or all over base, bone coloured (no shimmer)
- shade #2 – eyeshadow, pale tan (slight peachy tint in the base)
- shade #3 – eyeshadow, warm taupe
- shade #4 – eyeshadow, rosewood (light plum undertones)
- shade #5 – eyeshadow, blackened brown
- shade #6 – eyeliner, soft black (no shimmer)
Dior Eye Reviver Palette swatches
Dior Eye Reviver Palette swatches, alternate lighting
Even with the variety of neutral palettes available today – from mass market to luxury – there’s still something special about Dior’s Eye Reviver Palette that makes it a welcome addition to anyone’s collection. For starters, you have every shade you need to create a myriad of looks, from super easy (read: lazy), workplace-friendly, all the way up to evenings out. In fact, this palette with its amazing quality and shade selection, is everything I wanted the Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 (reviewed) to be (and while I do like this palette, it also happens to fall short beside the Dior), and I find myself reaching for it all the time. None of the information I have says it’s a limited edition item (insert huge sigh of relief here), although I did hear that it’s not going to be released in certain countries: you have my heartfelt sympathies, because this is probably one of the best Dior palettes I’ve ever worked with … and so worth hunting down.