Filed In: Dior

Dior | Fix It 2-in-1 Prime & Conceal

 

 

 

Dior Fix It opener

 

In the past I’ve never needed to use concealers, preferring to use foundation instead for anything that may have needed covering up. Then, things changed as I got older and while I’m fortunate to not being one to have ever suffered from dark under eye circles, I do have puffiness and fine lines to contend with (oh joy). That being said, there are few products in the marketplace today that provide coverage without making my skin look all crepey, and Dior’s Fix It 2-in-1 Prime & Conceal (CAN $40.00) sticks have come through with flying colours – at least where my skin is concerned.

Inspired by backstage makeup needs, what makes this product unique is the transparent smoothing core at the centre which acts in a blurring and pore-filling capacity, enabling the coloured concealer ring to glide smoothly along the skin. Not only useful for under the eyes, Fix It can also be used to cover blemishes and to help prime lips – especially useful when worn under matte lipstick to ensure a longer wear time, a moisturized lip feel, and to help minimize lip lines as well.

There are three shades: 001 Light, 002 Medium, and 003 Dark that are enough to cover the requirements of most skin tones; not covered are those with the darkest complexions. On days when my eyes look a little tired or are in need of a brightening boost, I turn to 001 Light but my go-to shade as well as the one that blends seamlessly into my light-medium skin, is hands down 003 Medium. While I am able to use only 2 of the 3 around the eye area and any blemishes, I am nevertheless able to make good use of them all when worn on the lips; 001 Light makes an excellent base for pale/nude lip colours, while 003 Dark pairs beautifully under dark/vampy lip shades, helping to prevent feathering, staining, and/or any migrating as well.

Dior Fix It tubes

Dior | Fix It 2-in-1 Prime & Conceal

Dior Fix It tubes 2

Dior | Fix It 2-in-1 Prime & Conceal

Dior Fix It tubes 3

Dior | Fix It 2-in-1 Prime & Conceal

Dior Fix It trio

Dior | Fix It 2-in-1 Prime & Conceal

Dior Fix It 001 Light

001 Light | The lightest of the three shades and which will suit those with very fair to light-medium complexions.

Dior Fix It 002 Medium

002 Medium | The most universal shade of the 3 and which will suit a broad range of skin tones, with the exception of the two extreme: fair & dark.

Dior Fix It 003 Dark

003 Dark | The darkest of the 3 and which is definitely suitable for those with medium to medium-dark complexions.

Dior Fix It swatches 1

Dior | Fix It 2-in-1 Prime & Conceal swatches

Dior Fix It swatches 2

Dior | Fix It 2-in-1 Prime & Conceal swatches (alternate light)

Dior Fix It swatches 3

Dior | Fix It 2-in-1 Prime & Conceal swatches (blended out)

Dior Fix It swatches 4

Dior | Fix It 2-in-1 Prime & Conceal swatches (blended out, alternate light)

 

Worn as as under eye concealer, Fix It not only helps to smooth out the appearance of fine lines, but actually does a great job of filling them in as well, without gathering or caking in those delicate areas. The colour stays true without oxidizing or turning oily – another huge plus. Applied as ‘underwear’ under a matte lipstick or matte liquid lip product, Fix It helps minimize lip lines and ensures a hydrated feel – the two biggest issues I’ve always faced with this type of lippie, now solved. Overall, a huge thumbs up from me and well worth looking into, especially if you’re a concealer-phobe like I am used to be.

Dior Fix It is available at The Bay & thebay.com, Sephora & sephora.com, Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom and select Shopper’s Drug Mart/Pharmaprix stores across Canada. Find more information via www.dior.com

Dior Fix It opener 2

 

 

 

Press samples kindly provided for my unbiased consideration

Post may contain affiliate links

Dior | Powder Eyebrow Pencils

Dior Powder Eyebrow Pencils opener

 

I was born with generously-sized brows (a polite way of saying ‘unibrow’) but the 70’s era I grew up in dictated plucking them to near invisibility – something that’s going to go down as one of my biggest beauty regrets. Thankfully, for many who are ‘follicularly-challenged’ in that area, now have options. Several really good options, in fact.

Threatening to overtake the Brow Styler Universal Brown, a product that has been a long-standing favourite with many makeup pros, are the Powder Eyebrow Pencils (available in 6 shades), the latest brow warriors released from Dior. With their unique powder-in-a-pencil formula that’s easy to use and much softer on the skin, along with a wider shade range, one can now match or mix these pencils for a truly customized brow hue. It’s a fact: brows are so in and finally enjoying their moment in the spotlight. Now if I could only go back in time and tell younger me to step away from the tweezers …

Pencils are usually the easiest brow styling product to use, and Dior has taken it to a new level with this interesting new formula; combining the finish of a powder with the longevity and definition of a wax, each Powder Eyebrow Pencil comes with an included sharpener as well as an attached spoolie on one end of the pencil. The formula glides easily along the skin and can be layered or matched with other pencils or products for an even more realistic look, while the finish lends itself to being easily brushed into brows. Relatively long-lasting, the colour stays in place until removed, although you may have some fading – especially if you have a tendency to touch your eye area frequently. One way around that, is to apply either a clear or tinted brow gel to seal everything in.

Dior Powder Eyebrow Pencils 1

Dior | Powder Eyebrow Pencil

 

Dior Powder Eyebrow Pencils macro

Dior | Powder Eyebrow Pencil

 

DIOR Powder Eyebrow Pencils swatches 1

Dior | Powder Eyebrow Pencil swatches (in sunlight)

Dior Powder Eyebrow Pencils swatches 2

Dior | Powder Eyebrow Pencil swatches (alternate light)

Dior 093 Black Powder Eyebrow Pencil

#093 Black (CAN $33.00) | More of a charcoal than a true ebony black, but still layerable for those with truly black brows. Otherwise, this is an excellent choice for those with the darkest brows as the finish will be natural and never overly harsh. Bonus: can even be used as a kohl-type smudgy eye liner.

Dior 093 Black Powder Eyebrow Pencil swatches

Dior | #093 Black Powder Eyebrow Pencil swatches

Dior 433 Ash Blonde Powder Eyebrow Pencil

#433 Ash Blonde (CAN $33.00) | A cool leaning shade that is fairly universal and excellent for those with fair to light-medium brow tones (I love using this mixed with the Brown and/or Dark Brown for a more realistic effect).

Dior 433 Ash Blonde Powder Eyebrow Pencil swatches

Dior | #433 Ash Blonde Powder Eyebrow Pencil swatches

Dior 453 Soft Brown Powder Eyebrow Pencil

#453 Soft Brown (CAN $33.00) | A medium brown hue with reddish undertones, better suited for medium to medium-dark brows, although I suspect this shade may clash with those whose complexions have yellow undertones.

Dior 453 Soft Brown Powder Eyebrow Pencil swatches

Dior | #453 Soft Brown Powder Eyebrow Pencil swatches

Dior 593 Brown Powder Eyebrow Pencil

#593 Brown (CAN $33.00) | A universally flattering shade and probably the easiest to wear of the six, you can intensify the colour by pressing a little harder. Excellent for light-medium to medium coloured brows, also useful in creating a guideline for any darker shade that may be layered on top.

Dior 593 Brown Powder Eyebrow Pencil swatches

Dior | #593 Brown Powder Eyebrow Pencil swatches

Dior 653 Blonde Powder Eyebrow Pencil

#653 Blonde (CAN $33.00) | For some reason, those with exceptionally fair brows seem to be usually overlooked but Dior’s got you covered with this pale and somewhat cool-leaning shade. Rejoice, fair-browed friends.

Dior 653 Blonde Powder Eyebrow Pencil swatches

Dior | #653 Blonde Powder Eyebrow Pencil swatches

Dior 693 Dark Brown Powder Eyebrow Pencil

#693 Dark Brown (CAN $33.00) | Despite the name, this is more of a medium brown hue and thus suitable for a broader range of skin tones. With its excellent mix of both cool and warm tones, this is also the perfect shade to create definition, especially along the arch of the brow.

Dior 693 Dark Brown Powder Eyebrow Pencil swatches

Dior | #693 Dark Brown Powder Eyebrow Pencil swatches

 

No matter how skillful one’s makeup application may be, nothing completes things like a well-groomed brow. While I can admire a perfectly executed drawn-on brow, I confess to not being huge on that trend and prefer a more natural look on myself, although my now-sparser brows totally benefit from a little fattening up. I love the softness of these pencils and how easily they can be blended in, but I do wish the attached spoolie were a touch softer – especially considering that the Dior Eyebrow Brush is my holy grail brow grooming tool – but it’s still useful to have on the pencils for any on-the-go touchups.

The Dior Powder Eyebrow Pencils are part of the permanent range and are available through The Bay & thebay.com, Sephora & sephora.com, Nordstrom and Holt Renfrew locations across Canada

 

Dior Powder Eyebrow Pencils closer

Press samples kindly provided for my unbiased consideration

Post may contain affiliate links

Dior | Eternal Gold & Blazing Gold, State of Gold Christmas 2015

 

 

Dior Holiday 2015 quints opener

If there’s anything from the Dior Christmas 2015 State of Gold Collection that you should put on your radar, my vote goes to the limited edition eyeshadow palettes. You might want to add the lipsticks and nail polishes to that list as well – but I’ll get to those in upcoming posts. Stepping away from their past holiday quints that featured a bevy of sparkly shades (which looked good, but were relatively underwhelming performers), these quints which come housed in the brand’s signature navy lacquered compacts and protected by velvet sleeves, not only look amazing with their urban chevron pattern embossed on the eyeshadows’ surface, but happen to apply like a dream. The unique colour groupings also make them stand head & shoulders above so many other new releases, and will not only see you through many holiday looks, but long after the last champagne cork has been popped.

Dior Holiday 2015 quints compacts

Dior | Eternal Gold & Blazing Gold, State of Gold Christmas 2015

Dior Holiday 2015 quints 1

Dior | Eternal Gold & Blazing Gold, State of Gold Christmas 2015

Dior Holiday 2015 quints 2

Dior | Eternal Gold & Blazing Gold, State of Gold Christmas 2015

Dior Eternal Gold 1

576 Eternal Gold (CAN $70.00) | Appearances might dictate that this is the obviously cooler leaning palette of the two, but Eternal Gold happens to offer shades that can be easily worn by a wide variety of skin tones. The texture on all (including the darkest shade) is buttery soft and almost suede-like, displaying a wonderful blendability and no falldown, with the added bonus that all shades can also be applied with a dampened brush for more depth and ooh-la-la. Staying power, especially over primed lids, is excellent, with no visible fading or creasing.

Shade breakdown (starting from top left & going clockwise):

  • seafood green, greyish undertones, finely milled satin shimmer
  • peach, finely milled satin shimmer
  • white gold, finely milled satin shimmer/soft gold reflects
  • gunmetal, silver sparkle (semi opaque worn dry, fully opaque applied damp)
  • taupe with mauve undertones, finely milled satin shimmer

 

Dior Eternal Gold 2

Dior | 576 Eternal Gold

Dior Eternal Gold macro

Dior | 576 Eternal Gold

Dior Eternal Gold macro 2

Dior | 576 Eternal Gold

Dior Eternal Gold swatches 1

Dior | 576 Eternal Gold, swatched dry

Dior Eternal Gold swatches 2

Dior | 576 Eternal Gold, swatched damp

 

Dior Eternal Gold 3

Dior | 576 Eternal Gold

 

Dior Blazing Gold 1

886 Blazing Gold (CAN $70.00) | Don’t let the more visibly warmer-leaning tone of this palette fool you, as Blazing Gold has the ability of looking great on cooler complexions as well (it’s some kind of Dior sorcery, I tell you). Bearing the same silky texture, the shades of this palette offer a deeper pigmentation when worn dry; applied with a dampened brush takes things to a whole new level of colour saturation, while also serving to especially intensify the sparkle of the darkest hue. Once again, staying power is there for the duration (over primed lids), or until removed.

Shade breakdown (starting from top left and going clockwise):

  • sangria red, finely milled satin shimmer, slight pink reflect
  • icy pink, finely milled satin shimmer
  • oyster gold, finely milled satin shimmer
  • deep pewter, multi-dimensional sparkle
  • plum mauve, finely milled satin shimmer

 

Dior Blazing Gold macro

Dior | 886 Blazing Gold

Dior Blazing Gold macro 2

Dior | 886 Blazing Gold

Dior Blazing Gold swatch 1

Dior | 886 Blazing Gold, swatched dry

Dior Blazing Gold swatch 2

Dior | 886 Blazing Gold, swatched damp

 

Dior Blazing Gold 2

Dior | 886 Blazing Gold

 

Working his magic once again, Dior’s Makeup Creative Director, Peter Philips has crafted a collection that’s filled with visual beauty as well as an interesting array of colours. The texture of these quints is impressive and definitely worth investing in – that red shade alone (yes, red. I know, right?) in the Blazing Gold compact almost defies description, yet is still so totally wearable while the taupe/mauves of both palettes are some of the best I’ve seen to date. I’m even loving the luminous centre hues of both palettes, as they also work double-duty as face highlighters. Definitely two of the most unique (colour-wise) and quality palettes in the Dior lineup. And yes, they’re both limited.

The Dior State of Gold Christmas 2015 Collection is available now through The Bay & thebay.com, Holt Renfrew and Nordstrom stores across Canada. Find more information via www.dior.com

 

Dior Holiday 2015 quints closer

 

Press samples kindly provided by Dior for my unbiased consideration

Post may contain affiliate links

Dior Addict Lipstick, 2015 Edit

 

Dior Addict Lipsticks opener

Dior has just rolled out their newly revamped range of Addict Lipsticks (CAN $42.00/44 shades, all permanent), and even without the gorgeous packaging acting as total eye-candy, one quick swatch of any shade will in all probability set off a collecting spree. Available in three finishes (pure colour, shimmering and pearlescent), this breakthrough lipstick and long-lasting topcoat-in-one formula features a ‘Hydra-Gel Topcoat and a Triple Oil Complex‘ at its core that runs throughout the entire length of each lipstick, along with a higher level of pigments for sensational colour, mega-watt shine and a super moisturizing feel to lips throughout and after wear.

The exterior packaging comes with a holographic print, with the acrylic casings displaying some prismatic flashes, as well as sporting new magnetic closures at the top to keep the product safe & snug in its tube. My only beef is with the labelling; if you have more than one Addict Lipstick and happen to open them up at the same time, you better know in advance which shade is which in order to properly re-close them, as the names/labels are found on the outer casing, and not on the actual product.

PS: make sure to open each lipstick by simply pulling on the knob and pulling the tube out of its case – don’t try screwing it out. Sounds silly to even mention this, but for those unfamiliar with this range, knowing this one little fact will save you some frustration.

The four lipsticks I was sent to test out, were created by Dior as the must-have It Shades (with corresponding Vernis shades – review to come):

  • 976 Be Dior – inspired by the emblematic rose of the House of Dior
  • 561 Wonderful – a tribute to Monsieur Dior’s declaration that “pink is a shade that can be worn at any hour”
  • 553 Smile – a versatile neutral/nude for an illuminating yet natural look
  • 451 Tribale – pearlized coral shade reminiscent of Monsieur Dior’s classic pearl accents

 

Jennifer Lawrence for Dior Addict Lipstick, featured shade: 976 Be Dior (credit)

Dior Addict Lipstick packaging

Dior Addict Lipstick, 2015 Edit (so cool: holographic packaging)

Dior Addict Lipstick casing

Dior Addict Lipstick, 2015 Edit

Dior Addict Lipstick

Dior Addict Lipstick, 2015 Edit

 

Dior Addict Lipstick macro

Dior Addict Lipstick, 2015 Edit

Dior Addict Lipstick swatches 1

Dior Addict Lipstick, 2015 Edit swatches (direct sunlight)

Dior Addict Lipstick swatches 2

Dior Addict Lipstick, 2015 Edit swatches (alternate light)

 

Dior Addict 451 Tribale

451 Tribale | A pink leaning coral hue with a visible, yet totally smooth-feeling, pearlized finish. Provides a healthy flush of colour to lips and leaves a slight “bitten effect” stain after the colour has worn off.

 

Dior Addict 451 Tribale swatch

Dior Addict Lipstick 451 Tribale swatch

 

Dior Addict 553 Smile

553 Smile | A pink/nude shade with mauve undertones in the base, making it suitable for both cool and warm complexions. The palest of the four shown along with the shortest staying power (not surprising, given its lighter shade), this is the perfect swipe-and-go shade for when you want a natural, yet still polished look.

 

Dior Addict 553 Smile swatch

Dior Addict Lipstick 553 Smile swatch

 

Dior Addict 561 Wonderful

561 Wonderful | A blue based baby pink shade, cooler leaning, and filled with a shimmering pearlescence for added depth of tone. While I find that most pinks clash against my skin tone, something about this colour totally agrees with me, and will make the perfect counterpart against an edgy smokey eye look.

 

Dior Addict 561 Wonderful swatch

Dior Addict Lipstick 561 Wonderful swatch

 

Dior Addict 976 Be Dior

976 Be Dior | Thinking that this shade would be super vampy based on what’s seen in the tube, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it’s actually more of a deep raspberry on application. Displaying an almost crystalline shine, this has become my go-to shade for when I want a bright pop of colour, but can’t be bothered with precision techniques – it’s THAT easy to apply & wear. The longest lasting of the four, it also leaves a deep rose stain behind. LOVE.

 

Dior Addict 976 Be Dior swatch

Dior Addict Lipstick 976 Be Dior swatch

 

These lipsticks are so perfectly named, because once you try them, you quickly become addicted to the way they feel both during application (think: buttery, ultra-smooth, gliding texture), the insane brilliance they provide, as well as how plump & hydrated your lips feel long after the colour has faded. Naturally, there are less expensive alternatives in the marketplace that offer similar qualities, but I’ve pretty much tried them all and have yet to find a lip product that just feels so good. And with 44 shades to choose from, it’s pretty much a given that you’ll find your match. Or six.

 

Dior Addict Lipstick closer

 

 

The Dior Addict Lipstick Collection 2015 is available now across Canada through Sephora & sephora.com, Holt Renfrew and The Bay, thebay.com Find more information via www.dior.com

 

Press samples kindly sent by Dior for my unbiased considerations/post may contain affiliate links

Dior | Diorblush Cosmopolite Cheek Stick Collection, Fall 2015

Dior Diorblush Cheek Stick opener

This year’s crop of Fall beauty collections have been nothing short of outstanding, and several of the Dior releases definitely number among that. One of the season’s must-have products in my opinion, are the Diorblush Cheek Sticks (CAN $41.00/limited edition) from the Fall 2015 Cosmopolite Collection, in three universally flattering crème-to-powder formula shades, that come in a twist-up chubby stick format.

Upon first setting eyes on this collection, I zeroed in on these blush sticks and while initially seeing only three shades threw me, I now feel that Dior pretty much nailed it with just this trio – and I’ll tell you why.

First off, the description is accurate; a true crème-to-powder formula (applies with the glide of a cream then quickly morphs into a powder finish as you blend it out) and leaves behind a soft matte finish (because real cheek colour doesn’t have glitter – at least, mine don’t. Yet). Each blush comes in a retractible format for protection of the the product, with the size of each stick fitting comfortably in the hand, being neither too thin nor too chunky  and thus making it easy to transport. I detect no discernible scent – a plus for those with sensitivities, but interestingly enough, I feel a definite cooling sensation when swatched on the skin of on my arm, but not when applied to my face. Staying power is pretty impressive for a product of this nature, in particular when worn over foundation; even when some of the initial colour has faded, you’re still left with a visible stain – with the exception of the lightest shade (845 Cosmopolite Pink), which will fade faster due to its paler nature.

With regards to application technique, all you really need are your fingers to blend these lovelies out, as the warmth of your hands combined with the natural oils of your skin will basically do all the work for you, leaving no demarcation lines behind. That being said, I also get great results by using either a small & angled densely-headed brush (such as #150 from MAKE UP FOR EVER) or a duo-fibred stippling brush (such as #7 from CHANEL) to create a more diffused (and almost air-brushed) effect. BONUS: you can even layer to combine any of these Cheek Sticks for a unique new shade.

Dior Diorblush Cheek Stick closed

Dior | Diorblush Cheek Stick

Dior Diorblush Cheek Stick 1

Dior | Diorblush Cheek Stick

Dior Diorblush Cheek Stick 2

Dior | Diorblush Cheek Stick

Dior Diorblush Cheek Stick 3

Dior | Diorblush Cheek Stick

Dior Drioblush Cheek Stick macro

Dior | Diorblush Cheek Stick (detail)

Dior Diorblush Cheek Stick ingredients

Dior | Diorblush Cheek Stick (ingredients list)

Dior Diorblush Cheek Stick swatches 1

Dior | Diorblush Cheek Stick swatches (sunlight, heavy application)

Dior Diorblush Cheek Stick swatches 3

Dior | Diorblush Cheek Stick swatches (sunlight, blended out)

Dior Diorblush Cheek Stick swatches 2

Dior | Diorblush Cheek Stick swatches (alternate light, heavy application)

Dior Diorblush Cheek Stick swatches 4

Dior | Diorblush Cheek Stick swatches (alternate light, blended out)

Dior Diorblush 675 Cosmopolite Coral Cheek Stick

675 Cosmopolite Coral | A warm leaning coral with slight rose undertones, this shade is highly pigmented and quite long-lasting (stays iron-clad when worn over foundation). Something about this hue gives my skin a sun kissed flush of colour and looks even more amazing against lightly tanned skin (although it’s still a year-round type of shade). Those with the fairest complexions might not find Cosmopolite Coral as easy to pull off, unless applied with a very light hand, but will be just gorgeous on those with darker complexions.

 

Dior Diorblush 675 Cosmopolite Coral Cheek Stick swatch

Dior | Diorblush 675 Cosmopolite Coral Cheek Stick swatches

Dior Diorblush 765 Cosmopolite Rosewood Cheek Stick

765 Cosmopolite Rosewood | A true rosewood shade with a light reddish undertone, this may warm-leaning, but is also the most universally wearable of the three shown and will suit most skin tones across the spectrum. Bearing a high level of colour saturation as well, a little goes a long way; I suggest starting with a light swipe and building up as needed. Gives cheeks that flushed look you get from ∗ahem∗ all manners of vigorous workouts (nudge, nudge, wink, wink).

 

Dior Diorblush 765 Cosmopolite Rosewood swatch

Dior | Diorblush 765 Cosmopolite Rosewood Cheek Stick swatches

Dior Diorblush 845 Cosmopolite Pink Cheek Stick

845 Cosmopolite Pink | What appears as almost a neon pop of colour in the tube and even when swatched intensely, turns out to actually be more of a babydoll shade of soft pink and while cooler leaning than the other two, still manages to be workable on those with warmer complexions (like me). Placed on the apples of the cheeks, this shade brings a ‘youthful brightness’ to the face (as strange as that sounds), and I even love it layered over either of the other two colours, creating a customized cheek tint that way. Huge surprise hit for me, let me tell you.

 

Dior Diorblush 845 Cosmopolite Pink Cheek Stick swatch

Dior | Diorblush 845 Cosmopolite Pink Cheek Stick swatches

 

I remember a time when cream-based blushes would literally slide off your face seconds after application but that’s so not the case here, where Dior has worked some major blush-mojo with these Diorblush Cosmopolite Blush Sticks. Initially viewing this collection, I was sure that Cosmopolite Rosewood and Cosmopolite Coral had my number, but find myself surprisingly drawn to Cosmopolite Pink (me, the non-pink wearer), so basically: I love them all. The bad news? Yes, the dreaded ‘limited edition’ thing … Dior, you better listen up and make these permanent (and bring out a few more colours while you’re at it), because you’ve got a good thing going on here. A majorly GOOD thing.

Available across Canada now (limited edition) through The Bay and thebay.com Find more information via www.dior.com

Dior Diorblush Cheek Stick closer

 

Press samples kindly sent by Dior for my unbiased consideration/post may contain affiliate links