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Dior | Beige Sunrise Lip Maximizer, Milky Plum & Milky Pop for Summer 2016

Dior Summer 2016 lippies opener

 

For Summer 2016, the Dior Milky Dots Collection has not only brought whimsy and fun to the table, but has also introduced a new lip gloss formula: Dior Addict Milky Tint (available in six shades) meant to provide lips with a ‘refreshing wet effect‘ along with a soft wash of colour. Loaded with shine and filled with moisturizing ingredients, these glosses are said to give a ‘just-been-dipped-in-a-milkshake‘ kind of vibe … sounds like gloriously messy fun, doesn’t it? As a swipe-and-go gloss girl, I can tell you that the reality is a lot neater i.e.: no drips, and the perfect gloss to play with.

For the past few seasons, I have become somewhat obsessed with Dior’s Lip Maximizers and have actually wrung out every last luscious drop of each (a minor miracle when you factor in the amount of products I currently own), which speaks volumes about how amazing this formula is. The latest, Beige Sunrise, is no exception and is presently in constant rotation. Now if I can only convince Dior to take it off the limited edition list …

Also from this collection:

Dior Summer 2016 lippie trio

Dior | Beige Sunrise Lip Maximizer, Milky Plum & Milky Pop Summer 2016

Dior Summer 2016 lippie trio 2

Dior | Beige Sunrise Lip Maximizer, Milky Plum & Milky Pop Summer 2016

Dior Summer 2016 lippie trio swatches

Dior | Beige Sunrise Lip Maximizer, Milky Plum & Milky Pop Summer 2016 swatches

Dior Beige Sunrise

006 Beige Sunrise Lip Maximizer, limited edition (CAN $41.00) | Enriched with collagen that also contains a blend of hyaluronic acid and marine-based fillers, this formula not only gives off some high-wattage shine, but also serves to provide a slight ‘plumping effect’ to leave lips feeling totally moisturized both throughout and after wearing. The minty-vanilla scent is soothing and just my speed without being either obnoxious or overpowering, while the refined shimmer seen in the tube is of the subtle variety, although it still manages to provide an added overall depth of tone. This is not a product created for colour longevity, but it will give lips a long-lasting hydration boost while also serving to prep them for anything else you want to layer on top.

Dior Beige Sunrise macro

Dior | 006 Beige Sunrise Lip Maximizer

Dior Beige Sunrise applicator

Dior | 006 Beige Sunrise Lip Maximizer

Dior Beige Sunrise swatch

Dior | 006 Beige Sunrise Lip Maximizer swatch

 

Dior Summer 2016 Milky Tint duo

Dior | Milky Tint Summer 2016

Dior Summer 2016 Milky Tint duo 2

Dior | Milky Tint Summer 2016

Dior Summer 2016 Milky Tint duo applicators

Dior | Milky Tint Summer 2016

Dior Milky Plum

286 Milky Plum (CAN $43.00) | A soft pastel mauve hue that gives a subtle touch of cool-leaning colour to lips, although those with warmer-complexions can also wear this with ease. There’s an initial light ‘cooling’ effect that does dissipate fairly quickly, leaving behind a soft glassy shine. You can intensify the brilliance with multiple layers (wait a couple of minutes between each to make application easier), or even deepen the colour by using a lip liner all over lips first. Staying power is on par for a light shade, about 3-4 hours (excluding eating and/or drinking).

Dior Milky Plum 2

Dior | 286 Milky Plum

Dior Milky Plum swatch

Dior | 286 Milky Plum swatch

Dior Milky Pop

376 Milky Pop (CAN $43.00) | A soft coral with a peachy-pink undertone and slightly deeper pigmentation than that of Milky Plum, giving this shade an edge re: colour staying power (also leaves a slight tint behind to lips). Luscious, juicy and the perfect accessory against a light tan, wouldn’t you agree? Not to mention how this is a totally goof-proof colour to apply.

Dior Milky Pop 2

Dior | 376 Milky Pop

Dior Milky Pop swatch

Dior | 376 Milky Pop swatch

 

Second to balms, glosses are the lip products I tend to reach for the most and lucky for me (not to mention zillions of fans worldwide), Dior happens to make some of the best there are in both categories. As stated above, the Lip Maximizer formula is unbeatable for both care benefits with a hint of subtle colour (magically makes lips look incredible with every swipe) and Beige Sunrise is definitely on my Holy Grail list. The Dior Addict gloss formula is one that continues to reinvent itself, and this Summer’s Milky Pop version certainly earns a thumbs up as well, making it a gloss worth your time to investigate … and not only because I love saying “Milky Pop” which makes me think of lazy, heat-filled days #bringonglossysummer

Available at counters now – more info via www.dior.com

Dior Summer 2016 lippies closer

 

 

These lippie lovelies were kindly provided/As always, all opinions are my own

Dior | Summer 2016 Colour & Dots Manicure Kits

Dior Summer 2016 nail polish opener

 

For Summer 2016, Dior has released three Colour & Dots Manicure Kits (CAN $38.00/each) consisting of 2 complimentary nail lacquer shades complete with a dotting tool and instructions to help you channel your inner nail artist. The best part? No specific skills are actually needed to create your very own mini masterpieces, but I guarantee you’ll have a ton of fun creating.

All 6 nail polish shades come in mini bottle versions in Dior’s absolutely stellar formula, which also happens to be one of my favourites (for those who follow me regularly, you’ve heard me go on countless times about how much I love the Dior formula – it’s seriously one of the best out there). The brush has been downsized as well from the standard size, and while not as bevelled, it still helps the polish apply flawlessly. Each shade has that ‘secret shimmer’ Dior has become known for; the type that may not be initially visible when looking at the bottle but which comes vividly to life when seen in direct light. All are made with Dior’s new gel-effect formula, giving you superior wear with a long-lasting chip free finish and über-glossy shine.

A few tips on using the dotting tool; have a piece of foil – or a disposable hard surface on hand – and after you’ve applied 2 coats of your base shade (let dry for at least 10 minutes), add a small amount of your complimentary shade to your foil. Dip the dotting tool into the polish and with light pressure, add dots to your nails. You need to work fairly quickly because as oxygen mixes with the polish on the foil, it will start to become gummy; when that happens just add a bit more polish to a clean area of your foil and continue dotting. You can vary the size of the dots by picking up less product for smaller shapes and/or applying even lighter pressure. You can also go back in and create a more 3D effect by going over your dots with more polish. As there are so many options and each pattern will come out unique, you’re only limited by your imagination – so go to town!

Dior Summer 2016 nail polish packaging

Dior | Summer 2016 Colour & Dots Manicure Kits

Dior Summer 2016 nail polish kits

Dior | Summer 2016 Colour & Dots Manicure Kits

Dior Summer 2016 nail polish duos

Dior | Summer 2016 Colour & Dots Manicure duos

Dior Summer 2016 nail polish duos 2

Dior | Summer 2016 Colour & Dots Manicure duos with dotting tool

Dior Summer 2016 nail polish dotting tool

Dior | Summer 2016 Colour & Dots Manicure Kits (dotting tool)

Dior Summer 2016 Pastilles duo

Dior | 001 Pastilles, Colour & Dots Manicure Kit

  • 212 – palest apricot crème, warm leaning and the sheerest of them all. Shown: 3 coats (1 coat for dots)
  • 795 – Mediterranean/cerulean blue crème/jelly hybrid, some translucency with the first coat but becomes completely opaque by the second. Bonus: non staining upon removal. Shown: 2 coats (1 coat for dots)

Dior Summer 2016 Pastilles 212 swatch

Dior | #212 from the 001 Pastilles Colour & Dots Manicure Kit

Dior Summer 2016 Pastilles 212 with dots swatch

Dior | #212 dotted with #795 from the 001 Pastilles Colour & Dots Manicure Kit

Dior Summer 2016 Pastilles 795 swatch

Dior | #795 from the 001 Pastilles Colour & Dots Manicure Kit

Dior Summer 2016 Pastilles 795 with dots swatch

Dior | #795 dotted with #212 from the 001 Pastilles Colour & Dots Manicure Kit

Dior Summer 2016 Confettis duo

Dior | 002 Confettis Colour & Dots Manicure Kit

  • 432 – aprico/peach (“apriceach?”) crème, so fresh & summery-looking with a slight translucency at 2 coats (which I actually prefer). Shown: 2 coats (1 coat for dots)
  • 652 – Hot pink/coral crème/jelly hybrid that will be so flattering on all skin tones, excellent pigmentation (don’t skip base coat to avoid any potential light staining). Shown: 2 coats (1 coat for dots)

 

Dior Summer 2016 Confettis 432 swatch

Dior | #432 from the 002 Confettis Colour & Dots Manicure Kit

Dior Summer 2016 Confettis 432 with dots swatch

Dior | #432 dotted with #652 from the 002 Confettis Colour & Dots Manicure Kit

Dior Summer 2016 Confettis 652 swatch

Dior | #652 from the 002 Confettis Colour & Dots Manicure Kit

Dior Summer 2016 Confettis 652 with dots swatch

Dior | #652 dotted with #432 from the 002 Confettis Colour & Dots Manicure Kit

Dior Summer 2016 Plumetis duo

Dior | 003 Plummets Colour & Dots Manicure Kit

  • 262 – soft white-based baby pink, non-streaky with good coverage shown even at 1 coat (fully opaque with the second). Shown: 2 coats (1 coat for dots)
  • 582 – lavender/mauve crème jelly hybrid, excellent colour saturation and while cooler leaning, should still suit all skin tones across the board. Shown: 2 coats (1 coat for dots)

 

Dior Summer 2016 Plumetis 262 swatch

Dior | #262 from the 003 Plumetis Colour & Dots Manicure Kit

Dior Summer 2016 Plumetis 262 with dots swatch

Dior | #262 dotted with #582 from the 003 Plumetis Colour & Dots Manicure Kit

Dior Summer 2016 Plumetis 582 swatch

Dior | #582 from the 003 Plumetis Colour & Dots Manicure Kit

Dior Summer 2016 Plumetis 582 withdots swatch

Dior | #582 dotted with #262 from the 003 Plumetis Colour & Dots Manicure Kit

 

Regardless of how you feel about polka dots, you cannot deny how adorable and fun these manis look. As each kit comes with two shades, you have options galore and if your nail art skills are as limited as mine, you can still create something original because there are no rules – anything goes. Granted, making things easier is the fact that each shade comes in Dior’s magical formula that’s basically goof-proof, but here’s the thing: if I can do this, you can!

The Summer 2016 Colour & Dots Manicure Kits will be available at Dior counters as of May. Find more information via www.dior.com

 

Dior Summer 2016 nail polish closer

 

 

Product samples kindly provided by Dior for my unbiased consideration

Dior | Bain de Mer & Escapade Eyeshadow Palettes, 5 Couleurs Polka Dots

Dior Summer 2016 Eye Palettes opener

 

Taking a cue from the effervescence of bubbles, Dior’s Summer 2016 Polka Dots Collection is whimsical, colourful, and simply perfect for easy-breezy Summer days … or nights, for that matter. The first items out of the gate are Bain de Mer & Escapade, two gorgeous eyeshadow palettes – one inspired by the vividly raw beauty of the Mediterranean, and the other reminiscent of a sunset against sandy dunes. Either way, neither of these lovelies are to be missed.

Dior Summer 2016 Eye Palettes boxed

Dior | Bain de Mer & Escapade Eyeshadow Palettes 5 Couleurs Polka Dots

Dior Summer 2016 Eye Palettes compacts

Dior | Bain de Mer & Escapade Eyeshadow Palettes 5 Couleurs Polka Dots

Dior Summer 2016 Eye Palettes

Dior | Bain de Mer & Escapade Eyeshadow Palettes 5 Couleurs Polka Dots

Dior Bain de Mer

366 Bain de Mer, limited edition (CAN $73.00) | As as a general rule, Dior 5 Couleur Eyeshadow Palettes are meant to be worn in the following manner (but that’s just a guideline; you’re always free to explore and experiment as desired):

  • the top two + centre shades = best for a lighter daytime look
  • the bottom two + centre shades = best for a more dramatic evening look

All five shades of the Bain de Mer palette have a buttery smooth texture and excellent pigmentation, with the two deepest shades displaying the highest level of colour saturation. All have a smooth & soft shimmery finish without any chalkiness at all, and blend with total ease. The shade breakdown:

  • top left – mango, coral undertones
  • top right – champagne nude
  • centre – soft apricot
  • bottom left – icy blue, warm undertone
  • bottom right – intense turquoise

Dior Bain de Mer 2

Dior | 366 Bain de Mer Couture Colours Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Bain de Mer macro

Dior | 366 Bain de Mer Couture Colours Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Bain de Mer macro 2

Dior | 366 Bain de Mer Couture Colours Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Bain de Mer swatches

Dior | 366 Bain de Mer Couture Colours Eyeshadow Palette swatches

Dior Escapade

536 Escapade, limited edition (CAN $73.00) | The more ‘neutral-looking’ of the two palettes but made modern with a fresh new twist. As with Bain de Mer, the Escapade palette displays the same wonderfully smooth texture with all 5 shades, and there is no powdery kickback experienced upon swirling brushes across their surfaces. Applying any of these hues with a dampened brush will provide a much deeper colour impact, as well as emphasize the soft shimmer. The shade breakdown:

  • top left – sandy beige
  • top right – pale pink, white based
  • centre – icy white
  • bottom left – melon, golden orange undertone
  • bottom right – soft brown, coppery undertone

Dior Escapade 2

Dior | 536 Escapade Couture Colours Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Escapade macro

Dior | 536 Escapade Couture Colours Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Escapade macro 2

Dior | 536 Escapade Couture Colours Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Escapade swatches

Dior | 536 Escapade Couture Colours Eyeshadow Palette swatches

Dior Summer 2016 Eye Palettes 2

Dior | Bain de Mer & Escapade Eyeshadow Palettes 5 Couleurs Polka Dots

 

If there’s one thing I’ve been noticing with the last few Dior collections, is that they have not only stepped up to the plate with each eyeshadow palette release, but continue to improve on that by introducing some beautiful colour groupings. Bain de Mer is what I wanted the 2012 Swimming Pool palette to be; this turquoise shade is EVERYTHING and looks amazing either on its own (I love it along the lower lash line) or blended with any of the other colours for a softer look. When worn together, the Escapade shades perfectly emulate the colours of a beachy sunset, with that melon hue also making for a unique highlight shade as well. My verdict? Both palettes are absolutely stellar and so worth investing in. Plus, how can you resist those adorable polka dots on the packaging?

Both Bain de Mer and Escapade 5 Couleurs Polka Dots palettes will be available at Dior counters (except Sephora) as of May. Find more information via www.dior.com

 

Dior Summer 2016 Eye Palettes closer

 

 

Product samples kindly provided by Dior for my unbiased consideration

Dior Vernis | Bleuette & Lilac Glowing Gardens Spring 2016

Dior Spring 2016 nail polish opener

 

The love Monsieur Dior held for his gardens is legendary, having inspired many haute couture gowns in the past, not to mention having trickled into the brand’s present-day beauty lineup. The Spring 2016 Glowing Gardens Collection features so many lovely ‘blooms’, but none prettier and possibly more wearable even, than Bleuette and Lilac – two pastel hues that evoke the freshness and vigor of the season but somehow still manage to keep things modern. Dior sorcery, is what I call it.

For those unfamiliar with the Dior formula, let me state right here that this is one of my absolute favourites. Application is effortless and so easy to work with, laying down in a completely self-levelling way and coming to a high-impact shine thanks to the Gel Effect finish. The brush is also one of my favourites, being slightly tapered and with a dense tip, displaying an excellent flexibility and splaying perfectly along the nail with every swipe. To maintain the finish, it’s best to use the brand’s  Gel Coat (top coat) since it has been created to work in tandem with these polishes, and will keep the polish chip-free for longer.

 

Dior Spring 2016 nail polish macro

Dior Vernis | Bleuette & Lilac, Glowing Gardens Spring 2016

 

Dior Bleuette swatch 1

301 Bleuette (CAN $31.00) | A mid-sheer baby blue shade with a hint of green in the base (adds a touch of warmth), filled with that ‘secret shimmer’ that Dior does so well – you know; the type that you only notice once it’s applied and you can see in direct sunlight. Shorter nails will find that there’s decent coverage with two coats, but longer nails will need a third for full opacity. Non patchy and totally streak-free, there’s this unique translucency to Bleuette that I absolutely love and I’m certain I’ll be wearing this shade all Summer long (for real).

Coats: 3 (thin), plus top coat

Dior Bleuette swatch 2

Dior Vernis | 301 Bleuette, Glowing Gardens Spring 2016

 

Dior Lilac swatch 1

491 Lilac (CAN $31.00) | A true lilac shade, made somewhat cool-leaning due to the blue tint in the base. Bearing the same ultra-fine ‘secret shimmer’ as Bleuette, full opacity is reached by the second coat, laying down in a smooth and streak-free manner. For someone who usually avoids anything pinkish, I am completely taken with Lilac; this will look spectacular as a pedi shade against a light tan.

Coats: 2, plus top coat

Dior Lilac swatch 2

Dior Vernis | 491 Lilac, Glowing Gardens Spring 2016

 

Of the four shades in this collection (the other two are Garden and Pivoine), these are the only ones released here in Canada, but I’m ok with that as they’re both absolutely gorgeous. I am so completely drawn to Bleuette‘s aquatic beauty, that I don’t mind that it needs 3 coats for full opacity; this is a totally backup-worthy shade.  I can’t deny that Lilac may be easily duplicated colour-wise, but formula? That’s a whole other perk and worth picking up just for that quality alone.

Both Bleuette and Lilac are limited edition shades and still available, although the Summer Collection is about to hit counters so I wouldn’t wait too long to grab them.

Available at The Bay and all Dior counters nationwide. Find more information via www.dior.com

Dior Spring 2016 nail polish closer

 

 

Product samples kindly provided by Dior for my unbiased consideration

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Dior Diorblush Sculpt Professional Contouring Blush Powder

 

Dior Diorblush Sculpt opener

 

Dior recently released their Diorblush Sculpt Professional Contouring Blush Powder (available in 4 shades – two of which are limited edition), two complimentary face powders in one compact that can be worn in a multitude of ways, not to mention how this duality can also ease up the burden of an overcrowded makeup bag (or maybe that’s just me).

Housed in the brand’s slim-profile navy lacquered casing with a full-sized mirror on the inner lid, each powder also comes with a tapered natural-bristled brush that works surprisingly well and is perfect for on-the-go touchups, although I prefer using my own brushes just the same. The surface is embossed with the Dior logo in raised lettering which will wear down with use, with the texture of the powder being incredibly fine-milled so as to not only blend beautifully when applied, but fuse with your skin’s natural warmth and oils to look as good at the end of the wearing as at the beginning – all without showing any signs of oxidation. Wear time over foundation is excellent, staying true until removed.

*Not shown: 003 Beige Contour

Dior Diorblush Sculpt sleeves

Dior Diorblush Sculpt Professional Contouring Blush Powder

Dior Diorblush Sculpt 1

Dior Diorblush Sculpt Professional Contouring Blush Powder

Dior Diorblush Sculpt 2

Dior Diorblush Sculpt Professional Contouring Blush Powder

Dior Diorblush Sculpt brush macro

Dior Diorblush Sculpt Professional Contouring Blush Powder (brush detail)

 

Dior Diorblush Sculpt Pink Shape

001 Pink Shape, limited edition (CAN $54.00) | A soft rose hue (the larger portion), coupled with a pink-tinted radiant highlighter (the smaller section). Combined, they create a believable flush of colour making this a totally wearable pink shade for a broad range of skin tones, and which will also serve to add brightness to the face. Worn individually, the blush shows excellent pigmentation and blends smoothly upon the skin without any chalkiness. The highlighter is radiant and slightly cooler-leaning, making it especially workable for those with fair complexions.

 

Dior Diorblush Sculpt Pink Shape macro

Dior Diorblush Sculpt | 001 Pink Shape

Dior Diorblush Sculpt Pink Shape swatches

Dior Diorblush Sculpt | 001 Pink Shape swatches

 

Dior Diorblush Sculpt Coral Shape

002 Coral Shape, limited edition (CAN $54.00) | A warm-leaning soft coral hue (the larger portion) coupled with a gold-tinged highlighter (the smaller section). Worn alone, the blush has a beautiful colour saturation and blends effortlessly into the skin, while the highlighter shows a warm luminosity that works so well along the high points of the face (really gorgeous at the inner eye corner as well). Combined, the two are reminiscent of a toned-down version of NARS’ Orgasm blush, but perhaps a touch more wearable for a broader range of complexions. Something tells me that this duo will look spectacular against lightly tanned skin (not to self: add to travel bag).

 

Dior Diorblush Sculpt Coral Shape macro

Dior Diorblush Sculpt | 002 Coral Shape

Dior Diorblush Sculpt Coral Shape swatches

Dior Diorblush Sculpt | 002 Coral Shape swatches

 

Dior Diorblush Sculpt Brown Contour

004 Brown Contour (CAN $54.00) | A soft chocolate/mink brown hue (the larger portion), coupled with an oyster-coloured highlighter (the smaller section). More of a contouring/shading that blusher – although when combined with the highlighter, it transforms into a stunning ‘dirty nude’ shade and thus absolutely gorgeous worn as a natural-looking blush – there’s a hint of mauve in the base which will make this duo wearable even by those with fairer complexions. Perfect for applying to the hollows of the cheeks, along the jawline, or down the sides of the nose, you can even use this in a bronzer capacity or as a transition hue at the eye crease. Really quite versatile, wouldn’t you agree?

 

Dior Diorblush Sculpt Brown Contour macro

Dior Diorblush Sculpt | 004 Brown Contour

Dior Diorblush Sculpt Brown Contour swatches

Dior Diorblush Sculpt | 004 Brown Contour swatches

 

I tend to sit on the fence when it comes to multi-tasking beauty products, but when something comes along that works as beautifully as these Diorblush Sculpt Professional Contouring Blush Powders (that’s a mouthful), I’m all about creating with them. What makes both Pink Shape and Coral Shape stand out for me is the fine-milled quality of the powder that help each melt into the skin, coupled with highlighters that provide radiance and not over-the-top bling. For those with light-medium complexions like mine, you’ll find that Brown Contour is that perfect tan hue you’ve been looking for, without leaning either too ashy nor orange. For a luxury brand, I’m also pleasantly surprised by the price point, especially when you factor in that you’re getting 2 products in 1 compact but both combined turn out to be so much more than the sum of their parts. Well done, Dior.

Dior Diorblush Sculpt is available now at The Bay, Sephora, Nordstrom and select Shopper’s Drug Mart stores across Canada. Find more information via www.dior.com

Dior Diorblush Sculpt closer

 

 

Product samples kindly provided by the Dior team for my unbiased consideration

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