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Dior 5 Couleurs | 796 Cuir Cannage

 

Dior Cuir Cannage opener new

 

One of 12 new 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palettes recently released by Dior (previously reviewed: Bar, Carré Bleu, Rose Tutu, Pied-de-Poule and Trafalgar), 796 Cuir Cannage is a gorgeous grouping of totally wearbable neutral hues. Even with the recent glut of similarly toned palettes flooding the market lately, 796 Cuir Cannage still manages to somehow stand out, and I’ll go on record as saying that the buttery texture of each shade definitely has something to do with that.

 

Dior 5 Couleurs – The Film

 

Dior Cuir Cannage compact - Version 2

Dior 5 Couleurs | 796 Cuir Cannage

 

Dior Cuir Cannage label - Version 2

Dior 5 Couleurs | 796 Cuir Cannage

 

Dior Cuir Cannage

796 Cuir Cannage (CAN $61.00) | Each 5 Couleurs palette is created to be a ‘wardrobe for the eyes’, with the centre shade acting as the anchor. The top 2 lighter shades are perfect for casual and/or daytime wear, while the 2 deeper hued bottom shades add depth and drama. Just as Dior fashion spotlights a variety of textural effects, the same concept has been applied to the eyeshadow palettes, combining matte, satin, iridescent and occasionally glitter textures, depending on the palette chosen. The bottom label shows a small pictogram of the colours within, and even the included brushes are of decent enough quality to be used in emergency situations. As an added bonus, all 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palettes can be applied either dry or with a dampened brush to amp up the intensity. The shades of Cuir Cannage (clockwise, starting from the top left):

  • brown/mauve (satin) with subtle plum iridescence
  • parchment/bone (pearlized) with subtle grey/pink pearl
  • blackened brown (matte/satin hybrid)
  • warm bronze (satin/shimmer hybrid) with incredibly complex shimmer
  • camel (matte)

The texture of each shade is absolutely stellar – no chalkiness or powdery residue visible when swirling my brushes across any of them them. The top right shade is quite subtle on me, but is perfect to be used on the inner eye corner or as a brow bone highlighter. All are easily buildable, and there’s excellent colour saturation even with the first swipe. The darkest shade is surprisingly not as intense as what you see in the pan, and gives a sooty charcoal-like effect (perfect for creating a smokey eye look). I found that every single one of these hues not only compliments each other so perfectly – which translates as numerous colour combinations to play with – but all blend so easily as well. Staying power is excellent: over primed lids, I was able to get a minimum of 10 hours wear, without any signs of fading or creasing.

 

Dior Cuir Cannage 2 - Version 2

Dior 5 Couleurs | 796 Cuir Cannage

 

Dior Cuir Cannage macro

Dior 5 Couleurs | 796 Cuir Cannage

 

Dior Cuir Cannage macro flash

Dior 5 Couleurs | 796 Cuir Cannage (with flash)

 Dior Cuir Cannage swatched dry

Dior 5 Couleurs | 796 Cuir Cannage, swatched dry

 

Dior Cuir Cannage swatched damp

Dior 5 Couleurs | 796 Cuir Cannage, swatched with a damp brush

 

Dior Cuir Cannage with CHANEL comparisons flash

I opted to compare 796 Cuir Cannage to other smaller similarly toned palettes in my collection (I didn’t bother with palettes that had more than 5 shades – that would have taken me weeks to go through it all), with 4 CHANEL quads showing the most promise. Apart from the difference in number of shades (5 vs 4), here are the breakdowns (click to enlarge):

 

  • CHANEL 226 Tissé Rivoli – closes in overall tone/colour, more shimmer, no mattes
  • CHANEL 234 Poésie – cooler leaning, significantly more shimmer, no mattes

Dior Cuir Cannage vs CHANEL Tissé Rivoli & Poésie swatches

Dior 5 Couleurs | 796 Cuir Cannage and comparsion swatches

 

  •  CHANEL 34 Éclosion – overall more pink toned, sheerer textures
  • CHANEL 42 Séduction – darkest & shades similar, sheerer textures

Dior Cuir Cannage vs CHANEL Eclosion & Séduction

Dior 5 Couleurs | 796 Cuir Cannage and comparsion swatches

 

In short, 796 Cuir Cannage is total love for me and an absolute must have, especially if you’re a fan of neutral shades, as I am. Everything is just right with this palette: from the colours of the shades and the many combinations you can create with just this one palette, to the textures and its portability – most useful when travelling and you don’t want to lug your entire vanity with you.

Available through all Dior counters nationwide. Find more information here.

 

Dior Cuir Cannage closer

Press sample provided for my unbiased consideration

Dior | Professional Finish Light & Full Coverage Fluid Foundation Backstage Brushes

Dior Fluid Foundation Brushes opener

 

It’s said that a meal is only as good as the ingredients used; a similar philosophy applies to makeup as well, in that a look is only as beautifully executed as the tools one chooses to use. Of course, that rule isn’t set in stone (I can’t begin to count the times I’ve switched from brushes to a finger application instead), and definitely your skill level plays a role as well, but in general – and when asked – I will always recommend in putting one’s money towards a few top quality brushes, rather than a cobbled-together bundle of some bargain brand. And yes, there is a difference, trust me.

With Dior’s extensive beauty and fashion history, I would expect nothing less than exacting quality – and as always, it’s all in the details. Modeled after Raphaël paint brushes that were originally created in 1793 to perfectly blend water with colour pigments, the new Dior Backstage Fluid Foundation Brushes come in the brand’s signature black beechwood handles and bear synthetic fibres that are hand placed and graduated by hand, never machine sliced or cut. Traditionally, natural bristles are preferred for makeup brush use, but as those types of hairs have a tendency to absorb fluid and therefore clump up, synthetic fibres become the best option for creamy and/or fluid products.

All Dior Backstage Brushes have been created with the input of their makeup artists, and are designed to help you achieve a flawless, high definition finish. Each brush comes with its own velour sleeve for added protection as well, which comes in useful for transport purposes.

 

Dior Fluid Foundation Brushes boxed

Dior | Professional Finish Light & Full Coverage Fluid Foundation Backstage Brushes

 

Dior Fluid Foundation Brushes pouches

Dior | Professional Finish Light & Full Coverage Fluid Foundation Brushes, protective velour sleeves

 

Dior Fluid Foundation Brushes plastic sleeves

Dior | Professional Finish Light & Full Coverage Fluid Foundation Brushes, protective plastic covering

 

Dior Fluid Foundation Brushes

Dior | Professional Finish Light & Full Coverage Fluid Foundation Backstage Brushes

 

Dior Fluid Foundation Brushes macro

Dior | Professional Finish Light & Full Coverage Fluid Foundation Backstage Brushes

 

Dior Light Coverage brush

Light Coverage Professional Finish Fluid Foundation Brush (CAN $46.00) | The unique “langue-de-chat” (cat’s tongue) shape of the Light Coverage Brush works to ‘effortlessly deposit a super-fine film of colour’ to the skin. This is the more traditional paddle-shape fluid foundation style, and the one I usually reach for to start my application. The brush head itself is somewhat thicker than other similar types, but tapers beautifully at the top. The density of the synthetic fibres helps to keep your foundation from sinking in to the brush (which means less product waste), as well as helping to minimize the look of any visible brush strokes along the skin.

 

Dior Light Coverage Foundation Brush macro

Dior | Light Coverage Professional Finish Fluid Foundation Brush

 

Dior Light Coverage Foundation Brush side

Dior | Light Coverage Professional Finish Fluid Foundation Brush

 

Dior Light Coverage Foundation Brush comparisons

A quick comparison to other paddle-shaped brushes I own, reveals several differences (please ignore the less than pristine condition of my CHANEL brush):

  • Dior – brush head dimensions: 1 1/4″ x 1 1/8″, handle (ferrule to tip): 5 3/4″, fibre width (at base): 1/2″
  • MAC – brush head dimensions: 3/4″ x 1 1/16″, handle (ferrule to tip): 6 1/4″, fibre width (at base): 2/8″
  • CHANEL – brush head dimensions: 1″ x 1 1/16″, handle (ferrule to tip): 4 3/4″, fibre width (at base):  3/8″

Of the three, I find that the longer & thinner head on the MAC brush works to its disadvantage, as it leaves the most visible marks on the skin and therefore takes more effort to smooth out. The CHANEL and Dior brushes have a comparable application, although the thicker Dior brush head feels that much better on the skin and is the softest overall – which thus translates to a more even look as well, since you don’t need to apply as much pressure to achieve a smooth finish.

 

Dior Light Coverage Foundation Brush & comps macro

Dior | Light Coverage Professional Finish Fluid Foundation Brush & comparisons

 

Dior Full Coverage Foundation Brush

Full Coverage Professional Finish Fluid Foundation Brush (CAN $46.00) | A densely and beveled headed brush that’s used when blending in a larger amount of product, or when desiring fuller coverage. The angled fibres help foundation reach all angles (nook & crannies too) of the face, while the thick – yet super soft – bevelled surface area of the brush head is ideal for pushing in and buffing the product into the skin, for an exceptionally flawless looking finish. The preferred method of working this brush is by using circular motions along the skin – I always finish my application this way, as I find it gives the most seamless coverage.

 

Dior Full Coverage Foundation Brush macro

Dior | Full Coverage Professional Finish Fluid Foundation Brush

 

Dior Full Coverage Foundation Brush side

Dior | Full Coverage Professional Finish Fluid Foundation Brush

 

Dior Full Coverage Foundation Brush & comparison

I was first introduced to this shape of foundation brush when I picked the Shisheido version and for years now, I have been quite happy with the finish achieved. The differences between the two:

  • Dior Full Coverage Brush – brush head dimensions: 3/4″ (widest point) x 6/8″ (tallest point), brush handle (ferrule to tip): 5 3/4″
  • Shisheido Perfect Foundation Brush – brush head dimensions: 3/4″ (widest point) x 5/8″ (tallest point), brush handle (ferrule to tip): 3 7/8″

Both brushes have an even flat top that is velvety smooth to the feel, and the only other differing point is that the Shisheido brush head appears to be slightly more compact overall, although that could also be as a result of all the usage it has seen. Between these two, it basically comes down to your preferred handle length.

 

Dior Full Coverage Foundation Brush & comp macro

Dior | Full Coverage Professional Finish Fluid Foundation Brush vs Shisheido Perfect Foundation Brush

 

I’m slowly working my way through testing the entire Dior Backstage Brush range, and if my first foray using these foundation brushes is anything to go by, then consider me impressed. The handles are smooth and ergonomically shaped, but more importantly, they feel comfortable when I hold them. The fibres are ultra-soft and almost buttery feeling, which basically means the finish they give to the skin should be comparable – and from what I’ve seen so far, it is. I haven’t put them through their paces with regards to washing yet but I expect some shedding, which is only normal – although I will update if I see the need.

Available at all Dior counters nationwide and select Hudson’s Bay stores (Canada). For more information visit www.dior.com

 

Dior Fluid Foundation Brushes closer

*Disclosure: Press samples provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration

Dior | Diorskin Star Concealer 001 Ivory & 002 Beige

Dior Diorskin Star Concealer opener

 

Launched in conjunction with the Diorskin Star Foundation (reviewed here), the new Diorskin Star Concealer works along a similar ‘skin-brightening’ concept, aimed at not only providing an instant eye-opening effect, but working in tandem to banish dark circles, puffiness and uneven tone. Available in five ‘fusional’ shades (which can also be mixed for an even more customized effect), I was sent #001 Ivory and #002 Beige to test. When you consider that I so rarely use concealer, the fact that I now reach for either one of these two products on a regular basis, speaks volumes.

The casing is a clear acrylic tube which displays the colour accurately, as well as helping to monitor usage levels – always a plus – with Dior’s signature navy blue-colour on the cap & stamped with the brand’s initials. The sponge-tipped applicator is soft to the touch and picks up a decent amount of product per application; one pass is enough to cover both eyes, with product left over for touch-ups (around the nostrils, chin, or any other areas of redness that may need concealing). The scent is a delicate floral – very pleasant, and which does not last past initial application. The texture is somewhere between a fluid and a cream, with application effortless and bearing an ultralight sensation upon the skin. I found both Star Concealers extremely easily to blend seamlessly in and moreover, they stayed in place without creasing, migrating into any fine lines, pilling, caking, or fading away – for the duration of their wearing. Staying power is a little hard to judge as it’s such a small amount that’s actually applied, but in general this is a product that will definitely last that much longer when layered over foundation than on bare skin (anywhere from 7-10 hours), and provided you don’t rub at any areas where it’s been applied.

With regards to any ‘brightening effect’, I can’t say I notice anything significant in that department, which in my book is a good thing as I prefer my skin tone to look even all around, and not lighter in any one area. I’m not even all that sure how the claims of ‘sculpt and contour’ apply with regards to a concealer’s purpose (as per the press release), although I’m guessing it’s an editorial way of saying that the Star Concealer works to detract from flaws – all good, at the end of the day.

 

Dior Diorskin Star Concealer boxed

Dior | Diorskin Star Concealer 001 Ivory & 002 Beige

 

Dior Diorskin Star Concealer labels

Dior | Diorskin Star Concealer 001 Ivory & 002 Beige

Dior Diorskin Star Concealer ingredients

 

Dior | Diorskin Star Concealer 001 Ivory & 002 Beige, ingredients list

 

Dior Diorskin Star Concealer 001 & 002

Dior | Diorskin Star Concealer 001 Ivory & 002 Beige

 

Dior Diorskin Star Concealer upright

Dior | Diorskin Star Concealer 001 Ivory & 002 Beige

 

Dior Diorskin Star Concealer duo open

Dior | Diorskin Star Concealer 001 Ivory & 002 Beige

 

Dior Diorskin Star Concealer 001 Ivory

Diorskin Star Concealer 001 Ivory (CAN $36.00) | The lightest shade available, there’s a perfect mix of pink & palest peach undertones in #001 Ivory‘s  base to make this shade ideal for very light complexions – all the way to the light medium range (such as mine). My preferred method is to lightly dab 2-3 spots on the under eye area and around the nose (if needed), then lightly pat that in using my middle finger, further blending it all in with the help of a large dense & fluffy brush (my go-to concealer blending brush at the moment, is actually Giorgio Armani Beauty’s Large Eye Contour brush) – gently buffing it all into the skin, which in turn provides a seamless and overall flawless finish (almost air-brushed looking).

 

Dior Diorskin Star Concealer 001 label

Dior | Diorskin Star Concealer 001 Ivory

 

Dior Diorskin Star Concealer 001 open

Dior | Diorskin Star Concealer 001 Ivory

 

Dior Diorskin Star Concealer 001 brush

Dior | Diorskin Star Concealer 001 Ivory

 

Dior Diorskin Star Concealer 002 Beige

Diorskin Star Concealer 002 Beige (CAN $36.00) | The second lightest shade of the five, #002 Beige is a few degrees deeper and slightly more peach-leaning than #001 Ivory. This hue can easily work on light complexions that sporting a bit of Summer colour, as well as being an ideal match for skin tones ranging up to medium. I detect no yellow tint in either one of these two shades, which will not make that delicate area look sallow in any way. This was the shade I used extensively all Summer and even though this is a hint too dark for my skin at present, I now use #002 Beige to conceal any breakouts (which I still get at MY age. Sheesh), as I find its fluid-like nature does an amazing job of covering them up without being obvious. My preferred method for using this shade in this capacity, is by adding a bit from the applicator to my palm & then going in with a synthetic haired flat paddle-style brush, applying the product to the desired area and then finishing off by either patting it gently with my middle finger, or dabbing at it lightly with a slightly damp blender sponge. Works like a charm on all but the nastiest of breakouts.

 

Dior Diorskin Star Concealer 002 label

Dior | Diorskin Star Concealer 002 Beige

 

Dior Diorskin Star Concealer 002 open

Dior | Diorskin Star Concealer 002 Beige

 

Dior Diorskin Star Concealer 002 brush

Dior | Diorskin Star Concealer 002 Beige

 

Dior Diorskin Star Concealer swatches

Dior | Diorskin Star Concealer 001 Ivory & 002 Beige

 

Dior Diorskin Star Concealer swatches 2

Dior | Diorskin Star Concealer 001 Ivory & 002 Beige

 

Dior Diorskin Star Concealer swatches blended

Dior | Diorskin Star Concealer 001 Ivory & 002 Beige, blended

 

I’m fortunate in that I’ve never had to contend with under eye circles and thus never really felt the need to apply concealer in that area – my foundation blended right up to the eyes always did the trick. As I’ve gotten older, fine lines started appearing in the delicate skin around my eyes, and to add insult to injury, I even experience puffiness at times. What joy. Many other concealers that I’ve tried, usually had the opposite effect of what they were meant to do (as in emphasize, rather than hide), so it was with major scepticism that I approached the new Diorskin Star Concealer – until I saw it in action. My beauties, this stuff not only works, but does so invisibly. After all, I put in a lot of effort to ensure my “canvas” (face”) looks flawless – it’s nice to know that I can now rely on perfect cooperation from my concealer too. Highly recommend, in case you’re wondering.

Available through Dior counters nationwide, find more information on the entire range by visiting www.dior.com

 

Dior Diorskin Star Concealer closer

*Disclosure: Product samples provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration

Dior | Diorskin Star Foundation #021 Linen, #030 Medium Beige & #080 Ebony

Dior Diorskin Star Foundation opener

 

Inspired by the instant illuminating and perfecting effects of a studio makeover, the new Dior Star Studio Makeup Foundation has finally hit counters nationwide, and after thorough testing of the 3 shades I received this past August, I can honestly say that I am truly impressed with this product. In a nutshell, the Star Foundation promises to provide the skin with a “brightening effect for a perfect, modern complexion and beautiful skin that is ultimately radiant, luminous and even … combining the maximum radiance and the effectiveness of skin care in a single formula“.

Available in 14 photogenic shades that contain the ideal dose of warm-toned pigments, the Star Foundation fluid feels incredibly light and weightless upon the skin and is designed to stay constant throughout the wearing, without any fading or oxidizing (where the colour literally changes and becomes somewhat yellowish). Created with ‘Light Pulsion Complex Lighting Technology‘, there is a two-pronged effect that takes place; a new generation of ‘hollow silica beads loaded with mineral pigments‘ capture and reflect light – without shine (similar to camera filters), to brighten the look of the skin and provide an immediate radiance. An intense corrective halo recreates the beautifully flawless complexions seen on professional sets. The trio of plant-based ‘light-trap‘ ingredients of this formula, act on key skin markers to erase dark areas, spots and minor redness, fulfilling Star Foundation‘s secondary skin care role. With daily use, the skin is made to look clearer and more luminous.

The Star Foundation comes in a glass bottle that has an almost mercury-glass look to it under certain lights (it’s really quite lovely), while the perfect amount of product is easily and effectively dispensed from its pump nozzle – no waste or excess to worry about.

My thoughts: The first thing I notice upon application, is … nothing. As in, no heavy, waxy, or mask-like feel upon the skin. The Star Foundation‘s fluid is so lightweight, that blending it in is actually quite effortless, and once applied and properly buffed into the skin, it appears seamless and provides a softly luminous tone – this is what’s meant when they say “beaming with health”. My skin looks even and slightly brighter, but not glowingly so – it’s a very subtle effect and one that you can’t really put your finger on, but that makes you really like what you see. The coverage is light-medium, although that’s customizable as well; using a damp sponge (Dior has released a Beauty Blender-ish black egg-shaped version to go with this foundation, which I do not have – but am planning on picking up) yields the most natural look to the skin, as the product can be easily sheered out with this method. Using a paddle shaped foundation brush provides a light yet still buildable finish, while a densely-headed bevelled foundation brush gives the fullest coverage, as well as a truly buffed-in appearance to the skin. It basically comes down to desired level of coverage, and preferred method of application – with great results no matter which you opt for (for the record, my preferred way of applying this is by starting with a paddle brush – all over the face & jaw/neck, then going over that with a barely dampened sponge to push it seamlessly into the skin). As stated earlier, this foundation feels so light (I literally forget that I’m wearing anything at all), with excellent staying power on my combination/oily skin – lasting easily about 10 hours before I need to tone down what little shine appears in my T-zone area, although the foundation itself continues to look good (no fading that I noticed) until I remove all my makeup.

Note: the foundation brushes I have been using extensively – both with the Star Foundation, as well as with other brands – have been the ones from Dior Backstage Brushes, specifically the Professional Fluid Finish Light & Full Coverage brushes (review coming soon).

 

Diorskin Star

Natalie Portman for Diorskin Star Foundation (photo credit: Dior)

 

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Model wearing the new Diorskin Star Foundation from the Cruise 2015 show

 

Dior Diorskin Star Foundation

Dior | Diorskin Star Foundation #021 Linen, #030 Medium Beige, #080 Ebony

 

 

Dior Diorskin Star Foundation 2

Dior | Diorskin Star Foundation #021 Linen, #030 Medium Beige, #080 Ebony

 

Dior Diorskin Star Foundation 3

Dior | Diorskin Star Foundation #021 Linen, #030 Medium Beige, #080 Ebony

 

Dior Diorskin Star Foundation macro

Dior | Diorskin Star Foundation #021 Linen, #030 Medium Beige, #080 Ebony

 

Dior Diorskin Star Foundation #021 Linen

Diorskin Star Foundation #021 Linen (CAN $50.00) | My hands-down favourite and the shade I’ve been reaching for since first receiving these foundations, #021 Linen is a neutral hue that leans neither too yellow nor pink, and thus absolutely perfect for my light-medium skin tone. Now that Summer is behind us, I can wear this shade alone (without needing bronzer to warm it up), as it melds perfectly with my complexion. LOVE ♥

 

Dior Diorskin Star Foundation #021 Linen label

Dior | Diorskin Star Foundation #021 Linen

 

Dior Diorskin Star Foundation #030 Medium Beige

Diorskin Star Foundation #030 Medium Beige (CAN $50.00) | A light-medium beige with pink undertones in the base, #030 Medium Beige is more suited to those without any yellow in their skin tone. On me, I am able to *just* get away with this shade (more when my face has a bit of natural tan), although it can also be made to match better with a light dusting of bronzer on top.

 

Dior Diorskin Star Foundation #030 Medium Beige label

Dior | Diorskin Star Foundation #030 Medium Beige

 

Dior Diorskin Star Foundation #080 Ebony

Diorskin Star Foundation #080 Ebony (CAN $50.00) | A rich chocolate hue with a slight reddish undertone (think mahogany) to add warmth. Obviously, #080 Ebony is way too dark for me but I love using this as a ‘transformer'; mixed with any other lighter foundation hue, I wind up with a totally customized shade, perfect for when my skin is in between seasons. Another wonderful use for this particular hue, is as a contouring product – the texture melts into the skin, for a truly believable result (but don’t forget to blend, blend, blend).

 

Dior Diorskin Star Foundation #080 Ebony label

Dior | Diorskin Star Foundation #080 Ebony

 

Dior Diorskin Star Foundation ingredients

Dior | Diorskin Star Foundation #021 Linen, #030 Medium Beige, #080 Ebony (ingredients list)

 

Dior Diorskin Star Foundation swatches

Dior | Diorskin Star Foundation #021 Linen, #030 Medium Beige, #080 Ebony (inner arm swatches)

 

Dior Diorskin Star Foundation swatches 2

Dior | Diorskin Star Foundation #021 Linen, #030 Medium Beige, #080 Ebony (slightly blended)

 

Dior Diorskin Star Foundation swatches 3

Dior | Diorskin Star Foundation #021 Linen, #030 Medium Beige, #080 Ebony (blended out)

 

Dior Diorskin Star Foundation combo swatch

Dior | Diorskin Star Foundation #021 Linen with a drop of #080 Ebony

 

Dior Diorskin Star Foundation swatch combo blended

Dior | Diorskin Star Foundation #021 Linen with #080 Ebony, slightly combined

 

Dior Diorskin Star Foundation swatch combo blended 2

Dior | Diorskin Star Foundation #021 Linen with #080 Ebony, combined

 

Dior Diorskin Star Foundation swatch combo blended out

Dior | Diorskin Star Foundation #021 Linen with #080 Ebony, blended out

 

With innovations in the world of beauty popping up almost daily, finding the right foundation still seems to elude most of us. It doesn’t need to be said that different skin types each have their own needs, but bear in mind that the changing seasons also affect how our foundation will function upon the skin. Usually once the weather starts to turn colder, I’ll switch to a product that’s more emollient and hydrating but after having used Star Foundation throughout the sweltering heat of August and now in the cooler temps of October as well – 2 very distinctive seasons, and having seen equally great results, I am positively thrilled and cannot recommend this enough. Perfect for all skin types, who wouldn’t want to look studio fabulous?

Available now through All Dior counters – for more information visit www.dior.com

 

Dior Diorskin Star Foundation closer

*Disclosure: Product samples provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration 

 

 

Dior | Contour Couture Colour Lip Liner #468 Spring, #558 Lili & #688 Diorette

Dior Contour Lip Liner Pencils opener

 

Along with the recently launched Rouge Dior Baume (reviewed here), Dior has released 3 new Couture Colour Contour Lip Pencils (CAN $30.00 each) that aim to provide long-lasting colour, as well as help maintain and intensify any lipstick shade or gloss that’s layered on top. Each pencil comes with its own sharpener – a convenient addition, as I prefer to NOT use one sharpener for all my pencils; this way it keeps the shavings, such as that of a darker hue, from staining lighter colours (and vice versa). The other end of the pencil holds a built in brush – again, very handy in blending the liner into your lipstick/gloss shade, as well as helping you avoid needing to carry a separate lip brush.

I found the Couture Colour pencils to be a little hard initially, in particular #468 Spring, but after warming them up between my fingers for a few seconds and lightly wearing down the point on a paper towel, the colour applied easier. Do not expect these pencils to glide across the skin the way others with a more emollient formula do; the best way to use these on a larger area -such as when applying to the entire lip – is by employing a swiping motion, leaving the tip for more precision work (i.e.: cupid’s bow and outlining the lips). Neither drying nor moisturizing, their longevity is beyond impressive: in the swatches below, you can see how even after being wiped off with a makeup remover-soaked pad, the colour is still very visible and relatively intact.

The beauty of these Couture Colour Contour Lip Pencils, is how they can work in either a supporting role (such as, lining lips to keep lipstick/lip gloss/lip balm from feathering or bleeding into surrounding lines), or by taking centre stage and being applied to the entire lip, then lightly dabbed with a clear balm or gloss for a bit of moisture & sheen. When worn in tandem with their matching Rouge Dior Baume shades, some wonderful things happen: not only is the balm’s colour amped up, but the staying power is then increased by several hours as well. Definitely win-win.

 

Natalie Portman Dior Rouge Baume

Natalie Portman for Dior, wearing Rouge Dior Baume #558 Lili

 

Dior Contour Lip Liner Pencils boxed

Dior | Contour Couture Colour Lip Liner #468 Spring, #558 Lili & #688 Diorette

 

Dior Contour Lip Liner Pencils ingredients

Dior | Contour Couture Colour Lip Liner #468 Spring, #558 Lili & #688 Diorette, ingredients (click to enlarge)

 

Dior Contour Lip Liner Pencils & sharpener

Dior | Contour Couture Colour Lip Liner #468 Spring, #558 Lili & #688 Diorette (sharpener included with each pencil)

 

Dior Contour Lip Liner Pencils

Dior | Contour Couture Colour Lip Liner #468 Spring, #558 Lili & #688 Diorette

 

Dior Contour Lip Liner Pencil brushes

Dior | Contour Couture Colour Lip Liner #468 Spring, #558 Lili & #688 Diorette (attached lip brushes)

 

Dior Contour Lip Liner Pencils 2

Dior | Contour Couture Colour Lip Liner #468 Spring, #558 Lili & #688 Diorette

 

Dior Contour Lip Liner Pencils macro

Dior | Contour Couture Colour Lip Liner #468 Spring, #558 Lili & #688 Diorette

 

Dior #468 Spring Contour Lip Liner Pencil

#468 Spring Couture Colour Lip Liner (CAN $30.00) | A salmon pink hue with coral undertones, warm leaning. Slightly harder in initial application than the other two shades, but becomes easier to apply with continued use. TIP: Apply #468 Spring all over the lips and then layer a sheer nude lipstick shade on top for a unique multi-dimensional effect.

 

Dior #468 Spring Contour Lip Liner Pencil macro

Dior | Contour Couture Colour Lip Liner #468 Spring

 

Dior #468 Spring Contour Lip Liner Pencil & balm

Dior | Contour Couture Colour Lip Liner #468 Spring with Rouge Dior Baume #468 Spring

 

Dior #468 Spring Contour Lip Liner Pencil & balm macro

Dior | Contour Couture Colour Lip Liner #468 Spring with Rouge Dior Baume #468 Spring

 

Dior #558 Lili Contour Lip Liner Pencil

#558 Lili Couture Colour Lip Liner (CAN $30.00) | A dusky red hue (slightly more intense than its matching Rouge Dior Baume shade), with a relatively easy application. TIP: try applying a clear balm to lips first then lightly blotting it off, then follow by adding a light layer of #558 Lili all over for a juicy, bitten-lips effect that will also be incredibly long-lasting.

 

Dior #558 Lili Contour Lip Liner Pencil macro

Dior | Contour Couture Colour Lip Liner #558 Lili

 

Dior #558 Lili Contour Lip Liner Pencil & balm

Dior | Contour Couture Colour Lip Liner #558 Lili with Rouge Dior Baume #558 Lili

 

Dior #558 Lili Contour Lip Liner Pencil & balm macro

Dior | Contour Couture Colour Lip Liner #558 Lili with Rouge Dior Baume #558 Lili

 

Dior #688 Diorette Contour Lip Liner Pencil

#688 Diorette Couture Colour Lip Liner (CAN $30.00) | A gorgeous fuchsia hue that had the smoothest application of the three. Tip: #688 Diorette works amazingly well solo: applied to the entire lip with a bit of clear balm on top, turning it into a no-fuss pop of colour. Spectacular when used in conjunction with its matching Rouge Dior Baume (see swatches below).

 

Dior #688 Diorette Contour Lip Liner Pencil macro

Dior | Contour Couture Colour Lip Liner #688 Diorette

 

Dior #688 Diorette Contour Lip Liner Pencil & balm

Dior | Contour Couture Colour Lip Liner #688 Diorette with Rouge Dior Baume #688 Diorette

 

Dior #688 Diorette Contour Lip Liner Pencil & balm macro

Dior | Contour Couture Colour Lip Liner #688 Diorette with Rouge Dior Baume #688 Diorette

 

Dior Contour Lip Liner Pencil & balm swatches

Dior | Contour Couture Colour Lip Liner with matching Rouge Dior Baume swatches

 

Dior Contour Lip Liner Pencil swatches

Dior | Contour Couture Colour Lip Liner swatches

 

Dior Contour Lip Liner Pencil swatches 2

Dior | Contour Couture Colour Lip Liner swatches after being wiped off

 

Dior #688 Diorette Contour Lip Liner Pencil applied

Dior | Contour Couture Colour Lip Liner #688 Diorette applied all over the lips

 

Dior #688 Diorette Contour Lip Liner Pencil applied with balm

Dior | Contour Couture Colour Lip Liner #688 Diorette layered under Rouge Dior Baume #688 Diorette

 

Never the type to use lip pencils all that much, I have come around to their incredible usefulness over the past few years. Other than the ubiquitous lip lining factor, I love how these Dior Couture Colour Contour Lip Liner Pencils have provided me with new ways in using them – methods I never really thought of before for some bizarre reason. The most impressive part here, is definitely their staying power – the least impressive, the price. While on the steep side when compared to more mass-market brands (but definitely in line with other luxury brands), I doubt the quality will come close to what these offer and which to me, makes them well worth the investment.

Available now exclusively through The Bay (Canada), at all other Dior counters in October. Find more information via:

 

Dior Contour Lip Liner Pencils closer

*Disclosure: Press samples provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration

Dior Rouge Baume | #128 Star, #468 Spring, #558 Lili & #688 Diorette

Rouge Dior Baume opener

 

The latest from Dior Beauty, Rouge Dior Baume (CAN $37.00, available in 14 shades), is a new breed of makeup: a beautiful melding of colour with breakthrough ingredients for intensely nourished lips. The star component here is Cristal Oil, a natural origin lip care ingredient developed at the Dior Laboratories which “forms an extra-fine yet generous film on the lips, revitalizes, protects, and radiates colour” (my review on the matching new Dior Contour Lip Liner shades will be forthcoming).

In the brand’s signature blue lacquered casing with the initials on the cap, the silhouette is leaner here, making Rouge Dior Baume highly portable, as well as so luxe & elegant-looking. Inspired by M. Dior’s beloved garden, this ‘bouquet’ of 14 shades offers translucent colour with the incredibly emollient feel of a balm, but yet lips never feel undressed. I could detect no real scent, and the actual feel upon wearing is almost transformative, as my lips feel smoother and plumper after the fact.

My lips, while not overly dry, do tend to experience flaking with several lip products – even if I’ve properly moisturized beforehand. Applying a regular lip balm before lipstick is not always the best option for me either, as it can make said lipstick then slide around the lips and/or completely not cover some areas. I’ve even experienced quite severe peeling issues with some tinted lip balms, but something about the ingredients in the Rouge Dior Baume formula, just totally works on me. Definitely on the steeper end of the price scale – if you consider these as simply balms (which they’re not), but worth every single penny if you’ve ever suffered from dry, peeling, or flaking lip colour from a regular lipstick. And shiny too, did I mention that?

 

Dior Rouge Baume opener 2

Dior Rouge Baume | #128 Star, #468 Spring, #558 Lili & #688 Diorette

 

Dior Rouge Baume boxes

Dior Rouge Baume | #128 Star, #468 Spring, #558 Lili & #688 Diorette

 

Dior Rouge Baume ingredients

Dior Rouge Baume | #128 Star, #468 Spring, #558 Lili & #688 Diorette (ingredients – click to enlarge)

 

Dior Rouge Baume labels

Dior Rouge Baume | #128 Star, #468 Spring, #558 Lili & #688 Diorette

 

Dior Rouge Baume logos

Dior Rouge Baume | #128 Star, #468 Spring, #558 Lili & #688 Diorette

 

Dior Rouge Baume closed

Dior Rouge Baume | #128 Star, #468 Spring, #558 Lili & #688 Diorette

 

Dior Rouge Baume

Dior Rouge Baume | #128 Star, #468 Spring, #558 Lili & #688 Diorette

 

Dior Rouge Baume 2

Dior Rouge Baume | #128 Star, #468 Spring, #558 Lili & #688 Diorette

 

Dior Rouge Baume macro

Dior Rouge Baume | #128 Star, #468 Spring, #558 Lili & #688 Diorette

 

Dior Rouge Baume swatches

arm swatches

 

Dior Rouge Baume #128 Star

Dior Rouge Baume | #128 Star

 

Dior Rouge Baume #128 Star 2

Dior Rouge Baume #128 Star (CAN $37.00) | The sheerest shade of the four, #128 Star will suit both warm and cool complexions due to the combination of pearly/pink/golden tones it holds. Ultra smooth (a touch thinner in texture than the rest, but with the most glide overall), there is absolutely no gritty feel as a result of its shimmer. Not surprisingly, staying power was the shortest of the four, although lips continue to feel well nourished long after all shimmery traces are gone.

 

Dior Rouge Baume #128 Star 3

Dior Rouge Baume | #128 Star

 

Dior Rouge Baume #128 Star macro

Dior Rouge Baume | #128 Star

 

Dior Rouge Baume #128 Star swatch

Dior Rouge Baume | #128 Star

 

Dior Rouge Baume #468 Spring

Dior Rouge Baume | #468 Spring

 

Dior Rouge Baume #468 Spring 2

Dior Rouge Baume #468 Spring (CAN $37.00) | Bearing a medium thick texture that nevertheless glides effortlessly across the lips, #468 Spring is a pink hue with peachy/coral undertones for added warmth. Application is several degrees lighter than what appears in the tube, but even after most of the initial colour has faded, a light pinky stain remains behind. Non-sticky feeling and no settling into lip lines either, staying power was about 4 hours on average – surprisingly long for both a balm, as well as a lighter shade.

 

Dior Rouge Baume #468 Spring 3

Dior Rouge Baume | #468 Spring

 

Dior Rouge Baume #468 Spring macro

Dior Rouge Baume | #468 Spring

 

Dior Rouge Baume #468 Spring swatch

Dior Rouge Baume | #468 Spring

 

Dior Rouge Baume #558 Lili

Dior Rouge Baume | #558 Lili

 

Dior Rouge Baume #558 Lili 2

Dior Rouge Baume #558 Lili (CAN $37.00) | I expected #558 Lili to be an intense red once applied, but I was actually surprised to find that it held the sheerest payoff of the 3 deeper coloured shades, bearing more of a watered-down red rose hue (similar in texture to #128 Star, in fact but without the obvious shimmer). Creamy and buttery soft application, there’s a gorgeous “bitten-lips” stain left behind (which will make lips appear plumper as a result) once the colour has faded. Staying power was an impressive 5-6 hours, all things considered.

 

Dior Rouge Baume #558 Lili 3

Dior Rouge Baume | #558 Lili

 

Dior Rouge Baume #558 Lili macro

Dior Rouge Baume | #558 Lili

 

Dior Rouge Baume #558 Lili swatch

Dior Rouge Baume | #558 Lili

 

Dior Rouge Baume #688 Diorette

Dior Rouge Baume | #688 Diorette

 

Dior Rouge Baume #688 Diorette 2

Dior Rouge Baume #688 Diorette (CAN $37.00) | #688 Diorette is simply AMAZING – and I’m not usually a fan of vivid lip shades, let alone fuchsia leaning ones (which happens to be a colour group that’s hard for me to pull off). Bearing a similar texture to #468 Spring, this shade is also the most pigmented of the four shown and probably with the most luxurious feel once applied. Non-sticky and with no noticeable migration into surrounding lip lines, staying power blew me away – lasting easily 8 hours (that’s with eating & drinking included). Surprisingly, the next morning I could still see a faint tint of it on my lips. And this is a balm? WOW!

 

Dior Rouge Baume #688 Diorette 3

Dior Rouge Baume | #688 Diorette

 

Dior Rouge Baume #688 Diorette macro

Dior Rouge Baume | #688 Diorette

 

Dior Rouge Baume #688 Diorette swatch

Dior Rouge Baume | #688 Diorette

 

I am beyond in love with these new Rouge Dior Baumes and after playing with the four shown today, absolutely cannot wait to add more to my collection. To choose a favourite amongst them is impossible, as each offers something unique; #128 Star fulfills my love of neutrals, #468 Spring provides a light touch of youthful colour, #558 Lili is the quintessential ‘my-lips-but-better’ kind of shade, while #688 Diorette is meant be noticed. Beyond that, what is even more impressive is the formula as it leaves my lips feeling extra soft, 100% hydrated, and actually better for having used them. Total win-win.

In Canada, these are available now exclusively through The Bay, and will be at all other Dior counters as of October 1st. For more info:

 

Dior Rouge Baume closer

*Disclosure: Press samples provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration