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Dior · Rouge Dior

 

Dior Rouge Dior opener

 

For Fall 2016, Dior has just launched a new Rouge Dior range of lipsticks (CAN $43.00/each), available in 4 colour families (reds, corals, pinks & natural nudes) in both satin and matte finishes, along with 4 extreme matte shades in hues that may be far from traditional, but perfectly relevant for today’s woman.

The casing has also been given a tweaking, with striking metallic touches on the outside and the brand’s iconic 999 Red hue colouring the interior of each cap. But it’s the formula that takes centre stage: enriched with hydrating Mango Butter for moisture, hyaluronic acid spheres for their filling properties, [something called] ‘aroelat samphira‘ that provides a revitalizing action, and Decox, an ingredient that creates a volumizing effect. What that really means, is that each shade is not only highly pigmented but also incredibly comfortable to wear, without ever drying out your lips — and that includes the mattes.

The following swatches have been broken down into several colour groups and/or finishes for convenience, and I’ve also thrown in my version of Dior’s ‘Arty Looks‘ to show the versatility of some of the more eccentric shades (hello grey? navy?)

 

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An ultra matte formula that’s as far from the moisture-draining genre as one can possibly get, these go on highly colour saturated from the very first swipe and while they never dry down to a truly matte state, they nevertheless come to more of a velvety finish. Extremely comfortable, there’s no bleeding or migration into fine lines throughout the wearing, with the more bolder shades leaving behind a light stain once the majority of colour has faded.

Of the two Extreme Matte shades shown, 602 Visionary Matte – a lush & dark navy, is surprisingly the more wearable of the two, providing even coverage and that perfect editorial look. The paleness of 207 Montaigne Matte makes for a chalky application when applied solo (and the reason why I haven’t shown it swatched alone), making it a much better option for layering: you can use this shade to transform/lighten other colours, or to create different lip effects (see the Arty Look swatches below)

  • 964 Ambitious Matte – burgundy wine
  • 787 Exuberant Matte – hot intense pink
  • 772 Classic Matte – neutral rosewood
  • 602 Visionary Matte – deep navy
  • 207 Montaigne Matte – pale concrete

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Regardless of colour, the satin finishes all have several commonalities: a buttery smooth feel upon application, a light sheen at the finish, and a continuous hydrated feel throughout the wearing. I haven’t had a chance to test any of the paler nudes for longevity, but even the lightest shade here went well beyond the 5 hour mark without any significant fading.

  • 060 Premiere – baby pink
  • 028 Actrice – soft coral
  • 047 Miss – pale fuchsia pink (metallic accents)
  • 854 Concorde – lush carmine red

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If you’re on the fence about what to do with the more unusual extreme matte shades, here is a sampling of 4 looks that can be created — but truly, the only limitations are your imagination and/or colour preferences. All I know is that I never thought of lipstick as being such ‘fun‘ before attempting these looks.

  1. 005 Lilac Lip Glow applied all over with 207 Montaigne along the lip line and corners only (centre of lips left free)
  2. 047 Miss applied all over with 602 Visionary at the upper lip line then delicately blended along the the outer edges & corners using a finger
  3. Tranformation: 047 Miss applied as a base with a light swipe of 602 Visionary layered on top, then the two blended together to create a unique murky mauve shade
  4. 854 Concorde applied all over with 207 Montaigne dotted at the centre of the lips and lightly blended out for a ‘blossoming‘ effect

 

I’ve said this before but it bears repeating: this is fast turning out to be the ‘Year of the Lip’ and these latest Rouge Dior releases are not only fully on point with that statement, but all definitely worthy of including in one’s lipstick wardrobe (yes, that’s totally a thing.) For those who tend to avoid matte lip products due to the usual havoc they can wreak, then you need to give the Dior version a try – I guarantee a conversion of ideology. And if wild shades aren’t your cup of tea, I hope that seeing their versatility in action (the Arty Looks, above) may help you rethink that as well. As to the satin finish, the shades I’ve tested may not all be in my colour comfort-zone (I’m not a pink person) but the sensorial feel of each is so amazing that I’m willing to make an exception. Final word: this is one range you owe it to yourself to check out.

Available at all The Bay, Sephora and Dior counters nationwide

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Press samples/All opinions are my own

Dior | Parisian Sky & Capital of Light, Skyline Collection Fall 2016

Dior Skyline eyeshadow palettes opener

 

With its unmistakable outline and intricate ironwork, the Eiffel Tower — the most iconic symbol of Paris, is the inspiration behind the Dior Skyline Collection for Fall 2016, so perfectly captured and beautifully rendered upon the surface of the two eyeshadow palettes. According to Peter Philips, Creative & Image Director for Dior Makeup:

“In the heart of Paris, there’s this icon that defies the sky, a sturdy structure that is both light and transparent. It dominates the capital and can be spotted from afar. The Skyline Collection echoes this architectural masterpiece, playing with luminosity and transparency to beckon attention with its subtle elegance”

I love a good backstory to beauty, and I’d say that Peter Philips got this bang on.

Previously reviewed from this collection:

 

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La Tour Eiffel, an iconic symbol of Paris

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506 Parisian Sky, limited edition (CAN $73.00) | Cooler-leaning in tone, all  the shades have non-chunky shimmer of varying degrees, and can also be made to work on those with warmer complexions by layering and/or wearing them slightly dampened for more impact. Personally, I love the subtle gradations of colour in this palette as it makes each hue that much easier to wear. From top left (going clockwise):

  • milky taupe
  • champagne
  • white-based silver
  • mink brown
  • palest aqua

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Dior | 506 Parisian Sky swatches

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806 Capital of Light, limited edition (CAN $73.00) | More impactful colour-wise than Parisian Sky, the shade selection here is a good mix of both cool and warm tones. The five shades have varying intensities of shimmer, and all can be worn either dry or dampened to yield extra depth & dimension. TIP: this is an amazing palette for those with green and/or hazel eyes. From top left (going clockwise):

  • gunmetal
  • pearly white
  • soft pink
  • aubergine
  • oyster with pink undertone

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Dior | 806 Capital of Light swatches

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Dior | Parisian Sky & Capital of Light, Skyline Collection Fall 2016

 

The last few collections from Dior have been producing some pretty unique palettes and the amount of detail that goes into their creation is second to none. If the delicate filigree design seen here isn’t enough to draw you in, then the colours surely will; I was initially unsure about the softer payoff of Parisian Sky but after having played with it for some weeks now, I’ve come to appreciate it more and more (let’s face it; aqua is never an easy colour to pull off under normal circumstances. This palette makes it a breeze). Capital of Light is drop-dead gorgeous, in particular that gunmetal shade with all its complexities and that stunning deep eggplant (PS: they look totally killer when paired together). A little on the steep side price-wise, but that’s offset by the originality of the shade groupings as well as the overall performance of each palette. Also, just look at them … Le sigh….

Available now at The Bay and select Dior counters

 

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Provided by the Dior team for review consideration/All opinions my own

Dior | Diorblush Light & Contour Sculpting Stick Duo

Dior Diorblush Light & Contour sticks opener

 

Dior’s Skyline Collection for Fall 2016 has some truly spectacular pieces and one of the standouts for me are these Diorblush Contour & Light Sculpting Stick Duos (CAN $48.00/each, limited edition). Trend factor aside, contouring & highlighting (I refuse to use the word ‘strobing’.Ugh) is actually nothing new, as artists of all genres have been incorporating shadow and light techniques – on canvas as well as face makeup – for decades. Eons, in fact; I’m pretty sure if you look closely at the Lascaux cave paintings, you’re sure to find traces of this effect.

Previously reviewed from this collection:

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So what makes these duos so awesome? For starters, they’re portable and combine both the shade (contour) and light (highlight) portions conveniently in one dual-ended stick. I also love the fact that they’re retractible – safer & more hygienic that way. Secondly, the texture of each end is ultra creamy and blends so seamlessly into the skin. The finish on the contour is described as matte, but not of the flat variety; there’s the barest hint of a sheen to keep things from looking muddy. The shimmer of the highlight is very refined and can be either blended out for the barest whisper of a glow, or amped up by layering for major impact. Another bonus to this texture is that regardless of whether you use your fingers, a dense brush, or a beauty sponge for application, they all result in excellent results.

PRO TIPS: Use the shadow stick anywhere you want to redefine facial contours (hollows of the cheeks, jawline, temples) by either dotting or drawing lines then blending out. Use the light stick to emphasize prominent points of the face. These techniques can help detract from any flaws, as well as give the illusion of volume (in a subtle, good way).

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Shadow/Contour | Matte contour in a stick formula that comes to a smooth powdery finish when blended out along the skin.

  • 001 Soft Contour Shadow – light tan with a rosy undertone
  • 002 Medium Contour Shadow – camel with a golden undertone
  • 003 Intense Contour Shadow – toffee with a mix of both gold & rose in the base

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Light/Highlight | Shimmer highlighter in cream stick form that can be applied to the high points of the face (upper cheeks, bridge of the nose, cupid’s bow) or even layered over bronzer/contour for extra depth.

  • 001 Soft Contour Light – champagne with a soft rosy tint
  • 002 Medium Contour Light – oyster pink
  • 003 Intense Contour Light – palest mauve shimmer

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Dior | Diorblush Light & Contour Sculpting Stick Duo (light/highlight swatches)

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Dior | Diorblush Light & Contour Sculpting Stick Duo

 

You can blame social media for having given contouring & highlighting a bit of a bad rap; with the plethora of “beauty gurus” out there and their highly exaggerated techniques, it’s sometimes hard to understand the benefits that strategic contouring and/or highlighting can provide. Diorblush Light & Contour sticks actually make the job not only easy to use but to also create the effect you may have admired on others but never thought you could recreate on your own. You can, believe me. Let’s face it; this trend is going nowhere anytime in the foreseeable future and regardless of whether you’re a novice or a pro, a fan of powders over creams, I still say you need to check these out because they are in a word: AMAZING. I seriously don’t get why they’re limited edition as these duos totally need to become permanent. Are you listening, Dior?

Available at The Bay & select Dior counters

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Provided courtesy of Dior for review consideration/All opinions are my own

Dior Skyline Fall 2016 | Nude Air Luminizer, Le Vernis Skyline & Minimal

 

Dior Skyline polishes & Luminizer opener

 

For Fall 2016, Creative and Image Director for Dior Makeup, Peter Philips, has drawn inspiration from the Autumnal Paris landscape with the release of the Skyline Fall 2016 Collection. The first items I’m showing from this absolutely luscious gathering, are the two limited edition nail lacquers along with what has to be one of the most stunning highlighters I’ve tried to date — although truthfully, there’s even more incredible pieces that will be following (no, but really).

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Nude Air Luminizer (CAN $68.00) | Housed in a hefty yet sleek silver compact etched with the brand’s iconic ‘Cannage’ pattern, this is a pale rose-gold tinted luminizing powder in a texture that goes beyond being fine-milled: it’s ULTRA fine-milled. Displaying amazing pigmentation, a little goes a long way and I recommend starting with a loose brush such as a fan-tail, in order to avoid depositing too much product at once — although you can also easily buff out any excess in that eventuality. The colour is universally wearable by a broad variety of skin tones, while its reflective nature is quite sophisticated and gives radiance, as opposed to brilliance. Also included is a small natural-haired kabuki brush that is surprisingly quite well made and of a good enough size to be actually usable (points scored for that).

 

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Dior Skyline Fall 2016 | Nude Air Luminizer

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Dior Skyline Fall 2016 | Nude Air Luminizer swatches

 

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Dior Skyline Fall 2016 | Le Vernis Skyline & Minimal

Dior Skyline polish

Le Vernis 848 Skyline, limited edition (CAN $33.00) | A dusky chocolate mauve/deep mulberry hue filled with ‘secret shimmer’ that Dior does so well, in a hybrid crème-jelly formula. Application is in a word, SPECTACULAR – laying down effortlessly along the nail without pooling at the cuticles, levelling out smoothly and leaving behind a natural glossy finish. BONUS: no staining upon removal.

Coats: 2, no top coat

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Dior Skyline Fall 2016 | Le Vernis 848 Skyline swatch

Dior Minimal polish

Le Vernis 112 Minimal, limited edition (CAN $33.00) | Pale nude with peachy undertones giving it that ‘doll skin’ tone, in a formula that displays excellent flow & density. Some patchiness seen with the first coat (not unexpected from a shade in this colour family), although good coverage is reached with a second layer – especially on short nails; longer nails will benefit from a 3rd thin coat for ideal opacity.

Coats: 2, no top coat

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Dior Skyline Fall 2016 | Le Vernis 112 Minimal swatch

 

I’ve made it no secret here on the blog, that I am head over heels for Dior polishes; for starters, the formula is phenomenal in ever sense of the word (flow, coverage, colour, etc) and the brush is one of my absolute faves (other brushes I love include that of Guerlain and now the new Essie Gel Couture lacquers) — if you’ve yet to indulge in this brand’s polishes, then you’re missing out on a great ‘nail experience’ (can I be more dramatic?). As someone who is quasi-obsessed with highlighters, I can tell you that not all are made equal; some are too gold, others too white and others still are way too glittery. This Nude Air Luminizer strikes the perfect balance between adding radiance with just a hint of colour to keep it from looking harsh, with a true light-as-air texture that makes it ridiculous easy to work with. Red-carpet worthy, indeed.

Available early August

 

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Kindly provided by the Dior team/As always, all opinions are my own

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:

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

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

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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

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