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I may be a Summer baby, but Autumnal beauty collections have my number, more so than any other releases which come out during the year; the Dior Cosmopolite Fall 2015 Collection is just one such launch. Filled with the season’s richness of colour, there are several new innovations in this collection, starting with the Dior Addict Fluid Shadows (CAD $36.00) that are topping the list.
Exactly as the name implies, these are a liquid eyeshadow in a hybrid formula that combines intense pigment with a mirror-like enamel finish. Housed in a rectangular clear tube and banded in black with the Dior logo on the toggle cap, the applicator at the end of the wand is a small brush versus a doe-foot sponge. A word of caution here: upon unscrewing the cap, I suggest removing the wand gently, or else you may find yourself splattering the product if you tug too hard, as the inner sphincter in the cap appears to be very tight (I’m guessing it’s to maintain the integrity of the product, along with ensuring the contents don’t spill out easily if the tube is placed on its side – which it may do, as make no mistake about it: these ARE fluid).
The brush has a good flexibility & splay to the bristles, ensuring a decent amount of product can be applied per use, although that also will depend on how much you scoop out as well. There is an initial cooling sensation upon the skin first felt at application, although that quickly dissipates and once applied, the Fluid Shadows take approximately 1 minute to fully set. Once set, however, they are iron-clad and will not budge until removed.
Now for the tricky part; my first testing of these Fluid Shadows involved applying them directly to my eyelids and then using my middle finger to blend them out. This turned out to be a total disaster, as the product appeared to cling more to my finger, resulting in a patchy application, at best. I was crushed, because I so desperately wanted these to work — I mean, just look at them! After trying several methods, I finally hit the jackpot: I begin by applying primer (I used Dior’s Backstage Eye Prime which works perfectly in tandem with the Fluid Shadow formula) and then use the brush applicator to deposit the shadow on my lid, followed up by patting the product into my skin with the help of a flat synthetic-haired brush (NOTE: upon initial deposit of product, I suggest waiting a few seconds before opening your eye, to avoid the shadow from accidentally sticking to other parts of the lid). This method not only provides the most even application, but enables me to blend out any edges and/or seamlessly merge two differing shades together. Using a light up & down patting motion will maintain the integrity of the mirror-like finish of each Fluid Shadow — a more side-side sweeping motion combined with a touch more pressure during patting, will diffuse the product out. As to staying power, applied over primer yields the best results on my oily lids (those with drier lids can probably skip primer altogether), and each shadow stays put until removed – with no flaking, creasing or fading in sight. In fact, the colour looks as fresh at the end of 12 hours, as when first applied.
Dior | Dior Addict Fluid Shadow
Dior | Dior Addict Fluid Shadow
Dior | Dior Addict Fluid Shadow
Dior | Dior Addict Fluid Shadow
Dior | Dior Addict Fluid Shadow
Dior | Dior Addict Fluid Shadow swatches
275 Cosmic | Amethyst coloured and cooler leaning, but still able to easily suit warmer complexions. Of the five, 275 Cosmic gave me the most issues when I tried applying/blending it using my finger, but redeemed itself by being one of the easiest to apply with the brush. The most spectacular shade to emphasize green eyes, and an absolutely perfect Fall colour.
Dior | Dior Addict 275 Cosmic Fluid Shadow swatches
545 Phénix | Champagne gold that has enough silver in it to make it work equally well on both cool and warm skin tones. The most intense brilliance and mirror-like shine of the five, hands down. When 545 Phénix is blended out, you can not only see the complex shimmer involved in this shade, but it also works beautifully (when worn as a base) to amplify a less intense gold eyeshadow applied on top (an option to consider if you don’t want to wear this shade full-on).
Dior | Dior Addict 545 Phénix Fluid Shadow swatches
655 Univers | A greyed out taupe shade, as well as the most universally wearable of the 5 shown. When applied straight from the tube, its silvery tone is quite evident, but blended out reveals a more varied and complex shimmer. My favourite way to wear 655 Univers, is as an eyeliner on the lower lash line (and NOT sheered out) with tons of mascara on both upper and lower lashes – to create a simple, yet dramatic eye look.
I pulled out a few similar liquid/crème taupe shades for comparison thinking that one might be a duplicate for 655 Univers, but as the swatches clearly show, they’re all unique from one another. When applied straight from the tube, the YSL #3 Taupe Drop appears very similar to the Dior, but blended out proves differently. To note: of the four shades shown in the comparison, only the Dior has issues when applied with a finger — but also seems to be the one with the most intense mirror shine factor.
Dior | Dior Addict 655 Univers Fluid Shadow swatches
Dior Addict 655 Univers Fluid Shadow & comparison swatches (applied heavy)
Dior Addict 655 Univers Fluid Shadow & comparison swatches (blended out)
825 Aurora | Antiqued pink with subtle rose-gold undertones, and the best stand-alone shadow of the five. This shade works beautifully to provide a brightening effect when applied as a wash all over the lid, but can be amped up by adding a winged line on the upper lid with the the same shade full-on. Tone on tone taken to a new & modern level with 825 Aurora, and that’s a fact.
Dior | Dior Addict 825 Aurora Fluid Shadow swatches
875 Destinée | THIS SHADE. A mix of cranberry, ruby, and deepest claret, what my product photo fails to capture is the sly bronzy oxidized glint seen in the tube (and while I’m sure it gives depth to the colour, it doesn’t actually translate in application). The second of the five to give me trouble when using my finger to apply, but the brush-method compensated a million-fold for that drawback, resulting in a lush & intense look. I can’t say which I prefer; applying 875 Destinée full-on for its in-your-face impact and that unique dark/brilliant combo effect, or smudged out to create THE perfect Fall eye. Good thing I can do both, if desired.
Dior | Dior Addict 875 Destinée Fluid Shadow swatches
What makes these Dior Fluid Shadows so unique, in my opinion, is how perfectly that reflective and almost patent-like finish is captured in an eyeshadow product – an effect and formulation that was previously limited to nail polish and perhaps a handful of lip gloss shades. The ability to wear these Fluid Shadows in a variety of ways also makes them stand out; by applying them in a direct/blended out combination, it’s like getting 2 products in one, with their mega lasting ability (on primed lids, if they’re oily like mine) only sweetening the deal. If you’re looking for something different to add to your beauty wardrobe, I’d recommend starting here – good luck choosing just one shade, however.
Available August 1st exclusively through Sephora and sephora.com, September at all other Dior counters nationwide.
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The Dior Tie Dye Collection for Summer 2015 is all about that bohemian vibe (ahhh …those lazy days ahead …), filled with an eclectic mix of both brilliant and diffused colours. The two nail lacquers – 319 Sunwashed & 239 Sunkissed (CAN $28.00 each, with a 3rd shade released in Europe) perfectly exemplify this theme with their sun-faded tone, while the Die Dye Top Coat (CAN $29.00) helps to jazz things up with a splash of translucent colour.
If you’re unfamiliar with Dior polishes, you need to change that STAT, because this formula and brush rank as one of my absolute favourites and definitely sets the bar high for all other brands. The lacquer formula was given an overhaul a little over a year ago and now displays an increase in pigments & colour saturation, combined with a built-in top coat for a long-lasting gel effect shine – all courtesy of advanced resins and Techno-Polymers. The brush is made of unicorn hair, or at least that’s what it feels like (how cool would that be?); dense and rather bushy-looking, the slightly chiselled edge makes application child’s play: with just the lightest pressure, the bristles splay perfectly along the nail bed for a precise and effortless application. As a nail polish fiend, I can’t extoll its virtues enough – trust me on this.
*Note that both the lacquers and top coat are all limited edition.
319 Sunwashed | This is a soft buttercup-yellow shade in a mid-sheer formula with jelly-like tendencies, both in application and its cushiony glossy finish. Displaying a sun bleached and rather weathered tone, it holds that patented Dior ‘secret shimmer’ that’s not very visible to the naked eye (unless seen in direct sunlight), but which adds a lovely overall depth. On shorter nails, full opacity will be reached at 2 coats, while longer lengths will still show a slight nail line – but I personally love this translucent effect, as it makes yellow so much more wearable this way, not to mention perfectly in line with the whole laid-back hippie theme. Coats applied: 2, plus top coat
239 Sunkissed | Just when I thought that Dior had created the perfect nude shade with Lady (reviewed), THIS comes along. Bearing a perfect mix of peach, beige, and pink tones in the base, 239 Sunkissed takes things a step further and displays one of the best formulas for a nude that I’ve ever come across. Streak-free, self levelling, über-glossy at the finish and holding traces of ‘secret shimmer’, this shade not only comes to a smooth opaque finish at two coats, but I’ll go on record as saying it will suit basically all skin tones across the board – and that’s not easy to do when dealing with this colour family. Well done, Dior. Coats applied: 2, plus top coat
Tie Dye Top Coat | This is a more pigmented and deeper shade of rose than Dior’s Nail Glow, with a cooler-leaning tone due to the blueish tint in the base. This topper can easily be worn on its own, which is my personal preference, actually – and not only because I lack the necessary nail art skills to use it creatively, but for the candy-like look it gives nails: 1 coat provides a healthy wash of colour, with a deeper – but still sheer flush – at 2 coats. The formula falls on the thick side and has a tendency to spring back somewhat during application, but the glass-like glossy finish makes up for that slight drawback. Bonus: Relatively quick drying as well. Coats applied: 2, no other top coat
Applying the Tie Dye Top Coat straight up over 319 Sunwashed, gives the yellow base a peachier tone and due to the nature of this topper, it also provides a natural ombré effect; by varying the pressure of the brush along the nail, you can amplify this look quite easily (middle finger). Or, you can always get creative and use a dotting tool, a thin brush, or even bits of sponge to dab on patterns along the nails and create your own custom look. Finish off with a clear top coat to seal everything in, as well as to provide a smoother appearance.
Applied over 239 Sunkissed, the Tie Dye Top Coat provides a deeper pink colour that also takes this nude shade from warm into cooler territory (but still quite wearable just the same). Once more, you can easily create your own patterns using your preferred method – or experiment with new ways and see what turns up; random attempts usually create some fabulous designs (especially if you’re not a seasoned nail art pro, like me).
Dior surprised me with these; to begin with, I expected the usual brights, vivid, neons, etc and instead, there are just 2 shades in what initially appears to be rather lukewarm colours, and a cheery topper to add confusion to the mix. But looks can be deceiving; the second I began applying these shades, my love of deep hues was basically chucked out the window – they’re THAT fabulous (and I don’t even like yellow. Imagine that). Where things get a little tricky, is with the Tie Dye Top Coat; in theory it sounds amazing and the answer to every nailart-challenged person out there, but the application is not exactly there yet. Still, after playing with it for a few weeks now, I have surprised myself by finding new ways to apply it (not always successfully, mind you) and have realized that I prefer it solo. Please feel free to let me know how you’ve worn this – would absolutely love to hear! All in all, I don’t think it’s meant to take itself all that seriously – after all, it’s a SUMMER collection and that means: anything goes!
The Dior Summer 2015 Tie Dye Collection is available now through The Bay & thebay.com, Sephora & sephora.com, and Holt Renfrew stores across Canada (links provided for convenience). Fine more information via dior.com
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Dior has just launched an innovation in the field of face powders: Diorskin Nude Air Healthy Glow Invisible Loose Powder (CAN $60.00 available in 4 shades), a face powder that is designed to work as an ‘invisible’ setting product for your makeup, with a lightweight and fresh feeling upon the skin. Some of the key features, according to the brand:
- an undetectable to the eye ultra-light texture to help unify, mattify and enhance the complexion
- made with transparent pigments & translucent mineral powders to add precise tone
- leaves a velvet finish upon the skin
- enriched with vitamins, minerals and Sweet Orange Extract to help boost tone & freshness
- non-occlusive and ‘breathable’ like an ‘intelligent fabric’
- helps create a shield against pollution by limiting the absorption of harmful particles
In the past, I’ve never felt the need to wear face powder as it always seemed a bit chalky in appearance upon my skin, not to mention somewhat ageing – so it was with a healthy degree of skepticism that I approached my testing for this Dior version (I was kindly sent shade 020 Light Beige to test). Thankfully, the Diorskin Nude Air Healthy Glow Invisible Loose Powder (a bit of a mouthful to say, no?) is not only absolutely wearable, but visually delivers on its claims as well.
The round plastic jar bears a silver lid bearing Dior’s signature Cannage pattern and comes with an included plush velvet puff to enable a silky-smooth application. The contents are under a protective sieve to prevent an overload of product/powder being released – a convenient feature, while the powder itself is relatively unscented (I personally can’t seem to pick up any fragrance, per se). The texture is exceptionally finely-milled and once buffed into the skin, becomes completely undetectable without leaving a flat finish behind; rather, there’s a very subtle sheen that almost seems to give ‘vitality’ to the skin. As the powder wears and starts fusing with the warmth of the skin and natural oils, it seems to then develop a more luminous tone, but never shiny. Best part? Absolutely no oxidation in evidence (when the product takes on an orange-y cast).
The shades range from 010 for the fairest types – to 040 for deeper complexions, and while you’d think that these 4 options wouldn’t be nearly enough to cover the gamut of skin tones, the nature of this featherweight powder should be easily wearable by a broad skin tone range just the same (with the exception of the darkest complexions, where I suspect it may appear slightly ashy – but still worth checking out at a Dior counter just to be sure). According to the included insert, start by upending the firmly closed container and lightly tapping it once along the bottom to release a measured dose of powder into the upper section. The velvet puff works extremely well at buffing the powder into the skin, although I found it much easier to first use a brush (a large headed & semi-rigid Kabuki brush, such as the one offered by Dior) to first pick up the powder for quick distribution along the skin then followed by a thorough buffing using the puff – which feels so incredibly soft along the skin while seeming to ‘fill’ in fine lines – is the most effective application method. As to staying power, the sheer nature of this product makes it difficult to determine exactly how long it actually wears, but I will say that my skin (which is combination/oily) looks flawless, even, and luminous throughout the day, with very little touch-ups needed.
Dior | Diorskin Nude Air Loose Powder 020 Light Beige swatched heavy & blended
Dior | Diorskin Nude Air Loose Powder 020 Light Beige swatch, fully blended out
What I really love about this Diorskin Nude Skin healthy Glow Invisible Loose Powder, is that my skin never feels like it’s ‘suffocating’ throughout the wearing. A light dusting over foundation (never forget to buff, buff, buff!) not only sets your makeup, but provides a seamless and flawless finish. Another great and even easier way to wear this powder, is over moisturized skin (always allow approx. 15 minutes for moisturizer to settle into the skin first before powder application) – this method provides a natural and sheer finish, while still managing to even out skin tone. For a powder-phobe like myself, I am beyond impressed with how totally ‘non-powdery’ this product appears, and urge you to give it a look – it’s so totally worth it.
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