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Dior · Splendor 2016 Collection Diorific Mat Lipstick & Golden Diorific Lipstick



The last few holiday collections have seen Dior put out lipsticks that come with this glam golden packaging (like luxe mini barbells, no?) and this year’s crop for the Splendor 2016 Collection also includes new matte versions. Laced with a healthy dose of creaminess in the formula for an absolutely comfortable feel, the four shades I was kindly sent to test hit all the right notes for me: quality, performance & visually appealing. In other words, totally display-worthy.

Previously reviewed from this collection:


Dior Splendor 2016 Collection · Diorific & Diorific Mat Lipsticks


Dior Splendor 2016 Collection · Diorific & Diorific Mat Lipsticks


Dior Splendor 2016 Collection · Diorific & Diorific Mat Lipsticks


Housed in luxurious ribbed gold casings that have a nice heft to them, I recieved four out of the five limited edition shades created for this collection and have had fun playing with them over the last few weeks. When I first opened up Golden, much “ooh-ing & ahhh-ing” ensued, as I happen to have a personal weakness for shades that have a subtle bling like this. As to the matte hues, surprisingly none of them are actual mattes in the sense that they don’t come to that flat, light-absorbing type finish; think more along the lines of velvet/satin, and you’ll get a better idea. One thing the matte shades all have in common, is an extremely comfortable feel and good pigmentation. Regarding wear time, duration will depend on the shade chosen, with the deeper hue lasting the longest as well as leaving a light stain behind.

CAN $46.00/each


065 Golden | warm yellow/nude gold with very fine complex shimmer. Can be worn alone for a subtle touch of glamour or layered over other lipsticks.


560 Ravissement Diorific Mat | soft rose hue with a good mix of both cool and warm undertones to make it wearable across a broad range of skin tones.


440 Charm Diorific Mat | a warm leaning peachy nude shade (but can still be made to work against cooler skin tones) which leaves a nice natural-looking flush to lips.


880 Fascination Diorific Mat | a lush mulberry hue that makes an elegant statement and manages to look edgy at the same time. Can also be blotted down to a lighter stain.


Dior Splendor 2016 Collection · Diorific & Diorific Mat Lipsticks


There just something about pulling out a luxurious little tube of lipstick like this that makes one feel so sophisticated, wouldn’t you agree? Maybe it’s just me … At the end of the day, it’s results that count and if I were to pick favourites here, then my vote goes to the two extremes: Golden, for its sheer yet impactful wash of colour, and Fascination for being at once vampy & killer sexy. TIP: how about any one of these shades as THE most luxurious stocking stuffer ever? Right?

Available at The Bay, Sephora & select Dior counters



Press samples/As always, all opinions are my own

Dior · Infinity Fusion Mono, Precious Embroidery & Smoky Sequins Eyeshadow Pallettes, Splendor 2016 Collection



The Dior Splendor 2016 Collection is in a word: spectacular. Take for example both the Precious Embroidery and the Smoky Sequins eye shadow palettes and their exquisite sequin-pattern detailing — so meticulously rendered, that you’d be excused for mistaking it as the real thing. Sitting quietly in the background, but no less impressive, is the Infinity Mono Fusion Eye Shadow that is breathtaking whether worn solo or as part of the team. Then there are the colours themselves, imbued with the festive spirit of the holidays but staying away from the usual blingy silver & golds. Oh Dior, you’re slaying. Or is that ‘sleigh-ing’?

Previously reviewed from this collection:


Dior · Infinity Fusion Mono, Precious Embroidery & Smoky Sequins Eyeshadow Palettes


Dior · Precious Embroidery & Smoky Sequins Eyeshadow Palettes




Dior · 776 Precious Embroidery Eyeshadow Palette


776 Precious Embroidery Eyeshadow Palette, limited edition (CAN $73.00) | I swear, it took all my willpower to actually put a brush to these palettes …

Precious Embroidery is the more warmer leaning of the two, but theres a versatility to these shades that in turn makes it universally wearable by all skin tones. All five hues have shimmer of varying degrees, some slightly more complex than others, and each displays an excellent level of colour saturation and excellent blendability. You can always intensify the colours by applying them using a dampened brush, although the colour payoff is equally impressive applied dry. Wear time over primer is solid, staying true until removed without creasing or fading. The shade breakdown (going clockwise from the top left):

  1. pink beige/taupe
  2. pearly white
  3. champagne (centre)
  4. rich brown with burgundy reflects
  5. café au lait


Dior · 776 Precious Embroidery Eyeshadow Palette


Dior · 776 Precious Embroidery Eyeshadow Palette swatches


Dior · 776 Precious Embroidery Eyeshadow Palette



Dior · 066 Smoky Sequins Eyeshadow Palette


066 Smoky Sequins Eyeshadow Palette, limited edition (CAN $73.00) | What appears to be the cooler-leaning of the two palettes, turns out to be just as equally wearable by all complexions across the board. As with the previous group, all five hues have a shimmer that can be dialled up or down, depending on whether they’re worn dry, damp, or layered. Once again, each has a beautiful colour payoff, a buttery smooth application, and a very easy blend factor. The shade breakdown (going clockwise from top left):

  1. bright silver
  2. ice-white pearl
  3. oyster (centre)
  4. ebony with blue reflects
  5. steel grey (complex blue shimmer)


Dior · 066 Smoky Sequins Eyeshadow Palette


Dior · 066 Smoky Sequins Eyeshadow Palette swatches


Dior · 066 Smoky Sequins Eyeshadow Palette



Dior · 751 Infinity Mono Fusion Eye Shadow


751 Infinity Mono Fusion Eye Shadow, limited edition (CAN $40.00) | Cream-to-powder eye shadows are nothing groundbreaking, but if you’ve yet to try the Dior version, then you’re totally missing out. Infinity is hard to describe in words; depending on the light, it may appear platinum then a quick angle change and it morphs into something golden, hard to pin down but gorgeous nevertheless. The shimmer is ultra refined with the texture like silk; I usually prefer using my finger for application of these types of products, but a variety of both synthetic & natural-bristled brushes works easily here as well. You have about a minute of play time to blend or buff it out before it sets — then it’s good to go for the duration. As my lids tend to get oily, I never skip primer but if yours are on the drier side, then go ahead and apply this straight up; I’m betting it won’t budge.


Dior · 751 Infinity Mono Fusion Eye Shadow


Dior · 751 Infinity Mono Fusion Eye Shadow swatches


It’s been a few seasons now that Dior has gone back to the drawing board where their eyeshadow formulation is concerned, and since then the brand has not only turned the formula around & improved it, but continues to positively evolve with each release. Creative and Image Director for the brand, Peter Philips, was inspired by the artistry and precise detailing seen in the atelier’s haute couture work, and taking his cues from that incredible craftsmanship, these multi-faceted shades were born. A tad pricey they may be, but the quality goes a long way in offsetting that snag. To sum them up: beauty in motion, or at least in makeup form.

Available at The Bay & select Dior counters nationwide



Press samples/As always, all opinions are my own

Dior · Diorific Vernis Splendor, Cosmic & Nova – Holiday Splendor 2016 Collection



Drawing inspiration from exquisite haute couture detailing, Dior has just launched the Splendor 2016 Collection for the holidays, filled with timeless & classic colours such as the nail shades shown here … then added a festive little twist to keep things unique. As in past holiday collections, these Diorific Vernis hues come housed in round retro-glam bottles with gold packaging, details that are totally not lost on a beauty obsessive such as myself.

I’ll be posting the rest of the collection in upcoming reviews — stay tuned as you won’t want to miss seeing any of it, believe me! For more behind-the-scenes-peeks, I welcome you to join me @ommorphia on any (or all!) of my other platforms: Instagram & InstaStories, Snapchat, Facebook, Pinterest & Twitter.

∗Note that there are 2 more shades — 328 Golden and a pink hue that I believe won’t be released in Canada.


Dior · Diorific Vernis, Holiday Splendor 2016 Collection


Dior · Diorific Vernis, Holiday Splendor 2016 Collection


Dior · Diorific Vernis, Holiday Splendor 2016 Collection


001 Nova, limited edition (CAN $34.00) | Described as a “broken mirror top coat”, this little beauty is definitely the heart & star attraction of the three. Bearing a clear base, it’s filled with irregularly shaped iridescent shards. The formula leans on the thick side but is easy to apply and has the added advantage of not needing any fishing to get enough of the shimmery bits per brushful, although you may need to nudge a few strays in place (any that might stick out along the free nail edge or along the sides). Brilliantly reflective, you can wear Nova on its own or layered over EVERYTHING (seriously) and if you’re really looking to bring out its prismatic effect (especially with a darker colour underneath), try adding a matte top coat and then sit back to watch the magic happen. Relatively smooth to the touch, it becomes even more so with a regular top coat added.

Coats: 2, plus top coat


Dior · 001 Nova Diorific Vernis


Dior · 001 Nova Diorific Vernis swatches


850 Splendor, limited edition (CAN $34.00) | A rich deep garnet (red velvet?) hue filled with Dior’s iconic ultra fine shimmer in gold & red hues. Slightly cooler leaning due to the blue undertones in the base, Splendor is super colour-saturated — almost a one-coat-wonder. The shimmer is apparent regardless of lighting, and while more vivid in direct light, it still manages to provide a lush depth of tone to this colour even when seen indoors. Self-levelling with an excellent flow & opacity, and ultra glossy at the finish, it’s also relatively non-staining provided you apply base coat first.

Coats: 2, plus top coat (1 coat of Nova added then mattified in the last two swatches)


Dior · 850 Splendor Diorific Vernis


Dior · 850 Splendor Diorific Vernis swatch


Dior · 850 Splendor Diorific Vernis swatches, with 001 Nova (left) & mattified (right)


899 Cosmic, limited edition (CAN $34.00) | As someone who’s a huge fan of brooding darkling shades, Cosmic sits right in the heart of my colour wheelhouse. This is a blackened violet hue with grape undertones and chock-full of ultrafine shimmer in bronze and burgundy hues, of the type that Dior does so well. With an effortless application, the formula is smoothly laying and comes to a natural high-gloss finish — along with being relatively stain-free, provided you first add a base coat. Just when I thought it couldn’t get better, I threw on a layer of Nova then took things to the next level by mattifying it all up, and I ended up with a major OMG moment. Just look at it; seriously frame-worthy.

Coats: 2, plus top coat (1 coat of Nova added then mattified in the last three swatches)


Dior · 899 Cosmic Diorific Vernis


Dior · 899 Cosmic Diorific Vernis swatches, with 001 Nova (right)


Dior · 899 Cosmic Diorific Vernis swatches with 001 Nova magnified (direct sunlight, right)


Dior · Diorific Vernis, Holiday Splendor 2016 Collection


You’ve probably heard me say this several times before, but Dior makes one of my favourite nail polish formulas and that also includes the three holiday versions shown here. The bottles are absolutely adorable and almost begged to be displayed (but a total pain to hold while trying to photograph them), with the brush being the only departure from that of the regular range, both in size/length of the wand and shape. Nevertheless, it still splays effortlessly along the nail and I actually think the shorter size makes it almost easier to maneuver — but I still prefer the usual format just the same. If you get nothing else (although good luck in picking just one), make sure you don’t miss out on Nova — I’m definitely planning on a back up.

Available at The Bay & select Dior counters nationwide



Press samples/As always, all opinions are my own

On current rotation: Dior Addict Lip Glow lip care

Dior Addict Lip Glow care opener


Lately it feels like I’ve done more than my share of lip swatches and as a result, I’ve needed to give my lips some major TLC. That’s where this trio of Dior Addict Lip Glow Care lovelies have come to the rescue to not only give me back some much-needed hydration (plus very gentle exfoliation), but to help get my pout back to optimum shape. A good thing too, as I have about ten bajillion more lip products to swatch …

Dior Addict Lip Glow trio

Dior Addict Lip Glow lip care

Dior Addict Lip Glow trio 2

Dior Addict Lip Glow lip care

Dior Addict Lip Glow trio swatches

Dior Addict Lip Glow lip care

Dior Addict Lip Glow Pomade

001 Universal Pink Lip Glow Pomade Colour Reviver Instant Oil-Gel Care (CAN $41.00) | The cue here is in the name: from the French ‘pommade’ which means ‘ointment’, this is an intensive moisture treatment for the lips. Its unique new oil-gel texture is dispensed via a velvety flocked applicator which contains high levels of shea butter for long-lasting & deep nourishment. The universal pink shade (which also matches both the Lip Glow Liner and any of the Lip Glow Colour Awakening Balms) can be worn alone or under any lipstick for some extra pucker protection, although I prefer wearing it an night to let it thoroughly drench my lips with restorative moisture while I sleep. Gotta love a beauty product that does its work for you.

Dior Addict Lip Glow Pomade swatch

Dior Addict Lip Glow Pomade swatch

Dior Addict Lip Glow Liner

Lip Glow Liner Contour Colour Reviver & Filler, limited edition (CAN $36.00) | This is a barely there nude-rose lip liner that can be worn alone or with any other lip product, which can also provide a custom ‘filler’ effect. The angled bevelled tip makes it easy to work with whether used along its broader side to cover larger areas of the lip, or with the pointier tip in the event any precision work is needed, although why anyone would need precision from a relatively transparent product is beyond me (but I still felt like throwing that out there). I prefer using this as more of a ‘dam’ to help prevent darker lip shades from feathering out or bleeding into surrounding lip lines – works like a charm!

*To the best of my knowledge, this product is only showing availability at Sephora

EDIT: this is limited edition and exclusive to Sephora, so better get it while you can!

Dior Addict Lip Glow Liner macro

Dior Addict Lip Glow Liner


Dior Addict Lip Glow Lipbalm

005 Lilac Lip Glow Colour Awakening Lipbalm (CAN $41.00) | Ever since trying my first Colour Awakening Balm a few years ago, I have been hooked and totally get why people stock up & hoard these limited edition lip saviours. A must-have at all Dior backstage shows, these act to not only prep the lips with soothing moisture, but will also enhance and bring out your natural lip colour by reacting to your unique chemistry via Dior’s Color Reviving technology. Wild Mango and Luffa Cylindrica in the formula add an extra protective and moisture boost as well. I personally absolutely love the faint lilac hue this shade gives my lips, and usually prefer wearing this solo for a hint of colour to go with all the other yummy good stuff it includes.


Dior Addict Lip Glow Lipbalm 2

Dior Addict 005 Lilac Lip Glow

Dior Addict Lip Glow Lipbalm macro

Dior Addict 005 Lilac Lip Glow

Dior Addict Lip Glow Lipbalm swatch

Dior Addict 005 Lilac Lip Glow


Being in this industry, I’m fortunate to have access to all the latest products that get released and while you can always find me testing a bagful of lip care products at any given time, I always come back to time-tested favourites such as the Colour Awakening Balm. The Pomade has been a steady and regular staple in my lip care routine since it arrived and while I may not need the Lip Glow Liner all that often, I like knowing that I have that option in the event of. Like with all those intense Fall & holiday hues that are everywhere right now …

Do let me know if you’ve tried any (or all) of these, as well as what your faves are!

Available at all Dior counters/Lip Glow Liner at Sephora

Dior Addict Lip Glow care closer


Press samples/As always, all opinions are my own

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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Dior · Rouge Dior

Dior Rouge Dior 1

Dior · Rouge Dior

Dior Rouge Dior 2

Dior · Rouge Dior


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

Dior Rouge Dior The Mattes 2

Dior · Rouge Dior (the mattes)

Dior Rouge Dior Montaigne Matte

Dior · Rouge Dior 207 Montaigne Matte

Dior Rouge Dior Matte arm swatches 1

Dior Rouge Dior Matte arm swatches 2

Dior · Rouge Dior swatches (the mattes, in sunlight & natural light)

Dior Rouge Dior matte lipstick swatches

Dior · Rouge Dior swatches (The Mattes)

Dior Rouge Dior creams 1

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

Dior Rouge Dior the creams 2

Dior · Rouge Dior

Dior Rouge Dior arm swatches 1

Dior Rouge Dior arm swatches 2

Dior · Rouge Dior swatches (in sunlight & natural light)

Dior Rouge Dior swatches

Dior · Rouge Dior swatches

Dior Rouge Dior combination swatches

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

Dior Rouge Dior closer


Press samples/All opinions are my own