For Holiday 2021, Peter Philips — Dior’s Creative & Image Director, paid tribute to the House’s prestigious 30 Avenue Montagne flagship location, by incorporating stylistic elements of the facade into the pieces. In other words, Dior has once again pulled out all the stops and created display-worth, yet still stunningly wearable, beauty.
5 Couleurs Couture, limited edition (CAN $76.00/each) | Both palettes of the collection come housed in the brand’s iconic navy-lacquered slim profile compacts, with one quint leaning somewhat cool and the other definitely warmer, both delicately engraved with the emblematic facade of the House of Dior. All 5 Couleurs are designed the same way: the top 2 shades + the middle are meant for an easy/daytime look, while the bottom 2 shades + the middle can supply more drama, but those are just guidelines (and smart marketing) rather than rules set in stone. The texture on all is phenomenal: richly pigmented and effortless to blend out. Staying power when worn over primer, is excellent as well.
469 Atelier Doré | satiny beige, warm gold, shimmering gold, coppery taupe-brown, velvety red-brown
739 House of Dreams | satiny each, dusty rose, shimmering silver, taupe shimmer, matte brown
Diorshow 24H Stylo, limited edition (CAN $37.00/each) | While technically not a part of the collection per se, both shades perfectly compliment it just the same (and are limited edition as well). Created to provide 24 hour wear — not that I ever plan on wearing any makeup that long, but I appreciate the staying power that implies, they come in a retractable pen format with a built in sharpener and a smudge tip as well. The texture is amazing: richly pigmented with each gliding buttery smooth along the delicate skin of the eye area. Safe to wear even along the waterline, I suggest working one eye at a time if planning on blending out, to avoid them setting before you’re done. Staying power is absolutely iron-clad, meaning you’ll definitely need a dual-phased remover to get rid of all traces.
TIP: the cap has been created to look like the actual pencil tip showing, but just know that it pops off.
- 786 Sparkling Brown | rich brown with bronze & gold micro flecks
- 986 Sparkling Taupe | taupe-rose with silver and pink micro flecks
There are 2 lipstick formats with this collection; Rouge Dior and Diorific, and each sports stunning visual elements along with gorgeous colours that delivers a stellar performance. Regardless of which shade or range you select, I can tell you right now that you will NOT be disappointed.
466 Pink Rose Rouge Dior, limited edition (CAN $50.00) | There are 5 shades available in total, yet the one I was sent may not be a colour I would normally choose for myself, but I am absolutely loving it on me just the same. The exterior case has been rendered into a miniature work of art with its facade engraving that goes around entire case, I might add, and even the lipstick bullet has been jazzed up with an embossed ‘plaque’. That aside, it’s the texture that really steals the show: velvety smooth in application that imparts a wonderfully hydrated feel throughout wear. As there is some slip in the formula, reapplication will be needed at some point, but staying power is still quite impressive nonetheless.
Diorific Lipstick, limited edition (CAN $50.00/each) | Dior’s little ‘barbell’ lipsticks are eagerly awaited every holiday season, and this year’s colour choices are gorgeous. With four shades available (077 Midnight Corolle — a deep plum, not shown), the case is actually a stylized figure 8, representative of Christian Dior’s lucky number. For this collection, each lipstick bullet has been etched with the emblematic facade of the House of Dior; how incredibly stunning is that? The texture is unbelievable: highly colour saturated and velvety smooth upon application. Staying power is also amazing and while all might need reapplication at some point, I’ll take any opportunity to whip out one of these baubles to do so.
- 466 Pink Rose | pink rose with subtle shimmer
- 074 Rose D’Hiver | roswood, satin finish
- 075 Rouge Capucine | brick red, satin finish
- 076 Taupe Ispahan | warm brownish pink, velvet matte
Diorific Vernis, limited edition (CAN $35.00/each) | Hands down, these are the most adorable nail polish bottles and SO display-worthy. I’ve said it countless times on the blog but it bears repeating: Dior makes one of the most amazing nail polish formulas out there. You’d think that the bottle’s small wand size might be challenging to use, but the reverse is true: the indented cap provides easy grip, while the shorter wand actually gives you more control. The bevelled dense brush head is also incredibly well-crafted, as it splays easily along the nail bed. For this collection, there are two new shades and both have the same features in common: richly pigmented colour, self-levelling upon application, and coming to a natural brilliant finish. As both are deep shades, I recommend laying down a base coat first to prevent any potential staining (not that I noticed any, but still) and a top coat to help protect the finish.
Diorific 001 Bouton d’Or Glitter Top Coat, limited edition (CAN $36.00) | Created to be a ‘topper’, this shade is also wearable on its own — perfect for when you want to add the festive spirit to you nails, without going too over the top. Filled with gold and silver micro glitter, each brush stroke yields a good amount of shimmer so that you don’t get any patchiness. Removal might need a bit of elbow grease but when worn as a topper, that job becomes a lot easier — something worth noting.
In the below swatches, both Poppy and Corolle are with two coats of polish followed by one coat of Bouton d’Or, while the solo swatches Bouton D’Or are with two coats as well. For photography purposes, no base or top coats were used.
I went through my personal collection and pulled out all the past Diorific Vernis shades that were comparable to this year’s editions. Obviously, Dior is no stranger to these particular colours and there are quite a few similarities — in case you wanted to shop your own stash first.
Once again, Dior has created a masterful beauty collection while managing to incorporate historic touches of the House in stunning detail. Visuals aside, the performance of every single piece absolutely delivers and I also appreciate the wearability of the shades. There’s a blush as well in the collection that bears the same motif as the eyeshadows, but just note that it’s a shade that’s already part of the permanent lineup — although collectors might want to pick it up just the same. My only advice is to not drag your feet on these pieces, because I can guarantee that they’ll definitely sell out … fast.
Available at Dior counters nationwide
Kindly provided by Dior for my unbiased consideration