Review + swatches – Dior Lip Addict Lip Tattoo in 451 Natural Coral, 761 Natural Cherry and 771 Naturally Berry

Dior Lip Addict Lip Tattoo review and swatches in 451 Natural Coral, 761 Natural Cherry and 771 Naturally Berry

It’s Dior lip week! I love wearing liquid lip products because they are long wearing, food and drink-proof, and if you find the right formula, also very comfortable to wear. For Summer 2017, Dior is releasing new Dior Addict Lip Tattoo (C$36) in six deliciously juicy shades. With a super long 10-hour wear time, this is the perfect lip formula to take with you on vacation, to the beach, or on a night out with the girls or significant other.

The Lip Tattoo formula is very lightweight, similar to a liquid gel, which coats the lips in a beautiful veil of colour. The product itself applies with a cooling sensation on the lips – it’s not a peppermint-like tingle, rather just a light freshness. Because it is so fluid, it’s a bit hard to apply in that it can run outside of the lip lines quite easily. You’d definitely have to fix any mistakes right away especially because it stains the skin so quickly. It dries down to a satin finish, and you are left with a very beautiful tint that lasts and lasts. It really does last, especially if you aren’t eating or drinking. The stain is hard to remove, even with oil remover. That being said, you can definitely make out with your significant other with this, and you will still be left with a beautiful lip colour.

Dior Lip Addict Lip Tattoo review and swatches in 451 Natural Coral, 761 Natural Cherry and 771 Naturally Berry

The three shades I have are 451 Natural Coral (Nordstrom exclusive), 761 Natural Cherry and 771 Naturally Berry.  451 Natural Coral is a summery bright coral, it doesn’t lean too orange or too red, making it the perfect coral tone. 761 Natural Cheery is a bright pink-red, it’s very skin-brightening, especially on Asian skintones. Lastly, 771 Natural Berry is a beautiful subtle berry colour. Most lip stains have the most difficulty nailing down dark, vampy colours, but 771 Natural Berry is so easy to wear. It dries down completely and does not cling to any dry spots. I was testing this when my lips were super dry, and it did not look patchy at all.

All of them have doe foot applicator, but the doe foot applicator in the Lip Tattoo is smaller than other doe foot applicators I’ve used, maybe 2/3 the size of a regular one. This allows for easy and precise application.

Dior Lip Addict Lip Tattoo review and swatches in 451 Natural Coral, 761 Natural Cherry and 771 Naturally Berry

It reminds me a lot of the Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stains, which were my go-to lip products to wear a few summers ago. Those have more of a glossy finish though, and also left a beautiful long-wearing stain. If you like the idea of those, give these a try. The biggest difference is that this dries down after a few minutes to a satin-matte finish, whereas the Revlon ones leave a glossy finish.

The Dior Addict Lip Tattoos are available as at May 1 at Sephora, Nordstrom, Holt Renfrew, Hudson’s Bay, Shopper’s Drug Mart, and all Dior counters in Canada. Only 451 Natural Coral is a Nordstrom exclusive, but everything else should be available at all counters.

Lastly, I also wanted to share with you these new upcoming Dior 5 Couleurs eyeshadow quints. Dior reformulated and repackaged their iconic eyeshadow quints so now that eyeshadow applicators are on one side of the palette. The shade I have is 357 Electrify (C$71), which is a beautiful blue palette with a pop of gold-pink. Love it! They seem have raised the prices quite a bit for these though, I remember when Dior quints were “only” $58… but that was something like 10 years ago.

Dior 5 Couleurs eyeshadow quint 2017 in 357 Electrify
Dior 5 Couleurs eyeshadow quint 2017 in 357 Electrify

The swatches

From left to right: 451 Natural Coral, 761 Natural Cherry and 771 Naturally Berry, freshly applied in the first photo (before dry down, it does dry matte), and then the aftermath leftover stain after I tried to remove this off my arm with remover.

Dior Lip Addict Lip Tattoo review and swatches in 451 Natural Coral, 761 Natural Cherry and 771 Naturally Berry
Dior Lip Addict Lip Tattoo review and swatches in 451 Natural Coral, 761 Natural Cherry and 771 Naturally Berry

Product received as PR samples for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

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Review + swatches – Dior Addict Lacquer Stick in 577 Lazy and 925 Sauvage

Dior Addict Lacquer Stick in 577 Lazy and 925 Sauvage review and swatches

For Spring 2017, Dior Beauty, under the direction of Creative Director Peter Philips, reformulated its popular Dior Addict lipsticks. The new Dior Addict Lacquer Sticks (C$43) feature increased pigmentation along with high shine and high moisture content.

The new formula wears very comfortably, and is significantly more pigmented than the last generation of Dior Addict lipsticks. The texture is very soft, and you cannot twist up more lipstick than you need or else it will break when you apply it. It also feels way slicker on the lips than before, with a wet glossy finish. My lips feel gently moisturized, but I have very dry lips so I still prefer to nourish with lip balm before applying this. It is scented with a powdery rose fragrance, similar to some of the older Dior lipsticks, but a bit more modernized.

Dior Addict Lacquer Stick in 577 Lazy and 925 Sauvage review and swatches

It comes in a variety of shades, but the two I wanted to share with you today are 577 Lazy and 925 Sauvage.  577 Lazy is a cool-toned mauve that wears very milky on the lips. 925 Sauvage is a dark, vampy, chocolate brown. Both shades wear very wet on the lips, with a lot of slip. Wear time is not great, maybe lasting through 2-3 hours of full wear, but the darker shade Sauvage does stain so you can get a few more hours of stained lips. I would recommend wearing a lip liner underneath this to prevent feathering, otherwise it will bleed a bit outside of the lip lines.

While I really like that wet look and the improved pigmentation, unfortunately I dislike the feathering and bleeding and short wear time. It seems like it’d be a nice topper for another lipstick, but when worn on its own, its too high maintenance for not the best return on investment. Personally, I would pass on this and get something like the Charlotte Tilbury KISSING Lipsticks, or Burberry Kisses (not a coincidence there, just good quality formulas!).

Dior Addict Lacquer Stick in 577 Lazy and 925 Sauvage review and swatches

If you are still interested in trying out these new Dior Addict Lacquer Sticks, they are out now at all Dior counters, including Sephora, Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, and Shopper’s Drug Mart.

Dior Addict Lacquer Stick in 577 Lazy and 925 Sauvage review and swatches

The swatches

577 Lazy layered and single swipe, and 925 Sauvage layered and single swipe

Dior Addict Lacquer Stick in 577 Lazy and 925 Sauvage review and swatches

Product received as PR samples for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Review: Dior Hydra LIFE Oil to Milk Makeup Removing Cleanser, Lotion to Foam Fresh Cleanser, Extra Plump Smooth Balm Mask, and Fresh Hydration Sorbet Creme

Dior Hydra LIFE Oil to Milk Makeup Removing Cleanser, Lotion to Foam Fresh Cleanser, Extra Plump Smooth Balm Mask, and Fresh Hydration Sorbet Creme review

Dior Hydra LIFE Fresh Hydration Sorbet was one of the first high end moisturizers that I bought for myself almost 10 years ago when I was still a poor university student. I had grown up with my mom using exclusively Dior skincare and she has the most incredible skin. She always preached the importance of using quality skincare, so it was natural for me to look to Dior. Nearly 10 years later, for Spring 2017, Dior is revamping the Hydra LIFE line, including the introduction of a few brand new products. Today I have a few products from the line to share with you.

Dior Hydra LIFE Oil to Milk Makeup Removing Cleanser, Lotion to Foam Fresh Cleanser, Extra Plump Smooth Balm Mask, and Fresh Hydration Sorbet Creme review

Dior Hydra LIFE Oil to Milk Makeup Removing Cleanser (C$49) is an oil-based cleanser and makeup remover. Anyone with any skin type can benefit from this. It contains sweet almond extract to soften and moisturize the skin. You massage this into dry skin, dissolving makeup, pollution, and dirt on the skin. You apply a bit of warm water to emulsify the oil, creating a creamy milk which will rise away everything. You can use this on its own, or as a first step in a double cleanse routine.

Lotion to Foam Fresh Cleanser (C$49) is a foaming cleanser, appropriate for all skin types. It comes in a liquid, but comes with a foaming pump (similar to one you’d see in a foaming hand soap), so foam is dispensed out of the bottle. It is infused with white tea leaf extract, it’s a great cleanser to use as a second cleanse after the Oil to Milk Makeup Removing Cleanser. It’s lightweight, and leaves skin feeling clean and supple.

Dior Hydra LIFE Oil to Milk Makeup Removing Cleanser, Lotion to Foam Fresh Cleanser, Extra Plump Smooth Balm Mask, and Fresh Hydration Sorbet Creme review

Hydra LIFE Extra Plump Smooth Balm Mask (C$79) is a balmy 3-minute rescue mask. It contains glycerin, jojoba, shea butter, white pine oil, hyaluronic acid and other nourishing botanical ingredients to intensely plump the skin, delivering moisture deep within the skin layers. The balmy texture makes it perfect for dry, normal, and combination skin types. You can massage this into the skin in the morning, or right before a big event for a quick skin pick-me-up.

Hydra LIFE Fresh Hydration Sorbet Creme (C$82) is a lightweight gel creme that can benefit any skin type, including the most sensitive. It contains haberlea leaf extract, a humectant, and french mallow, which is has anti-inflammatory properties. I have very dehydrated skin, yet this sorbet is perfect for my skin during the day (I do wear a hydrating serum though, but I wear that with even the most hydrating of moisturizers). It feels really refreshing and lightweight, and absorbs almost instantly without any residue. It reminds me a bit of the Belif moisturizers, but slightly more refined.

Dior Hydra LIFE Oil to Milk Makeup Removing Cleanser, Lotion to Foam Fresh Cleanser, Extra Plump Smooth Balm Mask, and Fresh Hydration Sorbet Creme review

Dior Hydra LIFE is definitely worthy of everyone taking a look. This line is perfect for anyone in their teens to their mid-30s, or if as a transition from anti-acne products to anti-aging products. You can find Hydra LIFE products now at Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, The Bay, Shopper’s Drug Mart Beauty Boutique, and other Dior counters across Canada.

Dior Hydra LIFE Oil to Milk Makeup Removing Cleanser, Lotion to Foam Fresh Cleanser, Extra Plump Smooth Balm Mask, and Fresh Hydration Sorbet Creme review

Ingredients:

Hydra LIFE Oil to Milk Makeup Removing Cleanser and Lotion to Foam Fresh Cleanser

Dior Hydra LIFE Oil to Milk Makeup Removing Cleanser and Lotion to Foam Fresh Cleanser ignredients

Hydra LIFE Extra Plump Smooth Balm Mask and Hydra LIFE Fresh Hydration Sorbet Creme

Dior Hydra LIFE Extra Plump Smooth Balm Mask and Fresh Hydration Sorbet Creme ingredients

Product received as PR samples for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Review + swatches – Dior Holiday 2016 Splendor collection

Dior Holiday 2016 Splendor swatches and review

Dior holiday is upon us again! Every year, Dior releases a gorgeous, vintage-inspired makeup collection that I look forward to. This year, the Splendor collection is definitely the most memorable of them all! Inspired by the artistry of Dior ateliers with sparkling sequins, this collection, created by Peter Philips transcends the quintessence of the Dior woman: timeless femininity, beauty in motion, festive and free.

Dior Holiday 2016 Splendor swatches and review

My favourite product of the collection is easily the 5 Couleurs Splendor, in the shade 776 Precious Embroidery (C$73). This warm-toned, sequin-embossed eyeshadow palette is one of the most gorgeous eyeshadow palettes from the recent seasons. It has hues of cool-toned and warm-toned golds, taupe, warm brown, and plummy chocolate.

Dior Holiday 2016 Splendor swatches and review

I tend to find Dior’s embossed eyeshadows to perform significantly better than their regular palettes (see the holiday palettes from last year!), and this is true for Precious Embroidery as well. The texture of Precious Embroidery is ultra soft, very pigmented, and a beautiful taupe-toned alternative to a smokey look palette. The shimmers in these shades is very sophisticated, and helped to improve how creamy it feels. In the past, I tend to find that Dior’s eyeshadows have a lot of fallout, but these ones were less so. If you’re a fan of Dior’s shadows, or like anything taupe, this is the palette for you!

Dior Holiday 2016 Splendor swatches and review

Dior Holiday 2016 Splendor swatches and review

I always look forward to the beautiful vintage-inspired Diorific Lipsticks (C$46) in the beautiful gold tubes. The Diorific lipsticks this year are again in the matte formula, similar to last year. The shades I have are 440 Charm and 880 Fascination. Charm is a pretty peachy pink, and Fascination is a dark wine. The formula of these lipsticks are very similar to the newly released Rouge Dior lipsticks in that they are very creamy, hydrating and full of pigment. Despite it being a matte formula, I actually found these to be more satin than matte. Regardless, the formula is a clear winner – I can get 3-4 hours of wear with Charm, and 6+ hours of wear with Fascination. Charm fades very evenly, whereas Fascination leaves a bit of a stain behind.

Dior Holiday 2016 Splendor swatches and review

Dior Holiday 2016 Splendor swatches and review

Lastly, I also have the Diorific Vernis (C$34) to share with you in the shades 001 Nova, 850 Splendor, and 899 Cosmic. Nova is a beautiful, clear gel with suspended cellophane that works beautifully as a top coat to spice up your usual cream shades. Splendor is a gorgeous festive red with gold micro-glitter, and 899 Cosmic is a dark purple with gold micro-glitter. My favourite of the three is definitely Nova, although Splendor is a close second. I love the Dior Vernis formula, it is very long-wearing, dries quickly, and also very glossy. The brush is very well designed to make it easy to apply. Too bad none of these shades are too original, as we see reds so much around the holiday season that it is hard to justify picking up another. The bottle though, is definitely a collector’s item.

Dior’s holiday 2016 collection is available now (or should be coming very soon) to your local Dior counter at Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, The Bay, Shopper’s Drug Mart, and anywhere Dior is sold.

The swatches

Dior 5 Couleurs Splendor in Precious Embroidery

Dior Holiday 2016 Splendor swatches and review

Diorific Lipsticks in Charm and Fascination

Dior Holiday 2016 Splendor swatches and review

Diorific Vernis in Nova, Splendor, Splendor topped with Nova, Cosmic, and Cosmic topped with Nova

Dior Holiday 2016 Splendor swatches and review

Lastly, I’m going to leave off with a sad photo of the Precious Embroidery palette once I’ve swatched it 😦

Dior Holiday 2016 Splendor swatches and review

The products featured in this post were provided by PR; all opinions are my own.

Review + swatches – NEW Dior Rouge Dior lipsticks for fall 2016

Rouge Dior lipsticks in Actrice, Miss, Red Smile, Pretty Matte, Radiant Matte, and Ambitious Matte review for fall 2016

Dior recently revamped its Rouge Dior lipsticks for the fall, including updating the creamy, satin-finish previous generation Rouge Diors, and also introducing a new matte finish. The new collection is split into four colour families, each with a star shade that is representative of that family:

  • Natural Nudes, represented by 060 Premiere
  • Pretty Pinks, represented by 047 Miss
  • Passionate Corals, represented by 080 Red Smile
  • Legendary reds, represented by Dior’s classic red 999 in a matte finish.

Rouge Dior lipsticks in Actrice, Miss, Red Smile, Pretty Matte, Radiant Matte, and Ambitious Matte review for fall 2016

The lipsticks are housed in beautiful navy blue tubes. The new collection can be distinguished from the previous generations via the bright red underside of the cap, which is very pretty and a nice touch (similar to the sole of a Louboutin). The matte shades can be further distinguished from the satin shades via the matte top of the box packaging; the rest of the tube design is the same. The cap attaches very firmly to the rest of the tube, and you can hear it click when it fully attaches on. I prefer this type of cap because it is less likely to come off in your bag.

Rouge Dior lipsticks in Actrice Miss, Red Smile, Pretty Matte, Radiant Matte, and Ambitious Matte review for fall 2016
Rouge Dior lipsticks in Actrice, Miss, Red Smile, Pretty Matte, Radiant Matte, and Ambitious Matte review for fall 2016

There are 36 satin finish shades, 11 matte finish shades, plus four extreme matte shades in more experimental colours. I received six shades of the new Rouge Dior lipsticks to show you:

  • 028 Actrice – true coral
  • 047 Miss – fuchsia pink with violet sheen
  • 080 Red Smile – bright, red coral
  • 576 Pretty Matte – matte, blue-based pink
  • 771 Radiant Matte – matte, medium pink
  • 964 Ambitious Matte – matte berry

Rouge Dior lipsticks in Actrice, Miss, Red Smile, Pretty Matte, Radiant Matte, and Ambitious Matte review for fall 2016

I didn’t try the older formula so I can’t compare, but I love the new Rouge Dior! I kid you not, all of these shades are incredibly creamy, with medium to full pigmentation, and super lightweight on the lips. They are probably one of the best lipstick releases I’ve seen in a very long time. Even the matte shades apply very creamy, with no streakiness or tugging, and sets down to a very nice satin-ish matte that isn’t drying at all. The matte shades are especially pigmented, giving full coverage without the weight. Of the cream versus matte formulas, I definitely prefer the matte more, it is truly a very nice matte formula that will look pretty on even the driest of lips.

Rouge Dior lipsticks in Actrice, Miss, Red Smile, Pretty Matte, Radiant Matte, and Ambitious Matte review for fall 2016

The cream formulas are creamy, almost gel-like, and can be worn sheered-down if you want a more wearable day look. They have almost a muted glossy look to them, and aren’t true satin finishes. The slightly glossy finish also allows you to create the illusion of fuller, plumper lips.

Of the six shades I received, my favourites are 080 Red Smile, 771 Radiant Matte, and 964 Ambitious Matte. Sadly 047 Miss looked so pretty in the tube but is slightly too cool-toned for me, and 576 Pretty Matte is also too light for me; I prefer more medium-toned pinks, such as 771 Radiant Matte.

Even though I only sampled six shades from the line, I am very impressed with the new Rouge Diors. There have been a ton of new lipstick releases in the last few months, so it can get very overwhelming as to which formulas are buy-worthy. I have sampled several of the new formulas and I have to say that these Rouge Diors are definitely in the top three. With the large collection of more than 50 shades, you can be sure to find one that calls out to your heart.

You can purchase these new Rouge Dior lipsticks at Dior counters at Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, the Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart, and Sephora, available now.

The swatches

Rouge Dior lipsticks in Actrice, Miss, Red Smile, Pretty Matte, Radiant Matte, and Ambitious Matte

Rouge Dior lipsticks in Actrice, Miss, Red Smile, Pretty Matte, Radiant Matte, and Ambitious Matte review for fall 2016
Rouge Dior lipsticks in Actrice, Miss, Red Smile, Pretty Matte, Radiant Matte, and Ambitious Matte review for fall 2016
Rouge Dior lipsticks in Actrice, Miss, Red Smile, Pretty Matte, Radiant Matte, and Ambitious Matte review for fall 2016

The products featured in this post were provided by PR, but as always, all opinions are my own!

Review + swatches – Dior Skyline Fall 2016 makeup collection – Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer, Diorblush Light & Contour Sculpting Stick Duo, and Dior Addict Lipsticks

Review of Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer for fall 2016

It’s my birthday today and I am writing about one of my favourite brands ever! I feel extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to work with these brands, and I wanted to take this chance to say thank you to all of my amazing readers, as well as the generous and gracious PR and company representatives who believe in me and are willing to work with me. It sounds so corny but it’s truly coming from the bottom of my heart.

Onto the product reviews… today I am sharing with you the cheek and lip products from the Dior Skyline Fall 2016 makeup collection.

Review of Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer for fall 2016

The limited edition highlighter, and one of the star products of the collection, is the Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer (C$68, limited edition). This highlighter is one of my favourites from this entire collection – the highlight is a gorgeous gold-toned highlighter that looks so glamourous on all skin tones, in particular those with light to medium, yellow or olive toned skin. As with all Dior powders, this highlighter is very finely milled, and just feels beautiful on the skin. It’s quite pigmented as well, and not glittery or chunky. You just get a very nice highlighted effect.

Review of Dior Light and Contour Sculpting Stick for fall 2016

The newest cheek product is the Diorblush Light & Contour Sculpting Stick Duo (C$48, limited edition). These are a dual-ended stick that contains a contour colour on one side, and a highlighter on the other side, both in cream formulas. The two shades I have are 001 Soft Contour and 003 Intense Contour. The contour side is extremely creamy so you can blend it out for a very natural look (be careful not to blend them out too much though because you lose the contour effect).

Personally, I find it a bit too creamy with too much slip – while they do blend out more naturally, it’s easy to overblend and then you end up having to layer more product, and it may end up looking muddy. The contour shades are also a bit too orange for my liking, I would personally prefer contour shades that are more neutral-toned. The highlight side is the perfect consistency. It is slightly drier, so that you can concentrate your highlight on just the high points of your face.

Review of Dior Light and Contour Sculpting Stick for fall 2016
Review of Dior Light and Contour Sculpting Stick for fall 2016

I like that they are named Soft Contour and Intense Contour, because these do work well on most skin tones depending on the type of look you’re going for. My skin tone is light, and I can safely wear both of these depending on if I want a more natural look, or a more weekend-evening-club-night sculpted look. I am a bit disappointed that these are limited edition though, because they seem to be products that would fill a need in the current Dior makeup collection.

Review of Dior Addict Lipsticks for fall 2016

For lips, there are six new Dior Addict Lipsticks (C$43, all permanent except for 927 Sophisticated). The four shades I have are:

  • 316 Incognito is a cream cool-toned mauve brown
  • 927 Sophisticated is a warm taupe
  • 951 Too Much is a beautiful cool-toned coral red
  • 987 Black Tie is a beautiful raspberry

I love the formula of Dior Addict Lipsticks. I’ve been using them for years, and this is the first time I have one in the new packaging with the magnetic closure. They are creamy, gel-like, lightweight, lightly hydrating, and just wear beautifully both casually and to formal occasions. I definitely recommend them as a great starter luxury lipstick, or if you’re a mum or aunt buying for your daughter or niece.

Review of Dior Addict Lipsticks for fall 2016

These colours in particular looked really intimidating in the tube, but actually translate to very wearable gel lipsticks. I was most worried about how Black Tie would look on the lips, and it surprised me with how beautifully fall it looked; it’s my favourite of the four! You can easily wear these layered, or sheered out. They’re probably one of the most versatile lipsticks out on the market.

Overall I’m pretty in love with this collection. My favourites are the Dior 5 Couleur Palettes, the Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer (omfg so beautiful), and the Dior Addict Lipsticks.

My picks: Dior 5 Couleur Palette in 806 Capital of Light, Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer, Dior Addict Lipsticks
Skips: Diorshow Pro Liner, Dior Brow Chalk
Worthy to look at: Diorblush Light & Contour

Dior Skyline fall 2016 makeup collection is available as at August 1, 2016 at Dior counters, as well as at thebay.com, sephora.ca, holtrenfrew.com, and beautyboutique.ca

The swatches

Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Swatches of Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer for fall 2016
Swatches of Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer for fall 2016

Diorblush Light & Contour Stick in 001 Soft Contour and 003 Intense Contour

Swatches of Dior Light and Contour Sculpting Stick for fall 20169

Dior Addict Lipsticks in Incognito, Sophisticated, Too Much, and Black Tie

Swatches of Dior Addict Lipsticks for fall 2016

Review + swatches – Dior Skyline Fall 2016 makeup collection – Eyeshadow Palettes, Diorshow Brow Chalk, Diorshow Pro Liner, and Dior Vernis Autumn Lacquer

Dior skyline fall 2016 makeup review

Fall products are some of my favourites because of the maroons, plums, oxbloods, and gold-tone colours. I find that these colours are generally very flattering on everyone, and also convey a sense of elegance and luxury. Dior’s fall 2016 makeup collection, inspired by Parisian architecture, is aptly named Skyline. The entire collection is classy, modern, and incredibly gorgeous. I have several pieces from the collection to show you, as the collection is quite large, so we will start with the eye and nail products today.

Dior eyeshadow palettes in Parisian Sky and Capital of Light for fall 2016 Skyline collection

First up is the Architecture Palettes (C$73, limited edition), which are part of the Dior 5 Couleur Palette range. This is available in two variations:

  • 506 Parisian Sky is the more cool-toned of the two, it contains three very beautiful neutral browns, as well as a silver highlight, and a cool-toned blue pop of colour
  • 806 Capital of Light is the warmer of the two palette, it contains the gorgeous plum, olive, and a rusty pink

Dior eyeshadow palette in Parisian Sky review for fall 2016 skyline collection
Dior eyeshadow palette in Capital of Light review for fall 2016 skyline collection

I sometimes find variations in quality in Dior eyeshadows, some of them are smooth and silky, with lots of pigmentation, others are more chalky. These palettes remind me more of the eyeshadow palettes from last holiday (amazing!), than the recent palettes from summer (not so great). Both palettes from fall were gorgeously soft, pigmented, and applied very smoothly on the eyes with good colour payoff. I like that there is a mix of pop colours and also more subtle colours so that these palettes become versatile for all-day use. I would consider both of these neutral palettes, and they would work well on a variety of skin tones.

Dior Brow Chalk review

Next we have the new Diorshow Brow Chalk (C$40, limited edition). If the eyes are the window into the soul, then the brows are the frames. Dior has been very well known for their extensive brow collection, and this new Brow Chalk is a nice addition. The thicker tip allows you to create a fuller, more defined brow, and you’re able to quickly create structure for your face.

Dior Brow Chalk review

Brow Chalk is available in three shades, 001 Blonde, 002 Soft Brown, and 003 Dark Brown. I would normally go for the 002 Soft Brown, but I’ve been super into dark brows lately (instead of a natural brow), so 003 Dark Brown, a beautiful warm chocolatey brown, is right up my alley. Despite the promising design, I found the texture way too soft, which means it was really hard to control how much brow product was applied. The soft texture, combined with the thick tip, means it was also hard to control where I applied the product, and then I’d end up having to do a lot of cleanup.

That being said, the latest trend in Asia right now is very thick, straight brows, which people believe will make you look younger. The Brow Chalk is perfect for recreating that look because of the thicker applicator.

Diorshow Pro Liner in Pro Grege review

The Diorshow Pro Liner (C$36) range is being expanded with two new shades for fall, 062 Pro Grege (permanent) and 092 Pro Plum (limited edition). The shade I have is 062 Pro Grege and it is a beautiful, cool-toned grey-bronze shade. Sadly I’m not a huge fan of this formula because it does smudge on me. I have relatively small lid space so the thicker applicator doesn’t work too well on me. I find the texture too hard and I really have to press it in on my eyelids to get the colour to show up. Lastly, I also find that the formula is quite brittle – don’t wind it up too much otherwise your tip will break off… mine did!

Dior Vernis fall 2016 skyline review

Lastly, there are two new shades to the Dior Vernis line, 112 Minimal and 848 Skyline (C$33, limited edition). 112 Minimal is a nude creme light pink, and 848 Skyline is a plummy brown. The main reason why I love Dior nail polish is that they are masters at creating cream polishes with shimmer so subtle that it make the cream look like it has depth to it. It’s hard to explain, and you’ll have to see it in person yourself, but it’s just the most gorgeous microshimmer that’s embedded in the creams. Dior polishes generally last a week for me, with top coat.

In my next post, I’ll be reviewing the cheek and lip products, including the new sculpting contour sticks!

Dior Skyline fall 2016 makeup collection is available as at August 1, 2016 at Dior counters, as well as at thebay.com, sephora.ca, holtrenfrew.com, and beautyboutique.ca

The swatches

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in Parisian Sky

Swatches of Dior Eyeshadow palette in Parisian Sky for fall 2016 makeup

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in Capital of Lights

Swatches of Dior Eyeshadow palette in Capital of Light for fall 2016 makeup

Diorshow Brow Chalk in Dark Brown, and Diorshow Pro Liner in Pro Grege

Swatches of Dior Brow Chalk and Diorshow Liner in Pro Grege for fall 2016 makeup

Review + swatches – Dior Milky Dots for Summer 2016 – lip and nail products! (part 2)

Dior Milky Dots collection Milky Tint in 286 Milky Plum and 376 Milky Pop review

As promised, I have more Dior Milky Dots for you today! Last post, I wrote about the Eye and Cheek/Face products. Today, I’m going focus on the Lip and Nail products:

  • Dior Addict Milky Tint in 286 Milky Plum
  • Dior Addict Milky Tint in 376 Milky Pop
  • Dior Addict Lip Maximizer 006 Beige Sunrise
  • Dior Polka Colour & Dots Manicure Kit in 001 Pastilles
  • Dior Polka Colour & Dots Manicure Kit in 002 Confettis
  • Dior Polka Colour & Dots Manicure Kit in 003 Plumetis

Dior Milky Dots collection Milky Tint in 286 Milky Plum and 376 Milky Pop review

Dior Addict Milky Tint is new for Spring 2016 and it is a combination of the Dior Addict Fluid Stick with a more milky gloss. The shades I have are 286 Milky Plum, which is a subtle, milky lilac, and 376 Milky Pop, which is a really pretty warm coral. Milky Plum is quite sheer but helps to tone down the colour of my lips to create a nude-lilac look. I’d need to really layer it in order to get more colour intensity, but then it just starts getting sticky. Milky Pop is my favourite of the two as it is a really nice summer-appropriate coral that packs more of a colour punch. Lightly layered, the Milky Tints feel lightweight with very minimal stickiness. In general though, I still prefer lipsticks over glosses but if you’re a gloss lover, these are great options to add to your gloss collection.

Dior Milky Dots collection Milky Tint in 286 Milky Plum and 376 Milky Pop review

Dior Addict Lip Maximizer 006 Beige Sunrise is a new and limited edition version of the Dior Addict Lip Maximizer from the regular range. This is a sheer, nude beige colour that works perfectly as a quick nude lip for the daytime, with added plumping benefit. Unfortunately I can’t wear this to test it out because my lips are very sensitive to lip plumper-type products. I have heard good things about the Dior Addict Lip Maximizer from others though, so if you’re on the market for a nude-toned lip gloss with that added plumping benefit, you may want to look into this.

Dior Addict Lip Maximizer 006 Beige Sunrise review

Dior Milky Dots summer 2016 Polka Colour & Dots Manicure Kit review

Dior Polka Colour & Dots Manicure Kit in 001 Pastilles, 002 Confettis, and 003 Plumetis are the stars of this collection, they are also my favourites of this entire collection. With each kit, you get two Dior nail polish minis, plus a nail dotter. Regular size Dior polishes are 10mL for $31, and these kits contain two 8mL sizes plus a dotter, which is great value. Dior polishes are some of my favourites on the market – they have a really nice wide brush that allows for even application without streaking, and are also high shine, and last for a week on me with minimal tip wear and chipping (with top coat). The Dior top coat is my absolute favourite top coat of all time, and if it wasn’t for the fact that it’s so expensive, I’d buy it all the time.

Dior Milky Dots summer 2016 Polka Colour & Dots Manicure Kit in 001 Pastilles review

Dior Polka Colour & Dots Manicure Kit in 001 Pastilles contains a milky nude and a pretty blue. I love this colour combination because you can either be fun and colourful, using the blue as a base with nude dots, or subtle for the office using the nude as a base with blue dots. The kit comes with instructions on how to use these colours, which is very easy to follow.

Dior Milky Dots summer 2016 Polka Colour & Dots Manicure Kit in 001 Pastilles review

Dior Polka Colour & Dots Manicure Kit in 002 Confettis contains a mango shade and a coral shade. This colour combination is pretty and very summery, and would look great on your toes with 003 Plumetis (below) on your nails!

Dior Milky Dots summer 2016 Polka Colour & Dots Manicure Kit in 001 Pastilles review

Dior Polka Colour & Dots Manicure Kit in 003 Plumetis is my favourite of the three because it contains two very office-appropriate colours (how boring of me, haha) – a pale rose pink and a milky lilac. This is for the engineers and lawyers and accoutants who work in conservative office environments but still want to jazz up their nail polish with some subtle nail art. So much love!

Dior Milky Dots summer 2016 Polka Colour & Dots Manicure Kit review

Dior Milky Dots for Summer 2016 is something a little different that comes from the House of Dior. Usually I find Dior collections to be more classic, daytime wear because they tend to stick to the classic colours, but Milky Dots really takes it out of their usual comfort zone. Of course, there is still the classic tone colours that you can find in the Escapade palette, but its nicely contrasted with the colourful Bain de Mer Palette. The star products of this collection are hands down the Polka Dots Colour & Dots Manicure Kit. The value is great for Dior polish as well, so if you’re interested in Dior nail polishes but are unsure about where to start, you can get two colours in this kit to try.

In conclusion
Buy: Dior Polka Dots Colour & Dots Manicure Kit (SO CUTE), Dior Addict Milky Tiny in 376 Milky Pop, Diorskin Nude Air Glow Powders in 002 Fresh Light (MUST HAVE, reviewed)
Maybes: Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 366 Bain de Mer (reviewed), Dior Addict Lip Maximizer 006 Beige Sunrise, Dior Addict Milky Tint in 286 Milky Plum
Skip: Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 536 Escapade (reviewed), Diorskin Nude Air Glow Powders in 001 Fresh Tan (if you have fair/light skin, but will work better for darker skintones, reviewed), Diorskin Nude Air Summer Glow Shimmering Loose Powder 001 (reviewed)

Dior Milky Dots collection for Summer 2016 is available as at May at all Dior counters and outlets in Canada.

Dior Milky Dots collection summer 2016 review and swatches

Swatches

Dior Addict Milky Tint in 286 Milky Plum and 376 Milky Pop, and Dior Addict Lip Maximizer 006 Beige Sunrise

Dior Milky Dots collection Milky Tint in 286 Milky Plum and 376 Milky Pop swatches

Dior Polka Dots Colour & Dots Manicure Kits in 001, 002 and 003

Dior Milky Dots summer 2016 Polka Colour & Dots Manicure Kit swatches

Review + swatches – Dior Milky Dots for Summer 2016 – eye and cheek products! (part 1)

Dior Milky Dots review and swatches for summer 2016

I’m so excited to share with you Dior Milky Dots collection for Summer 2016! Today I’m going to focus on the Eye and the Face/Cheek products, and then in a separate post I will feature the Lip and Nail products. I have to share with you these products from the collection in this post:

  • Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 366 Bain de Mer
  • Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 536 Escapade
  • Diorskin Nude Air Glow Powders in 001 Fresh Tan
  • Diorskin Nude Air Glow Powders in 002 Fresh Light
  • Diorskin Nude Air Summer Glow Shimmering Loose Powder 001

Dior Milky Dots review and swatches for summer 2016
Dior Milky Dots 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 366 Bain de Mer review

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow in 366 Bain de Mer (C$73) is the more colourful of the two palettes, featuring bright coral, minty blue, and sky blue colours. The shades in this palette are mostly matte, which can help to tone down the bright colours. The texture is very smooth, with medium pigmentation, and good adherence. The biggest issue with this palette is that I found it to have a lot of powder flyaway. Normally I find Dior eyeshadows to be more powdery compared to most, but this one was exceptionally powdery. This is easily resolved with some sticky eyeshadow primer, so it’s not a complete dealbreaker, but just something that should be noted.

Dior Milky Dots 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 536 Escapade review

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow in 536 Escapade (C$73) is the more neutral of the two, with subtle pinks, golden yellow, and brown colours. The finish of this palette is mostly shimmery, and pigmentation is quite sheer so it works great as a fool-proof daytime, neutral palette. The texture of these powders are very smooth as well, and of the two palettes I find that Escapade is less powdery, but with the tradeoff being pigmentation.

Both palettes are very different, so it really depends on what you are looking for in an eyeshadow palette. Of course, Bain de Mer is the more unique of the two, but neither I would say are absolute must-haves.

Dior Milky Dots review and swatches for summer 2016
Dior Milky Dots Diorskin Nude Air Glow Powders in 001 Fresh Tan review

Diorskin Nude Air Glow Powders in 001 Fresh Tan (C$68) is the darker, more shimmery of the two face/cheek powders. It’s comprised of a darkened gold, and a warm brown bronzer. The colours that spell out the word “NUDE” are just overspray and will come off in one use. This one is a bit too dark for my use all over, and would be more appropriate for someone who is a few shades darker than me. I also find 001 Fresh Tan a bit more orange-toned, which is something I like to stay away from, even used as a cheek colour, because it brings out the yellow in my skin.

Dior Milky Dots Diorskin Nude Air Glow Powders in 002 Fresh Light review

Diorskin Nude Air Glow Powders in 002 Fresh Light (C$68) is the lighter, more daytime appropriate of the two. It is comprised of two cooler tone bronzers that work great to create a wonderful warm glow on your cheeks. I can definitely see myself using this as a subtly summer contour to bring out some colour to my face. Of the two Diorskin Nude Air Glow powders for summer 2016, I prefer 002 Fresh Light.

I love that the Diorskin Nude powders come with a mini kabuki brush – it’s just so cute!

Dior Milky Dots review and swatches for summer 2016

Diorskin Nude Air Summer Glow Shimmering Loose Powder 001

Lastly, we have the Diorskin Nude Air Summer Glow Shimmering Loose Powder 001 (C$68). This is a bronzey shimmering loose powder that you can use softly all over for glow, on your cheekbones for highlight, or dusted on your shoulders and collarbone for a night out. It comes in a luxurious-looking jar with a silver lid, and a white puff for applying the powder. The shimmer in this is not glittery at all, and the colour saturation means you can easily use this as a subtle bronzing powder.

Diorskin Nude Air Summer Glow Shimmering Loose Powder 001

Dior Milky Dots collection for Summer 2016 will be available in May at all Dior counters and outlets. Watch for my next post which will focus on lip and nail products!

Swatches

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 366 Bain de Mer swatch

Dior Milky Dots 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 366 Bain de Mer swatch

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 536 Escapade swatch

Dior Milky Dots 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 536 Escapade swatch

Diorskin Nude Air Glow Powders in 001 Fresh Tan swatch

Dior Milky Dots Diorskin Nude Air Glow Powders in 001 Fresh Tan swatch

Diorskin Nude Air Glow Powders in 002 Fresh Light swatch

ior Milky Dots Diorskin Nude Air Glow Powders in 002 Fresh Light swatch

The look

I’m wearing Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 366 Bain de Mer on eyes and Diorskin Nude Air Glow Powders in 002 Fresh Light on cheeks. On my lips is Diorific Mat Velvet Lipstick in shade Fantastique from the holiday 2015 collection (reviewed here).

Dior milky dots review for summer 2016
Dior milky dots review for summer 2016
Dior milky dots review for summer 2016
Dior milky dots review for summer 2016
Dior milky dots review for summer 2016

Review + swatches + look – Dior Holiday 2015 Collection – Diorific Mat Velvet Colour Lipsticks, Diorific Vernis, and Dior Addict Glosses

Dior holiday 2015 State of gold Diorific Mat Velvet Colour Lipsticks review and swatches

Hands down, the stars of the Dior Holiday 2015 collection are definitely the Diorific Mat Velvet Lipsticks and the Diorific Vernis. Continuing the trend from the last couple of holidays, this year’s lipsticks and nail polishes are also housed in the vintage gold lipstick packaging, which I absolutely adore. The highlight of this year’s release is that the lipsticks are a beautiful velvety matte finish and not the usual cream or satin finish.

Check out part 1 of my Dior Holiday collection review here.

Dior holiday 2015 Diorific State of gold Mat Velvet Colour Lipsticks review and swatchesIMG_9621

The Diorific Mat Velvet Lipsticks come in four shades. The texture of these lipsticks are one of the best I’ve ever seen in a matte finish. They are not true mattes because they have a creamy velvet finish, but that’s also what makes them extremely comfortable and not at all drying to wear – I normally have very dry lips and these don’t cling to dry spots at all. The Diorific Mat Lipsticks are also super opaque with rich, beautiful pigment in just one swipe, and wears for several hours on me.

Dior holiday 2015 State of gold Diorific Mat Velvet Colour Lipsticks review and swatches
Dior holiday 2015 State of gold Diorific Mat Velvet Colour Lipsticks review and swatches

  • 430 Radieuse – a matte peachy nude, this one is the least pigmented of the four and also the least creamy.
  • 580 Fascinante – a creamy matte dusty rose, my favourite of the four.
  • 750 Fabuleuse – a creamy matte red, a classic red that is also the most creamy with the least matte finish.
  • 770 Fantastique – a creamy matte fuchsia, the boldest of the four that wears smoothly and never drying.

Dior holiday 2015 State of gold Diorific Mat Velvet Colour Lipsticks review and swatches
Dior holiday 2015 State of gold Diorific Mat Velvet Colour Lipsticks review and swatches

The Diorific Vernis also come in four shades for this holiday. I’ve been a huge fan of Dior’s nail polish formulas for years, and I’ve amassed quite a large collection of them over the years. The best thing about Dior’s nail polish formula is it flat, wide brush that is ultra easy to use and provides an even coat of colour in just one swipe. Dior polishes generally last about a week on me (with top coat) with minor tip wear and minimal chipping, however when I tested these out, I saw significant chipping after just 3 days of wear. Most of my nails were chipped off by the 7th day, which is disappointing.

Dior holiday 2015 Diorific Vernis eview and swatches

  • 001 State of Gold – glittery gold suspended in a clear base. This one is my least favourite of the four because it’s much thicker than the others and doesn’t apply as smoothly
  • 227 Gris-Or – a metallic grey-gold that is perfect for the holiday seasons. This is light and applies very smoothly, dries down fast, but will show streak marks because of its metallic nature.
  • 951 Passion – a classic red that has an ultra high shine, cream finish.
  • 991 Mystere – a beautiful creamy burgundy red that looks great layered underneath 001 State of Gold. This one has a slightly translucent finish that’s almost jelly-like.

Dior holiday 2015 State of gold Dor Addict Gloss review and swatches

Lastly, there are two shades of Dior Addict Gloss:

  • 322 Sparkle – a peachy gloss with lots of sparkle, applies sheerly with mostly just sparkle. This looks best layered on top of another lip colour.
  • 613 Cygne Noir – a rosy base with silver sparkles. This one applies with a bit more colour and can be worn alone.

I’m not a huge fan of Dior’s gloss formula because I find it sticky, relatively thick, and not pigmented enough to wear alone. I’m a low maintenance type of person when it comes to makeup so less is more, and the need to layer automatically deducts points from a product’s review. That being said, if you like the sparkly look, then these are definitely for you. They look great over an intimate candlelit dinner, or at a new year’s party.

In conclusion
Buy: 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palettes in 886 Blazing Gold (reviewed), Diorific Mat Velvet Colour Lipsticks,
Maybes: Dior Addict Gloss, 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palettes in 576 Eternal Gold (reviewed)
Skip: Diorific Vernis, Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow in 631 Blazing

The swatches

Diorific Mat Velvet Colour Lipstick in Radieuse, Fascinante, Fabuleuse and Fantastique

Dior holiday 2015 State of gold Diorific Mat Velvet Colour Lipsticks review and swatches

Diorific Vernis in State of Gold, Gris-Or, Passion, and Mystere

Dior holiday 2015 State of gold Diorific Vernis review and swatches

dior holiday 2015 State of gold collection review and swathes

The look

Wearing Diorific Mat Velvet Lipstick in 580 Fascinante

dior holiday 2015 state of gold collection review