Review of pre-serums, featuring Vichy Mineral 89, Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum Ex and Dior One Essential

Review of pre-serums Vichy Mineral 89, Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum Ex and Dior One Essential

Ever since I wrote about Shiseido Ultimune more than three years ago, the original pre-serum serum, the market has been flooded with other brands introducing similar products. I’m still skeptical of the benefits of using a pre-serum, but I love layering skincare and any excuse to add more products to my regime is a good one. Today I have three pre-serums to share with you, ranging from affordable to the ultra expensive.

Priced at C$40 for 50mL, the Vichy Mineral 89 is the most affordable and most easily accessible of all pre-serums. It contains 89% Vichy thermal water, powered by 11 different minerals, and only 10 other ingredients. It is ultra light, very watery, and fast absorbing. This is also the simplest of all of the pre-serums, in that it claims to hydrate, plump, and fortify the skin. I think it does a fantastic job at hydrating my skin, and I can even use this alone as a hydrating serum during the day. It does help the absorption of other products, which I am loving, but whether or not it helps to boost the other products’ efficacy is hard to tell. Based on its superior hydrating properties and its reasonable price, I’d re-purchase this.

Priced at US$84 for 60mL, the Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum Ex contains the most plant extracts, harnessing the power of traditional herbal medicine to create a product that’s good for you on both the inside and outside. The texture is a super lightweight gel. As with most Asian skincare, it does contain alcohol. It’s not as fast absorbing as the Vichy Mineral 89, but it feels significantly more nourishing, like a step above simple hydration. Despite its higher price tag, you do get a good decent amount. I use one pump for my face and one pump for my neck, and the bottle has lasted me a long time. I can see myself wearing this as a serum on its own as well in the summer as on its own it performs decently. Sulwhasoo is a high end luxury brand, and this product seems to be priced on the lower end. It’s a great entry level product if you are interested in trying more from the brand.

The Dior One Essential is the most expensive product talked about today. Its priced at C$162 for 50mL, or you can also purchase a smaller size of 30mL for C$130. The Dior One Essential has the most claims of all of these products, as it claims to “detoxify, regenerates and boost skin for a revitalized complexion,” and also targets UV rays, stress, and pollution, as well as indoor toxins such as carpet, glue, varnishes, and electronic devices. I generally have pretty good skin so I didn’t see many major changes. I do feel like my skin is a tad brighter and less dull after incorporating this in my routine for a few weeks, likely because pollution is one of the major causes to skin sallowness. In that sense, it worked pretty well!

But let’s not end it here. I’ve previously talked about the La Prairie Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster (C$405 for 50mL), which is probably the most lux pre-serum on the market. I only had a small sample of it so I wasn’t able to test it over a long period of time, I have heard that some people consider this a favourite and game changer. If you have some cash to spare, consider looking into the La Prairie as well. Another brand that released a pre-serum around the time that Ultimune was released was Elizabeth Arden, called the Superstart Skin Renewal Booster (C$119 for 50mL). I’ve never tried theirs but it’s another option to look at.

If I had to pick in terms of price and value for the benefits, my top choice would be the Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum EX. It’s not the most expensive, but comes in the biggest bottle, and also has the most nourishing herbal ingredients. If you are looking for a simple, straight-to-the-point hydrating pre-serum, the Vichy Mineral 89 is a fantastic choice. If you are looking for a do-it-all and aren’t worried about price, then the Dior One Essential can be your friend. With so many pre-serums on the market, you’re bound to find one that fits your needs.

Sulwhasoo, Dior, and La Prairie are available at Holt Renfrew. Vichy and Elizabeth Arden are available at London Drugs.

Products were provided from companies for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

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Review – Dior Holiday 2017 Precious Rocks collection

Dior Holiday 2017 Precious Rocks collection review

Today I have to share with you the holiday collection from Dior, called Precious Rocks. I have a few products from the collection to share, namely a few lip products and nail polish. Every year, Dior’s holiday collection is presented in vintage gold packaging that look gorgeous on the vanity.

Dior Holiday 2017 Precious Rocks collection review

First we have the brand new Diorific Khol Powder Lipstick (C$46), which is a bold new invention by Dior that is super innovative and causing a lot of head-turning this season. It’s a lipstick powder in a bullet that is super pigmented and ultra longwearing. The shade I have is 991 Bold Amethyst, which is a very vampy plum. While the design and concept is innovative, in practice it is actually a bit awkward. The pointy bullet is challenging to use, and the dark colour also made the formula patchy. For the hefty price of $46, I’d recommend skipping this and picking up something else (like the Pat McGrath matte lipsticks!).

Dior Holiday 2017 Precious Rocks collection review

Diorific Matte Fluid Lip and Cheek Color (C$47) is a re-release of last year’s matte liquid lipstick. The bottle is super beautiful and will draw a lot of attention when you are doing touchups.  The two shades I have are 007 Desire and 008 Intensify, which is a true red and vampy plum, respectively. I’m a little surprised they decided to release that vampy plum shade, which are almost exact dupes of each other but in different formulas, in one collection. It’s not really a colour that most people reach for, so they definitely took a risk there. Intensity definitely wears a lot better than the Kohl Powder Lipstick in Bold Amethyst, and it is also easier to apply and more comfortable on the lips. Desire is a beautiful classic red lip. I honestly have so many red lipsticks already and this didn’t exactly wow me in terms of wear or application, so I don’t know if I could recommend spending $47 on these.

Dior Holiday 2017 Precious Rocks collection review

Lastly, the Dior Vernis (C$34) is one of my favourite nail polish formulas. Their holiday releases are always beautiful and in-demand, as they come in a variety of festive shades. The two shades I have are 673 Ruby and 745 Grenat, which a pink-red with metallic shimmer, and a true deep red. I’m in love with Ruby because it is a great alternative to the classic red nail. I really wish they released something other than Grenat this year because they always do a red nail colour for Christmas for as long as I can remember, and it would be nice for them to switch it up. The brush and formula is flawless though, and it lends itself to impressive wear time and shine.

I have to say I’m a little bit disappointed by this collection. I saw some photos of the eyeshadow palettes and they were gorgeous, so if you were to get anything from the collection, it would be those. It’s a bit unfortunate that every holiday season, Dior seems to recycle the same colours / formulas without truly innovating. The new Kohl Powder Lipstick was a nice concept but it didn’t quite pull off the implementation right. I’m also surprised by the price of these products, it seems like the price of Dior products have gone up substantially. The price increases, coupled with the lack of original shades year-to-year, make me want to say that this collection is kind of a dud. I love Dior, but just not this collection.

Products provided for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Quick review – Dior Fall 2017 Metallics makeup collection

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I’m super late with this review but better late than never right? The reason why I was late was that I’m not a huge fan of this collection as a whole… I know Peter Philips has been really innovative since he arrived at Dior, but this one has been kinda meh. The recent holiday collection calls my name more, which is a disappointment because I generally like fall collections. This collection’s theme is metallics, and also lots of neutrals. I have a few products to show you.

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The first is Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 007 Magnetize. It’s a very warm neutral, with the top two shades being metallic, middle shade and bottom left are shimmery, and the bottom right is the only satin-matte shade. This reminds me a lot of an edited version of the Urban Decay Naked Heat, which is nice but a bit too warm for me. Everything except the matte brown shade performed very well – they were smooth, pigmented, and easy to blend. The matte shade was a bit patchy, but it did its job as a transition shade. For C$72 a pop, I’d probably skip this one. I imagine with the onslaught of warm palettes recently, you’re also likely to have dupes in your collection.

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Next we have brand new releases, which are these Eye and Lip Metalizers. They are metallic cream eyeshadows that can also be worn on the lips. I’m not a fan of the metallic lip look, but I LOVE THESE ON THE EYES. These three shades I have are 528 Platine Fusion, 678 Bronze Tension, and 548 Copper Power. No idea who named these, the names are all very weird. Despite the weird names, they perform wonderfully on the lid. They really set to leave you bulletproof eyelids for at least 8-10 hours. I have generally oily lids and these really stay on. They are also available  in three other shades, including a beautiful dark green that’s calling my name. These perform beautifully as eyeshadow primers as well. Well worth the C$32 price tag.

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Lastly I have some lipsticks to share. Dior has a beautiful Rouge Dior matte formula, and this season saw the release of both matte and satin finishes. The two shades I have are 426 Sensual Matte (left) and 996 Eccentric (right). Eccentric looks very brown in the tube but actually wears a little bit rosy. It’s definitely a very wearable brown, if you are wanting to try that trend but don’t want to do true brown. Sensual Matte is a nice formula, but a bit too light on me to be a good nude. Maybe if you have very fair skin, this would be a nice nude lip on you. It also leans rosy-warm, so you won’t look like death. These are C$43.

If you were to pick up anything from this collection, it’d have to be the Eye and Lip Metalizers. While I’m not a huge fan of this collection as a whole, I definitely see myself reaching for the Metalizers on a regular basis. They are a very easy, weekend eye, for if you want some colour but are too lazy to actually do a whole eye look. For $32, they are also quite affordable for Dior.

You should still be able to find these on counter at The Bay, Holt Renfrew, Sephora, Nordstrom, and select Shoppers Drug Marts.

Product provided for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

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.

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