When you shimmy into your little black dress and slip on your favorite pair of sexy pumps, the perfect finishing touch is a powerful lipstick and an intoxicating fragrance. Bold, feminine lip color is elegant and seductive which is why the Director of Dior Makeup has created the new Liquid Lip Stains and Matte Metal Lipsticks.
The stains are encased in chic, slender tubes with an elongated window that reveals the color within. There are 29 intense shades and 3 distinct finishes - Matte, Electric Metal and Pop Satin. To “push the limits, experiment and shock people a bit” there are also 4 extreme shades including a dramatic Black Matte, Oxblood (rich chocolate brown), Fab Satin (deep sensual plum) and Hologram (a multidimensional cyber silver) that can also be worn as a top coat.
Left to right: 828 Dressed To Matte, 574 Lively Matte, 442 Impetuous Satin and 515 Scandalous Metal.
The featherweight pigments produce highly saturated, vibrant color that glides on smoothly for ultimate dispersion that lasts up to 12 hours. A nourishing blend oils and lush gelling agents provide a creamy, moisturizing texture to keep lips healthy, supple and comfortable. I like that the rich formula deposits the perfect dose of pure color that molds to my lip contour to create shape, volume and definition without feathering.
The applicator is quite standard and small enough to get right into the corners to create sharp, neat lines. The pigment is so light that it feels like you’re applying a gloss but the effect is strikingly vivid - similar to a lacquer. The Lip Stains retail for $43.00 each at Dior Counters nationwide and a few exclusive shades are available at Sephora.
The Double Rouge Matte Metal Lipsticks ($43.00) fuses two popular trends to deliver a gorgeous ombré effect. The matte outer ring combines with the metallic core to create a sophisticated finish and the optical illusion of volume. The shades are expertly matched and balanced for the perfect color contrast. The highlight catches the light to create a luminous sheen and the deeper shade boldly accentuates. Below I have Poison Purple (with a shimmery golden pink core) and Dressed to Kill (burgundy-wine with a brilliant gold center).
Once you get the hang of applying the color, it is quite simple to create a mesmerizing ombré lip. I start off by touching the center shade to the middle of my lips and then using the pointed edges to fill in the outer perimeter with the matte shade. If you swipe both colors together, the darker shade may cover the highlight to create one solid color or a mosaic wash of light and dark. It also helps if you wipe off the metallic core after each use to keep the colors separated as they do tend to smear together. The luxurious formula is light, silky and highly pigmented – offering versatile coverage, hydration and optimum coverage.
After your makeup is done and you are dressed-to-impress, a flattering fragrance is a must! Miss Dior is described as “a perfume that smells like love” with a stirring composition that is elegant yet rebellious. The bottle adds the perfect touch of femininity to your vanity with thick structured glass and a playful silver bow.
Miss Dior is a mix of seduction, high-fashion, style and refinement. The scent is constructed of honeyed Damascena Rose, sparkling Blood Orange, Mandarin and Bergamot contrasted by a sultry base of Pink Peppercorn and Guyanese Rosewood. These robust ingredients blend to form a wonderful aroma that is ideal for day wear or an evening out. You can smell the freshness mingled with light sweetness and deep complexity - creating the perfect balance. The 100 ml bottle featured here retails for $165.00 and the fragrance is available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Sephora and Dior Counters nationwide.