Saturday, March 7, 2015

Dior Rouge Dior Brillant Swatches and Quick Overview

Dior's lipglosses are some of the top-sellers in the premium category in Singapore, so I don't think it would be much of a surprise if the new Rouge Dior Brillant range will quickly follow the Addict line and make it up towards the top of the sales charts as well.

These share the same midnight navy and silver packaging of the Rouge Dior lipsticks, and the key differentation is a combination of high color-payoff, with a lightweight feel, as compared to the sheerer, thicker-textured Dior Addict glosses.

These also come with a "scoop" doe-foot applicator, which holds a little pocket of gloss so you can get more product onto the lips with a single swipe, and incidentally, also makes it easier to apply these glosses on top of existing lipsticks or liners, without wiping off too much of the base color with a traditional applicator tip.

But all these aside, ultimately it's about the colors and textures after all. 

In Singapore, there are a total of 10 or 12 shades that I saw, and I don't have the full-range to swatch for you, but I did buy a couple myself when they just arrived in store, and also receive some for review, so I have a nice cross-section of 6 out of 10 here.

You can see from the textures that they are very lightweight. These are not like the new Chanel Rouge Allure Lacquers although some of the shades have a similar level of pigmentation. The very lightweight, non-sticky feel reminds me more of YSL Gloss Voluptés, which is great for those who do not like thick sticky textures.

Rouge Dior Brillant Swatches
Pigmentation level depends on the shades you get. 999, 858 Royale and 775 Darling are moderate-to-high pigmentation, whereas the paler and more shimmery shades are a quite a bit sheerer. 468 Bonheur is a classic pink-nude, which has the sort of sheer coverage you would expect of such colors.

(But none of these will have that opaque look you see on Natalie Portman in the ads. 999 is gorgeously pigmented but you won't get that effect without wearing a coat of matching red liner or an opaque red lipstick beneath. So take all ads with a pinch of salt.)

The one bad point about these glosses, though, is that the thin texture also means they don't last or stay put on their own quite as well as thicker stickier glosses. And these will also have a slight tendency to bleed outwards a bit if you wear them without a liner or a lipstick beneath. In my experience these work better on top of something else. In fact, the ultra-light texture makes them ideal for layering.

On their own, they're nice still, but I sometimes have trouble getting them to stay in a perfectly even, pigmented coat all over because they want to shift around all over the lips.

Curious? Dior wants you to have a try for yourself! If you're in Singapore, stop by the Dior Backstage Boutique at ION Basement 2 this month and flash this post to get a Lip Dress Up session (or a Diorsnow trial; you choose) and go home with your own 3-pc trial kit.


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