Look Feature: Dior’s Cheek & Lip Glow – A Flush That Lasts!

Alrightey, since this is one of the ‘hawt topics‘ of Spring 2015, I thought I would try to squeeze a mention of this as soon as I could manage (which frankly took awhile even) and share my 2 rambly cents about it.

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To sum up my thoughts about this product thus far, the journey of discovering it and then using it, I would say that I probably started off on the wrong foot with this fella.

Though that said, I’m still not raving about this to no ends and while I’ve discovered its merit and how lovely it can be, I still do question whether it truly is a must-have or nice-to-have.

If you’re a sucker for packaging and already on the verge of cashing out this purchase then I’ll say go ahead and get it because you can do no wrong – it is quite nice, really – but for those of you on the fence of it and weighing the cost of it with how it works and how much mileage you can get from it…

Well, I can’t make the decision for you and I’m not going to push you either ways so I’ll let this entry speak for itself and hopefully after this you’ll have a better idea if its in the territory of ‘need’ or ‘want’.

Though who am I kidding, do we really NEED more makeup? Heh

From the words of Dior, the Cheek & Lip Glow is described as a subtle and instant rosy blush shade that works universally for all skintones. With a dab, the face lights up with a sparkling flush along with a breath of freedom, this instantaneous radiance and glow.

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That’s mostly all Dior, not me.

Where this product is concerned, I think we should step back and look at the word ‘Glow’ a little differently from what we know because the glow defined in this product doesn’t encompass any sheen or dewy radiance but rather the aspect of Glow that Dior is selling here is a natural blush – a flush from within, a kiss of translucent color on the cheeks (and also dabbed on the lips).

It’s that winter blush or a healthy flush on a hot day and frankly, I think Dior did well with the universal aspect of it because I did feel that this is versatile enough to be worn lightly or piled on for stronger color.

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What’s more, the applicator (as I had mentioned) is really quite adorable and while it is very tempting to dab it on your cheeks via that ball of cute, I do prefer transferring some product to my fingers first for better control.

 

Cheek Glow –

Where application is concerned, the lips portion is quite straightforward so I’ll focus more on the cheek area first.

Wearing the Cheek & Lip Glow on my cheeks as a blush stain is actually my favorite way of using this product. On the lips, it just falls a little short and isn’t as unique in formulation and experience plus I’m not entirely a lip-stain-look kind of a girl so I always top the lip look with a gloss or lustre lipstick anyway.

So back to the cheek application.

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Now I think when it comes to the Cheek & Lip, you should really practice caution because while my initial statement of it was sheer, light and translucent, the color actually came on quite strongly for me.

On my cheeks, that is, and a little bit is all I really need.

I used a little more for the sake of the blush showing up better on camera (cause you know, a camera can’t always capture the same magnitude of color as ‘real life’) but I had to buff on some light foundation after these shots to tone the blush down for day-wear.

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I don’t think I want to walk around with such a strong flush but hey, if that’s your style, you can achieve it with this bugger.

The liquid is light and cool on the skin and the application part is probably my favorite when it comes to using this because it seems to leave a mild minty and tingly feeling on. It goes away quickly, much like the watery aspect of the formulation, so don’t let the aqueous feel of the product deceive you – the minute it lands on the skin, the stain is at work so blend, eo seo (hurry, in korean)!

I demo-ed dabbing this on the cheeks first followed by blending it out just for pictorial purposes but how I really prefer applying this to my cheeks is first dabbing some to my fingers and blending that bit out.

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While the formula isn’t as watery as most stains that we know, it is still a stain and every exposure on the skin surface counts so I feel dabbing it on my fingers before blending it to the cheeks gives me more control over the color and also lessens the opportunity of that dreaded unwanted pink dot on the cheek from dabbing the color on.

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Doesn’t this look better and less ‘patchy’ than the one above already? Though I managed to make both work, I will say it really is easier to work from the fingers.

 

Lip Glow –

As for the lips, it is quite a straightforward thing to use and on me, it lends a pretty nice pop of pink though I think where this is concerned it will depend on your lip pigmentation. If you have more pigmented or darker lips maybe the color wouldn’t be too intense on first swatch.

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Though if anything, I have noticed that you can layer this – dab on the first layer and let it dry and stain before wiping the excess of and repeat – but for me usually 1 coat is enough for the desired pop of color.

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Upon initial application this will look all shiny, juicy and glossy but that shine goes away really quick and simply leave a stain, without much of a finish so it looks incredibly natural. Not that rather vibrant pink lips is natural but hey, that’s the illusion we’re giving right?

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Since it is a stain, I do notice that it isn’t hydrating in any sense and while I would say it isn’t sapping like a matte lipstick clinging to your lips, it can be a tiny bit drying through the course of the day. Somehow.

And oh yes, one very crucial point to note but if you’re a regular lipstain user you would have expected this and sad to say, its still evident – the taste. It’s not good. It’s a taste very typical to lipstaining products and I can’t quite describe it but yes, it’s there. It goes away so just bear with it at first taste, every time you use it that is.

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As for the staining ability, this is quite amazing on the cheeks because it really stays and stays for me.

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Though for reference, my cheeks are generally quite ‘normal’. They don’t get oily through the day, not much at least, and sometimes I can get away with powder blush lasting quite alright – a little faded but I still look ‘alive’.

Though with this, it seems to look the same on my cheeks even after being out the whole day so for that, I’ve been reaching for this quite a fair bit on days when I want my makeup to stay perfect through the day – this paired with the Dior Star Liquid Foundation has my ‘base’ makeup set!

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On the lips, it does stain quite alright, for a couple of hours at most but it does seem to wear away through the day with eating, drinking, talking and all. If any consolation, the stain wears off well without any awkward ring-around-the-mouth sort of an effect – phew.

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So, long ramble done and I guess I have to say where this stands in my stash is the ‘nice to have’ portion. It’s growing on me a whole lot, really, and I’m almost inclined to recommend it only because it’s a lovely product that lends a flush that lasts well through the whole day but if I were to be strict with my assessment on it, maybe if I were never introduced to it, life would still be as normal.

A blush is ultimately a blush, if you know what I mean.

If you’re got one foot in the door with this already then I’ll say go ahead, it’s a nice purchase and you will enjoy the product but if you’re more critical about your splurges (though at S$60, this isn’t too bad) then I’d say hopefully this entry answer some questions or boxes you’re looking to be ticked!

Tell me, do you think this is worth the splurge / have you bought it?

 

Thanks for reading!

The Dior Cheek & Lip Glow is available at Dior counters now! This retails for S$60 and is Limited Edition!

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A Peek at Dior Spring 2015 (Photos & Swatches)

Heyo!

Sorry I’ve been away, somewhat. The busy-ness isn’t letting up yet and I had hopes that things would get a little smoother after this Saturday (a work event) but from the looks of it it seems like a steady stream of things flowing in with very immediate deadliines. Tsk!

Eitherways, I’ll try my very best to come back with more detailed product run downs or features of these items soon. I hope, at least.

Since they are already out at Dior counters (yesss, go check it out), I felt I should at least pop up a mention of the items that I have on hand so if anything catches your eye you can head on down to swatch / check it out.

 

So, Spring….

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I like the idea of Spring where everything is so soft, fluttery and clean. Though where makeup is concerned, Spring is often the least exciting because everything is so soft, so light and so sheer.

For Spring 2015, Dior decided to introduce us to their Kingdom of Color which while fancy isn’t all that colorful.

It’s cute, it’s sophisticated and it’s all very Dior but if your idea of Color is loud, bold and bright then this Kingdom isn’t going to excite you very much.

I’ll get to the rest of the collection’s pieces in a bit but let’s have a look at what I have on hand first.

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Starting with one of the more excitable (in theory and buzz) releases from Dior, the Dior Cheek & Lip Glow, this is a multi-purpose product for use on both the cheeks and lips.

The bottle is incredibly adorable, designed much like a lacquer except with that iconic Dior Addict ‘knob’ atop the cap, which by the way is removable for an easier to handle wand grip. See, very much like a polish.

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I’m not the biggest fan of cheek and lip multipurpose items because I like my lipsticks and my powder blushes enough but I did take a liking towards YSL’s Baby Doll Kiss & Blush so I guess I was expecting this to stir up my heart in the same manner but it’s sad to say that I felt a little underwhelmed.

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The first thing you need to know is despite its very intensely saturated outlook, that bright cherry red bottle, the liquid within is sheer and clear. It seems to adopt the concept of a lip and cheek stain except in a more viscous (yet still somewhat watery and light) texture.

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Though while soft in pigmentation (from what I gathered with hand swatches), this does leave a pretty mean stain and very quickly at that so I’m presuming while it leads you to think it’s all aqeuous and light, you should blend and move fast with it.

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I’ll report back on how application works out. Though I’ll say, I do like the adorable ball of an applicator and I think overall it looks cute and very pretty but somehow I just expected a little bit more to sweep me off my feet, or something…

We’ll see what I think about it again once I get to using it on the cheeks and lips. Perhaps it’s a better performer there.

 

Next up would be some Kohl Liners.

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These are fashioned like chubby eye pencils that you can use either to line your eyes with or as a cream colored base for your shadows.

Breaking away from the light and fresh theme of Spring, the shades offered with the Kingdom of Color collection is largely smokey and dark, probably to compensate for the liner portion of this Spring Look.

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The ones that we received are Pearly Silver (039) and Smokey Black (099). I think I would work a little better with the Smokey Grey, Smokey Brown or Smokey Blue option (the other colors available) but no matter, lets see what we can do with this Yin and Yang!

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I’m thinking smokey look but that’s quite standard and boring, right? Let’s see if we can inject a little bit of Spring into all this default smokey-eye-ness.

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The kohls are quite creamy and nice, saturated enough but not so much so that it slips and slides all over. Though I would still think that it’s a little too creamy for me to feel safe wearing as an eyeliner so perhaps I’ll start with using these as a cream colored base first.

 

Last but not least, the Dior Nail Polishes!

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The only color missing from the lineup is Glory (and apparently one more – Majesty – which flew under my radar) which is a vibrant color that looks like it has its place in Summer collections. It’s not quite a peach, not quite a cherry-red but it’s vibrant and yet milky all the same.

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The other color, the one that I have, is Lady – the softer and more demure counterpart.

Lady is a beige pink that seems to look largely pink once swatched but can lean a little beige in some photographs or lighting.

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Though the star of the varnish line-up really is that topcoat you see right there, called the Eclosion Topcoat. It looks messy and ‘too much’ from the bottle but trust me once you brush it on it’s quite a spaced out mix of ‘confetti’.

As what a friend of mine said when she saw me swatch it on my week-old manicure just to test it out, it’s like a baby shower party on your nails and that’s not wrong.

It’s no obnoxious, it’s gently done and yet cheery at the same time with the mix of soft pastel confetti pieces. I’m not one who likes to wear glitter or any grit on the nail becuase of the hassle of removal but for this I think I will gladly make an exception.

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It’s just too cute! Like everyone who has swatched it would say, it looks like cupcakes on your nails!

I’ll have my turn at swatching it and get back with pictures!

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My own pictures aside, here are some official ones with the rest of the pieces of the collection!

There is enough information online so I’m going to skip the press-style entry this time around but as always, if you have any questions feel free to ask away!

Kingdom of Colors Eye, Lip & Face Palette (Limited Edition)

 

5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in House of Pinks & House of Greens (Limited Edition)

 

Dior Vernis in Majesty, Lady, Glory and Blossoming Topcoat (Limited Edition)

 

Rouge Dior Baume in Palais & Cotillon

 

Diorshow Kohl Professional Hold & Intensity Eye Makeup (Limited Edition)

 

Dior Cheek & Lip Glow (Limited Edition)

 

Sorry I don’t have the prices of these as I wasn’t provided them and haven’t got the time to pop by a boutique to enquire!

So, that wraps up this brief and initial impression of the Dior Spring 2015 collection.

I have been using some of these for awhile and have formed a bit of an opinion since drafting the outlines of this Overview up but I’ll save my opinions for the individual showcase entries to come! I hope I’ll be able to get to it soon.

I know I haven’t been around as often as I was during the end period of last year but that truly was some spam moment on here and while I enjoyed it, I can’t afford that same time right now. Though I’ll do what I can of course!

I have more entries in mind and a lot drafted, some part edited pictures lying around etc, so I hope to get all of that up as soon as possible, thank you for reading!