|rowan ellis :: bluebird of paradise|
it's true that i wasn't blown away [at all] by their fabled diorshow mascara. but i did really like their hydrating concealer until i found the new nars radiant creamy concealer, which works a little better for me. and their nude skin foundation and powder have both served me well. my greatest problem with dior is that i often feel that their colour selections mirror things that i already have in my considerable stash, whereas other brands have tended to come out with things that felt more unique to me. so all of my dior desires seem to get put perpetually on hold, while i'm off grabbing things that seem a little more immediately "necessary".
i have to say that i fell in love at first sight with a couple of their recent releases though, including- surprisingly for me- a palette of blue eye shadows from their "bird of paradise" summer collection. i also stumbled across a brand new display of cream blushes, which quite took my breath away- another surprise since i'm not normally a cream blush fan.
the shadow palette in question is called "blue lagoon", which for those around my age might conjure up cheesy images of a young brooke shields stranded on a tropical island, gradually learning how to repopulate the world with her co-strandee. indeed, the shades of the palette do have a disturbing late disco/ early 80s vibe to them, in that they appear very bright and blue and mostly pastel. the truth is that the colours, while they have good pigmentation, are much more subdued than you might think. that's either going to be a bonus or a disappointment.
the first shade is an intense baby blue and this one actually is quite bright, although it blends out fairly easily. it is going to have some impact. it's not exactly matte, but there isn't a lot of shimmer to it. it's a satin finish that gives a very clear, pure colour.
|blue lagoon colour #1|
|l to r :: shu uemura sky blue, blue lagoon|
FLY WITH ME...
the immediate assumption would be that the shade is weakly pigmented or patchy. it actually isn't- i had no trouble getting smooth swatches and it's quite visible on my eyes- it's just not the colour it looks like. for a very pale blue, it has a surprising golden warmth underlying it. i actually love using this one as a blending shade around the edges of the others. it gives a sort of watery dimension that adds to the overall look.
|blue lagoon colour #2|
|l to r :: mac surreal [d/c], blue lagoon #2, nars heart of glass|
|blue lagoon colour #3|
|l to r :: blue lagoon #3, mac aquavert|
|blue lagoon colour #4|
|l to r :: blue lagoon #4, mac teal blue|
|blue lagoon colour #5|
|l to r :: blue lagoon #5, mac birds and berries [l.e.]|
dior 5-shadow palettes retail for $60 canadian, which works out to $12 per shadow. because dior's pricing on foundation, concealer and mascara is generally equivalent to that of other prestige brands like chanel, armani or yves st. laurent, it's easy to miss that their colour cosmetics are a little less- priced more along the lines of nars or lancome.
also new from the house of dior is a collection of new cream blushes in bright, happy, juicy shades for summer. i don't often make completely spur of the moment purchases, but when i saw these little pots of magic in their shiny display, i couldn't wait to try them. there are four new shades, although i only got to see two, because i literally arrived within an hour or so of my counter having put the display up and they hadn't received their full set of testers yet.
i felt like i was very well-behaved, limiting myself to one of these lovelies, because the second i tried them on, it was immediate love. i chose magenta-pink "pareo", but i could have just as easily bought both and come back for the other two.
as i mentioned in the intro, i'm not a huge fan of cream blushes. as much as i love the idea of them with their dewy finish and easy fingertip application, they rarely last more than an hour on me and the ones that do have a tendency to set too quickly, so that i can always see the imprints of the original few dots on my cheeks.
this formula, though, is quite fascinating. it's a cream, but only just. it's more like a spongy powder, because it doesn't have the liquid feel of cream formulas at all. it's not entirely dissimilar to the yves st. laurent "creme de blush" formula, but you get about double the amount of product for $20 less.
although it looks crazy in its little glass pot, "pareo" is a very light, cool pink when applied lightly. build it up a little more and see its magenta madness. apply with a brush for the softest colour or just smear it in layers with your fingers for a more intense application. dior cheek cremes are not particular about how you use them and are extremely forgiving. applied too much? they blend out. application looks splotchy? smooth it out with a brush or fingers. you have a lot of control over the exact colour you end up with.
|l to r :: pareo swatched heavily, pareo blended|
in case you haven't heard, cream blushes are the new liquid lipstick. just like everyone last year and early this year released a liquid lipstick, everyone is rushing to do cream blushes this year. that didn't really excite me, but having tried these, i've regained some faith. then again, it could just be that i really like this particular formula. it's extremely easy and quick to work with, which makes it a god send for those of us who often have to apply makeup in a hurry going to work.
the colour can be built to the point where it's comparable with intense shades like mac's "azalea", but it's likely you'll more often use it as a deep cool pink, a shade range that is sadly lacking in my stash.
|l to r :: pareo, mac dollymix, mac azalea|
so it seems that i've learned that i should give into those dior-longings more often, because there does seem to be lots to discover.
here's a look i did featuring both of the products reviewed here and one more thing- a dior addict lipstick in "fashion week" a sheer purple berry. i hadn't tried the formula before, but now that i have, i see why it's called "addict". it's a wonderful semi-opaque colour that really leaves my lips feeling moisturised and that blends perfectly with my skin.
[please try to ignore the crazy cat lady wound, which is evidence of what happens when you're in the midst of a leisurely cuddle and a pigeon happens to land outside the window immediately behind the bed. honestly, i'm so covered in this sort of thing that i hardly notice them anymore.]
the base ::
marcelle beauty balm "light/ medium"
nars radiant creamy concealer "vanilla"
nars tinted moisturiser "terre neuve"
mac paint pot "painterly"
the eyes ::
dior e/s palette "blue lagoon"*
urban decay 24/7 e/l "invasion" [dark teal]
chanel le volume mascara
the cheeks ::
dior cheek creme cream blush "pareo" [bright magenta pink]
hourglass ambient lighting powder "diffused light" [bright yellow-white highlight]
dior addict l/s "fashion week" [sheer purple-berry]
in light of my recent sci/art series, i thought i'd add a word about who these products would be best for on that spectrum. certainly, both "blue lagoon" and "pareo" are natural products for a light summer. both have the appropriate coolness, with the delicacy required for that colouring [assuming you don't go too heavy on "pareo"]. i think that "blue lagoon" also works well within a bright winter or possibly a bright spring palette [might need to be combined with some warmer shades] and a light spring could wear these shades as well. "pareo" would really work across the summer and winter spectra. it's a little cool for someone with a warmer skin tone, although a bright spring person could possibly get away with it if they leaned towards the cooler side of their skin tone range.
i'm thinking of going back and tagging previous looks i've done by season, although who knows if i'll actually get around to it.
dior products are widely available at department stores and, in canada, at shoppers drug mart. the summer "bird of paradise" collection is already distributed everywhere. the "summer mix" collection, which includes the cheek creme in "pareo" and other colours, is in the process of launching. in canada, i know that flagship [read: major downtown] locations of the bay have received it and it should be rolled out to other locations shortly.