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making faces :: dior's baumeshell

b is for balm
i'm happy not to have to go into an office that relies on central air anymore, since having to do so meant that i spent great portions of the year almost unable to talk or smile because my lips were so dry. that said, the cold outside and the heat inside have still had enough of an effect that i've been on the lookout for some products that will wrap me in their tender embrace, promise never to hurt me and give me all the comfort i so desperately need. [because we all need products to do that, don't we?]

because i can't get anything right, a lot of lip formulas that are touted as "moisturising" have exactly the opposite effect on me. chanel's rouge coco shine formula is hit or miss with me. yves st. laurent's rouge volupté is harsher on my lips than sandpaper and salt [i suspect that's at least partly an allergic reaction to something]. so when i heard that dior had come out with a new range of tinted balms- or "baumes" since everything sounds fancier in french- i went through the full gamut of emotions: i could really use something soothing; it would be nice if the colour on these amounted to something for the price; it's a new lip product, which means i must have it; i hope my lips don't fall off.

i'm sure that everyone goes through this.

as usual, i made myself choose one colour to try out. at first, i was drawn to the berry-toned nuit rose and fleur bleue, but since i always start there, i decided to take a chance on "coquette", a brightened reddish pink that makes a good everyday shade for a girl who can carry pretty saturated colours. i was pleasantly surprised to find that the dior baumes have a considerable amount of pigment that lasts very well. they're not as opaque as the armani rouge ecstasy formula [one which i find works extremely well to condition and soothe my lips], but they're more pigmented than dior's own "addict" lipsticks. the pigmentation is similar to the "superpowered" chanel rouge coco shines, where they upped the colour saturation. there's still a little translucency, which means that your lip colour will have an effect, but it won't look like a sheer wash.

coquette

in the case of coquette, i realised that the colour is closer than i thought to armani's rouge ecstasy in "dolci" [this has happened before]. the two look different on the lips because "dolci is a bit more muted, a touch deeper and more matte. 

l to r :: coquette, armani dolci
i've worn "coquette" a lot recently [i've had it for longer than i care to admit and just kept forgetting to review it] and have been mightily impressed. on almost every occasion, my lips felt better as the day wore on. the difference wasn't huge, but i could sense it. nicer still, the pigmentation lasts really well, owing to the fact [i think] that the consistency is more like a balm and less like a gloss; it's not excessively slippery. that also means that it's very easy to get even coverage, which is important if you don't want to look like you were made up by a drunk. i didn't experience any feathering, even when my lips were in rough shape. the one time i wore this with very chapped lips, i felt like it didn't do me any good, but didn't do any harm either. it felt a lot better than any other formula except rouge ecstasy and while it faded much faster, it didn't bleed or emphasize lines.

i'm definitely planning to pick up more of these little marvels, especially since bright, not-quite-opaque colours always seem suited to summer weather for me. in typical dior fashion, there are a lot of pinks and nudes to choose from, with a few bursts of red and fuchsia. the brights do indeed seem quite bright, so don't choose them thinking that you'll get a watered-down version of the shade. i'd recommend swatching these in person if you possibly can since, as i said, your own colouring will affect the final result and i find that some of the online preview images are misleading. [i should say: more misleading than usual, since the swatches shown on retailer websites are not known for their fidelity.]

here's a look at my little coquette in action...





products used

the base ::
nars luminous weightless foundation "mont blanc"
nars radiant creamy concealer "vanilla"
mac paint pot "painterly"

the eyes ::
marc jacobs e/s palette "the glam" [warm cream, shimmery copper, shimmery warm brown]
mac e/s "creamy bisque" [soft neutral highlight]*
stila stay all day e/l "lionfish" [warm shimmery brown]
dior new look mascara

the cheeks ::
mac powder blush "devil" [intense deep orange]
hourglass ambient lighting powder "diffused light" [barely yellowed white]

the lips ::
dior rouge baume "coquette" [reddened rose pink]

*suggested alternate :: creamy bisque = mac dazzlelight [lighter, more shimmery]

the rouge baume formula is permanent [although colours that appear with particular collections will be limited] and is available at dior counters everywhere, as well as at sephora and [if you're canadian] shoppers drug mart.

Comments

Carina said…
It's so pretty on you, Kate! :) Glad you chose to pick differently to try than usual, because it suits you so well.
Kate MacDonald said…
Thanks Carina! I'm trying to force myself out of a lipstick rut one purchase at a time :-)

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