Christian Dior: DiorBlush Cheek Creme & Diorshow Fusion Mono Long-Wear Professional Mirror-Shine Eyeshadow
I have to admit it, I have been sucked in by two beautiful products from Dior and I am not ashamed about that – they are both gorgeous (albeit, not “needed”)….
This summer Dior released some gorgeous new products and the DiorBlush & Fusion Mono Long-Wear Professional Mirror-Shine Eyeshadow are no exception.
The DiorBlush comes in four shades and I picked up Bikini – each one is £24 for 7g – Link
This is what Dior have to say about them:
The must-have for summer 2013, this bright and trendy blush puts the spotlight on cheeks.
Its unique, creamy and non-greasy texture can be endlessly adjusted, bringing a seamless flush of colour to the skin without altering makeup. Easy to apply and wear, these delectable shades highlight fresh, plump cheeks and create an instant healthy glow.
Usually I am not a fan of cream blushes, they tend to be too greasy for my skin and therefore I avoid them. Dior were not wrong when they said these have a unique, texture – they are unique to me. They are definitely not greasy (another truth from Dior) but they are not really creamy either. Having said that, they are not mousse like nor are they like a gel – its really hard to describe – you have to swatch one to see what I mean. A little part of me wants to compare them to the Maybelline Bounce Blushers (which are terrible since they have no colour play off) but I feel thats a let down to Dior!
What I do know, is that i love the texture. Bikini is easy to work with and the light texture means it feels like you have nothing on. It applies very well, blends quite well but you have good time before it sets. I like to use my fingers for this blush, but thats just personal preference. The finish it like a satin blush – it contains a little micro shimmer but I wouldn’t say its a shimmer blush, it just adds to the glow that it gives to the cheeks. Its beautiful.
Bikini is not heavily pigmented, but that means you can apply it lightly for a little flush of colour or add a layer if you want a more intense look. The blush is perfect for a light, summertime makeup look – very natural and pretty.
I do wish the blush wore longer on me – I get about 7 hours before I have to-apply so thats a bit of a bummer but I guess I can survive with that.
I do have concerns that it will dry out quickly – I make sure I screw the lid on tightly. We shall see how long it lasts for.
Another downside for me are the ingredients – mineral oil is the 7th ingredient and I would much rather it not be in there at all. There are no parabens in it though thanks to phenoxyethanol taking its place. I guess Dior is not where you go if you want something natural.
Here are the ingredients:
All in all, i like this blush, its gorgeous and easy to work with but it is expensive and I am sure its worth it at the moment, due to my concerns over it drying out quickly. For the moment I am enjoying it though! I am also resisting the temptation to buy another one!
The DiorShow Fusion Mono Long-Wear Professional Mirror-Shine Eyeshadows (what a mouth full!) are beautiful too – these come in 6 shades.
I picked up Hypnotique for £23.50 and you get 6.5g- Link
This is what Selfridges have to say about them:
In a single step, Diorshow Fusion Mono eyeshadow by Dior creates multidimensional contrasts for a professional makeup effect. Its unique cushiony gel-foam texture brightens the eyes with faceted, long-lasting colour and a weightless finish.
These are super shimmery (borderline glittery) cream shadows and they remind me a lot of the Armani and Chanel cream shadows released a couple of years ago.
Hypnotique is a stunning taupe violet shade with a lot of intense silver and blue shimmer. I am a huge sucked for taupes so I was drawn to this right away but it is something special if you ask me.
Whilst this is a cream shadow, like the blush its not greasy or heavy at all. It is insanely pigmented and I love that – you get more for your money. The texture is smooth and it applies really well with a synthetic brush or even your finger. Isnt the swatch of it beautiful in the pic above?
Now for the bad news – this beautiful shimmer shadow does not translate well onto the skin. I have tried applying this in a number of ways, including using the brush it came with and quite frankly, I feel let down. It looks no where as shimmery and beautiful on my eye and it falls quite flat. Here is a pic, so you can see what I mean:
Unhappy at having spent over £20 on a shadow that looked so dull on the skin – despite swatching so beautifully, I contacted the Dior counter about this and I was told at first I was not applying it correctly and ultimately there was nothing they can do since I had used it (no refund or exchange). I then mentioned my blog (not in a “diva” way, I promise!) and then their attitude changed. Suddenly, there was something I could do – they could send the shadow back to head office in Paris and they could then refund me or exchange it. This, whilst a “solution” angered me – why is that they did not mention this when I was a normal customer? Why is that you mention “blog” and things change? Its not right!
I am still in the process of getting this sent back to Dior but I wanted to warn you guys of these shadows. Please have them applied on the counter so that you can see whats like on the eye. The name is even suggestive of a high shine, lovely finish, but Dior told the me they are meant to only add a little shine and shimmer to the eye. Its all very odd.
For the record, my friend Kat also bought one of these and it applied the same for her too, so it cant be my crap brushes or application! She on the other hand is happy with the shadow, whereas I want to exchange mine. For me though, I would happily spend my money at Armani or Chanel on their versions but I do not think Dior delivered on these at all
Here are the ingredients:
What do you think? Have you tried the cream blushes or these cream shadows? Get in touch and let me know know what you think!
Thanks for reading!
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