Quick Look: Dior Vernis #537 Riviera

Dior Vernis #537 Riviera is part of Dior’s new nail polish line, the Haute Couleur Extreme Wear Nail Lacquer line. Out of all the colors I found Riviera the most interesting. The description of the color is orange, but I found the color to be sometimes more red, sometimes more orange and sometimes more pink depending on the lighting. The color reminds me of Pantone’s color of the year. The formula is a bit thick. I am still not a huge fan of the fat brush; I find it hard to even out the polish.

Bottom line: It is a fantastic color for the summer and I can’t think of any exact dupes for it. If you like Dior nail polish, definitely try this one.

Review: New Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick in #339 Silhouette

As I was wandering around Macy’s waiting for the Chanel SA to get freed up, I ended up at the Dior counter. I was initially checking out the new collection of nail polishes (since nail polish are my latest obsession). Then the Dior rep told me the nail polishes actually matched some of the new Addict Extreme lipstick shades. In general I am not a lipstick person; I like gloss as I find lipstick usually dry out my lips. This is my first Dior lipstick, so I do not have other Dior comparison for you.

The packaging is classic Dior. It is high quality plastic; it has a good weight to it but it is not heavy. The lipstick can be pulled out by the nob on top of the lipstick. The design is a bit awkward with the silver separation in the case, because it looks like you can pull that portion off. I am not a fan of the packaging design. As you can see in the pictures, the lipstick portion cannot stand by itself because of the round nob.

The formula of this lipstick is excellent; I think it is my new favorite lipstick formula. I recent got a Tom Ford lipstick (which I will review soon), I find this lipstick to be a great cheaper (I can’t believe I’m saying this about a Dior lipstick) alternative than the Tom Ford lipstick. The formula is sheer with a glossy finish. So don’t be scared of the really bright colors, they won’t go on that bright. It applies evenly and is not drying at all (feels like you are wearing lip balm).

The color I picked is #339 Silhouette, which is a light coral color. It’s a great neutral color; it is lighter color than my own lip color, so it looks more like a nude on me.  I think it is a great everyday lipstick.

There is no noticeable fragrance or taste, which is a big plus in my book. The wear time is about 3 hours, which is not bad for sheer lipstick.

 

Product Info:

$30 @ Dior Counters (Macy’s, Nordstrom, Neimans Marcus and Sephora)

3.5g Net WT 0.12 oz

Pro:

  • Great Formula (for sheer glossy lipstick)
  • Wide range of color (nude to bright)

Con:

  • Expensive (Cheaper than Tom Ford)

Bottom line: If you like sheer glossy lipsticks you will love these. I would definitely give this lipstick a try. I highly recommend it.

Review: Bobbi Brown Neiman Marcus Exclusive Rose Gold Set

The Rose Gold Set includes:

  • Black Ink Caviar Ink Long-Wear Gel Eye Liner. (There was a mistake on the NM website)
  • Rose Gold Long-Wear Cream Shadow.
  • Black Lash Glamour Extreme Lengthening Mascara.
  • Instant Long-Wear Makeup Remover, 30mL.
  • EXTRA Repair Eye Cream, 7mL.
  • Mini Dual Ended Ultra Fine Eyeliner/Cream Shadow Brush.
  • Accessory. <- Rose Gold Cosmetics Bag

The whole set is $85. So here’s the breakdown of the cost per product…

Product

Price

Long-Wear Gel Eye Liner $22.00
Long-Wear Cream Shadow $24.00
Black Lash Glamour Extreme Lengthening Mascara $24.00
Instant Long-Wear Makeup Remover, 30mL ~$7.00 ($24/100mL)
EXTRA Repair Eye Cream, 7mL ~$ 31.73 ($68/15mL)
Mini Dual Ended Ultra Fine Eyeliner/Cream Shadow Brush $25.00 Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush$28.00 Cream Shadow Brush
Accessory

As you can see just the Gel Eye Liner, Cream Shadow and Mascara together is $70, so this set is a really good value for Bobbi Brown lovers and those who want to try out some of the Bobbi Brown products.

The Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner works great, I do own Black Ink, so it was good the color didn’t repeat. Caviar Ink is this smoky black color, although it’s not as dark as Black Ink. I get about 8 hours of wear before it starts to smudge, but I do have a bit of hooded eye so it might last longer on others. It smudges on my lower lash line faster, which is normal for me. The formula is very creamy and applies easily. I did use the Dual Ended Brush that came with the set and it worked fine.

The Long-Wear Cream Shadow in Rose Gold is not a color I would normally wear. I think it works best on those with pink undertone and lighter skin tone or darker skin tone than me (I’m about NC 25-30). It looked a bit orange on me instead of a rose gold color, I was wearing an orange shirt, so not sure if that affected it. I got the same wear as the Eye Liner in terms of length, 8 hours. I did not use a primer underneath, so it has good wear time. Again, I used the brush that came with it, and it applied fine. I did use my finger to blend it out a bit.

Being Asian, I am very picky when it comes to Mascara. I only use Waterproof formulas since it’s the only one that holds my curls. The Black Lash Glamour Extreme Lengthening Mascara has a wet formula, which does not hold curls. I find it average in terms of lengthening, the Japanese fiber Mascaras does a better job. It does nothing for volume, but it is a very black and does not flake. The wand of this Mascara is very similar to the Bare Escentuals Flawless Definition Mascara. I like this wand best for my lower lashes, which is likely the only use I have for this particular Mascara.

Personally, I just use a facial cleanser to take my make up off, and really cannot use make up removers with oil in it because I find it blurs my contact lenses. I don’t feel like there is too much oil in this Instant Long-Wear Makeup Remover though. It doesn’t leave that greasiness on my skin, and, surprisingly, this make up remover did not blur my contact lenses either.

I have not tried the eye cream yet. I know I do not like any skincare products packaged in a pot/jar instead of pump or tube.

I have always been a fan of Bobbi Brown’s brushes. I recently picked up the Bobbi Brown’s Party Collection Deluxe Travel Brush Set, which is exclusive to Neiman Marcus, as well. I was told by the Bobbi Brown Sales Associate that the travel size brushes were regular size brushes put on shorter handle. I disagree; the regular size brushes are denser and bigger than the travel size brushes. I found the travel brushes are just as soft as the regular size brushes. The travel size brushes perform well, but they are not exactly the same as the full size.

Lastly, the rose gold bag is actually really cute. Since it has a strap on it I think I will use it as a purse at some point.

Product Info:

$85 @ Neimanmarcus.com

It is a limited edition product.

Pro:

  • Great Value
  • Great Products (Cream Eyeshadow, Eyeliner, Makeup Remover, brush and bag)

Con:

  • Not all products are winners (Mascara)
  • Cream Shadow might not work for all skin tone
  • Limited Edition (I believe the Rose Gold Cream Shadow is exclusive to this set)

Bottom line: If the color (for the Rose Gold Cream Shadow) works for you, I think this is a great set to get, especially if you don’t have any duplicated products or you want to try some of their products.