If you like soft, buttery, hydrating, and plumping (without the stinging sensation) glosses, Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss might be for you. If you wear red lipsticks but don’t have time to high-maintenance touch-ups on the go, Dior Ceremony Red (limited edition from Grand Bal) might be for you. If you’ve been wanting to sport red but can’t get used to anything full-on and opaque just yet, Dior Ceremony Red certainly is your girl! It is a good way to show the holiday spirit and enjoy a bit of sparkle, all while being perfectly wearable!
Ceremony Red is a medium red infused with shimmer (I see blue, gold, ruby). I’d say it is fairly neutral, as I have seen this pulling slightly warmer or cooler on different skin tones. It goes on semi-opaque, and Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss has the brush type of applicator that makes applying very simple. You also pull out enough product in one go, so there’s no need to re-dip!
The formula of Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss is very smooth, buttery, non-sticky, and hydrating. It claims to be plumping, and it plumps without that unpleasant stinging sensation. Every time I wear one of these I can see my lips being plumper. It might be a difference that only I can spot, but it always takes place. Even after the color wears off, as long as there’s still a tiny bit of gloss on my lips, they look more luscious. I don’t normally look for products with a plumping effect, but I do welcome what these do for me!
I get about 3 hours’ of wear with Ceremony Red, and the color doesn’t really resist to eating. However, even after the color is gone, the gloss hangs around for quite a bit longer, and my lips are always hydrated. It has a faint vanilla scent that I can barely detect.
I think Ceremony Red is particularly good for people who want to start wearing red but don’t have the courage to go all out. I have some what I call my training wheel shades before I really got into red lipsticks, and I can see Ceremony Red being a good training wheel for someone. It is also great for quick touch-ups for red lips. I have tried many long-wearing formulas that stain, but Ceremony Red adds a bit of juiciness and sparkle to faded lipsticks. It’s much easier to apply when you’re on the go too. No need for a lip liner or so on that bold lipsticks could really benefit from.
Bottom line: While Dior Ceremony Red Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss might not be an altogether unique shade, it is a gloss with great formula. It makes sense to include such a shade in the Grand Bal collection. Great as a training wheel red or for topping up your favorite red lipstick!
Side note: If you think I look a little puffier in these photos, your eyes have not deceived you. I was in a hurry and forgot to contour my face that day… A while ago I read about a makeup artist saying that contouring is useless unless you are going to Photoshop the photos later. Hmm guess what, that’s not true in my case. While you might not see the difference as well in real life, without contouring I look like I’ve put on 10 pounds in pictures! These ones are the ones that turned out better too…
Does Dior Ceremony Red Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss stand out to you? Do you own a red gloss? Where do you stand on contouring?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx