Dior Darling Rouge Dior (and Why a Good Lipstick Makes the World a Better Place)

Dior Darling 775 Rouge Dior FOTD

Sometimes I have deep thoughts (when I’m not thinking about salted caramel ice cream or why is Tango obsessed with scotch tape, which takes up a lot of my time), like whether there is any kind of deeper meaning behind makeup. If you’re reading this you probably know what I mean: we spend all this time taking care of our skin and enhancing our features, but does this mean anything beyond what the eyes can see?

The answer came to me when I was hanging out with a friend the other day. I had Dior Darling Rouge Dior on my lips, and we were waiting in line in a store. I noticed this lady looking at me. Not in an unkind way, but she seemed to be really looking at my lips. “OK, maybe this is not something you see on everyone every day,” I thought to myself. And then from the corner of my eyes, I saw her whip her lipstick out (it was a Dior Addict on top of everything else), put it on, and smiled. I smiled too, and that’s when it hit me: a good lipstick does make the world a better place! When you look good, you feel good. This good vibe could rub off on others, and it creates a ripple effect.

Dior Rouge Dior packaging

Now let’s go back to the lipstick that enlightened me: Dior Darling Rouge Dior (775. RRP in Belgium: 36,80 euros). The new Rouge Dior packaging isn’t so different from the previous incarnation, but it’s simpler and maybe younger-looking without the cannage pattern and the brand name on the silver part.

Dior Rouge Dior detail

It is not terribly hefty, but it does close with a satisfying click.

Dior Darling Rouge Dior 775

Darling is a medium bright pink with a blue/fuchsia undertone. I read somewhere that Tyen, the mastermind behind Dior makeup, said that a typical Tyen shade always contains perfectly-dosed fuchsia. Apparently fuchsia is his favorite color, and he can’t resist sneaking some into pretty much every shade! I don’t know about the other new Rouge Diors yet, but Darling certainly benefits from this element: it is a shade with a lot of depth (and quite possibly harder to dupe)!

Dior Darling (775) Rouge Dior closeup

Left: one pass. Right: built up.

Dior Darling Rouge Dior 775 swatch

How is the formula? In one word, incredible! The new Rouge Diors are supposed to smooth and plump up the lips with rock samphire (a coastal plant growing from rock cracks) extract. I can’t say I know how the science works, but Darling is such a comfortable and hydrating lipstick! The formula has an amazing glide, and it packs a lot of pigment. At the same time, it is extremely lightweight (I can hardly feel I’m wearing anything on my lips, let alone such a pigmented lipstick) and long-lasting!

Darling smooths lip lines out without sinking into them (if the lip line issue bothers you, you might want to take a look at these). A meal would wear it down to a stain. However, since the stain is so even, you can leave it like that. The best part? Darling just stays in place. Some lipsticks stray out of the natural lip lines after a meal (some even get on my chin), but I haven’t had this happen with Darling at all! Even after a big bowl of pasta Bolognese (let me admit I was shoveling it down because I was starving), Darling was nowhere it wasn’t supposed to be!

Here is how Darling looks on me, one layer straight from the bullet!

Dior Darling Rouge Dior FOTD

Dior Petal Shine, Chanel Affinite FOTD

If you’re curious, I have Dior Petal Shine on my lids and Chanel Affinité on my cheeks.

Bottom line: I need more, more, more of the new Rouge Diors! Darling is pretty much perfect. I can’t think of one thing that I wish were different with the formula, and the shade has so much depth. It’s intense, but not in-your-face. Well done, Dior!

How are you liking Darling? I will most probably lay my hands on a couple more next week! I’m thinking 999 since I already have the Dior Contour and Vernis that go with it. But seriously, with a total of 32 fabulous shades in the line-up, it’s not hard to predict what will happen… oops.

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

Mostly Sunny disclosure



  • VickyM

    That shade is gorgeous Sunny :D , and the anecdote about the lady is just really cute. I didn´t knew about the new line up of shades from Dior and the one you bought is just lovely, also the fact that I love fuchsia can´t help me either…Although I personally preferred the older packaging this simpler one looks like Revlon…

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Vicky! I think this version of the packaging is simple and sleek, but I can’t really compare with the previous one since I never owned any ;)

  • Bella

    Your look here is pretty much perfect, and I adore your top too! Lovely story. I bought a Chanel raspberry lipstick (Esprit Rouge Coco Shine) as part of my Fall Haul, and I absolutely agree with you about a good lipstick making the world a better place :D.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Bella (that’s a dress I’ve had for a couple of years)! Esprit is gorgeous! I’m so glad to hear it’s making your world a better place :)

  • Luchessa Grossmann

    Oh Sunny, i think this is your color. Somehow it makes your face glow. And besides each girl should have a Dior lipstick at some point – that is the definition of luxury on your skin :)

    xo, Luchessa.org

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Luchessa! I agree: most Dior lipsticks have great formulas!

  • http://kissandmakeupsbeautyblog.com/ Kiss & Make-up

    Good to hear that is such an award-winning formula! The color also looks fantastic on you.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Melissa! The formula is excellent! I love lipsticks that I don’t have to worry about even when I eat!

  • Lily

    Dior makes my favourite lip products and Rouge Diors are definitely one of the best formulas out there. This shade is perfect on you!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Lily! I never owned one till now so I can’t compare, but the new formula is truly amazing!

  • Icaria

    Beautiful color and I loooove how you applied your eye liner! So true how makeup, especially lipstick makes us feel better. I know it can seem trivial to some but I know that when I have something on my lips I feel more polished, more me! :)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Helene! Lipsticks always remind me to hold my head high ;)

  • http://www.nailsandcupcakes.com/ Isabelle

    You look so happy & vibrant with this one! Your eyes look amazing here to. I see the effect these products have on you! ;-) I definitely think make-up has a huge impact on how you feel, it can be the tiniest of things such as just having a bright lipstick on.. But it’ll make your day and make you feel just a little bit better.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Isabelle! I like how you can then influence those around you with the good vibe! And who knows, maybe they’ll go out and make some other people feel better as well :)

  • http://www.colormeloud.com/ Sara_BeauTime

    I love how Affinite an your blouse matches with you lips. Such a gorgeous color on you. I really like the formula of Dior lipstick so those are on my check out list after the holidays.
    Xox

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww thanks, Sara! I can’t wait to see what shades you’ll pick up!

  • TracyBeautyReflections

    Love the story haha! Yup, I think this will be my first Rouge Dior! LOVE it on you!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Tracy! I bet it’ll look STUNNING on you as well!

  • http://MyLuciteDreams.com/ MyLuciteDreams

    What a lovely story! This shade is all you Sunny! I know lipstick makes my world a better place :-)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Taylor! I’m beginning to really like pink!

  • http://wade-ashore.blogspot.com/ Caise

    I love this shade!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Daria, it’s really very lovely! I can’t wait to check the rest of them out!

  • beauties

    what a nice story :)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      I know! It’s the first time this happened to me ;)

  • http://papayapieces.com/ Sofia

    Hi Sunny! Oh I love it, this pink is my type of red (sounds weird I know). And if you say its hydrating, that wins me over. I love your story, good lipstick does make the world a better place. xx

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Sofia, I hope you’ll like Darling as much as I do! A friend of mine has already put it on her shopping list LOL

  • http://eyeheartit.blogspot.com Larie

    Yep, need more Diors :P And that lipstick story is super cute!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Larie! I can’t wait to see which shade(s) you’ll pick!

  • Memoiselle

    I love the title that “Good lipstick makes a better place” LOL.
    The shade is definitely too bright for me but I love how it looks on you, and it matches your outfot perfectly! xx

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Meryl, you should take a look at the other 31 shades in that case! Looks like there are much more subdued choices in there :)

  • http://onestarrynight.com Sarah @ OneStarryNight

    I absolutely love this color on you!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Sarah! I bet it’ll look good on many people!

  • http://beautyreductionista.blogspot.ca/ Liz

    I love stories like that, where you just bond with perfect strangers over shared love of beauty. This shade looks great, but there are so many new Dior colours now that they all require investigation before I can pick one. :)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Liz, I knowwww!!! I’ll probably just break down and cry when I check them out on Wednesday because I won’t be able to choose!

  • http://www.cuteandmundane.com/ Dovey

    Hi Sunny, Darling looks beautiful on you, what a great bright pink :)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Dovey <3

  • http://macaronsandmischief.com/ Whitney

    Oh that packaging is so classy and beautiful! I agree, lipstick makes the world a better place! I think I will definitely pick something up from this collection…

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Whitney, I can’t wait to see which shades you’re going to pick! The collection is supposed to be available tomorrow, and already I’m checking my bank balance LOL

  • corallista

    It looks stunning on you! I love the last pic – the lilac eye shadow pairs beautifully with the lipstick!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Ankita! I’d normally just wear something neutral, but thought it’d be too boring if I did it ALL THE TIME ;)

      • corallista

        Its looks great :) A little change is always good. I experimented with my hair styling a bit recently and so many people noticed and complimented me. You should definitely wear more color on your eyes! Have you changed your concealer/foundation as well? Your base looks flawless!

        • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

          Hey Ankita, not really! It might be the new lighting that tricked you LOL

  • corallista

    Just wanted to let you know I have not been getting your daily feed since about 2 weeks now!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Ankita! I’ll look into it! I have a friend who subscribes by email but it seems like she’s been receiving the feed OK. Hmm…

  • expatmuaddict

    This is one of the ones I just bought! It’s beautiful on you, love this review xxx

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Yaaay I’d love to hear how you like it!