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.
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.
It is not terribly hefty, but it does close with a satisfying click.
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)!
Left: one pass. Right: built up.
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!
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