When I first read about Dior Trafalgar Rouge Dior, my interest was naturally piqued as it represents coral family of the new Rouge Diors. When I saw it in real life however, I was puzzled: surely this can’t be classified as a coral? It is an orange red instead, and I am not particularly big on orange reds. Of course Dior had to prove me wrong, because I am utterly smitten with Trafalgar!
As you might remember, I own Darling and 999 already. I was given a sample with all four “it shades” when I purchased 999, and that’s how I got to try (and fell in love with) Trafalgar and Grège 1947.
Trafalgar (844) is a bright orange red with a luscious, almost wet-looking finish. It is creamy and very pigmented, but the color never ever migrates out of my natural lip lines even without a lip liner! It holds up for 6 hours or so on my lips (a meal and multiple drinks included). It fades evenly and stains well. The best part? The more worn off it is, the more coral it looks!
Here is how Trafalgar swatches:
I compared it with some shades in my stash that I thought would be similar. From left to right: Tom Ford True Coral Lip Color, Givenchy Carmin Escarpin Le Rouge, Dior Trafalgar Rouge Dior, and Hourglass Muse Opaque Rouge.
As you can see, nothing is remotely similar (which means I shouldn’t feel bad when I purchase it, riiiight?)!
This is how Trafalgar looks on me:
The finish is so luscious that it really seems to glow!
Just as a heads-up for those who reside in Asia, the Trafalgar and Darling you get are different from the US/Europe version. While we get a neon bright orange red for Trafalgar (844), the Asian version is a soft, pretty coral (539). The Darling here (775) is also much brighter than the sweet pink Asian version (567). I compared the line-up in Europe/US with the one in Asia and spotted some major differences. There are more soft everyday shades in Asia, while the ones available here are bolder in general. I would personally be happy if everyone had access to every shade, as all of them look drool-worthy!
Now let’s move on to Dior Automne Dior Contour!
Dior Automne Dior Contour (844. RRP in Belgium: 25, 50 euros) is another shade that took me by surprise. When I first saw it, I described it as a brownish pinky beige. While that might not be totally off the mark, it could also look like a rusty, muted coral. For this reason, it would work with a wide variety of shades, from nudes to corals. It has tiny gold shimmer and a bit of a golden sheen.
Texture-wise, Automne goes on without pulling and tugging. It is very slightly drying over time, but it lasts so well both on its own and with something else on top (also, if you pair it with a Rouge Dior, your lips will be so soft and hydrated by the end of the day in any case)!
Here is how Automne swatches. Left: one pass. Right: built up.
Here is how Automne looks on me:
Now here’s the fun part: what would happen if you layer Trafalgar over Automne?
If Trafalgar looks good on its own, it is nothing short of amazing over Automne (plus it would pretty much last all day)! On top of Automne, Trafalgar has more body and a glazed finish. I also think it looks a tad more coral this way!
Bottom line: I know that orange reds aren’t usually universally-flattering, but Dior Trafalgar Rouge Dior is so bright and juicy that I think it has a better chance of working for more people. Dior Automne Dior Contour lasts impeccably well, and it is a versatile shade that you might want to look into if you wear a lot of corals, nudes, or even my-lips-but-better type of shades!
Is anyone else as smitten as I am with these two?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx