A girl simply does not feel the usual blues when she gets to sit in a Dior makeup chair on Monday. The purpose of this little field trip? To discover the new 12-shade Dior Rouge Dior Brillant line-up. If Dior Addict Glosses are too sheer, and Dior Addict Fluid Sticks too full-on and opaque, Rouge Dior Brillant might be your happy medium!
Before we move on, I’d like to point out that for the moment, the product name is spelled wrong in 98% of the cases. Brillant, the French equivalent of brilliant, probably looks like a typo to most. However, in the case of Dior Rouge Dior Brillant, the name is spelled this way even in English. The l’s and t are silent, so it sounds like bri-an when you say it (make Larousse pronounce it if you are interested).
I know that many have been waiting to see what Peter Philips can achieve at Dior, and we are finally looking at one of the first products he created (or at the very least, he is the mastermind behind the shades). Rouge Dior Brillant boasts the right amount of elegant shine, adjustable intensity, as well as definition. Hydration is another selling point. For 6 ml/0,20 oz (in other words, less than Dior Addict Glosses but more than Dior Addict Fluid Sticks), we’re looking at a 34/35 euro price tag in Belgium.
Besides the silver ring of the house’s signature cannage pattern, the other thing that makes the Rouge Dior Brillant packaging unique is the applicator. It is shaped like a pen with a little “reservoir” that holds the right dose of product (according to Dior).
See what I mean?
I have only quickly slapped Darling and Victoire on so far, and I would describe the color payoff as more than semi-sheer. Both shades show up nicely on my lips and can resist a couple of drinks with not only some texture but also color left behind (with sheerer glosses, a lot of the times the color impact is long gone before the texture wears off). The formula does feel a little tacky once it has dried out a little on the lips, but it doesn’t bother me personally because the consistency is neither thick nor heavy. Therefore, I am not tempted to repetitively press my lips together. From what I can see, the grand majority of the shades contain shimmer, but very fine shimmer that doesn’t look “sparkling” on the lips. The overall finish is more of a lacquer shine than shimmery. Rouge Dior Brillant shares the same lipstick rose smell with Rouge Dior.
Out of the 12 shades, I received the four “It Shades” to show you, so let’s get to it!
*Dior Bonheur Rouge Dior Brillant (468) is probably the one shade that won’t work as well on me, but will be great for those who like a milky/peachy nude.
Things are infinitely more interesting in my book with *Darling (775), a sparkling fuchsia.
To achieve the kind of intensity you see in the promo images, you will most probably have to layer Rouge Dior Brillant over a lipstick (and a lip liner).
*Victoire (808) is a beige-y peachy coral that reminds me of Mirage Addict Fluid Stick.
Here you see a comparison of the two:
Last but not least, we have *999, the Dior red!
By now I own pretty much everything 999, so here you see Dior 999 Rouge Dior Brillant, Dior 999 Rouge Dior, Dior 999 Dior Contour, and Dior Rouge 999 Dior Vernis:
The Rouge Brillant version doesn’t seem quite as warm as the Rouge Dior. It’d probably be fun to layer all three lippies together!
Swatches of Bonheur, Darling, Victoire, and 999:
You see the shimmer better here!
Phew, that’s quite a post! Let me show you a couple of shots done by the good people from Dior.
I have Dior Eye Reviver Palette on my eyes, Dior Cheek & Lip Glow (layered over Corail Bagatelle) on my cheeks, and Dior Royale Rouge Dior Brillant layered over Royale Rouge Dior and Dior Holiday Red Lip Contour on my lips:
Out of the new Dior Vernis, I chose Dior Corail Dior Vernis on my nails:
Photo credit: Laure Geerts
Makeup by Sarah Guinand for Dior
Nails by Christina Boules
(Psst just in case you are wondering, there is nothing to disclose here as usual. I was simply invited for a press presentation and some photos were taken. I like them enough to share here. That is all.)
I’ll be back with more insight soon! While we’re at it, who else is really looking forward to Dior Tie Dye for summer 2015? I desperately need the BLUSHES!
Here is the ingredient list for anyone who is curious: