There really is plenty to like in Dior’s Tie Dye collection! After checking out Contraste Horizon and Pink Sunrise, we are moving on to some ombre fun for lips and nails!
There are 6 Dior Addict Tie Dye Lipsticks in total. There is a second shade in the CD logo to create a bit of contrast and a slight ombre effect. I see more shimmer in the center when I swatch them on a tissue. Otherwise, the lipsticks seem to apply largely homogeneously. Both *Nude Fever and *Red Bliss are semi-sheer in terms of coverage, so nothing could go wrong even if you apply without a mirror. Nevertheless, they do show up nicely on my relatively pigmented lips. They have a glossy finish, and the buttery texture is comfortable to wear! I can go through a couple of drinks before I have to reapply.
Typically, the name “Nude Fever” alone is enough to make me want to either play dead or back away very slowly. However, this is one of the very few nude lipsticks I have tried on so far that don’t wash me out terribly!
Nude Fever is a rosewood beige. The sheerness really helps it merge with my natural lip color instead of covering it up.
Dior Nude Fever Addict Lipstick swatch one pass/built up:
You have seen Nude Fever on me here:
I still think this is a lipstick I have to pair carefully, but I’m glad it works!
Red Bliss (001) is actually a pink coral (yay)!
You’d probably think I own many similar shades by now (and you are probably right), but coral never ever loses its appeal in my book!
Dior Red Bliss Addict Lipstick swatch one pass/built up:
This is now it looks on me:
Besides the glossy finish and buttery texture, the selling point of Dior Addict Lipstick is its easygoing nature. If you don’t mind reapplying a bit more often, you might like these!
There are three Dior Vernis as well as Top Coat Tie Dye in the collection.
*Sunwashed (319) is a faded milky yellow. I have seen it looking streaky in some swatches, but I have tried this on more than once by now and it always applies evenly. I would say it might seem a little less densely-pigmented than other Dior Vernis, but it is pretty much opaque with two coats!
Dior Sunwashed Dior Vernis swatch (two coats, no top coat):
Not bad, right? I like it a lot more than I thought I would!
Imagine Dior Gel Coat and Nail Glow having a baby: that’s what *Dior Top Coat Tie Dye (869) is! Basically, it is a thicker top coat with an incredible amount of shine and a pink tint. You can wear it on its own or layer it over a nail polish to create an ombre tie dye effect.
The instructions on the box are a little confusing, so here is what I did: I first painted my nails with two coats of Sunwashed, covered two thirds of my nails from the base with one layer of top coat, before finishing it off with another layer covering one third of my nails.
I am sure there is more than one way of working with it, and perhaps I didn’t do it “right.” Still, I like how it turned out so I am not going to complain!
The process is really easy. Since tie dye is not about looking precise, I think it’s great to just free-hand it. The only two tips I have are a) always make sure what you have already laid down is dry and b) make sure there is neither too much nor too little top coat on the brush. If you use too much, you will end up with a thick layer. If you use too little, it might drag your nail polish.
Just to show you how similar Top Coat Tie Dye is to Gel Coat, here you can see the main ingredients are identical:
Dior Top Coat Tie Dye ingredients:
Dior Gel Coat ingredients:
Is there anything you might want to check out here? My personal pick would be Sunwashed!
Update 17th April, 2015:
I finally had the Top Coat Tie Dye instructions figured out!
Here is what you should do: after painting your nails, use the top coat on one third o your nails from the tip. Once that’s dry, follow with a second coat covering two thirds of your nails from the tip. Finally, use a third coat all over your nails. I personally prefer to only use two coats, as otherwise I find the top coat covers up too much of the nail polish (you can see it on my pinky). In all honesty, this makes more sense, as it also has less texture. However, using too many coats of such a thick top coat could cause shrinking. That might be something to take into consideration.