Dior makeup, under the creative vision of Peter Philips, is always up with the most unique and most fun launches. There are new launches for base makeup and some really fun new tools for eye makeup. They are like a dream come true for a girl, to play with bright and beautiful colors this summer, and fun packaging you will love to show off. Let me come straight to the exciting new launches.
Dior Backstage Pros Airflash & New Backstage Buffing Brush
Dior Backstage Pros Airflash is the first spray foundation (CAD $78) by Dior and is inspired by backstage makeup techniques. It has an ultra-fine mist which gives the perfect air-brushed finish to the complexion. It has light diffusing pigments instantly smooth the skin for a radiant complexion. The ultra-fine and ultra-fluid texture offer buildable and custom coverage, The formula is water-resistant and stays true to color over time. The formula is comfortable to wear and stays on pretty well for over 10 hours.
To use Airflash, shake well for 5 seconds before use. Spray onto the Dior Backstage Pros Buffing Brush. Then apply in small circular motions to the face, gently dabbing onto areas that require more coverage. Spray more onto the brush and apply as needed depending on how much coverage is required. The shade for my medium tan skin tone I am using is 501- Dark beige which I feel is a little dark for me but it going to be good for summer when I am more tan than usual. The formula is amazing, I like how smooth and comfortable it is. The wear time is great, the finish is semi-matte yet radiant, I mean it is not dewy but does gives beautiful radiance, looks very natural air-brushed on the skin. The coverage is medium and easily buildable to full. Another plus point is that it is water resistant, I am definitely going to put this to test on the beach days or poolside gatherings.
Inspired by the backstage makeup techniques, the Dior Backstage Buffing Brush (CAD $60) has reinvented foundation application with fibers of unparalleled density and quality for an even complexion and buildable coverage. A new shape for controlled application and a second-skin makeup result in a single sweep. It needs to be used in circular movements from the center of the face outwards.
Diorshow 2018 – Diorshow On Stage Liner
Diorshow On Stage Liner ( CAD $35) is the first Dior liquid eyeliner with an ultra-flexible felt tip to effortlessly recreate eye looks straight from the runway. Inspired by the Backstage, Diorshow On Stage Liner is the first liner with a hybrid tip that combines the ease of a felt-pen with the suppleness of a brush. Its fine tip allows for freer application, guiding the line to flawlessly recreate Dior runway looks in a single stroke. Diorshow On Stage Liner comes in an ultra-shiny vinyl black and 14 shades of intense, pure, saturated, matte or pearly color. The ultra-pigmented and waterproof formula is available in 3 intense effects – vinyl, matte and satiny – to dress the eyes in spectacular lines for extreme 24-hour* wear.
The felt-tip does help in a precise application and I am impressed with how intense the colors are. The formula dries quickly and there is no smudging during the day. The staying power is good, I had it intact at the end of the day. The colors are really fun and I am looking forward to matching them with my looks and outfits.
Diorshow 2018 – Diorshow Pump’N’Volume Mascara
Since the time I first used the Diorshow Pump’N’Volume Mascara, (CAD $37) I am in love with it. My full review of the mascara is here. Dior has taken it a step further and released the squeezable effect in 4 vibrant, ultra-pigmented shades to create colorful combinations and instant oversize volume. To use the mascara, give the flexible tube two or three squeezes to make the formula ideally fluid and generously load the brush with product. Apply in a zigzag to coat lashes from root to tip and achieve extreme volume instantly. The Diorshow Pump’N’Volume elastomer brush combines a rigid wand ensuring stable and precise application, and flexible spikes that are ever-so-gentle on lashes. The Diorshow Pump’N’Volume ultra-volumizing formula procures a unique, soft sensation thanks to a high concentration of waxes and elastic powders, the source of the seemingly expanded lash volume. The formula remains creamy down to the last drop, and the ultra-volumizing effect maintains its impact. The mascara is available in limited edition of 4 new neon shades: Purple Pump 160, Blue Pump 260, Coral Pump 640 and Pink Pump 840.
The mascara can be used as a single color or multiple colors to create some unique fun looks, like one color on bottom lashes and other on the upper. Or just a hint of pink or blue on the lashes gives a beautiful finish which is sophisticated yet fun. The new vibrant shades are pigmented and do give a beautiful volume along with the color.
Diorshow Pump’N’Volume Waterproof
Diorshow Pump’N’Volume Waterproof ( CAD $37) is the same formula and effect in the waterproof version of the Diorshow Pump’N’Volume reviewed here. For all loyal wearers of waterproof makeup, Diorshow Pump’N’Volume Waterproof reconciles extreme volume with no-run wear. As with Diorshow Pump’N’Volume, women observe +100% more volume** on lashes for extreme volume results with spectacular staying power. The Diorshow Pump’N’Volume Waterproof elastomer brush combines a rigid wand ensuring stable and precise application, and flexible spikes that are ever-so-gentle on lashes. While the decrease in thickness between classic and waterproof mascara can be disappointing, Diorshow Pump’N’Volume Waterproof maintains intense volume with a higher dose of wax than classic Dior waterproof mascaras. The mascara is easy to wear and use, stays on well for a whole day, does not smudge.
Diorshow 2018 – Diorshow All-Day Brow Ink
Diorshow All-Day Brow Ink (CAD $34) is the first “tattoo effect” tinted brow ink by Dior for instantly full, lastingly shaped brows. ‘Eyebrows are no longer a detail. Perfectly defined, intense yet natural looking, brows are the indispensable finishing touch to high-impact eye makeup. To combine perfection with a natural, authentic, and long-lasting finish, Dior has invented a tattoo-effect eyebrow ink that dyes the skin beneath the brows.’
The formula is rich in high-intensity pigments that imperceptibly color the skin in a single sweep. The beveled applicator lets you precisely define brows and makes it easy to fill in bare spots. The ink formula is rich in waterproof polymers, ensuring a 36-hour impeccable finish that doesn’t move or fade, yet wipes off easily with makeup remover. It is available in three shades – light, medium, and dark, for every eyebrow color. I have been using it since last few days, the finish is very natural and the applicator is great in just having the amount of product that is not over, I mean just the amount you can either build up or just be satisfied with and not overdone. If you have seen me in my Insta stories where I usually share my work looks during weekdays, you might have noticed I prefer very natural brows and this has been a really nice addition. It does not look I am using anything but my brows are natural, more-defined, and beautiful.
Dior Backstage Pros Airflash, Dior Backstage Buffing Brush, Diorshow On Stage Liner, Diorshow Pump’N’Volume Mascara, Diorshow Pump’N’Volume Waterproof, and Diorshow All-Day Brow Ink are available from June 2018 at Dior Counters, BeautyBoutique by Shoppers Drug Mart, Sephora, Hudson’s Bay, Saks Fifth Avenue, Holt Renfrew, and Nordstrom.
Givenchy Les Saisons 2018 African Light Collection for Summer 2018, Nicolas Degennes took inspiration from Africa’s multicultural richness, its powerful colors and scents and the African positive state of mind. The colors in this collection are celebrating African Earth where natural elements get a special sun-heated tint. From beigy shades to more intense ochre and khaki tones. The products and shades in this African Earth Collection magnify every complexion, in the most authentic way. you will see in the pictures and swatches below, the mix of ethnical patterns and warm colors.
The time I reviewed Givenchy Bouncy Highlighter – African Light Gold, I love how it performs, apart from being a beautiful work of art and design, the formula is so unique and jelly-like. The shimmering glow it provides really accentuates the complexion and looks amazing for outdoors as well as indoors. In Givenchy Les Saisons 2018 African Light Collection, there are two new shades of Rouge Interdit Vinyl and a new shade of Khol Couture waterproof.
Givenchy Les Saison 2018 African Rouge Interdit Vinyl
Givenchy Rouge Interdit Vinyl is medium color lipstick formulated with black rose oil for ultimate shine, impactful color, and a plumping effect. The unique formula is infused with black rose oil, a rare and precious active ingredient that delivers extreme moisture and comfort to the lips for hours. It is combined with a silicone resin that forms a shiny, thin, and supple film on the lips’ surface for a second-skin feel. Lips are left with a “vinyl” radiance and a filling effect: lips instantly appear fuller, smoother, and denser. Each high-shine color blurs away all the lips’ tiniest imperfections and reflects the light, and its slick case features a metallic, satin ribbon design that’s inspired by the House’s fashion designs.
I reviewed Givenchy Rouge Interdit Vinyl last year in details here, the formula is one of my favorites. It is very moisturizing, sheer and easily buildable, very comfortable to wear. It does not accentuates lines and never makes my dry lips drier, in fact after the product has worn off, I still feel moisture on the lips. The lipsticks have a beautiful shiny finish. The lipstick can be used as a soft stain or layer it up for more intense effect. The two shades from the collection include No 17 and No 18. No 17 is a golden burgundy shade and will really look great on many skin tones. No 18 is a raspberry red.
Givenchy Les Saison 2018 Khol No 8 African Bronze
Givenchy Khol is one of my favorite eyeliners for its pigment-rich, long-lasting, and smudge-proof formula. The khol is enriched with intense color pigments. Its long-wear formula resists humidity and glides seamlessly onto your lids. Its retractable pencil means the application is precise and fast, and its comfortable and smooth texture allows for all-day wear. The array of colors interplay with the seasons to define eyes year round.
Givenchy Khol Couture Waterproof Retractable Eyeliner 01 black and 02 chestnut are my daily go-to eyeliners from Givenchy which I reviewed in details here. The texture is smooth and creamy and once it sets, it lasts a really long time. The new African Bronze shade is really wearable. It is a khaki shade with golden pearls, designed to emulate the African earth, vegetation, and sun. I love the family of green for my eyes and this khaki is one of the most beautiful shade I own in green after my khaki eyeliner from Chanel which was also a limited edition, I will update the exact name of it if you need. The golden pearls do not make it even a less intense shade of khaki but give a beautiful finish. It is easily buildable and the formula is great for even sensitive eyes like mine. I have been wearing it non-stop and have already shared my looks on my Instagram stories here. Make sure to follow me if you want to be up-to-date with the new launches and swatches of them on my face.
‘My new collection – By Terry Hippy Chic Summer Collection 2018 is inspired by my summer holidays spent in Ibiza when I was young. Days were spent languishing idly by the sea, soaking up the sun in the golden sand, or strolling around the town and taking pleasure in the kaleidoscopic colors…’’ – Terry de Gunzburg
By Terry Hippy Chic Summer Collection 2018 is all about the bohemian glamour of Ibiza, with 70s summer vibes reimaged and designed into a chic and effortless collection, which sees vibrant shades capturing dazzling sunsets and electro music beats. Channeling Ibiza’s bright atmosphere, the collection celebrates the island’s paradisiacal beauty and carefree, hippy spirit. I am reviewing the By Terry Hippy Chic Summer Collection 2018 which includes By Terry Sun Designer Palettes – Happy Chic and Happy Sun, and By Terry Twist-On Lip Dual Lipstick in 8 shades.
Sun Designer Palette – Hippy Chic & Happy Sun
The ultimate makeup kit essential, the bestselling sun designer palette is here in two beautiful editions. There are two addictive harmonies which have been created to give an all-over, radiant, sun-kissed look for both fair and tanned complexions. Both the hybrid palettes feature six elegant and sparkling shades, playing the roles of bronzer, blush, and highlighter, which work to enhance the skin’s overall appearance.
The formula is delicate, soft, and has airy texture in both matte and satin finishes that allow for contouring and brightening key features, correct or intensify the complexion, all the while revealing splendor golden tan. Thes beautiful silky sun-kissed shades can be applied and layered on all skin types, and blend in perfectly. It can be applied all over the face or directly to the areas of your face upon which sun would naturally fall, to instantly reveal the most beautiful radiant complexion. Application tips for both the palettes, based on the composition of shades is below:
Happy Chic – Sun Designer Palette
Happy Chic is a blush focussed palette with pearly pink highlight, radiant peachy pink blush, matte pale pink, glowing coral blush, shimmery beige, matte fuchsia shades. For a warm, sunny complexion, apply the blush shades (right hand side of the palette) to the cheekbones before applying the shimmery shades (left hand side of the palette) to the key areas of the face, including the higher cheekbones, eyebrow bone and bridge of the nose, using an angled blush brush. For a healthy glow, blend the shiny and matte shades together and apply to the cheekbones using the angled blush brush.
Happy Sun – Sun Designer Palette
Happy Sun is a bronzer focussed palette with champagne beige highlighter, luminous tan highlighter, glowing beige highlighter, matte brown contour/bronzer, matte cafe au lait shade, and matte peachy coral tan tone shades. For an all-over bronzed, matte finish, blend the three shades on the right-hand side of the palette together using a powder brush or a kabuki brush focusing on key areas including the forehead, cheekbones, chin, and neck. For a glamorous and dewy finish, apply the shinier shades on the left-hand side of the palette to the key areas of the face, including the higher cheekbones, bridge of the nose and eyebrow bone.
Both the palettes are housed in streamlined chevron emblazoned compacts with a generously sized mirror. I am absolutely in love with the Sun Designer Palette’s, the powder is very finely milled, pigmented, and blends in so nicely into the skin. Each palette is perfect for creating a full face look. Happy chic palette – from the highlighter to the blush shades, from the matte shades to the radiant and shimmery shades, they all blend in perfectly to give a beautiful lit-from-within glow and flush. Happy Sun palette is perfect for the sun-kissed look with the most natural and radiant warmth.
By Terry Twist-On Lip Dual Lipstick
By Terry Twist-On Lip Dual Lipstick – plump & volume is an innovative and ultra-intuitive twist and design dual lipstick, it creates the most beautiful plump & contour for the perfect gradient lip effect. The formula is highly concentrated in sheer and intense premium pigments, its glossy-glam formula reveals sensual, shiny lips. By Terry Twist-On Lip Dual Lipstick is available in eight vibrant, bi-chromatic shades – a subtle association of large light shade to fill in and think dark shade to contour.
The shades are described as:
- Peach & Tangerine – peachy orange and cool pink
- Rose & Fuchsia – magenta and baby pink
- Pink & Plum – wine and warm pink
- Candy & Poppy – true red and hot pink
- Red & Wine – deep wine and bold red
- Nude & Burgundy – burgundy and dark nude
- Latte & Toffee – red-brown and pale nude
- Cream & Espresso – true brown and medium nude beige
The twist-on lipstick can be applied in three ways:
- Mono – Fill in the lips with the lighter shade or Fill in the lips with the darker shade
- Duo – Fill in the upper lip with the lighter shade and the bottom lip with the darker shade or vice-versa
- Ombre – To create a full ombre effect, apply the darker shade on the border of the lips, followed by the lighter shade in the center for a beautiful plumped-up appearance. Pinch the lips to melt the two colors. Or To create your own signature look, apply the lighter shade on the border of the lips and the darker shade in the center.
The twist on dual lipsticks are really smooth and buttery, they glide on nicely on the lips. Very comfortable to wear and the shades are so beautifully chosen in each dual lipstick and they blend nicely with each other to give a gorgeous ombre effect. When using as a mono or duo applications, they are easy to apply, the combinations are just perfect for most of the skin tones. They do not make the lips look flat but give a lush voluminous finish. They are hydrating and do not dry the lips.
Overall, a collection worth checking out, the sun designer palettes are absolutely a piece of art and it performs great, the Twist on dual lipstick is my new go-to, very comfortable to wear and shade range is great. By Terry Hippy Chic Summer Collection 2018 is available at Nordstrom, SpaceNK, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys, Netaporter, Neiman Marcus, and Beautylish. Please make note that all the products in this collection are limited edition, so do not wait long as they do sell out pretty quickly.
Charlotte Tilbury is here with the most beautiful eyeshadows for this summer. I am loving all the shades gold and the creamy formulas that glide on effortlessly this summer. The new launches from the brand include the Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerize in the shades of Rose Gold and Star Gold.
The new eyeshadows in the Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerize range are a water-infused formula in a gorgeous soft pink rose-gold metallic shade to create maximum impact with minimal effort. These eyeshadows are an easy glide-on formula and does not drag on the delicate eye area. The cream formula contains Vitamin E to hydrate & provide antioxidant protection from free radicals. It has soft-focus illuminating pigments smooth over lines & imperfections for a visibly more youthful finish.
The shade Rose Gold is a Warm Pink with Gold Undertones while Star Gold is Bronze Gold with Copper Undertones. The formula is very creamy, it glides on smoothly on the eyelid. Apart from being wet, it is sheer and you can not overdo it if you have a light hand, keep on building it for more intensity using a very little at a time.
The rose gold and the star gold shades are really beautiful, I am having a hard time to pick a favorite. I have oily eyelids and I do give them some time to set and dry as they are creamy and wet in texture. And I believe all creamy eyeshadows take a moment to set and dry. They stay in place for quite the whole day and does not crease or smudge.
The formula is soft and easy to work with, I use my fingertip to apply and then either blend with the same finger or with a brush. It looks beautiful on the eyes, perfect for even the 2-minute get ready and go look. The staying power is good, stays on all day on my lids for over 6-7 hours. Overall, really nice additions to my cream eyeshadows, just a single swipe on the eyes for a sheer wash of color and I am ready for the day. For the days I want more intensity, I just build it up. Love it on my vanity, in my bag, or on the go. The shades and formula are worth checking out.
‘What makes you unique makes you beautiful’, Laura Mercier
Laura Mercier is a brand which has some really amazing products you can trust for every day as well as occasional looks. The products are so versatile, they perform and work so well. I was really looking forward to the Boheme Chic Color Collection, especially the Boheme Chic Eye Palette, the first look on the brand’s website and on the social media posts all rose the excitement even more. The shades in the palette look so perfect and absolutely wearable any time of the day or occasion. In this post I am going to present the Laura Mercier Boheme Chic Eye Palette – an editorial-inspired eyeshadow palette, the new Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-long wear concealer and the Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick.
Laura Mercier Boheme Chic Eye Palette – Editorial Eye Palette Intense Clays
The Boheme Chic Color Collection is inspired by the textures which is Laura’s Parisian atelier, her painting studio. Laura Mercier Boheme Chic Eye Palette (CAD $58) is an eclectic ambiance filled with acrylic paint, liquefied pearls, and earthy organic materials. Laura Mercier Boheme Chic Eye Palette is an editorial-inspired eyeshadow palette featuring six highly pigmented clay-textured eye colors in matte and sparkling finishes, along with a custom built-in powder to prolong wear. The shades are a mix of matte and metallic finishes. A really nice inclusion is the setting powder to prolong the wear time.
The formula of the eyeshadows is highly pigmented, buildable to full coverage. The high-performance hybrid-texture has a unique ‘wet-feel’ that is soft and flexible, making it easily blendable and layered. The air-light setting powder sets the color and controls oil breakthrough, for all-day wear without creasing.
I have been testing and using this palette since over a week and thoroughly impressed. The formula is just amazing, rich and pigmented. It gives a beautifully soft and wet feel when applying. It blends very nicely without much effort and gives beautiful, almost full coverage, one more swipe and it is all full coverage. The selection of shades in this palette makes it even more versatile, it is perfect for work or even party look. The shimmering and matte clays are very wearable, individually as well as for contrasting texture and shade combinations to take you from day to night look. I have used an eyeshadow brush and even my fingers few times, the formula is just amazing, makes it super easy to apply, even for a beginner too. The matte shades do not show up much in my swatches as they match my skin tone on the arm perfectly if you notice those matte shades blend in pretty well while the shimmering shades are noticeable. The white long-wearing setting powder is very sheer and does not shows up but works on nicely to keep the eye makeup intact and long-wearing.
Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Concealer
Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Concealer (CAD $36) is described as a weightless concealer with 12 hours of crease-resistant wear that seamlessly blurs and conceals fine lines, imperfections, and discolorations. The concealer has medium to full coverage to seamlessly conceal under eye darkness and facial imperfections. the finish is natural and does not look cakey. The formula is very lightweight, undetectable after application, while the Blurring Powder blend diffuses light to smooth the look of fine lines. The formula has Skin Fusion Technology, long-wearing flexible polymers fuse to skin for wear that is transfer, sweat, humidity, and water -resistant. With all this technology in the formula, there are antioxidants and skin brightening Vitamin C which combines with lightweight humectant Glycerin to balance skin moisture and enhance a natural finish that looks flawless without creasing, settling or looking dry and cakey.
The packaging is good with a doe-foot applicator wand, makes the application easy. I dot the product with the doe-foot applicator under eyes, over discolorations and imperfections, and onto any areas of darkness. Then gently press and blend with fingertips, using the warmth of the fingers to create a seamless finish.
The formula is buildable, so if more is needed, I apply more to that area. It can be used in combination with the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage which is another favorite concealer which I use every day to conceal my dark spots which my hormonal congestion leaves. I am very impressed with the claims and the results, it does stay on well for the whole day, the finish is seamless, looks very natural, makes the under eye area bright and covers the darkness. It does not settles into any problem areas and does not look dry or cakey as some concealers do get to tend dry and cakey after application. I use this with my Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation, such a great combination, keeps on getting better with the day. The shade 3N is for medium skin tones with neutral undertone. I am on the side of yellow undertones and this one balances out the yellowness pretty well and brightens the eye area and dark areas.
Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick
Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick (CAD $34) is described as an ultra-matte lipstick that delivers intense, single-stroke coverage and long-lasting, creamy comfort. Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick provides the powder-matte finish without the drag or dryness. The formula is lightweight, creamy, and has a velvety texture. It has rich, intense color and the finish is matte. Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick provides full coverage and is long wearing.
The formula glides on easily and effortlessly onto the lips, does not bleeds, feather or smudge. It feels comfortable on the lips without drying. My lips are usually very dry and most of the products make them drier, especially the matte lipsticks. I have been using these lipsticks since the time I started testing, it stays on pretty well for over 4-5 hours without making my lips dry or settling into the lines. I do make sure to exfoliate or even use a lip balm when I start putting on my makeup and by the time I am done with face makeup, my last step is to remove my lip balm from the lips and apply my lipstick. The formula and shades do not make my lips look flat but they look nice and soft, the velvety texture does work pretty nicely.
Laura Mercier Boheme Chic Eye Palette is available at Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear concealer and the Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick are available at Sephora, Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue.