The Sample: NEW Dior Diorskin Nude Tan Paradise Duo Iridescent Blush & Bronzing Powder in 002 Coral Glow (Review, Swatches & Photos)
Summer always sees the release of the best makeup collections, in my opinion. There are some who dig the darker tips and nails of fall or the bright, pastel shades of spring but I am a summer collection-lover through and through. Maybe it’s that all the warm, bronzy summery shades just seem to flatter my skin best or maybe it’s that I’m a true Cali-girl, born and raised, and a just beachy girl at heart. Whatever the reason, nothing makes my heart go pitter-patter like the summer collections do. This year, there’s been some extraordinary releases from a multitude of brands but one brand’s collection that particularly caught my eye is Dior’s Bird of Paradise Collection for Summer 2013.
This 13-piece collection includes a Nude Tan BB Cream (swatched it and loved the color, the texture, coverage, hydration, everything! It was all spot on but it had too dewy of a finish for my extremely oily skin :/ I suggest those with dry, normal, and combo skin give this one a try!), 3 Jelly Lip Pens (Copacabana, Carioca, and Gaia), Diorskin Nude Tan Paradise Duo Iridescent Blush & Bronzing Powder in 001 Pink Glow and 002 Coral Glow, Dior Addict Lipsticks in 751 and 771, a Diorshow Waterproof Eyeliner in Aqua Green (this is stunning guys. I am kicking myself hard for not buying it–definitely will be going back for this one!), Vernis Nail Duos in Samba and Bahia, the Paradise Summer Blush Brush (eh…wasn’t all that. I would pass), and two 5-Couleurs Eyeshadows in Blue Lagoon and Peacock (someone was getting a makeover with Peacock so I just played with Blue Lagoon. Loved it. I don’t own any shades like this in my collection really, so this would be a good excuse for me to splurge :P).
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As you might gather from the title of this post, I walked away with the Diorskin Nude Tan Paradise Duo in Coral Glow (anyone really surprised that I chose the coral instead of pink?! :P). It is a blusher/bronzer product that features 4 color quadrants. In each quadrant, there is a single letter–4 letters spelling out “NUDE”. In the “N” quadrant is a light creamy golden tan. “U” is a light coral-pink. “D” is a soft, mid-tone brown. And “E” is the pretty much the same shade as “U”, only darker and with a hair more pink.
The powder has a soft, incredibly delicate sheen to it that just glows and glows. Dior calls it an Iridescent Blush & Bronzing Powder but I wouldn’t call the powder iridescent at all–glowy as all get out, maybe but not iridescent.
The blush is housed in a luxe silver compact that features Dior’s iconic Cannage print and all the heft that a high-end compact should have. It’s a real beauty. Another plus is that the compact comes with a small kabuki brush that is–surprise, surprise–not only usable but actually quite perfect for application. Seriously, it’s soft and dense and buffs the color perfectly into the skin! I did experience a tiny bit of shedding the first 2 times I used the brush but after that, it was totally fine. Both the compact and the kabuki come enveloped in the usual velveteen pouch.
The texture of the powder is silky smooth and finely milled. It’s not quite soft–more medium than anything. Pigmentation wise, it’s on the soft side as you can see from the swatch photos below (I tried to build up the color of each individual shade and even used a sponge-tipped applicator but that’s about as opaque as I got the color to be). It does appear much more pigmented on my cheeks than on my arm, however, so I wouldn’t worry about not being able to get the color to show up.
I do find it easy to tailor the color to my personal preference. Only yesterday, I was talking to my dearest twitter wifey, Liz from Beauty Reductionista, about how I wished there were a tiny bit more bronziness to Coral Glow. Well, silly me–I later realized that if I wanted a bit more of a bronzy glow to the shade, I could very easily just grab more pigment from the left side of the compact with the darling little kabuki that, might I add, fits perfectly into each color quadrant. That is the beauty of this blusher/bronzer: a gorgeous, glowy shade that you can easily customize.
Or, if you prefer, you can use each color separately as well: just the left side as you would any bronzer and then add a touch of the coral to the apples of your cheeks. The shades pair so well together (and are so soft and easy-to-wear) that hardly any blending is needed at all.
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Coral Glow lasted about 6 1/2 on my oily skin–as usual, there shouldn’t be any problems with wear for those of you with dry/normal/combo skin.
At $56, sure this product is a bit pricey but it’s well worth it to me, as someone who loves soft, subtle, foolproof blusher/bronzers and wearing anything even remotely coral-hued on my cheeks. As if the gorgeously sunny shade of the product alone wasn’t worth it already, the gorgeous compact and soft kabuki offer more bang for your buck. All in all, I am very pleased with my purchase. To me, it pretty much embodies the whole laid-back, effortless feel of summer and I know it will be getting a lot of use out of me this coming season.
»»Pricing: $56/0.33 oz. (9.5 g.)
»»Availability: Nordstrom and all Dior counters
»»Recommended for: everyone!
»»Overall Rating: A