The Sample: NEW Dior Jelly Lip Pen in 656 Gaïa (Review, Swatches & Photos)

13 May

Have I ever told you guys that I have a serious weakness for beauty products with names that pertain to food? Example: Lid Smoothie. Skin Food. Lip Butter. Soufflé Blush. This may or may not also be about 90% of the reason I am dying to try the new Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelées. :P But I digress–when I was at the Dior counter a few weeks ago to purchase the new Diorskin Nude Tan Paradise Duo Iridescent Blush & Bronzing Powder, these new Jelly Lip Pens caught my eye immediately. Doesn’t it just sound so squishy and delicious?? Who could resist a name so cute?!!

The Jelly Lip Pen is a brand new, limited-edition product from Dior’s Bird of Paradise Collection. They describe it as “a true beauty multitasker” that features “an exclusive jelly-like formula [that] is available in richly saturated hues offering an all-in-one treatment to deliver the hydration of a balm, high shine of a gloss and pigment of a lipstick.” The Jelly Lip Pens are available in 3 shades: Copacabana, Carioca, and Gaïa.

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Gaïa is a light-medium, brightened watermelon-pink with silver micro-shimmer. It’s a gorgeous shade for spring and summer! I actually meant to pick up Carioca because, as you know, I just can’t resist a warm, pinky-peach/apricot ever, but I accidentally went home with Gaïa instead. Still, when I came home and pulled off the cap, I was instantly smitten. I don’t have a shade quite like it in my lip collection–it’s beautiful!

Unfortunately, it is quite sheer–sheerer than I was hoping for it to be (and I love sheer lip color) and definitely not the “richly saturated hues” that Dior promised. The bright, juicy pink comes through just a bit better in my swatches than on my lips. It’s not quite as bright and the kick of watermelon is toned down but still, it lends a really pretty, happy pink flush to the lips.

The formula is really nice though, but not quite as “jelly-like” as I was expecting. The finish, however, is quite luscious and shiny–very jelly-like, indeed. The Jelly Lip Pen is pretty firm and retains it’s shape/tip nicely despite me pressing on it quite firmly and swatching on my arm back and forth several times. It applies smoothly and evenly and is really moisturizing, as well. I didn’t have any problems with flakiness or dryness when wearing this and once it has worn off, it leaves my lips feeling conditioned and smooth.

Gaïa does have a very, very slight sweet, fruity scent to it–it’s hardly noticeable at all in the tube and I didn’t even catch a whiff of it on my lips.

Gaïa wore for a little over 2 hours on my lips without eating or drinking. It’s not the best I’ve tried but not bad for a moisturizing, sheer formula. I definitely don’t think you necessarily “need” this one though. It really is nice–I like everything about it, from the beautiful color to the moisturizing formula to the shiny finish to the sleek, convenient packaging. But you definitely are paying the price for a Dior lip product when you could get pretty much the same product for much cheaper.

However, if you love Dior and love a good tinted balm in chubby lip pencil format, you will love this one! It’s beautiful–there’s no doubt about that!

»»Pricing: $26/0.097 oz. (2.75 g.)

»»Availability: Nordstrom, Macys, Bloomingdale’sDior.com, and all Dior counters

»»Recommended for: everyone!

»»Overall Rating: B+

50 Responses to “The Sample: NEW Dior Jelly Lip Pen in 656 Gaïa (Review, Swatches & Photos)”

  1. Sunny May 14, 2013 at 1:24 am #

    Aww I’m so sorry to hear it’s sheerer than you expected and doesn’t have the best lasting power! I am in favor of pigment, so Dior Addict is about as far as I’d go. I can see why glossy, sheer products have their place in summer though!

    • becca May 14, 2013 at 3:21 am #

      Yeah the Dior Addicts are DEFINITELY my next sheer lippie purchase. This was really, really pretty but as I said, not nicer than a similar, more affordable product could be :/ Glad I didn’t follow my first reaction to buy both Gaïa and Carioca now :P

  2. Kiss & Make-up May 14, 2013 at 1:54 am #

    That swatch looks SO good :-O The texture must feel so pleasant on the lips… :-)

    • becca May 14, 2013 at 3:22 am #

      Oh it is really nice! It’s very light and moisturizing–not sticky in the slightest! :) Have you tried any of these chubby crayon pencils yet?

  3. Lily May 14, 2013 at 5:48 am #

    I have lots of Chubby Sticks and this looks a bit redundant, don’t you think? I’m passing on this, and I WANT the blush bronzer duo but I can’t break my ban again :-(

    • becca May 14, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

      Oooh naughty! What did you break your ban on before?? :P

      Yeah I definitely don’t think this one is worth ban-breaking. It’s nice but not special, ya know?

  4. Angie May 14, 2013 at 6:59 am #

    Oh it is too bad at how sheer it is, but it does look so juicy and soft when swatched and the shade is so pretty! Lip crayons sure are popular if high end brands are coming out with their own versions! I personally like more traditional lipstick packaging so it makes me wonder if these are all just a fad or if they are here to stay! :)

    • becca May 14, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

      You know, I don’t know! I’m not sure if I like the crayon packaging or lipstick packaging better…I dont think I really care. I just wish it were a touch more pigmented :/

  5. Teri May 14, 2013 at 8:14 am #

    I was disappointed because these were really sheer. I do like the true jelly finish though. But I think I’d just go for a Chubby stick instead :p.

    • becca May 14, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

      Yeah another fail for me. Once again, should’ve just gone with the Chubby STicks :/ haha!

  6. svetlana May 14, 2013 at 9:15 am #

    I am debating to splurge or not to splurge this weekend… hm… decisions decisions!

    • becca May 14, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

      I don’t really think a splurge is really necessary (unless you just really LOVE Dior or the color, of course). Check out Clinique’s Chubby Sticks, Svetlana–you might really like those! (and they’re much cheaper!)

  7. Tracy@Beauty Reflections May 14, 2013 at 10:09 am #

    Pretty! But yeah, when I swatched them in store I thought they were too sheer and no different than some of the drugstore lip pens. I’m still interested in getting one of the Addicts though. :)

    • becca May 14, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

      Ooh me too, me too! The Addicts are next on my list. I really wish I had just passed this one up and gotten an Addict instead, now :/ ah well…still pretty!

  8. Taylor May 14, 2013 at 3:31 pm #

    This looks gorgeous. I love a lovely sheer shade for summer. It looks so juicy and moisturizing.

    • becca May 14, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

      It is really, really nice! :) Have you tried the Clinique Chubby Sticks? I really want to try those now…

  9. Liz May 14, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    It looks nice but I stay away from sheer luxe lippies because the payoff never seem worth it. (I’m sure you know of more than a few that are!) But then I’m not a big lippies person. I’d rather take the $26 and throw it at a blush, lol.

    • becca May 14, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

      LOL I am EXACTLY the same, wifey! If I have money, the first thing it usually goes towards is blush or, lately, highlighter. If not, eyeshadow comes next. Lip products are usually at the bottom of that list–I just can’t muster the same kind of excitement over them as I do cheek products and, to a lower degree, eyeshadow. :P But I had gone so long without buying a lip product that I decided to splurge and got the Jelly Lip Pen along with all those Neutrogena ones I reviewed and the La Mer lip balm (kinda wishing I had saved the $50 and gotten another blush or bronzer from the summer collections instead :/ haha it was SUCH an impulse buy!). After all that though, I will be good for a LONG time. Besides, I was just cleaning out my makeup closet the other day and found so many lip products that were used a handful of times and then promptly forgotten about. I have put them front and center on my desk so I can see them and, hopefully, use them all up before they go bad! :/

  10. Paris B May 14, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

    Gaia is my favourite of the 4 available. They are sheer, make no mistake but I love them for that hint of colour. Its like what I wanted the Clinique Chubby Sticks to be because I found those too drying (I know, odd!) :D

    • becca May 14, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

      Oooh you guys have 4 available over there? Which one besides Gaïa, Copacabana, and Carioca do you have?? I’ll have to Google this. I don’t understand why Dior has been doing this so much recently. You guys got the lovely coral shade of blush in the spring collection and more shades of the Mono shadows…I’m so jealous!! :/

  11. Procrastinator May 14, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

    I adore this colour! I think I’m one of those weird people that spends ridiculous money on lip gloss. I don’t even need them to be particularly pigmented — a lot of the time I find that sheer glosses flatter my lips way more than a liquid lipstick. For example, my favourite gloss of all time (which is so unfortunately discontinued), is the Dior Addict Lip Gloss in 001. It was a clear gloss, but the smoothness of the product, the high shine and its ability to essentially self-level into an unmarred finish made it completely worth it. *sigh*

    • becca May 14, 2013 at 9:27 pm #

      LOL that’s really cool that you appreciate a high-quality clear gloss–there’s not too many people that seem to :P I go both ways I think…for something like a clear gloss or really translucent pink or peach that almost looks clear on the lips, I don’t think I would splurge for. Not at the moment anyway, when money is tighter. Who knows, maybe I will feel differently when I’m done with school and working a real job :P For now though, if I’m buying gloss I do like to spend my money on something unique or a bit more pigmented. Sheer, I don’t mind because I love sheer lip color–it’s the only way I’ll wear color on my lips. But I did feel like I had to grade this fairly and since there are much cheaper products that are similar and the wear time wasn’t the best, I graded accordingly. I personally love it though–the watermelon pink shade is just so happy and fun! :D

      • Procrastinator May 16, 2013 at 6:01 pm #

        Oh yes, the school/job switchover. I hear you, lady. I find sometimes the most unique glosses are ones that are sheer but have an unusual reflect to them!

        • becca May 17, 2013 at 1:21 am #

          Oooh like what–whats your favorite??

          Yeah I love sheer–but so-translucent-it’s-practically-clear is not really a high priority for me right now. :P

  12. Larie May 14, 2013 at 9:11 pm #

    Yep, these are too sheer for me, I think! I like sheer, but then I would go with something else. I DO LIKE FOOD, THOUGH. I know what you mean about food names!

    I think I am going to buy my first Dior Addict Extreme soon – Delice! I think it comes in the regular Addict formula, too, but that one is again too sheer, lol! I have some Rouge Diors but haven’t ever tried the Addicts, so I’m excited (although I’ve bought some for my mom as gifts over the past several years, and she’s a big fan).

    • becca May 14, 2013 at 9:30 pm #

      Ooh I can’t wait to hear what you think of the Addict Extremes–Delice looks so pretty! I plan on making my next lip purchase a Dior Addict–original because you know I love something sheerer :)

      I really do love Gaïa a lot–it’s just a hint sheerer than I had hoped it would be but I still love it. I know many people are super disappointed about the lack of pigment though, especially since Dior promised a “richly saturated” product :/

  13. Jacqueline May 15, 2013 at 3:03 am #

    The swatches look beautiful Becca. Whew I’m not a sheer lip person per se so I can manage to resist this.

    • becca May 15, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

      I don’t blame you–if I pulled off lipstick as well as you did, I wouldn’t mess around with the sheer stuff either! :P haha!

  14. Beauty Box May 15, 2013 at 5:59 am #

    I’m so surprised that Dior would follow in the footsteps of Clinique and Revlon… I guess the heat is on in the lipstick world!

    • becca May 15, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

      Haha I know, right?! Everyone’s in on it these days. Laura Mercier has some out too for the summer collection. I am curious about what types of shades were released–I haven’t heard too much about them!

  15. Toya May 15, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    I don’t wear many sheer lippies, but if I were to do so this one would be a great place to start! Love the color and love the juicy, jelly-like texture Becca :) I bet this looks great on you!

    • becca May 15, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

      Aw thanks Toya! I really do like this one a lot–I know many people aren’t happy with the sheerness but it’s nice! I do wish it were just a teeny tiny bit more pigmented too but the color is still gorgeous :)

  16. Krystle(Baking Beauty) May 15, 2013 at 8:16 pm #

    I have a total weakness For products named aFter Foods as well. Even shades will get me especially in the drug store Revlon Lip Butter named aFter a cupcake -grabs- Foundation that is a smidgen too dark but is called cream brulee gotta have it xD

    • becca May 16, 2013 at 2:00 am #

      LOL that’s hilarious, Krystle! I don’t think I’ve ever gone so far as to buy a darker foundation because I loved the name but I applaud your dedication!! :P haha

  17. Claire May 15, 2013 at 11:25 pm #

    As much as I like jelly lip products, this one was too sheer for me (and too expensive for what it is), I could’t see the difference between a good drugstore product and this jelly pen. If it would be cheaper I would get one though, haha. The colour is very beautiful though :) xxx

    • becca May 16, 2013 at 2:02 am #

      I know the color is SO gorgeous, huh? I do agree about the price though–definitely would’ve loved a more affordable price tag. :/ I’ve heard so many good things about even the Clinique ones which aren’t drugstore but still are about $10 cheaper than the Dior one :/

  18. Catherine @ bcrueltyfree May 16, 2013 at 6:05 am #

    This looks beautiful, but I’d opt for a different brand’s version. It’s a lovely color though

    • becca May 16, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

      I know, this particular shade of pink just makes me weak in the knees! I love it so much! Not a terribly unique formula but the color is gorgeous :)

  19. Jenni @ lifeandlensofbeauty May 16, 2013 at 9:06 am #

    I like the black tube packaging – much more classy than chubby sticks it seems! and the swatch looks shiny as well (in a good way of course)!

    • becca May 16, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

      I know I love that shiny, “jelly” finish so much! I wonder if the Chubby Sticks have a similar finish? Otherwise these Dior Jelly Lip Pens would be TOTALLY worth it to me!! :D

  20. Gummy May 16, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

    Darn. I was really looking forward to maybe getting one of these until reading your review. Oh well…$$ for other things!! I do love that color though and the finish looks like what I usually go for. I still haven’t tried chubby sticks!

    • becca May 16, 2013 at 3:31 pm #

      You know, I wouldn’t rule it out just yet unless you’ve tried the Chubby Sticks. Now I’m started to wonder if they have the gorgeous jelly finish that these Dior ones do. And the Dior ones DO have the silvery micro-shimmer to give it some dimension…I don’t think the Clinique ones have shimmer, do they?

  21. Shivani May 16, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

    the colour is too sheer for my liking, but it is lovely nonetheless. wow at your concise yet detailed review and lovely pictures. Gotta take some pointers ;)

    • becca May 16, 2013 at 3:31 pm #

      LOL aw thanks Shivani!! You’re too sweet :) How has life been for you? I know you’ve seemed to be quite busy the past several months.

  22. Meryl @ Memoiselle May 17, 2013 at 5:17 pm #

    So many brands recently come out with this kind of lip products; clinique, revlon, neutrogena, etc. I am curious of this jelly lip pen since this is from Dior (oh how vain am I :p)

    • becca May 17, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

      LOL no not at all, Meryl! I have been dying to try Clinique’s for a while but I went with Dior’s instead because…well, it’s Dior!! :P haha! It’s really a great product though and if you don’t mind paying a bit more for the brand name, then I highly suggest this one–it’s a beautiful pink on the lips :D

  23. Angela @ The Unprofessional Beauty Blog May 20, 2013 at 1:01 am #

    This is such a beautiful shade, and the swatches look really pretty. It’s so smooth, and now I really want to give this one.

    • becca May 20, 2013 at 3:20 am #

      You should, Angela–the shiny, jelly-like finish is soo pretty and the watermelon pink is so happy and bright and pretty! I think the more I wear it, the more I love it. A lot of people are disappointed about the sheerness and while I do wish it were just a touch more pigmented, I still love it very much and am very happy with my purchase. Carioca is calling to me now too–I’m thinking I may have to go pick that one up as well :P

  24. svetlana July 12, 2013 at 11:20 pm #

    Let me tell you, this is probably the MOST obsessed I’ve been trying to get an item you’ve posted I gorgot to comment! I am so sorry! My sisteractually got her lucky hands on this very coveted summer exclusive item. I tried looking nordstrom on line, neiman marcus on line, bloomingdales on line saks fifth on line… to no avail. So I tried calling all the department stores around me. No such luck… I even looked at the dior site… NO! Can I cry now?!

    So lastly I called Nordstrom the girls were sweet but not very helpful- tho she was kind to offer the stila similar summer exclusive product, I thought it cute but the crayon would make my lips glow under a black light- made for the summer of night fun and magical afternoon and evenings at Coachella. Cute thought, but not for me, not like I plan on partying under a blacklight IF I got stila’s version anyway.

    FINALLY a sweet girl named heather at bloomingdales took the time to track one diwn in san francisco for me… she even waived my shipping MUCH to my delight! Anyway now I impatiently await. Thank u becca for reviewing and introducing me to this summer must have! So sorry for the essay. Ha. I am waaaay too hyped up!

    • becca July 14, 2013 at 12:11 am #

      Yaay–SO glad you were finally able to get your hands on it, Svetlana! It is gonna be sooo worth it, trust me :P I love mine so much! I really wish I had gotten Carioca before it was all sold out in the area :/ You snooze you lose, I guess :P

      I read about the new Stila ones too–I thought that was such a fun idea! I may be going to a concert next weekend so perhaps I’ll get my hands on one to test out :P

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