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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Dior Bird of Paradise Collection for Summer 2013 Review

Hi everyone. If you could see me right now, you will probably think that a zombie has taken over my blog to write you this post. Reason being, I have been sick for over a week and the haze is NOT helping. Although I might not be able to breathe through my nose, take a deep breath or stop coughing (plus I sound like a man), I cannot neglect the blog any longer. 

Now, to help you get the zombie image out of your head, let's talk about something a lot more delightful: Dior Bird of Paradise Collection for Summer 2013. 

To be honest, I haven't been overly excited about the Summer 2013 releases and the Dior Bird of Paradise Collection for Summer 2013 was the first one that caught my attention since I love peacocky colours (my hair is in fact ombre in a peacock inspired color at the moment!). 
I will be reviewing the Diorskin Nude Tan Paradise Duo Blush & Bronzing Powder in 001 Pink Glow, the 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 374 Blue Lagoon, Dior Addict lipsticks in 431 On the Beach & 751 Exotique, the Dior Jelly Lip Pen in 636 Carioca & 656 Gaia as well as the Bird of Paradise Summer Nail Lacquer Duo in 001 Samba & 002 Bahia.
Other products in the collection includes (international release source):
  • 2 shades of Diorskin Nude Tan BB Cream
  • Diorskin Nude Tan Paradise Duo Blush & Bronzing Powder in 002 Coral Glow
  • Paradise Summer Blush Brush
  • 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 434 Peacock
  • Dior Jelly Lip Pen in 516 Copacabana
  • Dior Addict Lip Maximiser in 002 Apricot
  • Diorshow Waterproof Eyeliner in 348 Aqua Green
  • Dior Addict Lipstick in 771 Passionnee (431 On The Beach is Asia Exclusive)
For those in Asia, there are 4 total shades of the Jelly Lip Pen & Dior Addict Lipsticks as well as 2 Mono Eyeshadow and 2 Eye Gloss shades. Note that the Diorskin Nude Tan BB Cream and Coral Glow Blush and Bronzing Powder Duo are not available in Asia (source).

This photo is so yellow!! My camera always does this when the subject and background are very contrasting. I think it's asking to be retired >-<" 
I am normally not too fond of brushes and applicators that come with products because they are seriously not that good most of the time. BUT, this little kabuki that comes with the Diorskin Nude Tan Duo is quite decent.

The bristles are densely packed so it holds its shape well against the skin and it buffs on the powder well. Although it's not super soft, the bristles are not scratchy either. 

One thing though, the felt cylindrical pouch thing that it comes in is not functional at all. You will splay the bristles when you take it out and put it in.
First row from left: top left & bottom left of bronzer portion, top right and bottom right of blush portion.

Second row from left: bronzer blended- semi matte medium tan color with a bit of orange lean & blush blended- bright medium pink with a subtle sheen.
I think that the packaging of this duo is gorgeous. I adore the embossed mirrored packaging even though it is pretty much a fingerprint magnet. The compact has quite a bit of heft to it which makes it feel very sturdy and luxurious. The magnetic closure is very secure and make the compact look very sleek.

The quality of the product itself is amazing! The powder is fine, smooth, blends well and has good colour payoff. The lasting power of both the bronzer and blush is really good too. It stayed on my skin for 7-8 hours before I noticed fading. 

One thing to note, although there seem to be a lighter and darker portion in both the bronzer and blush section, the colours pretty much look identical once you apply it on the skin. 

This palette comes with 2 dual ended sponge tip applicators.
From left: top left- sky blue with a satin finish, top right- sheer pastel blueish mint color, bottom left- turquoise that leans more green with a golden sheen, bottom right- pale frosty green tone light gold & center- darkened teal with a satin sheen.
The quality of the eyeshadows in this palette varies. I really like the texture and pigmentation of the center, bottom left & bottom right shades, which applies well and were silky smooth and pigmented. The top left shade is slightly problematic since it looked a little chalky when applied but it's not too big of a deal for me since the chalkiness disappear once it's blended in. The top left shade is very sheer so it doesn't show up that well on the skin. These eyeshadows lasted up to 8 hours before fading around the edges, without a primer.

In terms of colour, although all the shades in the palette has either shimmer/sheen, it's still quite wearable since the colours are on the muted side. Most of the colours can be easily incorporated into a natural everyday makeup look but they can also be paired together to create a more full on smoky look. 

Left: 431 On the Beach. Right: 751 Exotique.
Left is a single pass and on the right is a built up swatch. From left: 431 On the Beach is a peachy coral and 751 Exotique is a fuchsia pink.
Dior Addict lipsticks have a glossy high shine finish.
Both of these lipsticks have a smooth and hydrating balmy texture so they glide onto the lips very smoothly and evenly. With a thin layer, the colour still shows up on the lips with a very glossy and translucent look. However, you can build up the colour and it will yield a more intense colour payoff while maintaining the gorgeous shine on the lips. 

The Dior Addict lipsticks can stay on for around 3 hours if I don't drink or eat but if I do, they will disappear completely. I don't think I have mentioned it before but the Dior Addict lipsticks have no detectable scent.

The packaging is made of a very light plastic and feels pretty much the same as the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains.
Left, 636 Carioca. Right, 656 Gaia
Left is a single pass and on the right is a built up swatch. From left: 636 Carioca (orangey coral with subtle shimmers) & 656 Gaia (mauve tone rose with barely there shimmers). 
Chubby crayon type lip products seem to be in trend these days because every brand seem to be releasing them. I didn't plan to pick these up but when I swatched them on my hand at the Dior counter, the buttery texture and sheer tint of color yet super glossy look totally roped me in. 

I didn't expect too much from the Jelly Lip Pens, as I have tried so many sheer/translucent hint of colour type lip product that I have a pretty high expectation for these sort of products but OH MY GOODNESS, these Dior Jelly Lip Pens are worth every cent of their exorbitant price tag.

The texture of the Dior Jelly Lip Pens are one of the best that I have tried. It is SUPER buttery and it feels super emollient of the lips. It is very forgiving even on very dry chapped lips and it doesn't emphasize lip lines at all. In fact, it made my lips look very plump and healthy. The colour payoff is sheer and super glossy, which is one of my favourite type of formula/textures to wear. It isn't marketed as one but it works like a tinted lip balm, a very good tinted lip balm that moisturizes your lips and impart a hint of colour to the lips while giving it a healthy glossy look. These sort of products are not meant to be long lasting on the lips and I typically reapply these every 2 hours or so. 

The packaging is ok, pretty standard for chubby lip crayons. The black and silver colour scheme is nice, but the plastic is definitely on the light side so it doesn't "feel expensive" if you know what I mean. 

People who like a more opaque or intense lip product will not like the Dior Jelly Lip Pens but if you like a subtle, sheer glossy tinted lip look, then I highly recommend that you try the Dior Jelly Lip Pens out. Some might deem this too expensive for what it does but the out-of-this-world texture is what makes it worthy of its price tag. 

p/s. From my extra long review on the Jelly Lip Pens, I guess you can tell how in love I am with them. 

The nail polish duos contains 7ml/0.23 fl. oz of product while a full size Dior nail polish contains 10ml/0.33 fl. oz of product.
The brush is also shaped different to a full size Dior nail polish.

The top brush is the brush shape of a full size Dior nail polish and it has a flat wide brush that is tapered at the tips. The brush shape of the nail polish duos are rounded and flat at the tip.
402 on the left and 794 on the right.
402 (cream turquoise green colour) on my index and middle finger.

794 (frosty and shimmery teal) on my ring finger and pinkie.
Out of the 2 nail polish duos that were released in the Bird of Paradise Collection, I prefer 001 Samba over 001 Bahia.

Both of the polishes have a nice consistency that is not too thin and not too thick. 402 is almost opaque in one coat and it was very easy to apply since it levels out very well (no brush strokes). 794 needs two coats to be fully opaque and it doesn't level out quite as well as 402 so some brush strokes were visible. However, since it has a frosty metallic finish, you won't really be able to detect the brush strokes unless you look very closely. These stayed on well on my nails, showing tip wear only on the 5th day.

667 on the left 792 on the right.
667 (bright purple tone pink) on my index and middle finger.

792 (deep aqua) on my ring finger and pinkie.
These nail polishes have a nice consistency so they applied fairly easily and are opaque in 2 coats. I have no complaints about the texture and finish of the Bahia duo as they are both good but I am just not too fond of the colour against my skin tone. For some reason, 792 makes my skin look dull and yellower. Both of these shades showed tip wear around the 3rd day but it remained chip-free for a few more days. 

Eyes: 374 Blue Lagoon Palette- Bottom left shade all over the lids, top left shade as a blending colour on the edge of the lid color, bottom right shade patted onto the middle of the lids, top right shade on the inner corners and center colour on the outer corners.

Cheeks: 001 Pink Glow- bronzer shade to contour the outer perimeter of my face and the blush shade on the apples of my cheeks.

Lips: If you seen my Shu Uemura OB Collection Review post (LINK), you will know that I am loving the two-colour lip look.
I wore the Dior Addict Lipstick in 431 On the Beach on my top lip and 751 Exotique on my bottom lip.

Eyes: 374 Blue Lagoon Palette- Top right shade all over the lids, bottom right shade on the lower lashline to brighten the eyes and centre colour to line my eyes (I then used a liquid liner to define my upper lash line).

Cheeks: 001 Pink Glow- bronzer to contour and blush colour on the apples of my cheeks.

Lips: Another two-colour lip look~ 656 Gaia on my top lip and 636 Carioca on my bottom lip.

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  1. Omigosh, this collection is amazing - I love the Dior lipsticks! (I have a Dioraddict lip glow, and it's one of my favourites!)

  2. amazing haul!!! the jelly lip pen sounds very nice! I'd love to try them but I am not sure if they were still available here.. do you think if they might go to the permanent range?

  3. I have a Lip Glow too and I love that as well!!

  4. From what I know, the Jelly Lip Pens are limited edition. I hope they become permanent though. I love them!!!

  5. Looks gorgeous! The Jelly Lip Pens do look a bit tacky though, like not high class enough for Dior's usual standard..

  6. PS I meant the packaging of the pens - not the product itself!

  7. I know right!!!! Dior's other lip products have such gorgeous packaging but the jelly lip pen's packaging is just meh.

  8. Lovely summer colors! I'd try the nail polishes, especially the 402...Youve created a beautiful look!

  9. Dior is amazing! I think they have great pigmentation too! The packaging is so cute too!

    with love, Cassandra

  10. The Blue Lagoon palette is quite beautiful! I'm not one for much colour on the eyes, but the shades are so lovely! The Dior Addict lipsticks are gorgeous too - the two colours are definitely shades I'd choose ^^
    Thanks for the awesome reviews, and hope you feel better soon!

  11. The NUDE bronzer and blush is super pretty!

  12. I hope you get better soon hun! Being sick for a week is no good. Have you gone to the doctor yet or taken anything?? Love your makeup in the end photos. I think the nail polish doesn't work well because the shades are too 'cool toned'. I tend to gravitate towards dark colors but with colored ones, I think warmer tones would look best. Joyce @

  13. Yay Dior! I love Dior :P and I think this Summer
    collection is quite nice! The colors are dashing and
    thanks for the review and swatches! Xx

  14. Gorgeous collection isn't it? ^-^ I really love the name as well~~

  15. I have taken meds but the sore throat and cough keeps coming back TT^TT I have gotten a lot better already though. Thanks for your concern ^-^

    That might be it with the nail polishes!! It's still ok if it's on 1 or 2 fingers but if I had it on more nails, it's really not flattering!!!!

  16. It's so pretty to look at and works very well too!

  17. I am feeling a lot better but the sore throat and cough keeps coming back >-< So happy to know that you and I have similar preferences in lipstick colours ^0^

  18. I really like most of the Dior products I have tried~

  19. ClothesandCameraJuly 1, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Really great make-up dear! Oh and thanks for your comment, we went to see Hangover 3 ;)

  20. oh wow! looks like somebody went crazy at the Dior counter recently ;) these look awesome especially the blush and bronzer compact! I need to save up for it! :)

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  22. Those color look super awesome on you. I don't wear blue eyeshadow well, so I skipped this. However I'm loving those nail lacquers. What fantastic colors! Really, everything looks so good on you. Fabulous review.

  23. The lip jellys didn't really look good to me, but your description kind of sold me. I have chronically dry lips so I'd really like my lip products not to accentuate that!

  24. I love those beauty products. Great choise honey! xx

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  26. Frankly, the only Dior make up I got is their black waterproof eyeliner pencil and I'm not gonna say that it's my favorite either. I'm more of a MAC fan, I guess :P But these are amazing! I love the peacock-like color combination too :) oh well, I've always loved such shades of bluish-green :D

    I like the NUDE Duo blush packaging! For some reason I think it's really unique and fun~ Hm, judging from your remark, Dior's blush might work nicely than my current blush which fades too easily -__-;; now I'm debating whether to get Dior's or tonymoly's blush which is just so obvious and pinkish vibrant.

    The eyeshadow paletteee *o* really nice shades!! I never dare to use vibrant eyeshadows though because i don't think they'd fit hence i always/only rely on eyeliner most of the time. i always use pale eyeshadows instead haha

    The first crayon lip product I discovered was from Revlon and now it seems like other brands are starting to make one for their own.. wow, what a trend. the revlon one kind of smells and tastes funny though...

    Gotta love the nail polishes, especially the teal color. I never really checked other nail polishes other than nyx's and opi's so thanks for introducing dior's xD

  27. wow.. !!!! so lovely goodies

    like those colors and the packaging

  28. Raimar ღ Guevara ღJuly 3, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Oh wow really cool collection!
    The bronzer nude is really pretty!
    The nail polish are cold and pretty!
    I love it the pen jelly lip!

  29. I actually don't own any eye pencils from Dior so I am not sure if they are any good. Probably not since I haven't heard many people talk about them at all :P I didn't use to wear colourful eyeshadows too much but I think the look it gives is much softer than colourful eyeliners so I am wearing them a lot more these days. I haven't tried Tony Moly's blushes either so maybe you can try it and tell me if you like it :D

  30. The Dior Jelly Lip Pencils are really nice!! I totally did not expect to like them as much as I do~~

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  32. Happy birthday!! Thank you for your sweet comment~~

  33. You are too sweet~~ I really like 001 Bahia duo!!

  34. What a great looking collection. Very luxe!

  35. Ah I truly enjoyed this post! I try to limit myself with luxury makeup, but this post really got me excited! Thank you for the lovely eye candy!

  36. Love the nail polishes, the colors are perfect for this summer!

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  41. disqus_61ZpffsK95July 5, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Going to buy this blush now, thanks for the amazing review! Really detailed and helpful :)

  42. Oh my gosh all of this is amazing! I especially love the blue palette and the green polishes! Enjoy all these you lucky thing! xx

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  46. Omg, I am so jealous of your purchases! The blush is super pretty!!

  47. I am a blush addict so I find pretty blushes super irresistible!


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