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Dior Summer Dune Collection 2021

May 12, 2021

DIOR Summer Dune Makeup 2021

I’ve been a bit MIA on the blog because we’ve taken a little road trip getaway to the other coast of Florida to celebrate my birthday in Miami! This one is a big one as I have just turned 40! I don’t know if I will have a travel diary on the blog but if you want to see some highlights, I have snippets saves on my Instagram Highlights @beautylookbook under the MIAMI tab. (Thank you so much to all of you who sent the sweetest birthday wishes!)

Today I have a look at some items from the Dior Makeup Summer Dune Collection for Summer 2021. You can find the vast majority of these at Dior.com and select items are available at retailers like Nordstrom, Saks, Bloomingdale’s etc.

Pieces I hauled from the Summer Dune Collection plus a few new items I spotted online:

  • 5 Couleurs Couture in Mirage 699 and Dune 759 ($63 each)
  • Diorskin Nude Luminizer in Pink Dune 001 and Peach Dune 002 ($50 each)
  • Addict Stellar Gloss in Golden Hour 110, also picked up Dior Garden 213 and Sunrise 611 new but not part of the summer launch ($30 each)
  • Lip Maximizer in Shimmer Bronze 023 ($34)
  • Addict Lacquer Stick in Nude Desert 323 ($38)
  • Dior Vernis in Dune 323 ($28)
  • Pouch shown was a GWP on Dior’s website from a few weeks ago, but I just saw it online at Saks (says available with a $150 purchase, while supplies last through May 15)

Eyeshadow Palettes

Dior 5 Couleurs Couture Eyeshadow Palettes Summer Dune collection

There are two new limited-edition eyeshadow palettes in the 5 Couleurs Couture format called Mirage 699 and Dune 759. Both are shimmery with a marbled swirl of color mixed in. Mirage is the softer of the two with warm copper, corals and peach shades – they all blend into very similar tones once on the skin but if you layer them with the sponge applicator or a dense brush you can see some more variation. Texture feels super lightweight with medium pigment. I would have liked to see more variation and contrast in the colors to create a more complete eye look. By itself it does give a nice ombre effect.

Dune is more sparkly with tiny micro sparkles. This pulls very warm by itself but if you add a cream brown shadow as a base you can make it more neutral. I added the Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Cocoa to help create more dimension/contrast. Application is smooth and shimmery. The micro sparkles seemed to adhere pretty well with minimal fallout.

Dior Summer Dune Eyeshadow swatches

Below wearing:

Dior Summer Dune Makeup Look

Dior Summer Dune Makeup Look

Highlighters

Dior Summer Dune Diorskin Nude Highlighters

For the cheeks I could not resist picking up the new Diorskin Nude Luminizer in Pink Dune 001 and Peach Dune 002. Both have a smooth beautiful shimmer. The colors themselves aren’t the most unique but I think they’re very wearable for a nice glow that isn’t over the top. Pink Dune is a shimmery light pink and Peach Dune is a peach gold.

Dior Summer Dune Diorskin Nude Highlighter swatches

Diorskin Nude Luminizer in Peach Dune

Lips

Dior Summer Dune Lip Glosses

Dior Summer Dune Lip Swatches

I hauled a lot of the new glosses! The Addict Stellar Gloss in Golden Hour 110 is one of the new ones for summer which is a sheer pale gold shimmer. It’s almost clear on the lips with an opalescent sheen. I also picked up Dior Garden 213 which is a pale shimmery lilac pink (also almost clear) and Sunrise 611 (nude pink caramel) both new but not part of the summer launch.

Dior Addict Stellar Gloss Dior Garden

I already featured the new Lip Maximizer in Shimmer Bronze 023 in this post here. This one is a warm coppery bronze with a soft sheen. It pulls very orange on my complexion which I think is fun for summer!

Last but not least for lips, I ordered the Addict Lacquer Stick in Nude Desert 323. I love this formula and wish there were more lighter neutrals available. This is a creamy nude, on my lips it looks more flesh toned than it does in the tube – but this could just be my pigmented lips and tan. I really love this one! (Wearing this in the top photo.)

Dior Addict Lacquer Stick Nude Desert

Nail Polish

Dior Vernis in Dune

The last thing I have to share from the Dior Summer Dune collection is the Nail Polish in Dune. This looks like a peachy brown online, in real life it is a lot more brown and deeper in color. I’m personally not a huge fan but after showing a sneak peek on stories I received an overwhelming number of messages and responses on this one. Apparently most of you LOVE it! It did grow on me a little. I will say that I do think it is a unique peachy brown shade – I haven’t seen anything quite like it.

Overall some pretty launches for summer with good performance and wearable colors. I don’t think anything is a stand out for being super unique and while the eyeshadows are really stunning, I wish there was a bit more variation/contrast in the palettes.

After playing with everything the top 3 stand outs are the Addict Lacquer Stick in Nude Desert, Addict Stellar Gloss in Sunrise and Diorskin Luminizer in Peach Dune. I think I will be more of a fan of the Chanel Les Beiges Summer 2021 collection which just launched online at Chanel.com and will be reviewed very soon!

DIOR Summer Dune Makeup 2021

If you’ve been looking for swatches of Dior Summer Dune Collection I hope this helped you! Have you checked out anything from the summer launch yet? If so what did you think?

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I hauled my items from Dior.com.

Dior Sephora

Dior Addict Lip Glow – New Formula

April 19, 2021

Dior Addict Lip Glow New Formula | The Beauty Lookbook

Dior just revamped their classic Addict Lip Glow and I hauled a number of colors! The formula is now reformulated to be 97% natural. These are color reviving balms so the color will adjust slightly to give the lips a custom glow. Brightness varies depending on lip chemistry. I know some of you have mentioned the classic Original Pink turns into a bright fuchsia pink, while for others it’s more of a softer flushed pink. These are currently available at Dior and Sephora.

To me these seem pretty much identical to the original formula – hydrating, smooth, slightly minty in scent and a subtle glossy sheen. I did an IGTV featuring a natural glowing makeup look featuring the new Rosewood 012 which you can view via @BEAUTYLOOKBOOK.

I also hauled a few of the other shades and have them swatched below. The colors on the lips mimic what you see in the tube with a flush of color as they transform on the lips.

Dior Lip Glow | Beauty Look Book

Colors I have in the new formula:

  • 000 Universal Clear
  • 001 Pink
  • 004 Coral
  • 008 Ultra Pink
  • 011 Rosegold
  • 012 Rosewood
  • 015 Cherry
  • 020 Mahogany

Swatches below. These will look different on everyone as they’re transforming balms and the flush that will appear is going to vary depending on your lips. Even on me the flush doesn’t always look the same. Sometimes the flush and brightness is bolder, other times the color looks more true to tube.

Dior Lip Glow swatches | Beauty Look Book

Looks with the Dior Addict Lip Glow colors I hauled on my lips (all except Rosegold 12 which is similar to Pink 01 on me except for a veil of shimmer), also wearing:

Swatches:

Dior Lip Glow Universal Clear

Dior Lip Glow 01 Pink

Dior Lip Glow 04 Coral

Dior Lip Glow 08 Ultra Pink

Dior Lip Glow 12 Rosewood

Dior Lip Glow 15 Cherry

Dior Lip Glow 20 Mahogany

A look at a couple more items below. The 5 Couleurs Couture Eyeshadow Palettes are the newest formula from Dior and I think the texture is a significant improvement from past palettes. Nude Dress is a nice everyday neutral with a mix of shimmers and mattes. Mitzah reminds me of a less shimmery version of Tom Ford Honeymoon (I prefer the Tom Ford for colors and formula). They’re beautiful and nice for everyday with soft blendable textures and long lasting pigment.

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadows in Nude Dress and Mitzah

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadows in Nude Dress and Mitzah swatches

I also hauled the new Backstage Face and Body Powder-No-Powders. They looked like they ran dark online so I ordered 3 Neutral (what I thought my shade would be) and 2 Neutral (one shade lighter). They do run darker from what I expected and 2 Neutral is the perfect color for my medium tan skin. It has a soft sheen with a blurring effect. Texture is lightweight and finish is sheer. I didn’t swatch these because they blend into the skin and you can’t really see them in an arm swatch, but they do melt into the skin with a super lightweight finish.

Dior Backstage Face and Body Powder-No-Powder in 2 Neutral and 3 Neutral

Dior Lip Glow Review via The Beauty Look Book

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Dior Lips

Dior Addict Stellar Gloss + Stellar Halo Shine Lipsticks

March 31, 2020

Dior Addict Stellar Gloss and Halo Shine Lipsticks

The latest from Dior Beauty is the new Dior Addict Stellar Gloss ($30 each) + Stellar Halo Shine Lipsticks ($38 each). I hauled several colors in the new formulas and have swatches for you today! Most of the colors are available at all retailers like Nordstrom, Sephora etc. There are a few shades I was only able to find on Dior.com. Color options may vary by country as well.

Dior Addict Stellar Gloss

Dior Addict Stellar Gloss Review

I bought eight of the Dior Addict Stellar Lip Glosses sight unseen. I’ve been buying the lip glosses from the line for as long as I can remember and by this point I’ve lost count of how many times they’ve reformulated them. This variation comes with a large sponge tip applicator. They also have a sweet vanilla scent this round which I don’t remember them having. The Dior Addict Stellar Gloss has a high shine finish with a balm-like feel. They are smooth and non-sticky but semi-thick because of the balmy feel. Lasting power is better than average. They stay put on the lips for several hours but aren’t going to be super long lasting.

Dior Addict Stellar Gloss Review via The Beauty Look Book

Finishes range from creams, shimmers to high shimmers to a few sparkles. I’d say pigment varies by color as well. The deeper brighter shades have better color payoff. A lot of the nudes I got look similar in the tubes. You can see the variation once you swatch them on the hand. However on my pigmented lips many of them look the same.

Dior Addict Stellar Gloss haul

Colors I hauled:

  • Diorsolight is a pale milky beige pink cream
  • D-Way is a milky beige with tiny silver and beige shimmers
  • J’Adior is a perfect beige peach nude cream
  • Mirrored is a shimmery reflective nude
  • D-Light is a smooth shimmer beige with pinkish/silver sheen
  • Diorama is a smooth soft muted plum with silver shimmers
  • Stellar is a clear base loaded with lilac glitter (still applies smooth and there’s no texture even with the sparkles)
  • Everdior is a gorgeous shimmery coral with gold shimmers

Dior Addict Stellar Gloss swatches

Dior Addict Stellar Gloss swatches

Dior Stellar Halo Shine Lipsticks

Dior Addict Stellar Halo Shine Lipstick review

I was really excited about the new Dior Stellar Halo Shine Lipsticks because of the shimmery stars in the center of each color! Some have a gold star, others have a pink star. The lipsticks themselves are more of a satin with a soft sheen but the star center adds either gold micro glitters or pink micro sparkles. On the lips they are shimmery but aren’t too frosty.

Pigment-wise the deeper colors have better color payoff. These have a lot of slip to them because of the shine. To me they have a similar feel to the YSL Rouge Volupte Shines or Chanel Rouge Coco Flash. The Dior Stellar Halo Shine Lipsticks also have a sweet vanilla cake kind of scent. Since there is a lot of shine and gloss to them, they almost feel like they’ll slide off the lips without a liner or primer. To me they feel more like tinted balms rather than a lipstick, but it’s pleasant and lovely to wear.

Dior Addict Stellar Halo Shine Lipstick review

Colors I hauled below. As always please note because I have a natural pigmented lip base, the nudes will most likely look different on you as my natural lip shows through:

  • Cherish Star is a nude pink in the tube, but on my lips it’s almost a pale sheer pink
  • Treasure Star looks like a taupe shimmer in the tube, on my lips it’s a nude pink shimmer
  • Peace Star is a coral peach shimmer, on my lips and complexion it pulls more pinkish
  • Pink Star is a lovely almost soft raspberry pink shimmer

Dior Addict Stellar Halo Shine Lipstick swatches

Dior Addict Stellar Halo Shine Lipstick swatches

Below right wearing Addict Stellar Halo Shine in Pink Star, left wearing Addict Stellar Gloss in J’Adior. Foundation shade is Armani Luminous Silk 6.5. Blush is Laura Mercier Fresco. Top from Everlane.

Dior Addict Stellar Halo Shine Pink Star Lipstick and J'Adior Gloss

Dior New Stellar Gloss and Halo Shine Lipstick

Overall I’m happy with most of my picks. Had I seen them all in person I probably would have picked different colors and skipped most of the nudes I bought – mainly because they look so similar on me. Since the formula pulls sheer-ish I think the brights and bolds would be a lot easier to wear than I anticipated. At this point I don’t think I’ll be hauling any more colors since summer launches are right around the corner and I’m interested in seeing other new things. I do like the look of some of the brighter glosses though which I think would be nice for summer.

Colors I hauled were from Nordstrom and Dior.

Have you tried any of these yet? What did you think?

 

Dior Lips

Dior Lip Glow Oil Review

February 4, 2020

Dior Lip Glow Oil Review via The Beauty Look Book

There are quite a few new lip oil launches this spring and I have a Dior Lip Glow Oil review and swatches today. There are eight colors available. Six are available at all Dior counters in Pink, Coral, Raspberry, Cherry, Berry, Rosewood (the non-shimmer ones) like Sephora, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus etc. and then there are two of which have shimmers with tiny glitter flecks in Pearl and Holo Pink that I found online at Sephora. I ordered five of them.

Dior Lip Glow Oils Pink, Pearl, Raspberry, Holo Pink, Rosewood

Dior Lip Glow Oil

The Dior Lip Glow Oils have a wide cushiony applicator. It allows me to coat the entire lip in one swipe which is nice. They have a thick texture that adheres to the lips and while it feels lush and thick, it’s not greasy or too sticky feeling. It’s comfortable and offers instant hydration to the lips. After testing I have mixed feelings about these. While I like them and think they are lovely the colors all look the same on my lips, even the sparkle ones. They have a slight color enhancing finish to them – they do transform the tint on my lips in a subtle way. Raspberry and Rosewood have the deepest tints to a flushed pink on my complexion.

Colors I bought:

  • 001 Pink is a soft pink
  • 003 Pearl is a clear almost white base with loaded glitter
  • 007 Raspberry is a sheer medium bright pink
  • 010 Holo Pink is a clear pink base with glitter suspended
  • 012 Rosewood is a medium rose

Dior Lip Glow Oil Review

Dior Lip Glow Oil Swatches

Dior Lip Glow Oil Review Lip Swatches

001 Pink

Dior Lip Glow Oil 001 Pink

003 Pearl

Dior Lip Glow Oil 003 Pearl

007 Raspberry

Dior Lip Glow Oil 007 Raspberry

010 Holo Pink

Dior Lip Glow Oil 010 Holo Pink

012 Rosewood

Dior Lip Glow Oil 012 Rosewood

The glitter ones have a very subtle glitter effect. I can barely see them in a swatch or on the lips. The shimmers in the Dior Addict Lip Maximizer or holo options for the Dior Addict Lip Glows are a lot more noticeable.

Moisture-wise I don’t think these are the best for a lip treatment. I tried these on numerous occasions and even waited until a super dry lip day to see how these performed. I had dry lips to the point of peeling one morning. Application offered instant relief and moisture as it hugs the lips and acts like a glossy cushion. It stays put for several hours without budging or fading. The main downside for me is the moisture doesn’t stay there. Once it’s off the lips there isn’t any remaining moisture. With other balms, even when they fade or wear off, I feel like lips are left hydrated and feel better. The effect of any hydration seems to only be there when the product is on the lips, once it is off, my lips are left feeling dry again.

I like these as a lush thick gloss with high shine. As a lip oil, it didn’t perform as I had hoped – but that doesn’t make them bad. For moisture I prefer the original stick Dior Addict Lip Glows by far. Even the Addict Lip Maximizers have more lasting hydration on me.

Look wearing 012 Rosewood:

Dior Lip Glow Oil in Rosewood 012

Look wearing same as above for eyes/face, lips are 003 Pearl (which looks pretty much the same):

Dior Lip Glow Oil in 003 Pearl

Dior Lip Glow Oil Review via The Beauty Look Book

If you’re looking for a subtle color-transforming gloss with a lush look and high shine, I’d recommend trying one. I don’t think you need more than one color as they look very similar in my experience. They have a very subtle minty scent but it’s barely noticeable and there’s no tingle or plumping sensation which is a plus for me since my lips are sensitive and often go fully numb with plumpers.

You can find the Dior Addict Lip Glow available at all Dior counters. The shimmer ones appear to be exclusive to Sephora for the moment. I bought all of these from Sephora. Makeup bags shown in most are by The Daily Edited (clear pouch) and Cuyana (mini bright pink bag).

 

Have you tried these yet? I ordered a few of the new spring items and the Rosewood Dior Addict Lip Glow. Review coming soon!

 

Base Makeup Dior Highlighters

Dior Makeup Holiday, Lip + Base Haul

October 13, 2017

Dior Haul, Holiday, Lip and Base | The Beauty Look BookI have a collective haul post today with some Dior bits. Over the past few months I’ve been using a lot of their base products and found some new favorites. Some mini collections have launched new products such as the Rouge Dior Liquid Lip and Metalizer for Eyes that I’ve been testing. So many of you have asked about the Rouge Dior Liquid Lip Stains and I picked out two (thoughts below). Holiday has also launched and I picked up three items from the collection to review today. So there’s a little bit of everything in today’s roundup post. I hauled these items from both Nordstrom and Sephora but you should be able to find most everything at all Dior counters now (I think holiday is still trickling in stores).

For holiday Dior has a mix of items with shimmers and mattes. The eyeshadow palettes look gorgeous in the formulas but colors aren’t really up my alley like they were in previous years so I limited my picks to three things:

  • Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer in Precious Rocks 001 is one of the smoothest shimmer highlighters I’ve tried. It’s so unique with an opalescent shimmer quality. To me it has a pinkish beige tinge and depending on how the light catches it, sometimes it will look more warm/gold but if you see it in person I think you’ll see it’s definitely more pink. On my olive medium tone skin this has a light opal pink finish. If you are fair this may look more peachy/deeper on you. When I first swatched it I thought it was going to be a near dupe for the regular Nude Air Luminizer in 002 but it’s not (comparisons below).
  • Diorific Matte Fluid Lip & Cheek Velvet Colour in Charm is something I had high hopes for since last year’s options were just perfect and festive for holiday. I picked up one shade in Charm which is different from last year’s Charm. This year is a nude pink but it dries down to a dusty finish. If you are lighter in complexion than me or darker I think it will look more flattering. On me it just makes me look a little dead. Drydown is nice for a matte, but it’s more of a satiny matte.
  • Diorific Vernis Nail Lacquer in Ruby is a metallic pink ruby red and the shimmer is smooth and free of brush strokes. It has some pink which gives it a more youthful effect compared to a traditional red.

Dior Holiday 2017 PicksDior Haul Swatches

Diorific Matte Fluid Lip & Cheek Velvet Colour Charm

Diorific Vernis Nail Lacquer in Ruby

Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Precious Rocks Shimmering Sculpting Powder | The Beauty Look Book

Comparisons below to some older Dior Highlighters, turns out I had Glowing Gardens from a million years ago in my backup stash.

Diorskin Nude Air Luminizers | The Beauty Look Book

Additional pink highlighter comparison swatches to Laura Mercier Face Illuminator in Devotion, By Terry Compact Expert in #3, Diorskin Nude Air Glowing Gardens 001 in Glowing Pink (discontinued), Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer 001, 002 and 004.

Diorskin Nude Air Luminizers | The Beauty Look Book

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I’ve been a long-time fan of the Dior Airflash Foundation but anyone who has tried it knows it’s one that takes a bit of time to apply. I tried some other foundations and concealers from the line and love everything I’ve bought. My base picks and testing include:

  • Diorskin Forever Perfect Foundation in 21 and 31 – this isn’t a new formula but for some reason it escaped my radar for a long time. I’ve featured it in my summer base edit here. I matched myself and in store 30 was perfect. When I got home I applied it and found it oxidized a full shade darker and looked very pink. I went back and found that 21 and 31 have a more yellow undertone and since I tan easily (and loose my tan just as easily) I decided on both to mix the colors. The formula is medium but buildable to full coverage and looks natural. It holds up well in the humidity here and I love the way it covers everything up evenly.
  • Diorskin Forever Perfect Cushion Foundation in 21 and 30 – this was a newer launch last month in the US and is one of the best in-between cushions for coverage. Most cushions I’ve tried are either very sheer or very opaque. This is a good in the middle option. Colors are very limited though – I wish they would expand the line! I was lucky to find two matches. Again I picked out two shades 21 and 30 (since they don’t have a 31).
  • Diorskin Forever Undercover Concealer in 30 and 31 – is also a new launch, I can’t remember the last time I tried a Dior concealer so I can’t compare this to others, but this has impressive coverage with smooth creamy texture. It is similar to NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer but the Dior isn’t quite as creamy or emollient and it has a slightly more matte finish. I use this both under the eyes and on spots. 30 is more neutral and 31 is more yellow.

Diorskin Forever Perfect Cushion Foundation, Diorskin Forever Perfect Foundation and Diorskin Forever Undercover Concealer | The Beauty Look Book

Diorskin Forever Perfect Cushion Foundation, Diorskin Forever Perfect Foundation and Diorskin Forever Undercover Concealer swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Additional misc items below, I saved the worst for last. Sorry to be harsh but these weren’t up my alley. I had such high hopes for these too!

  • Rouge Dior Liquid Lip Stain in Vibrant Metal and Delicate Satin – I am a huge fan of the Rouge Dior Brilliant Lipshine & Care Couture Colour so I thought I’d like these. There are a few finishes: Satin, Matte and Metal. I knew I wouldn’t like the mattes so I tried the other two. The Vibrant Metal shade looks so pretty in the tube and swatched on the hand but on my lips it’s like I straight up applied this hideous copper orange foil onto my face. Delicate Satin is a more wearable color and I actually like it for a warm neutral rose pink brown. I just find the formula too airy and mousse-like, it has that silicone powdery feel which I don’t like on the lips. It also wears off really easily. I suspect that matte ones wear better but since I really don’t like mattes on my lips because they make them look like raisins I passed.
  • Metalizer Eyes & Lips Cream Shadow in Platine Fusion – is a metallic cream shadow that you can use on the lips or eyes. I felt these were best suited for eyes. It has a very fluid texture in a squeeze tube that doesn’t retain its shape well. The color is swatched in the top swatch photo and you can see the color is very standard and basic. I will say that it does have great lasting power – once you put it on it doesn’t budge, but I’m just not the biggest fan of the finish (it is sheer but buildable) and the packaging style just wasn’t my cup of tea.

Dior Metalizer Eyes & Lips Cream Shadow in Platine Fusion, Rouge Dior Liquid Lip Stain in Vibrant Metal and Delicate Satin | The Beauty Look Book

Rouge Dior Liquid Lip Stain in Vibrant Metal and Delicate Satin | The Beauty Look Book

Dior Haul | The Beauty Look Book

One last look wearing the following items:

Dior Holiday Precious Rocks Highlighter and Rouge Dior Liquid in Delicate Satin | The Beauty Look Book

You can find the Dior items online and in store now. I bought holiday items from Nordstrom and some other items from Sephora. So far I’ve only seen Dior Holiday online at Nordstrom, Dior.com and Neiman Marcus but it should be up on other sites soon!

Have you tried the Dior foundations or concealers yet? If not what’s your current favorite? If you picked up anything from holiday let me know!

Eye Makeup

Mascara Hits and Misses

August 4, 2017

Mascara Testing Hits and Misses

I have a new updated mascara roundup. I’ve been trying a few new formulas and have some hits and some misses. The humidity in Florida is pretty high and the sun feels a million times stronger here than it did in San Diego. Finding one that holds up to the humidity has been a process.

  • Bobbi Brown No Smudge Mascara is a formula I had purchased from a duo over last holiday. I had it sitting in the box waiting for my other tubes to get used up. I was pleasantly surprised because the reviews with this were mixed. It had zero clumping, defined lashes, volumized, coated evenly, held the curl and had no smudging. For me this is a hit.
  • Sisley-Paris So Intense Mascara is one I tried from the Nordstrom Color Twist Set (review here). Huge hit with this one even though the comb is so tiny it looks like it won’t grab lashes. It allows you to get right at the base without touching the skin. This usually isn’t a big deal for me if the mascara is good because a quick clean up with a Q-tip fixes it after application. However this one makes application easier. It volumizes, holds curl and doesn’t smudge.
  • L’Oreal Lash Paradise Waterproof is the first drugstore mascara I’ve actually liked. I’ve tried dozens and end up throwing them all away after 2 uses because they either dry to a grey looking black, smudge or don’t hold the curl. This literally was WOW with the first try. It’s everything I want in a mascara – volume, definition and holds the curl. I absolutely love the waterproof version because there is zero smudging. Blackest Black is the color I tried and it’s a true rich black. It does take more work to remove at the end of the day but is completely worth it. Huge hit.
  • Tom Ford Waterproof Extreme Mascara has to be mentioned again even though it’s not new to me because it’s my favorite waterproof mascara. No smudging, holds the curl, volumizes – huge thumbs up. I’ve repurchased this one the most in the past year.
  • Chanel Le Volume Waterproof is another classic. The regular Le Volume is good, but I prefer the Waterproof version because it holds up better in the humidity. This is one of the few rubberized applicators I like – most other brands just don’t do it for me. A classic one for me.
  • Dior Pump N Volume Mascara was a big miss. The first application was decent for volume, holding the curl and having a true rich black color. Every application after that was a clumping disaster – even when I removed excess from the tube by cleaning it. When there’s buildup, every once in a while I’ll take the wand and run it in between a folded piece of paper. It’s just like you would do with a tissue or paper towel but using paper makes it so those cotton fibers from tissue won’t get caught in the bristles. The volume on this one is really good and there are quite a few rave reviews on this one, if it didn’t clump all the time it would be perfect.
  • Serge Lutens Comb Mascara is another miss for me. I had such high hopes for this one as it came highly recommended and the online reviews on the formula were stellar. It has a similar applicator to the Sisley-Paris one. For some reason this Serge Lutens one made my lashes look spidery. It took a while to dry and smudged with a few blinks. After it dried down it had decent staying power but didn’t hold the curl and didn’t have as rich of a black finish as other ones. It wasn’t the worst but there are much better formulas for me out there.

A few notes on other mascaras I’ve loved but didn’t feature in this roundup. Other long-time favs have included the By Terry Mascara Terrybly, Chantecaille Faux Cils, Stila Huge Lash and Bobbi Brown Eye Opening Mascara. Most of these still work for me in the humid hot weather, I’ve just been rotating through different options recently. If you’ve had your eye on the Chantecaille one I highly recommend you check out the Touch-Up Essentials Set while it’s still available for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale because it’s a great deal. The only one that doesn’t work so well for me in humid weather is the By Terry option, but they do have a waterproof version which I want to investigate.

Best Makeup Remover Lancome | The Beauty Look Book

For makeup removal longer lasting formulas and waterproof ones are going to be more difficult to remove in the evenings. Most of these I have to use a multi-step process to take them off in the evenings. Regardless of whether I double cleanse with a cleansing oil or cleansing water, I always use a cotton pad and soak it with eyemakeup remover first. My favorite formula used to be the Chanel Gentle Bi-Phase Eye Makeup Remover but these days I’ve found it’s just ok. Some of the longer lasting formulas don’t come off anymore with this one and I don’t know if the formula of the makeup remover has changed or if I’m simply finding formulas with better lasting power. Some thing goes for the Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover. It used to be a long-time go to but my last bottle didn’t perform as well as I remember it did in past years. My current go-to is the Lancome Bi-Facil Double Action Eye Makeup Remover (available in this value set from Nordstrom here and here). For cotton I’ve tried a number of brands but my favorites are from Chanel and Sephora.

If I had to pick one mascara to use for the rest of the summer that would be a hard choice. I would be able to narrow it down to three: Sisley-Paris, L’Oreal and Tom Ford.

What are your favorite mascaras for the summertime?

 

Hauls

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Exclusives Nude Lip Haul

July 17, 2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Exclusives Lip Haul | The Beauty Look Book

Today I’m reviewing and swatching my lip haul from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I bought three sets in store from MAC, YSL and Dior for Early Access. After browsing some more online I decided to stick with what I bought for the most part (I ordered a couple more items) as most of the sets consist of existing colors this year. As usual my picks are all in the neutral category. Also since I already have some colors from other sets offered in the sale, check back later today and I’ll have swatches of those up for reference.

Up first is my favorite, the MAC Look in a Box Saint No Angel Mini Lip Kit ($26.50 for a $40 value). Every year the neutral lip sets sell out first so I’m hoping they stocked more this year in anticipation of that. This year has minis which is why the set is less expensive. I love these colors so much I wish they had made them full size instead – I wouldn’t have minded if it were double the price for bigger ones. There are two lipsticks and two lipglasses:

  • Love Me Lots Matte Lipstick is a medium nude pink
  • Dandy Apple Satin Lipstick is nude peach-pink
  • Saint No Angel Lipglass is a sheer shimmering light pearly pink
  • Totally Buff Lipglass is a neutral pink with a slight hint of mauve

MAC Look in a Box Saint No Angel | The Beauty Look Book

MAC Look in a Box Swatches | Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

MAC Look in a Box Saint No Angel Nordstrom Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

The Dior Addicted to Nude Lip Set ($70) has existing shades and after I got home I realized I already owned one of the colors. There is another option Addicted to Pink (with Baby Dior and Lazy) but my local store did not have it. The price of the individual lipsticks is $35 each so with this one you’re getting the mini Lip Maximizer and bag for free. For the nude lip set option I believe you can get both separately. Inside the Addicted to Nude Lip Set:

  • Dior Addict Lipstick in Bobo is the perfect coral shimmer, the formula is just so pretty and smooth
  • Dior Addict Lacquer Stick in Underground is the perfect neutral-cool everyday mauve pink (also wearing it in this beauty look here)
  • Dior Lip Maximizer mini is a plumping lip product

Dior Nordstrom Set Addicted to Nude | The Beauty Look Book

Dior Addicted to Nude Nordstrom Set | The Beauty Look Book

Dior Nordstrom Set Addicted to Nude Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Last but not least is the YSL Lip Set in Nude ($74 for a $106 value). I don’t own any of the colors in this set, one is a Nordstrom Exclusive for the sale:

  • Rouge Volupte Shine Oil-in-Stick in Decadent Nude 61 is a shimmery nude pink mauve, the shimmer doesn’t really show up on the lips (Nordstrom Exclusive Shade)
  • Rouge Pur Couture in Le Nu 70 is a peachy nude
  • Volupte Tint in Oil in  Make Me Nude 9 is a sheer nude with a hint of shimmer that makes the lips look full and voluptous

YSL Nude Lip Set Swatches Nordstrom Anniversary Sale | The Beauty Look Book

YSL Nude Lip Set Swatches Nordstrom Anniversary Sale | The Beauty Look Book

Swatches of the Nude Lip Set compared to individual existing shades, it appears the Rouge Volupte Shine Oil in Stick 44 and 47 (reviewed here) are sold out almost everywhere online now except for Neiman Marcus and YSL Beauty (in store stock may vary).

YSL Nude Lip Set Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Swatch Comparisons | The Beauty Look Book

Upate: As promised swatches of the Charlotte Tilbury, Chanel and Chantecaille Lip offerings from the sale. I didn’t buy the sets as I already own the colors, for reference in case your store doesn’t have these or if you can’t get to a store I hope this helps!

Chanel has two gloss sets in the Chanel Rouge Nude Mood Coco Gloss Moisturizing Trio with 774, 714 and119 and the Bright on Brights Trio has shades 728, 738 and 172. I’ve put the stock photo next to photos I took of the real live product for reference and swatched them below.

Nordstrom Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss Trios | The Beauty Look Book

Nordstrom Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss Trios | The Beauty Look Book

Chantecaille Touch-Up Essentials has a full size Brilliant Lip Gloss in Charm which is pretty much clear on my lips along with the Faux Cils Longest Lash Mascara and a mini eye makeup remover.

Chantecaille Morning Touch Up Set Nordstrom | The Beauty Look Book

Chantecaille Morning Touch Up Set Nordstrom | The Beauty Look Book

Charlotte Tilbury has two lip sets. Day to Night Lip Set in Hot Lips Nude has KISSING Lipstick in KKW and Matte Revolution Lipstick in Super Cindy along with Pillow Talk Lip Liner. Day to Night Perfect Pink Lip Set has KISSING Lipstick in Kiss Chase and Matte Revolution in Between the Sheets (previously limited-edition and relaunched for the sale) along with Pink Venus Lip Liner.

For additional reference, the nude lips swatched in this post here. Pink lipstick shades are in this post here.

Charlotte Tilbury Nordstrom Day to Night Lipstick Sets | The Beauty Look Book

Charlotte Tilbury Nordstrom Day to Night Lipstick Sets | The Beauty Look Book

 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Exclusives Lip Haul | The Beauty Look Book

FYI, in all the swatch photos I’m wearing a mix of MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC25 and NC37 set with the Mineralize Skin Finish in Medium Plus. To sum up the lip options – there are lots of repeats for existing shades. I picked two I could find that have exclusive or new colors. I’m really happy with all my purchases even though it turns out I already own one of the Dior lipsticks. If you’re a beauty junkie like me you might already own a lot of the colors as well and find this year’s offerings repetitive. I found some interesting sets and think a lot of these could make for great gifts later on in the year. I stocked up on some of the MAC ones.

Early Access runs through the 20th and opens up to the public on the 21st. If you’re shopping online don’t forget to check their Gift With Purchase page – it gets updated frequently!

Did you shop the sale yet? Any lip sets catch your eye?

 

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