January 28, 2011

A Bit More Dior - The Kind I Can Afford

About a month ago, I was invited to the Dior.com Cosmetics Launch - a really lovely, intimate affair at a bar in the Meatpacking District, where guests were introduced to check out the newly revamped Dior.com website and play with some new products from their beauty collection. I was thrilled that as a thank-you for attending their event, the Dior Beauty team sent some of their products to me to test out. Now that I've gotten a good amount of time to play with a product that I found very intimidating (Diorskin Airflash - a spray on foundation), fall in love with another (Diorskin Shimmer), and become reacquainted with an old staple (Diorshow Mascara), I feel like I can properly discuss their virtues.

I confess that while I don't really like wearing make-up on a daily basis (my daily routine goes to the extent of putting on mascara and some lip balm), I'm a bit of a junkie when it comes to trying new products. The one thing I really don't like trying on, however, is foundation - something I find cumbersome, heavy, and rarely properly matching my skin tone (pale, very pale). I was drawn to Diorskin Airflash, though, because it seemed light enough and sheer enough to go on smoothly and blend with my natural tone. While the bottle advises to spray the foundation directly onto your skin, I've found that the best application comes from spraying onto a brush and evenly distributing across the face and neck. It provides really amazing coverage and a photo-finish that is ideal for special occasions, but not something I'd ever use on a daily basis. That said, the shimmer is amazing! It's like a lighter, subdued version of NARS Orgasm - a blush I've used religiously for years.

While we're on the topic, here are some of my other essential beauty products!
1. Chanel Beauté Initiale Moisturizer
2. Lush Eau Roma Water & Lush Coalface Cleanser
3. Fresh Lip Treatment in Sugar Rose
4. Lipstick Queen Chinatown Glossy Lip Pencils; I literally have them all!
5. Diorshow Mascara
6. MAC Penultimate Liquid Liner; the PERFECT liquid liner.
7. Chanel Rouge Allure in "Dragon"; the absolutely best red lip, ever.
8. Illamsqua Concealer; It goes on like butter without feeling heavy or cakey.
9. A killer fragrance: I'm not a loyalist, I love switching perfumes, but I'm a huge fan of the Juliette Has a Gun series by Romano Ricci.
10. Glittery Nailpolish! Anna Sui's glitter polish has been a favorite since I picked up a bottle in Japan.

Photos by me; please do not reuse without credit.
Dior products were a gift from Dior Beauty.


  1. What a great post. Thank you for sharing this experience with us. Don’t you love the way Dior packs their products? I adore those little white boxes (I use them as jewelry boxes). Diorskin Airflash is a really tempting product, don’t we all wanna look picture perfect? PS as always, great pics.

  2. Thanks so much for the review and the beautiful photos - I've always wondered what Dior Airflash was like!

  3. i feel silly saying "pretty pictures", but that's what your pictures of makeup are. they have such a lovely daintiness to them. really pretty.

  4. I really like the second picture. How lucky!

  5. Very helpful review. I know next to nothing about quality make up products, so I always find posts like this one so helpful! Might have to put a few of these on my wish list!

  6. I might have to try that Shimmer! Most foundation breaks me out, so I tend to stay away from it. I have two Dior eye shadow palettes and love them to death. The colors are really rich and nicely pigmented. Thanks for these reviews!!

  7. Nice post. I would love to dive into Dior!

  8. As I said before, because I like your blog so much (it’s so divers). I voted for you on bloglovin: blogger of the year. Go girl.

  9. What a fun looking party. Your photos are great! I love them.

  10. As always your pictures are wonderful!
    Their package are adorable!
    Swing by my blog, there is something for you!

  11. The Diorskin Airflash sounds like a must-try. I'm all about light coverage -- with a little bonus shimmer!

  12. Sorry I am not really looking at Dior, I am looking at the beautiful photos you took! :D

  13. Beautiful pictures! I love Dior cosmetics. I'm usually a MAC fan but none of their mascaras come close to Diorshow. xoxo

  14. I think sometimes I'm more inlove with Dior's packaging more than the product itself. These are some beautiful pics.

  15. I love your photography. Have you looked further into selling prints? I can imagine having your photos surrounding my vanity table and using them as inspiration :).

  16. I've been afraid to try that foundation because I don't really like the idea of spraying it on my face, but your idea sounds good. Perhaps I'll get around to trying it now! :)


  17. thank you all for your lovely comments!!

  18. I've been afraid to try that foundation because I don't really like the idea of spraying it on my face, but your idea sounds good. Perhaps I'll get around to trying it now! :)


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