Dior’s fall collection should be arriving on counters any day now (Nordstrom might have set it out a little early for anniversary). Also: there are a few extraneous (repromoted) pieces in the display, but I didn’t swatch those. (Click here if you want to see those Designer Quints.)
The signature piece in this collection is the Blue Tie palette in Smoking Blue (non-U.S. markets got a second version of this palette called Smoking White). It’s $70 and contains four shadows and a lipstick/gloss.
While this compact looks fantastic on the model, but I wasn’t instantly won over by swatching. The colors are sheer blue-black with very tiny sparkles, a satin blackened-indigo, a sheer black with silver sparkles, and a shimmery cool, dark, blue-grey silver. The eyeshadows felt chalky and weren’t very pigmented. The pink lipstick/gloss is subtle.
Nail polish 219 Safari Beige is a versatile, professional, pretty, pale pink. It’s permanent (but not available in Sephora), and is also included in the Dior 10-polish display appearing on counters. 908 Tuxedo is the shade used on the model. On her it almost looks like a cream, but swatching reveals it’s actually a low-shimmer, really dark, mysterious-midnight sapphire blue. Both polishes are $21.
There are four new Rouge Dior lipsticks. Generally speaking, Rouge Diors are fuller coverage than Dior Addict. Rouge Diors also have a flowery scent.
314 Angelique Beige is a sheer, beigey warm pink. 428 Pisanelle Pink is muted mauvey pink. 651 Tourbillon Pink is bright. 741 Allegro Pink is a brighter, more saturated, more violet mauve. These are $30 each; Angelique Beige and Allegro Pink will not be available in Sephora.
Dior is also rolling out six shades of a new lipstick called Rouge Serum Crystal. These lipsticks are closely related to the Rouge Serum lipsticks: the packaging is the same, they’re both SPF 20, and they’re both $32. The Rouge Serum Crystal shades are more sheer than the Rouge Serum, and they contain ten times the skincare ingredients.
215 Primrose Crystal is sheer warm beige-pink. 345 Coral Crystal is sheer peach. 455 Tea Rose Crystal is sheer pink. 645 Sweet Pink Crystal is sheer violet-red. 675 Passionate Pink Crystal is sheer watermelon pink. 855 Carmine Crystal is sheer orange-red.
There are two fall blushes, and Linda astutely observed that 839 Vintage Pink is actually the same shade from the spring 2010 Dentelle (Lace) collection.
I swatched these lightly, then heavily. 839 Vintage Pink is a glowy, slightly shimmery pink (and this shade is not available in Sephora). 889 Pink In Love is a less glowy red-pink. Both shades are $40.
And in case you were curious (because each blush is two-toned), I also swatched the shades individually. I guess you could alter the color of your blush slightly by focusing more on one color or the other.
Does this collection speak to you? (Is it too hot and too early to even think of fall makeup?)
And what do you think of the promotional image for this collection? (Hilary Duff was the first name on my lips.)