This is my second and last item I picked out from the Dior Grand Bal collection.
Naturally, it had to be a lipstick ;)
Diorific lipsticks are considered as Dior's "haute couture" makeup accessory; among all Dior products adorned with the brand's signature sleek blue&silver packaging, there's your Diorifics shining in all their gold and voluptuous glory!
Grand Bal collection featured four Diorifics, with colours that were variants of the classic red lipstick. The one that stood out to me the most was Marilyn.
The rest of the Dior Grand Bal lipsticks (click to see swatches) share a warmer undertone, all in the same red colour family: Lady has a brown-ish tint to it that makes for a toned-down red lip. It should look amazing on mature ladies that can't wear in-your-face reds. Diorling turned out to be the most popular shade, it's a lovely burgundy red that suits everyone! Diva, on the other hand, is a bit more of a daring red- although not as bold as Mac's Ruby Woo or Russian Red.
My pick, Marilyn, is a whole 'nother story. It's a bright cool-toned raspberry red that is so youthful and fun to wear! Now that I keep staring at it next to my keyboard as I'm writing these lines, I can't help but notice the antithesis of it all: the grown-up and eclectic gold packaging that clashes with the bullet's modern colour... It's those little things that capture my interest and make me happy!
Its texture is to die for: well pigmented, matte but not quite, feels very comfortable on the lips, and smells of that old-fashioned powdery scent which I like. But there's another attribute of this lipstick that has made me fall in love with it:
* I've swatched it next to Russian Red, for reference
See the shape of the bullet? It has a nice round edge that fits the contour of the lips perfectly, which allows you to easily draw a less angular shape at the cupid's bow. As you can tell from the photo above, my upper lip is pretty angular; after applying Marilyn straight from the bullet, my lips look softer and more feminine.
[Ok, so the top of my lips wearing Marilyn is a bit crooked on the right... Ignore that!]
Also: remember the iffy blue stripes that adorned Diorifics from Dior's permanent makeup range? After the Grand Bal launch, their packaging will be stripe-free. Hooray!
Although the Marilyn lipstick and Marilyn nail polish did cost me a lot, I couldn't be happier with my purchase; having two makeup products with the quality of Dior and a beautiful arty packaging that is a pleasure to look at, that's all it takes to make me smile and forget about the dough spent!
What do you think of Marilyn lipstick?
Do you like the new stripe-less look of Diorifics?