How was your long Labour Day weekend? It seemed like everybody took a trip overseas… I ended up staying at home and taking things sloowww. It was a nice change of pace to sleep in, nap in the afternoon, and just play with the lil bub. Got lots of hugs and cuddles in, he’s growing too fast! Or maybe time is really accelerating… look it’s May already and Dior’s Summer 2015 Tie Dye collection have already been out for a few weeks! Singapore seems to be a little bit behind this season in every brand, so I’m going to try my best to be as timely as I can. But since I’m going to be a little late to the party, I’ve decided to be a bit more selective and only pick out my favorites, and hopefully bring a little more insight to my curated picks!
Back to Dior’s Tie Dye Collection, it’s truly a stunning makeup wardrobe. It is inspired by Raf Simmon’s use of tie-dye fabrics for his couture gowns on the runway, which were in turn taken from the tie-dyed-like paintings of New York artist Sterling Ruby. Unlikely as that sounds, the entirety has a fantastic effect that is epitomized in this year’s rendition of the Diorskin Nude Tan Blushers.
This is the 3rd year in a row that Dior has released limited edition cheek colors under the Diorskin Nude Tan series, and as always there are 2 in each summer collection. This year’s Tie Dye edition featured palettes in varying hues of pinks and corals, laid out in a hypnotic ripple dyed effect. I thought it might be difficult to limit myself to 1, but as it turned out, I really only loved 1 – Coral Sunset.
As always with the Diorskin series, the palette comes in a hefty shiny silver metallic case with the Dior cannage design moulded to the top lid. Each palette also comes with an accompanying mini kabuki bearing the CD monogram. Exquisite, what else can you expect from Dior? But open up the palette and be even more impressed! The Tie Dye design has been photographed to death and exhibited all over Instagram and the blogosphere, but even then, it took my breath away when I first saw it in person. And I must note that this is terribly difficult to photograph accurately. Every single picture I took of it, and every one I’ve seen online is different, and it is due to that sparkling white stripe in the middle throwing off the color balance.
I’ve attempted to swatch each stripe but gave up as each stripe is actually quite narrow, and it is difficult to pick up enough even with a small sponge applicator for the swatch to show up. The shades of Coral Sunset, from top to bottom are: warm-toned orange – slightly cool-toned vermillion – neutral-toned mauve pink – white – vermillion. Even though it looks quite orange in the pan, and many swatches floating around on Instagram showed the overall blended color to be so, it is in fact a very lovely peachy coral!
I also managed to swatch Pink Sunrise in the picture above, so you have an idea of how different it is. Both are slightly shimmery, and this is not merely an overspray but mixed in with everything throughout. However, it disappears on my skin, leaving a luminous light on the cheeks as they are intended to. Coral Sunset may not seem very bold in the swatch above, and it is indeed a very wearable color. On the other hand, there is nothing to worry about it being as sheer as last year’s shimmer palettes, because I managed to create really lovely healthy glow-from-within color with just 2 sweeps of my softest red squirrel *squeal* brush! There are very few blushes I can apply with the red squirrel as it is completely loose, fluffy and lacks density. The hairs are also the finest, softest, and doesn’t pick up very much. So it is absolute kismet when I found it paired so well with Coral Sunset! Aaaahhhh……
If you are worried about looking too orange, especially if you are sporting a nice summer tan as well, here’s a tip – pair it with a pink lip and not orange/coral! If you must, go for something neutral or even slightly warm, but pink based, so you don’t end up too matchy-matchy.
I’m really loving Dior Diorskin Nude Tan Tie Dye Edition’s Coral Sunset at the moment! Have you checked it out yet?