Friday, April 29, 2016

#FrenchFriday : the New Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss in 629 Mirrored (Review)


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New Dior-Addict Ultra-Gloss in 629 Mirrored: review, photos, swatches


Many moons ago the Dior Addict glosses were my favorite lipglosses. They were actually the first high-end glosses I ever bought and I had a small collection of fantastic shades. That was around 2007, but I still vividly remember each one of the colors I owned: my favorites were a pale shimmery pink with a green shift and a bold sparkly brown. At that time Dior glosses came with a dark blue top and a doe-foot applicator. I kept them for much longer than I should have, and I only parted with them when they started to smell like toxic waste...

The reason why I couldn't let them go was that my favorite lipgloss range had been ruined by a reformulation - in my opinion, at least. I can't remember what year exactly that happened, but gone were the bright and bold colors or the duo-chrome shimmers, all replaced by pinks, nudes and sheer shades that all looked the same on the lips. Sadness.

Since then I've always been looking for a similar range of glosses with pigmented shades, and although the YSL Gloss Volupté could be a good replacement, their strong mango scent puts me off. So when I saw that Dior was once again reformulating the range and launching the Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss, I got really excited! With the current trends favoring bold lips I had hopes the Dior glosses would be colorful and intense again. Let's see how if my expectations were met!


New Dior-Addict Ultra-Gloss in 629 Mirrored: review, photos, swatches


The new Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss comes in 18 shades with 3 different finishes: Sparkling, Iridescent and Sheer. Beyond being ultra-glossy the new formula is supposed to be hydrating, providing 6 hours of moisture, and plumping with hyaluronic acid spheres. In the promo pictures the colors looked juicy and vibrant, just as I was hoping, and I decided to purchase one shade online before having seen the new range in a store. I picked 629 Mirrored because on photos it looked like a bold shimmery bronze... but it's not quite that.


New Dior-Addict Ultra-Gloss in 629 Mirrored: review, photos, swatches


I was surprised when I received it to see that it's rather light and has a strong peachy-pink undertone! Then I took my own pictures and realized that it looks very bronze-y in my photos too, when shot in direct sunlight or with any strong light source. So I included the picture below, it's not very well lit but this is the most accurate depiction of the color I could create - it's a bit pinker in person.


New Dior-Addict Ultra-Gloss in 629 Mirrored: review, photos, swatches
Most accurate pic of Mirrored color (it's a bit pinker in person)


In real life, Mirrored is a light bronze-y peach with pink undertones that's absolutely loaded with shimmer. Surprisingly this shade belongs to the Iridescent category, so I wonder how saturated with shimmer the Sparkling shades are! It's hard to say what the base color is versus the color of the shimmer, it almost looks like pure shimmer in a gel form. It's very sparkly and highly reflective, definitely not "pearlescent" as Dior implies the Iridescent shades are supposed to be, although the shimmer is very fine. The metallic effect doesn't really translate in photos because the camera tends to see through the shimmer while our eyes see the light being reflected on the surface. So it may look oddly subtle on my lips compared to the swatch, but it's much bolder in person!

Swatch of New Dior-Addict Ultra-Gloss in 629 Mirrored

Lip swatches of New Dior-Addict Ultra-Gloss in 629 Mirrored: natural and artificial light
Lip swatches of Dior Addict Ultra-gloss in Mirrored. Top: natural light
Bottom: artificial light


The formula is unscented (take that YSL!) and gel-like. It applies very easily with the short and firm brush, it spreads well and provides even, semi-opaque coverage. Although it's a bit on the thicker side right out of the tube it's absolutely not sticky or tacky. It has a lot of slip and I can feel the glitter if I rub my lips together, but it's not particularly gritty. It doesn't bleed, and the sparkles don't travel outside the lip line (I was worried about that, there's nothing worse than having shimmer all over your chin...).


New Dior-Addict Ultra-Gloss in 629 Mirrored: review, photos, swatches


Dior is right when they say the Ultra-Gloss is hydrating. It does feel comfortable and cushy, and it doesn't dry out my sensitive lips. But I really don't see the plumping effect here, my lips are looking just the same! It also lasts pretty well, even when the glossy finish has disappeared there are enough sparkles left on my lips to look like I'm wearing something.


New Dior-Addict Ultra-Gloss in 629 Mirrored: fotd, review, photos, swatches


Overall

Mirrored is not the color I would have picked had I seen it in a store, but I appreciate its bold metallic finish. There are still lots of nudes, light pinks and sheers in the reformulated range, but also a few more vibrant shades that look closer to what I was hoping for! In terms of quality this is an excellent, non-sticky gloss with a good wear time and I can recommend it if you are on the market for a high-end lipgloss.


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The product featured in this review was purchased by Lulle. I received no compensation to write this post, which only reflects my personal opinion. This post contains affiliate links.



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