Wow, well this is not a product I would EVER have thought I’d be raving about! You see, I pretty much live in nude, matte lipsticks – I don’t especially love the shape of my lips (without a liner and full coverage lipstick to define them), so a sheer lip colour would not be something I would ever normally consider. Additionally, I would never normally wear any colour besides 'nude'. So when Dior gave me the opportunity to try-out 5 of their 10 new colours and finishes, I was skeptical as to how I'd get on.....
It's now been 3 weeks and I have worn a Lip Glow every day, with and without a lip liner. I have eaten, drunk, gone to the gym, gone to work - I've even gone to the sauna wearing a Lip Glow - so that I could see if these are as good as they claim to be.
Above: "Ultra-Pink" Lip Glow (without the lid)
"...the new shades are an expansion on what already exists and are now said to cater for every skin tone. This means that whatever your skin colour, there will be Lip Glows to suit you."
The formula contains what Dior call “Color Reviver” technology. What this means is that each colour reacts to the unique PH of your lips, and as such, every colour will look different person-to-person.
So why have Dior brought out new colours? What's changed? Well, firstly the new shades are an expansion on what already exists and are now said to cater for every skin tone. This means that whatever your skin colour, there will be Lip Glows to suit you.
The concept: to enable a hassle-free, natural look, with application so simple that you don't need a mirror to apply.
"...each colour reacts to the unique PH of your lips, and as such, every colour will look different person-to-person."
So, do I think they’re worth it and how did I find them?
They are all very sheer; one slick applies a lovely natural glow. Something that would be perfect for the gym, beach, supermarket… A few additional swipes and you have a colour that is buildable and more intense.
I have to say that I found this product really beneficial whilst enjoying a day at the gym and spa. I like to wear a little makeup to the gym; mascara and lipstick are my two essentials. I don't like the natural shape of my lips and so wouldn't wear a balm only, but a heavily lined lip when you have no makeup on can look weird. That's where I found the Lip Glows helpful - they added a touch of colour and definition without being as dramatic as lipstick, plus gave long-lasting hydration, even in the sauna (where I'd normally wear a balm anyway).
Above: "Coral" Lip Glow
Trying the matte Lip Glow was my first priority, simply because I love a matte lip. I have never known of a matte lipstick/balm before. Liking the general finish, I went on to try it with a lip liner base. The effect was perfect and the unique colour of the product was still able to shine through over the lip liner base.
The matte stayed matte, yet hydrated like a balm throughout the day – something you don’t normally get with matte lipcolours (they're normally excruciatingly dry!!)
The holographic formula I expected to feel ‘gritty’, what with there being glitter in it. But it wasn’t, and the glitter is so finely milled that it’s undetectable in terms of being able to feel it. The Holo Pink was my favourite in terms of colour and finish. I didn't expect this to be the case as I'm not a 'glitter girl', but over my lip liner the colour was a beautiful pink with a hint of iridescence to it.
The formulas all contain Mango Butter & Cranberry Oil – so they really do glide on and stay in-place with no bleeding. Additionally, if you are not used to wearing such vivid colours, please don’t be put off. None are as bright as they initially appear and apply in a very natural and subtle way.
"The matte stayed matte, yet hydrated like a balm throughout the day – something you don’t normally get with matte lipcolours."
An easy and convenient product to use, one that’s ideal to keep in your handbag or even in the car.
If you are someone who doesn't wear makeup, or maybe you prefer a very minimal look - this is something I'd recommend trying. It's as easy to apply as a balm, but the hint of colour is great for adding a glow to your face.
I think this product will come into its own in the spring and summer months when many of us start to wear less makeup.
As each colour swatches differently based on your own PH, I really would recommend testing the colours in-store, as what they look like on me isn’t necessarily how they will look on you. One final tip from me; if you do swatch them in-store, the colour on the back of your hand looks NOTHING like how they transform when on your lips! Just a word of warning/advice! haha!
I would say they are worth buying. Excellent quality, great durability and generally a pretty product.
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(Note how differently they swatch on the arm vs lips!)
*Disclaimer: This article is in proud collaboration with Christian Dior Parfums.