|The pens are sealed. Isn't that nice? I love Dior packaging. These pens fit perfectly in purses!|
This is one of the fall releases - the Rouge Serum Crystals. All of the press releases and the item page on Nordstrom say that these are SPF 20, but it doesn't say that on the box (the original Rouge Serums have "SPF 20" listed on the front of the box, near the bottom), and octinoxate, the active ingredient in the original Rouge Serums, is not on the Crystal ingredient list. So it seems that these do not provide any sort of sun protection, unfortunately.
|I absolutely love the packaging of these things. Even though it's a clicky pen, I can always actively see product rising up when I twist it, even if I just give it one turn. The instructions say to twist twice per use, which I find to be accurate.|
The color is a soft peachy pink - not too orange and not too pink - that is really almost exactly my lip shade, if just a touch peachier. On my lips, it looks healthy and gives me an overall polished glow.
|Bare lips, for reference. ... I can't believe I put this up here. You see why I need Primrose Crystal now, yes? I think I may have been drinking red wine when I took this photo. Hm. That might explain the blotches. Ah, well.|
|With Primrose Crystal. Soft, shiny, and worlds better than that icky photo above.|
On the negative side, the lipstick doesn't last more than two hours on my lips, but since it is such a fool-proof color, touch-ups are extremely easy; a mirror isn't necessary for application. I do wish these weren't quite $34; you can get a Guerlain Rouge Automatique for $35, Armani for $30, YSL Rouge Volupté Pearl for $34...all with varying amounts of product, of course, though this Dior does tend to be on the lighter end of the distribution in terms of product weight.
Try it if: You're looking for a natural lip color in a comfortable, lightweight formula.
Skip it if: You'd rather just slick on clear balm for a natural look (though the Rouge Serum line does come in brighter colors - I have a bright red).
$34 for 0.07 oz at Dior counters.