Monday, November 7, 2011

Dior Holiday 2011: Rouge Dior 961 Nocturne

There's a bit of a complicated story, here.  I wanted a Dior holiday 2011 lipstick as soon as I saw the press releases about them.  But when I went to pick up some of the holiday polishes, I swatched all four lipsticks and decided they were just, "Eh."  Not particularly stunning or memorable or unique.  But then I saw this on Temptalia, and my desire to have Nocturne was rekindled.

Okay, maybe it's not so complicated - just another day in the life of a beauty blogger, right?  The problem here is the blog reading!
Also, the quilted packaging.  I'm a sucker for the quilted packaging.

So I finished reading Christine's post, hopped onto the Nordstrom site, and happily clicked "add to cart." (I also picked up NARS Albatross gloss, which I actually like, and will blog about a little later.)

Rouge Diors have this sweet, rosy scent to them, and while it's not my favorite thing in the world, it's not really offensive to me.  It lingers a little, and there may be a faint taste associated with it - I'm not quite sure where the smell/taste barrier is sometimes. My griping ends there, because everything else about this is really lovely.  The packaging is gorgeous and weighty, and the cap clicks shut, as it should.  The formula is smooth and creamy, and applies like a dream.  It lasts a fair few hours, too - I'd say five or six, definitely.  The color is cool, slightly fuchsia-toned, with a beautiful satin finish and a gold sheen, appropriate for Les Rouges Or.
Here's another swatch, slightly blurred, so you can see how soft it looks, and also to show off the pretty gold sheen.  This was taken after a few hours of wear.
Hrm. It looks like it settles into lines, here, but it really doesn't look that way in person. This was a few hours after application, and I was actually impressed by how it didn't sink horribly into my lip lines. It looks faded, but it's mostly the sheen reflecting in the camera - it still looked quite vibrant in person!
You need this.  It's a holiday red, for sure, with that lovely gold glow to it.  But the overall effect is softer than the creamy, opaque, fiery reds, and it's nice to have something different.  I also find it extremely wearable - it's not as bright or bold as you'd think.  It goes with everything.  Now excuse me while I go pick up a few more Rouge Diors.

Try it if: You're looking for a satiny lipstick with a unique spin - the gold really does come out, and makes this a lovely holiday offering that you can wear in any season.
Skip it if: You don't like metallic or frosty shades; this one does have a slightly foiled look to it.  Also skip if you're highly sensitive to the Rouge Dior rose scent.

Ingredients: polglyceryl-2 triisostearate, polydecene, hydrogenated polyisobutene, polyglyceryl-10 nonaisostearate, polyethylene, synthetic fluorphlogopite, ozokerite, diisostearyl malate, ethylhexyl palmitate, C10-30 cholesterol/lanosterol esters, trimethylolpropane triisostearate, magnesium carbonate, cera alba (beeswax), calcium sodium borosilicate, disteardimonium hectorite, caprylic/capric triglyceride, octyldodecacol, decyloxazolidinone, synthetic wax, parfum (fragrance), irvingia gabonensis kernel butter, hydrogenated vegetable oil, hydrogenated coco-glycerides, luffa cylindrica seed oil, aluminum hydroxide, ethylhexyl hydroxystearate, silica dimethyl silylate, BHT, crithmum maritimum extract, butylene glycol, phenoxyethanol, geraniol, tocopherol, sodium hyaluronate, propyl gallate, citronellol, amyl cinnamal, limonene, citral, benzyl benzoate, linalool
[+/-]: CI 12085 (red 36, red 36 lake), CI 15850 (red 6, red 7, red 7 lake), CI 15985 (yellow 6, yellow 6 lake), CI 19140 (yellow 5, yellow 5 lake), CI 42090 (blue 1 lake), CI 45380 (red 21, red 21 lake, red 22 lake), CI 45410 (red 27, red 27 lake, red 28 lake), CI 73360 (red 30, red 30 lake), CI 77891 (titanium dioxide), CI 77163 (bismuth oxychloride), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (iron oxides), CI 77742 (manganese violet)

$32 for 0.12 oz, at Nordstrom or Dior.  Limited edition!