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Dior Summer Cosmetics Collection 2008: Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect

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Dior’s Summer Collection has been available at Nordies, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, and a few other select locations for a month or more now (not officially). Sephora is finally updating it’s catalog with the Summer Collection as well. Dior’s Summer Collection is officially being launched in Japan as of April the 25th so I thought to coincide with that I’d post my review of the collection today!

The Dior Japan site has been updated to reflect the new collection for a few weeks now however, as always, the US site is still displaying the Spring Collection and being bloody slow about getting the update live (we probably won’t see an update until June or more).

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As you already know from reading my constant rantings and ravings I am not a sun seeker which means of course this collection holds little appeal for me. The Collection consists of two new colors of High Shine Lipstick, two new colors of the single eyeshadows, two new palettes, and various other bits and bobs.

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And of course the Pièce de Résistance of the Collection being the Golden Dior Pendant which houses a bronze gold highlighter cream to use on cheeks, face, and lips. Europe and Asia have two color selections for the pendant which are a gold and pink color while here within the US we are only getting the gold color.

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Unlike the Spring Collection which I over indulged in, the Summer Collection held little appeal and I only ended up getting the three Dior Addict Ultra Glosses from the entire lot of items released.

The colors released ended up being very Muse friendly and I am loving the corals, golds, and beiges found in each of the newest glosses. I think these will not only work great in the Summer but well into the Fall!

Three colors were released of the Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect so I ended up with all three colors. I’ve always collected the Limited Editions of Addict Gloss but I haven’t done so in a while however with the Spring release I found myself using my LE glosses more and more thus that was part of the reason I picked these up!

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The gloss formula is very good. Not too sticky, not to tacky but just right. It’s long wearing, holds nice shimmer and shine, and the price isn’t too bad at $24.50 USD per a gloss.

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I took a few swatches for you so you can compare the various colors. Beige Moire is obviously very clear and sheer but it has a beautiful touch of gold shimmer which looks brilliant over peaches and corals. Beige Lurex is a beautiful bronze chocolate with hints of orange and gold shimmer. And finally Corail Lame is a gorgeous coral that borders an orange with touches of gold shimmer!

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All three glosses are gorgeous but Beige Lurex and Corail Lame are my two favorites and worth picking up if you want something to pair up with a bronzed look this Summer or in my case a fresh peachy look!

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Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect is Muse Approved for purchase! I’m enjoying these latest releases and look forward to using them this Summer!

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Click here to find out why I’m NOT a Sun Seeker!

Click here to catch up on my review and first impressions of Dior’s Spring Collection 2008!

Click here to enjoy my review on Dior’s newest lipstick!

Click here to find out why you should be purchasing your Dior abroad!

Click here to see my FOTD using Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect in Beige Lurex!

PS I failed to mention that I’ve added a secret little sale page to my blog! I’ll be updating this with tons of stuff soon as I am doing Spring Cleaning this weekend!

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Dior Addict High Shine Lipstick Review

Dior has introduced a new edition to the family with it’s High Shine Lipstick. Dior makes a fine bit of cosmetic that the Muse both uses and collects however their lipstick line hasn’t been something I can say I’ve indulged in much.

However, upon hearing about the Addict High Shine Lipstick I thought yes indeed this was very me! Visions of T’estimo lipstick and MAC Slimshines danced through my head and I was thinking how Dior probably created a beautifully moisturizing lipstick in an array of colors! I couldn’t wait to try it!

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Meh. They could have done a better job with this.

I’m relieved I didn’t get crazy and purchase one of every color because it turns out it’s not all that great. The formula needs a bit of work as it advertises a high shine and gloss but I got neither from it. There isn’t much to say really it just feels like a regular old lipstick.

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I’m not going to lie and say I’m not shocked as I expect far better quality from Dior but this definately disappoints. Most of my disappointment stems from the promise of a beautiful glossy feel and lovely shine. I didn’t get either from this and I can’t help but feel ripped off. It just feels like the regular Dior lipstick.

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The color selection is vast and the packaging is simple yet pretty but sadly it’s a total bust for me. The Muse suggests saving your money and buying two MAC Slimshines instead as the price of one Dior Addict High Shine Lipstick is $25 USD which isn’t bad if it actually worked but sadly it’s a no go!

Boo Dior! The Muse is saddened and disappointed!

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Dior Vernis Long Wearing Nail Lacquer

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Dior is releasing a new nail varnish for the Spring entitled Dior Vernis which will be $19 USD and available shortly from Sephora.

It’s rare I take good care of my nails. I’m a biter, a picker, and generally naughty when it comes to taking good care of my nails! However, on a rare occasion I do take sometime out to treat my nails better and even, gasp, have them done!

Now I have an extra excuse to start taking care of my nails with Dior’s new lacquer being introduced. The color is a vibrant, bold blue that the Muse likes alot!

I haven’t been this excited about a nail varnish since Chanel’s Black Satin release!

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Dior Extreme Fix Powder

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What if I told you that for $44 USD you could have a silky, transparent powder that you’d brush on your face to make your foundation last all day long.

Would you buy it?

I’ve personally never run across a powder that allows my foundation to last more then say mmm 5 hours or so.

Of course I should mention that I don’t wear a full foundation face. Lucky enough I don’t need full coverage so my basic routine consists of T-Zone application. I use cream foundation so a swipe of foundation down either slide of my nose, on the corners of my chin, and across my upper lip (due to shadows on my skin found on my upper lip line and chin area) is all I need to look very fresh.

I set my foundation with either loose powder or MAC’s Mineralized Skinfinish. Done. Not much to my routine.

However, I do notice I need a fresh up within 2-3 hours and by the time hour 5 strikes I’d say my foundation is pretty much gone along with my blush, lipstick, etc…

Behold my new solution for bullet proofing my foundation:
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Meet Dior’s Extreme Fix Powder. I seen this little gem a few months ago on Nordies website and honestly it held little appeal as its promise of making my foundation long lasting seemed empty and meaningless! I’ve tried powders before how could this be different!?

Recently I came across this on one of my readers blogs and her review created an intense lemming for the powder. I soon found myself feverishly googling for more reviews on the product. I came across the powder on MUA with a rating of 5.0! Bloody hell I’ve never seen much of anything get 5.0!

Every review I’ve run across is a rave about how well this simple, clear powder creates an amazing shield against the elements and your face so your foundation lasts all freaking day long!

$44 USD is not much to spend if this means my makeup will last all day!

The moral of the story is Dior Extreme Fix Powder is on my hit list and I’ll be reviewing it shortly!

Believe you me if it works it’ll get a double Muse Approved Stickering!

Click here to read all about it on Divalicious Glamazon!

If you’re an MUA’er click here to read the raving reviews!

Dior Extreme Fix Powder is exclusive to Nordies so if you’re wanting it you’ll need to head over there to get some!

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Dior’s Spring Collection 2008: 1st Impressions

I picked up Dior’s Spring Collection recently and I was waiting to review it as I wanted to do an FOTD with most of what I purchased but I never got a chance to dig into this yet and time is a wasting so I thought I’d do the pictures and my general first impressions that way if you’re currently wanting this you can at least see what it’s like before you buy!

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The Collection consists of 4 glosses, two shadow palettes, two shimmer powders, and one special powder palette.

I ended up getting one shadow palette, one shimmer powder, one gloss, and the special powder palette. In all honesty I wanted everything all at once and right away but I practiced some sort of willpower since some of it wasn’t going to work on me!

Obviously, by now you’ve all heard of the Limited Edition Flower Blossom Face Powder Palette and if you haven’t you must be living under a rock (lucky you it’s cheaper under there!). The piece is obviously the star of the show here and it’s quite gorgeous. I’m absolutely in love with and it’s made it’s way into my beauty vault never to see the light of day again! I was considering buying an oxygenated tank to put it in but decided that might be a bit much.

Ok, seriously. It’s rather beautiful and of course I don’t want to use it and neither will you if you buy it! I lightly swiped my finger across it and it’s a very fine, silky powder that appears quite pigmented. How pigmented it is remains to be seen because as the moment I can’t actually bring myself to put my brush into it and smear the beautifully embedded spring bouquet design on top that features flowers, ladybugs, and butterflies!

If you’re a serious collector you’re going to want this and I highly recommend going to your counter now to get it because it appears to be selling rather quickly according to my MA at the Dior Counter. He said he got 50 pieces in stock and when I purchased mine was down to 3!

The palette is $52 USD which is a hefty price tag but in my humblest opinion well worth it if you’re a fan of Dior. The palette is beautiful however I found that I was slightly disappointed with the case. It’s the standard Dior logo case that this comes in. You’d think they’d have done something a bit different for such a gorgeous powder! Seriously, a standard plastic palette seemed…I dunno…blah! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if it came in something like the heavy duty silver case that the Dior Confidential Powder came in!?

Aside, from that minor rant I’m very happy with the powder and pleased to have such an interesting piece to add to my Dior Collection! It’s definately Muse Approved for purchase!

I went picture happy with the palette so you can get a feel for what it looks like:

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Next up the shimmer powder….

The Shimmer powder comes in two versions, a bronze peach color and a pink color. I ended up with the pink and I did want the bronze peach but as I said I was being good and only buying what I knew I’d use.

You can actually avoid purchasing these for now as they aren’t LE and will be available for quite a while. I just ended up giving into temptation because I’m so diseased.

They aren’t so great actually. I ended swiping this on my wrist at the counter not my face and it seemed quite nice at the time but when I used it on my face at home I didn’t get much of a color pay off or much shimmer for that matter! However, that’s not my final take on the powder! I have to try this better before making my final decision on it! It’s so pretty that I can’t give it a poor review as of yet! After a bit more testing I’ll make my final analysis!

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Out of the two eyeshadow palettes I picked up Pink May which is an array of lovely pinks and purples! The colors in this particular shadow palette were beautiful and it appeared that this was what they used on the model in the promo picture which is why I leaned towards it although at the moment I am currently wanting the other shadow palette too now! The palettes are $52 USD which is a bit steep but the color payoff is excellent so it’s worth the price for such a beautiful, pigmented palette!

Dior has a knack for making me scratch my head sometimes with the color combinations and this palette was no different as a few of the colors just didn’t make complete sense to me! Included was a peach color which I’m trying to figure out the best way to incorporate it into my final look but aside from that the palette is beautiful! You’ll get a very lovely deep pink color, a beautiful deep purple, a lighter lilac color, an off gold color, and lastly a peach. The colors are all truly gorgeous and all very wearable!

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The last item I picked up was an a Dior Addict gloss! This was one item that called to me when I seen it and I had to have it. The strange thing is I knew this would look like rubbish on me as it’s such a garish pink color. I refer to it as bubblegum pink! I never look good in bubblegum pink colors! They make my already full face even fuller!

However, to my utter delight and shock after layering this on it made me look quite lovely! It goes well with fresh pink cheeks and just gives me a youthful look! It’s a beautiful color and I’m very happy I decided on purchasing it! Out of all the glosses this was by far the prettiest! Again, the model in the promo images are what sold me on the color!

The gloss texture somewhat sucks as it slips and slides right off your lips and applies streaky as I find this happens with ALL Dior Addict glosses however with a bit of practice and some layering you can get a lovely full lip look! Application just takes a bit of practice! This is actually my 2nd favorite item out of my purchases, 1st being, of course, the Flower Blossom Powder!

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Overall, the collection is positively beautiful and there is definately something for everyone in the lot of items introduced!

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