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Diorama QueenMy love for the recently reformulated Rouge Dior lipstick range is no secret. I’ve been abusing my Grege quite a lot – so much that it never leaves whatever bag it is I decide to throw all my trash, I mean, things in for the day. I wanted to pick up another Rouge Dior but was quite captivated by the very underrated Diorific line, Dior’s long-wear lipstick range, while I was at the counter swatching. I went home with two new babies that day. Another Rouge Dior shade and this beauty, Diorific lipstick in Diorama. Can I just say how challenging it was to photograph this tube of gold right here? I don’t want my just-woke-up face-with-unwashed-hair-in-pajamas self reflected on the tube for all my readers to see, thank you. Also, can we address the elephant in the room? The mighty golden phallic symbol of a packaging. I almost didn’t want to get it because I’m quite obsesso-compulso with lipstick tubes (storing nightmare!). I prefer square-shaped lipsticks – Chanel, Tom Ford, Rouge Dior, NARS. Guerlain’s Rouge Gs are the exception. And the MAC bullets have grown on me, too. But anyway… I guess this is Dior’s sentimental reminder of their vintage iconic lipsticks that used to be packaged exactly like this.
TEXTURE AND PIGMENTATIONThis lipstick is more of a satin than a true matte, which it is marketed to be. True mattes in my definition are dry to touch. Think MAC Ruby Woo. So for those who are in the same matte boat, heads up. Diorama applies more like a cream but with a certain amount of drag so it does kinda feel like you’re applying a matte one on. It “feels” moisturizing on the lips – even though it’s not actually – that once applied, you won’t feel like you’re wearing a matte lipstick at all. Pigmentation above isn’t representative of how it applies on the lips. One layer applied directly comes out more opaque than my swatch above – I think I swatched it too lightly (below you’ll see how one layer looks on the lips). I can’t apply two coats of this because it’ll already feel too ‘heavy’.
SMELLAlong with the vintage packaging, you also get the vintage lipstick smell that reminds me of gramma. Not my thing at all. It does seem to wear down after an hour, but still… that is one torturous hour.
LONGEVITYFor a matte lipstick, it fares only 4-5 hours tops. Once it wears off, it does leave a stain. But before it reaches stain level – the wearing down is quite tacky. It wears off patchily and unevenly that I had to keep checking on the mirror if I look like I’ve applied lipstick on one side of my lips only.
FINAL THOUGHTSI’ve only this to say about the Diorific range – rich color and luxurious packaging (which you either love or hate. In my case, not a fan of it). Long-wearing? Not as I expected. But then again, it isn’t the type of matte that would wear long because of its creamy texture that rids it of being a moisture-sucker (those that leave me with peely, dry and cracking lips). I’ve realized that with lipsticks… you can not have it all. If you want a lipstick to be long-wearing, prepare for the Sahara (no other way but to properly prep those lips). If you want one that’s moisturizing, prepare to keep reapplying the whole day because it will not last long. Unless you have bionic lips that can withstand any drying formula, then I envy you. But so far, that is what I’ve learned in my lipstick adventures. Anyway, back to Diorama – this also transfers like crazy. Funny story: while shooting those outdoor shots, I was initially wearing my shades. Took it off, I think it touched my lips slightly but was too ‘busy’ hamming it up for the camera to notice. I put the shades back on after a while, then decided to take them off again. After 1948347 shots, I zoom in and see lipstick ‘contoured’ on the sides of my nose where the nose pads lie. Awezum. Lipstick contour tutorial, anyone? Bottom line: would I buy a Diorific again? Nope. I’ll stick to the Rouge Dior line. I do like this shade a lot though as it reminded me of Guerlain Orgeuil (which also transfers like cray), which I absolutely love, so this purchase wasn’t a complete bust. Oh and on the photo above – yes, I use the bulbous lipstick cap as mirror. Cos I’m cool like that.
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