Stirring Up Lip Drama with Diorific Lipstick in Diorama

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Diorama Queen

My 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. diorama5diorama6

The Lowdown


This 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’.


Along 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.


For 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. dioramadiorama7


I’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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  1. Raven Ang
    March 1, 2014 / 8:07 pm

    Beautiful! Looks quite similar to MAC Rebel. I’m digging your new layout! And your photo-editing skillz are amazeballs.

    • March 4, 2014 / 7:42 pm

      Rayray, thank you thank you! Yes, similar to Rebel, although Rebel has a slight purple tone that doesn’t make it look like too much a burgundy-brown like this one 🙂 I edit using a WACOM tablet (just doodle over the photo!) and adjust basics like brightness, levels, color balance 🙂 And yes, I cut my hair but don’t like it 🙁 I dont like the wispy ends!

  2. Jemimah Reyes
    March 1, 2014 / 8:18 pm

    Love it on you Shari! Too bad it transfers though but otherwise what a gorgeous shade seriously! Right now I have my eyes on Dior’s lip glow because I too have super dry lips. You’ve mentioned that a couple of times in some of your entries but I wonder if you’ve done a separate review on that? Btw, love LOOOOVE your new layout! xx

    • March 4, 2014 / 7:43 pm

      Thank you my dear Jemimah! Missed seeing you here, btw 😉
      Dior Lip Glow is a godsend for me talaga. I’m almost done with it! Sige, I’ll do a review on it soon, but maybe not a whole post for it. We’ll see! 🙂 Thanks for the suggestion, ha!

      And yes, new layout! THANK YOU FOR LIKING IT!!! :’)

  3. March 1, 2014 / 11:51 pm

    This is soooo my color. I was just at Rustans earlier to check out Chanel Allure Velvet Lipsticks. I thought I was dead set on getting L’Exuberante but when I swatched it on… it didn’t ‘speak’ to me. Anyway, I wish I dropped by Dior

    • March 4, 2014 / 7:44 pm

      I was eyeing on L’Exuberante too dati, pero it was out of stock at that time. When it was finally in stock, I didn’t quite ‘feel’ it anymore. Plus, the Velvet Line is so-so for me. Not my favorite formula, tbh.

      I saw you got a Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte!! How is it?

      • March 4, 2014 / 8:00 pm

        I really thought L’Exuberante would be the perfect pink. Hahaha. Thank goodness I didn’t buy online. I hope I get to try La Caline soon.

        On bobbi brwon, it’s best and most pigmented matte lipstick I’ve tried so far. And almost all the colors seem to be made just for me.

  4. March 2, 2014 / 12:21 am

    This is a gorgeous color on you! Too bad it transfers that much.

    • March 4, 2014 / 7:45 pm

      It does 🙁 Sad about it too.

  5. March 2, 2014 / 12:22 am

    Hey Shari, whoaa this is a lot of drama indeed! Almost a bruised plum color!

    • March 4, 2014 / 7:45 pm

      Ooooh spot on on the bruised plum description 🙂 Which I actually forgot to talk about in the entry… woops 😉 LOL #bestbeautyblogger

    • March 4, 2014 / 7:45 pm

      Drama indeed!

  6. March 2, 2014 / 1:43 am

    Aw, that’s not nice that it made your lips all dry! That’s why I usually always don’t use lip products at all in almost all of my make up looks. My lips are already dry so any more drying product just freaks me out. The shade is just soo beautiful though! I love how vampy it looks!

    • March 4, 2014 / 7:53 pm

      Yuh 🙁 To be fair, when I used it again with lips properly prepped and with lip balm, it didn’t make my lips peel or drier 🙂 I’m just most of the time too lazy to do prepping.

  7. March 2, 2014 / 2:02 am

    Ah, that’s a shame. I owned a couple of these a long time ago, but I was more of a collector at that time.
    I still have to say this color looks quite beautiful on you especially against your lighter hair color. 🙂

    • March 4, 2014 / 7:53 pm

      A collection of gold luxury tubes — ahhh, I would love to see that Lena! 🙂
      I really like the color – reminded me of NARS Train Bleu which was horrifically more drying (like in an instant!) so this one compared to that is already miles better 🙂 And thank you for thinking it looks beautiful against my hair color! :’)

  8. March 2, 2014 / 12:02 pm

    New haircut? Pretty! 🙂
    And I super love this color! Reminds me so much of my favorite MAC Diva. Never really thought of you as someone who would wear such a bold lip color. But damn guurl, looks super good on you! :p

    • March 4, 2014 / 8:20 pm

      Yes, gurl. But I don’t likeeee :'( Haha arte eh noh.
      And wait? Really? You think I’m not one to wear bold colors? I actually LOVE bold colors but they dont seem to love me back 🙁 Kaya yon! Super pili. Thanks for thinking this one suits me though!! Appreciate it couerl!

  9. March 2, 2014 / 1:11 pm

    That sucks that it is not worth the price. I hate patchy wear off in lipsticks. The color is really nice one though.

    ps: I know exactly what you mean about photographing that tube. I had a similar experience with silver packaging of some skincare products I just photographed.

    • March 4, 2014 / 8:26 pm

      Anu! So challenging taking photos of mirrored objects, right? LOL #bloggerproblems

  10. March 2, 2014 / 5:29 pm

    Ate Shari, you’re so prettyyyyy! Grabe! And you actually look better with a dark lippie. Haha! Pero oo nga, not a fan of the packaging either! Off-topic: can you please post your OOTD here? Hihi

    • March 4, 2014 / 8:31 pm

      Want a 1-on-1 tutorial? Haha! :))

  11. March 3, 2014 / 12:40 am

    Hehe I just posted you – question but now I noticed the problem; my virus program has declined all social networks from my browser ! 😀 That included this Disqus apparently. Now all is fixed up and I could comment. 🙂

    I do love this shade on you, and I have one similar one. It’s really bold tone so not for everyday use, I’ll wait for right occasion to start wearing it (by Calvin Klein.) Too bad to hear that this product and it’s high price didn’t add up. I hate it when you buy something luxurious and then the result is the same or worse, as for something you could have gotten for only fraction of the price. And I have smaller budget than most beauty / fashion bloggers might, since I buy pretty much everything myself.. 😀

    x Satu

    • March 4, 2014 / 8:35 pm

      Satu! YAY for figuring out a way to post comments via Disqus. Sorry you had a hard time! :'(

      Thank you for liking the shade on me, love!! I love having this around despite not really being everyday wearable. For those days when you feel like it, y’know? 🙂 Also, I wholeheartedly agree that luxury products should NOT have these major issues because hello… you pay a high premium! They should at least wear off properly and last slightly longer than the average drugstore brands (which let’s face it, are even better sometimes!).

      I buy 90-95% of the products featured here in my blog too because I really want to write about items or things I’m enthusiastic about and picked out myself. So I feel you on wanting to get the most bang for your buck.

      • March 6, 2014 / 1:38 am

        Thank you for replying! 🙂
        Yeah I think it’s a bit too bold to wear all the time but to surprise yourself & others quite nice actually. I think I would probably look like a goth, heh. 🙂
        it’s so sad indeed, if the only thing that costs in a product is its name – and that goes for fashion too.


    • March 4, 2014 / 8:35 pm

      Hi donah!! Thank you thank you for thinking so 🙂 I quite love it myself!

  12. Michelle S
    March 3, 2014 / 10:10 am

    Such an informative post! Good thing you warned me about these.. last thing I want is to spend so much on a lipstick just to be disappointed!
    Thank you <3
    Bubbly M

    • March 4, 2014 / 8:36 pm

      Bubzzzy!!! I’ve a reader who has had good experience with Diorific, so maybe like some Tom Ford lipsticks – it’s a tube-to-tube basis.

      • Michelle S
        March 5, 2014 / 11:46 am

        Hmmm, it could be it…. 🙂

  13. March 4, 2014 / 10:38 am

    Aww Shari sorry to hear about your experience with this Diorific. I think not all Diorifics are made the same because the first one I bought was actually hydrating and my second was not but it wasn’t drying although it has a shorter wear. They’re both from Sephora so both are LE.

    • March 4, 2014 / 8:39 pm

      Hi Nikki! Thanks for the heads up! Oh yes, I remember you got a Diorific rin pala! Maybe the one I got here is an old stock so the texture and consistency changed na. Shucks, kainis naman yun. What shades did you get btw? 🙂

      • March 5, 2014 / 7:55 pm

        I have Diorling (Holiday 2012) and Minuit (2013). Diorling is the best red I have.

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