Product Type: Dior makeup
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Dior Addict Lipstick
Member Name: redhead78
Dior Addict Lipstick
Date: 25/10/12, updated on 25/10/12 (70 review reads)
Advantages: Lovely colour, feels moisturising on lips, good colour range, longevity
Disadvantages: Only the price, oh and the fact that it doesn't stand upright, but that's nothing major
A few years ago, however, one of my best friends was working for a make up company in Paris and when i went to visit insisted on me having a full makeover - why thank you very much, don't mind if I do! When the make up artist asked what colour lipstick I normally wear the look of shock on her face when I told her I didn't wear it was rather quite amusing. These chic Parisienne stick insects just don't understand us Northern lasses it seems! She insisted on settling down with me and choosing just the right shade that would compliment my skin tones and the rest of the make up she had applied whilst still looking as natural as possible.
There were many many shades and makes to choose from and, to be honest, I quickly lost interest and boredom set in. But eventually between my friend and Christelle they decided on a shade in the Dior Addict range called Rose Radiant (shade number 414 if you're interested!). To give her her due, the lipstick did match all the criteria and I was so impressed with it I decided to buy one as I knew I'd never find another one like it when looking on my own. When I discovered that it costs the equivalent of a monthly water bill in our household I was slightly put off, so you can imagine how delighted I was that the two ladies decided to treat me and buy one for me (at a much reduced, heavily staff discounted price!) to try and unleash my inner sophisticated lady...nice try!
The lipstick is usually widely available and I've seen it in such places as Debenhams and John Lewis, and I think the larger Boots stores might also stock it - so if I were to buy it again in future I'd probably wait for a triple points event and get it from there to make me feel like I was getting a slightly better deal! There are usually plenty of shades to choose from and a quick check on the Dior website shows there are about 20 listed on there.
The lipstick casing is slight different to others that I've tried in the past and looks just like the picture shown above. So rather than having a flat bottom it has sort of a ball, which is very useful when it comes to gripping it to get the lip off but how on earth they managed to make it stand up in that picture I'll never know! The only way I can get my case to stand upright is if I stand it upside down! The base which holds the lipstick is a gold colour and has the word Dior written on it in scattered letters and the upper case is a dark midnight blue colour and also has the word Dior embossed on it. On the top of the lid is the little circle of paper which tells you which shade it is.
Using the lipstick is as easy as using any other and a simple twist of the base pushes the lipstick part upwards for you to then apply it to your lips. When I was having the makeover done she used a lip brush but I can never be bothered with that palaver and so just sweep it carefully across my lips. One of the reasons I prefer using lipgloss usually is because I can normally apply it without the need for a mirror but when using a lipstick you have to be much more precise and so I always need to have a mirror in front of me to make sure I don't end up looking like Hinge and Bracket! The end of the lipstick is tapered which makes applying it accurately a much easier task than if it were flat and makes me feel slightly better about being lazy and not using a brush!
On application this lipstick feels like none other that I've used before and really emphasises why this is a 'luxury' brand. It feels really soft and creamy and once on my lips doesn't dry them out like some others have done, it feels really rich and moisturising and as though I'm actually applying a lip balm rather than a lipstick, so in that respect it gets a big thumbs up from me.
The colour, likewise, gets another thumbs up. It really is everything I could ask for in a lipstick and something I never ever thought I'd find (and probably wouldn't have if not for Christelle!). In the tube it looks like quite a deep, dusky, almost metallic looking pink colour and if I'd looked at in a shop I probably would have discounted it. Once on my lips however, it looks absolutely lovely and really does finish my 'face' off well. It compliments my skin tones really nicely and gives a lovely subtle, natural looking colour to my lips which blends in really well but still lets you see that there's a colour there.
Another thing which always put me off lipstick in the past was the fact that it's a lot more obvious once it starts wearing off than lipgloss. This one however has really good staying power and once on my lips it lasts for a good few hours. I do typically just tend to wear this for weddings or other special occasions but have found that I only need to reapply once or twice over the course of a full wedding from ceremony to the end of the evening do which for me is a really good thing because I'm not one of those women who like to "powder their nose" every time they go to the loo!
Having said that, when it does come time to take this off, it is very easily removed using my usual make up removal method (either cleanse, tone, moisturise or wipe with a face wipe depending how tired/drunk I may be at the time). By the end of a long evening there usually isn't very much left of it anyway, but once I give my lips a quick wipe over with a cleanser soaked cotton pad all traces have gone.
For me the only offputting thing about this lipstick is the price. It can usually be found for around £20 to £25 which, for me personally, is a lot of money to spend on something like this. Having said that, however, because I only use it occasionally it is lasting me a very long time and I think just for the colour alone it is worth spending the money. I never thought I'd find a lipstick that I would be 100% happy with when it came to colour, they were all either too bright, not deep enough, too pink, too brown...you get the idea! But this one is absolutely spot on and I love it. So I would probably repurchase this in future when I run out as, withouth the aid of the lovely Christelle, I doubt I'd ever find something so right for me again.
In case you were in any doubt I love this lipstick and would highly recommend it. It's not something I use every day, or even every week, but it always always always gets brought out for special occasion when I want a more formal makeup look. It's really creamy to apply and makes your lips feel well moisturised and the colour is absolutely perfect. Add these to the fact that you don't have to keep applying it every five minutes or after each sip of wine and for me it's a really winner. I'm going to give it 5 stars because even though the price tag is high, for me this is a treat rather than a monthly purchase which makes it much easier to justify.
Summary: The perfect lipstick that I always hope, but never expected, to find!