Rouge Dior Brillant Lipgloss claims to go beyond a regular gloss, delivering lip care benefits in addition to providing shine to lips. While it isn't quite the balm-like product it's advertised to be (more on that in a little bit), it still has a lot going for it.
Looking at this gloss's packaging, it seems pretty standard: A clear tube with a twist-off cap and a sponge-tipped wand applicator. But looks can be deceiving, because the applicator is one of Rouge Dior Brillant Lipgloss's standout features! It has a small divot in the center that collects gloss, so when you dip the wand in the tube, the indentation picks up, then deposits, enough gloss for a single coat of color on both lips. If you like a lot of gloss, you'll need to do this a couple of times, but it's a nice touch, and one we appreciate!
As for the gloss itself, it glides on with ease and feels lightly moisturizing. It's very shiny, but each of the shades is sheer enough that it's suitable and attractive for daytime as well as nighttime wear, especially over lipstick for added depth and drama.
So what about Dior's claims that Rouge Dior Brillant Lipgloss is essentially a liquid lip balm? If you have very dry lips and are looking for a lipcare product/gloss combo, this one doesn't quite fit the bill. It does feel moisturizing, but that's thanks to the pretty standard set of lipgloss ingredients this contains, not its "mix of 3 lipcare oils" or "complex that teams vitamin E with an active ingredient known for reactivating collagen synthesis."
We checked the ingredient list repeatedly to be sure we weren't missing something, and confirmed there's only one oil included, not three as claimed. Vitamin E (tocopherol) is the second-to-last ingredient on the list, and there are no active ingredients listed whatsoever, making the claims that this is a lipcare product with collagen-synthesizing benefits somewhat overstated.
As far as wear goes, Rouge Dior Brillant Lipgloss lasts about two or three hours without eating. When it fades it fades completely (there's no stain), both features that are pretty standard for a lipgloss. This contains fragrance, though the scent is light and it dissipates very quickly.
Overall, because of its overhyped lip balm claims, Rouge Dior Brillant Lipgloss isn't quite as brilliant as it might seem, but it's still worth checking out, if for no other reason than to experiment with its unique applicator!
Strengths:Nearly all of the SPF-related products offer sufficient UVA protection; a few extraordinary foundations and mascaras; a good liquid concealer; an excellent powder eyeshadow set; some good lipsticks and eyeliners.
Weaknesses: Expensive; lackluster moisturizers and serums that contain more fragrance and preservatives than elegant ingredients; irritating toners and self-tanners; ordinary masks; lack of products to address the needs of those with blemishes or skin discolorations; some foundations with SPF ratings that are too low; mostly average makeup brushes.
If you're looking for a clear-cut case of style winning out over substance, here it is. The Dior name is synonymous with couture fashion and countless other lifestyle accoutrements, but they continue to falter when it comes to establishing a first-rate collection of skin-care products. Of course, the company believes their products are the crème de la crème and if we're judging on aesthetics alone, we see what they mean. However, what's inside the gorgeous components is what counts for your skin, and Dior's formulas leave a lot to be desired. On one hand, it's great that all of their sunscreens contain sufficient UVA protection; on the other, all of their moisturizers either leave skin wanting more or contain problematic ingredients with no skin-redeeming qualities.
Fragrance is huge for Dior, and a visit to their counter attests to this, as fragrances line the counter right beside the skin-care tester unit. It would be better for skin if the two categories were kept separate, but in most cases the amount of fragrance added to Dior's skin-care products is greater than the token amounts of state-of-the-art ingredients (and the effectiveness of most of those is further diminished by jar packaging). If you wouldn't put perfume on your face, think twice about applying it in the form of an expensive skin-care product.
On the plus side, there are a few very good products to consider if you don't mind spending the extra money. If you're a fan of Dior's fashions and want to experiment with their cosmetic products, you'll find that their makeup outshines the skin care and has improved in ways that keep the panache while making genuine improvements. Despite all manner of claims to the contrary (everything from purifying pores to lifting skin to the point that sagging is a thing of the past), the most attractive part of Dior's formulas is how they're dressed, not how they perform.
For more information about Dior, call (212) 931-2200 or visit www.dior.com.
Always fashion-forward, Dior's makeup is more well-designed and attractive than ever, offering standout products in almost every category. The most notable change over the past several years has been Dior's improved foundation formulas and shades. It's now the exception rather than the rule to find overtly peach, pink, or rose-toned shades among Dior's many complexion-enhancing options. Even better, Dior has recently introduced foundations to compensate for its previous too-low SPF efforts, with formulas available in SPF 15, 20 and 25, a couple of which even include UVA-protecting ingredients. Such a move shows that while Dior may still struggle with an overall lackluster skin care line, they are at least working to meet dermatologist-recommended benchmarks for sun protection.
You will also be very impressed with Dior's powder blush, eyeshadows (though their shiny finish is not the best for Baby Boomer eyes), the DiorSkin concealer, brow gel, and most of the mascaras. If you're a fan of lip gloss and are willing to tolerate a double-digit price, you'll be in cosmetics heaven wading through all the lip-shining options here. On the flip side, neither the standard pencils nor most of the lipsticks are worth the money. With any designer-based line built on artifice, price is more than a matter of dollars. It's indicative of a company’s image and remains a prestige factor that often speaks louder than the products themselves. Dior is guilty of maximizing its assets to play up its image, but with their makeup line the good news for you is that, for the most part, they really pay attention to what’s inside all the luxe containers, too.
One more note: Dior’s makeup tester units are much more accessible and user-friendly than for previous editions of this book. We also found their counter staff to be more accommodating and definitely less condescending than several other European-bred lines.
Note: Dior is categorized as a brand that tests on animals because its products are sold in China. Although Dior does not conduct animal testing for its products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law.” Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Research Team.
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