Dior Mini-Haulage

I had to check out the Dior counter when I was at the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition (that takes place twice a year at Mishref Fair Grounds). Lancome as well as Dior were some of the first makeup brands that I cut my proverbial teeth on, so those two brands will always hold a special place in my heart. Dior specifically (I’m pretty sure it was Christian Dior back in the day), always held my interest (when I was much, much younger) with all their beautiful Eyeshadow Quints (5 Color Eyeshadow Palettes), fun lipgloss offerings (at one point, I even had a sheer green glittery DiorKiss gloss that had the flavor and scent of green apples!), absolutely fantastic mascaras (DiorShow), and their intoxicating perfumes (Dior Addict reviewed here)!

I’m not quite sure why, but I’m no longer as obsessed with Dior as I once was. I’ll stick pick up the occasional tube of DiorShow Mascara every now and again, or purchase a random item that might’ve caught my fancy for whatever reason, but that’s pretty much it. Maybe it’s because on the rare occasion that I do visit a Dior counter, the sales assistants are more interested in showing me what they would like me to buy, rather than showing me what I asked for? Maybe it’s because I’ve discovered other inexpensive alternatives? I mean quality-wise drugstore products nowadays are practically on par with most high-end products and they cost considerably less. Maybe it’s because now that I’ve grown older (and hopefully a smidge wiser) I no longer feel the need to purchase every single thing that is released by Dior? Maybe it’s an accumulation of all the above?

In any case, I found myself at the Dior counter and for old time’s sake, picked up a Mascara (yet another reincarnation of an old favorite, DiorShow) on my first visit and a Lipbalm (which was another product from Dior that I used to be quite fond of) on my second visit. DiorShow Iconic Overcurl Mascara cost KD 14/240 and Dior Addict Lip Glow cost KD 13/500 but because I purchased them at the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition I also got a little discount (about KD 1/000 off of each item), so that’s something, I guess.

Diorshow Iconic Overcurl pushes the limits of curl to the extreme.
Its incurved brush delivers exceptional curling power for instant lash-styling along the entire fringe.
Enriched with K-Polymers that boast tensor, sheathing and fixative properties, its volume-boosting formula instantly plumps and shapes lashes for bowl-you-over curl.
Its restructuring lash-care ingredients work deeply to deliver even more spectacular curl.
Easy to remove with warm water or makeup remover.

I checked out the mascaras that they had and was immediately drawn to the name Overcurl (because it sounds like Overlord, which in turn made me think it would be the most powerful of all mascaras in the land… but not really). I had a quick peek at the brush and was pleased with what I saw, so I purchased DiorShow Iconic Overcurl Mascara. I like how there’s an illustration on the packaging showing us where to apply mascara (just in case someone feels like applying it to their lips instead?). The reflective packaging was a nightmare to photograph but I believe it looks pretty cool regardless! I can’t wait to use this mascara and at KD 14/250 a tube and with a name like DiorShow Iconic Overcurl Mascara it better wow me because I’m expecting great things!

Dior Addict Lip Glow is the must-have from Dior Backstage to enhance the lips and bring out their natural colour.
The first universal balm by Dior reacts to the unique chemistry of each woman’s lips to give them a natural flush of custom pink that suits her skin tone. As if revived from within, lips are fresh, full and radiant.

The Color Reviver technology in Dior Addict Lip Glow reacts to the moisture level of the lips, releasing its active ingredients and instantly flushing the lips with their natural colour. Its formula enriched with Wild Mango and Luffa Cylindrica protects and moisturizes throughout the day.

Dior Addict Lip Glow is easily the cutest lipbalm in the world! I bought my first tube of this stuff when I first got engaged (around 2011 or 2012) and even sprung for two more tubes to gift to my older sister and my favorite cousin so we could all enjoy Dior Addict Lip Glow together. At least in my mind, that’s how it played out. The reality was much different. Both of them were baffled as to why I would bother with gifting them an “expensive lipstick that applied clear” -_- I tried explaining to them that it was a lipbalm not a lipstick, and was actually meant to apply clear but would change to a subtle pink on the lips after a short time. They still didn’t see the point. I tried explaining that the point was “fun” but if you have to spell it out for someone… anyhow, I realized then and there that a life of a makeup addict would probably be an isolating and lonely one because not everyone would get it and share the excitement of a new makeup product, or the joy of a pretty shade or a whimsical name or even the pretty packaging.

As for myself, I was absolutely smitten the first time I laid eyes on Dior Addict Lip Glow! It was the ultimate princess-y product! The ultra kawaii packaging alone reminded me of something you’d expect from a Japanese Makeup Brand (specifically the reflective knob that stuck out from the bottom, after you’ve replaced the cap). The transparent cap was an adorable baby pink that had Dior (even though it’s barely visible) embossed on one side, and Lip Glow – Color Reviver Balm printed on the other (had to angle it just right for it to show in the photo since even the print was reflective). Even the balm itself was a gorgeous pink that did apply clear but changed to a subtle pink shortly after. In fact, if you kept reapplying it, it would turn your lips a proper pink shade.

At one point, I was obsessed with lip products that applied clear but once they reacted with the pH of the lips they’d change into another shade (normally pink). Givenchy had one. Smashbox had one. Tarte had one. It Cosmetics had one. Sephora had one. Physician’s Formula had one. Maybelline had one. Even E.L.F. came out with one (but now they’ve got way more shades). It felt like every brand was trying to get in on the action, from high-end to drugstore and I couldn’t be happier because these color-changed lip products reminded me of those mood lipsticks (in all kinds of crazy shades like blue, green, yellow, etc…) that I saw as a child, at convenience stores abroad.

Dior Addict Lip Glow wasn’t something I’d purchase normally because at KD 13/500 for what was effectively a lipbalm, it was somewhat of a splurge. However, I did pick up my first tube in preparation for marriage because in my mind, marriage warranted the use of a high-end, princess-y lipbalm. I was embarking on a “grown-up” journey (marriage) so it was only fitting that I start using “grown-up” products, and as cute as it was, Dior Addict Lip Glow felt like a “grown-up” product. The marriage ended but my relationship with Dior Addict Lip Glow was just beginning! This stuff was amaaaaze (yes I meant to spell it the douche-y way)! It had ridiculously adorable packaging (all pink and cute and whatnot)! It applied like a dream (all emolient with sufficient slip)! It smelled pleasant (vanilla with a hint of mint)! More importantly, it moisturized my lips and tinted them a pretty pink that was subtle at first but kept getting darker with every reapplication (therefore making it buildable). I was very very pleased with Dior Addict Lip Glow! As such, the last time I hit up the Dior counter (October-November 2016 at Mishref Fair Grounds during the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition) I picked up another tube of Dior Addict Lip Glow. They did have the Dior Addict Lip Glow Pomade (new squeezy-tube version) available for purchase but I went with this version (as shown) because it’s just what I prefer (less messy + cuter packaging). Dior Addict Lip Glow is not exactly the most inexpensive lipbalm in the world, but it’s definitely worth trying, at least once, if for the novelty factor alone. Like I said, Dior Addict Lip Glow is the epitome of a “princess product” if not the ultimate princess product!

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