Fall collections are rolling out in full force. Dior has put together an architectural campaign inspired by the Eiffel Tower. Sharp building lines are translated beautifully through a slick contour. To achieve this sculpted face, Dior released three shades of the Diorblush Light & Contour Sculpting Stick Duo, limited edition for the Fall 2016 Skyline collection.
As per usual, I picked up the lightest of the bunch: 001 Soft Contour. Details from Saks:
Exclusively for this season, DIORBLUSH LIGHT & CONTOUR is the ultimate accessory for a perfectly sculpted face. Inspired by the contouring (shaping with shading) and strobing (sculpting with light) techniques used by professional makeup artists, its formula highlights facial contours and bathes the complexion in a harmonious glow. Using the matte contouring stick, sculpt the face with lines or dots on the temples, jawline and chin, then blend. Apply the shimmery highlighter stick on the cheekbones, bridge of the nose and center of the forehead, and then blend the texture in.
The dual ended stick retails for $44 for 0.46 oz (2 x 0.23 oz) of product. The new NARS Sculpting Multiple Duos are slightly cheaper at $39 for 0.48 oz (2 x 0.24 oz).
The contour shows up incredibly warm (i.e. orange) on my cool skin, while the highlighter is pearly with light golden undertones.
Both sides are very creamy. This isn’t a problem for the highlight, because it is subtle and is easy to place effectively. I enjoy it on its own for a pretty sheen, or used as a base to enhance a powder highlight.
|Diorblush Light & Contour – Soft Contour swatches|
The contour side gives me more issues. When I used it directly on the skin over foundation, it was a disaster – I tried to blend in the dark orange shade, and my foundation was picked up as well. After that, I tried a different and much more successful technique of application. I picked up the product on a synthetic brush, and applied around the perimeter of my face before foundation. When I put foundation on top, it looked like a subtle, natural contour. The warmth, heavy pigmentation, and movement were all diminished with this method. In fact, I really enjoyed the look and, as a bonus, it lasted all day.
I don’t think the Diorblush Light & Contour is a must-have, but I am enjoying it. The shade Soft Contour isn’t quite what the fair-skinned would imagine when grabbing the lightest shade in a range. The contour shade is quite warm, but I can get it to work surprisingly well for me. The highlight is very subtle, but pretty. Dual products like this are great for travel. I really would have liked to see something a bit more novel from Dior overall though.
All 3 shades are currently available at Neiman Marcus for $44 each.