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The fan-favorite Dior Addict Lip Glow is the perfect mix of makeup and skincare. The lip balm reacts with each individual’s lips for unique color using Dior’s Color Reviver technology. My obsession is real for Dior Addict Lip Glows and I can’t resist picking up each and every shade. Last year, Dior launched 6 shades, including two new finishes (matte and holographic) that really enhanced the Lip Glow lineup.
For Spring 2019, a new Lip Glow line is here and “stretching the boundaries of radiance, color and shine ‘To The Max.'”
To the Max
What it is: the first Dior backstage lip balm with “Color & Glow” action that naturally revives color for fresh, outrageously radiant lips
The Dior Addict Lip Glow To The Max looks like a traditional Lip Glow from the outside, but the balm itself has a color swirl pattern. The “dual-action” of the swirl comprises the color itself (with Dior’s Color Reviver technology) and light-reflecting pigments for a glowy finish.
Shades + Swatches
There are 7 shades in the lineup:
Pink (201) – light pink with a pearly finish
Coral (204) – bright coral with a pearly finish
Berry (206) – berry shade with a pearly finish
Raspberry (207) – raspberry pink with a pearly finish
Holo Purple (209) – light purple with a holographic finish
Holo Pink (210) – bright coral pink with a holographic finish
Rosewood (212) – rosewood with a pearly finish
Holo Purple and Holo Pink have flecks of glitter in them, but all shades have fine shimmer for a shiny (or metallic) finish. I’ve also included a shot of the swatches intentionally blurry to show the color and levels of shimmer better.
The Lip Glow To The Maxes (or I guess it’s Lip Glows To The Max?) have much more pigment on lips than the original Lip Glow formula. Still, these may come up a liiiiitle short on coverage for my friends with very pigmented lips.
Pink (201) – I have an issue with this shade. It looks reasonable on my lips in the swatch below, but I’ve used it at other times and found it looked way too cool-toned and metallic in a bad way. I think this is due to the blue-purple pearlescent shimmer, and the lack of complementarity causes inconsistencies and a “louder” look. I don’t recommend this shade.
Coral (204) – This is one of my favorites. The base of the color is a warm peachy-coral and the shimmers are subtle peaches and champagne golds. It’s really flattering and soft.
Berry (206) – The base is a pretty purple berry, while the cool-toned shimmers are actually pretty similar to Pink (201). Although this catches a bit of a metallic look, it doesn’t look bad, in my opinion. The base color and shimmers complement each other well. Steer clear if you don’t like any sort of metallic shine though.
Raspberry (207) – This shade has a medium-pink base with light, cooler-toned pink shimmers. I think it’s pretty! Lips look glossy without the stickiness of gloss. I haven’t had issues with it looking too metallic in a frosty/bad way, but I could imagine it’s a possibility for some.
Holo Purple (209) – The holographic shades in the original Lip Glow family are something special. Adding the “To The Max” effect is a bit over-the-top to me. The base color here is a light purple-pink, while the shimmers are a mix of purples, peaches, and blues (whyyy?). My lips look quite metallic, which seems okay, but the shimmers are actually very large and apparent. It was hard to capture the individual glitters, but you may be able to catch a few on my top lip.
Holo Pink (210) – This one isn’t quite as in-your-face as Holo Purple because the shimmer/base have slightly better complementarity. The base is a warm peachy-pink, while the shimmers are a mix of peaches, golds, and a few cool pinks. There are many large bits of glitter though, which you may be able to see on my top lip.
Rosewood (212) – I really love this one. It’s similar to Coral (204), but the base is a bit more pink than coral. The shimmers are warm and peachy, so it has the look of a subtle peachy-nude gloss.
Formula + Thoughts
The texture is slightly different with the To The Max formula compared to the original. These balms are a little less slippery while applying – kind of harder. I actually find them more comfortable through wearing these though. They’re a tad thinner and it makes it easier to press my lips together. With a little bit more pigment, the To The Max color lasts fairly well if not eating, drinking, etc.
Formula-wise, I am happy with the new Dior Addict Lip Glow To The Max line. I appreciate the increased pigmentation, especially since they’re still hydrating, though I wish there was still more pigment (especially in comparison to the shine). None of the shimmer is gritty. These are the kind of lippies that can be applied on-the-go without a mirror.
My main issue is with some of the shades. The shades that look best (at least on me) have shimmer/base colors that are similar or highly complementary. Shades with overly cool shimmer tend to look metallic/frosty, so I think a lot of the traditional Lip Glow fans may not end up liking these so much. Perhaps the proportion of shine to pigment should have been different to avoid the chance of metallic lips.
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