Dior have two autumnal launches this year, and they're very different to one another. I thought I'd trial each collection's hero products.
First off we have a revamped Diorskin Nude and Rouge Dior Nude, fronted once again by the beautiful Natalie Portman. Top-selling foundation Diorskin Nude (the original reviewed here) has been overhauled for 2012 to make it even more matte, velvety and kind to skin, and is priced €44.50. I'm a fan of Dior foundations, especially Dior Forever, and this promises to offer nude, glowing skin that doesn't wear like a mask. I was happily surprised with the coverage, which is fuller than I thought with nude in the name - I won't lie, the word nude scared me. It smells gorgeous, blended well and looked good, even stayed matte for a few hours. However when I put some glowy highlighter on my cheeks, the oily formula didn't exactly blend well with the velvety foundation and even stripped it a little. So stick to powders with this baby! Cos it's so expensive, check out these tipsfor getting the most of the glass bottle.
Rouge Dior Nude is a lippie and blush collection, and I was sent Daring to try. It doesn't look nude at all to me, more a deep rose shade, but perhaps it's as nude a red as they could create and it is the darkest in the collection. Dior lippies have a very distinctive smell, and you either love them or you don't. I don't, I'm afraid.
This collection also includes some new shades of Dior Vernis, and I love Grege. At €23.50 it was the cheapest thing in the collection and looks fab with a light tan.
The second launch is Golden Jungle, which I wasn't as impressed with but that could be because khaki and sand colours do nothing for me. The 5 Couleurs Designer palette is probably the prettiest thing - it's four different green shades and a deep brown, and would give you gorgeous smoky khaki eyes.
I tried the 3 Couleurs Glow kit in Nude Glow, which is very pretty but nothing groundbreaking. It consists of a pale shadow, shimmery champagne coloured highlighter and a black powder liner in the neat little mirrored compact. Sweet, but it didn't exactly light my fire.
Lastly, I tried the Golden Jungle Nail Effect Kit, which promises a croc-leather effect on the nail. The gold base is shimmery and pretty and the khaki top coat crackles (although not very consistently) to give a crocodile skin effect. I wasn't very impressed, and sort of disliked the colours. Soz Dior! €32 for the duo is a bit rich for my blood to, even for such a premium brand.
So overall, I'm not delighted Dior. If you're going to splash out, do so on the 5 Couleur palette, or the new Diorskin Nude foundation.