Being a translator by profession (and nature), I’ve always found the world of words fascinating. Take this Diorblush for example. The original name in French, Terre de Sienne, is the equivalent of Sienna in English. The clay is widely used in oil paint pigments. If you search for it on the Internet, you will see resemblance of the real thing and the Diorblush named after it. The name in English however, does not evoke the same type of music, so here we are with Sugar & Spice (849), and a different set of associations that come with it.
But I digress… You’re not here to learn about clay, you’re here to look at a pigmented, versatile, natural blush with excellent texture!
Truth be told, highlighting was a step that I very often skipped. Either the highlighters gave me frosty sheen, or they barely did a thing. Most of the time I contoured under my cheekbones and called it a day.
Until I met Diorskin Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder, that is! I know that some people are still crying about the fact that Amber Diamond and Rose Diamond have been discontinued in Europe (I still don’t know how it is for anywhere else. Last time I checked they still existed in North America and Asia). I never got to know Amber Diamond (it had been discontinued when I made up my mind to pick it up), but with Diorskin Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder, I don’t feel deprived!
I know that with so many new foundations on the market this year, you might already be thinking: what can be so different about this one? Well, stick with me especially if your skin doesn’t fancy silicone or alcohol denat, as Guerlain Parure de Lumière doesn’t have half of its ingredient list’s worth of them!
The biggest paradox about makeup is perhaps that sometimes we want to look like we’re not wearing any. Type in the words “no-makeup makeup” on Youtube, and the search engine will retrieve pages of results. I am a big fan of putting some colors and sparkle on my lids, but there is one thing I don’t want to seem like I’m wearing… foundation. Foundation is supposed to fake flawless skin, not to declare its presence to the world. If you’re with me, then ladies we’re in luck! Giorgio Armani is putting a new offering on the table that will take no-makeup makeup to another level!
I am not going to dwell on the “science” part here, because chances are you have all read the sales pitch somewhere on the Internet already. In short, after 8 years of research, Giorgio Armani is proposing a whole new category of face makeup (it is not termed as a foundation, but it does what a foundation does in your wildest imagination). Instead of water or powder, it contains 5 oils which evaporate at different speed throughout the day. The “smart pigment” technology also allows the 9 shades (12 for the US) in the line-up to have everyone covered. I’ve been using this for almost 4 weeks now, and I am going to tell you what you can expect from it!
While I get a big kick out of the fact that I have greatly expanded my comfort zone beyond everyday basics, sometimes I do feel the need for staple pieces to chill with. You know, like a good pink blush that goes with everything, a lip shade that’s my lips but better, and a chic nude nail polish… not unlike what Chanel offers this fall with Les Essentiels de Chanel!
Today I’m showing you three pieces including Rose Initiale Joes Contraste, Troublant Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss, and Frenzy Le Vernis. You have been warned: it is a picture-heavy post!