Putting the new Dior Ultra Rouge lipsticks in red cases has given them so much life – I wish they’d change everything to red because it turns them into such striking lippies. The USP of the Rouge Dior Ultra Rouge lipsticks is that they have the wear of an ink with the feel of a balm.
This is apparently possible by mixing a certain polymer with plant oils to create a semi-matte, 12 hour wear. I always think that making a wear claim on a lipstick is dangerous territory because it’s never exactly quantified. If brands mean by ‘wear’ that there is some vague patch of last at the end of a very long day, that’s not quite as exciting as keeping a full saturation all day and I have yet to meet the person that can keep coverage pristine for a whole day. Nonetheless, these are delicious on the lip – smooth and silky with the right combination of colour and balmy feel. The semi-matte is more forgiving than a full matte that shrinks on the lips once the moisture has evaporated and makes your lips look shrunken too. There’s a good range of colours and a bit of adventure with a blackened shade that can add smoke to any shade you choose, as well as a pure white to brighten any of the shades.
A quick shout out too to the Rouge Dior Ink Liners, one of which I’ve absolutely fallen in love with: Tender. It’s very close to my natural lip colour so a quick outline gently smudged and topped over with Sisley Lip Balm makes a gorgeous, well-defined natural lip. I’ve worn it every day since I received the sample.
Bottom to top: 999 Ultra Dior, 851 Ultra Shock, 777 Ultra Star, 111 Ultra Night and 770 Ultra Love, followed by the liners in Tender and Superstitious. There are 26 shades in all and they’re £30 while the inks are £24 at John Lewis HERE.
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