Sephora VIBs were able to get an SK II Deluxe Sample with a $35 purchase, so I ended up getting the Dior Cheek and Lip Glow (SK II Deluxe Samples are rare, right? …That’s how I justify my purchases). This is part of Dior’s Spring Collection, and it seems that people’s opinions on this are quite polarizing – they either love it or they hate it.
The packaging is gorgeous. It reminds me of their nail polish packaging, with the silver top that looks nice but comes off to reveal the the black top. It looks like a fluorescent pink in the bottle, and it not blended out, it stays that way.
The applicator is quite soft and comes out loaded with product. It kind of reminds me of a very liquid-loaded Q-Tip, but of course more durable. The applicator feels very nice. I was expecting the product’s consistency to be similar to Benefit’s Benetint, also touted as a tint that can be used on the cheeks and lips. However, it’s thicker and more slippery. Benetint feels a bit like water, but this feels like the liquid that’s left on your face after removing as a sheet mask – thicker, kind of slippery, but not in an unpleasant way.
I tried putting this on my lips, but I guess my lips are too pigmented for this kind of light color to show up. When I first tried this on my cheeks, I used the applicator directly on both of my cheeks, then blended it out. This was a big mistake. I ended up with some intense pink dots where the product had been sitting, waiting to be blended out, and then the rest looked normal. I could not get these little pink dots out. The stain, if nothing else, really does stain… Sunny from Mostly Sunny said that she applies by putting it on her hand first, then blending onto the cheeks. I tried this, and the picture above shows the stain that remained on my hand afterwards.
Swatches, with less blending to more blending from left to right. You can tell that if it’s not blended as much, it retains more of its brightness but looks quite natural as it’s blended more. So the thing is, I tried really, really hard to like this, but I just can’t get a look that I like with it. With the hand – cheek thing, I don’t think I always get the same amount of product on each cheek, so I end up looking uneven. Since you have to wait for it to react to your skin and change colors to what it’s going to look like for the rest of the day, it’s hard to compare right away and “fix” it. As a tint, I also find that it tends to catch on any small bumps that I might have in my cheek area. Before, I wouldn’t even notice these bumps but after applying the blush, my face just looks a bit splotchier in an inexplicable way.
Since my lips are too pigmented for it to really show up on my lips, it comes down to it being a cheek stain, but it’s just too high-maintenance for me to really like it. First put it on your hand, worry about it leaving a pink stain where you don’t want it, need to even out both cheeks, etc. Compare this to using a brush, a powder, swipe on each side of the face, done. Or even the cream product and building it where you want to. Of course, the staying power is not as strong, but it’s just much easier, and the trouble of having to struggle to get the product off in cases of over-application is not worth it for me!