Dior's Spring 2011 Look was inspired by Paris and the iconic greys of Avenue Montaigne. Along with those subtle greys came soft delicate pinks and peaches to accent the lips for a delicate touch. Dior introduced new shades of Addict Ultra Gloss and Rouge Dior Lip Color with the look, and I'm anxious to see those in person. I didn't need to see the two new, limited-edition Rouge Sérum ($32) shades in person. I knew that Pink Coral (#240) and Pinky Mauve (#460) would be lust-worthy. The model in the "look photo" is wearing Pinky Mauve, and that photo alone convinced me I needed it.
While phone shopping, I was given a simple choice between gorgeous and gorgeous. That was too hard! "I'll take both" sprang from my lips. I have grown to love Rouge Sérum since its introduction in 2009. I call the tinted lip treatment "lip luxury defined." I love the sheer colors, texture, and slim case (you could apply Rouge Sérum in the dark).
Containing 10 times more active skin-care ingredients than most lipsticks, Dior's Rouge Sérum has an incredibly creamy, rich balm-like texture to moisturize, smooth, and pamper your lips. Enriched with mango butter and other natural ingredients, this treatment is said to boost the lips' microcirculation and collagen levels while enhancing their appearance with luminous color. There's also an SPF 20 to protect your lips from harsh winter or strong summer sun.
The new colors, Pink Coral and Pinky Mauve, are shown at right with Pink Coral at the top. Both colors are tropical brights, but their sheerness tempers the boldness that often characterizes tropical shades. They are extremely wearable and will complement that grey smoky eye you create with one of Dior's new eye palettes - or your everyday look. They are so versatile, they will become go-to shades in my spring makeup wardrobe.
I took my swatch photo inside in full morning sun. Pink Coral is shown closest to my wrist, with Pinky Mauve under it. Both were applied straight from the tube, which has a click feature to extend the lip treatment as you need more.
Now that you've seen the swatches, do you think I could have chosen between them? I am very happy with both and can't wait to start wearing them. One will definitely go in my handbag, and one will stay in my bathroom. Choices...choices!
You can find Dior's Spring 2011 Avenue Montaigne collection at Neiman Marcus. That's where I bought my items. I assume the other department stores - Nordstrom, Saks, Bloomingdale's - have the collection too.
Photo at top courtesy of Nordstrom