Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss ($28) lip gloss I didn't love. That's why I had complete confidence buying the two shades sight unseen from Le Grand Bal: Lamé Gold (#424, shown at right) and Ceremony Red (#774). Of course, I had seen an advance photo - the photo I featured here in August. It didn't do them justice! See update below.
Grand Bal, a favorite theme of Dior's, is the name of one of the new Christian Dior La Collection Privée Eau de Parfums. It's a beautiful fragrace. The color collection is worthy of comparison. Elegance and history combine to make a lovely story.
Lips are dressed in sparkling gold and holiday red with two limited-edition ultra-glosses. Wear them alone or over lipstick for a little shot of glamour.
As you know, I was hampered by a dense cloud cover yesterday, but I was determined to get swatch photos of something. I reached for these beautiful glosses, knowing their brilliance would part the clouds and bring some sunshine into our world. They didn't part the clouds, but I think they had enough shine that you can overlook the lighting conditions and the ghastly white my skin looks without a bit of sunshine.
What do you think? Will you be stalking the Dior counter? As I warned yesterday, Dior collections have been selling out quickly over the last year. I am dead-sure that they mean limited when they say limited. I purchased my Ultra-Glosses at Neiman Marcus. You can find these at Nordstrom too. As for what to call them, it's anyone's guess.
Update: I have updated this feature. Believe it or not, Dior puts the name of one of three finishes on the bottom of the gloss tubes - not the name of the shade. I was quite confused by Flash and Pearl. My favorite Dior rep explained it to me.
Photos by Best Things in Beauty