Sunday, July 24, 2011

Dior Blue Tie Collection Rouge Dior Lip Color for Fall 2011

Dior's Blue Tie Collection for Fall 2011 started to sell out the moment it hit the counters. One week after the collection arrived at Neiman Marcus at Tysons Galleria, the dual-toned blushes were gone. While most of the attention has been focused on the Blue Tie Palette for eyes and lips, my eyes were instantly drawn by the lip colors. I came home with two Rouge Dior shades and two new Rouge Sérum shades.

Haute couture color and a new ultra-nourishing, long-wearing formula, luxuriously packaged in the House of Dior's signature cannage pattern with a jeweled emblem.

Four shades of Rouge Dior ($30) grace the fall display.
  • Allegro Pink #741
  • Angelique Beige #314
  • Pasanelle Pink #428
  • Tourbillon Pink #651
They are all pretty, but I had to exercise some self-restraint. Pasalelle Pink and Allegro Pink came home with me. Pasalelle Pink is shown at left, and Allegro Pink is shown below right.

I debated with myself in the store over their similarities. They appeared on my skin to be members of the same "warm rosewood" family, but with different intensities. I couldn't decide between them, so - you guessed it - I bought both. I need to become more decisive.

My in-store impression was correct. On my lips, they are both warm rose shades - much warmer than you might expect from their appearance in the tubes. My swatch photos were taken in sunlight filtered by high clouds.

Pasalelle Pink is shown at the top of my arm, with Allegro Pink below it. Now that I've had a chance to wear each, I think Pasalelle Pink is the best shade for me. I like it! It's cooler than Allegro Pink, which shows its coral hue clearly on my lips. I can wear that warmer tone, but not in an intense lipstick. Rouge Dior is opaque; I need a sheer look to pull off warmer shades. I'll have to trade Allegro Pink with one of my trading friends - or send it to one of my blogger buddies. I'm not sure I'll wear it.

Looks in the tube can be deceiving - as we all know. Normally, I test on my fingertips, which have color approximating my lip color, but I didn't the day I was shopping. I skipped that step because I was in a hurry. I also skipped my normal trip to a skylight to see the shades in a realistic light.

Don't let my preferences influence you, though. We all have our peculiarities (in opinion and looks!), and what's not perfect for me may be your holy grail. All four shades appear to have been designed to offset a dramatic eye perfectly.

Rouge Dior is long-lasting and does have a perfumy fragrance. The fragrance is not troublesome to my nose and dissipates quickly.

I purchased my new Dior shades for fall at Neiman Marcus. I'm sure all the Dior counters have the fall collection now. You can see it online at Nordstrom if you'd like to armchair shop.

Photos courtesy of Nordstrom and by Best Things in Beauty


Joey said...

I don't normally flock to Dior lippies, but your swatches are lovely. Does my computer deceive me, or does Allegro Pink have a slightly browned tone to it?

Charlestongirl said...

Hi Joey!

Your computer does not deceive you. There is some brown in it, one reason I used the term "warm rosewood." I think anyone who can wear a very warm rosy coral (or very warm rose with a coral cast) will like it. Unfortunately, on my lips it reads burnt coral...not my best shade.

I love the color in the tube. Sad that it's not that color on my lips.

Dlori said...

I agree with you. I love all the Dior shades but I especially like the top shade as well. I think I might have to do a little more research on that color as well. It's gorgeous and as a fellow fair skinned beauty obsessed person like you, I think this color would be most flattering.

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Charlestongirl said...

From what I know, Dlori, you will like the two lightest colors in the collection, one of which I didn't purchase. Can't have it all :)

Swathi Narumanchi said...

Hi Charlestongirl,

I have to tell you I love your blog and the swatch pictures. You make me want every lipstick that you swatch.

But we have very few options where we stay. This collection just released over here. And I bought these two shades. I must say - LOVE AT FIRST SWATCH !!!

These are the most amazing colors EVER !!!

Charlestongirl said...

Hi Swathi Narumanchi!

What did you get? I was taken with this collection - very pretty!

Swathi Narumanchi said...

I got both these colors ! I am NC-40 skintone but these looked amazing on me ! Best pinks I have invested recently in ! Now I can't wait for Versailles and Belle de nuit from the Holiday collection !!!