Oh, I know we’re still in the depths of winter (for people in the UK winter seems to have actually only just started) but there’s nothing wrong with a bit of optimistic, forward-looking makeup wearing. Dior’s 2016 Spring Look – Glowing Gardens – is actually just as suitable for winter as it is for spring, depending on which shades you plump for. Me being – well – me, I made a beeline straight for the pinkish-nude lipstick (Soufflé Nude), the platinum-tinted mascara (Addict IT Lash in Platine) and the beautiful Nude Air Illuminating Powder. I could just have easily have opted for bright corals and pale greens and all the colours of the springtime garden-in-bloom (see pic below for a selection). Mais non. Nude for me, all the way.
I’m having a bit of a renewed interest when it comes to highlighters, which I’ll talk about later on in the week, but suffice to say, for now, that the Nude Air from Dior is a gorgeous example. “Glowing Nude” really warms up the skin and is a good all-year-rounder if you like that “just skin” kind of look. You know when all of your base and face products are very similar in tone? And you get an almost sporty, summery look? That.
Dior did well with the whole design of these Nude powders – I remember when the very first variation launched, it was beauty love at first sight. Heavy, luxurious compacts with good mirrors and easy-to-blend powders with subtle, glowing finishes. I have a selection of the bronzers and complexion enhancers and they’re all pretty foolproof to use. This highlighter is just as user-friendly – not too shimmery at all and doesn’t look frosty, though I would probably not bother using the kabuki brush it comes with, cute as it is, if you want a believable application. You can find the Glowing Nude Air Glowing Gardens at Selfridges here for £40.
It’s definitely my pick of the collection, along with the absolutely delectable Soufflé Nude lipstick, which is just the softest, chicest nude-pink. If you fancy a dabble with a pretty shade this spring but don’t want it to actually be pink-pink then this is an excellent compromise. It’s £26.50 here.
I have mixed feelings about the Platine mascara. On the one hand, the platinum shade was quite a nice – softer – alternative to jet black, but I’m not sure it gave enough definition for me. I’m going to try it again just on the lengths of the lashes, using black at the roots. I’ll try to remember to update you re my success. If you want to take a look at the mascara (or anything else from the collection, for that matter) it’s currently exclusive to Selfridges.com.