I’m head over heels with these two Dior Addict Lipsticks from the Fall 2012 Collection: Wild #646 and Instinct #816. While these two deep brown nudes look quite similar in the bullet, there are distinct differences between the two when applied.
Both are beautifully creamy and moisturising in formula; it would be difficult to ‘over apply’ them. I love a moisturising lipstick, particularly in Autumn/Winter and am equally fond of a formula that can be applied ‘blind’, sans mirror - slick it on in the back of a taxi in confidence that it will look good. Although well pigmented, the formula is quite sheer and glaze-like, difficult to get wrong, easy to get right and a pleasure to wear.
These kind of tones tend to be my Autumn Winter lip uniform. I may stray to a deep wine, red or fuchsia, but this is my version of an everyday ‘distinctive nude’ lip.
Dior Addict Lipstick in Wild #646
Wild is the lightest of Dior’s four new A/W lipsticks. An extremely wearable copper brown with a subtle gold pearlescent sheen, Wild is really quite sheer on application - a light glaze of colour that dresses the lips without looking overly made up.
This is my idea of a nude lipstick - slightly deeper than my natural lip colour, rather than the pale, almost skin toned shades that some associate with a nude lip. Personally I don’t find lips that blend in with the rest of my face at all flattering; this is as light as I like to go. If I’ve been eating or drinking, this can look slightly more orange/rust toned when first applied, so may look quite different depending on the pigmentation of your lips.
Dior Addict Lipstick Instinct #816
I was in love with Wild until I tried Instinct. Fickle, moi?! Instinct is a warm toned raisin brown. The formula is so intensely soft and moisturising I could literally apply it every half hour without complaint. I find this kind of colour incredibly flattering to pretty much any skintone, but think it looks best contrasted against pale Winter skin. It’s the type of lipstick that transforms me from looking half dead to half alive of a frosty morning.
Dior Addict Instinct, applied.
Instinct (top) looks almost chocolatey here - smooth, creamy and without shimmer. Wild’s golden sheen really isn’t overtly apparent on the lips, having more of a light catching effect than anything else.
Single and heavy swatches of Dior Addict Wild (top two) & Instinct. The larger swatches are 5 or 6 applications, illustrating how impossible it is to overdo these shades. You wear them; they will not wear you. I’ll be interested to see whether the two darker shades, a red and plum tone, are equally sheer (see my pics and review of the whole collection here).
Dior Addict Lipstick in Instinct and Wild are Limited Edition shades, available at Selfridges from 30 July 2012 and nationwide from 10 August, RRP £24