With the good news that mask-wearing is now optional — in outdoor settings at least — there’s no better time to flaunt bright red on your lips again, especially with 2022’s version of the iconic Dior Addict lipstick.
A signature of Dior’s beauty atelier, the lipstick has been redesigned for exceptional shine, while containing 90% natural-origin ingredients and floral lip care, similar to other new lipsticks from the brand. On top of that, it’s also refillable, to be used with an exciting line-up of catwalk-inspired cases — including a Pink Cannage design that takes after a key motif of Dior’s leather bags.
This fusion of makeup and skincare has been important for Dior Beauty, and they’ve achieved this while delivering on excellent colour too. Here, you’ll find 40 stunning shades, including the new brick-red Dior 8, touted as the next up-and-coming colour of the season.
The latest Dior Addict line was developed under the guidance of Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director for Dior Makeup, who’s proud that they’ve come up with “a strong range of shades in an exquisite formula”. A breakthrough formula, one that underwent 200 trials and two years of effort, delivers on 24-hour hydration, 6 hours of wear, and a lacquer-effect shine that’s “mirror-like” in its appearance.
Within the formula, Dior turns to Jasmine, Christine Dior’s favourite flower, via a jasmine wax that deeply nourishes the lips; other plant-based oils help to distribute the pigments evenly so we can get a neat, highly-pigmented layer of colour in one sweep.
Key shades to look out for include Dior 8, a flattering brick-red that enhances your natural lip tone, named after the lucky number of the House and Dior Couture. 100 Nude Look is also prized for its classic beige shade; 720 Icône is a delightful rosewood; while 525 Chérie is a luminous rose that makes your skin glow, named after the women of 30 Avenue Montaigne.
For the lipstick cases, this is a concept they’ve explored with the Rouge Dior, where we’re free to pick and switch out our lipstick colours for the day, week, or month. What’s particularly exquisite here though are the Couture Cases — four in total, designed just like fashion accessories.
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The most contemporary one sees the Dior Addict in a lacquered case with a black vinyl effect and a Dior oblique logo on the edge, meant to complement the shiny lip formula. Then, there’s a Metallic Silver that gives off futuristic mirror-like reflections, and a casual Indigo Denim, that has the textured effect of raw denim on the outside of the case.
Perhaps the most exquisite of them all though, is the Pink Cannage, meant to be a tribute to the leatherwork of the House. It features a pink vinyl-effect case topstitched with the iconic cannage motif we usually see across Dior’s range of leather bags.
The new Dior Addict lipstick, $58, in 35 shades. The three Couture Cases (Metallic Silver, Indigo Denim, Pink Cannage) are priced at $43, while the lipstick refills are priced at $47.
Available from 28 March on the Dior Beauty Online Boutique, and at all Dior Beauty boutiques and counters from 1 April.