If you’ve ever seen the colour of corals in the ocean, they come in every shade of the rainbow. So technically, a coral coloured lipstick could be blue or green or yellow. But we’d look rather strange walking around with blue, green or yellow lips (beautiful if we were tropical fish, less beautiful on humans, I can assure you) so the most common shade we associate with “Coral” is a reddish-orange.
The Lipstick Bandit assignment this time is to pick a coral lipstick. There was a bit of a debate as to what entails the colour “Coral” but I’ve always associated it with the reddish orange of a coral trout. Ever seen one? (If you haven’t, you’re in for a treat!) I think that’s where the color “Coral” comes from. I picked a coral lipstick once for the summer edition last year so I was a little stumped because as much as I love the bright shade that is coral, I realised I don’t own many. But as I started to despair, as providence would have it, along came a coral delight 😀
My pick for this edition of Coral coloured lipsticks is the Dior Addict Extreme lipstick in Délice layered with the new Addict lipgloss in Délice. Délice means “Delight” in French and none is as delightful as these bright sunny shades that bring thoughts of sunning on the Riviera with the deep blue sea yonder.
The lipstick is in the Dior Addict Extreme formula which by way of a quick refresher is a more pigmented version of the regular Dior Addict lipsticks, without losing the balmy, moisturising, smooth texture that I associate with Dior Addict lipsticks. Délice is a new shade available from this month, and is in tube, a lovely bright coral that is a true blend of orange and red. I received these last month and have been dying to tell you about them since simply because the colour calls to me 😛
The lipstick on its own is glossy and fairly pigmented in one swipe and absolutely non drying on lips. Don’t expect it to last though. Lipsticks that have slip and are moisturising rarely last very long on lips but the colour is a very lovely coral that immediately brightens up the complexion. I layered it with the new formula Dior Addict lipgloss extreme in Délice which is the sparkly version (It comes in 3 formula and I’ll talk about it in a separate post) and as a colour, pulls more orange than coral.
Here’s Délice lipstick layered with Délice lipgloss. It is a bright shade but not so bright that you feel self-conscious wearing it. You may also notice that it pulls more orange than red but it has a lovely way of brightening up the complexion even worn with minimal makeup as I did here.
Here’s another shot to show you that no, its not as washed out as it looks in the first picture. The Délice lipgloss is very shiny and flashy. Less pigmented on its own than when layered over the matching lipstick. I like how this is orange but not orange, and bright but not too bright. Its a very fun colour to wear and definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan of the Addict lipgloss and lipstick as I am.
If this shade of coral doesn’t do it for you, the rest of the Bandits will have something that you may like, I’m sure :-
- Beauty Reflections
- Eye Heart It
- Getting Cheeky
- Glitter Geek
- Makeup Morsels
- Messy Wands
- Mostly Sunny
- Musing on Beauty
- My Funny Valentine
- My Women Stuff
- theNotice: a beauty blog
I realise the lip swatch in this post isn’t as clear as I’d like it to be, but its one of those times when I just couldn’t quite take a good enough shot to save my life. So I leave you instead of a bunch of outtakes where I was goofing off in front of the camera, trying my darnest to get a good lip swatch and failing at every turn. Ah well, at least we’d have a good laugh over it 😉
You may even get an idea of how Délice looks under different circumstances LOL! I love the colour – not so crazy about what I did with it 😉
On a related note, following on that trout pout in the montage above, here is an image of a coral trout for those unfamiliar with our pelagic friends 🙂 This is the colour I associate with “Coral”, as nature intended.
How often do you see ocean fish appear on a beauty blog? Not often, eh? 😉 Image was from 21food.com and yes, this is a very yummy fish. The coral trout (locals may recognise it as a “chat sing pan” – cantonese) is a sea fish, and isn’t technically part of the trout family but related to the grouper family. Its usually found in tropical waters worldwide and is an expensive fish when served in restaurants or even if you can find it at the fresh fish market. Best eaten freshly steamed with ginger and spring onions 😛
Do you have a favourite coral lipstick?
Are you confused about “coral” as a colour or do you have a clear idea on what the colour looks like? I do, but then I have a very attractive (and yummy) point of reference 😀
Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick in Delice (new colour) Price: RM100 Addict Lipgloss in Delice (new formula) Price: RM95 Availability: All Dior counters
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Delice looks beautiful on you! I bought it, but had to return it because it did not look nice against my skintone 🙁 I love your blog!x Whitney
Paris B says
Hi Whitney, thank you! I’m sorry Delice didn’t work out for you but I’m sure there’s another shade in there that will 😀 Thanks for dropping by & hope to see you around again soon 🙂
Jen W says
You’re hilarious Paris- love how you talk about the beauty of the coral trout and how delicious it is in the same breath! ROFL
Coral Delice lipstick and gloss combo is DIVINE.
Paris B says
Haha what can I say, Jenny? I’m your typical Chinese that will eat anything! 😉
Makeup Morsels says
hehe I was thinking about corals too when I wrote mine! Hmmm can’t help but think what a blue coral lipstick would look like LOL. Also your outtakes are quite possibly the best thing ever. KISSY FACE (p.s. winged blue liner! gahh so gorgeous)
Paris B says
Ahhh our Tracy showed us didn’t she?! 😀 I think it looks better on a fish, including kissy faces 😀 Thanks MM!
I have Delice on it’s way to me, can’t wait! I like the Maybelline Vivids Coral lipstick – bright colour, not too scented and very cheap 🙂
Paris B says
Hmmm I’m not sure if we get the Maybelline Vivids but I’d love to check it out! I think Maybelline does lip stuff well too!
my favorite coral lipstick (and the lipstick i use most often) is Kat Von D “Coral Castles”. has a tiny bit of shimmer and is not too flashy. i never thought i’d be an orange/coral kind of gal but i’ve been addicted to this color since i’ve tried it! my tube is almost empty, i might try this dior since you’ve recommended it, before i buy a replacement. 🙂
Paris B says
Mmm that sounds very pretty, C 😀 To finish a lipstick, it must mean that you really love it! I’m working on one now and its taking forever LOL!