When the Dior Lip Glow first arrived on the scene quite many years ago, it was pretty much deemed to be just another tinted lip balm. It came in only one shade, which tinted lips a hint of pink. I wasn’t really a fan because lip balm isn’t something I use, and neither was pink lipstick. But it was a big hit! Then, last year, they released the same product in the limited edition shade Berry, and I was hooked!
So, when a bunch of pretty balloons arrived, together with brand new Dior Lip Glow formulations for 2018, my interest was piqued.
Realizing just what a sleeper hit they had on their hands, Dior has now expanded the Dior Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm range to include not only new shades, but new textures. I find the new textures very interesting, because the idea of a “matte balm” is rather oxymoronic 😛
Alongside the regular Lip Glow, which is a plain tinted lip balm, there is now a Matte Glow version, which goes on matte and velvety, with a tint of colour; and Holographic Glow, which is a tint of colour, with iridescent shine and sparkle. I couldn’t quite get my head around Matte Glow, but I learned something interesting on how to use Holographic Glow that I can share with you 😀
Dior Lip Glow – Matte Glow
I’m not a fan of matte lipstick, or matte lips, but I wanted to give this a fair chance. Still, I personally was not won over by the new Matte Glow Lip Glow. There are presently 2 shades – Matte Pink and Matte Raspberry.
In tube, they look fairly pigmented, with a dull matte appearance. As might be expected, Matte Pink is pretty much a flat pale pink, while Matte Raspberry offers more colour. I’ll have the swatches of them all below, but this is how Matte Raspberry looks when I wear it on bare lips.
There is quite clearly a deep pink tint of colour on my lips. However, it isn’t that strong, and there is a velvety, almost powdery finish to my lips. For the record, Matte Pink barely shows up on my lips, which are fairly pigmented to begin with.
What I dislike however, is that the Matte Glow formula is not as moisturising, nor as balmy. It will catch on flaky skin, and it seems to make it even drier. The product itself too is very dry. I am not a fan of the Matte Glow range at all and they are not for those who have dry lips to start.
Dior Lip Glow – Holographic Glow
The Holographic Glow also boasts 2 shades – Holo Pink and Holo Purple. These 2 I found more interesting, because I like a little shine in my lip products. These however, are not glitter lipsticks, but instead, impart a very fine iridescent shimmer on lips.
Worn on their own, there is a risk that they will make your lips look a little too frosty, channelling the frosty, metallic lips of the early 90’s. It isn’t terribly flattering. Holo Pink barely shows up on my lips, except as a pale pink frost, while Holo Purple is a very cool purple frost. I was a little at a loss at first as to how I’d wear them.
Then, a chance encounter with someone from the media gave me the idea to layer the Holographic Glow Lip Glow under a matte lip formula, to make it a little more interesting. So, that’s what I did!
On left, is just Holo Purple on my lips. It shows up, as you can see, as a cool toned pink with lots and lots of frosty shine. On right, I layered the Rouge Dior Liquid lipstick in a matte formula, and a rather dull brown – Jungle Matte. I was not keen on this shade at first, but goodness, layered over Holo Purple, I actually found it quite interesting!
Holo Purple offered a pink base to lift the flat matte brown, and gives it a shine that plumps my lips. I found the formula very comfortable and moisturising, with a nice balmy feel. Unlike Matte Glow, it did not feel drying on my lips.
From left: Holo Pink, Holo Purple, Matte Pink, Matte Raspberry and Raspberry
From left: Holo Pink, Holo Purple, Matte Pink, Raspberry and Matte Raspberry
Raspberry is also a new shade, but it is a regular tinted lip balm formula, so it is at once balmy and moisturising with a shine. It is a very pretty shade of deep pink, that I personally enjoy wearing, as much as I did Berry. I will, without hesitation recommend it.
However, I will have to throw a little bit of cold water on the campaign photos I have been seeing. For some reason, the lip colours on the girls in the campaigns are very bold. Do note that the Dior Lip Glow is NOT intended to give your lips a bold swipe of colour. It is a tinted lip balm. It protects and moisturises your lips, but imparts a TINT of colour. If you want bold colours, wear a lipstick. Don’t be fooled by the ads k? 😛
And to seal that point, here are the swatches of the shades that I have.
They are a little brighter in this photo than they are in real life. In real life, Matte Pink can barely be seen on my skin. But it will give you an idea of the sheerness of texture and colour that you can expect.
My personal favourite from the new collection is Raspberry and Holo Purple (used as a lip base). I’m not a fan of the Matte Glow formula, but hey, you might be! 🙂
IN A NUTSHELL
The Dior Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm is a tinted lip balm. The range has now been expanded to include a a Matte Glow and Holographic Glow formula, and new colours. Expect the texture to be balmy and sheer. The Matte Glow formula go on matte, with a velvety finish. Holographic Glow goes on with iridescent shine, while the regular range boasts shine but no shimmer. I personally find the Matte Glow formula drying and unflattering on my lips. Holographic Glow on its own I find too frosty. But layered under a matte lip colour, it can offer a more interesting finish. Personally, I’d stick to the regular range which is very good – balmy, comfortable and the right tint of colour to keep things interesting but without being too in your face.
PROS: The regular Lip Glow and Holographic Glow formula are moisturising and keep lips feeling supple and comfortable, Good tint of colour on lips, Holographic Glow can be layered under or over lip colour to add shine
CONS: Pricey, Matte Glow formula is not moisturising, Matte Pink colour is very pale, Holographic Glow can be too frosty on lips
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who likes wearing tinted lip balm, or a light tint of lip colour
PRICE: RM120 | US$34
Are you a fan of Dior Lip Glow? Do the new Matte and Holographic formula interest you?
I wasn’t a fan of the original colour, but I fell in love with the formula when I used Berry last year. It’s always in my pouch, and I use it as a top up colour mid-way through the day to refresh tired lipstick, or just wear it straight all day as a sheer lipstick. I much prefer the original range so I enjoy Raspberry the same way. I might even check out other shades. But the new Matte and Holographic ones, I’ll pass on. You? 😀