I think I may have found my perfect spring and summer coral blush! It happens to come in the most beautiful presentation, too. I've been contemplating whether to publish this review due to the product unavailability but I figured it's too pretty (and would be a crime) not to share! :)
Dior My Lady (007) Diorblush Glowing Color Cannage Palette is a limited-edition, Nordstrom-exclusive blush palette that went out of stock in the blink of an eye! I feel extremely lucky to be able to get my hands on one. Admittedly, I had my initial hesitation due to the price but I went for it knowing that a beautiful, “piece-of-art” item like this doesn't come by often (speaking like a true
hoarder collector, aren't I?!).
The blush is housed in a signature Dior's mirror-like silver palette with a full-sized mirror inside. Dior provides a velvet pouch to keep the palette protected for storage or travel but I'd think twice before taking this pretty on the go due to its hefty weight! I can understand the appeal of having a heavier palette equal to being more luxurious but this one is just borderline too heavy for what it is! ^_^”
A mini kabuki brush is also included and it has its own velvet sleeve, too! Though smaller in size, it actually is a nicely dense, good-quality brush that I see myself using often. The bristles seem to be made of natural hair that feels soft on the skin. It picks up and applies the pigment on the cheeks nicely but I still find a traditional blush brush to be superior in diffusing the color.
A trio of corals
Dior My Lady features Dior's intricate Cannage pattern on the surface. It is so beautiful in person and it almost broke my heart to swatch it! #007 comprises of 3 shades of coral:
- Light bronze-y coral with a shimmery finish
This is more of a “base” color of the blush. It provides a soft and subtle radiance to the skin. The shimmer pretty much disappears once applied and does not look or feel gritty on the skin at all. It doesn't emphasize the skin's texture or pores, either.
- Bright pinkish coral with a satin finish
This one is the most pigmented and dominates the overall tone of the blush. Its satin finish feels so silky and does not result in any fallout. I love this kind of bright pink-coral for its complexion brightening effect!
- Pale peachy coral with a matte finish
This shade is the least pigmented but it's still pigmented enough to “ground” the other two shades and prevent them from becoming too bright. It feels slightly powdery and chalky on its own but it performs just fine when swirled together with the rest of the palette.
Although you can try applying each shade individually, I think it's more practical and convenient to swirl everything together. On my medium skin, My Lady 007 appears a youthful shade of bright pink-coral flush with a satiny matte finish that is so natural and not overpowering at all. You can certainly build up or sheer down the color to your desired effect but I like to keep my cheek makeup light. It doesn't leave my complexion as “glowy” as I had hoped but I can always supplement with a highlighter. For those who prefer their blush on the matte side, I think you'll really appreciate this one!
The soft powder blends effortlessly on the skin and wears well throughout the day even when worn lightly. Below is how it looks on me. I used an angled blush brush to apply and diffuse the edges. It may look a little on the sheer side but that's because I only applied just a little! You can build it up to a stronger coral if you wish to! :)
As I mentioned above, My Lady 007 is no longer available online but I encourage you to connect with your local Nordstrom to inquire about its availability. I do not have information whether it will restock but it seems very unlikely to me. I'll update the purchase link accordingly if it ever becomes available on Nordstrom (or anywhere else) in the future! :)
Do you wear coral blush in summer? Do you prefer a matte or shimmery finish?
Edit 03.24.15: Available now at Nordstrom!