Review: Dior Addict Lipstick #643 Diablotine
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I bought this lipstick on a total whim – a Dior SA used it on me and I thought it was just way too pretty to pass up. I’ve been reaching for it enough that it made it into my top three spring beauty picks (which you can see here), so I thought I’d maybe share a little more info about it.
The packaging for this lipstick is interesting – a silver tube encased in clear acrylic. There’s a silver band near one end that makes it look like it opens the way every other lipstick in the world does, and about 90% of the time that’s what I try to do. My muscle memory for opening lipstick is highly developed, apparently. Joke’s on me though, because that little silver knob on the end isn’t decorative – it’s the base of the lipstick itself, and you use that to open it up. All of the casing, including the tube, is plastic. It doesn’t feel flimsy, but it lacks the heft that I associate with luxury products. In all honesty it’s not my favorite, and maybe part of the reason I overlooked these for so long, but it’s perfectly functional. The tube holds .12oz/3.4g, which is similar to other lipsticks in the same general price range.
The Sephora product page for this shade describes it as a “sheer muted poppy red.” And I mean, I guess I can see where they get that, but that’s not really my thought at all when I look at it. To me it seems more of a pinky peach. There’s a definite orangey tone to it that makes it perfect to pair with coral blushes for spring.
For funsies, here are some comparisons with other peach/coral lip colors. Guerlain Rouge Automatique #141 is more red-toned, Givenchy Le Rouge Corail Decollete isn’t even in the same ballpark – MUCH more red, and darker – and Bourjois Corail Artistic gloss is more orange.
Texture, application & wear
Diablotine is quite sheer, with a glossy finish. The top swatch above is one swipe on bare skin, and for the comparison swatches I gave Diablotine two swipes (versus one for all the others). I never was able to get it to the point that it was opaque, but this isn’t a lipstick that’s meant to be opaque. The moral of the story there is it’s going to look a little different on just about everyone, since your natural lip color will show through.
Formula-wise, this is a funny little lipstick. The finish has nearly as much shine as a gloss, but not as vinyl-ish. The texture is much closer to a balm than a lipstick. So much so that sometimes I’ll grab this instead of an actual lip balm, and it’s become an almost permanent fixture in my purse. It has more color than a tinted lip balm though. It has quite a bit of slip to it, but I haven’t seen the first hint of bleeding or feathering. The balmy texture does mean you sacrifice wear time in a pretty major way – on me it usually lasts for around three hours or so. Reapplying isn’t a hassle, but it’s one you definitely need to carry with you if you want to have it on all day.
In Short: Sheer color, tons of moisture and zero-fuss application make this a perfect on-the-go lipstick.
Dior Addict Lipstick ($32) is available at sephora.com