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Dior DiorSkin Nude Tan Paradise Duo 001



I've been on the hunt for a new blush for some time now.  My current blush collection is filled with one of two extremes:  aggressively pigmented orange/red/hot pink or dusty rosy-pink.  Time to branch out.

Before we get started, I have to address the issue of coral.  How is it exactly different from peach?  I'm never sure, but every once in a while, I'll point at a colour and say, "You.  You are peach."  Then I'll point at one that's a smidge darker/lighter/coral-er and name it coral.  How do you know?

For the purposes of all future blog references, I'm going to define peach as a combination of orange and pink with more yellow in it.  That is, it'll be more orange than pink.  Anything that leans more pink will be safely ensconced in its coral kingdom.  For example, Tarte Tipsy is a vibrant peach, whereas this beauty above...is coral.

This insanely beautiful chrome-quilted compact is a blush/bronzer duo from Dior's Summer 2013 line, the Diorskin Nude Tan Paradise Duo in 001.  One one side, we get two shades of bronzer -- a medium brown on top which mixes beautifully with darker, cool-toned brown to give an extremely realistic tan.  The key to a believable bronze is the amount of red in the pigment -- since a tan is glorified burned skin, there will always be red pigment, so even the most olive of skins will need a tiny hint of pink in their tan.

The other side is made up of two blush colours, one shimmery, one matte.  The shimmery quadrant is a shimmery coral and matte quadrant leans darker and more pink.  When mixed together they render a bright, medium-pink blush.  The magic happens when you mix all four shades together, they give you the most perfect coral.

I can't tell you how it happens or why it happens, but I have a very strong feeling that it's got something to do with the rosy shimmer mixing in with the peach-toned bronzer and all four shades amalgamating into a beautifully complex combination.  The colours lay down on your cheek in an almost imperceptible texture -- I rubbed my fingertips into the bronze side and double checked to make sure there was pigment there.  It's that smooth.  The shimmer in the pink is delightfully creamy, and even before blending out the product, the texture will have already disappeared, leaving you with nothing but your newly-blushed and bronzed skin.

20 comments :

  1. this looks so pretty! I've been eyeing this for a while! I think the next time I get paid, I MAY have to treat myself :D

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    1. Do it! It's so beautiful, you won't regret it!

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  2. this is really so pretty. I'm a big fan of pinky-bronzy tones for cheeks, I just find it so easy to wear and flattering. The packaging is lovely too

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  3. Beautiful! I've never tried anything from Dior though. I honestly couldn't tell there was two shades of blushes until you pointed it out!

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    1. I'm liking Dior products more and more! They make some of my favourite eye shadows -- I haven't tried any of their base or lip products, but I'm afraid Dior is slowly taking over my collection!

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  4. Yay glad you love it! The Pink Glow and Coral Glow seem very, very similar to me but they're both beautiful. Mine is going to be getting a LOT of use this summer--I can't wait!! :D

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    1. Coral Glow looked really pretty too! I loved your swatches so much!

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  5. That is exactly how I define the difference between peach and coral. The packaging is gorgeous too!

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  6. Yay! I love mine SO MUCH. I'm glad I got this one, as I can control the colour so much better!

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  7. that looks like it would be right up my alley! It's funny how fine the line is between peach and coral, see I would consider tipsy to be a coral! Peach to me is more orange and coral is more pink.

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  8. Oh yesss JOIN THE CLUB! Isn't it frickking amazing? Let me tell you this: I am NOT a bronzer girl, but what I realized with this one is I simply don't own a bronzer that I like enough to use often! Now I reach for this instead of a contouring product almost every time I do my makeup. The texture is really worth shelling out big bucks for (in my book)!

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  9. All you ladies with your beautiful Paradise bronzer/blusher duos!!! I really want one but I need to see if I use the bronzer I just picked up. Though from most comments it seems like you don't need to use it as a bronzer and blush separately...they look so beautiful mixed!!!

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  10. I'd want this for the packaging alone haha! I think coral is more of a pinkish/reddish version of peach? Here's the link to Bourjois Healthy Mix in 53: http://echemist.co.uk/p-bourjois-healthy-mix-foundation

    Once you go to the checkout they remove the tax from the price and it's even cheaper!

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    1. I just got it!! Thanks for sharing =D I can't wait to test it out!

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  11. I've seen like a hundred blog posts about this duo, but I just don't get tired of reading about it :-) It's such a lovely product!

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    1. Have you tried it yet??? I think you'd really like it!

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  12. I seriously love how your describe products! Addicted~
    Anyway the blush does look very pretty~

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    1. LOL thank you for saying that! My brother says I sound obsessed!

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  13. This looks and sounds so pretty, lovely description!:-) x

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