Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Dior Ara Red

I'm secretly plotting to start an iconic red lipstick empire. Following your responses to Chanel Dragon and Ellis Red, I was thinking, wouldn't it be great if I managed to obtain the Great Reds of every brand and featured it here? It'll be a work in progress - hopefully never ending with the amount of beauty companies out there - but we'll start with my most recent acquisition: Dior Ara Red.



L-R: Dior Ara Red, Rouge Bunny Rouge Raw Silence


Dior Ara Red 999 is a creamy fiery orange-red that can't help but make you feel sexy when you put it on. It's my Karlie Kloss color, for days I want a twinkle of deviousness in my eyes and a dreamy swing to my gait. Well, at least I can dream that a lip color could rouse in me Kloss' impish grace.


It diminishes my beauty clout to admit that Ara Red is my very first Rouge Dior. I'm astounded and almost ashamed that it took me so long. Rouge Diors possess a stellar formula. Ara Red is not in want of pigmentation, lasts and lasts, and is a lipstick that actually moisturizes the lips. It feels amazing to wear and does not feather or bleed even in the absence of a lipliner. I'm berating myself for always diving into Dior's eye shadow quints and mascaras, never sparing some much deserved attention to Rouge Diors. It's a mistake certainly rectified from here on end. They deserve equal if not more of my time.

Dior Ara Red retails for $32 and should be available at most major department stores. I purchased mine from Sephora.

25 comments:

  1. That is a really uber fierce red lipstick Xiao! It looks so good on you. I wish I had your lips! I'm looking forward to your next red lippie. Have you tried the Chanel Rouge Velvet in L'Fascinante or Burberry's Lip Cover in Union Red? They are also really stunning!

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  2. Omg most gorgoues red i have ever seen suits you very well

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  3. I'm collecting reds, too :D It's a worthy cause. This one has been on my list of ones to try - it does look fabulous, and I like the satiny finish. Gorgeous!

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  4. Beautiful color! and it looks really good on your lips too

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  5. You look absolutely stunning in red lips!

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  6. Stunning, stunning! I usually prefer cool-toned reds but this one has just jumped on my wishlist. x

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  7. This is beautiful on you! I do not own a single red lipstick!! I did buy a red chanel rouge coco shine, but that's hardly a lipstick. I am wondering if I (super fair, blonde, warm, green eyes...and small lips!!) might be able to pull this red off since it looks quite warm....Hmmm...thanks for the great post :)

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  8. Ps, love the rest of your make-up in this post. Would love to know what you are wearing (esp blush)!

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  9. you were MADE for red lipstick modeling!

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  10. Gosh that IS a beaut! I love Rouge Dior formulas. They are made for red lipsticks! I don't think I have Ara Red - seems a bit warm/orange for me, but I love Red Muse. Try it next time ;)

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  11. That shade was made for you! I just stumbled across your blog and love it! :D Your skin is perfection!

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  12. @Jacqueline We haven't received Rouge Allure Velvets yet! I would love to take a look once they hit our shores. Thank you for the suggestions

    @SadeeStyle thank you :)

    @Larie yay comrade!

    @adthenshesmiled thank you!

    @Jamilla Camel :D

    @Klara I was surprised myself! Makes me want to go out and start trying warm reds.

    @katie Your super fair, blonde, warm green eye-ness sounds perfect for a fiery red! Do visit a counter and give it a go. I'm thinking once you go red you'll never go back.

    I am going to do separate reviews for the rest of the look. But for now, I'm using Armani Eyes To Kill Palette #1 and Illamasqua Ambition as my blush.

    @Lilladylife aw thank you!

    @Paris B Thanks for the suggestion! I'm slightly obsessed over the formula now

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  13. @LauraJean396 Thank you for reading!

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  14. You model lipsticks so well, an iconic red empire is only logical. Keep 'em coming.

    Like you, I recently tried Rouge Dior for the first time, and was impressed by the formula. I lean blue-red, but first thing this weekend I'm trying this shade at the counter. It'll be interesting to compare it to Belle de Nuit from the holiday collection.

    Speaking of holiday collections, this may not qualify as an iconic red, but I loved Chanel Famous. I seem to recall you commenting that you didn't care for the slight pink in it, but I find that this makes Famous very wearable. Layered with Triomphal, it's gorgeous! The proof is on my blog.

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  15. Leigh, Famous and Triomphal look amaaazing on you!

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  16. This color looks great on you! I'd love to see a compilation post of red lippies!!

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  17. Ooh, this sounds like a great series! That red pulls really orangey--when my reds do that, I look like a clown...and yet it looks REALLY good on you! How do you do that? :-p

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  18. I adore this red. I love the creamy orange undertone to it.

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  19. I wish I could wear bold lips like you. You look lovely!

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  21. Might have to try this on... But it seems more of a full commitment colour, that only goes well on flawless skin?
    Hmm... Any suggestion for a slightly less bright, Asian suitable pepper red lipstick, with slight orange undertone, dear Dame of Red Lips?
    Greetings from Hong Kong the food heaven again! :-D

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  22. tiffyama- you know i'll snatch up any interesting reds as soon as i see it!

    Isla- I thought it would be clowny on me too... never thought it would look good honestly o.O

    Jen W- :D!

    Rola- Thank you!

    Alison Doodle- to a certain extent all reds are full commitment colors unfortunately :(

    THOUGH, I've been thinking about your comment since you posted it and I think I *just* found something that you might like. I'll post it up soon! EXCITED.

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  23. You are amazing. Keeping my finger crossed! ;P

    P.S. So very glad to find your blog- it is very rare to see your make-up preference being swatched by someone with so close a skin tone and hair colour, with a great sense of style and humour too!

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  24. Aren't you such a sweetheart for saying that *has butterflies* :)

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  25. Alison- I don't know if you're still following this, but check out my recent post on Ellis Lips. I featured L301, which sounds like what you've been looking for! I know it's really really glossy but you can blot it a little and get that pretty pepper-red-with-orange-undertone color :)

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