Rouge Dior Or Étoilé 217 was the one lipstick out of all the holiday collection offerings I was absolutely certain I needed even before I saw the actual product. If you recall, I mentioned that this lipstick was sold out at my local Saks counter before I got to it, and I went into full panic mode searching for it online to make sure I had mine before it's gone elsewhere. I've had a couple of terrible Dior regrets, the most recent being missing out on Vernis St. Tropez (on the day of its release I tried ordering it online but the website crashed; I tried getting it at boutiques but the promises of shipment fell flat. It was a thoroughly heartbreaking affair) and I was hell bent on making sure there wouldn't be any mistakes with Or Étoilé.
Now it's safely in my hands, and no Dior regret indeed! As per Rouge Dior usual, it is housed in the chic rectangular midnight blue casing featuring the Dior cannage pattern. The lipstick itself is a shimmery gold that leans white and contains nearly imperceptible flecks of pink and blue microglitters.
It's not the most impressive when worn alone, but I never thought Dior meant for Or Étoilé to be anything other than a sheer layering color, an accentuation if you will. Case in point, when paired with Ara Red below, it adds another dimension to an already fabulous lip color.
This combination is the most obvious choice considering Dior's holiday promo ad, but I have plenty of ideas for this little pot of gold (pun fully intended). I'm planning to layer it over nude and pink lipsticks to give them a little edge, or experiment with some of my Le Metier de Beaute lip cremes - imagine the possibilities! Don't you love it when a lone lipstick provides such infinite fun?
Dior Or Étoilé retails for $32 and should be available at most major department stores. I purchased mine from nordstrom.com (which now provides free shipping and free returns on all orders).