In case there is any confusion, I took the pictures below before my haircut. I know, I look like a totally different person.
While I am definitely enjoying the myriad of new lipstick offerings we have this season, I feel the need to shower some love to its glossier counterparts. If you can believe it, Dior Addict Ultra Gloss in Black-Tie Plum #982 was one of the first few glosses I owned.
I think it was my second semester at college. At that time I barely read beauty blogs and use little makeup (what I did to pass time, I wonder). The Dior SAs were friendly enough, and seeing my noobishness, plied me with every product they could sell me. I glanced through, nodding to be nice but wasn't committed until I saw this gloss. The SA told me they were the first and only high end brand that had such a deep gloss in its permanent collection. I don't know if that was true, but I will say till this day I haven't found a dark plum to rival this.
L-R: Dior Black-Tie Plum, Chanel Rouge Allure Rouge Noir
The eye look is basically LMdB Plum Eyeshadow layered above look 1 in this tutorial
On its own, Black-Tie Plum is a glossy wine-berry that can be layered to full intensity or sheered to a bare stain. Three years ago I thought it was the boldest shade ever (I wore it to college and felt like everyone was staring at me); now, I'd wear this to the market without skipping a beat. Ah, growth.
In the above pictures, I layered it over Chanel Rouge Noir to make it "seasonally fashionable." Dior's glosses are super comfortable and moisturizing, which is the unfortunate codeword for not long-lasting. It will come off with any food or drink, or even a simple swipe of tissue (you don't even have to rub).
A rudimentary Google search shows that there really isn't a ton of permanent edition dark plum glosses lying around, so if you're the glossy kind of girl and want the extra polish over a dark, vampy lip, this is it.
Dior Addict Ultra Gloss in Black-Tie Plum #982 retails for $28 and is available at Nordstrom.
Also, two Friends & Family sales happening now:
Shopbop - WEAREFAMILY at checkout for 20 percent off. Till 11.59PM tonight.
Saks Fifth Avenue - FRNFAM2 at checkout for 20 percent off. Till October 21 (starts in-store Oct 18).
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