Ok, so I know that a new makeup sponge might not be the most exciting part of a beauty toolkit, but it’s a seriously important one! For the past 18 months or so, whenever I’ve not been using my fingers to apply foundation or concealer, invariably, I’m using my Dior Backstage Blender (review here). So, when I found out that the brand was releasing a brand new sponge to accompany their brand new Forever Foundation, I popped down to the nearest Dior counter to check it out!
Unfortunately, the Forever Foundation was too heavy for me, so I grabbed a bottle of my go-to Star Foundation and I was kindly gifted this sponge when I asked about it. Unlike the Backstage Beauty Blender, the Forever Sponge is white and it has a tighter, denser feeling. It’s also got a new shape, with a new, flat edge which is designed for getting into hard to reach areas. Unlike a lot of sponges, the Dior Forever doesn’t seem to suck up a tonne of product, although the fact that it’s white, means it does look super messy from the first time you use it.
If you’re at a Dior counter, I would definitely try it out, and see if they can give one to you too! If not, it’s priced at £14.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
So, if you’ve read this blog before, it’s not news that I love my neutrals. Over the past couple of years, I’ve mostly abandoned my bright colours in favour of a palette of nudes, neutrals and darks. My latest acquisition? Dior’s rather stunning nail polish in 121 Lili.
Even though it feels like I own every shade between baby pink and taupe, Vernis 121 Lili felt super fresh and different. I think it has something to do with the texture of the polish – it’s nearly opaque in a single coat, and the second gives a smooth even application. Lili’s shade falls somewhere between peach and greige, meaning it has a nearly but not quite mannequin hands effect. I love the almost chalky shade, which has no glitter or shimmer. I think this is just the most perfect transition shade for spring – it’s slightly grey undertones mean that it doesn’t look out of place in grey weather, and I think the pink tones in the polish will become more noticeable in bright light. The formula of the polish is really incredible – unlike a lot of light or neutral shades which seem to be quite sheer and streaky when applied, Lili is buttery smooth. For a completely opaque finish I used two coats, and they dried in super quick time. I then finished off with a slick of Dior’s Gel Top Coat which gives a beautifully shiny finish. I’ve had the polish on for two days without the hint of a chip!
Dior Vernis Lili costs £18.50 and I bought mine at Selfridges