Tuesday, March 26, 2013

A Spring In My Step With Dior Candide Pink

I thought it was difficult to get behind spring collections in January, when clouds of snow and gusts of cold wind still swirled outside my window. Even though spring is palpable and supposedly just around the corner, it's been even more difficult to enjoy spring collections in late March when the weather remains much the same as it's been here for several months. Try as I might to get truly excited about pastels, robins egg blue and shades of lovely pink and coral it's been difficult with snow falling even as spring is "officially" upon us.

I'm sure it goes without saying that I've been a bit behind the eight ball where my feelings about spring are concerned, so much so that I overlooked almost every spring collection! At last, a few weeks ago the lovely beauty of Dior's Dior Addict Lipstick in 457 Candide Pink caught my attention. I'm not typically one for shades of pink lipstick, but this product is unique in that it seems to adapt to the complexion of she who wears it.

Candide, ou l'Optimisme is a widely known French satire written by Voltaire, published in 1759. The satire focuses on the main character, Candide, who begins the tale in an edenic paradise and ultimately ends up suffering great hardship. I had to chuckle at the irony (you see what I did there?) of the name, given my own lack of optimism regarding the change in season. At the conclusion of the satire Candide does end by markedly rejecting optimism ... so perhaps the name is more apt than it would initially seem?

Though I'm unsure how Candide Pink came to be named after an 18th century French satire, the soft pink conveys a sense of youthful optimism suited to the season of new beginnings. The balm texture of Dior's Dior Addict Lipsticks means that the product is relatively sheer, that it moisturizes the lips as well as blurring imperfections and dryness ... at least on me. Given the fact that we're only just at the end of a very long winter, you can imagine that these balmy and moisturizing benefits are qualities I prize in a spring lipstick.

I'm sure if you've been reading Getting Cheeky for some time you'll be familiar with the fact that I very rarely feature light pink lip products. Shades of magenta and rose work wonders against my complexion, but cool (particularly blue based) pinks tend not to be flattering against my complexion. Candide Pink is somehow different. It's as though the effortless combination of pigmentation and transparency allows the natural color of my lips to peek through just enough that the shade customizes to my needs. I've seen Candide Pink look very different on all manner of different beauty bloggers which I can only see as a plus!

Thanks to Dior's Dior Addict Lipstick in 457 Candide Pink I have a spring in my step, no matter how cold (and snowy!) it may be outside. Voltaire's Candide may reject optimism ... but thanks to Dior's rendition I think I've gotten a bit of mine back. I've already been enjoying this shade, and I cannot wait to wear it even more frequently when the weather is finally warmer and ready for spring flowers, showers and sunshine.

Did you purchase either of Dior's spring lipstick releases? Which light pink shade best suits your complexion?