Hold onto your sailor hats, ladies: the Dior Transat summer 2014 collection is docking at a beauty counter near you in May. Inspired by the intrepid spirit of the first Dior resort and spring lines in 1948, this latest collection created by veteran creative director Tyen is a glamorous, sun-kissed riff on all things nautical.
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The Manucure Transat nail polish and couture stickers duos ($31) are nail art made easy. Each shade comes with a set of striped monogram nail stickers to apply on dry polish; file away the excess with a mini branded emery board. You can't go wrong with 'Captain' (a bright red) or 'Yacht' (a sandy beige)—both are sophisticated, summery hues—but I love the show-stopping intensity of 'Sailor' (a bright cobalt blue).
For eyes, there are limited edition 5 Couleurs Transat Edition eyeshadow palettes ($62) in 'Atlantique' (the blue palette) and 'Sundeck' (the bronze/gold palette) comprising shades with shimmer, iridescent, and satin finishes. I love the rope detail in the centre. And for beach days and beyond, Dior is also introducing a waterproof version of their cult fave Diorshow mascara, Diorshow Iconic Overcurl ($35). Can't wait to try the latter as soon as my allergies subside.
Summer is the perfect time to lighten up on lip colours and let luminous, sun-kissed skin steal the show. I'm such a fan of formulas like Dior Addict Lipstick ($33) when the mercury rises: a sheer wash of face-brightening colour, hydration, and shine in one product. 'Cruise' (an orange-heavy coral) and 'Mayday' (a berry red) are going to be on heavy rotation in my makeup bag this summer.
Gloss lovers, take note: The Transat collection includes Dior Addict Gloss ($31) in 'Offshore' (a gold-flecked sand that would look so pretty worn alone or layered over other colours) and 'Seafarer' (a creamy poppy hue). And if you truly can't give up matte lip colours for summer, slick on a layer of Dior Addict Lip Maximizer ($33), a light-pink, sweet-smelling, collagen-infused plumping treatment that diminishes fine lines and hydrates without stinging lips.
How pretty are these Diorskin Nude Shimmer illuminating powders ($57) in pink and amber, from the multi-coloured product to the silver cannage compact and soft kabuki brush? Meanwhile, I'm intrigued by Diorskin Nude Tan Prime & Bronze ($42), a makeup primer which builds a gradual tan with repeated use. A word to the wise, though: This primer should be extended past the jawline or some other self-tanning product should be used on the neck. Two-toned skin is a giveaway!
Christian Dior himself once said, "On holiday, you may wear all the colourful and casual clothes you like. But you must remain elegant at all costs." Here, then, is an elegant yet fun beauty collection that will elevate your little white dresses, denim cutoffs, espadrilles, and Breton stripes. Has the Transat collection swept you away?