Do you have any of the Dior Glow lipglosses? I have a few others in addition to the new Rose Bikini that is part of the Summer Mix of brights for 2012. (In the US, the color is called Rose Bikini and in French, the name is Pink Bikini so I've included both for other countries where the dominant name may be Pink. I'm a little confused about this and what the actual name is...you might be able to tell, lol). Rose Bikini is a little different than the other Glow Ultra-Glosses that I have and I'll tell you about it in a minute but let's look at pictures first.
It took me several weeks to decide if I liked this gloss or not. The other Glow glosses I have are very sheer and add a sweet wet glossy cover to whatever I wear underneath. They are super easy to wear and I can slap them on nilly willy and they always look great. Rose Bikini requires just a little bit more work because, while it's still a see-thru type of gloss, it's highly pigmented. I find, with this gloss, that the brush applicator is a little more difficult to get it on how I want it. It's also a bit thicker than the others, which deposits a lot more color and makes it less likely to bleed.
Now, I really love a pigmented gloss but I'd become accustomed to the Glow Ultra-glosses being a light flush of color, so it took me a bit to mentally adjust. I had to decide if it was worth it to apply with a mirror or not. Over the course of three weeks, I went from annoyed to appreciating the aspects of this gloss. It gives enough color that I can wear it alone or it really enhances any lip color that I put it over. From hate to love in three weeks. I've decided that it's worth the little bit of extra care in application.
In a hand swatch, the color is much more of a yellow toned rose than it shows on my lips. On the lips, it's a hot pink bright color. I found that confusing at first, but wearing it, it's the pink that I prefer.
Dior called this a "Flash-plumping Spotlight Shine Lipgloss". I *think*, just by virtue of wearing it a lot, that this means that it's so shiny that it gives a plumper look to the lips. I'm including the next picture because while the ambient light doesn't show the color well, it does show how much shine is in this gloss....and because my son is in the picture. Shhhh, don't tell him, it'll be our secret.
The last picture is taken inside with a flash. It shows more of the rosy tones, so I'm including it but the other pictures are more color accurate with how the gloss actually looks while wearing it around town.
The Dior Addict Ulta-Glow glosses retail for $28 and can be purchased at Nordstrom, Dillard's, Neiman Marcus, Macy's, Belk, and other fine department stores. Now that I've grown to love this gloss, I have my eye on the Rose Croisiere, which looks like more of a red.