I have a longstanding love for the Dior Addict lipstick formula. Densely pigmented yet sheer, it feels moisturizing on the lips and wears well for what it is...a sheer lipstick. The color selection is excellent, the shine lasts, and it's overall just a great product. Recently I added the lovely Perfecto to my collection, and it didn't disappoint.
Perfecto, in the tube, is a deep, deep brown-based plum. It very closely resembles Clinique's Black Honey, in my opinion. However, it's a superior formula, with longer wear and a more moisturizing finish, not to mention better pigmentation.
Here's a closeup of Perfecto taken in direct sunlight:
As you can see, the color is extremely dark. Even for me, it was a little intimidating until I realized the sheerness of the formula would ease the harshness of the color as it stands in the tube. I was right about that...on the lips, it softens considerably, giving a natural, plummy flush.
On my lips, the undertones become apparent:
I love the cool undertones of this lipstick, balanced perfectly by a bit of brown to keep it from looking too purple. The only thing I don't like about this one is that it tends, as do all sheers on me, to look a bit uneven if I forget what I'm wearing and press my lips together. You can see the lines on my lips showing exactly what happened there. As I said, this happens to me a lot with the sheerer formulas because I'm accustomed to occasionally pressing my lips together to refresh the color of my more opaque lipsticks. However, I have to take care not to do that with the Dior Addicts, as the result is uneven application.
Bottom Line: I love this color and formula, and as long as I remember to avoid my lipsmacking habit, it looks great for a couple of hours. Wear time, of course, is limited due to the lightweight, creamy, sheer qualities of the lipstick. However, I don't find it to be less than other similar formulas, and it actually lasts longer than many. In addition, Perfecto fades down to a lovely stain. All in all, it's a wonderful little lipstick for my more understated days.