Dior Diorific Grand Bal Marilyn 653: The Asian Version

What? Asian Version? Yes, you read that right. Some brands have Asian exclusive, some Europe / USA exclusive. This time however is not about exclusivity. What we are getting resemble those lipsticks from Japanese brands. I assume it is the mass preference of different markets. Do Asians prefer sheerer lipsticks? My guess is majority do, based on the research that brands conduct anyway. I did my own research by asking around, and truthfully, majority do not like bold lips. Also, many people still do not read beauty blogs. They prefer magazines. Just sayin’.


The packaging is as you’ve seen all along. For these Diorific lipsticks, we get little gold nuggets that look like hand weights. It’s the best possible description I can give it. I’ve read some tweets about the shape of these lipsticks, and their descriptions are hardly PG rated. Furthermore, it gets you wondering… how do these people know what a butt plug looks like? LOL!



If you’ve noticed, Diorific Grand Bal Marilyn is numbered 040 in The States, and from the online swatches, Marilyn 040 is a pigmented red with slight pink undertones. What we get in Asia is number 653, and is a sheerer version. The lipstick bullet looks bright doesn’t it? When I first opened it, I thought it was going to be bright red on my lips. What I got was a little unexpected, especially after what I saw online. I didn’t think much of it initially. I thought maybe they really piled on the lipstick for the swatches. I was wrong. Thanks Sunny for alerting me!



So I contacted Dior and was told that there’s an Asian version of these lipsticks. What we get here are sheerer, and the finish is less intense. I find it to be very wearable, even work appropriate. The lipstick glides on smoothly and feels like lip balm. It keeps my lips moisturized and the glossy finish makes red so much easier to wear. Photo below shows 2 layers of Marilyn on my lips. Isn’t it less intimidating than Marilyn 040? Due to the balmy texture, this lipstick only wears about 3 hours on me and there are signs of fading. However, it is so easy to wear that I don’t mind re-applying. There is no flaking or patchiness. Lips are kept smooth and comfortable. I don’t own many reds so I can’t think of any dupes.



I predict that the hefty price tag will probably keep many people away. Not many are willing to pay RM104 for a tube of lipstick and while I love the texture, I’m not a huge fan of the tube itself. If you ask me for a drugstore comparable, I would say there is none. Even though you might find a shade that is a close match, you will probably have a hard time finding one that will give you this texture. Nearly all drugstore lipsticks that I tried make my lips flake after 4 hours of wear, and that includes Revlon Lip Butters.

Have you tried these? What do you think of this 653 compared to 040? Do you prefer lipsticks like this or do you prefer those with intense pigmentation?


xoxo Lily


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