Dior’s re-launch of the Addict lipstick line includes Backstage ($28 #583), another sheer, moisturizing lipstick with plenty of shine. Like It Pink, Backstage looks intense in the tube but applies with a very sheer wash of cool rose color.
I was anticipating that Backstage would go on as an intense mauve with blue undertones. In fact, the result is far more subtle.
Here is Backstage on Liz’s lips, which tend to run pink. Because of the sheerness, Backstage will likely pick up a different look depending on your coloring. Like It Pink, Backstage feels very moisturizing and balm-like. I would not expect to get lipstick-weartime from this formula, however, as it is more fragile than a fully pigmented color.
Here is a comparison between Dior Addict Backstage, Chanel Rouge Coco Rivoli, Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy and Chanel Rouge Coco Camelia. As you can see, Dior Addict Backstage is more sheer and has has more shine/glow than the Chanel Rouge Coco formula, and more pigment than Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine Boy:
My experiment with Dior Addict led me two choices at Sephora, It Pink and Backstage–two very different colors. They were both very moisturizing and had a lovely luxury feel. The scent is extremely slight and subtle. Overall, It Pink is more pigmented than Backstage, so I expect that once all of the colors are released we’ll see a wide range of textures. I’m crossing my fingers that they all have this lovely balmy formula. Readers should be warned that these may not give a very long wear time, however, with that very soft formula.