Two Dior Backstage Products That Have Changed My Makeup Life

Seriously. In one week too.

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Dior Brow Styler in Universal Brown and Dior Backstage Primer

What you’re looking at is Dior Brow Styler in Universal Brown($30) and Dior Backstage Primer($30). MAN. I love these two things. A whole lot.

Let’s talk about the Dior Backstage Primer first, because I think this is one of the best primers for oily lids out there.

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Dior Backstage Primer

When I first got it, I was pretty meh about it. It looks pretty similar to the Lancome one, which does nothing for me. My oily lids are so oily. For any eyeshadow to not crease, I have to first use a primer like NARS Pro Prime, and then something else like a cream eyeshadow, MAC Paint Pot-anything else. Double prime, which is a pain in the arse. Otherwise my shadows will crease in a few hours easy.

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Dior Backstage Primer

With Dior Backstage Primer though, I can just use it and nothing else. I can’t believe it! The only way I can describe it, is that it’s like a MAC Painterly, but drier in texture. It’s not creamy at all. And I think THAT’S the key there Watson! It takes a bit of work to spread it out evenly, but the results are so worth it.

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Dior Backstage Primer

It pretty much matches my skin tone as you can see and that’s awesome. The conΒ is that I can only use it on my eyelid. It’s a bit too dry to blend up to my eyebrow, which is fine with me. I have no issues with shadows creasing on my brow bone! If you have dastardly oily lids like I do, Dior Backstage Primer is WORTH it. Trust me.

The other Dior product that has been saving me about 5 minutes in the morning is the Dior Brow Styler in Universal Brown.

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Dior Brow Styler in Universal Brown

Now, I don’t know HOW many times I’ve walked by this thing and thought-I wonder if it would work for me? Too many my friends. And if you’ve done the same thing? Do yourself a favour and just get it now.

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Dior Brow Styler in Universal Brown

First off, I had no idea the thing had a spoolie on the other end! HELLO. Just that makes my life so much easier. I don’t have to search for mine that’s usually hiding amongst my eyeliners. That saves me like 3 minutes at least. I swear to GOD my spoolie LIKES playing hide and seek with me. The little freak. πŸ˜›

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Dior Brow Styler in Universal Brown

The Dior Brow Styler has a small, and tiny pencil and is just the perfect size to draw on some natural looking brow hairs, of which I am lacking. Child of the 80s here. It’s not too soft or powdery like some pencils. Not too waxy either. And it’s not as hard as the Shu Uemura Hard Brow Pencil. This brow pencil is so, so easy to use. Zip, Zip, Zip! Tracy is done and done!

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Dior Brow Styler in Universal Brown

And this universal colour? Matches my brows really well too! Usually these kind of universal brow colours are way too warm for me. With the grey hair, I have to be extra careful when using eye brow pencils and powders. I love my Illamasqua Brow Powder in Moto a ton because it’s the perfect ashy brown shade for me, but powder takes a bit more time and effort. And I’m so not into perfection and tons of effort lately as you know. The Dior Brow Styler in Universal Brown is fast, fills in the blank spots, making my brows look better. SOLD.

These two Dior Backstage products have changed things up for me! And at this stage in my makeup life, that says a lot! Totally recommend both of these products!

Has something new(or not so new as in my case) changed up your makeup routine/life for the better? What was it?Β 

*products sent by PR for review, thoughts are mine as always!

Happy Happy Friday everyone!! As of today, we have 15 days left until we leave on the Marky College Roadtrip! And she’s getting annoyed with my countdown LOL. I think it’s because she STILL hasn’t gone through her closet and gotten rid of some of her clothes that she hasn’t worn since middle school…and I SURE AS HECK AIN’T DOIN’ IT. MAMA REFUSES. πŸ˜›

  • Haha MAMA REFUSES. You remind me of mine (though eventually she caved in, a little. We met halfway :p)!

    I love the eye primer as well, but I haven’t tried that brow pencil! I need to check it out now. I’ve been toying with the idea of trying the Shu one, since Monika pointed out that you don’t really have to sharpen it in a special way for it to work well. I’ll have to take a look next week when I’m in a bigger town!

    • :D:D I’ll help her. WHEN SHE STARTS though hahaha. I’m not gonna be the one to start!

      The pencil is freakin’ great! I think that the Shu one actually DOES need to be sharpened by the counter for it to really work well. They kind of angle it, so there’s more surface area and then it doesn’t take as long as she says it does, plus it sticks better to your skin and hairs better too. Believe me, I’ve tried both ways and think that it’s better when SHU sharpens it.

      • Hmm in that way I might have to let it go. There is ONE Shu counter in the entire country, and it is not in my city. I can’t possibly get on a train to Antwerp every time I need my brow pencil sharpened.

      • I mean it’s OK, when you just sharpen it. But it makes a world of difference imo.

      • In that case I’ll pass. I still have my eyes on the gel liner though (thanks to you)!

  • LOL at your little arrows there, Tracy.

    My spoolie likes to hide, too! What the hell? I have it in my eye brush cup and I can never find the damn thing, EVEN THOUGH IT’S ALWAYS IN THERE. I’ll have to see if there’s a Dior pencil in a color that suits me. I like the MAC one I have right now (switched to Spiked for a better color match now) but sometimes it’s still a little too warm? But they’re not black, either, my weird brows. So I dunno.

    • :D:D
      I like the MAC ones too, just wish they had a damn spoolie since those things obviously got LEGS. πŸ˜›

  • Bex Miller

    I’m a double eye primer too! I used to be able to use a single primer like UDPP, but now it’s like OIL SLICK. I usually double up the Wet and Wild Eye Primer and then a paintpot. Have to say… the Dior didn’t work for me πŸ™ Colour is nice but it doesn’t control the oil sadly! I can use it instead of the paintpot in my double prime instead though. Shame because I love Dior eyeshadows and they work really well on me! xxx

    • High Five Double Primer! πŸ˜€
      Awww, so sad it didn’t work for you. It seems to work on my lids well!

      • Bex Miller

        At least it works well on one of us, that’s something πŸ˜€ x

  • rachlovespenguins

    I am so bored with my current brow stuff (lol how’s that for makeup problems?) and I’ve got the same gap and no brows issues that you do. Maybe I’ll play with this one sometime.

  • Holy crap, Tracy — that primer sounds amazing. I’ve yet to find a single primer or cream eyeshadow that works for me (though the Wet n Wild Fergie one does really live up to the hype), so this one is definitely going on my to-try list. Hopefully it’ll fare better on my lids than NARS Smudge Proof did, because that one did nothing for me (despite its popularity)!

    • Same for me Rae. If I use the NARS I need a paint pot as well. With this I’m good!
      Where’d you find the WnW Primer here btw?

      • I didn’t πŸ™ My sister talked me into ordering it online & having one of our relatives bring it up during Christmas — but dude, it was WORTH IT.

  • Meg

    Wow! I’ve walked by these products a bunch of times, and never thought much of them! Will definitely have to check them out, especially the brow styler!

    • Yeah that brow styler I’ve always thought was just another Dior product I’ll never use, but WOW! I really like it!

  • Ahh so good! Do you think that brow thing is gonna work with my skin / hair?

  • Liz

    That brow pencil is perfect for you! And I just finally caved to NARS Pro Prime, so I’ll give Dior a try if that doesn’t work or I run out.

  • I think I need to try that brow pencil. My problem is that those things are usually too warm for me as well, but I think this is a good color!! Thanks Tracy!

  • That brow pencil looks pretty awesome!

  • Wow the brow is so natural! I love my YSL eyebrow pencil in #4 (great for grey hair) but maybe I’ll give the Dior a try next time

    • I need to check that one out now! I don’t see it on the web site here, but I’ll have to check a counter for sure!

  • Shybiker

    I need to try this primer. I’ve struggled with eye-shadow from the beginning and not found a good primer. Thanks for the tip.

  • Lisa Adams

    Cool find on the Dior must check it out! Now I must pass on to you my new love! Anastasia DipBrow Pomade. OMG! SOOOOO user friendly! I bought the rec. brush spoolie combo to go with. Unbelievable. Check it out!

    • You know, they’re ALWAYS sold out here! I want to look at them! If there’s one cool enough I’d go for it!

      • Lisa Adams

        The shade selections are great. I chose Taupe for myself. My neice, who is a novice with her brows, chose the DipPomade. Out of all the choices I threw her way, pencil powder, waxy powder, pen,. . . when she tried the dip pomade she felt like she had the best results with the least amount of effort. Honestly, I agreed with her. Once again, you must let me know when you get a chance to check them out. . . . I think it’s going to be LOVE!

  • Eye primers are my best makeup friend! I’m using a really good wand version from Blinc but I’m going to look up this one from Dior because I like potted primers too!

  • Ooh, both of these sound so incredibly handy- that brow shade is perfect on you! Discovering the Anastasia Brow Powder Duo several years ago was a game-changer for me. My sparse brows have been so happy ever since πŸ™‚

    • Glad you have something that works well! None of their products work for me now. They’re all too warm I find!

  • Lily

    OK I NEED to look at that brow pencil, even though I’m loving my Shu Uemura H9 brow pencil. I still have a few eye primers I haven’t used up, or I’d have picked this up a while ago. The drier texture put me off a little, but I guess that’s why it works on oily lids πŸ™‚

    • I love that thing. I haven’t used anything else since it got here. I like my SHU too, but this is easier right now since my SHU ain’t properly sharpened.

  • THAT BROW STYLER is so totally going on my list!

  • I can go out without makeup, but cant go out without to do my eye brows !
    These 2 are for me !

  • Maybe! They might have a darker shade though!

  • we’re brow twinsies πŸ™‚ that illamasqua powder is one of my favourites, but you’re right about the powder/brush thing being a huge PITA. Recently started using Hourglass Arch in Soft Brunette — SO GOOD.

    • YAY! I know, I love MOTO. But sometimes I just don’t what to do my brows. SO SUE me Makeup gods. LOL.
      OK, I needs to check that Hourglass one now brow twin!

  • Everyone’s been saying how wonderful the Backstage Primer is. I think that one’s going to be my next Dior purchase.