Jan 23 2016

Dior Spring 2016 Collection – Glowing Gardens


To be honest with you, I’m not highlight crazy. Highlighters are not a makeup product I tend to “collect”. But when I saw the stunning, delicate floral pattern of the Glowing Gardens Illuminating Powders from the Dior Spring 2016 Collection, well, let’s just say I couldn’t resist. If you’ve read my last couple of posts, my Spring makeup haulage has been pretty epic so far. I blame online shopping while in a state of post-holiday slash new baby exhaustion.


Dior Spring 2016 Collection Glowing Gardens Illuminating Powder


In fact, it seems, I couldn’t resist Dior in general because I picked up a few other new goodies (as seen on Instagram). So excited to test out the new Forever & Ever Wear Primer!

Dior Spring 2016 Collection Glowing Gardens

Anyway, back to the Illuminating Powders.

What the designer says: To sculpt the face with touches of light, Diorskin Nude Air Glowing Gardens draws inspiration from the technique of strobing. This powder with extremely fine illuminating pigments is embossed with a delicate floral motif. Two pearly shades, pale pink or luminous beige, to bathe the face in light.

The Dior Glowing Nude Diorskin Nude Air Illuminating Powder (left) is a warm, rose-gold while the Dior Glowing Pink Diorskin Nude Air Illuminating Powder (right) is a cool, very, pale almost white pink. A note about the packaging. The illuminating powders are beautifully packaged and come with the standard deep navy velvet pouch and mini white-haired kabuki brush. However, when I first held the compacts in my hand I noticed right away that they felt quite light. Just to be sure I wasn’t going crazy, I compared them to the other Dior compacts in my collection (Nude Tan Bronzer and Tie Dye Blush). These Illuminating powders are indeed lighter – the compact definitely has less heft. Not a huge deal but something to note. (There is also the addition of the brand’s name “Dior” engraved on the compact).

Dior Spring 2016 Collection Glowing Gardens Illuminating Powders
Dior Spring 2016 Collection Glowing Gardens Illuminating Powders
Dior Spring 2016 Collection Glowing Gardens

They are beautiful. The finish on the skin is high sheen/shimmer that adds stunning luminosity. The powders feel dry to the touch but apply smoothly and blend very well. I have rather large pores and have not found that they emphasize that situation, but I can see the potential of that happening if I had a heavier hand because these do have quite a bit of shimmer. I was really a fan of the Pink Glow especially because its not chalky like some highlights of this tone family can be. Both powders wore well for 8+ hours. First photo taken without flash, second is taken with flash.

Dior Glowing Gardens Illuminating Powder Swatches Glowing Nude Glowing Pink
Dior Glowing Gardens Illuminating Powder Swatches Glowing Nude Glowing Pink

The Illuminating Powders retail for $58.00 USD/£40.00. Unfortunately, they are sold out most places in the U.S (I meant to get this post up much sooner) but I spotted Glowing Pink at Selfridges and Glowing Nude at Harrods.  Maybe you’ll still be able to find them at your local department store (Dior isn’t sold in The Bahamas, apart from fragrances).





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  1. How pretty these highlighters look! They give such a nice glow and 8+ hours lasting is pretty good for a highlighter.


  2. I just saw the collection on another blog and you already have the highlighters?! Oh wow! I have been highlighter crazy recently and can’t get enough of it. I love how my skin look super radiant and healthy with it.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  3. That’s an impressive little Dior haul! These highlighters look so lovey. I’m a bit of a highlighting fanatic, so will bear these in mind!xx

    Laura | Lala London: Beauty & Lifestyle

  4. Oooh Nude Glow looks subtle and lovely! Definitely a big allure of these powders has to be the packaging and presentation!

  5. Wow! Both of these look STUNNING!! xx


  6. I’m with you, I cannot resist Dior! I bought the darker highlighter but I haven’t opened it yet as I’m trying to cut back my spending habits (having to start buying forniture for my new flat is less than a month is a good reason!) and I want to keep it for when the itch to buy something will come. I’m so intrigued by that primer too! 🙂 xx
    Gyudy @ Gyudy’s Notes Of Beauty

    • Lulle.Beaumiroir on January 26, 2016 at 9:13 pm
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    I wanted to see them in person before deciding which one I liked best, but by the time I was ready to go to the nearest counter they were sold out everywhere 🙁
    Nude would have been so perfect for me!

    • Alina Bostan on January 27, 2016 at 9:47 am
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    Wow these illuminating powders are just beautiful and so luxurious. Love the pattern and would almost be afraid to use it for fear of ruining the pretty design x

    Beauty with charm

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