In addition to Dior’s stunning Illuminating Powders which I talked about last week and the base products from the Forever line that I’m currently testing out, my Dior haul included one of the Diorshow Colour and Contour shadow liners released in the Spring 2016 collection. Yes, it’s pricey for what it is – but I thought it might be worth trying out. New to the world of the “busy mom” (feels so weird to use that term in reference to myself), I’m realizing that I won’t always have the time to do a full on eye look using ten shadows and all that jazz. So I’m more and more interested in short-cut type products. This looked like just the ticket.
From the designer: Dior brings the art of contouring to the eyes with 5 Waterproof shadow-liner duos, 5 colour combinations to intensify the eyes. A double-ended pencil featuring a shadow with an iridescent finish to shade the lids in shimmering tones, and a highly pigmented liner to rim lashes with a bold line.
The description references 5 shadow-liners but I’ve only ever seen three in the U.S. (Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy’s etc). For whatever reason there are two additional colours on the Dior site: Water Lily (457), a pastel green, and Hortensia (957), a pastel lavender, which appear to be available in the U.K. (I found them at Harrods) and possibly Europe?
Anyway, it’s basically a dual-ended cream shadow stick – with one ended being the cream shadow and the other an eyeliner. I choose what I thought was the most neutral pairing: Twig. I’d describe the cream shadow end as a shimmering taupe while the liner is a soft, medium matte brown. Both colors lean cool.
I’ve used the shadow liner several times already and here are my thoughts. First, the lasting power of the cream eye shadow is amazing. I tested it on bare lids with no primer and by the end of a 9 hour day, it looked the same as when I first applied it. It’s smooth, creamy and goes on evenly. The only thing I’m a little disappointed with is its opacity. It’s beautifully shimmery, as you can see from the swatch. And to be fair, Dior does describe it as “a shadow with an iridescent finish”. But it could have done with a smidgen more saturation, in my opinion. The liner side of the duo wasn’t as impressive in terms of wear-time but still performed well. Again, my preferences is for a little more pigment but I suppose it’s better that the liner is buildable to suit a wider range of preferences. Together they create a soft, everyday sort of look that’s simply but works. Using this product, I was able to achieve what I wanted: a quick, polished eye look in less than three minutes. So, in that sense, the Diorshow Colour and Contour shadow liner is a winner. I can see myself using Twig when I”m in a hurry or on the go. Expensive but I do recommend if they are in your budget. After purchasing this, I saw someone (I’m sorry, I forgot who) haul some Rimmel products that look really similar. Possible dupes? If you know, let us know! Here’s the eye look:
The Diorshow Colour and Contour shadow liners retail for $33.00 USD/£25.50. What do you think of multi-tasking products like this?
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