Ready to delve further into the world of Dior Makeup, I was determined to purchase something from the Holiday Collection 2014. And, while in the U.S. a few weeks ago, I wanted to take full advantage of my limited opportunities to access the counters (Dior is not sold in The Bahamas). Anyway, I had settled on starting with some eyeshadows, specifically, a Quint. As you do, I’d looked at swatches and reviews galore….until my eyes watered. I’d also asked my beauty blogger friends for their advice and recommendations.
Still, I wasn’t sure. The Quints receive such mixed reviews that up until the moment I was actually in front of the associate at the Dior counter – I still hadn’t made up my mind. Of course, I did swatch and play with the Holiday Quints (Golden Shock and Golden Reflections). For at least an hour, I walked up and down the Department store, studying the shades in different lighting, tilting my hand back and forth. While the plum, pinks and golds in Golden Shock really appealed to me, I was a little let down in person. Perhaps it was the lack of pigment. Yes, I know that this didn’t necessarily mean they wouldn’t translate well on the eyes and that certain shadows are designed for a more subtle look. Still, I still wasn’t sold.
That’s when I spied the Golden Tie Collection. It includes the Dior Couture Creations Palette, the Dior Couture Smoky Eye Palette, the Dior Backstage Brush Set and the Dior Vernis Les Iconiques Couture Color Trio. Not quite in a position to invest in the larger Creations Palette, which includes shadows, blushes, highlight and lip sticks, I turned my attention to the Smoky Eye Palette.
Now I know what you’re thinking…why go for the boring neutrals? Well, two reasons, really. First of all, these swatched so much better than the Holiday Quints. Admittedly, the fact that fewer people had touched the Smoky Palette may account for some of the differences, but the shadows felt much more smooth and creamy. Second, I thought, for my first go at Dior shadows, maybe it would be best to start with a colour palette that’s simple and that I know I’ll reach for often. The sleek black case with black bow tie detail ain’t a bad feature either. It’s adorable packaging – although the material will have a tendency to dirty easily.
The Couture Smoky Eye Palette features four neutral shadows meant to create looks for day and night: a shimmering pink, a matte warm brown, an iridescent nude and a deep, matte chocolate. I think it’s fantastic that there are two matte and two shimmer shades, making the palette even more versatile. In the look below, I chose to go for a more day-time look incorporating all four shades but you could certainly amp things up by layering on more of the nude shimmer and/or shimmering pink than I did.
Dior Couture Smoky Eye Palette Swatches:
Dior Couture Smoky Eye Palette on Eyes:
It is my understanding that Dior has released similiar limited edition smoky eye palettes in the past. I’m wearing the shadows again today, as I type this, and am very pleased with the over all look. Certainly happy that this has been my first experience with Dior shadows!
The Dior Couture Smoky Eye Palette retails for $55.00 USD and I purchased mine about two weeks ago at Macy’s and it’s still available at Macy’s online. I also found it on Neiman Marcus. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find it on any of the U.K. sites or European sites – you guys let me know if you do! EDIT: The lovely Silke (see her comment below) has provided the Debenhams link for the U.K. beauties! What are some of your favorite products from Dior? I’d like any recommendations, if you have them! Thanks guys!
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