Iconic. Stunning. The heavens opened, and light illuminated the gift that is Dior. At least that is how I felt when I opened the box containing the most expensive eyeshadow palette I have ever had the privilege of owning.
Dior has embodied a story of grace and elegance since its opening in 1947. With an unforgettable collection of clothing, fragrances, accessories and makeup Dior is in many ways synonymous with the many celebrity figures that are the faces of the brand.
I will admit that I was in awe when I looked at the dark blue box with the DIOR logo emblazoned on it. I have never owned Dior makeup before, and I was savoring the moment. Inside was a weighty compact wrapped in a dark blue velvet case. It just felt special. The compact itself is relatively heavy, with a push clasp on the front. The inside reveals a large mirror and a 5 shade compact with two dual-ended brushes. As much as I try to tell myself that it is about the product, not the packaging, this packaging gave me some serious feels.
The eyeshadows themselves are beautiful, featuring a quilted design on the surrounding shadows and a Christian Dior monogram in the center. I was honestly expecting soft and buttery shadows, but these were hard to the touch, and a finger swipe did not reveal a lot of pigment.
I was eager to try a look with Victoire 166 palette. This palette contained: two purple shades and muted brown, baby pink and white highlighting color. I have previously purchased the Covergirl TruNaked Roses palette and the ELF Opposites Attract palette for the purple shades. In both cases, I was horribly disappointed. Purple is a challenging color to produce. It often will either have little pigment or lay down patchy.
Application of this palette was surreal. The colors were flawless, there was no kickup when I went in with my brush, there was no fall out on my cheeks. Each of the colors applied magnificently, blended beautifully without any muddiness or harsh lines. It literally looked like I had a professional do my eye makeup. I have never had such soft and smooth blends. These shadows lasted and looked good 18 hours later which is quality that I am wowed by.
If you couldn’t already tell, I have a major crush on this palette. I was fortunate enough to have sent to me by Dave Lackie – Editor of Beauty Departure Magazine. It is a gift that I say thank you for each time I wear. If you were to purchase this palette on the Sephora website, you would find it for $73.00CAD, and that will give you 0.21oz / 6g of product which works out to $14.66 per pan of shadow. Which is comparable to Pat McGrath 6 pan palettes or Viseart 9 pan palettes when speaking strictly in cost per pan not cost per oz/g.
As described by the Sephora Website:
What it is:
A five-color eyeshadow palette to add a splash of color to the eyes.
What it does:
Get the Dior Bird of Paradise summer look. Inspired by the shimmering burst of color in peacock feathers, this eyeshadow palette offers five dazzling shades to dress your eyes.
What else you need to know:
Christian Dior has always been influenced by Latin America, and Brazil in particular, with its shimmering tropical nature, which can be seen in his dresses from 1948 onward. Drawing from his passion for exotic nature and animals, the 2013 Summer Look is an invitation to a sensual journey through Latin America and its tantalizing colors.
Talc, Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogophite, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Magnesium Stearate, Nylon-12, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Calcium Sodium Morosilicate, Bis-Behenyl/Isostearyl/Phytostearyl Dimer Dilinoleyl Simer Dilinoeate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tocopherol. [+/- :Ci 19140 (Yellow 5, Yellow Lake), Ci 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), Ci 75470 (Carmine), Ci 77000 (Aluminum Powder), Ci 77002 (Aluminum Hydroxide), Ci 77007 (Ultramarines), Ci 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), Ci 11788 (Chromium Oxide Greens), Ci 77289 (Chromium Hydroxide Green), Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ferrocyanide, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), Ci 77742 (Manganese Violet), Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide)].
You may wish to give this product a pass if:
- You are sensitive to Talc
- You are sensitive to Mica
- You are sensitive to Dimethicone
- You are seeking a Vegan Product
- You are seeking a cruelty-free company (they sell in mainland China)
Would I purchase this product again? Yes. It is very pricey. However, the colors will last a long time, they are reliable in the application and a beautiful splurge product. If you are looking to add a few shades to your collection or are irresistibly drawn to shades, then I would say it is worth it. If you are looking to build a shade collection, this is not the most cost-effective way to do so.
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