The $59 Dior 5 Couleurs Garden Pastels Eyeshadow Palette Is Quintessentially Dior

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Might as well take a chisel to Michelangelo’s David. That’s how I felt about swatching the new Dior 5 Couleurs Garden Pastels Eyeshadow Palette ($59) and why it took me so long to build up the courage.


Every time I’d contemplate taking a brush to the raised roses on the pans, I’d see myself tearing into a beautifully wrapped present, squishing a frosted cupcake or picking apart a delicate hors d’oeuvre.

I don’t want to do it! I don’t want to do it! I don’t want to do it!

But I finally did…

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The quint, part of Dior’s spring Garden Party collection, looks right at home on windowsills, dressers and eyelids — even mine, which don’t always get along well with pastel colors.

These shimmery shades shocked me when I got them on my eyes. I really didn’t expect them to be this bright, and that was a very nice surprise. I suspect it’s because of their dense pigments and shine.

Too bad about the price…but that’s pretty typical for Dior.

If you’re comfortable with a splurge and love classic spring colors, quality powders and convenient quints, the Dior 5 Couleurs Garden Pastels Eyeshadow Palette takes the cake.


PRICE: $59
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Dior counters and also online

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Back from the salon! I ended up keeping the same cut, just a little shorter, and with a couple of bright pink streaks. πŸ™‚


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  1. Paris B says:

    I’m not a pastel eyeshadow girl so I am glad to be able to resist this one but you do make it look good! I have the purple palette which I think fares a wee bit better for me than the pastels πŸ™‚ And your hair! I’m planning to cut some bangs too πŸ˜€

  2. Inday says:

    OooooO, really feelin’ those pink streaks Karen! The quint is pretty nice too πŸ˜‰

  3. Chris25 says:

    It looks like candy and I want it! πŸ™‚

    Are the pink streaks semi-permanent. When I was 18, I had a Manic Panic phase. I did purple, red, blue, etc.

  4. Appu says:

    LOVE your new hair! You look amazing! πŸ˜€
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  5. Heidi says:

    Looks like another great Dior palette! Such pretty colors. I can see all of these working really well with a navy blue liner (I’m obsessed with navy blue liners, it’s one of my ways to look more awake).

    Oh, and I love that hair length on you and the pink streaks are so cool!

  6. Laura says:

    I am so super jealous of your hair right now! lol

  7. Lola says:

    Great review as always! Just wish it wasn’t so expensive, I can’t imagine spending so much on one palette :O Are you going to be reviewing MAC’s Iris Apfel collection? πŸ™‚

  8. Ahh! I don’t know what’s more exciting – Dior’s Spring collection, or your hair πŸ˜‰ It’s awesome to see so much pigment in a palette of pastels, though, and I love your (/your stylist’s) take on pink streaks!
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  9. Karen B says:

    Absolutely LOVE the pink streaks. They look so awesome on you!

  10. Eesha says:

    Lovely shades look awesome. Another great palette from Dior. Your pink streaks are freaking me out to get some highlight streaks done which I have been lingering for sometime for no reason as such. Those pink streak look awesome on you. πŸ™‚
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  11. Vonvon says:

    I am waiting to get this quint! So pretty! So perfect!

    And nice hair, Karen! I feel like doing something to my hair, too. But can’t decide what and how.
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  12. Marina says:

    The quint looks beautiful and I really love your pastel yellow dress/top/whatever it is! The hair looks cool, I am thinking about some changes, too.
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    • Karen says:

      Hi Marina,

      Thank you! It’s a Calvin Klein dress I bought ages ago. I wish it was warm enough to wear it outside… it’s cold today!

      Have a lovely Friday.

  13. Naomi says:

    Oh the makeup looks great on you but I am totally loving the pink streaks!

  14. Joyce says:

    I usually don’t gravitate towards pastel colors because they don’t compliment my NC30/35 skintone very well =(

    Also, I had my hair cut to my neck a few years ago. During that time, it was so easy to maintain my hair. Now my hair has grown really long and it takes more effort and time to maintain it. I’m thinking about cutting my hair short again.
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  15. Kim says:

    You always look lovely, but these Dior shadows are absolutely beautiful on you! And the hair? OMG, love it!! I was going to ask if you were thinking of a wild highlight or two and I see you were. The pink looks so cool!! And the cut is adorable. Way to rock it, sister!! πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Happy Friday, Kim! πŸ™‚

      I’ve been wanting to do some fun streaks for a while… it was time to get it out of my system, LOL!

      What are your plans for the weekend? Doing anything fun?

      • Kim says:

        I think they’re awesome! πŸ™‚ Oh, you know… hockey, hockey, hockey. Actually, it’s a light weekend. Only one game per day, so we’ll have some down time. I’d really like to see Sherlock Holmes and MI4 (which I heard was fantastic, though I hadn’t planned to see it). #1 on my list is Tinker Tailor Solder Spy, but sadly it’s not playing here.

        I ordered my Mia2 today – I should have it in about a week and will let you know how I like it! Only downside about is that they’ll only let you use 1 gift card per purchase. Oh, well! πŸ™‚

        What are you guys up to? Something fun, I hope!

  16. artemis says:

    awwww, poor lil roses:( they look gorgeous
    i like the pink streaks πŸ˜€ i want some too :))

  17. Nina says:

    karennnnn your hair is hawtttt! the hubs was talking me into getting blue but ive been resisting so far! πŸ˜€

  18. Sunny says:

    Both you and the palette look great! I like the pops of green and blue along with the shimmery neutral colors!

    Love your new haircut too! The shape is excellent, and the pink streaks are very eye-catching!
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  19. PinkGlitter says:

    Pretty palette. Seems like rose designs in palettes are a new trend! I love pastels but thinking they probably wouldn’t look that great on me.

    PS- Your hair is so fun! Love the bit of pink πŸ™‚
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  20. Sarah S. says:

    I rarely comment but DAYAMN girl! I ADORE your hair!!!! It is definitely upstaging that gorgeous Dior quint πŸ˜‰

  21. Fieran says:

    I love your hair! It’s so rockstar. You have so much guts πŸ™‚

  22. Em says:

    Karen, your hair is gorgeous!! I love the streaks!

  23. Jill says:

    argh i’ve been lusting over this quint since i first saw it….and now your swatches have made me want it even more! maybe next time sephora offers a % off…they do one in spring usually.

    and i LOVE the pink πŸ™‚

  24. Bea says:

    those eye shadows look gorgeous, I just wish they werenÒ€ℒt so expensive. In the UK, they’ll no doubt be about £50 or something which I just can’t justify spending which sucks because they’re so pretty
    Love love love the hair by the way, looks great πŸ™‚

  25. DanielleO says:

    Love the new cut, and the streaks!

  26. elana says:

    Your hair is off the hook AMAZING! Per chance… Is your stylist in the city? If so, can I get a referral?
    Peace and much love-

  27. steph b says:

    Whoa! That is some fantabulous hair! I work in too conservative field to every try something like that, but I always admire it. One day, I will dye just a couple of curls another color.

  28. peach_ says:

    Your hair, your haaair! I love the daring pink streaks! As for the palette, I shy away from pastels too, but you make this look so good. And please don’t tell me you’re wearing the new Rosy Glow blush here or I’ll have to snatch it up!
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  29. Andreea says:

    Karen, this is the best haircut you’ve ever had, it suits you “formidable”!!


    …still does not sell me the Dior quint, the last one I bought was shiny, too, shiny, and I did not get along with it… a shame for so much money.

  30. nawi says:

    Love this palette and it looks great on you. I totally now what you mean bought this palette too and have not used it yet because I dont want to wreck the beautiful roses!

    What blush are you wearing?

  31. Hane says:

    Hello Karen! i may be the stranger to you but i feel soooo close to you as i see you EVERY SINGLE DAY. should i say every morning as seek you as soon as i turn on my computer? lol what were you wearing on your lips??

  32. Dominique says:

    These 2 eye palettes in 5 colours are gorgeous, I have the other one ( rose ), shades are beautiful and the whole spring collection from Dior is very pretty. It looks pretty on you. Maybe I will purchase the one you wear, I don’t know yet.

  33. Anne says:

    I just tried these at Dior’s counter… they are nice, but maybe too pastel for me… I think. I would rather have tried the rosy-purple ones, but they were sold out πŸ™

  34. Laurie says:

    Love the Garden pastels but what to wear so my clothes don’t clash!!

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