Dior Montaigne Spring 2011: You’ll Be a Pearl of a Girl in the City of Lights with the Soft Pink Design Quint

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Dior Montaigne Soft Pink Design

Expect a downpour at Dior this spring when the new Montaigne Collection comes to town, but you won’t need your umbrella for this storm. That’s because it’ll be pouring pearls when the 13-piece release for eyes, lips, cheeks and drips on Dior counters, in Dior stores and at Sephora in the next few weeks.


Named after the Paris address where the first Dior boutique opened back in 1946, the palette of pearly grays and baby pinks suggests spring soirees in the City of Lights, and to these soirees you’re wearing pearls. It’s a soft, sophisticated, natural look, and passersby won’t be able to miss your subtly shimmering glow.

To my eye, the Soft Pink Design Quint ($58), one of two for eyes in the release, characterizes the collection’s vibe with its nuanced pinks and grays. It comes with (almost) everything a girl would need to live the eye portion of the look — an eyeshadow base, a liner, two shimmer shadows and one glitter shadow. The only thing missing: mascara.

Below are pics and swatches showing the colors on NC35 and NW20 skin. Take a look, and let me know what ya think. πŸ™‚

Dior Montaigne Spring 2011 soft pink design quad

Dior Montaigne Spring 2011 soft pink design quad

Dior Montaigne Spring 2011 soft pink design quad

Dior Montaigne Spring 2011 soft pink design quad

Dior Montaigne Spring 2011 pink design quad closed

Dior Montaigne Spring 2011 soft pink design quad back

Dior soft pink design swatches with flash
Swatches from left on NC35 skin with flash: Shadow, Shine, Colour, Base and Liner

Dior soft pink design swatches without flash
Swatches without flash

Dior Soft Pink Design Swatches on NW20 skin with flash
Swatches on NW20 skin with flash

Dior Soft Pink Design Swatches on NW20 skin without flash
Swatches without flash


The entire Dior Montaigne collection includes

  • Dior 5-Colour Eyeshadow in Gris-Gris #034; $58
  • Dior 5-Colour Designer Eyeshadow in Soft Pink Design #018; $58 (not at Sephora)
  • Dior Crayon Eyeliner Smoky Grey #077; $28
  • Rouge Dior Lipcolour in Spring Pink #540; $30 (not at Sephora)
  • Rouge Dior Lipcolour in Chic Pink #658; $30 (not at Sephora)
  • Dior Serum de Rouge in Pink Coral Serum #240; $32 (not at Sephora)
  • Dior Serum de Rouge in Pinky Mauve Serum #460; $32 (not at Sephora)
  • Dior Addict Ultra Gloss in Pink Veil #654; $26.50
  • Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss in Trianon Silver #707; $26.50 (Sephora Exclusive)
  • Dior Vernis in Gris Montaigne #707; $21
  • Dior Vernis in Pink Boa #349; $21 (not at Sephora)

It’s funny how there’s a season for everything, and I guess this one’s (spring) all about pearls. Luckily, I like pearls. πŸ™‚

From what you’ve seen so far, which pearly spring release is exciting you more, Montaigne or Les Perles de Chanel?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Crystal says:

    I have a sister named Pearl! Haha, she would love this quint since she’s a fan of sheer pink eyeshadows with dark liner. The colors look so pretty in the pan!

  2. Natalie says:

    I think I like Les Perles de Chanel better.. I have 4 of Dior designer quints and hardly use them.

  3. I lovee the soft, dreamy colors in this palette. I’m actually most curious about the silver gloss in this release, I definitely love my unusual lipgloss colors xD Between this and Chanel though…I think Chanel probably wins. I just love that collection, especially the Black Pearl polish.
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  4. Rae says:

    Hmmm… I’m going with Chanel. These shades look cute in the pan, but they seem so sheer when swatched! And okay, so sheerness can be a good thing, but I like my palettes to have at least a few more pigmented shades πŸ˜‰
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  5. Lindsay says:

    Very pretty but this quint is very been there done that. Pass. Bring on the Chanel instead!
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  6. vonnie says:

    wow, that looks so soft and romantic!!! i really really want that palette and I rarely am bouncing over their palettes
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  7. Tracy says:

    I’m really loving greys and pinks lately. Will have to check it out!
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  8. lexi says:

    I also love gray and pinks together but I have a feeling that this palette would be sheer on little ol’NC42 me! I am still dreaming about the Chanel quint for Spring.
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  9. Mimi says:

    I definitely like Chanel better! To be honest, I’m really disappointed by how this Dior quint swatches… it looks like really weak pigmentation.

  10. Jeannine says:

    I think I’m liking the Chanel better. I definitely prefer Black Pearl over Gris Montaigne.
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  11. Mona says:

    I can’t wait to see the rest of this collection. Chanel’s quint for the spring looks better than this one but I’d still want to swatch to see for sure. πŸ˜›
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  12. snoopysteph says:

    Super pretty, especially on NW20 skin!

  13. Leave it,I can’t wait to see D&G spring collection!

  14. Natalie Wilkinson says:

    please do a tutorial where would you apply all the colors?

  15. Advah says:

    I’m a sucker for that kind of colours, although I must say they look extremely better on your skin than NW20! Still tempting though, but I might try and stick to my resolution of using the makeup I already have (there are two or three gorgeous palettes I’ve never even used!) before buying more.

    At least for January. πŸ™‚

    PS: Karen, I’m hoping to stop by SF in March-April, I might tap you for your stylist’s details if it works out! πŸ˜›

    • Advah says:

      (I meant “hairdresser”. I got up early.)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Advah,

      Sure, just let me know! She’s located North of SF (just over the Golden Gate Bridge), so maybe you can see her if you’re going to be exploring popular tourist spots in the area (Tiburon, Mill Valley) or if you’re on your way up to the Napa Wine Country. She books up pretty fast so the second you know you’re coming you’ll want to make an appointment.

  16. Andreea says:

    I like both, going to buy Chanel because it is a bit more new.

  17. Stephanie says:

    I like Chanel better.. that doens’t mean I don’t like this palette.
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  18. Jackie says:

    Hi Karen-
    Beautiful palette! Is the liner a cream?

  19. gio says:

    The colors look so pretty and romantic in the pan, but so sheer when swatched! I don’t mind soft shades but I like them to be more pigmented so I’ll pass on this.

  20. Kim says:

    I was thinking the same thing about pearls (or that maybe Chanel and Dior are doing some make-up espionage). πŸ™‚

    It’s really a pretty palette, esp since I’m a fan of pink and subtle/everyday. I think I’d give it a go if it included a tube of Dior Show. I’ve yet to try it and a small tube in this palette would have been my best incentive to buy. πŸ™‚

  21. miléna says:

    The shades are very pretty in the pan but that is waaay too sheer ! Not very impressed by the liner either. But they don’t usually include actual creamy liners do they ?
    And I agree with what’s been said, it does look better on you than on a NW20 skin ! Which is why it’s very interesting to see both swatches =)
    I think I might buy the Prisme Quatuor from Givenchy, in # Blue Collection, though it’s not exactly cheap…
    Have a nice day ! πŸ˜‰

    • Karen says:

      Hi Milena,

      Dior’s been doing all-in-one quints with base, liner and shadows in the last couple of collections. The liners are actually pretty nice — they’re smooth and pigmented!

      Givenchy shadows are so nice, plus you can’t beat their elegant packaging. πŸ™‚

  22. Nina says:

    gray! <3333

    my new year's resolution is to buy less eyeshadows. but this is one of the few that i will be getting this year! i likey!

    • Karen says:

      I think you need to break that resolution stat, LOL!

      • Nina says:

        i think im going to splurge on this palette.

        ive not bought anything from peacocky and mickey contractor (last purchase was 2 chromagraphic pencils!) ….

        • Karen says:

          I ended up really, REALLY loving Mickey Contractor, especially the blushes and the Fluidlines. You’ve gotta check out Siahi Fluidline. Seriously! Might be pretty with all your grays!

          • Nina says:

            siahi is sold out online. so is sur (the blush i wanted)….

            ill probly drive out on thurs to grab a pot of siahi and the sur blush ….

            guess what though: im wearing that red pigment from stylishly yours (with some print on the crease) today under the NARS smudgeproof eyeshadow base: and it is lovely! i never thought id wear red eyeshadow ever.

  23. I love pink and gray eye combo. Hmm…the swatch look much better on NC35 than on lighter skintone (which look kinda wash out).
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  24. amira says:

    Pass. Not very pigmented.

  25. liz.pacem says:

    How do you think this compares to the Too Faced Nude Revue palette, since they’re both gentle grays and pinks?

  26. Marina says:

    Thank you for the swatches on the light skin, it was very helpful for me. Unfortunately, these are not my kind of colours but I am still thinking if I should get the quint from the holiday or maybe they will have something unique for summer…

  27. Evelyn says:

    They look lovely but I think on me the Chanel Perles are going to look better in terms of the eyeshadows. I am quite curious though about the lipsticks since I’m such a pink and red addict!

  28. I swatched these last weekend and they underwhelmed me–too frosty and no enough variation between colors, especially the gris gris quint. The rotating mascara looks interesting though.

  29. I love these illuminating pink shades, but I have a tan complexion and a natural flush in my cheeks. I wonder what shades I should avoid??

  30. Joanne says:

    I like this but I loooove the Chanel quint. Can’t wait to get it!!

  31. Eve says:

    i fell in love with this palette!! im planning to buy it when it comes to stores but id like to ask you something, (btw i LOVE your blog!!!) youve included a photo of swatches of nw20 skin, im nc15 and curious if these would also look purplish on my skin tone as they did on you, because i truly like how the colors look in the pan, but i really cant wear purples much :/

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