Dior Pink Design 5-Colour Eye Palette: A Perfect Excuse to Try More Pinks and Purples

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dior pink design swatches review photos

How do you feel about purple eyeshadows? Or pinks? If you’re not a fan, I totally get it. I love ’em now, but I used to avoid both (CORRECTION: I just fixed a typo in this sentence. I DO like pinks and purple eyeshadows now, but at one time I didn’t) because I thought they made me look kinda trashy and tow up…like I just lost the kind of cat fight where girls remove their big hoop earrings and bust out the Vaseline before going toe to toe in the schoolyard (NOTE: violence is not the answer, kids).


But if you’re even a teeny, tiny bit curious about pink and purple eyeshadows, Dior’s $58 Pink Design 5-Colour Eyeshadow Palette might be an elegant (albeit expensive) way to get to know them better.

It’s one of two 5-Colour eye quints from Dior’s fall 2010 collection. With a sheer and creamy iridescent eyeshadow base, a dark purplish black liner and eyeshadows in shimmery purple, shimmery purplish-pink and glittery pink, it covers all the bases for some very chic cool-toned looks.

Working with purples and pinks can be trickier than working with easy-peasy neutrals. Bold lines can be tougher to blend away, but Pink Design’s shades and textures, like those of other Dior shadows I’ve tried, abide by my brushes and feel very beginner-friendly to me.

More to like…

  • Dior sprinkled the pink shade with a healthy dose of fine glitter (aka “good glitter”), giving the palette a fun, flirty vibe.
  • The creamy purple liner expertly draws opaque, solid lines without any skipping and adheres nicely to the lash line (but it struggles along my waterline)
  • I didn’t think I’d like the iridescent base at first (thought it looked straight up white in the pan), but I do; it applies as a sheer, opalescent pinkish white that flatters lids even when used by itself

dior pink design swatches review photos

dior pink design swatches review photos

dior pink design swatches review photos

dior pink design swatches review photos

dior pink design swatches nc35 skin
Swatches from left to right (for reference, I’m an NC35): shimmery purple eyeshadow, iridescent base, shimmery pink eyeshadow, glittery pink eyeshadow, dark purple cream liner

After a short time playing with the palette this afternoon (sorry I didn’t take a face shot, but I plan to use the palette again), I gotta say — I think I like this a little more than last year’s Night Butterfly palette, also from Dior. That one was cool-toned as well. Although I really loved its deeper, darker colors, Pink Design’s shades feel a touch more wearable and useful to me.

The major drawback, of course, is the $58 price. Yeah, the pans are big, and the quality’s there, but that’s a lot to ask for one palette, even one this good. Available at Nordstrom stores and online at nordstrom.com. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B+

Improv Workout 101

Today at lunch I hopped on the treadmill to get my sweat on, and right before I started moving, I realized that I’d lost my iPod armband (I have a sneaking suspicion Tabs had something to do with it). Since I don’t like to can’t run without music, I MacGyver’d this improv iPod holder using a headband:


I took the pic with my phone, hence the Blair-witchy quality

It slipped a little, but it got the job done, huzzah!

So how was your Wednesday? It looks like we made it over the hump. For that I vote we celebrate with Nutella. ๐Ÿ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. I love that this palette has a liner included….and the tones of pink and purple are very wearable!!

  2. Sherri says:

    I love this purple palette, OMG!!!

  3. Diana says:

    I’m not a huge fan of the colors in the palette itself. The purple cream liner is gorgeous, but the price….Eeeek!

  4. jenn says:

    I love the color of the dior palettes but have a big problem with fall out. Have you figured out any good ways to prevent the excess fall out?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jenn,

      I don’t have any real trubs with fallout with this one… the only shade that seems kinda tricky is the glitter one, but that’s kind of expected for a glitter shadow.

      You could always try wetting your brush head first with something like MAC Fix+ beforehand.

  5. Paris B says:

    I’m one of those who aren’t into pink or purple for the eyes so why am I salivating over this one?! I love Dior’s Artistry palettes so I’ll definitely keep an eye out for this one!

  6. Paris B says:

    Oh and I can’t wait to see your look with this one ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Rae says:

    KAREN! How could you not love violets?! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    Unfortunately, the only shade that really “calls” to me is the liner… and $58 for just a liner would be ridiculous ๐Ÿ˜›

  8. Stacee says:

    Looks pretty but I would never spend that much money on a single palate.

  9. Vesna says:

    I love this palette! I also have the last years Night Butterfly and love that too ๐Ÿ˜€ I think If I was able, I’d buy every single palette Dior has (LE) ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Karen says:

      Night Butterfly is so fun for dramatic looks! What do you think of this year’s fall stuff from Dior?

      • Vesna says:

        I have to admit I’m a Dior fan so actually there aren’t any palettes that wouldn’t suit me. ๐Ÿ˜€ And I really love Dior collections. They look like they were made for me. ๐Ÿ˜€

        When it comes to price, yes, their stuff is pricey but here it’s even more. ๐Ÿ™ Their palettes in Croatia are now approx. $80 O.o (!)
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  10. gio says:

    I usually love pinks and puples for some reason the shades in this palette don’t appeal to me. The liner is beautiful but the others look kinda meh to me. ๐Ÿ™

  11. Faye says:

    This looks beautiful! I can’t wait to take a look and try it out.

  12. Tiffany says:

    I love purples but really can’t do pinks ๐Ÿ™

    love your improv armband! way to get the job done ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Karen says:

      So! I’ve been meaning to tell you that I think it’s so funny we drive the same car. Is yours back from the shop yet?

      • Tiffany says:

        I know – so crazy! Esp since they are the same color! And I rarely see any of them on the road, so theyรขโ‚ฌโ„ขre not that common รขโ‚ฌโ€œ at least, not here. I should get it back on the 28th ๐Ÿ™

      • Karen says:

        Well that’s just around the corner! I think you should celebrate with some makeup LOL.

  13. Nina says:

    Your armband is awesome, Karen! ๐Ÿ˜€

    That Dior palette is LOVE as well. :X

    • Karen says:

      I can’t remember if you have any Dior palettes…

      BTW, I’m wearing our Star Anise lipgloss right now, LOL!

      • Nina says:

        I have … one! Its a Neutrals palette called Night Dust. Ive used it maybe 2 or 3 times since I got it. I dont want to overuse it because it is so pretty!!! LOL the Hubs said im silly for not wanting to use it.

        Oh wow I am too! Whats even funnier is my boss noticed that I had lipgloss on – he almost always sees me harassed w/ eaten off lipgloss/lipstick. He said the color is nice! Witwoo! ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Karen says:

        Give that palette some lovin’ lady! ๐Ÿ™‚

        Maybe Star Anise will be the next Nymphette of the drugstore world?!

        • Nina says:

          Oh wow. It just might be. Im using Star Anise again today. I might need a backup!

          I will give my Dior some much deserved lovin’ …. maybe this weekend when the Hubs and I go out on a date!

  14. Kim says:

    So subtly sparkly and beautiful! I love the pinks and the white and the… well, break out that Vaseline for the purple. ๐Ÿ™

    Genius on the improv armband too! It reminds me of the “tape” that they wrap around your arm after giving blood, except much more stylish! PS I don’t think it’s possible to run without music. Even if someone is chasing you, you should still – at least – hum. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Trinidad says:

    I’m all over the purples this summer!
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  16. Anna says:

    Brilliant on the headband idea. =)

  17. Chrissy says:

    Love the headband idea!!!

    I look forward to some face shots when you play with this palette in the future. The colors I think could be very pretty, but I’m interested to see what you do with them. The price tag on this sucker, however, is far above what I would ever pay for such a palette! ๐Ÿ™
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  18. Michelle says:

    These like they would create a soft pretty purple smokey eye. Loving that dark purple for the liner. I have sooooo many purples, but I just love myself a good palette!

  19. Trisha says:

    That’s a really cool idea with the headband. I’ve been running with everything stuffed in a fanny pack. Granted, the fanny pack is made for exercise and the only time I use it, it’s still a fashion faux pas.

    Also, I like those Dior colors, but I hate when they put something creamy in with powdered things. You’re just asking to get that purple cream liner all gunked up.
    Trisha recently posted … Ouidad 12 Minute Deep Treatment Giveaway

  20. regina says:

    Great pictures! I think this is a gorgeous quad.

  21. Lindsay says:

    I can’t wait to see a FOTD with this pallette. Tabs told me he hid your armband under the fridge. You didn’t har that from me.
    Lindsay recently posted … Review- Maybelline Dream Mousse Concealer

  22. beth says:

    crap. thought i talked myself out of this, but i want it again


    hopefully going shopping this weekend, will play with it in person and decide.
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  23. Marina says:

    This palette looks interesting, perfect shades for fall, but I am interested in the other palette from this collection more. Dior always makes good purples and violets.
    Marina recently posted … Christina Hendricks Wears NARS at the Mad Men Season 4 Premiere

  24. Alexandra says:

    Thats a pretty pallette. I should stop reading your blog Karen you keep showing all these gorgeous products lol. Vince the kitten says hi to Tabs by the way lol.

    • Karen says:

      Tabs says “meow-meow” back! Actually he’s kind of pissed at me right now. I put a ribbon around his neck and have been trying to take a pic of him wearing his new “accessory” for the last 20 minutes. He’s not having it AT ALL.

      What’s Vince up to?

  25. Alexandra says:

    Awww bless him. Give him some tuna lol. Vince is going crazy he is racing round my living room,and has been launching himself at my legs. He makes the cutest crying sound when he wants attention. kjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjmmmmmmmm////////

    That was Vinces message to tabs. He likes the keyboard lol

    • Karen says:

      Cats are so funny when they’re acting out. Tabs is usually pretty well behaved, but the warm weather and the long days are making him 100% more loco than usual. He’s been biting me, swiping at my ankles, demanding I carry him around like an infant… all sorts of craziness!

      I want a kitten so badly. The local animal shelter is currently offering reduced kitten adoption fees and I’m sorely tempted.

  26. amy says:

    This is a gorgeous quint of pink and purple combinations, which I love. I have the Night Butterfly from last year, which I quite like. I like the colour combos for the Pink Design but I don’t think I like the powders and cream bases together. I think it would get messy.
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  27. Vonvon says:

    What a pretty palette! And purples and pinks are my favorites! Dior Artistry is very nice. I have one in Green Design.
    Vonvon recently posted … EOTD Marathon- Vol 2- MAC In The Groove Mineralize Eyeshadow In Soften The Mood

  28. Advah says:

    Ooooh man it’s so pretty! And that purple eyeliner, sigh..

    Can I ask what the brushes are like, though? I bought a Dior palette last summer and was very disappointed the brushes were the plain foam applicator – for that price, I want real brushes! If MAC can do it, no reason why Dior can’t..

  29. jennifer says:

    lol karen! i love your McGyver ingenuity! brilliant!

  30. Sarah says:

    Hi Karen,

    Thank you so much for the pictures. If you had to chose between Misty Mauve and Pink Design, which would you chose?


  31. Sarah says:

    Thanks so much! I love purple liner too!!

  32. Joey Chong says:

    Should I or should I not?

  33. Fredella says:

    Hey! Thank you so much for the great pics. I have a couple of question about this product.

    I read a review at Sephora that says the liner is hard to get into the brush & it also comes off easily after you wear it. Do you find the liner to be like that?

    There seems to be lots of glitter in all of the 4 shadows. Do you think they will still be suitable to be worn every day? Like to the office or classes for examples? Or are they not ‘that’ glittery in real life/once you put them on your eyes?

    Thank’s a lot in advance!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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