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
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.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,