Dior is at it again, girls. I love Dior in general, but their eyeshadow quints are what I look forward to most of all. This August, they’re giving us *two* new palettes for fall. Oh, be still my broken knee.
The two new 5-Colour Eyeshadow Palettes are part of the upcoming Impression Cuir collection.
My favorite of the two quints is hands-down the Earth Tones palette ($54) pictured above. All five of its shades — dark olive green, light moss green, pale pink, chocolate brown and reddish brown — have rich, creamy matte finishes with just the faintest shimmer. Girls (or boys) who like spicy neutrals may dig these a lot.
I used to steer clear of mattes because they can be hard to work with and difficult to blend, but Dior has the matte formulation down. These shades blend well, and, with a hint of shimmer, they create looks that aren’t flat or one-dimensional at all.
Unfortunately, Dior does not try to be a budget brand, and both of these palettes cost a pretty penny. For the money, though, the shades in the Earth Tones palette absolutely deliver. I think these are well made, beautiful and highly wearable eyeshadows. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A+
When I opened the second of the new fall palettes, Iridescent Leather ($54), I expected to find shimmery, dark chocolate browns and blacks, or maybe a mini-dominatrix trapped inside! To my surprise — and slight disappointment — I found something a little less exciting: five somewhat unremarkable shades of shimmery brown and beige.
The palette’s tan, taupe, beige, dark brown, and silver-brown shades are pretty, but the four lighter shades look a lot alike to me. I want eyeshadow palettes with dramatically different shades that still work well together, like Shu Uemura’s Fleur de Rose. Now, that’s a palette with a lot of flexibility.
I wouldn’t say Dior dropped the ball with Iridescent Leather; the shades are pretty, but I just don’t think they’re very dramatic or inspiring.
If I were to buy the Iridescent Leather shades individually, then I could get behind them, but the fact that the shades are all so similar undermines the point of a palette. Still, if your skin is cooler toned or you’re looking for some basic, shimmery neutrals, then Iridescent Leather may be worth your time. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: C+
The entire Dior Impression Cuir collection, including both new eyeshadow palettes, debuts this August.
Ladies, I’m so glad it’s Friday night. My bum knee is still out of commission, so no workouts for me. I may go to the movies, though, to exercise my popcorn eating skills. Is popcorn an anti-inflammatory? I hope so.
Have a great evening, beautiful.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
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