This Spring, Smokey Eyes Are Hot (Pink): The New Dior 5-Couleurs Eyeshadow in Rose Charmeuse #854

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dior rose charmeuse 854 cherie bow edition 5 couleurs palette

Wearing the new Dior 5-Couleurs Eyeshadow in Rose Charmeuse #854 ($61)

Although it’s fun to sometimes match your eyeshadow to your Cadbury Mini Eggs (mmm…chocolate), spring eye makeup doesn’t have to be all about sweet, sugary pastels.

This spring Dior’s showing off its spunky, tough girl side with a blast of hot pink and black in the new Cherie Bow 5-Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in #854 Rose Charmeuse ($61, one of two quints in the collection).


Oui, oui, Rose Charmeuse also houses a few traditionally springy shades in its houndstooth patterned pans (so cute!) — a shimmery pinkish beige, a shimmery rose and a sheer, matte peach with golden glitter (which, by the way, looks a little like one of my favorite NARS eyeshadows of all time, NARS Night Star).

But for me, the shimmery hot pink and matte black shades are what turn this Rose into a fun, fresh way to wear smokey eyes.

I like to start by patting the black eyeshadow all over my lids as a base. Then, for a purplish pink smokey eye, I layer the hot pink shade directly on top, and blend the two together.

The hot pink by itself probably wouldn’t have been this wearable; I think it really benefits from the matte black.

The black shadow also works great as a base for the other colors in the palette and makes a bunch of different smokey eye effects possible.

dior rose charmeuse 854 cherie bow edition 5 couleurs palette

dior rose charmeuse 854 cherie bow edition 5 couleurs palette

dior rose charmeuse 854 cherie bow edition 5 couleurs palette

dior rose charmeuse 854 cherie bow edition 5 couleurs palette

dior rose charmeuse 854 cherie bow edition 5 couleurs palette

dior rose charmeuse 854 cherie bow edition 5 couleurs palette

dior rose charmeuse swatches

dior rose charmeuse 854 cherie bow edition 5 couleurs palette

Even better than that, though, is the black eyeshadow’s total lack of fallout. Almost all of the colors in the palette are like that, with exception of the peachy shade in the center (the glitter in it does get around…but I just let it do its thing, and then pretend that I did it on purpose, haha!).

Rose Charmeuse is a lot of fun. In the sweet, otherwise dainty Cherie Bow collection, Rose is like the spunky upstart who shuns kitten heels and pearls, and embraces motorcycle boots and leather pants instead.

Come spring, I plan to hang out with her often. Maybe we’ll even start some trouble together…

PRICE: $61
AVAILABILITY: Coming soon to Dior counters and
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+/A- (it is a little expensive, as usual for Dior)

Gone Girl

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BECCA Radiant Skin Satin Finish Foundation and Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn

I gotta say, WOW! I’m not usually into mystery and suspense books, but I loved Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn.

I could not put it down. Every free second I had, I was reaching for the Kindle to find out what was gonna happen next.


The story sounds simple enough — a woman goes missing, the police suspect her husband, sh*z goes down — but the way the story is told, how the POV jumps back and forth between the husband and wife, hooked me like a fish. I kept shouting, “TWIST!” and “OH, NO!”

Great writing, too. Highly, highly recommended.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Shoot! I totally missed 12/12/12 at 12:12 today. I worked right past it and didn’t even notice. Did you do anything? I wanted to at least call El Hub at work (but he forgot too).


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  1. Teri says:

    Wow Karen, you really made this work! I was really very unsure about the pink shades in this one, but it looks like a lovely purple on you when you use it the right way!
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  2. Paris B says:

    Gah! This looks amazing on you! I wasn’t too keen on the pinkness of the palette but you really made it work. Curious to see what you’re going to do with the green one 😀

  3. Iris says:

    I totally missed both 12:12’s as well. I was on the computer for the first and in the car at noon.

    The pink eyeshadow looks pretty on you.

  4. Chris El says:

    Karen you look stunning! This was the palette that I was drooling over when you first introduced this collection and I wouldn’t have thought to wear this the way you did. Thanks for the book recommendation. I’ve been on the hunt for a good read.
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  5. gio says:

    This is such a gorgeous palette and I love the look you did with it. Beautiful!
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  6. Goodness, Karen–your eyes look AMAZING in these pics! Definitely one of my favorite eye looks that you’ve done. I was unsure about these shades at first, but they look gorgeous on you!
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  7. Marla says:

    I normally wouldn’t have considered this palette due to all the pink shades but this really looks nice on you.

  8. Agata says:

    Wow, your eyes look stunning in those pictures Karen. I love this palette. I like pink eyeshadows but it’s hard to wear them on their own so paired with black makes a lot of sense. I think I might be tempted to buy this one when it hits the stores.

  9. Sunny says:

    OOO now I’m interested! I didn’t think I’d be very interested in the quints from this collection, but I love the way you use this! Great to hear they aced the matte black as well, because that’s always pretty risky!
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  10. Kim says:

    I love what you’ve done with the pinks. It’s a great blend of sweet and edgy. Actually, oddly enough, it reminded me of Grease (with the T Birds and the Pink Ladies – HAHA!).

    Btw, I can’t remember if you said you’d seen it or not, but I was streaming Sherlock (BBC) on Netflix and have really been enjoying it. I think you might like it.

    I’ll definitely get Gone Girl now. Thanks!

  11. Nina says:

    I love Gillian Flynn’s books. 🙂 And I also love the pink in that palette.

  12. Jennifer says:

    I LOVE Night Star. What is it about Nars? He does no wrong… Seriously! I like the colors a lot on you! I’m not sure I’d know what to do with all that shadow though! I can only handle 1 or 2 colors at a time!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jennifer,

      I literally don’t go anywhere without it (it’s always on my travel makeup list). What do you usually like to wear it with? I usually do it all over my lids and then smudge a black liner on the lash lines.

  13. MonicaP says:

    Excellent. I’ll add this book to my Good Reads list. I’m kinda stuck in dystopian books right now and I’ve never read a mystery. Maybe Gone Girl will convert me.

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  14. Chelsea says:

    Not my kind of colors, but very pretty on you!

  15. Love Gone Girl until the end–totally crazy, out of character and waaaaay to far fetched. I agree the beginning and middle were very suspenseful but for me the ending was a real let down.
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  16. Tiffany says:

    You look beautiful! Great look!

  17. This eye look is absolutely beautiful, Karen! I wouldn’t have expected such a springy palette to be capable of creating such a moody eye, but this is just gorgeous.

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  18. Anitacska says:

    Ooh I like this one a lot! 🙂
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  19. This is soooo pretty on you! Love the look you did.
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  20. yelena says:

    tutorial please? 😀

  21. Lydia L says:

    Hey Karen!!! U look gorgeous and SO does this palette!! Let me start “putting my pennies back” cause I MUST ADD THIS TO MY COLLECTION!! I Love it!!! _LOL!!! ……HAPPY NEW YEAR and continue to be blessed!! Luv ya!!!

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