Despite its official moniker, “State of Gold,” Dior’s holiday 2015 collection could have been called “State of Gold and Gray,” because gray makes a memorable appearance. Dior played with the concept of mixed metals in this release, and even though gray is not a color that usually pops into my head when I think, “Yay! Holiday collections!” I think it really works here.
I’ve been wearing five of the 13 pieces in the release, which is available now at dior.com and coming to Dior stores and counters this November, and I’m impressed by the way Dior handles these mixed metals.
But first! — why gray and gold? Well, both are iconic, signature colors at the House of Dior, much like beige and black are over at Chanel.
But with this collection, Dior handles the two colors in what I think are unconventional ways, like what they’ve done here with the eyeshadow palette I’ve been wearing, Blazing Gold. There’s a cool gold in the center next to a gray shade, but the gray isn’t just one of those blasé run-of-the-mill grays. No, it’s a breathtaking shimmery taupe-ish gray with flecks of cool golden micro glitter.
Seriously, it’s so beautiful that I almost can’t take it! — and when you wet it and wear it as an eye liner? Great Caesar’s ghost, it sparkles like 100 Leonid meteor showers. Gimme dat sparkly gold and gray! 🙂
I love funky combos and interesting ideas like that, and Dior does it again with the Gris-Or Nail Lacquer, where they combined gold and gray in the nail polish. I never would have expected it to work — a mix of metallic gold and metallic platinum? — but I think it totally does.
I’ve worn two of the four lacquers in the collection — gold and platinum Gris-Or and creamy, classic red Passion — and I like them both.
And can we just talk about Dior’s nail polish brush for a second? Isn’t it the best thing ever?! Flat and wide, it covers my entire nail from base to tip in a single swipe, and that brush tip is a beast. I love the crescent moon shape; it perfectly fits along the base of my nails, creating crisp, clean lines every time. It never leaves a mess, either, by getting polish on my cuticles.
I also gotta give a big shout-out to the lipsticks in this release. Dior tried something new and different by giving their creamy Diorific lipsticks a velvety matte finish, and it that makes them look a lot like Chanel Rouge Allure Velvets (my faves), so you get a healthy dose of matte, but you can still see them reflecting a little light back at’cha (not too much, though).
I’m really loving the creamy formula right now because my lips have been a freakin’ mess. Because of this cold I’m fighting, they’ve been very dry and flaky. In the video at the top, I’m wearing the rosy pink shade, Fascinate, and gasp! — my lips actually look like those of a normal girl! You can’t really see the flakes at all, which is grrrreat!
As long as you’re just sipping a La Croix water, or something like that, these should last about three or four hours on your lips, and they have Dior’s classic rosy lipstick scent.
Take home message: the pairing of gold and gray is something I don’t see often (ever?) in a holiday collection, and it makes this one stand out. Yeah, the collection also has some more typical holiday pieces in golds and reds, but the gray adds something fresh.
The collection will be coming to Dior counters and stores in November, but if you can’t wait (Christmas in September!), you can find it now at dior.com.
Many more details and closeups in the video at the top. As always, thank you for watching.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Exciting news about Baby Girl! 🙂 Last night while I was reading to her in bed (which is something I try to do every night, so she can hear my voice before I go to sleep), she started kicking. ?
I had El Hub place his hand on my tummy, and the look on his face… I wish I’d had my good camera within reach because it was the same look El Hub gave me when we said our wedding vows…
Aww, so cheesy!
When he felt the kick he said, “Well, now we know she’s gonna be a soccer star! Just wait, we’ll watch her play in the Olympics someday.”
Hey, I’d have no problem with that, just as long as she lets me paint her nails with little soccer balls before her games. ⚽