Ignore the title… I’m crap for inspiration these days. Green and brown… quick and easy:
Dior continues its ‘warming trend’ for the Holidays, with a palette shot through with a healthy dose of gold:
The palette features five ‘gold-inspired’ colors: a pale beige, a true golden peach, a golden taupe, a golden brown, and a shimmer gold in the center.
My swatches truly do not do these colors justice… each shade is rich and warm and very flattering.
I love this better than the Endless Shine palette, but not as much as the 5 Golds Palette. Overall though, it’s a decent effort from Dior.
I thought that I’d end up passing these little beauties by, because they didn’t look like much in pictures. But when I saw the new Dior 3 Couleurs Smoky Palettes, I soon changed my mind. Each palette consists of a base color, a ‘smoky’ color, and a high shine ‘couture’ color.
The palette in ‘Smoky Khaki’ came home with me:
The top of this little genius compact slides back, and the top pops open to reveal the colors. Took me a minute to figure it out, I nearly dropped it trying to pop the top in traditional fashion. Fortunately for me, I have a bit of a learning curve…
The colors don’t look like much in the pan. But I’ll have you know that the base is a solid swatch of golden green, the ‘soft smoky’ is a dark khaki color, and the ‘couture smoky’ is a shimmering khaki wonder. Of all the color selections, this (and the black, which reminded me a lot of Chanel’s Mirifique) was my favorite.
With flash, the colors look a bit more ‘taupe’ on my skin. But if you remove the flash (at least in my pictures), the green really comes through:
You can get this lovely palette, and any of the others at www.bloomingdales.com
I really can’t justify plunking down $90 for the new Dior Mitzah palette. I love the idea of the leopard print beauty, but the colors are so dupeable that the truth is I’d never actually use it… so therefore I’ve determined that I don’t need it.
Still, I wanted to do a little something using just the Mitzah Mascara:
Dior is staying ‘cool’ with its latest makeup collection, aptly named ‘Blue Tie.’
While I wait with bated breath for the Coco Rouge Shine Lippies… I’ve had to make do with the Dior version. They’re not half bad. They’re more pigmented than the Chanel versions, but not as moisturizing. And there are SO many colors! It’s easy to get overwhelmed. I finally ended up with one color (miracles happen), called ‘Smoky.’
The flash REALLY blew this color out. It’s more of a smoky-brown-rose, if that makes sense. It’s about 2 shades darker than what you see there. I tried to take it natural light, but lost the color of it. So flash is what ya get.
I like it a lot. I don’t care for many of the colors because they’re a bit ‘frosty’ for my tastes, and many of them are unflattering for my skin tone. But ‘smoky’ is a keeper.
I know a LOT of people were bummed about not winning the Viva Glam II contest (there can be only one, unfortunately)… so how about we ease the blow with a new Giveaway!
I got a last minute call to do makeup for three guests, for tonight’s show. I was DETERMINED to break out my Dior Gris-Gris quint. So I did a fast little smokey eye before running out the door:
Okay, this Spring 2011 collection is a lot harder to track down than it looks. Most places haven’t gotten it yet, and those who have only got pieces of the collection. Everyone has gotten the Gris Gris quint, which is EXCELLENT.
I thought it would be too shimmery… but it’s not. It features five velvet shades of grey, with a little shimmer. No frost (thank goodness). Even the blue based grey (upper left corner) is only mildly frosty, and it can be blended out.
Even that darkest color (center of the quint) is grey based. It’s shot through with a multi-color shimmer that I don’t really think will show up in practical application.
I took the color swatches in the sunlight because I think it shows the most accurate finish for the shadows. I think they will definitely catch the light with a flash or under any artificial lighting… but they wear very velvet in natural lighting… which is good. This quint is highly versatile and easy to use.
I have NOT seen the quads yet, or that silver lippie that I really want. I think it’s at Nordstroms… and I’m not going near there until next week. As soon as I find the other pieces, I’ll let you know whether or not they’re covet worthy.
Ciao for now!
Just when I was weaning myself of the greys for a bit…
Off the bat… I can tell you that I’m skipping the 5-design quint (don’t I have that one already?). I don’t use them nearly enough to justify the price. But the grey quint looks intersting (especially that blue based color), and the matte quads look awesome. Dior mattes tend to oxidize without a base of some kind; it’ll be interesting to see if they’ve corrected that little problem with the new colors. Mascara .. unless it blows me out of the water… likely a pass. Same for the single shadow and the nailies. I like the idea of silvery gloss… and I’m dying to try it out. Lipsticks… eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
So I’m going in with a few pre-conceived notions and expectations. I’d love to be proven wrong. Here’s hoping! I’ll swatch… test.. and practically apply, and report back as soon as I’m done. Ciao for now!