This Spring, Dior is launching a new line of Dior Diorshow Mono Eyeshadows ($32 CAD) inspired by two iconic looks: the timeless, natural and nude look as well as the seductive, sultry and smoky look. Each eyeshadow is a wet/dry formula, meaning it can be used dry for a wash of color, or wet (by dampening a brush with some water or mixing medium) for an opaque, intense finish. These eyeshadows will be available at Dior counters in February 2013.
Each eyeshadow comes in the signature deep blue Dior compact, held in a velvet pouch. The compacts have an interior mirror as well as two sponge-tip applicators. The powder itself has the Dior logo embossed into it, which looks nice (but obviously won’t last long). For a brand like Dior, I would have liked to see a single, quality brush applicator instead of sponge-tips… it just feels wrong to get cheap applicators when you’re paying $32 for an eyeshadow.
The textures of the eyeshadows vary, but I have two shades to show you today; 506 Nude, a matte buttercream from the “nude” inspired range, and 783, a shimmery taupe, from the “smoky” inspired range. I tried each eyeshadow a few times, switching up between wearing them dry and wet, and I have to say that I’m quite impressed with this new formula.
When used dry, I found each to be quite pigmented (the matte shade was actually a little more pigmented than the shimmery shade) and smooth all on their own. When used wet, they both showed more opacity, however I definitely prefer matte shades used dry. The shimmery taupe eyeshadow turned into a gorgeous, opaque and almost metallic texture. The matte cream shade looked quite chalky and it’s a little more difficult to use wet because it can get clumpy (they effect is somewhat similar to the Stila In The Know Palette)- plus it was pigmented enough on its own.
When it comes to luxury makeup brands, I don’t usually indulge in single eyeshadow shades unless I’m head over heels with it- I prefer to pick up palettes because I’d rather have less product and more shade/texture options for the price… but because these are so universal (and who doesn’t love a nude or smoky look), I’ll definitely be checking out the other shades in the range when they launch!
PRICE: $32 CAD for 0.07oz / 2.2g
AVAILABILITY: Dior (February 2013)
SELECTION: 15 shades in both nude and smoky tones; two shown here.