This Fall, Dior looks to the Parisian skies for inspiration for the Fall 2016 Skyline Collection, focusing on one of the most famous architectural structures in the world; the Eiffel Tower. The collection is all about sculpting with shade and light as well as enhancing features with shimmery textures and feminine hues. The collection is incredibly large, featuring limited edition items as well as re-promoting some of Dior’s professional products.
The collection is available now online at Nordstrom and will be available soon at Sephora (some of the pieces already are). There’s a lot to go through here, so if you have any particular questions that I don’t cover please feel free to leave them in the comments.
The collection features two Dior 5-Couleurs Eyeshadow Palettes, each with embossed patterns resembling the architecture of the Eiffel Tower (it was so hard to swatch these!) and color palettes inspired by the autumn sky in Paris.
The first palette, Parisian Sky, is a cool-toned array of blue, beige, grey and bronze. This palette in particular caught my eye when I first looked at the collection and while it is still more visually interesting, the second palette, Capital Of Light, is much more wearable. It features a warm array of pinks, purple, taupe and brown. Both palettes are predominantly shimmery and have pretty good pigmentation.
These palettes are definitely the highlight of the collection for me!
The collection also introduces the new Dior Diorshow Brow Chalk in three shades (Blonde, Soft Brown and Dark Brown). These brow pencils are much thicker and chunkier than your typical eyebrow pencil, which can be used on their edge for a precise application or flat for a more intense deposit of color.
The waterproof formula is designed to combine the color of a pencil with the hold of a wax and can be applied quickly for a natural look. In theory, I think these brow chalks can work well, but there’s a very particular type of eyebrow that they work best for (one that is already quite full and shapely).
They remind me of Maybelline’s Brow Pomade crayon that launched earlier this year, although I already like these better because they have a bit more precision. However, that’s not saying much, considering they deposit quite a bit of pigment very easily so I found them to be a bit difficult to use softly. Although I prefer using a skinny pencil to define my eyebrows, I did like this one for quickly filling in sparse patches.
The collection also includes two new shades of Dior Diorshow Pro Liner, a bronzy grey and a dark plum, however I don’t have them to show you.
Another spotlight item in this collection is the Dior Nude Air Luminizer, a luxurious highlight powder in a soft, champagne pink shade. I wouldn’t say it is universally-flattering (as Dior suggests), but it definitely is a great shade for light and medium skintones.
It has such an incredible, lightweight texture that can be used lightly all over the complexion for a radiant look or more concentrated for a strobing effect on the cheekbones. It’s very finely milled, so it goes on the skin smoothly without a ton of visible shimmer. It also comes with a cute little kabuki brush!
If that wasn’t enough highlighting for you yet, Dior also released the new Dior Diorblush Light & Contour Sculpting Stick Duos―a limited-edition, dual-ended chubby stick available in three shades (001, 002 and 003). Each stick has a matte contour cream on one end and a shimmery highlighter on the other.
I have to be honest, these aren’t my favorite contouring products for a few reasons. First, I found the contour shades to be slightly too warm. Second, The shimmer cream is very shimmery, something I would typically reserve for the cheekbones and perhaps the bridge of the nose, but definitely not everywhere else I would use a highlight shade. I would have preferred to have a matte highlight cream, especially as they recommend using it on the forehead, chin and under the eyes.
The formula is incredibly creamy and does blend well into the skin, so if you’re into the tones and texture, you may enjoy them.
If that was STILL not enough highlighting, the collection also features the Dior Flash Luminizer, a concealer/highlighter hybrid pen (very similar to Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat) to brighten the complexion.
It has a much more sheer texture and subtle effect compared to the other two highlighters in the collection. It comes in a variety of shades, including concealer-type ones as well as luminous shimmer shades. They are great way to perk up the complexion with a bit of luminosity in the corner of the eyes, on cheekbones, under the brow bone and on the cupid’s bow.
Lastly (for face), the collection features the new Dior Fix It Colour Correctors. I’m not entirely sure why they are promoted in this collection as they launched a few months ago (I really wish brands would keep these seasonal collections to small, limited-edition color collections, but that’s a rant for another day).
The clear core of the concealer features a blurring primer while the pigmented color cream helps to correct skin discolorations.
The collection features six shades of Dior Addict Lipstick in a variety of pink, red and nude shades. This particular variation of Dior’s famous lipstick has a Hydra-Gel Core (the “CD” logo you see contains the hydrating oils), giving the shades a high-shine finish and a slightly more sheer texture.
The collection includes Urban (soft pink), Incognito (mauve pink), Sophisticated (bronzy plum; the only limited edition shade of the bunch), Black Tie (red wine), Fusion (coral) & Too Much (red).
I absolutely love these lipsticks (particularly the shades Urban and Sophisticated). They feel so silky on the lips and have a lovely shine that looks like a gloss!
The darker shades did apply slightly patchy in the swatches as you can see, but on the lips they look more even and stain-like.
The collection also features the new Dior Addict Lip Glow in Lilac and Dior Lip Pomade in Universal Pink. Once again, these products have been out for a while so I’m not sure why they are in the collection, but they are pretty! Both products adjust to your lip chemistry to reveal a sheer tint of color that is best for your skintone.
Finally, the collection includes two Dior Vernis nail polishes in the shades Minimal, a peachy nude, and Skyline, a plum brown.
Both shades are really pretty and opaque in two coats, but I prefer Skyline because it is a unique, brownish burgundy color that looks gorgeous and on-trend for Fall. Minimal is beautiful as well, but it’s more of a year-round classic shade.
What are your thoughts on the collection? Any pieces in particular catching your eye? Let me know in the comments!shop this collection