The Dior Grand Bal Collection for Holiday 2012 includes the Dior Palette Grand Bal Garnet de Maquillage ($85 USD / $85 CAD), a gorgeous combination palette with two metallic eyeshadows, two lip glosses and a mini black eyeliner. The entire collection is based around a luxe color scheme inspired by Dior’s love of entertaining, and you can see the rest of the collection here. This limited-edition collection is now available and is available online and at Dior counters.
Besides the fact this is one of the most beautiful palettes to look at, it really stands out as an elegant and sophisticated holiday collection of colors and textures. Despite the fact it’s a fingerprint magnet, the gold compact is just as glamorous as it is luxurious.
The palette includes:
- Gold Eyeshadow: a frosty, champagne gold
- Platinum Eyeshadow: A pearly silver
- Sheer Gold Lipgloss: a sheer gloss with golden micro-shimmer
- Pink Lipgloss: A mid-tone, neutral pink
- Black Eyeliner: A charcoal black
If you like metallic eyeshadows, you’ll love these two. They are both incredibly rich, pigmented and smooth. They work well alone or together for an on-trend, mixed-metal look. They look incredibly vibrant and last long on the eye even without a primer. Both shades look great combined with the black eyeliner as well.
The lipglosses feel wonderful on the lips- not sticky at all. The colors are quite safe and universal (as is the entire palette, pretty much). I’m glad to see a flap covering the lip glosses- as they usually can get pretty messy when in the same palette as powders, no matter how careful you are!
The black eyeliner is also creamy, yet-long wearing… however it definitely isn’t the ‘blackest black’ i’ve ever seen (it’s more of a smoky, charcoal black). I like to apply it to my lashline, then use a brush or a Q-tip to smudge it out for a softer look (unless it’s jet black, I prefer to soften it so it looks like it’s supposed to be a soft black). I do like how the eyeliner holds the palette shut by resting in the clasp- an innovative idea that saves space and serves a functional purpose!
The applicators are okay- I’m always disappointed to see sponge-tip applicators in such a luxurious palette though. Come on Dior… we know you can put some decent quality mini eyeshadow brushes in there! The lip brush, on the other hand, isn’t too bad and works well.
There are a few things that make this palette more of a luxury buy then a practical one though- for starters, it’s quite limited in terms of variety and possibilities. Two, super frosty, metallic eyeshadows don’t leave much room for the imagination to play.
Also, the glosses (while beautiful) barely have anything to them. I wore the clear gloss about 4 times, and I can already see the bottom of the pan. I do however, love the look and feel of the palette overall- I just think it’s important to know that it is an extravagant purchase.
- Price: $85 USD / $85 CAD
- Availability: Nordstrom online and other Dior counters
- Overall: There’s no doubt that this palette is stunning, elegant and incredibly luxurious- all of the included products are also beautiful. The eyeshadows are pigmented and smooth, the lipglosses feel lovely on the lips and are universally flattering and the eyeliner is creamy yet long-wearing… however the palette lacks variety- there isn’t too much you can do with it. There’s also a very small amount of gloss (really only good for probably 10 applications each). It’s quite extravagant for what you’re getting, but if you’re okay with that, you’ll love what it does offer.
- Rating: B+