Saturday, December 17, 2011

Dior Celebration Collection Holiday Eye Palette

Dior's Celebration Collection holiday eye palette features lovely neutrals housed in an adorable tweed and leather mirrored compact.  This palette is the best of many worlds: beautiful packaging, practical colors, buttery shadows (except for one which I will go more into detail later), and stay put liner.  The shades in the palette are perfect for every-day wear as well as for night.  I love how the liner in this palette is an actual gel liner and not just a darker shadow.  It's great for traveling because of it's size and practicality.

I was really surprised by the packaging.  I fell in love with the bow and charm detailing, but the quality of the leather and tweed is so much lovelier and nicer than I expected.  It's such a pretty piece to have on your vanity.

The only thing that I'm not a fan of is the brush.  The brush is a mini dual-ended sponge tip and stubby liner type brush.  The sponge is your typical sponge applicator, which you may or may not find useful depending on whether or not you actually use sponge tips.  I personally don't use them.  The liner end is completely useless because it practically gouges your lids out.  It is so scratchy and stiff, I wish I hadn't tried the thing.  Had the bristles been softer, the size and shape of the brush are great.  If you purchase this product, don't bother with the brush at all.

The base shade is a golden khaki.  The color shade is a dark brown/bronze.  The shine shade is white/ivory.  The liner is dark chocolate brown.  All the shades except for the white/ivory shade have a shimmery iridescence  much like the shadows in Dior's 5-Colour Iridescent Eyeshadow quints.  The white/ivory shade is a more powdery than the other shades and has bits of fine glitter.  This shadow doesn't apply as nicely as the other two in the palette, but it works just fine for an inner corner highlight.  I think it's much too sparkly to use as a brow bone highlight.  Dabbed lightly on the center of the lids, this shade adds some overall sparkle to your look.

Here are some swatches in varying light around my apartment.

Natural light

Closer to sunlight

Natural light

Direct sunlight from window

If you like easy, go-to palettes, this is definitely for you.  There's no guess work with this palette.  The shadows are such a pleasure to use and the packaging is only a plus.  I highly recommend.

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