I had a really nice experience with the Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette Contraste Horizon & Ambre Nuit, so I was pretty thrilled to have the opportunity to try out five of the six brand Dior 5 Couleurs Designer Eyeshadow Palettes*.
The Dior Diorshow 5 Couleurs Designer Eyeshadow Palettes come in a velvet dustbag and contain 5 (shocking, I know) shadows as well as a duo ended sponge applicator and a duo-ended brush. Basically, everything you need to create a full eye look. The compact is quite sturdy but the best part of is that it has a push button to open it so it’s really easy and no risk of nail damage either.
Each of the palettes contain one very glittery shade that is mainly sparkle so they can be layered on top of any shadow. They have a really pretty effect, and no gritty texture to them so I like adding them to the inner corner of my eye, or even just to the centre of the lid for more dimension.
The Dior Diorshow 5 Couleurs Designer Eyeshadow Palette 208 Navy Design includes Primer (1) a white satin with subtle shimmer, Colour (2) a pale shimmery blue, Shadow (3) a shimmery navy, Highlighter (4) an iridescent glitter leaning blue and silver, Liner (5) a dark navy which is quite pigmented although a bit dry.
I’m wearing the Dior Diorshow 5 Couleurs Designer Eyeshadow Palette 208 Navy Design in the intended way, with 1 all over my lid as a base, followed by 2, then 3 in the crease, 5 as a liner and a dab of 4 on the centre of my lid. I’m not a big fan of blue eyeshadow so I actually wore this palette last, but it is a subtle pretty way to wear it with lots of shimmer.
Overall I found that the liners in the Dior Diorshow 5 Couleurs Designer Palettes were quite pigmented, and the liner end of the included brush is quite effective at applying them, which is what I used in most of the photos. However, the liners have a drier texture that is a bit hard, and given a more smudged, smokey look especially when worn on the upper lash line.
Dior Diorshow 5 Couleurs Designer Eyeshadow Palette 308 Khaki Design contains Primer (1) a pale peachy satin with shimmer, Colour (2) a shimmery khaki green, Shadow (3) a dark shimmery olive green, Highlighter (4) a light gold-leaning sparkle , Liner (5) a dark forest green.
I’m wearing the shadows the same way, but with the liner applied on my lower lash line instead–it was more intense than I expected! The Dior Diorshow 5 Couleurs Designer Eyeshadow Palette 308 Khaki Design is my favourite of the five I tried, because a) I think green shadows look really pretty on my hazel eyes and b) the texture and pigmentation on the two green shades (2 and 3) is really stunning and lovely. All the shadows blend nicely, but these two are especially creamy and definitely two of the more pigmented ones (especially 3).
I should point out that I am always concerned about packaging a liner with a powder product, but I have had very little issue with the Dior Diorshow 5 Couleurs Designer Palettes because the shadows are not at all powdery. Yes, a lot of them are fairly sheer, but it is quite apparent that they are sheer by design for work-friendly subtle makeup looks. The shadows themselves are creamy and blendable, they just don’t have an intense level of pigment.
I think these palettes are subtle enough that even the colourful shades aren’t too scary, but if you’re a true neutral lover there are two options, starting with Dior Diorshow 5 Couleurs Designer Eyeshadow Palette 508 Nude Pink Design. This palette contains Primer (1) a pale pink satin with shimmer, Colour (2) a peachy pink shimmer with an especially stunning formula , Shadow (3) a light taupe shimmer, Highlighter (4) a pale pink and peach sparkle , Liner (5) a chocolate brown.
Dior Diorshow 5 Couleurs Designer Eyeshadow Palette 508 Nude Pink Design definitely gave me a warm, subtle but summery look, especially when paired with the Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss in 306 Orange. It was quite sunny when I took my photos so you can definitely see the iridescence and I think that peachy pink and taupe together are really nice for warm skin tones.
In terms of wear, I have actually been pretty impressed with the Dior Diorshow 5 Couleurs Designer Palettes. Because most of the shades aren’t heavy duty on the pigment, I expected them to fade right away. However, as I said, it is clear the pigment level is intentional, and the subtle wash of colour you do get from them has pretty decent lasting power. I’m still hooked on primer, but I tested these shadows without it and found most lasted about 6-7 hours before starting to fade.
The second neutral option is less peach and more brown, and that’s the Dior Diorshow 5 Couleurs Designer Eyeshadow Palette 718 Taupe Design. The palette includes Primer (1) a pale peach satin with shimmer, Colour (2) an especially lovely shimmery taupe-leaning brown , Shadow (3) a dark taupe shimmer, Highlighter (4) a light gold sparkle , Liner (5) a dark chocolate brown.
I followed the instructions for wearing the Dior Diorshow 5 Couleurs Designer Eyeshadow Palette 718 Taupe Design and got a pretty neutral look, although I wish I had build up the lid shade (2) more because that is definitely my favourite shade from the palette.
My main complaint about the Dior Diorshow 5 Couleurs Designer Palettes is that I don’t really get much use out of the “base/primer” shade. It’s not an actual primer, so I don’t think it helps with longevity, and it’s not really opaque enough to be brighten the shades you apply on top of it. It does work nicely as a brow-bone highlight, since the “highlighter” shade is too sparkly for that, but overall I would prefer a second colourful lid shade in the palettes instead.
If you were reading this entire blog post, well it’s time for the final palette, and it’s a pretty one. The Dior Diorshow 5 Couleurs Designer Eyeshadow Palette 808 Purple Design includes Primer (1) a pale pink with sparkle, Colour (2) a warm lilac shimmer, Shadow (3) a smokey shimmery purple , Highlighter (4) a pale pink sparkle , Liner (5) a dark eggplant, the formula on this one was a bit more difficult.
If you have brown or green eyes, purple eyeshadows are a great option but if the idea scares you a little then the Dior Diorshow 5 Couleurs Designer Eyeshadow Palette 808 Purple Design is a greater starter palette. I really loved the pinky-purple shimmer of the lid shade 2, which is subtle but really pretty.
Five palettes, five looks, one really long blog post! The Dior Diorshow 5 Couleurs Designer Palettes are available now–do any of them have your attention? My personal pick is Dior Diorshow 5 Couleurs Designer Eyeshadow Palette 308 Khaki Design!