Sunday, August 19, 2012

Dior summer palette in Aurora!

I have lusted for this Dior palette since I first saw it. It seemed perfect for me - neutral browns, orange toned shadows for making blue eyes pop, and a beige shimmery shade. I couldn't find one thing wrong with it. So when I saw it at Sephora in my recent travels, it's seriously like a light bulb went in my head.

I must admit, the beautiful design in the shades and the gorgeous packing also sold me on this palette. I love how sturdy this palette feels as well. It was a bit afraid of messing up the pattern in the shadows but, da hell with it I told myself, they are meant to be used!

As you can kind of see, all the shades are shimmery.

Counter clockwise in the palette, starting with the orangy shade, ending with the middle shade.

What I really appreciate of this palette, is that it has 5 shades - it just seems like a more rounded amount of shadows, and a more complete palette. I get irritated that only 4 shades fit in a MAC quad (hence why I like my Z palette so much!) and always wish for one more shade. But anyway, point is, Dior, I like that you have 5 shades in your palettes. I'll probably get more of them. Actually, I'm guilty of having one in the mail at this very moment. Ouiiii!

I also really like that is has a well rounded set of shadow. I especially like the beige shade (second from right on arm swatches) and the darker brown shade. The dark brown is beautiful when blended all over the lid. The orange shade is sadly less wearable than I expected it to be, but is still very flattering with a matte brown shade in the crease. The yellow shade isn't terribly unique, but I quite like the way it applies on the lid. It's also much easier to work with than MAC's Goldmine, another yellow/gold shadow.

Here I used the dark brown shade all over the lid, and the yellow shade on the inner portion of my lid, for a quick and easy look.

I must say, I really like this palette. It's easy to use, doesn't require much thinking or effort, and I can see this being a staple for traveling. I do think the shadows aren't as pigmented and creamy as other shadows I have, but I think that they are still very easy to blend and do not create fall out issues. In some ways, I don't mind having shadows that are a tad less pigmented as they require less blending and more building layers. It's just a different way of doing things. The shadows also wore really well, even without primer.

If you don't have any dupes or this palette, or just want a handy palette (especially if you have blue eyes!), I'd highly suggest getting this. I'm already having so much fun mixing colors and trying different looks with this and I've only had it up and running for a week!

Do you like owning palettes or individual shadows more? Do you have a favorite Dior palette? I'd love to hear suggestions on which one I should get next!


  1. I just got the Dior Golden Savannah palette (theres a really good review on makeupandbeautyblog) and its absolutely gorgeous. The shades are gorgeous and a little more unique than they look like. The shadows are good quality but not too strong so I feel like even the darker colours can be daytime-appropriate. Even the middle glitter shade is really cool patted over the lid for nighttime.

    1. OOoooh I've had my eye on this one! I'm glad to hear you like it! I wonder if it's available at Sephora since it's my one and only Dior retailer!