Sometimes, i am compelled to buy an eyeshadow palette because the colour combo is so outlandish. Take the Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Quint Electrify; with the baby-pink and duck-egg blue combo as the focus of this palette, it’s kind of like putting a co-ed nursery circa 1955 on your eyelids. Both are colours i adore, granted…but together?
And to make matters even better – or worse, depending upon your perspective – i then found the PERFECT lipstick to accompany it by Mother McGrath herself, most aptly named “Candy Flip”; to add to the confectionary, little girl motif.
How could i resist.
I shelled out the cash, took it home, and gave it a whirl – then asked Calvin the Maine Coon for his expert opinion:
- Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in Electrify – $62: Honestly, that close-up is kind of a crap picture – everything looks really washed out. I’ll replace it with a better one at some point; but keep scrolling for more full-face photos! However, i’m really digging it. The palette comes with three shades of blue – one extremely light, perfect-for-accenting shade (but can also be used for all over the lids), one gorgeous mid-toned shade for lids/contouring, and a dark shade for contouring/lining; then there is the pretty baby pink shade for using on the lids, and a very pearlescent ivory shade, perfect for highlighting.
This is a great, versatile palette, actually – obviously one doesn’t need to use the pink and blues together, as i did – but it’s fun to do so! I used the pink all over my lids, from lash-line to orbital socket, then placed the light blue in the inner-corners to accent. It’s so light that it’s not really showing up in the photos – i would need to break out the DSLR and some real lighting to get it to show up properly. Goals for the coming year – get real lights. ANYWAY – I then used the mid-toned blue to contour in the ‘C’ of the outer-corner, up into the orbital socket/crease and along the lower lash-line, blending into the centre of the upper lid area. I used the pearlescent shade under the brows, and the darkest blue to line all around.
Then, with the candy-toned lipstick and a super-pink blush, i have a Look. With the platinum pixie, i think it’s kind of a Cyber-Barbie thing i have going on.
The Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palettes are good shadows – you get large pans of product (as opposed to say, Chanel), and the colours are not at all chalky, and are easily blendable. I wish the pink and light blue were bit more pigmented, but the rest of the shades are excellent. They are all pearlescent to some degree, and after 6 hours of wear, still going strong with no creasing – although keep in mind that i do have dry lids, so if you’re oily, YMMV. I have been using these quints for many years though, and have always had good luck with them, even when i was younger and DID have oilier lids, and don’t recall having much issue with them. In comparison with colour-payoff, they’re not as pigmented as Tom Ford, but better than Givenchy and Bobbi Brown. They’re probably about 1/2 a point down in quality from Chanel, generally speaking – as i find Chanel’s lighter shades such as pinks and blues tend to be more pigmented. However, Dior’s darker shades tend to blend easier.
- Pat McGrath MatteTrance Lipstick in Candy Flip – $38: I’ve really been into pinky-corals lately, aside from my usual bright red shades; and this i just had to have; in fact, i’m growing quite the corals collection. Oddly, in some of the photos it doesn’t quite appear cool-toned enough for the shadows (it’s a bit in the mid-range; in some light it looks cooler-toned than others but in the photos it’s pulling really warm), but in person it works; it’s a fantastic shade. The McGrath lipsticks, as always, wear like a dream.
And of course, everything else in this post:
- Laneige BB Cushion Hydra Radiance Compact #21 – $38: I recently switched from the AmorePacific Cushion Compact to this one, for several reasons, but the main one being – the AmorePacific contained alcohol fairly high up on the list of ingredients, and this contains none. At first, the alcohol wasn’t bothering me, but after several weeks of consistent use, i started to notice some dry patches and irritation; so i had to stop. Also, the Laneige cushion has Niacinamide in it to brighten skin, and it moisturizes (as opposed to drying me out). The finish is dewy without being greasy-looking. It’s just a win-win all around.
- Chanel Stylo Sourcils Waterproof Defining Longwear Eyebrow Pencil in Blonde Tendre – $33: This pencil thickens my brows without making them look overdone (i’m really not into the Instagram Brow thing). They look real, not photoshopped on. Plus, they stay all day, and are nice and ashy-blonde. Chanel really has the brow thing down, with two different brow pencil formulations, in TONS of colours.
- Tom Ford High Definition Eyeliner in Azure – $43: The colour of this pencil is truly beautiful – and as long as my eyes aren’t super watery because of allergies or illness, it will stay put in my waterline for hours. It applies fairly smoothly, too – and i’m generally not a fan of automatic pencils as a rule – however the B/A told me that this pencil has a lot more staying power than the standard pencil. So i went with it. As much as i do enjoy the staying power, et al – i probably will go with the regular pencil next time anyway, just because i find it to be less hassle to use, and draw with.
- Cle de peau Beaute Intensifying Liquid Eyeliner in Black – $55: If you’ve been reading this blog at all, then you know how much i love this eyeliner. It stays put, it’s water-resistant, it’s a beautiful, deep, semi-matte black; it’s double-ended with a teensy pointed tip for precision work on one end, and a caligraphy brush tip (whee!) on the other. The pen itself is beautiful, laquered, and heavy. It’s pretty much my HG black liquid liner at the moment.
- Chanel Volume de Chanel Mascara in Noir – $32: Currently my HG mascara. Until i found this stuff (actually i was given two nice sample tubes), i couldn’t imagine paying more than $9 for a mascara at the outside. But this mascara is amazing. It thickens my spindly little lashes beautifully – i HATE falsies, so i really appreciate how this formulation almost makes me look like i’m wearing fake lashes. I have long lashes, but until i got ahold of this mascara, you could never tell. Now i get to flaunt it.
- Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Hyperfresh – $45: I love this bright pink blush! It’s a clear, true pink with blue undertones – and a tiny dip of the brush goes a LONG way. The price may seem steep, but this blush will last you over a year, if not two, because you don’t need much to give you a pretty, healthy flush.
And that’s all she wrote, Kumquats! I hope you enjoyed today’s look – it’s a bit outside of what i tend to wear, but it’s definitely a fun palette, with colours that can be mixed and matched with many other shades in my repetoire.
Stay tuned for a full review of the Laneige Cushion Compact – i’ll compare with my experience of the AmorePacific, and why it ultimately didn’t work out with my particular fussy, dry skin; and why i’m going back to my original stance of NO ALCOHOL in my skincare/makeup products!
Stay ravishing, loves!
XO – Monday