Dior Couture Golds Eye Shadow Palette is gorgeous and my best purchase of 2011!

by Paris B on · 35 comments

in Eyeshadow,FOTD,Makeup,Palettes,Product Reviews

I’m feeling a wee bit jaded with all the cosmetics releases popping up almost daily and earlier and earlier. Don’t you feel that way sometimes? Everything just blurs into one another and by the time the collection/product is launched, I’d have forgotten about it.

When I saw pictures of the Dior 5 Couleurs Eye Shadow palette in Couture Golds (554) popping up sometimes in October, I just glanced at it and didn’t think too much about it. However, I recently decided I need (yes need!) a gold shadow that isn’t brassy or orange and all of a sudden, my mind strayed to Couture Golds.

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I went to the counter, swatched it, decided that although it was a bit shimmery, I could handle it and wanted it. Then, much to my chagrin, I was told it was out of stock. I started at Isetan The Gardens. Nevermind, I thought, there’s Robinsons. Out of stock too! 5 minutes later at Metrojaya I was told the same thing. Dammit! Was Couture Golds never to be mine?

Fortunately, the final department store in MidValley had it! There were a few palettes as I recall (I peeped into the drawer as the SA was extracting mine icon smile Dior Couture Golds Eye Shadow Palette is gorgeous and my best purchase of 2011! ) and even when I bought it, I still felt a little ambivalent about it.

But this is one of those special palettes that just creep up on you, grab a hold of your heart and won’t let go. I absolutely love this palette from the day I started using it! I can quite easily use this one every single day and never ever get bored because I think its a gorgeous palette that can be blinged up for night, neutralized for the day and isn’t over the top at all. I can, in fact, see myself hitting pan on this (tragic if I do because its limited edition but there you go!) Ahh… this must truly be love!Couture Golds (554) palette is a limited edition release for Christmas 2011. I was a little afraid initially that the golds may be over the top. Golds tend to be that way, but they aren’t.

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The colours I have shown here are the best I can reproduce. They look a little washed out but I can very safely say that they are not overly warm. I do not hold well with warm tones on the eyes and this one is quite perfect. Yes, even that warmish looking gold shade in the top right corner.

What you get in a typical Dior quint is 5 powder eyeshadows of 3 different textures – matte, shimmer and glitter. The testament to the quality of the Dior quint is that there is absolutely no fall out. Yes, even that glittery gold bit doesn’t go from eye lid to cheek in 2 seconds. I hate it when I place shimmer on my lid and by mid day, find its migrated elsewhere on my face. This doesn’t happen with Couture Golds and I do not use lid primers.

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You can see from the swatches that the colour tends to be a wee bit sheer. If you don’t like textures like this, you will easily pass this over. However, I will ask that you reconsider because it applies very prettily on the skin. The white shade has the least shimmer and the dark brown shade, swatches matte with bits of gold glitter and takes at least 2 layers to get it looking as it does in the photo. That brown shade is the one that has a lot of people moaning about how awful it is and how awful the palette is so I do think it comes down to expectations. I had none LOL!

I find that these shadows, like many Dior eyeshadows, apply better with a brush than they do with fingers. That was my mistake when I first started playing around with Dior quints. I was always too lazy to use an eyeshadow brush. With this one, I use an eyeshadow brush with dabbing (not swiping) motions, and you’d be able to easily pack on color on your lid.

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I get a look that’s something like this with just a quick sort of application. Nothing fancy. Just the dark brown in the outer corners and outer part of lower lid, and the gold in the top right corner from inside and over whole lid, blended with brown. Touch of the white to tie it in together (ignore brows, boo!) and this is what made me fall in love with it.

Its just too easy to get a pretty looking eye! If you want something more dramatic for the night (which I executed but did not take pictures of) deepen the dark brown, apply a layer of sparkly gold (middle shade) over the eye and its very pretty! Nothing over the top at all despite how blingy it sounds.

And because I can, here is the same eye from a slightly different angle. I read reviews saying it was muddy but I didn’t experience that muddiness. The gold shows up prettily, just not in a super blingy way which I guess again, depends on your expectations. I love the subtlety and the colour and how it blends together to give a glow to the eye area.

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In a nutshell

A limited edition gold toned eyeshadow palette I love and have and will use often for a long time. It is very easy to wear this palette in the day, as the shimmer colours are not over the top and aren’t chunky glitter, but are in fact more glowy on the skin than you expect. It is very easy to use this palette for a day to night look, and if you don’t use the glitter in the middle shade, is workable as a work eye too. Save the glitter for night use. The texture of all shadows are smooth barring the middle shade which feels chunkier, but there is no fall out at all. Colours last all day on me without a primer, without creasing or fading. It can be rather sheer and responds very well when applied with an eyeshadow brush in a dabbing motion. The colours are quite neutral toned, not too cool or warm either way. A palette I can see myself hitting pan on *gasp!*

Pros: Lovely texture and colours with no fall out experienced, Rather sheer if swatched with fingers but applies well with an eyeshadow brush, Colours blend well together and give a glowy look to the eye area, Useful palette that can double up for day or night wear

Cons: Limited Edition, Pricey for some

Here’s how I would wear this palette in the day. Same set of pictures from the above close ups.

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Also featuring: Dior Forever liquid foundation 010, Dior Addict Icone lipstick (681), Diorblush Vintage Pink (839) Dentelle blush

I hate to say this, but I think this one a must have. It has most certainly been my best makeup purchase of 2011. Yes, it even trumps things like the Guerlain peacock powder or red lipstick. This is the one I can see myself using for months and years to come. Love! icon biggrin Dior Couture Golds Eye Shadow Palette is gorgeous and my best purchase of 2011!  /end gush mode

Have you checked out the Dior Couture Golds (554) palette? I will concede not many people will love it as much as I do because it looks very shimmery. But I will ask that you give it a go on your eyes. Its super pretty and very wearable and you may surprise yourself yet icon smile Dior Couture Golds Eye Shadow Palette is gorgeous and my best purchase of 2011! I was told its been sold out but they are expecting more stock to come in. I hope so! I’d be crazy to get a back up but the thought did cross my mind icon razz Dior Couture Golds Eye Shadow Palette is gorgeous and my best purchase of 2011!

Paris B

Price: RM195, US$59 Availability: Dior counters nationwide Limited Edition: Yes

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Larie December 12, 2011 at 8:38 am

It’s super pretty! I passed on it only because I have the 5 Golds quint from last year, which is really similar!


Paris B December 14, 2011 at 4:20 pm

I did hear the 5 Golds was similar but since I missed that one (I found it a bit warm) I decided not to miss this one – I’m glad :D


Tracy@Beauty Reflections December 12, 2011 at 8:47 am

Arrrrggggghhhhhh I have been trying to find a gold that isn’t warm and this looks like it might work for me! I wonder if it’s still at the counter here? But it’s so shimmery! Hmmmm I need to go look!


Paris B December 14, 2011 at 4:26 pm

I hope you manage to check it out Tracy! Its not crazy shimmery on the eye which is why I like it so :D


LeGeeque December 12, 2011 at 8:52 am

554 eh? I need another quint like I need another arm. But it does look gorgeous. WIll go check it out later :)


Paris B December 14, 2011 at 4:27 pm

If its meant to be, it’ll be yours! ;)


Tine December 12, 2011 at 9:00 am

I’ll be sure to check this out. Like LeGeeque said, I need this like a need another arm.
On the other hand, I didn’t buy a single eye makeup product this trip, so this could be it! :P


Paris B December 14, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Ooh I hope you manage to find it.. somehow. I think some new stock came in this week!


lyn December 12, 2011 at 9:20 am

Awww, that’s so pretty! It looks like a really versatile palette too :-)


Paris B December 14, 2011 at 4:31 pm

It is! :D The fact I’m considering a back up is telling :P


Monstro December 12, 2011 at 9:38 am

NICE! Wants!


Paris B December 14, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Quick! ;)


Hanny Daforcena December 12, 2011 at 9:40 am

So very very pretty! ^.^ But am eyeing some Inglot shadows now. I think I don’t want the Naked Palette because after thinking it over, it’s just the same colors in different textures >.<


Paris B December 14, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Well no, the Naked palette has different colours in different textures :) Inglot shadows are more value for money I guess. But since I never go to that part of town, I’d forgotten about their existence LOL!


Jess December 12, 2011 at 10:00 am

Paris!!! (Sorry for the triple exclamation mark, but it was needed, haha…) You got Couture Golds! I have actually decided to pick it up the moment I saw swatches of it online, but unfortunately the Dior Holiday Collection will not be available over here in Austria. :(

I love the cool toned golden shades a lot, and I can totally see why this is going to be one of your most reached palettes. Lucky you!


Paris B December 14, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Jess, you don’t???? < - yes 4 question marks! Why on earth doesn’t Austria get Dior holiday?! That’s so puzzling. Its a pretty palette but you could wait for it to appear online? I’d offer except I’m experiencing Mall phobia at this point of time due to the festive, school holidays and general madness :P


peach_ December 12, 2011 at 10:01 am

Um, how do you get prettier with every photo? You look stunning with the green top, red lips, and shimmery neutral eyes! I used to do really dark smokey eyes (even for daytime) last year, but now I’m more into subtle, neutral looks…this one definitely fits the bill.


Paris B December 14, 2011 at 4:34 pm

*blush* You sweet talker! ;) Thank you – I was happy with this look too and I was all about colour before, but now I’m all about simple (well nearly simple) looks :D This does fits the bill ;)


nicoles mirror December 12, 2011 at 11:07 am

I have never tried any departmental store eyeshadow because they look very sheer.. But recently I got attracted to them because they look more elegant. hahahaha. This one is pretty gorgeous!!! If only I could pull off red lips :(


Paris B December 14, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Yes Dior shadows are generally quite sheer but pigmented in a sense. I guess it depends on technique and expectations too and yes, they definitely win full points for elegance ;) You don’t need to wear red lips with this palette actually – a nude or pink lip works prettily too! And you can wear red lips – try starting with a red gloss :)


Lisa December 12, 2011 at 12:51 pm

The gold looks pretty paired with the green top. I will pass on this one coz I have too many gold eye shadows on hand and too many barely used Dior eye palettes too.


Paris B December 14, 2011 at 4:40 pm

When I did my spring clean, I realised I had fewer Dior palettes than I realized! That’s a erm… good thing? ;)


Lily December 12, 2011 at 12:55 pm

I like this too!! Very nice…Not too warm not OTT. Definitely versatile!


Paris B December 14, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Yup! I loved how it wasn’t too warm as most gold shades tend to be and it can be amped up for drama … now that I like! ;)


gio December 12, 2011 at 3:38 pm

I usually prefer more pigmented eyeshadows but you’re really tempting me to check this out. I really love the look you did with it, it’s beautiful!


Paris B December 14, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Check it out Gio! You might like it in person too :P


Jamilla December 12, 2011 at 6:29 pm

This is a palette you can use again and again – a very chic look!


Paris B December 14, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Indeed! I need more of such palettes :D Thanks!


lavender December 12, 2011 at 9:14 pm

This is a very pretty palette. Suitable for everyday look.


Paris B December 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Yep, and I’ve been using it everyday ;)


synaebloom December 13, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Dior palette is always my love but RM195 is really pricey…


Paris B December 14, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Yep it is pricey… unless you forswear any other palette for a year :D


synaebloom December 19, 2011 at 4:10 pm

i got myself Kat Von D Candelabra instead of DIOR… but still my heart clings on DIOR… hahahaha…


Bun Bun Makeup Tips December 14, 2011 at 2:44 am

Got me interested! Must go make some swatches at the stores asap before they are OOS!!!


Paris B December 14, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Yes do! I think it very pretty but some may disagree :D


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