Don’t forget the Garden Roses at the Dior Garden Party – Spring 2012

by Paris B on · 39 comments

in Eyeshadow,FOTD,Makeup,Product Reviews

Now that we’ve entered 2012, I don’t feel so bad talking about the upcoming Spring 2012 collections icon biggrin Dont forget the Garden Roses at the Dior Garden Party   Spring 2012 The Dior Spring 2012 collection has gotten lots of interest, with their rose themed designs. I showed you a couple of pictures of the Milly Garden clutch a couple of weeks ago, but I told you there that it wasn’t as captivating as the previous Minaudiere palette was. Instead, I was looking forward to the quint which is another work of art.

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Look at those gorgeous roses embossed on the colours! I bet I know what you are thinking “OMG! I can’t bring myself to use that!” which would, you know, be a waste icon razz Dont forget the Garden Roses at the Dior Garden Party   Spring 2012

The palette I’m showing you is Garden Roses (841) which is a purple/pink toned palette. There is another pastel toned palette (Garden Pastels – you can see it at Makeup and Beauty Blog) but if Garden Roses is anything to go by, my enthusiasm for the green-gold tones in that pastel palette just flew out the window into the garden with the butterflies.

You see, this Garden Roses palette is very sheer and shimmery when swatched.

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Left-Right: Duochrome Purple (middle shade), Light pink shimmer (Top left), Cream shimmer (Top Right), Light lilac shimmer (Bottom right), Silver shimmer (Bottom left)

I’m not saying its a bad thing though. I like shimmer in eye products and the shimmer in this isn’t so over the top as to be glittery when applied and blended. When alone, as shown here, it looks a bit scary. But on the eyes, it gives an iridescent look to the lids, with a satiny texture. All the colours blend very well and very easily and perks up the eye area. However, I do think it is missing a deep shade for definition. The purple in the middle, although looking deep, doesn’t apply dark enough so whilst its a nice colour on its own, I can’t deepen this enough for night use. It is very pretty in the day though. This seems to be an issue with most of Dior’s Spring palettes – case in point, Parisian Lights Spring 2009 and Pearl Glow Spring 2010. The exception was Spring 2011 when Dior gave their quints a deeper grey tone.

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This is how I wear it and have been wearing it – Purple on the outer part of the top lid, and outer 1/3 of the lower lid, and the silver and light pink blended from the inner corner out. This one needs you to line your eyes for definition, because the colour isn’t dark enough to create that sort of depth on its own.

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Also featuring: Dior Forever foundation 010, Dior Rosy Glow Healthy Glow Awakening blush (LE Spring 2012), Rouge Dior Eternal Pink lipstick

This palette actually reminds me a lot of the Japanese style shadow palettes – sheer and shimmery colours that blend very well but aren’t deep nor very strong coloured.

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I’d also put Garden Roses as a cool toned palette that I do think will look very lovely on fair skintones but which I don’t place much hope on for darker skintones. I’m glad Dior came up with this shade, because I do think its pretty both to look at and use but realistically, I’m not sure how many people will actually buy it because of the sheer shimmery texture.

In a nutshell

A very artistic and pretty Spring 2012 eyeshadow palette from Dior. Garden Party is a cool purple-pink toned eyeshadow palette of 5 shades. All the shades apply sheer and shimmery which can be off putting to some. However, if you have a fair skin tone and like these sort of shades, its worth taking a look. The texture is smooth and the shimmer isn’t chunky or glittery.

Pros: Smooth textured eyeshadows that blend very easily, Sheer wash of colour leaves eyelids looking satiny and awake, Pretty to look at

Cons: Sheer and shimmery texture will not appeal to many, Light colours may not show up very well on darker skintones, Needs a deeper colour for definition, Limited Edition, Pricey

Oh and to kick start the year, here’s another angle showing this look I did, incorporating a classic Asian photography pose (slightly modified) icon biggrin Dont forget the Garden Roses at the Dior Garden Party   Spring 2012

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Also featuring : Dior Vernis scented nail polish –  Waterlily – Spring 2012

Kawaii-neh… icon biggrin Dont forget the Garden Roses at the Dior Garden Party   Spring 2012

What do you think about the Dior Garden Roses eyeshadow palette? Is this something that may appeal to you, or do you prefer something with stronger colours? I was initially rather keen on the Pastel Garden palette but I think that will not suit me very well if Garden Roses is anything to go by. From the Dior Spring 2012 collection, I’m actually very enamoured with the Rosy Glow blush. Its really pretty on the skin and I believe will suit most skintones – but that’s for another day icon wink Dont forget the Garden Roses at the Dior Garden Party   Spring 2012

Paris B

Dior Garden Roses 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow palette Price: RM210 Availability: Dior counters from mid January 2012 Limited Edition: Yes

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Sheila January 2, 2012 at 8:37 am

I really wanted the green one until I swatched it in store. Like you said, it is way too sheer and just shimmery. Sad how ALL of them are shimmery, at least change it up a bit and have some shimmery and matte colours =(


Paris B January 2, 2012 at 9:33 pm

I haven’t swatched the green quint but just looking at the colours tell me it’ll just be too sheer. In that sense the purple one is better in terms of colours. I do like my shimmer and this isn’t as shimmery as some others so I’m not too fussed, but I would have preferred a darker shade in there :)


Tracy@Beauty Reflections January 2, 2012 at 8:38 am

Happy New Year Paris!!
Yeah, I don’t know-see this is why I’m not really big on Dior eyeshadows so much-they are always shimmery. If that purple was matte I would have totally fallen for it. It is really pretty though! BUT THAT BLUSH ON YOU-DIVINE.


Paris B January 2, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Tracy, you will have to get the blush, it’s amazing! Im very sure you’ll love it as much as I do :)


Lily January 2, 2012 at 8:45 am

I like your kawaii pose. Lol! I got the green quint, yet to swatch it. But I think the purple is more wearable. Oh, isn’t the blush just lovely? Looks amazing on you :-)


Paris B January 2, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Lol I love taking the Mickey out of these poses ;) can’t wait to see how the green looks although I’m guessing sheer too. I love the blush and am sure it’ll look good on you too


Larie January 2, 2012 at 8:55 am

You are so cute, Paris :)

Sigh, these are too sheer for me. The design is so beautiful, but I think I will have to pass. I think I’m only picking up the polish!


Paris B January 2, 2012 at 9:37 pm

*strikes Kawaii pose* Do take a look at the blush, aside from the polishes :) or maybe the trios? Which nail colour are you planning to get?


peach_ January 2, 2012 at 9:20 am

You are looking so fresh and pretty! :D The colors really suit your fair complexion. My first thought was that it reminded me of girly Japanese high street cosmetics, too. I’m not drawn to the colors this season, but I am consoling myself with Couture Golds palette instead. Gotta be real and accept that I wear neutral browns way more often. :D


Paris B January 2, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Couture Golds is possible one of the best palettes I’ve ever purchased from Dior! We’re palette twins! :D I think Dior does stronger colours better than these pastels. It would only really look good on light skin tones so here in South East Asia I’m thinking its not going to do as well.


lyn January 2, 2012 at 9:31 am

You look sooooooo pretty!!! I definitely prefer pigmented shades but these Dior palettes are such a work of art! I’d most likely go for their nail polishes and blush this time.


Paris B January 2, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Aww thank you Lyn :) definitely keep a look out for the blush. It’s divine!


Gin January 2, 2012 at 9:49 am

Kawaii neh~~~!!!
U look great in that Kawaii pose Paris!!! Hahaha!
About the palate… I think I will pass for this despite of the cute cute look… It’s too sheer… And my lids need stronger colour…


Paris B January 2, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Kawaii neh… ;) thank you Gin ;) I have to find me more of these common Internet poses to recreate hehe… You can layer on the colours and the purple shows up quite prettily but if the eyeshadows don’t do it, take a look at the blush anyway. I do really like that one :)


Lisa January 2, 2012 at 10:27 am

My new year resolution is to say no to Dior palettes. I find that somehow i don’t reach out for them as often as i thought i will and have accumulated quite a few all barely touched except for the “green design” palette.
I’m however recently acquired the Guerlain Écrin 6 Couleurs’ Eyeshadow Palette and i’m reaching out for it almost everyday for almost a month and still the love goes on. I’m loving it too much.
Can’t wait to get my hands on the spring collection now.


Paris B January 2, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Haha! I got Green Design and even I found it sheer, but a pretty sort of sheer. I think the Couture Golds palette was the best I’ve owned. Most of them are quite underwhelming. I don’t get enough use out of Guerlain eyeshadow palettes, but I must say they are much more pigmented than Dior’s :)


Hanny Daforcena January 2, 2012 at 10:57 am

It’s really really pretty! ^.^

Really really love your kawaii pose heh heh! ^.^


Paris B January 2, 2012 at 9:44 pm

A work of art to admire ;) and thank you – you’re too kind :P


lavender January 2, 2012 at 11:08 am

the colours are so natural and pretty on you! Like your kawaii pose and the green nail polish!


Paris B January 2, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Thank you Lavender. The colours aren’t bad, just perhaps not to the taste of everyone :)


Sam January 2, 2012 at 12:12 pm

It looks gorgeous, but I think it’s too sheer for me. Oh well :)


Paris B January 2, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Next!! ;)


gio January 2, 2012 at 2:59 pm

That’s a gorgeous palette, but too sheer for me, so I think I’ll pass… *sighs*


Paris B January 2, 2012 at 10:04 pm

If only it was both gorgeous to look at and to use :) it would be if you like such textures and colours (and I do) but I think the majority doesn’t


Nikki January 2, 2012 at 3:47 pm

girl! you and your cute poses! I love it!!!! Happy new Year! The green polish isn’t YOU but hey, it looks great on you!!!!!


Paris B January 2, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Aww thank you Nikki! To my surprise, I actually had lots of people compliment me on the polish although it isn’t me. Guess sometimes we just don’t know what’s good for us :) happy new ya girlie


milktea January 2, 2012 at 5:58 pm

If it’s not popular in Malaysia… maybe it’ll end up in the Dior warehouse sale sooner! :)


Paris B January 2, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Haha who knows? Keep a look out at the next sale ;)


Jyoan January 2, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Wow! I actually like how the nail colour actually managed to match their eye palette! Great pose. =D I thought it is hard to wear that nail colour alone… … Now I do get the Garden feel.


Paris B January 2, 2012 at 10:06 pm

I know right? They all look nice on their own but put it together and I think that’s when the collection comes together :)


Jamilla January 2, 2012 at 9:34 pm

This looks lovely on you, but too pale and shimmery for me! Great look!


Paris B January 2, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Thank you Jamilla and yes I think it wouldn’t suit you that well. The Guerlain palette is quite promising though


Juan January 2, 2012 at 10:08 pm

the colours look really good on you! love the design on the palette too :D


Paris B January 4, 2012 at 9:52 am

Thank you Juan and the palette is sooo gorgeous to look at right? :)


Scientist January 3, 2012 at 1:19 am

Cute pose :) although the pigmentation is a little on the sheer side the palette and colors are gorgeous!!!


Paris B January 4, 2012 at 9:55 am

Yes, the colours are a little sheer (still nice if you like the style) but for those who prefer more colour, they’d pass on it :) The design is super pretty isn’t it? :)


Angel Collins January 4, 2012 at 10:20 am

I love the rose embossed on it which yes, makes me not want to use it if ever but like others, I think that I would want a darker shade for my eye most especially because I have more gigs at night but nonetheless, they still look pretty for day time. Thanks for sharing. :)


isabella January 5, 2012 at 9:49 am

aww you make it really pretty~ i wasn’t interested at all but now i wanna swatch it xD i dont plan on buying tho cuz i have a purpley quint from dior already xD


Paris B January 6, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Aww thank you Isabella :D I do think this one’s very pretty, but perhaps not quite as strongly coloured as some other Dior quints :)


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