Psst! What’s the Gloss? Taking it easy with the Dior Eye Gloss in Tan and Seashell

by Paris B on · 28 comments

in Eyeshadow,Makeup,Product Reviews

dior 1 couleur eye gloss review swatches tan seashell

One of the more interesting items from the Dior Croisette Summer 2012 collection is the 1 Couleur Eye Gloss which comes in 4 shades. Eye Gloss! Turns out that what it is is a liquid cream eyeshadow in a lip gloss type packaging. To be perfectly honest, it didn’t grab my attention very much. I have used cream shadows of a similar texture and packaging before, and I have always been less than impressed.

dior eye gloss

The key however, is to expect the unexpected when it comes to high end brands like these. I wasn’t expecting much but I was suitably impressed on two points – sparklies and texture. But do you really need this eye gloss? I’m going to stick my neck out and say no. You do not. Its nice to have, but its not a must have. I’ll tell you why 😉

The packaging is compact, in a short squat tube. Its small, you know. See how well it fits in my hand?

dior eye gloss tubes in hand

Dior 1 Couleur Eye Gloss Left: Tan 560 Right: Seashell 020

You could easily slip one of these into your pocket and none would be the wiser so in that sense, I give them props for packaging. I like the compactness of this. The doe foot applicator however puts a right spin on a cream eyeshadow.

dior eye gloss applicator

It looks just like a doe foot sponge applicator for a lipgloss. If you are groping around in the dark, it might be easy to mistake one of these tubes for your lipgloss, swipe it on and then wonder why you are going around with blue lipgloss hehe… (one of the colours is blue)

I find that the applicator does not pick up too much product, so you don’t end up with too much on your skin. The trick to using cream shadows like this, and the same applies to this one, is to apply just a thin layer on your skin for best effect. If you apply too much, it will crease.

So what I do is dab it on. Open the tube, brush off excess on side, and dab 3 dots on my eyelid. Then, I use my ring finger to blend it out and it will blend out smoothly. The interesting thing about this Eye Gloss is that it leaves a lovely cool feel on the skin that is nice. It is just for a little while as it settles into your skin.

The texture of the cream is impressively smooth and it literally just glides over your skin as you blend. It does not dry very quickly too so you can blend it out quite easily, and when it does dry, it dries to a powder finish that I find nice because it is lightweight.

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Dior Eye Gloss: Left: Tan (560) Straight from tube, Sheered out Right: Seashell (020) Straight from tube, Sheered out

Of the 2 colours I have, the Tan (560) is quite pigmented, so you can easily use it on its own as a single colour eyeshadow. The colour is a nice bronzed brown with golden shimmer that isn’t chunky or over done. Just very fine and very highly shimmery. You can layer the colour on or just apply a thin layer so you just get a hint of colour and shimmer. I really like this one for lazy days, paired with dark liner 😀

Seashell (020) is a shimmer white. Not a colour I’d use on its own, because it doesn’t show up very much and I found the shimmer chunkier and shows up more. So I’d use it more as a highlight shade. Dab a tiny bit on the inner portion of your eyelid and blend it out, and you get a very pretty shimmer. I also sometimes dab a bit over Tan and the resulting colour is a cool toned brown that is very pretty. On its own however, I would say that its one of the harder colours to wear.

Here’s how both Tan and Seashell look on my eyelids, applied on their own and with eyeliner.

swatches on eye

You can see that Tan is pretty pigmented and you can deepen the colour further by layering on more product. I prefer a lighter layer, because the colour is a bit warm for me. Seashell doesn’t look like much on my lid, just a light shimmer. If you look closely at both photos, you will see the shimmer that is fine and not too over the top.

It is quite long lasting on me although its quite hard to tell since its so sheer. The shimmer sticks on the skin well, so by the end of the day, I do still have a hint of sparklies which is nice. I like how it turns into a powder finish and for me, it does not crease at all. That said, I generally don’t have a problem with products creasing so if you have oily lids, I’m not sure how they will fare.

However, as I said at the top, do you need this? My answer is going to be no, you do not. It is nice to have. If you go for Tan or Azur (light blue) or Aurora Sunset (coral pink) (thanks Vonvon!)  then it would be nice to wear on its own as a light wash of colour. Perfect if you are headed to the beach or pool and don’t want to wear eyeshadow, yet want a touch of colour. I could imagine wearing this on holiday just because its so easy to tote around and use. But no, its not a must have.

In a nutshell

The Dior 1 Couleur Eye Gloss is limited edition in the Dior Summer 2012 collection. There are 4 shades available Tan (bronzed brown with golden shimmer), Azur (pale blue), Sunset (coral pink) and Seashell (shimmer white). The cream has a lovely smooth texture and the shimmer is fine and adheres well to the skin. I find that it dries to a powder finish which is nice and it lasts very long on my skin, and when you first apply it, there’s a lovely cool feel on the skin. It is a nice concept and nice to have if you are travelling and don’t want to have a lot of makeup on. But I don’t think otherwise that it is a must have.

Pros: Nice cooling feel on skin, Smooth texture, Only very little is needed, Lovely fine shimmer, Longlasting on my lids with no creasing, portable

Cons: Pricey

Who will like this: Those who like light shimmery shades for eyes, and ease of use, Those who like the sparkles and colour

dior eye gloss tubes stacked

The interesting thing is that you can also use these cream shadows over normal eyeshadow to add sparkles and iridescence. Its like lipgloss in this aspect – usable on its own, but also nice to layer over something else. The texture of the cream is light and it will not mess up your powder eyeshadow. This is where the white Seashell shade comes in particularly useful because the highlight is very lovely. But that is about as much use as I’d forsee from a colour like Seashell.

One of those fun makeup items that you can have some fun with, but ultimately could pretty much do without too :)

Does the Dior Eye Gloss interest you? Do you have other ideas on how both these shades could be used? Do you like using cream or liquid eyeshadow? I do, if it doesn’t crease or fade too much. I usually find that they are quick and easy to use, and are perfect for when time (or laziness) is a factor :)

Paris B

Dior 1 Couleur Eye Gloss comes in 4 shades : Seashell, Azur, Sunset and Tan Price: RM96 Availability: Dior counters Limited Edition: Yes, Summer 2012

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germs May 23, 2012 at 9:34 am

Man, the Seashell looks awfully pretty! I agree that Tan looks a tad too warm though. Would totally grab the Seashell and Azur for a trip to Bali or some other beachy destinations :) I think cream eyeshadows are perfect for a quick pick me up and are sometimes easier to blend than powders – I have a Bobbie Brown Long-wear cream shadow which is quite crease resistant and really convenient!
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Paris B
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May 24, 2012 at 11:32 am

Seashell is VERY pretty 😀 Just a tad too bling used on its own while Tan is more wearable. I wasn’t too impressed with the BB cream shadows, but I do like the Benefit Creaseless Cream shadows and the new L’Oreal Infallible shadows and Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill shadows, although the latter two aren’t exactly cream shadows 😀

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Honey May 23, 2012 at 10:07 am

I’m surprise! It is actually cheaper than Paul & Joe’s. When I finish my P&J I’ll check this out. These are great on days you don’t want to wear makeup and yet you don’t want to look totally bare

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Paris B
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May 24, 2012 at 11:33 am

I haven’t tried the P&J ones but I have heard a lot of good things about them. The Dior one is LE though so erm… you know what to do hehe… 😉

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S. May 23, 2012 at 12:07 pm

I really like creamshadows, tan looks like a shade I see my self using a lot. xx
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Paris B
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May 24, 2012 at 11:34 am

I think Tan would look amazing on you and especially for Summer when you dont want a lot of makeup on yet want to have a slightly polished look. I’ve surprised myself by wearing it quite often lately!

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Rads
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May 23, 2012 at 4:02 pm

I love your photos!!! Never tried eye glosses..I like how Tan looks straight out of the tube..

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Paris B
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May 24, 2012 at 11:35 am

Hi Rads, thank you! 😀 This was my first time trying something called an Eye Gloss too. I reckon Tan would look lovely on you 😀

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Reena May 23, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Cream shadows are best eye make up. I bought 560 Tan and its so fab! It highlights my eyes and complements my skin tone.

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Paris B
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May 24, 2012 at 11:37 am

Yay! Its great to know that Tan works so well for you Reena! I love the little sparkles too -its so fine and not blingy that I can wear it everyday. In fact, I have! Maybe its not as bad as I thought it was 😀

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Reena May 25, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Yes it is! I also want to try on the Seashell 020 and do some blending with it. I don’t mind with the little sparks even in daytime, its a spice of something and I find it cute.
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Paris B
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May 27, 2012 at 9:34 pm

I think Seashell blended over any colour will definitely make it sparkle quite prettily! Hope you get your hands on it 😉

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Jyoan May 23, 2012 at 6:02 pm

I got all 3 except the blue one, and I think these are phenomenal! I think it’s the first time I am using a liquid eyeshadow, maybe that’s why I am impressed. The nearest to these is probably the MUFE cream shadow which I only have one.

I really like how Seashell looks on you! I think you can wear Seashell alone because you have a much cooler tone than me. Tan and the coral one are perfect for me as single eyeshadows.

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Paris B
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May 24, 2012 at 11:38 am

Ah you’re a fan of these eye glosses! Perhaps if Dior came up with another in a green tone I might go for that. The blue is a bit insipid I think. I like the light liquid texture and the fact it dries to a powder finish and lasts really long for me. Does it last for you too?

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Jyoan May 24, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Yes! Amazing item from Dior. I really like the sparkle that comes with this. I have no other sparkle shadows that is just so sparkly, yet sheer and not over-sparkly. The sparkles are sparse, but really quite big and catches light very well.

It brings the light into my eyes, because the sparkle catches the light, and just makes the eyes twinkle.

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Paris B
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May 25, 2012 at 9:53 am

You’re absolutely right about the little sparkle. Its so unobtrusive and yet so pretty because it just perks up the whole eye area without looking shimmery. I like the fine texture of everything. But still can’t say its a must buy LOL!

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Sunny
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May 23, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Aah I’ve been pretty curious about these! The texture sounds lovely, but I guess you’re right in saying it’s not a must-have. I do have similar cream eyeshadows that I can use with ease already :)
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Paris B
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May 24, 2012 at 11:39 am

Yep! Not a must have but a nice-to-have 😀 I think Tan and Sunset would look AMAZING on you, Sunny!

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Ling
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May 23, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Hahaha, how cute. Cream eye shadows in lip gloss packaging. It would be easy to mistake them as lip glosses. However, saying that, I am not a fan of cream eyeshadows as I have not found one which doesn’t crease on my silly eyelids :(

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Paris B
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May 24, 2012 at 11:39 am

Yes! Can you imagine groping around in the dark, applying your gloss and then going out to realize it was EYE gloss and not LIP gloss?! Argh!

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Tracy May 23, 2012 at 9:34 pm

I’ve been wondering about these myself as I like cream shadows a lot! Love the look of tan on you! So pretty!
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Paris B
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May 24, 2012 at 11:41 am

Thanks Tracy! They are so quick and easy to use, and last so long! I hope they make more colours in future. I’d love to try a lilac and green shade!

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Vonvon May 24, 2012 at 2:45 am

Eh, I thought the coral pink eye gloss is called Sunset? Aurora is the name of the palette which you reviewed a few days ago, I think.

Cos I bought the light blue one called Azur and Sunset which is the coral pink one.
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Paris B
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May 24, 2012 at 11:41 am

Did a quick check and yep! You’re right (you should be, since you own it hehe…) Edited to rectify the name, thanks! 😀 I found Sunset too warm for me, but I’d love for Dior to do a green and lilac shade. I think it’d be fun and awesome!

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Vonvon May 25, 2012 at 4:29 am

Green and lilac? Seriously if they come out with more colors for the eye gloss, I’ll surely grab those 2 colors! May be a mint green, or even yellow green/chartreuse.
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Joane May 24, 2012 at 9:45 am

Hi Paris! I haven’t tried cream eyeshadows before. You made me curious :) I love the color tan on you and seashell looks understated yet pretty.
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May 24, 2012 at 11:44 am

Hi Joane, do try a cream shadow – they are so easy to apply, and for many brands, are very long lasting! I like the ones from Benefit, L’Oreal and Giorgio Armani 😀

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Joanne May 24, 2012 at 12:45 pm

I will try. Thank you for the recommendations Paris :)

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