A week or so back, I showed you the Dior Grand Bal palette for Christmas. Its a very lovely palette by all accounts, especially if you have parties to attend. But not all of us are the partying sort, right? Some of us will prefer an eye palette that you can use daily and dress up or down as you will.
Ladies, I present you the Dior 5 Couleur Eyeshadow Palette in Night Golds. The minute I laid my eyes on it, I knew this was going to be a winner in my books. There’s actually another reason why I thought so, but I’ll tell you it at the end of the post hehe…
Dior Night Golds palette #524 and Diorific Diva #520 Lipstick
The Dior Night Golds palette is the deeper counterpart to the Fairy Golds palette (RougeDeluxe has a picture of both palettes here). I just knew when I saw the colours that Night Golds was made for me. The golds are not too warm nor too shiny, with just the right amount of cool tones to suit my skintone very well. The deep blackened brown with gold shimmer is the right intensity to pull the look together or to smoke out your eyes for a lovely sultry look. Night Golds is a beautiful palette, and one that has very good texture too, as the swatches below will show you.
As for the lipstick, lets just say that Dior was quite certainly digging deep, to resurrect a lipstick they saw fit to discontinue. I have to say that I used to own a Diorific lipstick. It was given to me by someone, and it was a deep purple. It was my first introduction to Dior lipsticks and because of it, I stayed far away until I got hold of the Dior Addict and Rouge Dior and fell back in love with Dior lipsticks.
Let’s just talk about the lipstick first because I don’t like it so let’s just get it out of the way LOL!
Diva (#520) is one of the 4 shades available in the Diorific lipsticks, resurrected for the Dior Grand Bal Christmas 2012 collection. It appears not many people remember the original Diorific, but I have to say that I do, and in many ways, it stays very close to the Diorific of old. In fact, I just tossed mine in my last clean up. Should have kept it, just to compare eh?
The bulbous gold packaging is bulky and sports the name Christian Dior of old. The lipstick itself has a very strong perfume scent which is again, very typical of the Diorific lipstick. I loved it when Dior got rid of the scent in their Addict and Rouge Dior lipsticks, so to have the powdery scent return wasn’t very pleasing. The texture is semi matte, with some golden shine, and it applies opaque.
Diva, as a colour, is a very good colour if I don’t say so myself. In tube, it looks like a muted rose that will suit many. On my lips, it takes on a my lips but better sort of shade. The golden shine isn’t shimmery nor is it tacky, which is a plus. On my lips, it feels fairly weightless despite the opaqueness of the shade and coverage. Whilst, it was interesting to be reminded of my very first Dior lipstick, I don’t see myself going back for another, simply because I think Dior has done a much better job with Rouge Dior (which I believe, replaced Diorific). Time to let the past go, Dior!
Now, onto what I would have called the star product of the collection – Night Golds #524. We get the usual 5 powder shadow palette now synonymous with Dior, with varying textures. For the most part, I found that all colours swatched beautifully. They were smooth to the feel and when applied on skin and if you see below, 1 swatch is all I needed to produce the colour on skin. I thought initially that the gold in the top right corner might end up being too glittery or chunky, so I was very surprised to find that it wasn’t. It was very smooth and there was no large chunks of glitter at all.
These are the swatches of Diorific Diva lipsticks and the Night Golds palette. All colours are swatched just one time on unprimed skin so you have an idea of the sort of intensity and shine from the eyeshadow palette.
The eyeshadows were swatched in a clockwise manner starting from the cream white in the top left corner. You can probably tell that on skin, they are creamy and the colours, although looking a tad warm in the palette, don’t look very warm on skin at all.
I have found that the more palettes Dior come out with, the better their quality. The quality of Night Golds made me think of Golden Savannah and Aurora – the colors are very easy to blend to a smooth finish, and once applied on skin, stay there till the end of the day without fading. If you don’t have a palette of gold eyeshadow, you really do want to grab this before it disappears.
If you missed Couture Golds from Christmas 2011, you would want Night Golds too because the way that I said Couture Golds was the best ever eyeshadow purchase for 2011, Night Golds is the same. It is so similar in fact that I would stick my head out and tell you that bar the golden shade, this is Couture Golds reincarnated!
(1) Night Golds (2) Golden Savannah (3) Couture Golds
I thought Night Golds looked familiar, so I dug out Couture Golds for a comparison and was struck by how similar it looked. I included Golden Savannah for good effect, but as you can see, it isn’t quite as similar, being deeper in tone overall.
Comparing Couture Golds to Night Golds however revealed that except for the glittery shade, the other 4 shades are in fact startlingly similar.
Stripes on the left come from the Couture Golds palette and the stripes on the right come from the Night Golds palette. Just based on this alone, 4 out of 5 colours appear to have been repeated.
Whilst this is a good thing (if you missed out on Couture Golds) it does feel a bit like taking the lazy way out. So, whilst I do love Night Golds on its own, I will tell you that if you already own Couture Golds, you can pass on this one. But if you wanted Couture Golds and missed out last year, this is your chance to grab it before it disappears again, since its limited edition. The quality is very lovely, but the repetition of colours did get me a bit down.
In a nutshell
2 more limited edition items in the Dior Grand Bal Christmas 2012 collection is the eyeshadow quints and a resurrection of the Diorific lipstick. The quints come in 2 shades – Night Golds and Fairy Golds – and the Diorific lipstick comes in 4 shades. The Diorific lipstick has awkward gold packaging and the texture of the lipstick, although opaque and with weightless texture, is too perfumed for my liking. I was glad to see the back of it once, and didn’t expect to see it reappear so quickly.
The Night Golds palette is a very good eyeshadow palette whether you want to play up or play down your eyes. The combination of colours is very well placed, and they all blend very well together to give a very creamy effect on skin without being too shimmery. I find that they last very long too (I do not use a primer nor do I have oily lids) and seems to look better as the day wears on for me. I think it is definitely worth taking a look for a neutral palette with a twist. However, if you already own Couture Golds from 2011, pass on Night Golds because you only get 1 new shade.
Pros: Quality of eyeshadow is very good, Shimmer is not overdone and the creamy texture stays on my skin all day, Good combination of colours for a neutral palette with a twist, Lipstick is a very lovely opaque shade that will flatter many and has a weightless texture
Cons: Lipstick packaging is not very attractive, Scent in lipstick is too strong, Night Golds is far too similar to Couture Golds from Christmas 2011, Pricey, Limited Edition
Who will like this: Eyeshadow palette – anyone who missed out on Couture Golds and who wants a neutral palette with a twist, Lipstick – anyone who wants an opaque lipstick and does not mind the scent
Here is an example of how I wore Night Golds and Diva in the day time to work.
The colours go very well, and even the eyeshadow isn’t too much for daily wear, which is why I loved Couture Golds so much to start with. I love the colour of Diva lipstick – its a colour I’d wear daily, but the scent really got to me after a while
Do you remember the Diorific lipsticks? What do you think of the resurrection? Does Night Golds eyeshadow grab your attention?
Seriously, if you want a neutral yet not boring eyeshadow palette, do take a look at Night Golds. I do think its stunning and one that anyone will get a lot of wear out of
Dior 5 Couleur Eyeshadow Palette comes in 2 shades Night Golds and Fairy Golds Price: RM200 Diorific Lipstick comes in 4 shades Price: RM104 Availability: All Dior counters Limited Edition: Yes, Grand Bal Christmas 2012 collection