Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow: Permanent pretties that sparkle and dazzle the eyes

by Paris B on · 33 comments

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On October 9, 2013
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Mmm… I’ve taken a little while to figure out what I think about the new Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow singles. These were released quite quietly, as part of the Dior Fall 2013 collection, but I didn’t want to lump them all together because the Fusion Mono shadows are permanent items. Yep! Permanent! I also didn’t want to just swatch them without telling you if you might like them so yeah… it’s taken me a while.

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But now that you see it, it means I’m ready with my thoughts on these! icon biggrin Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow: Permanent pretties that sparkle and dazzle the eyes First off, don’t they remind you of sparkly macarons? LOL! The Diorshow Fusion Mono eyeshadows are like the Cream Blushes that came out in Summer. They are creamy in texture, but dry down to a powder finish. Unlike the Chanel Illusion d’Ombre eyeshadow, I didn’t feel that bouncy “gel” texture that people talk about. These felt firm to the touch.

Like the Dior cream blushes, some of the colours were already pulling away from the sides of the glass pots when they arrived brand new. The one that looked the most significant is Meteore, the gold-bronze shade at the bottom of the picture above. It literally falls out of the pot like a scrumptious little sparkly macaron!

One more thing that bugs me is the inconsistency in the embossing of the CD logo on the surface of the product. In Lune (white) the CD was pronounced and clear. In Aventure (sparkly grey) it was very lightly embossed. On the rest, no embossing was visible. I know it’s petty, but I really do expect better quality control from a luxury brand like Dior. If they wanted to emboss it, then emboss it all. If they didn’t want to or couldn’t get it to show, then don’t. This felt like a half hearted attempt and that bugs me. Ok, onto how they are, appearances aside icon smile Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow: Permanent pretties that sparkle and dazzle the eyes

Locally in Malaysia, we get 6 shades that you see above. I’ll break them down for you together with the swatches below. Each pot comes packaged with a compact applicator which is cute and practical although I am quite likely to lose it quite easily icon razz Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow: Permanent pretties that sparkle and dazzle the eyes

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Cosmos and Diorshow Fusion Mono applicators

You can see how they are compact when stored in itself on left, and it transforms into quite a handy little tool that you see above. Using the applicator can give you slightly better coverage, and you can pack on the product more easily. But if you have dense brushes, it works. Me? I like using my fingers icon biggrin Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow: Permanent pretties that sparkle and dazzle the eyes

The general consensus about these cream shadows is that they are sparkly. I concur. However, I also found that different colours perform differently and their level of sparkle-visibility also differed. Sparkle-visibility. It means something ok! icon razz Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow: Permanent pretties that sparkle and dazzle the eyes

In terms of colour pigment, I have to say that these aren’t the most pigmented of eyeshadows. Many people were right when they said that they were disappointed with the relatively poor colour pay off. That said, I think it also has to do with your personal expectations and how you like your eyeshadows. Not everyone likes the bang! In your face! style popularised by MAC and its brethren so if you have an idea about how the regular Dior 5 Couleur Eyeshadow palettes perform, you can expect the same of these Fusion Mono Eyeshadows.

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Clockwise from left: 821 Chimere (light shimmery pink), 021 Etoile (light shimmery grey), 001 Lune (shimmery white)

I find that these 3 shades apply more shimmery than sparkly. Expect a lot of sparkle in the product, but they are also the lighter shades available in the collection. I surprisingly fell hard for Chimere once swatched. It brightens up the eye area, does not look sparkly or shimmery when applied on lid even though I layered it and it just made me look so alive!

I found Etoile a little sparkly and uneven in texture. It looks like a light grey taupe in the pot, but applies as a whitish grey that was less flattering than I expected. It pairs well with Aventure, but on its own, was a bit meh. Lune is just pure white. Only usable to dot on the inner eye area to highlight.

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Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow 081 Aventure 

Aventure is a deep grey with multicoloured shimmer and is just so pretty! I like wearing it on its own, as a deeper shade to complement the other colours in the range, and also as a base to build powder shadow on. It is incredibly versatile and I find the texture to be among the better quality of the lot. It doesn’t feel gritty and it applies very smoothly.

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Dior Fusion Mono Eyeshadow: 661 Meteore and 281 Cosmos

These are the 2 colours that have more “colour” in them. Both have markedly different textures. In pot, I fell in love with Cosmos. As the name implies, it looks like the sparkly inky blue-blackness of the Cosmos seen through a telescope. Yet, when I swatched it I was quite disappointed because it did not translate as well on skin (it is very sheer) and it did not have the depth of colour I expected. Build it up and it looks pretty, but it is also incredibly sparkly and for this one, the sparkles are quite evident!

Meteore is a golden bronze shade which is like Chimere, a very usable daily wear colour. I found it was very sparkly but lacking in pigment which you will see in the swatch below. If you pat it on, the colour adheres better.

For your reference, here are the swatches on my arm. I used my fingers to swatch and I applied 2 layers of product to get the colour to show up. These were applied dry, straight from the pot. If you apply them wet, they will look more intense. I’m not into apply shadows wet, but there is that option.

dior fusion mono swatches Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow: Permanent pretties that sparkle and dazzle the eyes

  1. 821 Chimere – A light warm shimmery pink that applies smoothly and evenly. The shimmer is evident on hands but less on eyes. The colour is surprisingly wearable and very flattering in an awakening sort of way. Unexpected love for this one!
  2. 021 Etoile – A light grey-taupe in pot and a similarly shimmery light grey taupe on skin. This applies smoothly but is very shimmery on lids so you might have to save it to highlight an evening look, with lots of eyeliner and mascara.
  3. 001 Lune – A pure shimmer white that makes me think of snowflakes. This one is definitely only for highlighting.
  4. 081 Aventure – A deep grey with multi-coloured sparkles, this one needed 2 layers to show up properly. This has a slightly chunkier feel and the shimmer on eyes can be pronounced if you layer it on. However, it makes a good shade to wear alone, or as a base. Definitely one of the better ones.
  5. 661 Meteore – A bronze-gold that surprised me because it did not apply as smoothly as I thought it would. You can see how the colour skips a little as I swatch it. Also, the texture was a little more chunky with less colour pay off unlike Chimere and Aventure where you can see the base colour come through.
  6. 281 Cosmos – The prettiest shade in the pot but the most disappointing on skin for me. The texture is chunky, the application is a bit spotty and the colour just doesn’t look as good as it does in the pot.

I did 2 very simple looks with these just to give you an idea of what they’d look like. I have to show you the one with Chimere because despite all the shimmer you see on the swatch above, on lids, it didn’t look too much, and best of all, have no fall out.

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I applied Chimere all over my lid, with Aventure to shade, using just my finger. You may be able to tell, despite my limited skills that there isn’t any chunky glitter at all, and the shimmer gives an iridescent tint to the skin. Aventure does a good enough job to give a gentle shade to the eye. Wore it the whole day with no fading or creasing (although that isn’t a problem I face).

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Doesn’t look quite like much does it? Just a very basic, very simple look. Doesn’t scream “I’m headed to a partay!” and no glitter fall out at all. My favourite combination of colours.

A couple of days later, I did another look using just Cosmos which turned out more party appropriate icon razz Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow: Permanent pretties that sparkle and dazzle the eyes Pat it on to get the colour to adhere better.

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You may see the depth of the blue but it does take a bit of layering for it to show up smoothly, and it is also incredibly sparkly compared to the rest of the shades. I cannot say I love it, but it is one to pull out for the party season.

In a nutshell

The Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadows are a cream eyeshadow that apply cream and dry to a powder finish. You do have a good window of time to work at it and to blend. Once it sets, it is pretty budge proof, which is commendable. I find that the quality differs from colour to colour. Some have a creamier, smoother texture. Others are a little grittier and more sparkly. My favourites are Chimere and Aventure. They are wearable for day and night and do not appear as sparkly on the lids as they do when swatched on the arm. I would have preferred that the embossing of the CD logo be more standardized but I think these will not appeal to everyone because of the high shimmer and perceived lack of colour. I’m on the fence about these. On the one hand, I like some shades, on the other hand, they don’t quite measure up to the other cream shadows I own in terms of pigment and versatility. So, I’m torn.

Pros: Shimmer is refined and not too glittery, No fall out experienced at all with any colour, Budge proof once it sets, Easy and quick to work with for immediate fancy results

Cons: Pricey, Some colours are more shine than colour, Some colours are sheerer than others, Embossing of logo isn’t consistent across the board

Who will like this: Anyone who doesn’t mind sparkly and high shimmer light eyeshadow colour

I personally do not think these are anything like Chanel Illusion d’Ombre. I have one Chanel and it stinks with a sharp chemical smell. This doesn’t have a scent. Also, I find that unlike Chanel these Dior ones have no fall out and the shimmer is more refined and classy. Chanel was a bit brash and glittery. Of the two, I’d pick Dior. But put Dior next to Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Silk Eyeshadows and I’ll pick the GA any day. Granted, they are different so I really shouldn’t compare them, but GA ETK take top billing for me.

Have you taken a look at the Diorshow Fusion Mono eyeshadows? Are these shadows you may like or is there a colour you have been eyeing?

In terms of colour, I’d say Cosmos and Meteore are the most disappointing for me, being more glitter than colour. In the others, the base colour comes through, although there is a perception that they are sheer due to the light shades available, but the other shades, especially Chimere and Aventure have a more refined quality to them. More adult, less disco-party and infinitely more wearable.

Paris B

Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadows come in 6 shades locally : Chimere, Aventure, Lune, Etoile, Cosmos and Meteore Price: RM110 Availability: All Dior counters

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Lydia October 9, 2013 at 9:21 am

Wonderful review! I recently reviewed these on my blog and I have a sneeking suspicion that the formula available in Malaysia is different from the formula available in North America. specifically Meteore and Cosmos. None of mine were embossed either :( I agree that you either do it for all and do it well or don’t do it at all.

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Paris B
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October 12, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Doesn’t it bug you Lydia that they would be so lackadasical about the embossing? It’s like they started out doing it and then just gave up halfway LOL! I hope we aren’t getting different formulas but we are certainly not getting all colours. Hypnotique is so pretty but we don’t have it here :(

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Peggy October 9, 2013 at 9:25 am

very nice colors…. but i rarely buy any eyeshadow cuz i hardly do makeup *^_^*

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Paris B
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October 12, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Yeah, then cream shadows wouldn’t make sense because they won’t last as well as powder ones.

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liyeun October 9, 2013 at 10:08 am

I like meteore at first sight but since it doesnt swatch very well, I might as well keep rm110 in my pocket. Hehehe. Btw what lipstick did u put on for the second pic of urs? I like red orange and orange red. Hehehe

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Paris B
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October 12, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Yeah I think you could do without it for now. There is going to be a gold coming out for Christmas though ;) I can’t remember off hand but it is quite possible Chanel Rouge Velvet in La Ravissante #32. It’s a matte coral orange-red. And you just reminded me I haven’t reviewed it :D It’s one of the better matte lipstick textures I’ve come across :)

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Tracy October 9, 2013 at 11:01 am

GA ETK are top for me too. Granted I haven’t tried these, but I’ve been disappointed with these kinds of shadows by everyone except for GA! So I’ll just stick to them. :)
That pink one does look lovely on you though Paris!
Oh and LOL at the MAC Brethren HAHAHAHA. You crack me up. But it’s true! Everyone is all gaga over MAC Holiday and I’m like-meh. Looks the same like it always does to me!
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Paris B
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October 12, 2013 at 6:32 pm

Ah GA ETK are the best! I have stopped collecting them though. The recently released shades are all so light and sparkly so I have given up for a bit. Just as well since we don’t have the brand here haha! Oh and MAC pfbbtttt! I don’t even bother with them AT ALL. If there was a brand that doesn’t interest me one bit, that’s it :P

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Sheila
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October 9, 2013 at 11:31 am

Ahh too bad you can’t get Lise Watier Ombre Souffle Supreme in Malaysia but they are SO GOOD compared to Chanel. The texture is similar but the colour payoff and wear time is WAY better. I haven’t tried the Dior ones yet but I seem to like the creamier type ones better, like the Chanel or Lise Watier. I haven’t really touched my GA or L’Oreal ones since I got the Lise Watier. They should really expand internationally….
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Paris B
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October 12, 2013 at 6:34 pm

AHhhhhh Sheila! I haven’t tried anything else from Lise Watier except for their lipsticks which are very very nice! I also like Annabelle lipsticks and from what I can see, the rest of the items are really lovely too. Pity we don’t get it here, nor on any online shopping website :( Would you say the Lise Watier are cream shadows like e.g. Benefit Creaseless Cream or more like GA pressed loose eyeshadows, Or more towards the Chanel bouncy texture thingies?

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Jean October 9, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Never like shimmering eyeshadow until recently.. suddenly i start falling for all kind of shimmers! these are pretty! =)
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Paris B
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October 12, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Just a touch of shimmer really opens up the eyes! Try it Jean :D

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Parita October 9, 2013 at 12:25 pm

I absolutely loved Chimere and Aventure! both are oh so pretty and even combination of both looks fantastic!
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Paris B
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October 12, 2013 at 6:38 pm

They are! I’ve been wearing them so often and they work in all situations. Recently, I wore Chimere and Aventure and then for the evening, added a bit more Aventure for a deeper look. Stunning :D

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Applegal October 9, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Macarons! Didn’t think of it until you mentioned it! But the fact that the eyeshadow can pop out of its packaging like a real macaron?? Tsk tsk. Knowing clumsy me I will spill it onto the floor/blouse/skirt while putting on make up. Oh the horror!

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Paris B
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October 12, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Hahaha To be fair, only Meteore did and it was because I fumbled it. The same thing happened to me with the cream blush too! It doesn’t fall out all the time, just if you upturn the tub. Otherwise, it stays in its place :)

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Jacqueline October 9, 2013 at 2:16 pm

I fell in love with Meteore. I was going to skip these but Chanel doesn’t have a warm bronzy colour yet. I’m glad I bought it, I love it.

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Paris B
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October 12, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Yay! I’m sure it’s fab on you Jacqueline :D I’m not too much a fan of Meteore but Chimere has me hook line and sinker!

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S. Dramanmakeup October 9, 2013 at 2:56 pm

I don’t know why but these eyeshadows just don’t catch my attention! The shade I like the most after reading your post is chimere but I already have quite a few similar shades so I think I’ll skip these :) they do look just like macaroons, I don’t think I’ll ever look at them without thinking this again hahaha

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Paris B
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October 12, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Don’t blame you S :) They are a little underwhelming if I’m to be honest, after reading all the wonderful things about them. Whether you like these will depend a lot on whether you like the type of eyeshadows that Dior do and from what I can tell, many people find it too light and too sheer.

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PositivelyNice October 9, 2013 at 6:30 pm

These were so good I didn’t care if they were permanent or not. I bought 4 out of 6!

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Paris B
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October 12, 2013 at 6:43 pm

LOL!!! Which 4 did you pick? :D

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PositivelyNice October 14, 2013 at 10:28 pm

Lune, Etoile, Meteore, and Cosmos.

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Paris B
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October 18, 2013 at 11:38 am

Nice choices! :)

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Melissa Ting October 9, 2013 at 11:16 pm

I like the basic simple look! So easy. I think I’ll apply it like that too! But because in my case, my left eye is slight bigger than right eye, so quite hard to apply eyeliner to make the eyes look even

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Paris B
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October 12, 2013 at 6:44 pm

Thank you Melissa :) You can actually use your eye makeup to balance off your eyes! I find that adding a little more shading on the smaller eye enlarges it and makes it look more balanced. Try it and see! :D

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Melissa Ting October 12, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Ya but I still can’t master it so I will always skip eye make up. :P

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Tina October 12, 2013 at 5:32 am

Oh, thank you so much for this review!

I got my Meteore today and when i came home, saw that there is no embossing! I was ready to return it tommorow, but it looks just like yours, so i guess it’s fine :)

Mine isn’t chunky, application is smooth, the colour is buildable. I really like it!

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Paris B
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October 12, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Yep, it’s perfectly fine about the embossing Tina :) I do wish they were more consistent though! It’s great to know that you like Meteore. It’s a nice colour!

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Shay October 12, 2013 at 8:19 pm

Very nice colours! I’m so tempted! But I’m trying to finish using the gazillion amount of makeup I have on on hand. ..or at least try until I decide to toss them out!

Now I’m really into cream or liquid makeup so I can do without washing many brushes.

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Paris B
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October 12, 2013 at 9:33 pm

I have been using a lot of cream products too especially for Eyes. So quick and easy to use and I’ve been favouring some easy light looks lately. Only down side is cream stuff tend to dry out more easily (more excuses to buy perhaps? ;))

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Jyoan October 18, 2013 at 4:42 pm

4 is not enough. Your review has actually tempted me to get Chimere as well. I did skip Aventure still because I know I seldom wear dark smoky eyes. Most of my makeup is for work and strictly has to be quite light.

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Paris B
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October 20, 2013 at 3:42 pm

LOL! There’s a gold one coming out for Christmas too – just a heads up ;)

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