Now that we’ve entered 2012, I don’t feel so bad talking about the upcoming Spring 2012 collections :D 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.
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 :P
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.
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.
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.
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.
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) :D
Also featuring : Dior Vernis scented nail polish – Waterlily – 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 ;)
Dior Garden Roses 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow palette Price: RM210 Availability: Dior counters from mid January 2012 Limited Edition: Yes