I’m sorry. I couldn’t think of a clever title and the only thing that popped into my head was this – a lovely salute to the return of Game of Thrones (although I’ve yet to “source” Season 2 😉 )
The Dior 5 Couleur Eyeshadow Palette in 191 Icy Lights is part of their Iridescent range, which means that every single colour in the palette is iridescent (read: shimmer). This limited edition palette is part of the Diorsnow Icy Halos collection of 2012 and is reminiscent of almost all the Diorsnow makeup eyeshadow palettes – super sheer and super shimmery.
It does look very pretty in the pan doesn’t it? 5 delicate looking shimmer shades that are cool in tone. Perfect for that icy feel. I will warn you however, that they are sheer. Even I was surprised at just how sheer they are. They in fact, look nothing like what you see in the pan.
The 5 colours swatched on the back of my hand look quite indistinguishable, if I’m to be honest.
Dior Icy Lights eyeshadow palette L-R: Light pink (light shimmer with pink tint), Light purple (shimmer with purple tone), White (shimmer white), Light blue (shimmer with blue tint), Light silver-grey (shimmer with grey tint)
The colours have a bit of holographic effect in that the shimmer has a tint of the shade it is supposed to be, without actually appearing that way on the skin. It is something that is either love or hate I’m afraid!
The colours are also so light that they will only really show up as colour on light skin tones. If you have darker skin then this isn’t something you will like, or should use a lot of because it may just apply pure shimmer and you will be frustrated.
In terms of shimmer, I was impressed. The shimmer is fine reflective shimmer, not chunky glitter. And it applies quite smoothly and evenly with a brush. I have no gripes in terms of quality and texture. It will just be the pigment (or lack of) that will put people off but with a name like Icy Lights, its pretty much to be expected 😀
Here’s what it looks like on my eyes. I only used 3 colours – Blue, Grey and Purple. You can see that its shimmery but not glittery and that the colour is very subtle. Even the grey barely shows up, but I liked it. Its a lovely soft ethereal look around the eyes. Another way I would use this is to layer the colours one on top of another. You get another set of very pretty colours too. For me, the texture does not get chalky although I layer it quite a bit, and neither is there fall out.
I did line my eyes with black pencil along the inner rim (tightline) and on the edge of the lower rim. I did not line the top lid to keep to the ethereal theme.
I think this one is a lovely palette but I will appreciate that it isn’t one that is for everyone and especially not if you like bright pigmented colours. As part of a snow and ice collection, it fits perfectly 🙂
In a nutshell
Dior Icy Lights (191) Eyeshadow palette is a limited edition eyeshadow palette that is part of the Icy Halos collection released together with the Diorsnow skincare. This used to be Asia only but I believe you may be able to find it in Europe and the USA now. The Icy Lights palette is an iridescent eyeshadow palette with 5 shimmer shades. Texture is smooth and shimmery with no glitter or fall out, but it is also very sheer and less pigmented. I believe it will be best appreciated by those who are fair skinned as it may apply as just shimmer on darker skin tones. It is beautiful, but may not appeal to everyone depending on your tastes 🙂
Pros: Smooth texture, No fall out or glitter, Iridescent appearance on skin is very delicate and ethereal,
Cons: Sheer shimmery colours may not appeal to everyone, Pricey for 5 light shimmer shades
Here are 2 full face shots to show how I wear the Icy Lights palette. This is the “Look at me, I’m such a poseur!” picture where you can just about see the hint of colour on the eyes. I went for the “I just stepped in from the cold” look which I think friends in the Northern Hemisphere may be tired of, seeing as to how its not yet showing signs of Spring and the impending Summer in some countries.
And here is a better representation of the colour on my eyes without that cutesy “I’m so cute I kill myself” pose 😛
What say you? Does a sheer shimmery palette like Dior Icy Lights appeal to you? I remember the palette from previous years and they all sort of look the same. So I think if you already have one, you don’t need another. Its pretty, but not necessary. Still, gotta love the representation, right? 😀
Dior 5 Couleur Eyeshadow Palette Iridescent Icy Lights 191 Price: RM210 Availability: Dior counters Limited Edition: Yes