About a year ago, when Dior came out with the Mitzah Panther eyeshadow palette, I remember the huge fuss everyone made over it because it was very limited in quantity worldwide. It is surely one for the animal print loving ladies 🙂 This year, for their Golden Jungle Fall 2012 collection, Dior has made the panther print more accessible to everyone by putting it in a limited edition palette and pairing it with a lipgloss.
I intentionally left the CSI-like finger print that you see just over the word Dior. Its to show you that a large part of the casing is highly reflective metal, even the cover which houses a large mirror. The whole compact is heavy and you can easily brain someone if you keep it in your handbag – beautiful and lethal – what a combination! 😉
I thought the print was a leopard print initially. It shows you just how much I know about wild animals 😛 The print is what Dior calls their signature Jungle Panther print (Aside: I always thought Panthers were a separate species that were jet black all over but it turns out if you look on that all knowing resource of Wikipedia, that panthers are the deeper coloured relatives of Jaguars and Leopards and in bright light, they have a distinct spotted pattern albeit dark. Now you know!) Despite popular belief the powder half is an eyeshadow trio and not a bronzer.
Reader Catherine has asked me what I thought of this palette vs the Golden Savannah palette. I hope to help you decide 🙂
The metal case comes protected in the signature Dior velvet pouch so when it comes to you, its totally print free. I can just imagine the person having to polish it all over before using velvet gloved hands to insert it into the pouch and pack it into the box.
Here are the swatches of the Golden Browns Panther palette I swatched for you previously.
Golden Browns 002 Swatches L-R: Shimmer cream, Matte dark brown, Shimmer tan, Coral lip colour
I told you then that I preferred if Dior had included a coral or golden rose blush in the palette as opposed to the lip colour. After using it, I maintain that view. The lip colour as you can see, is very very sheer. So sheer that on my pigmented lips, I see nothing. Disappointed? Yes I am. It looks potentially pretty in the pan so if you have less pigmented lips it may show up a nice sheer golden coral but on me? Nothing 🙁
The eyeshadows too are hard to pick up. I like to use the MAC 239 brush for eye makeup and it is quite impressively hard to pick up just one colour properly without inadvertently picking up another colour. The upside is that the colours blend well together so its almost as if you are blending them in the palette before applying to lids. But the downside is that its hard to focus on just 1 colour.
Maybe its just me, but I usually prefer my eyeshadow colours separated. Dior was right to keep that tan shade the smallest quantity because I felt that it is potentially the hardest colour to wear for me. It is markedly warm and did not quite go with the other 2 shades, which can be easily worn together.
Here is how I wore it. I use the deepest brown as a thick line just above my lash line, the tan as the lid colour and the light gold cream shade as a general wash colour all over to tie the colours together and blend. It doesn’t have the same oomph! to it as Golden Savannah, if you ask me. I much prefer how the colours in Golden Savannah look – a little more golden and not as warm. I think the khaki in that palette pulls the colours together better.
If you are concerned about the print getting messed up, it doesn’t. Unless you blend them where the edges of each colour meet (and there is potential to create new colours/shades this way) the shapes are kept quite distinct.
And here’s how it looks overall with the lip colour.
In person, what I get is a very simple look. The eyes look just right and I paired it with a pink-rose blush. The lips look bare which is a pity. To dress it up, I’d switch up the lip colour to something brighter and more opaque. You can amp up the look for night. Pile on the dark brown and highlight with the gold cream colour for best effect. It is less dramatic than the Golden Savannah palette though.
The Dior Golden Jungle Panther palette isn’t a bad one if you are feeling flush. However, I personally find it pricey for what is essentially 3 shadows and a lipgloss and I just find it hard to love. I’d prefer Golden Savannah any day.
In a nutshell
The Panther Eyeshadow and Lip Gloss palette comes in 2 shades – Golden Khaki 001 and Golden Browns 002. The colours of the shadows tend to the sheer and the colours in Golden Brown tends to being warm. I personally am not a fan of the leopard print as I feel that it is too random and the colours are not separated which potentially can result in it blending together too much. The lipgloss having a cover is a brilliant touch that we have seen Dior introduce in their Miniaudiere palettes. However the texture is too sheer. I would prefer if they included a blush instead. I think this palette is a novelty item that is nice to have if you are gifted with it, or if you like animal print. For something more practical, look to Golden Savannah. I feel the shadows are of better quality and better colour combinations overall.
Pros: Pretty and unique patterned palette, Lipgloss comes with a cover so it doesn’t mix with the powder
Cons: Eyeshadows can blend together as they are not kept separate, Colors are hard to pick up unless you use a very small brush, Metal casing attracts fingerprints, Lipgloss is very sheer, Pricey, Limited edition
Who will like this: Diehard fans of animal print anything, Anyone looking for an (almost) all in one palette with warm tones, Collectors of pretty palettes
Does the Golden Jungle Golden Browns palette catch your fancy? Do you like oddly shaped eyeshadow colours?
I personally would not have bought this one, primarily because of the eyeshadows and the shade. I may feel differently about the colours in Golden Khakis which appear to be something I’d be more likely to wear. I’m still not a fan of the design so I do not plan to pick it up for now. Maybe I’ll go and pick up Khaki Design instead 😉 To answer Catherine’s question, I’d pick Golden Savannah over this palette simply because it is more versatile and the colours look and feel better. Its also RM20 cheaper for more shadow colours and I think most people will get more use out of that one 😛
Dior Golden Jungle Panther palette comes in 2 shades – 001 Golden Khaki and 002 Golden Browns Price: RM220 Availability: Dior counters Limited Edition: Yes, Fall 2012