If I’m to be perfectly honest, Dior’s Golden Winter offering for this Christmas isn’t wowing me. It just looks like so much same-old, same-old that I was quite happy to overlook it altogether. I have to say however that despite feeling a little humdrum about it, I was a little taken with the Golden Snow 644 5 Couleurs eyeshadow palette, which is one of 2 limited edition palettes released for Christmas.
Golden Snow is the cooler of the 2 palettes, the other being Golden Flower #643 which you can see here. Since I prefer cooler tones, this was something I was ready to test. If it had been Golden Flower offered to me, I’d have passed on it immediately.
I found the Golden Snow palette to have a consistent quality with the rest of Dior eyeshadow palettes. What this means is that if you never liked other Dior palettes (common complaints are sheer textures) then you won’t like this one either. I did however, find that the quality of the shadows were better in terms of colour application and blendability and I could quite easily pack on colour without it looking heavy.
This being a Christmas and festive palette, there are 2 glittery shades included in a gold and white. They both add a festive sparkle to the eyes and for me, swatch fine and smoothly. You wouldn’t wear them alone of course. What I do is tap them on for a stronger glitter application, or blend them out for a smooth shine without looking glittery.
Whilst the 2 glittery colours add the much needed holiday sparkle to the eye (let’s not be Grinches eh? ;)) my favourite colours in Golden Snow are actually the 2 colours at the bottom. The colour on the right looks a bit like a midnight blue in the picture, but is in fact a dark charcoal grey. The colour on the left is a light purple (if it could be called that) that I was quite afraid of, but have warmed up to it. I’ll give you a brief run down of colours and textures using the swatches below.
Dior Golden Snow #644 Eyeshadow Palette swatches – Swatched clockwise from bottom left. Each colour 1 layer swatched with fingers
- Shimmer purpley-taupe – a taupe shade with brown and purple tones and finely milled shimmer that worried me initially but which has quickly become my favourite colour especially when paired with the charcoal
- Shimmer light pale pink – a pale pink with iridescent shimmer that serves me as a highlight colour only
- Glitter Gold – A golden glittery shade that applies smoothly when swatched but needs to be packed on for glitter to show up
- A satin charcoal – Not black, not grey, this charcoal shade is a brilliant addition to this palette as it anchors all the other colours and provides depth. Use it as a liner in a pinch too
- Glitter White – A white glitter that applies smoothly when swatched but needs to be packed on for glitter to show up. If you don’t want the glitter, blend it out for a touch of shine
For me, the textures of the shadows are up my alley. I don’t go for very strong bold colours and for my flat Oriental eyes, a touch of shimmer is important to prevent my lids looking too flat.
Here’s an example of how I’d wear the Golden Snow palette. Charcoal on lashline blended halfway up the lid, Taupe on the outer corner and blended with the charcoal and the pink to highlight. Taupe to line lower lash. Charcoal to tightline.
It turned out surprisingly easy and very elegant. One of those palettes that you can easily wear day to night and then to a party :) Here’s how it would look in a full face shot.
For me, I experienced no fall out and the textures were very easy to work with. If you have oily lids, you may need a lid primer but for me, the lasting power was good enough for a full day at work. I do like this palette but I hesitate to say that it’s a must have because I’m sure if you have a decent sized collection, you’d be able to pick out some dupes. But if you don’t, then this is a nice palette to own.
In a nutshell
The Dior 5 Couleurs Golden Snow #644 eyeshadow palette is limited edition for Christmas 2013 as part of the Golden Winter collection. The colours in Golden Snow are slightly cool toned and there are 2 glittery colours for the festive touch. The other 3 shades have shimmer and an iridescent, satin finish which I like. I found the pigmentation fair although it isn’t for someone who prefer bolder, stronger colours. I like how the easy it is to blend the colours and to create a very elegant, simple look very quickly. It is potentially easy to dupe, but if you don’t have colours like these then it’s worth taking a look.
Pros: Easy to blend formula, Colours are easy to wear and elegant, Combination of colours make it easy to wear from day to night
Cons: Pricey, Limited Edition, Some may find it too shimmery or too light and sheer
Who will like this: Anyone who likes cool toned neutral eyeshadow shades, Anyone who is familiar with the textures of Dior shadows
I won’t say this is a must have, but it’s a nice to have, and if you aren’t looking for anything too exciting and want a multitasker, I’d say Golden Snow fits the bill. There’s a light shade to highlight, dark shade to line and contour, interesting lid shade and 2 party shades. It will last you long after Christmas and for many Christmases to come. I can’t say it excites me, but I like it :)
Did you get anything from Dior’s Christmas collection? Have you started picking out your Christmas beauty finds yet?
Truth to tell, I have been quite underwhelmed by most of the Christmas offerings this year, bar Guerlain that had me hook line and sinker, despite the dud that was the Crazy Meteorites Perles. I might have overlooked this lovely palette but I’m glad my attention was drawn to it. It was a surprise hit for me.
Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in Golden Snow #644 Price: RM210 Availability: Dior counters Limited Edition: Yes, Golden Winter collection Christmas 2013