Dior are calling this collection its first ‘lifting and radiance enhancing beauty care program for the eyes’. Yes, it’s a mouthful! But, the palattes are rather lovely. Combining back stage make-up artist secrets with smoothing, concentrated serum incorporated into the colours, the heart of the palette is the special creamy base (in the centre) that starts the look within each palette application. Now, that is billed as having 40 times more skincare benefits than regular eyeshadow – but mostly eyeshadows don’t really have any skincare benefits at all.
The ‘lift’ part of the action is entirely visual, and the palettes come with handy instructions on exactly where and how to apply the colours in such a way that they look, well, lifted. I’ve done it (with Lifting Ivory) – it looked really, really good, but hand on heart, I’m not sure my eyes look lifted. They did look more open and awake for sure; the colour combinations are really flattering for my eyes and the smoothing action had some effect, too. It’s the kind of thing the wearer, having spent half an hour in front of the mirror applying the make-up, could take a view on, but probably nobody else will notice. However, if you use all five colours as suggested in the packaging, your eyes will look fab. Guaranteed. And that is always noticable.
There is a DiorShow Extase mascara to go with the look – volumising and eye-opening, apparantly – but I haven’t tried that because of my lash extensions. The collection launches on 30th May nationwide, with the palettes costing £41 and the Mascara, £22.
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