The Kingdom of Colors Palette is the stand-out item from the Dior Spring 2015 collection. It’s a very interesting palette – I’m not sure it works to achieve what it needs to but in terms of being a looker, it’s up there! As you can see, it’s got a bit of everything, but in reality it’s a little bit too jam packed – you need to be very precise with your brushes not to disturb the sections.
So, the swatches. First, it’s the cream eyeliner in a strong black – there’s a brush with angled bristles that applies very nicely indeed for a tiny palette brush. Next is the Touche Lumiere Regard Eye Shine – a wash of silver/green to illuminate the lid. You can use it over a colour or on its own. Then, it’s on to the purple shadow – a soft, greyish lavender that blends beautifully, and beside that is a silver, glimmering shade that I didn’t think had any natural partner in the palette. The nude wash is a Mattifying Skin Perfector – actually, I like it as an eyelid base – but you can’t really get your finger to it because it’s so tiny. My natural instinct was to want to use finger application rather than brush. Next to that is the Skin Highlighter – a silver shimmer wash; very pretty and smooth but I wouldn’t naturally think to put it anywhere near the blush shade which is a vivid pink/coral.
I love the lip colours – the first two shades are gloss and the final, coral-pink is lipstick, so more pigmented. I’d wear all of these in a flash. So, you can see that the Kingdom of Colors palette is jam packed with ten individual colours and four (good) applicators! The palette is £55. The rest of the Kingdom of Colors collection is so beautiful though, that if you’re looking at what to buy from the collection, I’d bypass the palette.
Yes, the Kingdom of Colors Lip & Cheek Glow really is this vivid! It’s the strangest item in the collection, but I love its quirkiness.
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Luckily, it doesn’t go on quite as bright as it looks in the bottle! The texture is very watery – and it’s minty. That’s all very well for lips, but minty cheeks is a whole other thing! The product performs best on the cheeks – it is such a mild tint for the already pigmented skin on the lips that it barely shows. But on the cheeks, it gives a wash of freshness that’s really pretty. The stain stays a while, too.. it didn’t disappear immediately like some stains do. The Lip & Cheek Glow is £27.
There are four nail shades in the Kindom of Colors collection – including Majesty and Lady above. I’d wear both in a heartbeat (in fact, I’m going to do my nails in Majesty this afternoon). Majesty is a milky apricot colour, while Lady has grey and mauve nude tones. These shades are the perfect interim palette for the winter-spring blend. The other shades are an ultra bright pink called Glow and a topcoat called Eclosion with green, white and yellow micro-confetti.
While there is a new deep purple Fusion Mono, and a new Iris Purple mascara, I love the Golden Beige shade above (I can’t tell if it’s new or not) for its instant brightening effect. I’d wear it with a grey shade, I think. It’s £24.
It’s the new Rouge Baumes that I’ve really fallen for. They’re a soft, balm texture with enough colour that they look like lighter shade lipsticks with plenty of sheen. These have both gone straight into the keep drawer!
The two shades I have here are Palaise (a warm nude shade that doesn’t drain the colour from my face) and Gala, a brightening pink-coral. There are three other shades in poppy red, rose and pink. They’re £26 each and it’s where I’d put my pennies from this collection.
I have the new Diorshow Khol which I’ll feature on its own in a separate post and hopefully will be able to get a couple of the five colour palettes to swatch.
The Dior Kingdom of Colors launches officially on 14th of January, but Selfridges has an early exclusive of the collection if you can’t wait! You can find it HERE.
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