So, Dior is going all pared back for Autumn this time around. In previous years, Dior has been fond of blue and yet I rarely see much blue eye shadow actually on real people. I have a feeling there is a blue pigment mountain the size of Kilimanjaro to be formed from all the unworn blues lounging about in palettes. I love a midnight blue but a bright blue… not so much. This autumn, Dior is all about earthy (and wearable) shades with cafe au lait and rich grey-greens with flashes of metallic and elements of nude.
The Metalizers are interesting – for both eyes and lips. In copper, silver and gold, they’re silky smooth and very comfortable on the eye, they didn’t last particularly long. One of their great benefits is that the formula doesn’t shrink as it dries and cause the lid to crinkle, but if you add in a last-primer which I think this product needs, shrinking could well be an unwanted side effect. I added a touch of the copper shade to a clear gloss and loved the glimmery effect although I don’t think it would be quite as lovely in silver.
These are £15.50 each and need a good shake before you apply.
There are six new shades of lipstick for the autumn collection: some are matte finishes and others are satin. I have three shades here – left to right: Sensual matte, Eccentric (satin) and Hypnotic Matte. The mattes are very flat matte but silky in the feel: when you come across this kind of matte formula it drives home that not all mattes are equal but I’m slightly obsessed with Eccentric which has an earthy brown but vampy tone tone to it – gorgeous if you have a warmer tone from the summer.
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In the swatch above, Eccentric, Hypnotic and Sensual. They’re £24.75 each.
As you can see, there is also a dual end Colour & Light Sculpting Stick (blush and illuminator to you and me) – I think these look rather clunky compared to the delicateness of the other products, but it works really well – smooth, good pigment levels and pretty much fool proof for a flash of colour to the cheeks. It’s £29.25. The nail shades are Enigma (light) in peachy gold and Metallics (deeper) which is mauve hit mushroom shade to my eye. There is a deeper green shade called Paradox but I don’t have it here. These are £18 each.
Swatches from the palette show wearable shades – no blue – although I was disappointed with two things – that the pans were quite loose in the palette and the dark grey/green didn’t swatch very evenly. This colourway is Fascinate and I can’t find a UK stockist yet (or price) – all other items are in stock at Escentual HERE.
This is another collection that feels smaller and more edited than usual – aside from the lipstick in Eccentric, which I love, I don’t feel it’s all that ground breaking or different. Maybe brands across the board are being more economical with their seasonal edits.
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