This is (so far) the one palette I haven’t managed to find on any re-sale sites but I do know it was $90 to buy in 2011. It’s also quite strange that in 2011, Dior released two of these limited edition, numbered palettes – the other one was the Mitzah palette.
I always wonder what happens to No.1 – I think perhaps Dior would keep the first one on the run for their archives but I don’t really know.
The Lady Dior bag, although already an iconic Dior bag, was made even more famous by being a favourite style of Lady Diana, long before this make up palette was even conceived. According to the leaflet in the box, each palette is hand assembled and decorated.
As you can see, it’s super-detailed, right down to the cane-work stitching and the delicate key-ring and metalwork which has gold overspray. The grey background is also textured to look like leather.
The original Lady Dior bag was created in 1996 and takes inspiration from Napoleon III chairs used to seat guests at the 1947 haute couture fashion shows – hence the term ‘cane work’. I’ve seen swatches of this (thank you Bestthingsinbeauty HERE) and there’s a definitely shift to purple from the grey shade. I think you were supposed to use the red on cheeks and the grey and blue on eyes. Every time I see these intricate palettes with so much work in them, I’m reminded just how ‘samey’ make up has got. With perhaps the exception of Chantecaille and Paul & Joe, you rarely see such detail any more. Even though it’s only 9 years, these palettes feel forever ago.
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Fantastic Jane, and how lucky are you to have this! I have visions of people working on this palette in the makeup lab with the best CD gloves on and speaking in hushed reverential tones. I would not be able to swatch this. Ever. And how wonderful that someone did. I am hoping that the Rene G palette may be making an appearance 🙂
Out of curiosity I had a look online at the new Dior Color Games collection. A couple of beauties to be had palette wise and some very wearable eye colour combos. Best wishes xx
I like the bronzers from Color Games. Yes, got Rene somewhere – temporarily MIA!
“I’m reminded just how ‘samey’ make up has got.”
I agree. After looking at all your posts I’ve been wondering where the fun and creativity has gone.
Exactly – there’s so little (relative) creativity – it’s all been about piling it high as fast as possible and forgetting about the ‘beauty’ of it.
Even the recent splurge of neon and rainbow palettes somehow feels a bit samey and by numbers.
I’m enjoying this series of blasts from the past hugely but my goodness don’t they make me feel old. I’ve seen a few things I bought or was given during my student years.
One thing that stands out is how playful a lot of the things are, sometimes bordering a bit on childish. I’m thinking of the Dior charm bracelet. I also had similar that looked like a luggage tag and dice. Apart from Pupa and Anna Sui, there really isn’t much at the moment that you could call whimsical or fun.
I wonder if that’s something that’s missing today from brands, especially at entry level. Not everyone/every product has to aspire to be pro quality.
I think you’re right that there is something to be learned from past creativity – Paul & Joe I think still keeps fresh and I haven’t seen any Pupa for a long time although I’ve just unearthed a set of glosses that look like biscuits from that brand! I’ve got a chunky charm bracelet coming up that’s from YSL – a bit too complicated to use!