"this is my last Dior palette!" is what i say after each Dior palette, but it's never the last. it's no secret that i'm not a fan of their "5 Couleurs Iridescents" palettes, the eyeshadows contained are usually all too frosty and end up looking like a muddy mess of frost on the lids and not like a 55€ investment. but they always lure me in with their pretty looks.
this time, i'm glad that i still caved in and purchased another eyeshadow palette by Christian Dior. the 5 Couleurs in #734 Grège was launched in february with their New Look collection consisting 3 other Couture Colour Eyeshadow Palettes (Royal Khaki, Rose Porcelain and Bleu de Paris). and since it's a plain 5 Couleurs palette without the "Iridescents", it's one of the better.
there's not much to say about the packaging, it's sturdy and nice but looks a bit unmodern. it contains a total of 6g of eyeshadow and the obligatory sponge tip applicators (they're not too bad).
swatched in sunlight, clockwise from upper left corner, center shade as last.
- a warm clay brown with satin finish, its texture is rather soft and powdery and tends to dust up but applies evenly with little fallout only. this is a good blending/transition colour but also suitable as crease contour shade for a natural look.
- a white with soft shimmer finish, appears uneven and slightly chalky at first but needs only little work to smooth out. me likey as inner corner highlight.
- in the center a pearly light grey with the slightest lavender tinge, very nice quality soft and subtle lid shade.
- a matte dark plum with grey tones - has the best texture in the palette. very refined and silky smooth, applies evenly and is easy to blend. good for a smokey look, as crease colour or also as a liner shade.
- a soft shimmery graphite grey. same slightly chalky texture as the white shade but easy to work on. versatile medium dark colour for the lids, crease or as soft eyeliner.
the shadows are not frosty so they stay distinct and i love the mix of different finishes in there which brings more variety and dimension into achievable looks. the medium shades make for a great everyday palette that can be amped up for the evening as well thanks to the deep plummy brown or graphite silver. you don't need additional shadows to create diverse eye makeups and have your basic neutral palette right there.
the texture quality of these shadows varies, they start out sheer but are buildable in intensity. staying power is no problem as i use an eyeshadow primer underneath.
all in all this is a good one. nothing exciting but a solid staple.
Sabrina has a detailed review and swatches of this palette on The Beauty Look Book, don't miss it!
a soft daytime look. white in the inner corners, pearl grey on the lid, graphite silver on the outer V. clay brown on the lower lashline and as transition colour blended over the edges of the grey. plummy brown as a liner along the upper lashline and on the outer edge of the lower lashline.
a bit darker. white in the inner corners, plummy brown on the lids (somehow it doesn't look well blended on the photograph :I ) with clay brown as transition colour again. graphite silver on the lower lashline.