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And a look at the 'Garden Pastels' 5 Couleurs (temptalia.com):
Dior Garden Pastels Eyeshadow Palette
($59.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as ďpale pink, buttercup yellow, and luminous greens.Ē Itís new and limited edition just in time for spring. Itís slightly lighter compared to the usual Dior eyeshadow palette, which has 0.21 oz., while this palette only has 0.16 oz. I suspect it is due to the consistency difference somehow, since it doesnít seem less full or smaller compared to other Dior eyeshadow palettes.
The shade on the upper left of the palette is a yellowy green with a soft, frosted finish. The color payoff is good, and the texture is very smooth, though thereís a little dryness to it. If youíve played with Estee Lauderís Cyber Eyes eyeshadows, youíll know what Iím talking about. Itís dry, but still very soft and smooth, and while dry, itís not powdery.
On the upper right of the palette, the shade is a bright frosted white with good color payoff and a smooth, soft feel. Thereís not a lot to the colorĖitís a neutral white, not too cool- or warm-toned, so there are a fair amount of white eyeshadow dupes.
The center shade is a soft pastel pink with a silver shimmer. It has decent to good pigmentation, but there is some underlying sheerness. The texture is nice and smooth, though.
On the bottom left, there is a pale yellow with a frosted finish thatís just slightly metallic. This shade had the best color payoff of the five shades; really dense and opaque.
The last shade on the bottom right of the palette is a green-tinted blue with a green-gold shimmer-sheen. It has decent color payoff, but like the center shade, it has underlying sheerness.
The texture of this palette is definitely different compared to previous iterations of Diorís five-pan palettes. I donít think itís a departure from their typical formula but something in particular for the spring collection. Part of it may have been necessary to incorporate the design, but itís certainly not an unwelcome or bad different! The drier consistency feels off at first, but it works well on the lid.
The new palette for spring doesnít have much in the way of a description, but based on Diorís other five-pan palettes, their eyeshadows are supposed to have rich, versatile colors that are ďdesigned for easy application and long wear.Ē The drier consistency definitely helps these wear longer without creasing (without the aid of a primer), though I did find there was some slight fading after eight hours.
I like it, though perhaps not am not in love with it, since there are some sheerer shades in the palette. Everything has a fairly shimmered finish, so you may want to mix and match with other finishes to create more dimension. When worn together, it can feel like frost overload, depending on which shades you use! I went for the most obvious combination for testing: yellow, green, and blue/teal.
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