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But it looks so colourful in the palette! (temptalia.com):
Dior Swimming Pool Eyeshadow Palette
($60.00 for 0.24 oz.) is one of two limited edition summer eyeshadow palettes from the brand, and while Aurora soared, Swimming Pool sinks (couldnít resist!).
The upper left shade is an iridescent pink-peach with sheer color. It had a powdery texture, though it wasnít as bad as other shades in the palette. Tarina Tarantino DIamond Dusk is similar but has no peach. Bobbi Brown Black Ruby ends up looking similar because itís also very sheer. Make Up For Ever #940 is very similar but has a much stronger duochrome.
The upper right shade is a pale silver with sheer color payoff and a powdery finish. Tarina Tarantino Lovely has a similar silver but has a more frosted finish. Guerlain Les Aquas is similar but has a more metallic finish.
The center shade is a light-medium sky blue with a mostly matte finish. It is very powdery, and itís one of the most pigmented out of the fiveĖbut itís still on the sheer side and impossible to build up on the lid. I wore this in the crease, and I kept going back (four times!) to get mediocre color payoff. The powdery texture makes this extremely easy to blend into oblivionĖit just disappears as soon as you attempt to soften the edge. Buxom Husky is a smidgen lighter. NYX Cool Blue is darker. MAC Styledriven is very similar but has a frosted finish. Inglot #367 is lighter.
The lower left shade is a seafoam green to the eye, but when applied, itís a sheer iridescent aqua that seems to bunch up on itself and disappear in sections. It doesnít like to blend, and it doesnít apply evenly. Giorgio Armani Airy Jade was the most similar, though itís more metallic. Cle de Peau #112 doesnít have the same finish. Lancome Fashion Forward is greener.
The lower right shade is a pale, frosted beigeĖthe high metallic finish makes it appear almost white, though. This was the other more pigmented shade in the palette, though itís still on the sheerer side. The texture was also the least powdery. Dolce & Gabbana Jewels seemed the closest.
This palette is characterized by two things: sheer and chalky. Letís throw in powdery, too, because nearly every shade kicks up a ton of excess powder even when you barely touch your brush to the pan. When I applied these eyeshadows to the lid over a primer and over bare lids, I still couldnít get much color payoff, and they didnít want to blend. The aqua shade disappeared and looked so uneven. The blue shade insisted on looking like a pale, pasty blue. Iím about medium in color, but itís horrific on meĖthe chalkiness is just emphasized and exacerbated with the genuine chalky base of the shades. I think the only people who could possibly wear this would be really pale skin tones. What little manages to apply to the lid wears so-so; it seems a little faded after six hours or so both with and without a primer.
Swimming Pool may be one of the worst palettes Iíve come across from Dior. I canít get over how powdery the finishes are, how sheer the colors were, and how they didnít want to stick to the eye at all. I can only think of one compliment: it was a nice combination of colors in theory, but the execution was awful. I typically donít return products I buy for review, since I get my ďuseĒ out of them, but this makes me want to reconsider that policy and get my $60 back. Iíll have to settle for letting all of you know to check this out in person first!
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