Be careful when you visit a perfumery anytime soon because your wallet might be attacked by the gorgeous Dior eye palettes in shades of khaki, bronze, nude and brown. Especially Dior addicts are no match for what creative makeup director Tyen has in store for this Fall.
The Golden Jungle collection for Fall 2012 pays tribute to the early days of the couture house, where the couturier revealed revealed one of his favourite themes; the leopard print. Since then the timeless iconic print resurfaced on numerous occasions, turning it into one of Dior’s signatures. In the Dior Autumn/Winter 2012 makeup collection, Tyen revamps the jungle motif with another hallmark of Dior, a touch of shimmering gold, embodying the luxury of the urban jungle and inspired by the deep, earthy tones of the jungle. The result is a collection filled with gorgeous limited editions that will make any makeup lover swoon. I got the chance to discover the collection at LVMH HQ in Brussels and I posted the pics on my FB page. I apologize for the bad quality though, I can’t seem to work with the awful lighting in the press room.
For this collection, my eyes would keep on slipping over to the eye palettes. There was one particular palette I was dying to get my hands on from the moment I saw the press photos online; the quilted 5 couleurs designer eyeshadow palette in Golden Savannah. Unfortunately this product wasn’t released in Belgium. WHY?! (ＴДＴ) Such a great palette with brown, copper and gold would’ve been a great fit for the Belgian market. If anyone knows how I can get me one of these (at a decent price), I’d love to hear about it!
I got to try the other 5 couleurs designer eyeshadow palette in 408 Khaki Design. It’s the first time I’ve done a 5-coloured smoky (I only do up to 3 coloured-smoky eyes, so 5 shades is way out of my comfort zone) and it’s also the first green-shaded palette in my stash. I love khaki, but green is not a shade I’d normally go for, mainly because it doesn’t really compliment my baby blues if you stick by the rules of the colour wheel (another reason why I’d prefer Golden Savannah).
The palette comes in the usual Dior 5 shades blue/black packaging and comes with a mirror and 2 mini applicators, one with 2 sponges for eyeshadows and one specifically designed to apply the eyeliner. The Khaki Design pans hold 4 eyeshadows and 1 cream eyeliner in hues of greens, khakis, and olives that felt like silk (or butter in case of the eyeliner). This eyeshadow palette is designed to be layered, as each shade has a different texture.
The first shade (bottom left) is a pale white gold with a frosted, metallic finish. The second shade (center) is an olive green with a golden bronze shimmer. It’s a bit sheer. The third shade (upper left) is a darker olive green with great pay-off. It has brown undertones and a soft dusting of shimmer. The fourth shade (upper right) is a sheer golden shimmer that can be layered over one of the other eyeshadows to add shimmer. The final shade (bottom right) is a cream eyeliner that’s a dark brown with a hint of teal shimmer. The cream eyeliner has good color payoff, and it has a creamy consistency once you break through the initial surface. I had some trouble to spread it across my lid to get an even tone. The color migrated after a couple of hours.
The variation between finishes and light/dark aspect of the palette is good, although I think the 1 base and 4 shine are too similar to really call this a 5 shade palette. It doesn’t really add anything to it, so another in-between shade would’ve perhaps been a better choice. Don’t worry about shimmer fall out, I didn’t experience any of that so I’d call this great quality. I love the palette for it’s versatility, despite the fact that it’s a shade that’s limited to Fall only. Besides the night look as shown in the photos, it can also be used for daytime looks (like this one).
In short: It’s a nice addition, especially when you like khaki and you want to try something new. But it’s not like you’re missing out on anything when you don’t have it. Or maybe that’s just because I always go for the same old nude & earth shades?
Just like every other palette it comes with a suede pouch, which I like to call the dust cloth (seriously, this thing catches more dust than Swiffer), and a booklet with instructions on how to apply the makeup using the numbers that are imprinted on the plastic protection sheet which you can find on top of the pans. I tried that tutorial first, but I didn’t quite like the look. I’ll have to try that one again sometime to see if it’s because of my lack of skill or the palette just doesn’t fit me.
Because I didn’t want to give up on the palette that easily, I tried a second look which I found in the Dior Golden Jungle press presentation book (I’ve posted it below) along with some other tutorials. This one’s way more glamorous and makes a great evening look. I liked the result better than I thought I would. Who needs that stupid colour wheel anyway?
Products used for this look: Diorskin Nude Fluide foundation °020, Dior 5 Couleurs Designer eyeshadow palette in Khaki Design, Bobbi Brown Concealer Kit in Pale Yellow/Ivory, Max Factor False Lash Effect mascara, MAC Semi Precious Rose Quartz blush and Eylure Katy Perry Cool Kitty false lashes.
The Dior 5 couleurs design eyeshadow palette in Khaki Design (Golden Jungle collection) is now available for € 58,30*. What do you think of the palette? Did you buy anything from the collection?