The holiday highlighter from the Dior Golden Shock Holiday 2014 Collection, the DiorificGolden Shock Illuminating Powder in 001 Gold Shock ($80 US/$80 CAD), is truly a beauty to behold in the compact. The powder is embossed with a stylized compass rose pattern and glows with pale champagne gold shimmer.
The compact is a very hefty and luxe feeling golden metal compact. It is smaller in diameter than a typical highlighter but the compact is deep and rounded. Given the highly reflective finish it is was tricky to photograph. My apologies for the shadows and clouds. 😉
The compact comes in a navy velvet pouch with a separate pocket for the very nice compact brush included.
It really is a beautiful collectors piece. However I am not content simply admiring the beauty of a product as a mere collector’s item. As much as it breaks my heart to disrupt the beautiful overspray I must do so in order to share a full review with you and to satisfy my own urges to put all the pretties on my face.
Removing the overspray from the Dior Gold Shock Powder truly was heartbreaking as I was shocked to discover that beneath the overspray is a completely different product. The true powder beneath is a very warm, and quite dark, yellow gold powder with gold fleck glitter. It’s just not a shade of gold I find attractive or flattering. Especially for someone with a fair to light skin tone. But not all products are designed to suit everyone so I’m sure there is a deeper, and warmer, skin tone out there that the Gold Shock powder with flatter beautifully.
There is gold glitter in the powder and while not present in too copious an amount it is still a very noticeable from of fleck glitter so I would definitely reserve the use of this product for special occasion, nighttime use. The swatch below was taken in natural, slightly overcast light so the glitter is not as noticeable as it would be in stronger light.
The Gold Shock powder is exclusive to Holt Renfrew in Canada and Neiman Marcus in the US.
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