The Dior Holiday 2016 Splendor Collection is a true holiday glam makeup offering. The products are luxurious and festive, lavished with shimmering finishes and rich colours.
There are two Dior 5 Couleur Splendor Couture Eyeshadow Quints ($63 US/$73 CAD) in the collection. I have the Smoky Sequins palette. Also available is the Precious Embroidery palette which has more pink/mauve tones. The shadows are embossed with the most intricate and beautiful threaded sequins design. The detail is seriously impressive.
The Smoky Sequins quint is a smoky selection of monotone grey shades with a bronze gold accent shade in the centre. The white, silver, grey, charcoal, and bronze shadows all have shimmering finishes. The shimmer is really beautiful and so perfect for a glam smoky eye. You may want to incorporate a matte crease shade if you have more hooded lids like myself. In the eye look below I incorporate the matte shades Strange and Limit from the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette to make the look a little more wearable on my eyes.
The pigmentation on these shadows was actually quite impressive. More pigmented than a lot of previous Dior quints. The silver shadow had a bit sheerer finish that does build up well. I also just discovered that the Dior shadows are actually able to be used dry or wet. If you are looking for more intense colour payoff you can apply the shadows wet. You can even open the palette lid all the way flat until you here a little click. Then you have a secure place to put your drops of water to work from. I love shadows that can be used wet because I often only use eyeliner to tightline my upper waterline and I like to use shadow as a liner for my upper lash line applied with a thin angled brush.
I had some moderate fading from the silver shade applied dry throughout the day. The rest of my look held up beautifully through a 12 hour day.
The Diorshow Mono Fusion Eyeshadow in Infinity ($31 US/40 CAD) is a stunning cool bronze shade that gives off a dazzling multi-tonal sparkling effect in the light. You can quickly sweep this bouncy shadow on the lid for an effortless, yet sophisticated, eye look. Incorporate some depth in the crease and outer v with a deeper shade to amp up the look for holiday festivities.
I can’t help but chuckle at the Diorific lipstick packaging every year. Regardless of the odd shape, the heavy gold packaging is still incredibly luxurious. The Dior Diorific Velvet Colour Lipstick ($38 US/$46 CAD) is available in five shades.
I have the shade Charm, which is a lovely warm pink, and Golden, which is a golden shimmer shade that can add a touch of holiday glamour to any lip colour. It offers an impressively concentrated amount of golden shimmer that looks lovely dabbed on the centre of the lips.
The ornamental packaging of the Diorific Vernis Nail Polish ($28 US/$34 CAD) always puts me in the holiday spirit. There are 4 shades available in the 2016 collection. Shown is the incredibly beautiful Nova which gives a white, iridescent, broken mirror top coat effect. This polish has jumped right to the top of my favourite top coat effect polishes. It is very densely packed with glitter, and one coat lays down a generous amount as shown in the swatches below. I also have Cosmic which is even more stunning on the nails than I expected. It is a deep, almost blackened, berry with a subtle shimmer that gives it amazing depth in low light and flashes of a starry night effect in the light.
The collection also introduces the new Diorific Matte Fluid Lip & Cheek Velvet Colour ($38 US/$47 CAD). Unfortunately I don’t have any to share with you today but they are an equisitely packaged multi-use product.
The Dior Holiday 2016 Splendor Collection will be available around mid-October through the holiday season. Are you seeing anything that catches your eye?
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