As with all Dior products they are such a treat to get and everything about them says: style. The packaging is glossy, shiny and sleek, and of course also has a small mirror - essential for on the go touch ups. What I didn't realise was that this also comes with a pretty velvet pouch with the CD initials to keep the palette in, protecting it from scratches - what a great little surprise!
Top left - a lovely soft ecru with a subtle wearable shimmer to it which creates a nice satin finish. I've used this almost every day as a base shadow combining it with one or two of the other shades.
Top right - a pale straw gold shade with a with faint green undertone and a fairly heavy shimmer to it. For me personally it's a bit too shimmery for day wear, but I've used it a lot as a base in the evening.
Middle - a very pale blush color with a slight pink or even purple sheen to it. I've used this both as a highlighter or as a base shadow, but out of the five shades this is probably the one I've used the least.
Bottom left - a vibrant plum purple with gorgeous luster, and out of all the shades it's definitely the one with most shimmer. I would even say that it's more sparkly than metallic. Perfect for evening wear.
Bottom right - a faded purple with brown undertones that makes me think of a paler version of redwood. Works great both for day and evening wear.
The texture of the eye shadows is very fine and light and they give a nice velvety, smooth finish. I haven't had any fall outs from even the really glimmery ones and they settle well on the eyelid. The pigmentation is OK, not exceptional but not rubbish either but then again the metallic shades could impact the pay off. On the other hand, since the texture is so smooth and easy to work with, you can easily keep building until you get the intensity you're looking for.
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For me the biggest let down is that it's these are not very long lasting. Fair enough, I have oily eye lids and use both a primer, powder and setting spray to get my make up to last longer, but on me I start noticing that the color has faded, and even creased a little already after a few hrs. This could of course again be since these are metallic and fairly sheer and as such fade quicker. I don't really mind too much about having to touch up my make up throughout the day because at least that way I might actually hit the pan for once with a palette, but you can't be blamed for expecting a bit more from a Dior product.
To sum it up - it's a gorgeous palette with colors that are versatile and lovely to apply. I have been wearing this almost every day since I got it, and my favourite combination is using the ecru as a base, and then either the vibrant plum or the redwood for definition. I just wish that the shades stayed looking as lovely as when you've just applied them a little bit longer.