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Who knew makeup trends could be so controversial?! I’ve been hearing buzz that pastel shadows, particularly the Dior Croisette Summer 2012 collection quint in Swimming Pool, are a big makeup fail. Why? Because the pastel shades are so light.
Now I’ll admit, when I first saw promotional photos I fully intended to pass on this one. Thankfully, one of my readers shared her positive experience wearing Swimming Pool so I decided to take the plunge. And boy, am I glad I did!
If you like the idea of:
•soft, romantic, candlelit shades
•long wearing shadows
•a sweet veil of sheen
…then you absolute must check out this quint.
I haven’t stopped reaching for this palette since I received it – there is not one combination I’ve tried that’s disappointed me! The soft lavender (upper right) and soft teal/mint (lower left) make the prettiest crease shade – surprisingly effective at creating soft dimension and brightens the eye. I’ve been using the bright robins egg blue in the center as liner…love! Layered over either one of the 1-Couleur Eye Glosses gives the eye a little more pizazz.
I tried to capture the soft gleam of the four shadows in the upper and lower shades of the palette in this photo. Dior is known for having shimmery (not necessarily glittery) shadows and while Swimming Pool is also shimmery, it offers a more subdued gleam (like the luminosity seen on the inside of an abalone shell) compared to other palettes. The center shadow is a satin finish. All shades blend beautifully and layer well. In the palette, I find the shadows powdery but there is virtually no fall out when applied to the eye.
Left to Right: Upper Left of palette (soft shell pink), upper Right of palette (soft gray-lavender), Lower Right of palette (soft teal blue), Lower left of palette (soft champagne-peach), Center (robins egg blue). Swatched, they have a slight chalky appearance which does not translate onto the eye (they leave a soft ethereal gleam when applied). It’s only when you apply the shadows on the eye and blend that you see the true beauty of Swimming Pool.
Availability: Dior counters – not Sephora (limited edition)
Price: $60/US, .24 oz
This is one of those palettes you need to apply to the eye to get the full impact of its beauty. Before you decide if Swimming Pool will float your boat, swing by your local counter and have an artist apply it on you…you just may find yourself diving into the pastel trend.
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I’ve had a long standing love affair with Dior since the 80’s. I realize I’ve just shown my age but hey, 47 is treating me pretty well ☺
Maybe it’s the beautiful blue and now silver compacts that tantalize me. Or maybe it’s the velvet pouches they come in that have me swooning. Yes, Dior packaging is luxurious, sensual and even the strongest gal can’t resist its charm.
All of that aside, what first sold me on Dior was this magnificent rose facial exfoliator that is sadly, discontinued. I’m a sucker for a subtle rose aroma.
Later, I explored their shadows (the only ones I would buy until recently) and was in awe at the silky, lush textures and easy blendability. You can see why Dior had me at hello.
And this summer Dior tempted me (and you?) again with their Electric Tropics collection.
To be entirely candid, there’s really nothing “electric” about the collection save for the polishes but a little marketing mishap didn’t stop me from being completely and utterly electrified (yeah, I’m being cheesy today) by the collection.
I rarely pass up the chance to pick up a Dior quint and in this collection I chose Rosy Tan. For a summer palette it’s not especially bright. In fact, it’s a nice neutral shimmery collection of shades that blend like nobody’s business – for real – and while most lines release colorful palettes for summer I’m okay with Dior taking us in a different direction (it’s true love for me after all).
My Dior counter manager, Eric, convinced me I needed both of their Diorskin Nude Healthy Glow powders. These powders are Amaazing (with a capital A) and are imprinted with a woven pattern much like that of the Lady Dior Avenue tote (a beautiful bag by the way).
Originally I was vying for the Aurora (a breath taking combination of pinks, soft tan and soft bronze) which was created for fair to medium complexions but after talking with Eric I figured why not also get the Sunset palette which is much deeper in shading.
I’m so glad I picked up both because they’re both equally stunning. The powder is silky and glides on the skin easily and imparts a lovely sheen. They’re both very pigmented so a little dab will do you particularly with the deeper shade of Sunset. In MAC-speak I am an NC20-25 and the Sunset works but only if I apply it sparingly and with a light hand (a stippling brush is my brush of choice for this one).
This year, Dior introduced the Healthy Glow Summer Fluid. A lightly textured liquid to powder finish, this product gives a sheer wash of color that can be used alone on bare skin or mixed with foundation for a sun kissed glow. There are two shades in the Electric Tropics collection and I chose 01 Rosy Nude.
At first glance I rejected this product because it looked far too dark for me. But after playing with it I realized a) I could use a tad more color this summer and b) the color intensity does sheer out if you use a light hand. So, in my bag it went.
I find this product works best when used with foundation (1-2 drops should be enough). It gave my face a touch more warmth and looked velvety on my skin – not overly dewy and not matte. And in case you’re wondering, there are no shimmers or glitters as you often find in products of this nature.
The only part of this collection I was disappointed with were the Dior Addict Crystal Glosses. They claim to deliver hydration and volume to the lips – I experienced neither. The shades are lightly tinted – more so in the tubes than on lips – and offer next to nothing in terms of color.
They are more slick (that’s my way of saying a slippery mess) than other Dior glosses and tend to bleed. To get some wear out of these I’m applying them over brighter toned lip pencils. In this way, they add a nice sheen to the lips but honestly, a clear gloss from any drugstore brand would do the same.
Every love affair comes with at least one gripe and mine are the Crystal glosses. Boo hiss!
Otherwise, the collection is a departure from the in your face brights we’re seeing for summer. If you like neutrals but want your look to reflect a hint of a summer glow this could be the collection for you.
Are you into this seasons bright oranges and pinks or do you prefer summery neutrals? What are you grabbing from this collection…anything?
All items available now at major department stores while supplies last.
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