Summer beauty is all about ease for me: glowing skin, groomed brows, lush lashes, and a little colour and shine on the lips. But for those who prefer to play up their eyes instead of their pouts, Dior's latest offerings should be right up their alley. The all-new collection of eyeshadow palettes, brow products, and mascaras is driven by creative director Peter Philips' backstage innovation and expertise. Ready for a closer look? More photos and details after the jump!
Remember how I went gaga over the Dior Eye Reviver Backstage Pros Illuminating Neutrals Eye Palette because it combined primer, liner, shadows, and all the tools one needs into a single palette? The new Dior 5 Couleurs Designer All-in-One Professional Eye Palette ($63) extends the same concept to 6 colour-coordinated eyeshadow palettes. Each one comes with a neutral primer, 2 eyeshadow shades (one lighter hue to use as an all-over lid colour, one darker to sculpt and shade), a gel liner, and a highlighter. There's a double-ended swab applicator and a blending/lining brush in there too.
The 5 Couleurs Designer palettes are admittedly not as versatile as the classic 5 Couleurs eyeshadow palettes, which feature 5 powder shades that can be mixed and matched. But what they lack in versatility they make up for in convenience, buildable day-to-night intensity, and colour selection. Your hardest task will be choosing which highly wearable colour design to splurge on. Will it be the Nude Pink Design (shown above)...
...or the Khaki Design?
The Navy Design...
...or the Purple Design?
Of course, there's always the goes-with-everything Taupe Design. If you're an eyeshadow dunce or simply need inspiration, each palette also comes with an instruction booklet, and a QR code you can scan to get eyeshadow tutorials on your smartphone.
Groomed brows go a long way in adding polish to an otherwise bare face. The Diorshow Brow Styler Gel ($30) makes it a cinch thanks to a gel formula that comes in blonde, brown, or transparent (my pick for Asian brows), and a twist-up dispensing brush.
Also great for groomed brows, the ultra-fine tip on the Diorshow Brow Styler pencil ($30) in 'Universal Dark Brown' mimics the look of brow hairs perfectly. And I'm positively obsessed with Diorshow Waterproof Pro Liner ($32). I have super-oily lids and a lashline that's very close to my eye crease when my eyes are fully open, so most pencil liners disappear after half an hour tops. But the Diorshow waterproof version really stays put, and what's more, the thick chiseled tip makes a cat eye effortlessly easy. Hello, new Holy Grail liner!
Because of the aforementioned oily lids, I also haven't had much luck with Diorshow mascara in the past. But the latest Diorshow New Look Mascara ($35) boasts impressive staying power—even during this heat wave Vancouver has been having. Black and brown are always safe, but for a fun summery spin, try blue or purple. I wore Dior Addict It-Lash Mascara in purple all last summer, and it was just dark and subtle enough for the office, but enough of a statement for people at parties to do a double take.