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Dior | 001 Gold Shock Illuminating Pressed Powder, Holiday 2014

Dior 001 Gold Shock closer

 

The Dior Gold Shock Holiday 2014 Collection has some spectacular pieces in the lineup, but the item that seems to have generated the lion’s share of the buzz, has to be the limited edition Diorific 001 Gold Shock Illuminating Pressed Powder. This small gold round compact has a luxurious heavy feel to go with its glam retro appearance, along with a stunning stylized sunburst pattern embossed on its golden surface.

Let’s just take a moment to admire that pristine beauty, shall we?

 

Dior 001 Gold Shock box new

Dior 001 Gold Shock label

Dior 001 Gold Shock ingredients

Dior 001 Gold Shock

001 Gold Shock Illuminating Pressed Powder (CAN $82.00) | A limited edition sparkling gold highlighting face powder, that can also be effectively used on other areas of the body (décolleté, brow bone, shins). The gold compact is relatively small and fits comfortably in the palm of one’s hand with a luxe-feeling solid weight, and also comes with a small but useable mirror on the inner lid. The accompanying brush is wide but on the small side, with bristles that feel too flimsy for my liking, but soft just the same (personally, I don’t really care for brushes that come with beauty products, preferring to use my own). The surface is a soft and highly reflective gold shimmer, although that’s just an overspray and is eliminated from the first swipe. The actual powder underneath is – surprisingly – more of a mustard yellow in colour and holds tons of shimmer/fine glitter. There’s a faint floral/rose scent I pick up if I bring my nose up close to the powder, but not discernible once applied.

As there has been considerable discussion generated throughout the blogosphere on the 001 Gold Shock Illuminating Pressed Powder, I figured I’d weigh in with my thoughts as well.

For starters, I believe that this product will best suit those with light/medium to darker skin tones, primarily because its gold hue makes it rather warm leaning and probably less compatible with anyone who has pink undertones in their complexion. That’s not to say fair skin types can’t use 001 Gold Shock, only that it may take a bit more effort to make it work.

Secondly, it’s quite heavy in the shimmer department and definitely not a subtle type of highlighter, and event if the particles themselves appear to be incredibly fine, they are rather visible just the same, and could be prone to some fall down.

That being said, I actually like this highlighter; on my light/medium skin (with yellow undertones), 001 Gold Shock not only looks good, but the yellow-based powder base adds a sunny warmth to my complexion. To make this work, I found it looks best when used sparingly on the face and definitely over something complimentary to anchor it, such as a peach-coloured blush. Staying power is about average on me – lasting about 5-6 hours before any noticeable fading, although random sparkles can still be found on my skin after that.

In the photos (below), please note that I swatched 001 Gold Shock rather heavily (left side) to try and show its intensity – not that anyone would ever wear it that way. The photo with flash was done to emphasize the sparkle of this powder. The swatch shown in sunlight, is the best representation of how 001 Gold Shock truly looks applied on my skin (but remember that this is on bare skin – the gold tone becomes much more toned down over foundation & blush).

 

Dior 001 Gold Shock macro 2

Dior | Diorific 001 Gold Shock Illuminating Pressed Powder

Dior 001 Gold Shock macro flash

Dior | Diorific 001 Gold Shock Illuminating Pressed Powder (with flash)

Dior 001 Gold Shock swatched

Dior | Diorific 001 Gold Shock Illuminating Pressed Powder (swatched)

Dior 001 Gold Shock swatch sunlight

Dior | Diorific 001 Gold Shock Illuminating Pressed Powder swatches (sunlight)

Dior 001 Gold Shock swatch

Dior | Diorific 001 Gold Shock Illuminating Pressed Powder swatches (shaded light)

Dior 001 Gold Shock swatch flash

Dior | Diorific 001 Gold Shock Illuminating Pressed Powder swatches (with flash)

 

As far as highlighters go, 001 Gold Shock is undeniably gorgeous – certainly so before the overspray is removed. For those who look for a mere whisper of glow, then this is definitely not the highlighter for you. If you’re heading into a major round of parties and merry-making for the holidays, then I say go for gold: 001 Gold Shock, to be more precise. Still, at CAN $82.00 this little beauty qualifies as quite the splurge and might be more appealing for those who collect these limited edition highlighters.

Diorific 001 Gold Shock is available now for a limited time – find more information by visiting Dior.com

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Dior 001 Gold Shock opener

Press sample provided for my unbiased consideration

Dior 5 Couleurs | 796 Cuir Cannage

 

Dior Cuir Cannage opener new

 

One of 12 new 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palettes recently released by Dior (previously reviewed: Bar, Carré Bleu, Rose Tutu, Pied-de-Poule and Trafalgar), 796 Cuir Cannage is a gorgeous grouping of totally wearbable neutral hues. Even with the recent glut of similarly toned palettes flooding the market lately, 796 Cuir Cannage still manages to somehow stand out, and I’ll go on record as saying that the buttery texture of each shade definitely has something to do with that.

 

Dior 5 Couleurs – The Film

 

Dior Cuir Cannage compact - Version 2

Dior 5 Couleurs | 796 Cuir Cannage

 

Dior Cuir Cannage label - Version 2

Dior 5 Couleurs | 796 Cuir Cannage

 

Dior Cuir Cannage

796 Cuir Cannage (CAN $61.00) | Each 5 Couleurs palette is created to be a ‘wardrobe for the eyes’, with the centre shade acting as the anchor. The top 2 lighter shades are perfect for casual and/or daytime wear, while the 2 deeper hued bottom shades add depth and drama. Just as Dior fashion spotlights a variety of textural effects, the same concept has been applied to the eyeshadow palettes, combining matte, satin, iridescent and occasionally glitter textures, depending on the palette chosen. The bottom label shows a small pictogram of the colours within, and even the included brushes are of decent enough quality to be used in emergency situations. As an added bonus, all 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palettes can be applied either dry or with a dampened brush to amp up the intensity. The shades of Cuir Cannage (clockwise, starting from the top left):

  • brown/mauve (satin) with subtle plum iridescence
  • parchment/bone (pearlized) with subtle grey/pink pearl
  • blackened brown (matte/satin hybrid)
  • warm bronze (satin/shimmer hybrid) with incredibly complex shimmer
  • camel (matte)

The texture of each shade is absolutely stellar – no chalkiness or powdery residue visible when swirling my brushes across any of them them. The top right shade is quite subtle on me, but is perfect to be used on the inner eye corner or as a brow bone highlighter. All are easily buildable, and there’s excellent colour saturation even with the first swipe. The darkest shade is surprisingly not as intense as what you see in the pan, and gives a sooty charcoal-like effect (perfect for creating a smokey eye look). I found that every single one of these hues not only compliments each other so perfectly – which translates as numerous colour combinations to play with – but all blend so easily as well. Staying power is excellent: over primed lids, I was able to get a minimum of 10 hours wear, without any signs of fading or creasing.

 

Dior Cuir Cannage 2 - Version 2

Dior 5 Couleurs | 796 Cuir Cannage

 

Dior Cuir Cannage macro

Dior 5 Couleurs | 796 Cuir Cannage

 

Dior Cuir Cannage macro flash

Dior 5 Couleurs | 796 Cuir Cannage (with flash)

 Dior Cuir Cannage swatched dry

Dior 5 Couleurs | 796 Cuir Cannage, swatched dry

 

Dior Cuir Cannage swatched damp

Dior 5 Couleurs | 796 Cuir Cannage, swatched with a damp brush

 

Dior Cuir Cannage with CHANEL comparisons flash

I opted to compare 796 Cuir Cannage to other smaller similarly toned palettes in my collection (I didn’t bother with palettes that had more than 5 shades – that would have taken me weeks to go through it all), with 4 CHANEL quads showing the most promise. Apart from the difference in number of shades (5 vs 4), here are the breakdowns (click to enlarge):

 

  • CHANEL 226 Tissé Rivoli – closes in overall tone/colour, more shimmer, no mattes
  • CHANEL 234 Poésie – cooler leaning, significantly more shimmer, no mattes

Dior Cuir Cannage vs CHANEL Tissé Rivoli & Poésie swatches

Dior 5 Couleurs | 796 Cuir Cannage and comparsion swatches

 

  •  CHANEL 34 Éclosion – overall more pink toned, sheerer textures
  • CHANEL 42 Séduction – darkest & shades similar, sheerer textures

Dior Cuir Cannage vs CHANEL Eclosion & Séduction

Dior 5 Couleurs | 796 Cuir Cannage and comparsion swatches

 

In short, 796 Cuir Cannage is total love for me and an absolute must have, especially if you’re a fan of neutral shades, as I am. Everything is just right with this palette: from the colours of the shades and the many combinations you can create with just this one palette, to the textures and its portability – most useful when travelling and you don’t want to lug your entire vanity with you.

Available through all Dior counters nationwide. Find more information here.

 

Dior Cuir Cannage closer

Press sample provided for my unbiased consideration

Dior | Professional Finish Light & Full Coverage Fluid Foundation Backstage Brushes

Dior Fluid Foundation Brushes opener

 

It’s said that a meal is only as good as the ingredients used; a similar philosophy applies to makeup as well, in that a look is only as beautifully executed as the tools one chooses to use. Of course, that rule isn’t set in stone (I can’t begin to count the times I’ve switched from brushes to a finger application instead), and definitely your skill level plays a role as well, but in general – and when asked – I will always recommend in putting one’s money towards a few top quality brushes, rather than a cobbled-together bundle of some bargain brand. And yes, there is a difference, trust me.

With Dior’s extensive beauty and fashion history, I would expect nothing less than exacting quality – and as always, it’s all in the details. Modeled after Raphaël paint brushes that were originally created in 1793 to perfectly blend water with colour pigments, the new Dior Backstage Fluid Foundation Brushes come in the brand’s signature black beechwood handles and bear synthetic fibres that are hand placed and graduated by hand, never machine sliced or cut. Traditionally, natural bristles are preferred for makeup brush use, but as those types of hairs have a tendency to absorb fluid and therefore clump up, synthetic fibres become the best option for creamy and/or fluid products.

All Dior Backstage Brushes have been created with the input of their makeup artists, and are designed to help you achieve a flawless, high definition finish. Each brush comes with its own velour sleeve for added protection as well, which comes in useful for transport purposes.

 

Dior Fluid Foundation Brushes boxed

Dior | Professional Finish Light & Full Coverage Fluid Foundation Backstage Brushes

 

Dior Fluid Foundation Brushes pouches

Dior | Professional Finish Light & Full Coverage Fluid Foundation Brushes, protective velour sleeves

 

Dior Fluid Foundation Brushes plastic sleeves

Dior | Professional Finish Light & Full Coverage Fluid Foundation Brushes, protective plastic covering

 

Dior Fluid Foundation Brushes

Dior | Professional Finish Light & Full Coverage Fluid Foundation Backstage Brushes

 

Dior Fluid Foundation Brushes macro

Dior | Professional Finish Light & Full Coverage Fluid Foundation Backstage Brushes

 

Dior Light Coverage brush

Light Coverage Professional Finish Fluid Foundation Brush (CAN $46.00) | The unique “langue-de-chat” (cat’s tongue) shape of the Light Coverage Brush works to ‘effortlessly deposit a super-fine film of colour’ to the skin. This is the more traditional paddle-shape fluid foundation style, and the one I usually reach for to start my application. The brush head itself is somewhat thicker than other similar types, but tapers beautifully at the top. The density of the synthetic fibres helps to keep your foundation from sinking in to the brush (which means less product waste), as well as helping to minimize the look of any visible brush strokes along the skin.

 

Dior Light Coverage Foundation Brush macro

Dior | Light Coverage Professional Finish Fluid Foundation Brush

 

Dior Light Coverage Foundation Brush side

Dior | Light Coverage Professional Finish Fluid Foundation Brush

 

Dior Light Coverage Foundation Brush comparisons

A quick comparison to other paddle-shaped brushes I own, reveals several differences (please ignore the less than pristine condition of my CHANEL brush):

  • Dior – brush head dimensions: 1 1/4″ x 1 1/8″, handle (ferrule to tip): 5 3/4″, fibre width (at base): 1/2″
  • MAC – brush head dimensions: 3/4″ x 1 1/16″, handle (ferrule to tip): 6 1/4″, fibre width (at base): 2/8″
  • CHANEL – brush head dimensions: 1″ x 1 1/16″, handle (ferrule to tip): 4 3/4″, fibre width (at base):  3/8″

Of the three, I find that the longer & thinner head on the MAC brush works to its disadvantage, as it leaves the most visible marks on the skin and therefore takes more effort to smooth out. The CHANEL and Dior brushes have a comparable application, although the thicker Dior brush head feels that much better on the skin and is the softest overall – which thus translates to a more even look as well, since you don’t need to apply as much pressure to achieve a smooth finish.

 

Dior Light Coverage Foundation Brush & comps macro

Dior | Light Coverage Professional Finish Fluid Foundation Brush & comparisons

 

Dior Full Coverage Foundation Brush

Full Coverage Professional Finish Fluid Foundation Brush (CAN $46.00) | A densely and beveled headed brush that’s used when blending in a larger amount of product, or when desiring fuller coverage. The angled fibres help foundation reach all angles (nook & crannies too) of the face, while the thick – yet super soft – bevelled surface area of the brush head is ideal for pushing in and buffing the product into the skin, for an exceptionally flawless looking finish. The preferred method of working this brush is by using circular motions along the skin – I always finish my application this way, as I find it gives the most seamless coverage.

 

Dior Full Coverage Foundation Brush macro

Dior | Full Coverage Professional Finish Fluid Foundation Brush

 

Dior Full Coverage Foundation Brush side

Dior | Full Coverage Professional Finish Fluid Foundation Brush

 

Dior Full Coverage Foundation Brush & comparison

I was first introduced to this shape of foundation brush when I picked the Shisheido version and for years now, I have been quite happy with the finish achieved. The differences between the two:

  • Dior Full Coverage Brush – brush head dimensions: 3/4″ (widest point) x 6/8″ (tallest point), brush handle (ferrule to tip): 5 3/4″
  • Shisheido Perfect Foundation Brush – brush head dimensions: 3/4″ (widest point) x 5/8″ (tallest point), brush handle (ferrule to tip): 3 7/8″

Both brushes have an even flat top that is velvety smooth to the feel, and the only other differing point is that the Shisheido brush head appears to be slightly more compact overall, although that could also be as a result of all the usage it has seen. Between these two, it basically comes down to your preferred handle length.

 

Dior Full Coverage Foundation Brush & comp macro

Dior | Full Coverage Professional Finish Fluid Foundation Brush vs Shisheido Perfect Foundation Brush

 

I’m slowly working my way through testing the entire Dior Backstage Brush range, and if my first foray using these foundation brushes is anything to go by, then consider me impressed. The handles are smooth and ergonomically shaped, but more importantly, they feel comfortable when I hold them. The fibres are ultra-soft and almost buttery feeling, which basically means the finish they give to the skin should be comparable – and from what I’ve seen so far, it is. I haven’t put them through their paces with regards to washing yet but I expect some shedding, which is only normal – although I will update if I see the need.

Available at all Dior counters nationwide and select Hudson’s Bay stores (Canada). For more information visit www.dior.com

 

Dior Fluid Foundation Brushes closer

*Disclosure: Press samples provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration