With so much going on in the world, I decided to take a little break from posting so I can fully appreciate the holidays with my family, but now I’m back with a showstopper: Dior’s Golden Nights Collection released for Holiday 2020. I’ve seen a lot of gorgeous makeup in my time, but this grouping is an absolute jaw-dropper.
It should be noted that the eyeshadow palette cases have been given a new slimmer profile and don’t come with a protective velour sleeve anymore. For this collection, the surface of each eyeshadow is embossed with an exquisitely rendered snowflake pattern along with the brand’s “CD” logo, that I actually hated to mar. The texture is said to be crease-proof and has a creamy feel upon application. The shades can be built up or diffused for more of a wash of colour, and staying powder when worn over primer, is excellent. TIP: Dior’s palettes have been designed with the top 2 + middle shades to work for a daytime look, while the bottom 2 + middle shades for more drama and/or evening, although you’re obviously free to wear them as you wish.
089 Black Night 5 Couleurs Couture Eyeshadow Palette (CAN $75.00)
- gunmetal with soft sparkle (top left)
- iridescent silver (top right)
- shimmering burgundy (middle)
- midnight navy with shimmer (bottom left)
- satin black with soft shimmer (bottom right)
549 Golden Snow 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette (CAN $75.00)
- sparkling light peach (top left)
- shimmering ice white (top right)
- soft gold sparkle (middle)
- bronze with golden shimmer (bottom left)
- rich brown with shimmer (bottom right)
Diorshow 24H Stylo (CAN $37.00/each) | Safe for use even along the waterline, these are retractible eyeliners in a formula that applies creamy smooth, is richly pigmented, and provides an effortless glide along skin. Very long-lasting (that said, I’m not about to put the 24H claim to the test at any point soon), I suggest you work one eye at a time if planning to blend out, to avoid them setting too quickly. By the way, don’t be fooled by the outer cap which looks realistic enough to be the actual pencil; it needs to be popped off (or you can spend a frustrating 15 minutes like I did, trying to figure it out, lol).
- 040 Sparkling Black – deep ebony with a smooth sparkle
- 640 Satiny Gold – rich gold
With the same stunning snowflake image and “CD” logo embossed on each powder, these are both said to be blushes (CAN $57.00/each), but in my opinion the golden shade makes for one incredible highlighter. The texture is lovely as well; buttery smooth and very easy to blend out along the skin. Staying power — when worn over primer/foundation, is excellent with the colours staying true throughout wear.
353 Rose Frisson Rouge Blush | petal pink coral with a soft shimmer shift
310 Golden Frisson Rouge Blush | pale gold with an ethereal shimmer
This collection also includes several lipsticks, both in the Rouge Dior formula as well as the coveted Diorific format. Setting them apart is the beautifully rendered snowflake design carved into the bullet, while the Diorific shades also include a gorgeous shimmer coating (which does wear away with each use but still continues to impart a little something extra just the same). Note that there are 4 Diorific shades (071 Glittery Rose not shown) and 6 Rouge Dior shades in the limited edition packaging. The texture is velvety smooth and highly pigmented on all, with the exception of Dazzling Beige that I found to be somewhat trickier to wear straight from the tube, but I solved that by layering it over a nude liner. As none of these shown are matte, they do have some slip which means that reapplication will be needed, but they also fade to a light stain for a soft deposit of colour.
The Diorific lipsticks (CAN $51.00/each) come housed in the iconic bauble-like case which has always looked more “barbell” to me. With a nice heft to each, these are the pinnacle of glam and almost begged to be displayed, no?
- 070 Dazzling Beige – peachy nude with soft shimmer
- 072 Shimmery Red – blue based red with soft shimmer
- 073 Dark Sparkle – deep plum with soft shimmer
I mean, COME ON. That lipstick bullet is a work of art! One of the absolute best reds out there (fun fact: the shade was originally created by Christian Dior himself and given to the patrons of his salon as a gift), 999 is ICONIC in every sense. Bearing both warm and cool undertones, this shade suits a broad range of complexions while the über-creamy texture glides along lips. Also available in a matte formula, this shade is strongly pigmented and leaves a deep rose stain behind.
Housed in absolutely adorable, not to mention highly collectible round bottles (CAN $33.00/each), there are two polish shades with this collection (767 Red Wonders, not shown) and one insanely beautiful top coat (CAN $34.00). I’ve said it before but it bears repeating: Dior makes one of the best nail polish formulas in the market; colour saturated, self-levelling upon application, and coming to a naturally glossy finish. Even the brush is one of my faves, slightly chiseled and with enough flex that it effortlessly hugs the nail bed. And while the brush wand here may be shorter than that found in a regular bottle, I find that the indent on each Diorific cap makes for an easy & precise application.
All swatches shown are with 2 layers, no base or top coats.
A transparent base filled with iridescent “shards” that lay down smoothly (any that land outside the nail free edge can be nudged into place), Golden Snow can be worn solo for an understated yet still unique look, or layered over other shades for more impact. In my opinion, this top coat really becomes epic when worn over a dark shade (see below).
Dark Nights is a lush deep burgundy filled with glimmering red shimmer, but one which really makes its presence known when seen in direct light and adds a nice depth of tone when seen in indirect light. Not a groundbreaking colour to be sure, but the formula is one that makes it a winner. I suggest wearing a base coat first to avoid any potential staining.
See what I mean? STUNNING.
Hands down, one of the most beautiful collections released for the 2020 holiday season, I also appreciate how every single item delivers. Note that while this is a limited edition collection, you could still find it at counters but with brands getting ready to roll out spring offerings, you might want to jump on the pieces that grabbed your fancy.
Available at Holt Renfrew Ogilvy, The Bay, Nordstrom & other fine retailers
Kindly provided by Dior for my unbiased consideration