Dior Spring 2012: Garden Party Collection


Dior Spring 2012: Garden Party Collection

“After women, flowers are the most heavenly creation.” — Christian Dior

Christian Dior grew up in Granville, on the cliffs of Normandy, in a house buffeted by strong winds, and seemingly unsuited to the creation of a garden. However, the young man’s creative strength and relentless hard work defied nature, and today one can still admire the garden in bloom and in particular, the fantastic rose garden planted with his own hands.

Christian Dior also loved the excitement of parties, and often hosted the aptly named “Grand Balls of the Century” with enchanted beauties from the Normandy coast and Paris alike. The theme of the festive garden is still alive today throughout many Dior creations. The Dior spring color collection is inspired by Dior’s fantastic garden.

Garden Clutch ($75.00) (Limited Edition)

The clutch is reinvented in with the Garden Party spirit in mind. Featuring a glossy light pink leather-like shell, adorned with a woven pattern & sealed by a “Rosebud” clasp and makeup must-haves for eyes and lips. Inside is a trio of delicate rose-embossed eye shadows, one shade of Dior Ultra-Gloss and one Lip Maximizer. Available in two color harmonies: Milly Garden #001 (Nordstrom and Dior.com Exclusive), Granville Garden #002 (everywhere except Nordstrom).

5-Couleurs Garden Edition ($59.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Garden Pastels Pale pink, buttercup yellow and luminous greens
  • Garden Roses Soft pinks, Parma violet, silver and purple.

Vernis Garden Party Scented Lacquers ($23.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Waterlily (#504) Soft green
  • Forget-Me-Not (#694) Light mauve

3-Couleurs Eyeshadow ($48.00)

  • Smoky Garden (#461) (Dior.com exclusive)

Rouge Dior Lipcolor ($32.00)

  • Corolle Pink (#363) (everywhere but Sephora)
  • Tulip Pink (#448) (all locations)

Ultra-Gloss ($28.00)

  • Socialite Pink (#152) (Dior.com exclusive)
  • Party Lilac (#396)
  • Pretty Rose (#452)

availability: January 2012 at Dior counters nationwide, dior.com

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Lancome Kitten Heel Color Design Eyeshadow

Lancome Kitten Heel Color Design Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.042 oz.) is described as a “golden peach-y pink” with a shimmer finish. This is one of my personal favorite Lancome shades, because I’m all over any peach-pink eyeshadow! What I like about this one is that it is decidely pink with a golden sheen; often, these types of shades lean more orange (think MAC Melon pigment). I love that it’s more of a yellow-toned pink as the base color with the golden shimmer-sheen. The closest dupe I could think of was MAC Goody Goody Gum Drop which is similar but slightly cooler-toned and with a less noticeable golden sheen.

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Lancome Kitten Heel Color Design Eyeshadow
Lancome Color Design Eyeshadow Kitten Heel
B
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
4
Total
86%

NARS Casablanca Lipstick

NARS Casablanca Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “classic, full-bodied coral.” It has a satin finish (so it’s part of the Satin Lipstick formula), which is described as a “lustrous, long-wearing lipstick infused with conditioners to provide comfortable wear and sumptuously, silky color.” Casablanca is a softened tangerine orange with a natural shine and just about full color coverage. Chanel Sari Dore is more vibrant, while MAC Made to Order is glossier and has some shimmer in it. Bobbi Brown Soft Coral is lighter, while CoverGirl Delish is just slightly lighter.

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NARS Casablanca Lipstick
NARS Lipstick Casablanca
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9
Application
4
Total
92%

Estee Lauder Blackened Plum Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner

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Estee Lauder Blackened Plum Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner
Estee Lauder Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner Blackened Plum
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
100%

NYX Fortune Cookie Lipstick

NYX Fortune Cookie Round Lipstick ($4.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a shimmery bronzed beige. It appears much lighter and whiter on my lips–it’s a very, very frosted finish. The shade reminded me of MAC Pretty Please, which is a little pinker; MAC Tanarama, which is more golden; and MAC Bubbles, which is whiter and pinker.

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NYX Fortune Cookie Lipstick
NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick Fortune Cookie
B-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
7
Application
4
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81%

Tarina Tarantino Parasol Dollskin Cheek Blush

It’s a finely-milled powder, so it feels silky smooth to the touch, and it blends easily against the skin so it has more of a natural finish and can easily be buffed or blended if you prefer a lighter blush. This one didn’t have any powderiness, though, which was nice. It doesn’t look too frosted against the skin, though there is a healthy amount of shimmer-sheen in the finish. When I wore this to run errands, it still looked good eight hours later–no fading or movement.

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Tarina Tarantino Parasol Dollskin Cheek Blush
Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cheek Blush Parasol
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Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9
Application
4
Total
94%