Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Dior Aurora Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Aurora Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Aurora Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Aurora Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a limited edition five-shade palette for summer. The shades were inspired by the emblems of the French Riviera. It’s really rich, deep, and filled with warm tones.

The shade in the upper left corner is a rich, molten orange-gold with a soft frosted finish and excellt color payoff. Bare Escentuals Remix is yellower, not as dark. Chanel Blazing Gold is lighter, paler. MAC Goldmine is a bit more golden. Inglot #430 is yellower. Urban Decay Honey is yellower and not at all orange. MAC Juiced was the closest I could find, though it’s more orange.

The shade in the upper right corner is a medium-dark brown with subtle red undertones. It has good pigmentation. It is actually similar to quite a few shades! MAC Havana is just slightly deeper and has a stronger red undertone. Buxom Golden Retriever is just a smidgen warmer. Benefit Dandy Brandy seems nearly the same. MAC Roasted Chestnut has a stronger red undertone. MAC Buckwheat is less golden. MAC Make Your Mark is darker.

The center shade is a pale, icy pink with a subtle blue undertone. It looked almost yellow-toned in the pan, but it looked rather cool against my skin tone. The color payoff is decent to good, though slightly sheer. MAC Joy & Laughter is similar, slightly more lilac. Dior Garden Roses is slightly darker. Dior Garden Pastels is very, very similar. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk is also incredibly similar.

The shade in the bottom left corner is a beige-peach with a slight iridescent sheen. It had decent pigmentation but was a bit sheer when swatched. It was slightly better when applied to the lid/eye. Inglot #330 is similar but peachier and matte. Giorgio Armani #1 Madreperla had a simialr shade but it was lighter, less yellow. MAC Dazzlelight is a bit lighter. MAC Vanilla is lighter, less yellowed. Urban Decay Skimp is similar but doesn’t have the same sheen.

The shade in the bottom right corner is a medium-dark orange with a subtle dusting of gold micro-shimmer and a satiny sheen. It had pretty good color payoff. MAC Rule is similar but has a matte finish. Dolce & Gabbana Cocoa is slightly lighter. MAC Fresh Daily is very similar. Milani Primary has a similar orange shade as well.

This kind of palette is very effortless to use on warmer complexions–the colors complement not only each other but warm skin tone in a very obvious way.  There has certainly been a fair number of gold/copper/bronze eyeshadow palettes on the market, so while this one is lovely in its own right, it’s not exactly a unique color combination.  It’s practical, wearable, and something that would work well for summer-themed looks.  Cooler complexions may find there are too many orange-based shades here to be as instantly flattering, but like anything, it’s workable if you want it to make it work–usually by pairing it with the right cheek/lip.  For instance, I wear cool-toned products but have to pay attention more closely to coordinating shades.

The pink is kind of a weird addition; it doesn’t really go with the palette, and I think its overall paleness makes it less functional.  If it were a shade that perhaps contrasted more, it could add a complex dimension to the look.   You could certainly do a combination where the pink is the lightest shade and then graduated from orange-gold to copper/brown.  I think a coral would have been a nice shade to have mixed in.

The texture of these is soft, finely-milled, and very smooth.  They’re dense and buttery, and they aren’t too powdery, which is something that Dior’s eyeshadows can sometimes suffer from.  Because of their soft, finely-milled texture, they blend easily on the lid and with each other.  Without a primer, these shades wore for eight hours with very faint fading around the edges.  With a primer, these shades wore for ten hours with very faint fading around the edges.  Overall, the color payoff was good to great.

The Glossover

palette

Aurora

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This kind of palette is very effortless to use on warmer complexions--the colors complement not only each other but warm skin tone in a very obvious way.  There has certainly been a fair number of gold/copper/bronze eyeshadow palettes on the market, so while this one is lovely in its own right, it's not exactly a unique color combination.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Dior Aurora Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Aurora Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Aurora Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Aurora Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Aurora Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Aurora Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Aurora Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Aurora Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Aurora Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Aurora Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Aurora Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Aurora Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Aurora Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Aurora Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Aurora Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Aurora Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Aurora Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Aurora Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Aurora Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Aurora Eyeshadow Palette

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Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Sephora, $60.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

See individual shade review! :)

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31 thoughts on “Dior Aurora Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Avatar of Ellen Ellen

    gorgeous colors!

  2. Avatar of Agata Agata

    It is a beautiful palette and I love the look you created with it.

  3. Yesss I just got this today. Really impressed when I swatched it. Can’t wait to play with it (after I have photographed it properly)!

  4. Jennifer

    Christine, I’m debating between purchasing this quint or the Guerlain Emilio Pucci Capri eyeshadow quad. Which one would you recommend? Thanks! :)

  5. Avatar of nawi nawi

    love it bought it and I am not warmed tooned but it looks good on me anyway! I combined it with the turqoise eyeliner. Will you be reviewing other products of the dior summer croisette?

  6. Avatar of Nikita Nikita

    This is a lovely palette! Does layering a color over that pink change the tone of the color any?

  7. I love the brown shades and of course the gold. Must put it on the want list!

    Nicole <3

  8. mightyclassy07

    While I wouldn’t go for this particular palette as it’s WAY to warm for me, this is why I love Dior. Their palettes are beautifully pigmented and so finely milled and just all-around GORGEOUS! :)

  9. ms

    i know this is dior. but i refuse to drop 60 dollars on eyeshadow quint. i m not fond enf of eyeshadows generally to buy this. on another note, are you planning to review lady danger by mac. i know previously you’ve said that you don’t have it. i m planning to buy it as soon as i finish a lipstick cos i m on a ban, but i’ll love your opinion on it. i m sure you’ll like it too but i want to see your review anyways.

    • Avatar of Catherine Cath

      Just my 2 cents but Lady Danger is absolutely AMAZING! one of my favorite lipstick by mac. Not too orange or too red. It looks gorgeous on my NW15 skin (makes me look paler wich I love). And it stayed put looking gorgeous on my lips for at least 6 hours, trough sushies. You won’t regret it :)

    • Avatar of Tiana eurocentrix

      I am an NC25 and LD rocks on me too.. a very versatile lipstick that takes a little guts to wear, however compliments make it worth it:))

  10. Caitlin

    Urgh, I just bought the summer palette from Smashbox and now I also want this…

  11. The last two of the shades reminds me of the NARS trio that just came out. I love all these oranges. The last year also remind me of the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Fierce & Tangy.

  12. Sexy Sadie

    Not feeling the love.

  13. im so going to get this!

    i hope youre reviewing swimming pool! :D cant wait for that review if you are! was wondering if swimming pool will look funny on asian/kind of yellow based skin?

    • Stephanie C.

      I got the Swimming Pool palette and it totally goes with asian skin :) Especially the blue in the middle. I did return it though because I felt the other 4 shades weren’t very pigmented color wise. They all just seemed really metallic and silvery. Even the orange/aqua blue in the palette just look frosty. There’s a light blue, but it looks almost exactly like the silver when worn. If you like those kinds of colors, it’d be worth it though :)

      PS: The Turquoise liner is amaaazing~

  14. Avatar of Angie Angie M

    Does anyone know how the bottom two shades (beige-peach and medium-dark-orange) compare to the Nars Eye Shadow Duo in Mediteranee? Because I just bought the Nars one a couple months ago. They look very similar on the screen.

  15. Avatar of Maria Paola paola tovar

    does the 4th eyeshadow looks like mac prolongwear carefree to you?

  16. Avatar of Krystal Krystal

    Oh good! I was hoping you would review the Dior summer collection! Could you please please please review the blue eyeshadow palette? That is the one I might get; this palette is to warm toned for my skin.

  17. Avatar of Polly Polly

    Looks like a nice quality palette! Will definitely try this in person.

    Btw, I like your eyebrows recently. Look gorgeous than before :3

  18. One word: amazing! I actually would love to own a Dior palette and this might be exactly what I’m looking for because I like palette’s you can create an entire eye look with so you don’t need anything else.

  19. Avatar of Dominique Dominique

    Gorgeous ! I have both ( Aurora and Swimming Pool ), they’re really pretty with subtle shades in each. You created something nice, great for summer.

  20. Avatar of judy judy hall

    No. no and no.

  21. Mary GC

    So beautiful! :)

  22. mari008

    is it limited edition??

  23. Avatar of nawi nawi

    I got both as well and love them both they both give a different look. Nice to hear more people do like swimming pool!

  24. Deehlia

    Christine, I really love the above makeup with the palette.
    Could you please tell which colour you applied where?
    Thank you very much!