Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Dior Aventure (081) Fusion Mono Eyeshadow
Dior Aventure (081) Fusion Mono Eyeshadow

Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadows ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) were recently released, and they come in a total of eight shades. The new Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow formula is supposed to have a mousse-gel texture “that easily glides onto lids and sets with a mirror-shine effect.” It is supposed to have “vivid, multidiemsnional color and luminous finish.” The formula also provides for a “three-in-one makeup look,” which means it can be applied softly when used with a finger, more intensely when applied with a brush, and then used with a liner brush as an eyeliner (so says the press release). I bought four initially and have been working with them over the past week, and on Friday, I received the remaining four, so I hope to have reviews for all of them available soon.

The texture is squishy, pressable, and definitely a cross between a mousse and gel. It applies and feels like a cream eyeshadow when you skim your brush across the product. It remains movable and blendable for about thirty seconds or so, but it is not too emollient, so it doesn’t settle into creases or lines while you wait for it to set. I’ve worn the formula for as long as fourteen hours, and I haven’t experienced any creasing. I have seen slight fading along the outer edge after nine hours or so, and then there is some noticeable fall out after eight to ten hours of wear. Because the shimmer is very fine, it is not as obvious as larger glitter fall out, but there are some that catch the light. I experienced the most fall out when worn without any primer, which I’d describe as slight–less than moderate, enough for me to notice (probably not anyone else – I asked my husband, and he didn’t see it). I tried layering them over NARS Smudge Proof as well as NYX Milk, and both minimized the fall out but did not completely eliminate it–not too noticeable unless you’re really looking for it. ¬†For application, I like firm, flat brushes (think concealer brushes).

If you’ve tried Chanel’s Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadows, these are very similar, but there were two major differences: the first was that the sparkle in Dior’s seemed even finer, so it had more of a dazzling, sparkling effect; and the second was that Dior’s contain 0.22 oz. (and cost $30), as compared to Chanel’s, which contained 0.14 oz. (and cost $36). They are similar in texture to MAC Electric Cool and Buxom Stay-There.

Aventure (081) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a darkened gray and bronze-shimmered black-brown. It’s almost like a dark, smoldering taupe, but it’s almost so dark that it reads more black-brown. It was mostly opaque when applied–swatches show a single pass, and then a single pass that’s been sheered out as more of a wash of color. Marc Jacobs The Starlet #7 is lighter. Disney Midnight Hour #4 is less shimmery. theBalm Selfish is lighter. Urban Decay Armor is similar. Urban Decay Mushroom is slightly lighter. MAC Satin Taupe is warmer. Giorgio Armani #4 is very similar. bareMinerals Wanderlust is less sparklt. See comparison swatches.

Cosmos (281) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a blackened navy blue with light blue, aqua, and green shimmer. It was mostly opaque when applied, but buildable to full opacity. When sheered out as more of a wash, it had a darker coloring. Disney Midnight is similar. Urban Decay Occupy is more silvered. Illamasqua Android is less blue. Make Up For Ever #81 is bluer. Make Up For Ever #147 is less sparkly. See comparison swatches.

I actually fell completely in love with the finish of these. They’re so sparkling–they look almost wet on the lids and have a very pretty glimmering effect like the way sunlight dances on moving water. If you tend to love sparkling finishes, I would most definitely give these a try.

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Dior Aventure (081) Fusion Mono Eyeshadow
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Dior Aventure (081) Fusion Mono Eyeshadow
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Dior Aventure (081) Fusion Mono Eyeshadow
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Dior Aventure (081) Fusion Mono Eyeshadow
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Dior Aventure (081) Fusion Mono Eyeshadow
Dior Aventure (081) Fusion Mono Eyeshadow

Dior Aventure (081) Fusion Mono Eyeshadow
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Dior Aventure (081) Fusion Mono Eyeshadow
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Dior Cosmos (281) Fusion Mono Eyeshadow
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Dior Cosmos (281) Fusion Mono Eyeshadow
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30 thoughts on “Dior Aventure (081) & Cosmos (281) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadows Reviews, Photos, Swatches

  1. Baby A..

    Goodness! That IS gorgeous! What brush did you use, Christine?

    • Hi!

      I used a flat, firm brush – I went through six or seven different ones when testing these, so I don’t remember which I used exactly for this photo.

  2. Lotus

    Great review!! Will these be available at Sephora? :D

  3. francesca bianchi

    beautiful colors! how do these compare to the chanel illusion d’ombre shadows? they seem very similar to me.

    • Hi Francesca!

      Please check the review above – there’s a whole paragraph (third one) about that as well comparisons against other products! :) Thanks!

  4. Avatar of Mariana Mariana

    Hi Christine, do you plan on reviewing/swatching the other colors? I just wanted to make up my mind before I head over to Nordstrom and throw my money at them :) Thanks! I love your reviews (and I love your grading system)!

  5. Wow both of these are gorgeous!

  6. I’m really loving these! The glitter is gorgeous. I bought the gold color and I’m going back for the purple and pink (as soon as they have them in stock…they were sold at all of my local counters this weekend). I use this formula like the Chanel & Buxom cream shadows…over my powder eye shadow to add some sparkle, shine and dimension.

  7. Sarah

    Are these limited edition? Please tell me they aren’t

  8. Yowza! Love this duo and will definitely pick up at least one of these.

  9. Wow! I love these colors. I didn’t think these would interest me, but I am certainly going to try them out now.

  10. Adventure looks similar to Nars Ponderosa, am I wrong? I love that color.

  11. Avatar of Veronica Veronica

    I need more cream shadows like I need a hole in my head, but I have to admit Cosmos is gorgeous. (It actually inspired me to pull Chanel’s Mirifique out today and wear it to work!) I’ll definitely have to give this a look at Nordstrom’s the next time I go out.

  12. Avatar of Mariam Mariam

    Thanks to your blog, my wish list has gone up to a value of almost $1000 for my transit in Dubai duty free next weekend, Guerlain primer, madame bafifole lipstick, Guerlain lingerie de peau, mattifying powder, Chanel cream blushes, tom ford brushes, Givenchy le rouge lipsticks, Armani fluid sheers , and now these…… Can u stop posting reviews of gorgeous items for a week please? :( or I’ll go bankrupt!

  13. FKS

    Hi Christine, how does Cosmos compare with Chanel’s Illusion d’ombre in Apparition?

  14. Your eye look here makes me want to break out my dark smokey shadows! I’ve moved away from them recently because they seemed to emphasize my dark circles, but now I’m inspired to try again.

  15. yellowlantern

    How do these compare with Tom Ford’s cream eyeshadows? Would you say they have the same kind of finish and lasting power as those?

    I’m excited for more reviews of these! I like the look of Meteore.

    • Tom Ford’s Cream Colors last better on me, since they don’t have the same fall out (I wouldn’t say that slightly better wear is justified by the much higher price tag!), and the finish of these is slightly more sparkly. TF is almost a metallic sheen? at times, but I think these really dance. I do really like both – I could easily see myself going to these types (along with the TF summer shades) all the time if I was a normal person.

      • yellowlantern

        Hmmm based on your description I think I’ll actually like these more! I’ll keep my eyes open for more reviews. :)