Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Dior Constellation (864) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Constellation (864) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Constellation (864) Eyeshadow Palette ($61.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a purple-themed palette that consists of five eyeshadows with star patterns on four of the five shades. It’s part of the fall collection, Mystic Metallics, and is limited edition and exclusive to Nordstrom.  Overall, the palette was fairly good, with the center shade (the pink one) being the “worst” performer as just a so-so eyeshadow, as the color payoff was sheerer.  If you like your purples slightly warmer, this might be a palette that will interest you.  My favorite shade was #1 (upper left corner), as it’s a shade that isn’t readily duped, and it’s a versatile color.  I wore #3 on the inner third of the lid, #2 in the middle of lid, #4 on the outer lid, #1 in the crease and above the crease, and #5 directly in the crease.  All five eyeshadows lasted eight hours well (no primer), and there was only some slight fading after nine hours.

Constellation (864) #1 is a cool-toned, gray-tinged purple with a satin finish. It had nice color payoff and a soft, finely-milled texture. MAC Tropica is brighter, less gray. Tom Ford Enchanted #3 is warmer. NARS Flowers 1 #2 is slightly darker. MAC Look at the Eyes is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Constellation (864) #2 is a sparkling, golden pewter with a metallic finish. It is the sparkliest shade out of the five, but it binds well together and applies smoothly without causing fall out. MAC Greenluxe #2 is lighter, more golden. MAC Antique Diamond is darker, cream. See comparison swatches. I thought it was going to be easier to dupe, but shades I thought would be similar were much darker.

Constellation (864) #3 is a subtly warm-toned, iridescent pale pink with a metallic finish. It had decent to good color payoff and applied smoothly. MAC Joy & Laughter #1 is more frosted. MAC Seedy Pearl is pinker. MAC Young Venus is similar. MAC Maribu is more metallic. See comparison swatches.

Constellation (864) #4 is a medium-dark, shimmery purple with hints of plum and pink. It had fairly good color payoff, and while the texture had a metallic dryness to it, it was still blendable and buildable on the lid. Urban Decay Tornado is darker. theBalm All the Way Annie is less pink. MAC Plush is less shimmery, warmer. Urban Decay Freakshow is a touch brighter. Urban Decay Vice is similar. MAC Highly Charged is less shimmery, cream. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur #3 is similar, pinker. See comparison swatches.

Constellation (864) #5 is a muted, gray-mauve with a pearly finish–there is a very fine dusting of rose gold micro-shimmer that gives it a slight glow. It had nice pigmentation and had a soft, smooth feel. Clinique Lavish Lilac is cooler-toned, cream. Tom Ford Enchanted #3 is lighter. Illamasqua Queen of the Night is darker. Urban Decay Rapture is purpler, darker. NARS 413 BLKR #1 is similar. MAC Tendersmoke is similar. MAC Joy & Laughter #2 is grayer. MAC Smoky Mauve is pinker. Giorgio Armani #27 is warmer. See comparison swatches.

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Constellation (864)

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Overall, the palette was fairly good, with the center shade (the pink one) being the "worst" performer as just a so-so eyeshadow, as the color payoff was sheerer.  If you like your purples slightly warmer, this might be a palette that will interest you.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

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Constellation (864) #1

A-
It is a cool-toned, gray-tinged purple with a satin finish. It had nice color payoff and a soft, finely-milled texture.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

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Constellation (864) #2

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It is a sparkling, golden pewter with a metallic finish. It is the sparkliest shade out of the five, but it binds well together and applies smoothly without causing fall out.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

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Dior Constellation (864) Eyeshadow Palette
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Dior Constellation (864) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Constellation (864) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Constellation (864) Eyeshadow Palette
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Dior Constellation (864) Eyeshadow Palette
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Dior Constellation (864) Eyeshadow Palette
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27 thoughts on “Dior Constellation (864) Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. I like a lot – especially #2 – but it’s really the other one that you reviewed yesterday that has me hyperventilating!

  2. Thank you for these! I definitely need to pick up this quint! I’d seen a couple of swatches where they looked more pink but I am glad that they are a little more warmed toned, it works better on my olive skin tone. I will probably end up buying both. I love the star design!

  3. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Janeen Janeen

    Need. In. My. Life. Even my bf is like “omg amazing palette (he’s been trained well ;))”

  4. Josephine

    Do you prefer this palette or Bonne Etoile?

  5. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jill cloudburst

    It’s really nice, but seems less inventive than the other quint!

  6. What a stunner! It’d almost be a shame to mess up the gorgeous pattern.

  7. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Rad Rad

    I’ve noticed that some eyeshadow palettes, especially by the likes of Lancome and Dior are pretty unimaginative with colour combos and for the price, are quite bad quality (i.e. very sheer, requires tons of build up and hard to blend). I note that you’ve given all the eyeshadows an A Christine but shouldn’t an eyeshadow palette at least perform better than this? I just don’t get the whole sheer eyeshadow thing…

    • Hi Rad,

      I’m confused – none of these are sheer – the middle shade is not 100% opaque but I wouldn’t call it sheer (about 85% coverage)… These were pretty pigmented across the board, easy to blend, didn’t require any packing on, lasted eight hours no primer, etc. Are you referring to another product? I gave the eyeshadows in this palette grades from B+ to A, but not all As (the palette as a whole averaged to A-).

      I don’t remember Lancome palettes being particularly sheer, but it’s been awhile since I’ve tried any.

      • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Rad Rad

        Hi Christine, maybe its the photo but on the eye it does appear quite sheer to me. I’ve had a few bad experiences with eyeshadows that are sheer as they fade so quick and look weird. I think maybe these types of palettes would be better to try instore first before buying, but thats just my opinion. Its great that this palette lasted 8 hours on you without primer tho!

        • Fully opaque even on the lid, just FYI :) These are all softer colors, and in the photo, I’m wearing them with #2 as a “spotlight” shade so they’re blended to fade into it, so maybe that’s what you’re not liking? I’m in no way trying to convince you to buy or that it’s worth $61, only trying to clarify what my experience was.

          I take my commitment to readers very seriously. Had these been sheer in any particular way, whether on the lid or not, I would have mentioned that! :) There have certainly been products in the past that have seemed OK initially but have performed poorly applied/worn, which is why I test everything before reviewing on the eyes/lips/cheeks/face/whatever and don’t just go off of swatching on my arm.

          • Lilac

            I*m bit late on this topic, but those palettes just appreared in the stores here in my country. I like the two greyed purple / rose shades but luckily I have both “Look At The Eyes” and “Tendersmoke”, so I don’t have to go looking for this palette IRL.

            I wanted to add that I appreciate so very much that you post reviews after testing the products, not just swatch them, because many bloggers do this, and while it is certainly informative for a start to see the swatches at all, I don’t like anyone raving about a product that they have not worn at all yet. I don’t know any other blog other than yours where there are both photos of this high quality and a review based on testing for a while; almost everyone “only” photograps and posts things immediatly (I know that is a lot of work already, too). I hope you do not change your approach, because even if it takes more time, it´s also a lot more valuable to readers.

            • Thank you, Lilac! :)

              It is actually a practice I moved away from – I’ve always tested products, but for instance, when MAC would release a collection, I would post as quickly as I could photograph/swatch and write the reviews altogether. I felt OK doing this for awhile because I DO have a lot of experience with MAC, so it’s not like a new animal, and would often go by previous wear times, averages, etc. There is a lot of pressure both then and now to be the first to post something. It’s been hard, but in the past few years I have tried to tell myself that my reviews are worth the wait – that if I need an extra 8 hours to at least test a few shades or even a day, that’s OK. Sometimes it’s still tough to see someone else post faster than I can because I’m sitting around with two different faces on waiting to hit a magic hour mark, lol! Your feedback and appreciation are great to hear, because it helps in those times :)

              I much prefer testing each product and shade, because there are little things you miss otherwise. I’ve learned over the years that products are less consistent than you think usually, but some formulas are more consistent than others. Sometimes it’s just the finish – like frosts perform similarly, but a frost and matte perform differently. You can definitely tell when someone has tried something and just swatched. I don’t mind just swatches, as long as it’s clear it’s just swatches, because swatches are better than nothing – so to that extent, with something like MAC that might already be selling out online, I try to get just swatches up first and then let you all know I’ll be testing them over the next couple of days because I do want to help readers as much as I can, especially if something is going to sell out before I can probably review it!

              Thank you, Lilac! <3

  8. So pretty. Really want. I already have “Stylish Move” though… so can’t even pretend to justify the purchase of this…

    • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Susan Susan Dowman Nevling

      I too have Stylish Move and love it so will pass on this one.

      • Me too! I love Stylish Move. I own about 10 Dior palettes and they are all great quality. Looked at these during the Nordstrom Pre- Anniversary sale and didn’t think I needed either but both are really nice.

  9. Damn, this palette is truly gorgeous! Love it!

  10. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Susan Susan Dowman Nevling

    Love this palette but have a similar purple from Dior so will pass on this.

  11. Jessica T

    Its really pretty, but it looks small and for that price I would have to pass.

  12. This palette is so pretty, but I still prefer the other one from this collection!

  13. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Donna Donna

    Nothing special here Dior (except for the embossing which I can’t wear). I adore anything purple but this doesn’t do it for me.

  14. The star of the story is definitely the other palette in my mind. Nothing wrong with this pretty palette though, but I think I prefer punchier colours against your skin… and mine.

  15. Goodness me! I love BOTH of the Dior Fall ballads. Seriously cannot choose and I wouldn’t be entirely surprised to find out that both of them followed me home eventually.

  16. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Sasha Sasha

    Oi. Of course I drop a bunch of money on Burberry and then these palettes come out. This one is gorgeous and right there with my purple obsession. The other one is a lovely mix of nudes and pops of blue but I feel like purple goes much better with my brown eyes than blues. Sad I’ll probably end up missing out on this one…

  17. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Mariah Mariah

    GAAHAHHH! I wish I had money!! This encapsulates 2 of my favorite things in the world! Space/stars and purple!!!!! SO PRETTY!!!

  18. Lilac

    Re: (conversation above about speed of publishing swatches / reviews).

    hello, thank so much for the answer :) Yes, I noticed you put up “Sneak Peeks” with full swatches, in case the collection is already available, so that people have at least something to decide on and I agree it is very valuable when the “Limited Edition” rush hits :)
    But I like it also that later on you add the full reviews after testing :) I appreciate also bloggers who post swatches, because always swatches are better than no swatches :) but as I gather from the comments here in general, many people have plenty of make-up, so if they add something to their collection, it’s most likely not only about adding one more colour, it should perform well, too, especially as meanwhile several brands offer the same kind of colours.

    Another aspect is that this blog is also very helpful in looking up repromoted colours or searching for dupes and compare reviews on similar products, plus not absolutely everything is limtied (thankfully!), many items are permanent or permanent for a while, and also Limited Editions (as those of MAC) do not appear always at the same time in each country. US usually is first and in Europe those collection appear days later or at the beginning of the following month.

    I think meanwhile your blog is so established that in fact for many readers it´s not only “one more review” but “Temptalia’s review”, so that it is worth the wait. Also the comments of fellow readers point in that direction: either that something might be bought because it performs well or that it certainly will be avoided in case it performs poorly.

    For sure the optimal situation would be that people could try out the products for themselves, but even with in-store swatching one could not buy everything and return in case it’s not good (and in many countries there are no returns possible, or only in case a product causes irritation) and also there are not samples of everything available (or again, not possible, depending on the country).

    Definitely products like foundation or powder perform differently on each person, so it is worth to try out for oneself, if possible, but I still think especially for colour cosmetics your blog is a very useful reference :)

    PS: I post news in another field and I know the uncomfortable situation between being the fastest and having correct info. I try to post things fast and_correct, but I try to double and triple check facts before I commit a blunder for wanting to be the first – but those moments are always very hectic and pressured, so maybe I can understand your situation a little bit :)

    • Thanks, Lilac! :)

      It’s so great to hear from others who understand and who appreciate it! I can only imagine how frustrating it is to be torn between being first and being correct.

      Thank you so much for your confidence & trust. You are really too kind, and this comment is one I will return to when I need a little lift :)