Monday, November 14th, 2011

Dior Couture Gold (554) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Couture Gold (554) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Holiday 2011: Couture Gold (554) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Couture Gold (554) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a limited edition palette for the holidays that contains five shades, which tend to skew on the warmer side and keep in the spirit of all things glittery, glam, and metallic.

The first shade, on the upper left, is a white gold with a frosted finish. It has good color payoff and a really soft, buttery texture. This particular shade has several viable dupes: Tarina Tarantino Dreamy, Urban Decay Zephyr, Bare Escentuals Breathtaking, and MAC Manila Paper. Opposite that, on the upper right, is a burnt gold–more orange than yellow kind of gold–with a frosted, metallic finish and sheen. The pigmentation is good, and the eyeshadow feels silky soft. It’s similar in color to Urban Decay Blunt, Milani Drenched in Gold, and Bare Escentuals Aspire.

In the middle of the palette is a pale, sparkling gold with a really glimmering finish. The texture is a bit gritty, because this shade has more of a glitter finish than anything else. I didn’t think it was going to hold up well on the eye, but surprisingly, the fall out was minimal (and surprisingly little for this type of finish). The color seems similar to MAC Femme-fi but the finishes are completely different. It’s also similar to Bobbi Brown Gold Bar and MAC Nylon. This shade is yellower than the shade on the upper left of this palette.

On the bottom left, there is a very dark brown with flecks of ruby and gold shimmer. The texture of this is the type that separates the base color from the sparkle on top; the brown shade is dry, powdery, and only so-so in delivering true-to-pan color payoff, while the overlying sparkle tends to get lost when the shade is actually applied to the eyes. These shades are similar though the color of the sparkle differs slightly: Bobbi Brown Black Gold, Tarina Tarantino Dreamy, MAC Legendary, and Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone.  The last shade, which can be found on the bottom right, is a lightened copper with a golden sheen. The texture is really soft and smooth, and the hue has good color payoff. It’s not as copper as Urban Decay Limelight.

Couture Gold is a warm-toned palette, but it doesn’t contain a lot of strong yellow or orange-based shades, so it should be wearable on cooler complexions. This palette was a sleeper hit for me; I didn’t think I’d love it, even though it is pretty, but the way it comes together works really, really well.

The Glossover

palette

Couture Gold

B+
One of my favorite holiday palettes that I've reviewed so far! It should work on both cool and warm skin tones, because the golds are not too yellow or orange.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

Results
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Dior Couture Gold (554) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Couture Gold (554) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Couture Gold (554) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Couture Gold (554) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Couture Gold (554) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Couture Gold (554) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Couture Gold (554) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Couture Gold (554) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Couture Gold (554) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Couture Gold (554) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Couture Gold (554) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Couture Gold (554) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Couture Gold (554) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Couture Gold (554) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Couture Gold (554) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Couture Gold (554) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Couture Gold (554) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Couture Gold (554) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Couture Gold (554) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Couture Gold (554) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

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Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Nordstrom, $59.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

See individual shade reviews! :)

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42 thoughts on “Dior Couture Gold (554) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. adly we didn’t get this in the UK. :( How similar would you say this was to last year’s Endless Shine quint? Thanks.

  2. Avatar of Michelle MichelleChefNYC

    I happen to love Dior’s shadows… the texture is lovely and they have a very glossy look to the shimmer in them, almost like a cream shadow… but they are just SO shimmery in these 5 color palettes that I find it hard to do a complete look using only these shades without my eye looking like a disco ball. I also find it hard to use these shadows on older women who have more crepe to their lids as it makes them look super wrinkly.

  3. They shades in this palette are so me, BUT at $59US I would be afraid to see what they would charge Canadian.

    • Amanda

      They are actually the same price in Canada or at least they are in Ontario:) I just bought this the other day!

    • Emily

      I’ve been impressed with Dior’s pricing vs other brands. Their pricing doesn’t actually differ too much between US prices and Canadian prices. For example, a non-LE 5-color eyeshadow palette is only like $2 difference. Their Diorskin Shimmer Stars are only like $1 difference. :)

  4. Manderlay

    Which eyeliner was on you lower lashline? :)

  5. this is one of my faves too!!

  6. Avatar of Ana Ana G.

    Very lovely! Love the golds…would look absolutely stunning paired with Chanel Dragon, don’t you think Christine?

  7. Avatar of tzwiggy t_zwiggy

    I usually don’t like Dior eye shadows, but I really like the shades in this palette. Might be worth checking out.

    Something slightly unrelated :p I LOVE the shape of your brow in that last pic.

  8. Hilary♥

    Pretty shades but the color payoff is not worth $59 to me. Gotta skip this one.
    Hey Christine, do you happen to have MAC Sushi Flower? If so, will you do a review about it? I’m thinking about buying it but I woild like to know whar you think about it first – you’re my Holy Bible of makeup lol. :)

  9. Avatar of Etaoin baby in a corner

    hey christine, as you know I love your blog but just wondering do you take into account the ‘layerability’ of eyeshadows? I have stopped buying urban decay eyeshadows, because although the pigment is superb, colours cake when blended over each other. It is for this reason also that I prefer Guerlain eyeshadows which can be layered to create new eye colours which I find more versatile overall.

    • I test eyeshadows alone, with each other, over a base and without a base. I have no problem blending or using multiple Urban Decay eyeshadows together. I’ve never had an eyeshadow cake up before, actually!

      • Avatar of Etaoin baby in a corner

        thanks for your reply. Maybe cake is the wrong word but the frosty finish goes a bit thick looking if that makes sense.

        I am interested in trying metier de beaute in particular for their layerability but they are not available in Ireland – however a shopping trip to NYC is coming up!

  10. Ashley

    These colors are beautiful and you wear the look very well!

  11. I love the way Dior palette’s look but somehow I never bought one, maybe because they’re always so glittery. I love a little glitter but this is a little to much for everyday for me

  12. Avatar of Jill AnGeLwInGz

    I must have this! “Golds” from summer ’08 (i think) is my fave Dior palette and this is like a lighter, less orange version of that.

  13. Avatar of Amanda Amanda L

    I know that it’s not exactly the same, but it’s similar enough to last year’s Dior Holiday 5 Couleurs palette that I’m going to skip this.

  14. Avatar of Lisa Lisa

    I love this palette! It looks so pretty on you too! I recently purchased this, but I’m still playing with all of the shades to create different looks. Did you use all of the colors in your look? Please tell me how you created your great look!

    • Hi Lisa,

      I believe it was all except the very last shade – the lightest one all over the lid, the glittery shade as a pop on the middle of the lid, the darkest shade in the crease, and the softer copper shade to soften the crease.

  15. Chelsea

    WOW i feel the need to get this immediately! im a shimmer lover!

  16. Avatar of Veronica Veronica

    Looks like neutral eye palettes are in this year. :) This one is quite pretty, but I think it’s too close to the UD Naked palette for me to feel it’s worth buying. Good to see Dior step up the game from its last disaster of a palette, though!

  17. this looks like a crappy version of Pixi Beauty mineral kits in St. Tropez :) that costs $9…

  18. This reminds me of Endless Shine from last year. Colors are pretty much the same, all kinds of gold.

  19. Mary

    Christine, I agree with the posts you’ve done so far on the Chanel and Dior holiday collections, but I have to totally disagree with you on this one. I found the Couture Golds palette to be poorly performing and undeserving of a $59 price tag. Although I liked the texture of 3 of the 5, the only ones to show up on my skin were the dark brown (with the dry application) and the highlighter (lovely, but not unique). The others appeared pretty much the same on my skin (nw20). Maybe I got a dud or maybe the warmer tones in your skin bring out the golden nuances in the shadows, but this was an awful mess on me and I’ll be returning it!

    And totally unrelated, but thanks for letting us know that Chanel is discontinuing the Rouge Allure Laques. I stocked up on Ming and Dragon as soon as I read your post!

  20. Michelle

    Is this a Nordstrom exclusive? Will Sephora get it?