Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Dior’s Cristal Collection started popping at counters nationwide in the past week or so, and sure enough, my counter had all of the goodness on display last week, too! I already shared my excitement over Pop Diamond, so I’ll continue on with a full review of Dior’s newest collection.

Electric Lights Eyeshadow Quinticon ($56.00) is a bold combination of blue, teal, violet, and silvers. The palette will likely catch your eye, even if you’re not known to head in Dior’s direction. Like Chanel, not all Dior quints are made equal, but the overall consensus is they’re smooth, blendable shadows that feel ultra soft. All five shades are stunning, ranging from a soft, blue-teal to a duochrome silvery-blue to a bright, medium silver to a delicious sky blue to the stunning deep violet in the center. Really, there was just no way for me to walk away without buying it on sight!

The Bronze Couture Paletteicon ($80.00) is a pricey little travel-sized case filled with a few Dior products. While everything is pretty to the eye, there’s nothing in this palette that would make me drop the amount of cash they’re asking. If I were you, I’d wait around and pick this up when the price drops–which Dior has been doing with the past few star products (e.g. Lady Dior)–if this is on your list.

High Shine Lipsticksicon ($26.00 each) were available in Artist Pink and Designer Coral at my local Nordstrom. (Dior’s summer collection selection varies from door to door, with some products being Sephora exclusives.) Artist Pink was a sheer, shimmery/glossy medium pink with warm undertones. Designer Coral is a sheer, coral-pink color with lots of gloss. Both are sheer, as the formula is designed to be.

Ultra Gloss Reflecticon ($25.50 each) was available in Vinyl Coral, which is a sheer more pink than coral gloss with tiny pink microglitter. Very summery, kind of like a watermelon-y shade. DiorKiss Glossicon ($20.00) was available in Grenadine Syrup at my Nordies, and it is a semi-sheer, thick coral-orange gloss. It’s in a squeeze tube, and the texture felt nonsticky to me. While not included in a swatch (I forgot to take a photo before it chipped), Vernisicon ($20.00) in Bubble Gum is EXACTLY the same shade as Grenadine Syrup, seriously. I also tried Lip Glow Reviver Balmicon ($28.00) on the back of my hand, but since it’s a lip balm, it was virtually sheer. It kind of added a little sheen to my skin, but that was all I could see.

OVERALL, Dior’s Cristal Collection offers a lot of fun, summer-y shades of lipgloss and lipsticks paired with an outstanding shade of skin highlighter/blusher as well as a lovely cool-toned quint. I loved the new quint and skin shimmer the most (obviously!), and I would recommend taking a peek at both of those if you’re able to!

See more photos and swatches!

Row 1: Dior Bronze Couture Palette (first 3 swatches); Pop Diamond (on right)
Row 2: Electric Lights Quint

Row 1: Electric Lights Quint
Row 2: Artist Pink, Designer Coral; Vinyl Coral; Grenadine Syrup

Row 1: Electric Lights Quint
Row 2: Artist Pink, Sketch Pink; Nylon Pink; Grenadine Syrup

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45 thoughts on “Dior Cristal Collection Review, Photos, & Swatches

  1. cloudburst

    I love Pop Diamond & the quad, even though I don’t wear blue alot – I figure the quad would be great to mix in with shadows I already own. The purple in the centre is to die for!

  2. Dee

    The quint is overall too frosty for me, but the last two colors swatched are gorgeous.

  3. I got the Electric Lights Quint, Pop Diamond, and the Couture Palette. I have to say, of the 3, the Couture Palette is my favorite. The colors are incredibly unique IMO, and ultra high quality. For me, it was worth every penny!!! :-)

  4. Margot

    I just bought Grenadine Syrup today and the nail laquer that’s the same colour : so summery !!! God I just love the lip colours in this collection, and I’m counting on my mum to buy them all LOL

  5. Anitacska

    I wasn’t going to get the blue palette at first (really wanted the pink/purple one – is that not available yet?), but seeing these swatches, I will definitely pick it up. :) I don’t actually own any blue Dior shadows (or maybe one or two lighter/more teal shades), so I’m sure I can use it well. :)
    I love the couture palette, but I already have a similar one from last year (or so?) and I know I won’t use it. However, the Pop Diamond is to die for. :)

  6. Dawn

    Oh boy! Loving the Eyeshadows! I’m such a sucker for blues! GEEZE

  7. Christine B

    Is the Pearly Lilac quint not out yet? Electric Lights looks lovely and I’m tempted by that one too based on the pictures. Do you know what the official release date is by any chance? Thanks!!!

  8. Faheema

    That first eyeshadow compact is amazing! I am deffo going to have to buy that. But I have an excuse cause I have a wedding coming up and I’m wearing blue 😉 Hehe

  9. I love the blue quint, but I’m pretty sure I have very similar colors to everything already… I recently did a FOTD in my blog that I thought was strikingly similar to the colors in this quint, so I don’t think it’s that unique. Plus, everyone is coming out with so many blues for the summer this year.

    I am very sad the lipsticks don’t look pigmented enough for me though. I love the texture of Dior’s lipsticks. =/

    • This collection seemed a bit small with not enough lip products, to be honest… but I suppose that’s just because some shades are available at some stores and not at others.

  10. Sei

    I’ll have to pick up the couture palette and the pop diamond.. ahhh!

  11. Heather

    Don’t like anything in this collection, too showy and boring (if that makes sense). I’d rather save my money .

  12. Ruth

    I want Grenadine syrup.

  13. Miss QQ

    I bought Electric Lights and Crystal Shine. My counter also has the pink quint which I was all set to buying but the MA did a gorgeous look on me with Electric Lights so I have to get it. :) I want to go back for Pop Diamond and the pink quint. I am normally not a Dior fan but this collection is awesome!

  14. Rachel

    How about Lancome quads, Christine? Could you pretty please review the Color Focus quad 314? :)

  15. Victoria

    I bought pink quint, blue is pretty, but a little bit boring, anyway the texture is stunning!!!

  16. inuchan

    Looks like the whole collection is already sold out at my place lol! No wonder though, for it is pretty :)

    • WOW! That’s crazy insane!

      • inuchan


        Apparently the first batch of product went sold out quite fast, but… good news, as other beauty counters got the complete collection finally!

        I finally decided on #259 Electric Lights :)
        I tried the Graphic Lights palette, but the pink/silver combination work less good for me…

        Ah well, the #259 quints is beautiful, and I do not regret my purchase! :))))

      • inuchan

        Yes, and so far, not all beauty counters received them, actually, I wonder why… anyhoo, today I also got Dior shimmer powder pop diamond , just in case it may vanish soon….


        and i do not regret my purchase! (I told my walled it was Dior, so please consider it as an investment ^_~)

        • LOL! I hope that line worked on your wallet 😉

          • inuchan

            So far yes lol! Didn’t have time to play around with the quint yet, but the shimmering powder is totally awesome! Threw up a simple makeup today (sheer pink hues from Moonray quint, simple mascara-ed eye, and a sweep of pop diamond, it makes me look fresh and rosy for work, this is just perfect!

            Have a nice weekend, Christine!

  17. PinkCouture

    Does anybody know where I can get the Dior Addict lip gloss Nylon Pink #377?? I couldn’t find it any where! Also some stuff are available in SPECIALTY STORES…what does the specialty store mean? Like in Dior flgaship stores!?! Lol! I have no idea. Thank u!

  18. Celina

    Christine I want the bronze couture palette so bad!haha i fell for it when the lady applied to golden blush to my cheeks, at nordstroms. im so tempted to purchase it this saturday at the dior event, after all you do get a free gift with purchase!im also planning on picking up some high addict lip shines trying to find a dupe for cute-ster when i run out! how long do you think it will be befor eit goes on sale?

  19. Theresa

    question for anyone who knows…. I’ve seen pictures of the Graphic Lights Quint (the pink one) and it looks lovely, but I can’t find it anywhere except stores in places like Singapore and Hong Kong. Was it an Asian exclusive or is it just already sold out in the US? Thanks!