Saturday, July 28th, 2012

Dior Golden Savannah Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Golden Savannah Eyeshadow Palette

Welcome to the Jungle, Dior’s Got Fun and Games

Dior Golden Savannah Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a new and limited edition eyeshadow palette inspired by the jungle for the fall season. It contanis five shades: a yellowed medium brown, coppered bronze, glittering platinum, dark brown, and deeper brown.

The first color (upper left corner) is a medium brown with yellowy tan and a soft gold sheen. The color payoff was excellent, and it had such a nice softness to it, which resulted in a really smooth application of color. NARS Paramaribo is darker. theBalm Schitoz is similar, a smidgen lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone is close, slightly less yellow-toned. MAC Wedge is darker, no yellow. MAC Soba is close–a smidgen less yellow in the base color. MAC Double Feature 4 is pretty close but slightly darker–it shares the yellowness, though.

Next, we have a warm-toned, coppery bronze with a soft frosted finish. It has nice pigmentation with opaque results and a smooth, soft feel and application. This kind of color, though, is incredibly common, even if this particular shade is more subdued than a lot of other coppery hues. Urban Decay Snakebite is a little darker. Bare Escentuals Cognac is less copper. Urban Decay Baked is very comparable. MAC Bronze is a bit darker. Inglot #405 is more metallic.

The center shade is a metallic platinum with a silvery-gold shimmer and glitter. It’s very reflective, and it’s sheer. Truth be told, it feels and acts like a layering shade. It has a sheerness that seems like it was deliberate so you could use it over the other shades in the palette, but I can’t confirm this, as it’s not part of the description of this palette or of Dior’s 5-Couleur palettes in general. When I wore it, I tested it over another shade in the palette, and surprisingly, there was very little fallout after application. MAC Manila Paper is similar but has no silver. Make Up For Ever #101 is very similar but more opaque. Dior Couture Gold has a shade nearly like it in the center as well.

In the bottom right corner, there is a medium-dark olive-tonted brown with an almost cool undertone (but there is definite warmth). The color payoff is fairly good, and the texture was soft and applied smoothly. Giorgio Armani #24 is darker. Urban Decay Cobra is darker and more matte. Urban Decay Deeper is comparable.

The fnial shade is a dark brown with a subtle gray tinge that makes it look like a neutral-toned brown. It has a soft sheen. This shade was slightly drier than the others, but the color payoff was still good, and it did apply evenly. Inglot #409 is more metallic. Urban Decay MIA is a bit darker. Tarina Tarantino Dreamy is very similar.

What I didn’t love about this palette was the same thing as Guerlain Les Fauves: the colors are too alike. If you have a good-sized stash and are applying makeup at home, it’s not a big deal, but if you only want to take this palette and maybe one other for traveling, then it’s a little less ideal. This palette has a lot of brown, but they’re on the darker end of the spectrum–a beige or light-medium olive green could have worked exceptionally well in this palette.  Aside from the sheerness of the center shade, the palette was high quality from the pigmentation to the texture to the wear.  I had no fading or creasing (and very, very little glitter fall out from the center shade) over a twelve-hour period.

The Glossover

palette

Golden Savannah

A
If you have a good-sized stash and are applying makeup at home, it's not a big deal, but if you only want to take this palette and maybe one other for traveling, then it's a little less ideal. This palette has a lot of brown, but they're on the darker end of the spectrum--a beige or light-medium olive green could have worked exceptionally well in this palette.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Dior Golden Savannah Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Golden Savannah Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Golden Savannah Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Golden Savannah Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Golden Savannah Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Golden Savannah Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Golden Savannah Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Golden Savannah Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Golden Savannah Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Golden Savannah Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Golden Savannah Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Golden Savannah Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Golden Savannah Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Golden Savannah Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Golden Savannah Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Golden Savannah Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Golden Savannah Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Golden Savannah Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Golden Savannah Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Golden Savannah Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Golden Savannah Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Golden Savannah 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 above! :)

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37 thoughts on “Dior Golden Savannah Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Avatar of Mariella Mariella

    I think I really want this (just rushing out so I’ll read the review later to see if I truly “need” it – yeah, right!)

  2. Liz9969

    I definitely don’t need that, but those colors are really pretty.  

  3. The colors do look alike a lot, but still, this seems like a great palette. I like the look you created and how you combined it with blue liner. Very cool!

  4. yellowlantern

    Yeah, the palette could have benefited from having shades that are more different from each other. They all seem medium dark with either cool or warm undertones.

  5. Avatar of Etaoin baby in a corner

    I think if you love the colour scheme of this palette, the GA ETK that you reviewed earlier this week might be a better alternative (although of course it is only one eyeshadow compared to five).  I have plenty of medium browns so the GA ETK might bring in the khaki I am looking for!

  6. Oh my gosh!  Not only is that palette gorgeous, the Guns ‘n Roses reference made me laugh too!!

  7. The colors may be very similar, but I wear shades like this religiously–so this is perfect for me! Plus these look so velvety and soft and pigmented…maybe I made a mistake on skipping this over after all

  8. This eye looks so pretty up close, Christine, but I have to agree that I do not care for palettes where the shades are so darned close because they just do not show up on all that well on me when I interplay with them.

    • wwendalynne Sometimes they can turn muddy, too! Especially when it’s heavy on the browns like this one is.  I like the shades individually, and you can work them together, but it’s not my favorite as-is palette!

  9. Avatar of Amy xamyx

    Again, pretty much easily dupable (and I have pretty much all the one mentioned), so the *only* one I’m interested in is the middle one. However, the pricepoint doesn’t justify the price of one shadow, which I’m pretty sure if I really search my stash, I’ll come up with something close enough.

  10. I just saw this one for the first time today and I completely agree with what you’re saying. It is a beautiful palette, although I can’t see traveling with it on its own (need more of a highlight than that centre shade can give). That said, the quality  is outstanding. 

    • Kate MacDonald I echo your sentiments, Kate! When I took this to Vegas, I was like, “hmmm.” There wasn’t enough lightness in the palette – I felt like most combinations would result in a fairly heavy smoky eye.

  11. Emily

    Christine, I want this, but do I need it if I have Naked 1?

  12. Avatar of Ann Ann Clothier

    I totally agree. Even if they don’t always get the texture just right, Dior is usually pretty good about the color selection.  I can’t believe someone didn’t pipe up and say, “don’t you think it’s too brown?”.  Just a pop of olive or army green or perhaps a different color in the orange/coral spectrum.  My drawer is saturated with browns, neutrals, and nudes. I just don’t need another brown palette.  

  13. Avatar of Veronica Veronica

    I think it’s a great neutral palette, though maybe a bit late to the party considering how many hit the market after the success of UD’s Naked 1.  I do like that it has a more neutral balance of tones.  I have too many brown eyeshadows to make it worth buying, but I think it would make a good addition for some people.

  14. Avatar of Hayley hylyjrdn

    That bottom left color reminds me of MAC’s Patina

  15. I was anticipating your review for this! It’s so pretty, but I suppose I probably don’t need it. The colors really aren’t that unique, but I love the convenience of Dior quints.

    • Avatar of Ann Ann Clothier

      Miss Natty Need and want don’t always go hand and hand! Just because it isn’t unique doesn’t mean it isn’t a good fit for your lifestyle.  I’d get it if it was something you were really looking forward to.  (Why do I suddenly feel like a drug dealer?)

  16. Sam

    Hi, I have Dior Earth Reflection is am confused between Golden Savannah and Gris Gris. Any suggestion? Also anyone has any thoughts on Dior 3 color eyeshadow in blue and black? 

  17. oh, now I see how you made the makeup and what that shade on the outer lid was, i love it, I think I am gonna buy this palette, it will be my second Dior quint! :-)xoxoBlusherine

  18. Avatar of Mariella Mariella

    Now that I’ve read the review, I may just have saved myself a big outlay.  I have at least one, and in most cases, 2 or 3 dupes of all these shadows except the middle on, which I don’t like in any case.  I guess that is what comes of collecting so many brown and neutral shadows and palettes!  I was sure I would rush out to get this one as soon as it hit the stores here but now, I’m thinking I really don’t need it since I can duplicate that gorgeous look Christine did with shadows I have.  Thanks so much for this detailed review, Christine.  This is perfect example of why the “dupes” information can be so very helpful.  A lot of people initially said “I’ll take the high end every time” (not that dupes aren’t necessarily “high end”) but it looks like many will be skipping this high end quint because they’ve already got shadows that are the same or very close.

  19. evangelia

    christine, could this palette be duped with naked 2 (with the exception of the middle shade..a bit too glittery for me anyway)

  20. I love the look you made Christine, but I doubt I’d be able to do a good look out of such similar colors. I’m surprised they thought this was enough variety to constitute a stand-alone palette! I’ll pass. Thanks for the great review, as always! 

  21. I am looking for a luxury palette for my Birthday, and I really like this one, though I do have the naked 1, I find its to big to travel with. Also would you recommend this instead of the Guerlain Les Fauves, this would be my first Dior palette. I would love if you had any other new luxury products I should get for my birthday, as right now my list is pretty much empty. Love your blog! 

    • OliviaGrace If it’s not for travel, this is a nice palette.  I think Les Fauves is even more similar to itself than this one – and I think this is definitely more wearable.  I love Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows, which are a pricier product :)

  22. any idea at all, why you’re supposed to toss this after 6 months?? i know i usually keep makeup until it doesn’t perform, or smells bad, but for the brand to mark it as 6 months after opening is odd. most powder products usually say at least 2 years…

  23. ilana

    hey, great look! what’s the blue pencil|liner you used for it?

  24. Olivia Grace

    I found out that this palette in not available in the UK and I nearly cried! I am looking for a good luxury palette that will do well with my nw40 skin and I hope you respond to this!! Your blog is the best!

  25. Christina

    I think it does not look like anything special in the pan, but that look on you, Christine – wow, in this lighting it trully has a savannah feel! Christine, did you know the Beige Massai pallette by Dior? I heard it was to be rereleased under a new name. Does anyone know about this? It looked like such a fine palette!

  26. holly

    I must have this blue eyeliner! Do you remember what you used? So pretty! xoxo

  27. Chandara Duong

    I love this golden eyeshadow very much.