Dior Blue Garden Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

Dior Blue Garden (031) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Blue Garden (031) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Blue Garden (031) Eyeshadow Palette ($63.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a mix of white, silver, gray, blue, and orange. The orange is an interesting addition (certainly makes it more unique), but whether that’s a good addition or not is quite subjective. I couldn’t find anything online that described this as a wet/dry formula, but it felt like that to me, so I did swatch it both dry (left) and damp (right) for your viewing pleasure. The ratings are based solely on performance dry, though, which was disappointing across the board.

Blue Garden #1 is a light-medium, peachy-orange with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff dry with a lightly dusty consistency that made it harder to build up as it would just sheer/fade as I blended it. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours. Viseart Pont des Arts (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Soleil d'Hiver #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Splendid (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (DC, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Ombre de Lune #3 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Shake Shake Shake (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Rose Champagne (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Peach (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #1 (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar). Clarins Nude #1 (PiP, ) is cooler (90% similar). Inglot J301 Pink Satin (LE, $10.00) is darker (90% similar). Dior Ambre Nuit #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Sailor (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Glaze It (PiP, $4.50) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Gem (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Sun Speck (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Soo Good (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Virgin Gorda (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced XOXO (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Blue Garden #2 is a bright, cool-toned white with a frosted sheen. It had sheer coverage when applied dry, though damp application seemed to go a long way with this one (almost opaque). The texture was powdery and hard to apply evenly to the skin. It wore well for six hours. Guerlain Les Nuees #2 (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ice Queen #1 (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar). Buxom Velvet Snow (LE, $12.00) is more muted (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D124 Crystalline White (DC, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Dior Precious Embroidery #2 (LE, ) is more muted (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D200 Crystalline Mauve Turquoise (DC, $21.00) is more muted (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME122 Snow (DC, $21.00) is more muted (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME122 Snow (P, $17.00) is more muted (95% similar). Maybelline Too Cool (P, $6.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Crystal Avalanche (DC, $17.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Early Frost (DC, $10.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Cygne Blanc #2 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Sephora Hologram (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #14 (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar). NARS Silver Screen #4 (PiP, $19.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NYX Frostbite (P, $6.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Heigh-Ho (LE, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC White (PiP, $21.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Sugarpill Ice Angel (PiP, $13.00) is cooler (90% similar). Smashbox Cosmic (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Blue Garden #3 is a muted, light bluish-white with a frosted finish. It had sheer pigmentation applied dry, so it was again, a shade that you’d have to use damp or with a good base (I’d reach for something thicker than regular primer). It had a dusty, thin texture that was prone to sheering out. The color was faded by the sixth hour of wear. Make Up For Ever ME202 Iceberg Blue (DC, $17.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Dark Energy #2 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Smashbox Sky (P, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Hologram (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm A3 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Dior Blue Beat #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Joy (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Dior Parisian Sky #4 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Citadel (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Water (LE, $6.99) is darker (85% similar). Sephora Sweet Dreams (17) (DC, $10.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #22 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Dior Sugar Shade #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Maybelline Hydrangea Hype (135) (LE, $6.99) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Daze (LE, $6.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Viseart Blue Diamond (PiP, ) is darker, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Iced Blue (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Water & Ice #1 (P, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Blue Garden #4 is a light-medium, silvery gray with warmer undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a lightly dusty/dry texture that was hard to apply over bare skin. The color wore for six and a half hours on me. Chanel Tisse Ombre de Lune #2 (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty In Doubt (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Rock Icon (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sydney Grace Jingle Bells (P, $8.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). MAC Uninhibited #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Steel Wool (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Chanel Mysterio (102) (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #11 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME116 Silver (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Thickems (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Frosted Yum (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Liberty (P, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). Coloured Raine Diamond Jubilee (LE, $6.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Thingamabob (LE, $4.50) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Ooh and Ahh (Right) (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Honeypot (P, $5.00) is cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Sugar High (LE, $20.00) is darker, more muted, less pigmented (85% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Graphic (LE, $30.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #17 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). theBalm Lusty Lee (P, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Blue Garden #5 is a medium-dark gray with cool undertones and a frosted sheen. It had decent pigmentation with a lightly dusty consistency that was blendable but easily sheered out on the skin (harder to retain intensity). It started to fade after six and a half hours of wear. Natasha Denona Quick Silver (09M) (PiP, $29.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Piaf (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Sleek MakeUP Acid #11 (PiP, $9.99) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). NARS Jardin Perdu (Left) (DC, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Silver (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Tory Burch Beauty Stone Cold (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Cathedral (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Mercury (DC, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Au Fil de L'Eau #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Tin Man (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #3 (DC, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Cyber (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Milani Bella Gray (10) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Dark Cloud (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Tundra (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Blue Flash (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever ME108 Steel (DC, $21.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Luxuriance (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Estee Lauder Cyber Silver (LE, $24.00) is darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #2 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Dior Blue Garden (031) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Blue Garden (031) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Blue Garden (031) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Blue Garden (031) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Blue Garden (031) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Blue Garden (031) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Blue Garden (031) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Blue Garden (031) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Blue Garden (031) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Blue Garden (031) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Blue Garden (031) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Blue Garden (031) Eyeshadow Palette

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Thankfully, this set of shades with the exception of the light orange hued one, would look thoroughly horrid on me anyway, I’m not let down. However, I do feel bad for those for whom these shades would’ve worked well on. Dior disappoints yet AGAIN. Almost to be expected at this point, LoL!

Ugh, this is really depressing ๐Ÿ™ Again, a gorgeous looking Dior palette that disappoints. First, the quality just isn’t there, 3 white-based shades that are hard to wear and will probably look the same on my lids (terrible), weird color combo, and the kit is dusty, dry, and sheer. I mean, people must be buying these horrible Dior kits because they keep cranking them out, but why?? Well, this low- buy for spring is turning out to be much easier than I expected!

I hate to say that I’m happy this got a poor rating…but I am. I had decided to cross this off my “Wish List” because I am trying to be careful about what I buy. I decided I have enough shades of blue. I’m actually not too surprised at your rating as I had seen a makeup artist’s “look” with this palette and it didn’t seem as if the shades were too vibrant. I do wish Dior would improve on their shadows as I like their palette concepts. The addition of the peach shade (had the shadows done well) would have given a lot of flexibility for different looks with this palette. I’m hoping some for the other Spring releases do better (crossing fingers for the YSL) as I’d like to add some more pastels to my collection.

Dior always has the most gorgeous products that don’t perform (the lace inspired spring collection from a couple years back is still comes to mind.) 1000% in need of a revamp. #5 is quite pretty…albeit it is also quite dupe-able.

Sorry, I didn’t include any photos of one! I try to include but sometimes I don’t have any (usually if I get distracted or have appointments).

This could have been a fun one, sadly it isn’t.
I wonder how Dior can keep putting put these actually quite bad eyeshadow palettes year after year. I wonder who buys them, maybe they have a lot of custumers who have always bought Dior, and can’t imagine any other brand.

I buy them. I actually really prefer the way they formulate the sparklier shades to be used more as a sheer sparkle wash over the top of the richer shades. I use these exactly the way that I use Bobbi Brown palettes – and the way that several reps I’ve talked to have advised me to use them, which is using certain shadows for color and others for sparkle wash, etc.

I understand why people get upset, because they expect every color to be very pigmented like UD palettes; I see the exact same disappointment in reviews for Bobbi Brown products. I think both of these brands do a bad job of clarifying the usage of their products. I also think both of these brands tend to be formulated for an older audience.

I don’t wear a lot of glitter outside of holidays anymore, and I appreciate that these formulations are available to allow more mature skin like mine to still have fun with sparkle in a more subdued fashion. ๐Ÿ™‚

I think it’s like you said: both do a poor job of making it clear what they are (or not). I think Bobbi Brown does a bit better (she does have a few finishes that are specifically sheer) than Dior, though.

Thanks for the info Marisa! Being a UD type gal, I could never understand the appeal of these sheerer formulas from Dior and Bobbi, but the explanation helps.

I agree Marisa! I donโ€™t always want full on, opaque-eyeshadow, all over the lid, regardless of formula. I donโ€™t look very good with heavy shimmery eye makeup, it has always aged me, I have always preferred a light shimmer wash. It takes on an ethereal effect, which gives me a wide eyed look that I love.

When I use makeup on myself and others, I think of it in the same way I use my art supplies when creating a project. Some oil paints are meant to be sheer due to pigment content and some are opaque. That alone does not define my standards, it just allows me many more ways to use them. The standard would be defined by other criteria like blend-ability, vibrancy, etc ๐Ÿ™‚

I sold Dior for years, and yes they have loyal fans who always buy the limited edition palettes, often without even swatching them. They must just collect them…I know I’ve collected quite a few myself!) they also have customers who don’t see any problem with their dryer, more sheer formula – something they actually look for. They want sheer washes of color for subtle looks.

Well said. I think I have some 20 y.o. Dior, but nothing more recent. My usual thought process now is, Well this is going to $^โ‚ฌยฅ, so let’s check the MUFE dupes, if anything looks promising. I used to think that I got out of Dior, when I got poorer, but it’s not so. It was before that, when quality fell and so many other brands superceded (sp?) them. You know, make up may have become like the cereal aisle, with overwhelming choices, but competition really IS a good thing. It drove the DS to up the game, spawned proliferation of HE and niche brands. Now, there really is little reason to buy stuff that sucks. Especially with you. There’s a lot of pan in my old Dior.. It seems that the European brands, especially those who are spin-offs of design houses, concentrate on presentation and packaging, rather than on performance. Embossing, ornamentation, floral designs, logos, brand associated or themed containers. You can tell some products blindfolded. Seriously. The problem is that it is a wrong focus. Make up is a performance game, possibly even more than a design game. It seems that the overriding US makeup game, since the loss of Kevyn (after all, he MADE us go there) is the search for the Holy Grail of neutral palettes. And it’s really a performance issue.

It’s interesting that you bring up the embossing – Dior is one of those brands that seems to do it almost every collection and tweaks the formula of a lot of things (like eyeshadow) with every other release – but why? If you have a good formula, it’s about new shades and textures, not changing what works. So why not take a step back and create a good formula that’s worth repeating? I used to really look forward to Dior’s powder products but now I’m surprised when they’re even just decent.

I totally like the peachy orange with the grayish blues. It could have been tied in better, like if the white had a gold shimmer, or was a lighter peach/beige.

SOOO sad about this!!! I love the cool silvery blues with the peach, it’s really unique and beautiful. For some reason I expected better of this palette, the damp swatches are so beautiful! Christine, had this been called a wet/dry formula, how would it have scored?

Ah, well money saved I guess. Looks like I’ll just be getting the two highlighters! (and maybe the Bleuette nail polish! Shame cuz it would’ve looked so good on with this palette!)

Even if they’d performed better, I wouldn’t be interested in this because I find the colours just too insipid looking. But what the heck is wrong with the chemists et al at Dior? They CAN make some good shadows (Bonne Etoile and Golden Savannah were 2 good ones) but yet they persist in releasing mediocre quality eyeshadow palettes and at these prices, the quality should ALWAYS be spot on!

It is mind-boggling! I find it particularly interesting that they routinely change their formula from launch to launch (with the seasonal color collections).

I used to love the Dior quint eyeshadows and bought at least one from every new collection (since 1988!), but the quality has gone way, way down in the last couple of years. I really expect more at this price point.

The only lovely colour was the darker grey. The rest are just average. I don’t know why Dior put the orange into that quint. For true cool toned complexions (which I am presuming that Dior is aiming this palette at), the orange simply does not work at all. They could have made this palette into something really good, but I guess they did not want to copy their old Gris Gris colours – which is actually beautiful. Oh dear.

I really like the combination of shades and the beautiful flower print in the shadows themselves, but if I’m going to spend $63 on a makeup item, it would be a palette with many more colors (such as MUFE).

I expect much more in the quality department from Dior. So glad i can count on you for reviews. This pastel number would not have tempted me anyway. . . . . .

How disappointing. I liked this the best out of the two 5 pans for spring and find the shades here really interesting. Lunch bag letdown again from Dior on their eyeshadows. It’s a sad and repetitive sentence.

Such a shame this didn’t perform better, it had such potential! You’d think that after all this time they’d figure out how to improve their eyeshadow formula! For the money it’s not worth purchasing.

It’s like someone who knows they’re wrong but refuses to admit it! I feel like they should just call a spade and spade and start marketing their products as sheer washes and be done with it.

Perhaps this should be sold “For Display Purposes Only”. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I would really love to see a Dior palette perform well.

Why does Dior insist on making quints where 3-4 of the 5 colors are light or light-midtones? Besides the issue with the lack of pigmentation, that is the most frustrating thing for me.

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