Dior Minimalism, Cosmopolite, Front Row Diorshow Eyeshadows Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Dior Diorshow Eyeshadows
Dior Diorshow Eyeshadows

Dior Diorshow Eyeshadow ($29.50 for 0.07 oz.) is a new (well, reformulated) powder eyeshadow formula that’s supposed to be “super-saturated” that is “long-lasting.” Since Dior has been pretty hit or miss with their powder eyeshadows lately, I only bought three to try. They are decent to good; not particularly impressive but not misses either. Two of the three shades were on the powdery side, as they were so soft and loosely pressed in the pan, while one was much denser and more cream-like (which, in turn, applied better to bare skin). Two had decent pigmentation but not fully opaque and not buildable either.

Dior Minimalism (554) Diorshow Eyeshadow ($29.50 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, medium taupe with subtle, warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It was blendable but somewhat prone to sheering out due to the softer, more powdery texture. It had semi-opaque color payoff, and the eyeshadow wore for six and a half hours before fading noticeably. Urban Decay Grip (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Buxom Frosted Pewter (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Noblesse Oblige (LE, $19.50) is more shimmery (85% similar). LORAC Navy #5 (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC City Beat (LE, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Stila Stone (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, warmer (80% similar). Chanel Mystere #3 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dior Cosmopolite (658) Diorshow Eyeshadow ($29.50 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium, golden brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It was richly pigmented with a dense, more cream-like consistency that felt almost wet to the touch. It applied and adhered well to bare skin, and while it was fully opaque on, it still blended out easily. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on me before creasing slightly. MAC Tea Leaves (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Monaco-co (Enchanted Forest) (LE, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Himalia (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Tarte Malibu (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Tarte Spiked Cider (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Sidecar (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Fyrinnae Alpaca (P, $7.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Solar Exposure #3 (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Soft Steel (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Firecracker (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). Givenchy Palette Ors Audacieux #2 (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Crisp Apple Strudel (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Lucid Dream (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Ciate Happy (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Reef (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced NSFW (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Noir Fume #3 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Stila Thought (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Suspicion #4 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Cold Copper (09) (DC, $39.00)(85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dior Front Row (756) Diorshow Eyeshadow ($29.50 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark purpled taupe with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. As you can tell from the swatch, it’s quite powdery and loose, so it is prone to fall out and does sheer out a little bit. The color applied better than anticipated, though, and had good color payoff despite the softer texture. The color started to fade after six and a half hours of wear. MAC Tendersmoke (LE, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Ardency Inn Disco (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Buxom Patent Leather (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Viseart Vendome (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 6 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Cle de Peau Baby Universe #3 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (80% similar). LORAC Soft Plum (LE, $19.00) is lighter (80% similar). Buxom Top Shelf (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Pat McGrath Lilac Dusk (PiP, $25.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Tarte Crystal (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Dior Minimalism (554) Diorshow Eyeshadow
Dior Minimalism (554) Diorshow Eyeshadow

Dior Minimalism (554) Diorshow Eyeshadow
Dior Minimalism (554) Diorshow Eyeshadow

Dior Minimalism (554) Diorshow Eyeshadow
Dior Minimalism (554) Diorshow Eyeshadow

Dior Minimalism (554) Diorshow Eyeshadow
Dior Minimalism (554) Diorshow Eyeshadow

Dior Minimalism (554) Diorshow Eyeshadow
Dior Minimalism (554) Diorshow Eyeshadow

Dior Minimalism (554) Diorshow Eyeshadow
Dior Minimalism (554) Diorshow Eyeshadow

Dior Minimalism (554) Diorshow Eyeshadow
Dior Minimalism (554) Diorshow Eyeshadow

Dior Cosmopolite (658) Diorshow Eyeshadow
Dior Cosmopolite (658) Diorshow Eyeshadow

Dior Cosmopolite (658) Diorshow Eyeshadow
Dior Cosmopolite (658) Diorshow Eyeshadow

Dior Cosmopolite (658) Diorshow Eyeshadow
Dior Cosmopolite (658) Diorshow Eyeshadow

Dior Cosmopolite (658) Diorshow Eyeshadow
Dior Cosmopolite (658) Diorshow Eyeshadow

Dior Cosmopolite (658) Diorshow Eyeshadow
Dior Cosmopolite (658) Diorshow Eyeshadow

Dior Cosmopolite (658) Diorshow Eyeshadow
Dior Cosmopolite (658) Diorshow Eyeshadow

Dior Cosmopolite (658) Diorshow Eyeshadow
Dior Cosmopolite (658) Diorshow Eyeshadow

Dior Front Row (756) Diorshow Eyeshadow
Dior Front Row (756) Diorshow Eyeshadow

Dior Front Row (756) Diorshow Eyeshadow
Dior Front Row (756) Diorshow Eyeshadow

Dior Front Row (756) Diorshow Eyeshadow
Dior Front Row (756) Diorshow Eyeshadow

Dior Front Row (756) Diorshow Eyeshadow
Dior Front Row (756) Diorshow Eyeshadow

Dior Front Row (756) Diorshow Eyeshadow
Dior Front Row (756) Diorshow Eyeshadow

Dior Front Row (756) Diorshow Eyeshadow
Dior Front Row (756) Diorshow Eyeshadow

Dior Front Row (756) Diorshow Eyeshadow
Dior Front Row (756) Diorshow Eyeshadow

Dior Front Row (756) Diorshow Eyeshadow
Dior Front Row (756) Diorshow Eyeshadow

Dior Front Row (756) Diorshow Eyeshadow
Dior Front Row (756) Diorshow Eyeshadow

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$29.50/0.07 oz.

86%

Average

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I’m not surprised that the textures are all over the place, but I have to say that these 3 shades are absolutely gorgeous. Neutral but complex with subtle undertone differences that make them unique and very likely to be flattering on most people – exactly the kind of shades I expect from a brand like Dior.

I used to buy luxury singles all the time, now I rarely find myself swimming in these waters. The colours are pretty, but lo and behold, I’ve become a palette girl..either pre-made or custom. Ayup. Singles like this get too easily forgotten in my stash and I’m not keen on scooing up on a 30 dollar depot.

These look lovely and they’re just my sorts of colours…so much so, in fact, that I’ve already got dupes for all of them. I’m also less and less interested in single shadows lately, especially if they’re not meant to be depotted easily.

I swatched a few of these in store, and they seem to be a mix bag (maybe A-C ratings), but definitely better than the some of the shadows in the Dior quints, which have been kind of dismal the last few years . I’m hoping this new formula makes their way into the Dior quints. At almost $30 each, I’m glad to see it comes in an elegant compact with mirror and applicator (unlike the cheap, flimsy packaging of the Natasha Denona singles, which are almost the same price).

I was pretty rushed, but I quickly swatched a few of the singles, didn’t write down all the names, but think it was a mixed bag, agree Cosmopolite was a standout. A few were just so-so, like the pink one (Backstage) . I was impressed with Power (purple), as it was smooth, and easily built up after a couple of swipes. But I also swatched the new quints (Bain De Mar and Escapade), and they seem much better then the average quints we’ve seen from Dior. Most of the shades were ok to good, and a couple were standouts (the teal in Bain De Mar and the sparkly peach in Escapade). I heard Dior has a new creative director, so maybe they are finally fixing their shadow formula. With continuous improvement, I can see myself buying again.

Cosmopolite looks quite beautiful, but incredibly dupable, though. But I really love it, anyways! Front Row looks like it could have been a beauty, if it had the same denser, creamier quality as Cosmopolite. It reminds me a little of MAC Magic In Your Eyes, but less shimmery.

Cosmopolite looks so pretty – sparkles! I love the eye look you created with them. Really beautiful. That color is pretty, It shows a sort of pinkish cast on my monitor and looks very flattering.

Very subtle shades and perhaps aimed at an older or sophisticated audience. I do like Cosmopolite the best.
But their Mono Fusion colours were so much better.

For a brand that changes formulas so often, you’d think they’d take longer to just find a great formula that would stand the test of time!

Very subtle and pretty look you’ve done, I really like the effect. The price for the individual shadows though is a little steep. Interestingly, I have no close dupes.

Front Row is really quite pretty. I love that kind of shadow that is a stand alone shade or a a good team player. I wish it scored better. If it had, I’d have bought it!

The shadows are quite lovely, but at the cost of a Dior eyeshadow you should just know the texture, opaqueness and so on should be there, in all the shades.
I have given up on Dior. The day I read consistent, pigmented, easy to blend in a review, I might be tempted to try the brand again. As long as they are prone to fall out, sheering out, powdery and so on, I’ll stay away.
I used to be a Dior girl, long time ago, I’ve kept all the singles, duos, trios and other kinds of palettes. Some, from way back were SO good!
Very pretty, angelic, etheral look, Christine. Just beautiful!

Wow, Front Row and Minimalism are beautiful shades; what a shame they don’t perform better 🙁 You have, once again, saved me some money, Christine lol…thank you!

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