Dior Warm Neutrals (001) Backstage Eye Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

01/11

Dior Warm Neutrals (001) Backstage Eye Palette
Dior Warm Neutrals (001) Backstage Eye Palette
Dior Warm Neutrals (001) Backstage Eye Palette
Dior Warm Neutrals (001) Backstage Eye Palette
Dior Warm Neutrals (001) Backstage Eye Palette
Dior Warm Neutrals (001) Backstage Eye Palette
Dior Warm Neutrals (001) Backstage Eye Palette
Dior Warm Neutrals (001) Backstage Eye Palette
Dior Warm Neutrals (001) Backstage Eye Palette
Dior Warm Neutrals (001) Backstage Eye Palette
Dior Warm Neutrals (001) Backstage Eye Palette
Dior Warm Neutrals (001) Backstage Eye Palette
Dior Warm Neutrals (001) Backstage Eye Palette
Dior Warm Neutrals (001) Backstage Eye Palette
Dior Warm Neutrals (001) Backstage Eye Palette
Dior Warm Neutrals (001) Palette | Look Details
Dior Warm Neutrals (001) Backstage Eye Palette
Dior Warm Neutrals (001) Palette | Look Details
Dior Warm Neutrals (001) Backstage Eye Palette
Dior Warm Neutrals (001) Eyeshadow Palette over Smashbox 24HR Eye Primer
Dior Warm Neutrals (001) Backstage Eye Palette
Dior Warm Neutrals (001) Eyeshadow Palette over Smashbox 24HR Eye Primer
Dior Warm Neutrals (001) Backstage Eye Palette
Dior Warm Neutrals (001) Backstage Eye Palette
Dior Warm Neutrals (001) Backstage Eye Palette
Dior Warm Neutrals (001) Backstage Eye Palette
Dior Warm Neutrals (001) Backstage Eye Palette
Dior Warm Neutrals (001) Backstage Eye Palette
Dior Warm Neutrals (001) Backstage Eye Palette
Dior Warm Neutrals (001) Backstage Eye Palette
Dior Warm Neutrals (001) Backstage Eye Palette
Dior Warm Neutrals (001) Backstage Eye Palette
Dior Warm Neutrals (001) Backstage Eye Palette

Warm Neutrals (001)

Dior Warm Neutrals (001) Backstage Eye Palette ($49.00 for 0.35 oz.) includes an eyeshadow primer and eight, powder eyeshadows in a mix of subtly warm and moderately warm-toned hues across shimmer and matte finishes. This was the worst performer between the two variations of palettes that were released (just give me some time to write the other review;thank you for your patience!), though neither were impressive to me.

I don’t normally test eyeshadow with primer and have that reflected in the ratings not unless it’s explicitly stated to the contrary (e.g. the brand doesn’t make a claim that the eyeshadows are long-wearing and pigmented on their own). I do regularly test new formulations with and without primer so that I can pass on any insights to readers as a separate note (but it wouldn’t be reflected in the ratings).

I applied each shade with and without primer so that you’ll be able to see how they perform over Dior’s primer. Note: the very point of primer is to extend the wear of the eyeshadows, my rule of thumb (based on past average wear times of eye primers as Dior didn’t specify the length of wear beyond “long-wearing”) is 12 hours (this would equal a 10/10 score). The primer in this was decent but not particularly great, and I found it added texture to my lid.

Per the brand, it’s supposed to be an “all-in-one” palette that includes a primer that “provides long-lasting hold … [and] intensifies the effect of the color that will be applied over it.” The eyeshadows are supposed to be “buildable” (and designed to be “long-wearing yet richly pigmented”) and “blend beautifully” and “can be used as either eyeshadow or liner.” Without the primer, this palette would barely be worth reviewing; the formulation of the eyeshadows is very soft but powdery with some shades that were drier and on the dusty side.

The lighter shimmers I had to use with a dampened brush to get evenness and adhesion as the textures were dry and prone to sheering out with a moderate amount of fallout (even over the included primer) and left behind either no shimmer or little pigment. The mattes were better with a more blendable texture and more consistently pigmented, and they applied better over the primer.


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Dior Primer Backstage Eyeshadow Primer
Dior Primer Backstage Eyeshadow Primer
Dior Primer Backstage Eyeshadow Primer
Dior Primer Backstage Eyeshadow Primer
Dior Primer Backstage Eyeshadow Primer
Dior Primer Backstage Eyeshadow Primer

Primer

Primer is a soft, sheer beige with a creamy texture that adhered fairly well, but it emphasized any imperfections on my lid and made my lid appear dry (compared to my go-to primers, like Smashbox 24HR, which makes my lid appear smoother) as it dried down as I patted it all over my lid. Some of the more white-based matte eyeshadows darkened considerably over the primer, even though it seemed dry to the touch. It made the eyeshadows last between seven and nine hours instead of four and six (without any primer) but didn’t provide exceptional long-wear like an excellent eye primer would (over 12 hours of wear). The formula lasted far better over Smashbox’s (12 hours) and Urban Decay’s eyeshadow primers (10 hours).

01/02

Dior Gold Highlighter Backstage Eyeshadow
Dior Gold Highlighter Backstage Eyeshadow
Dior Gold Highlighter Backstage Eyeshadow
Dior Gold Highlighter Backstage Eyeshadow
Dior Gold Highlighter Backstage Eyeshadow
Dior Gold Highlighter Backstage Eyeshadow

Gold Highlighter

Gold Highlighter is a medium gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had a soft, more loosely-pressed texture that was dry, dusty, and prone to sheering out and suffered from fallout, and this all occurred over primer. I had to dampen my brush just to get this to go on evenly enough to show up for testing, because I could barely tell I had anything on with it applied dry (and over the primer). It lasted for eight hours over the primer.

01/02

Dior Ombre Sculpting Powder (001) Backstage Eyeshadow
Dior Ombre Sculpting Powder (001) Backstage Eyeshadow
Dior Ombre Sculpting Powder (001) Backstage Eyeshadow
Dior Ombre Sculpting Powder (001) Backstage Eyeshadow
Dior Ombre Sculpting Powder (001) Backstage Eyeshadow
Dior Ombre Sculpting Powder (001) Backstage Eyeshadow

Ombre Sculpting Powder (001)

Ombre Sculpting Powder (001) is a soft taupe with warm, olive undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was sheer, not at all buildable when I tried without primer, but definitely performed better over the primer with more buildable coverage when applied with a lighter hand and more opaque coverage if patted on. The texture was rather powdery, though finely-milled and ultra-soft to the touch, which kicked up a fair amount of product all over the palette when I used it, even with a lighter hand. The eyeshadow darkened substantially over the included primer (much greener, too) and wore well for eight hours.

01/02

Dior Shimmer Beige Backstage Eyeshadow
Dior Shimmer Beige Backstage Eyeshadow
Dior Shimmer Beige Backstage Eyeshadow
Dior Shimmer Beige Backstage Eyeshadow
Dior Shimmer Beige Backstage Eyeshadow
Dior Shimmer Beige Backstage Eyeshadow

Shimmer Beige

Shimmer Beige is a soft, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. The eyeshadow was so dry, loosely pressed, and powdery that it had to be packed and packed onto the lid for decent coverage but there was so much fallout underneath my eye. I had to use it with a dampened brush to minimize some of the mess and get more even application; this was all over the included primer (don’t even bother using it without a primer). Over the included primer, it stayed on well for seven and a half hours.

01/02

Dior Shimmer Copper Backstage Eyeshadow
Dior Shimmer Copper Backstage Eyeshadow
Dior Shimmer Copper Backstage Eyeshadow
Dior Shimmer Copper Backstage Eyeshadow
Dior Shimmer Copper Backstage Eyeshadow
Dior Shimmer Copper Backstage Eyeshadow

Shimmer Copper

Shimmer Copper is a soft, peachy orange with warm undertones and a frosted finish. The texture was so dry and dusty, which led to product getting all over the palette and tons of fallout during application, regardless of whether it was on bare lids or over the included primer. The only way to deal with this shade was to apply it with a dampened brush, which helped minimize the fallout and keep it from blending away to nothingness. It lasted for eight hours over primer.

01/02

Dior Shimmer Brown Backstage Eyeshadow
Dior Shimmer Brown Backstage Eyeshadow
Dior Shimmer Brown Backstage Eyeshadow
Dior Shimmer Brown Backstage Eyeshadow
Dior Shimmer Brown Backstage Eyeshadow
Dior Shimmer Brown Backstage Eyeshadow

Shimmer Brown

Shimmer Brown is a soft, medium brown with warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had medium, buildable pigmentation that applied with opaque coverage in one layer when applied over the included primer. This was one of the few shades that wasn’t overly powdery in the pan and actually applied without having to worry about fallout. It wore well for nine hours over the included primer.

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Dior Matte Nude Backstage Eyeshadow
Dior Matte Nude Backstage Eyeshadow
Dior Matte Nude Backstage Eyeshadow
Dior Matte Nude Backstage Eyeshadow
Dior Matte Nude Backstage Eyeshadow
Dior Matte Nude Backstage Eyeshadow

Matte Nude

Matte Nude is a soft peach with warm, orange undertones and a matte finish. It darkened a few shades when layered over the included primer. It had semi-sheer coverage on its own with a very powdery texture that kicked up a ton of excess (which, given there’s a cream-based primer, ensured that the primer always had some powder in it from one of the many, powdery shades in the palette!). Patted on top over the primer, there was only moderate fallout instead of most of the eyeshadow below the lid instead of on it but it wasn’t as blendable as it seemed to stick a bit too strongly. Thankfully, the lightness of the hue made that more forgiving than it would have been with deeper shade. It lasted for eight hours over the included primer.

01/02

Dior Matte Ochre Backstage Eyeshadow
Dior Matte Ochre Backstage Eyeshadow
Dior Matte Ochre Backstage Eyeshadow
Dior Matte Ochre Backstage Eyeshadow
Dior Matte Ochre Backstage Eyeshadow
Dior Matte Ochre Backstage Eyeshadow

Matte Ochre

Matte Ochre is a medium, orange-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had medium coverage applied dry on its own, and applied over the included primer, it appeared more true-to-pan with opaque coverage and remained blendable. The texture was soft and slightly powdery, but it wasn’t as problematic as some of the shimmery shades in the palette. It wore well for nine hours over the included primer, which wasn’t the most disappointing wear time, but it was far below what I’d expect taking the effort to prime the lid, though.

01/02

Dior Matte Charcoal Backstage Eyeshadow
Dior Matte Charcoal Backstage Eyeshadow
Dior Matte Charcoal Backstage Eyeshadow
Dior Matte Charcoal Backstage Eyeshadow
Dior Matte Charcoal Backstage Eyeshadow
Dior Matte Charcoal Backstage Eyeshadow

Matte Charcoal

Matte Charcoal is a medium-dark taupe with subtle, warm brown undertones and a matte finish. It had sheer coverage with a soft, velvety texture that was incredibly powdery and prone to sheering out without the included primer, which it did perform well over. I did not find that it was buildable without the primer, though, and when I used it over the primer, it was pretty opaque from the get-go. The eyeshadow did blend out well and stayed on well for nine hours over the included primer.

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Dior Backstage Eye Palette $49.00/0.35 OZ.
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About the Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). (For more information, please check the FAQ.)

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Thank you Christine for your in-depth review! I was attracted towards the other Dior ES palette but I said to myself that I already have Glambition (Marc Jacobs) and Modern Ren (ABH) and that I don’t need any more dupes. Disappointed though by such a poor performance coming from Dior. It’s unacceptable imo taking into account the brand and the price.

This sounds utterly horrid to try using. Oddly enough, though, one YT’er who I watch every Saturday night for her haul video, actually loves hers. (idk how)
Yet, as I watched her swatch both palettes on her arm, my own impression was that the shadows appeared VERY dry, crumbly and patchy to my eye!

As soon as I finished testing both palettes, they immediately went into my donate bin I was so disappointed by them πŸ™ I’m glad you’re enjoying yours!

Both in the bin, eh? Well, glad I held out on the cooler one. Probably duped, but it’s always so nice to have your faves all in one place. Disappointing. What Ms Genevieve says.

I think if you’re going for a very soft look and aren’t too bothered over fallout/drier shimmers (and aren’t married to using Dior’s primer), it might all come together pretty enough, with the cool palette. I can see some liking the cool palette since it’s harder to find that shade selection altogether.

I love the idea of Dior Backstage, with its transparent palette tops and beautiful range of basic, wearable shades. This palette is super disappointing.

I had my eye on this palette. So glad you reviewed it. It’s too expensive to get this with only a C rating. I have Viseart Matte Neutrals. & ABH Modern REN. I really appreciate all your reviews. Saved myself a lot of money, but at the same time treated myself to some amazing products after your reviews!

I’m always surprised when high end brands do bad basic neutral palettes. I guess Dior thought the primer would be the saving grace? Big old pass for me.

Well, it’s a turn up for HE brands like Dior when DS brands like Colour Pop and BH Foil Eyes have significantly better ratings across the board. There are so many warm neutral palettes around these days that you have to literally pull the rabbit out of the hat to make them stand out, and this one does for all the wrong reasons. What a waste of money.

I feel so validated by your review! I was so excited to get my hands on it and so disappointed by the quality, nothing was picked up by multiple brushes. They either had no pigment at all or were crumbly.

Hi Christine,

I’ve bought the cool one and was so disappointed… The mattes are good for me but the shimmers are not that great at all… I have to use fix + everytime and I never do that with eyeshadows so it’s so frustrating… I wanted to try the warm palette thinking that it could be better but seeing your review is a good thing for me πŸ˜‰ I’ll not buy it ! I’ve written a review on Sephora France because I’ve read so many good reviews and I do not undestand how you can think that it’s good in any way… And the claim to be hyper pigmented is so false… So thank you for your review πŸ˜‰

I found the shimmers rather dry and agree that they were hard to use on their own (even over the primer) – they really had to be used dampened to come together! The mattes were definitely better and more workable than the shimmers.

It’s nice to know I’m not the only one!

I guess this is an example of “different strokes for different folks.” I’m loving the shimmer shades in the cool palette, especially the one in the center. I haven’t found them dry at all, and I never wet them before using them.

That said, I admit that I am not always in agreement with popular opinions on eyeshadows. For example, I really dislike ABH Modern Renaissance shadows, but most people like them. I hope my constant raving about the Dior cool palette has not made anyone buy it and then regret it.

I was hoping that since this wasn’t a unique palette, at least it would be a good quality one reflecting the good shadows Dior can formulate. Alas, no, and the only shades I really like are those for which I’ve got 387 dupes! For $59 Canadian, I expect better than this.

So weird! I expected a better review considering I’ve read in various outlets that Meghan Markle had this used on her wedding day, but I guess we’ll not really know!

For wedding day makeup, the sheerness/powderiness and the like might have been just fine! I tried to find a good shot of the eye makeup, but my quick search only turned up open eyes and it was a more lash/liner heavy look.

Sometimes your reviews make no sense to me. Did Dior PR offend you somehow or are you just trying to get attention to the website? These are good eyeshadows.

Or we could simply have different experiences – I think I detailed how and why this didn’t live up to the claims Dior made thoroughly and why it rated how it did. I’ve reviewed Dior products for many years and given ratings across the board — including the highlighter palette from the same launch an A- and past eyeshadow palette As as well as Fs.

I welcome you to share your own thoughts and experiences – perhaps you could share why you like them, or how you use them, just as other readers have shared their own experiences in the comments or as an official review on the palette’s product page.

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