Dior’s Night Golds eyeshadow palette is part of their holiday 2012 collection. It’s a limited edition set of five eyeshadows in gold and brown tones.
The formula over all on this palette just misses being great – it’s very good. The most impressive thing about it to me was the sparkly copper shade (top right), which for me applied like butter with just a tiny bit of fallout during application and none during wear. I always expect at least some fallout during wear from a glitter shadow, but it just didn’t happen. I tested it with and without primer, but I never wore it overtop of another shadow – I probably would get fallout if I did that (the drier the surface, the better chance of fallout).
I didn’t get any creasing or fading with these, and I liked the sparkly look – it wasn’t over the top, but it was definitely festive. The biggest flaw – if you can call it a flaw – with this palette is that most of the shades are very dupable. So let’s get into details.
This palette doesn’t give you a big variety of finishes, but that’s because it’s a sparkling, shining holiday palette. Color 1 is a metallic ivory with warm undertones. It’s sheerer than the other colors, so I needed to build it up with a couple of sweeps to get the color from the pan – and even then, it’s not fully opaque. This actually makes it work better for highlighting – it’s a stark, pale color which could look weirdly shiny white if it was opaque. Still, I would have preferred it have more pigment, but be easy to sheer out. This color is so dupable it’s not worth getting specific. Every line makes a color like this because it’s a good color to have.Color 2 is a glittery light copper that can look foiled if you apply it densely – that is, pack it onto the lid rather than using a fluffy brush in the crease, for example. Even though there are plenty of sparkly gold shadows out there, I feel the finish on this one is fairly unique and really interesting. As I mentioned above, I had a tiny bit of fallout in my lashes while I applied this, but none on my cheeks or under eye area at any point. This was easily my favorite color from this palette.Color 3 is a very dark brown matte with lots of gold micro-glitter. I used this one as a liner (as well as a shadow), which is a challenging way to use eyeshadow, but Dior’s instructions say to do it. This one was up to the task – it packs enough pigment to make a significant line. Again, surprisingly, it’s creamy enough that even the gold glitter bits only gave me a tiny bit of fallout during application and none during wear.Color 4 is a bright satin finish gold with moderately yellow undertones. The color payoff on this one is excellent, and it has a nice creamy feel. Urban Decay’s Half-Baked, in the new formula, is a perfect dupe in terms of the color, feel, opacity – everything, really. Kat Von D’s Sunny is just a tiny bit yellower.Color 5 is a cool light brown with a metallic finish. This is another one that performed very well – creamy, lots of pigment, etc. Stila Champagne is an exact dupe, and Urban Decay Suspect is just a shade darker.
I do recommend this palette, but with the caveat that you check your stash first for dupes. The coppery shade was the most unique in my experience, and I love it – but I wouldn’t pay this price for one really interesting shade. The palette overall performs very nicely, though, and it gives you a couple of options for very light looks as well as the more sparkly and dramatic, which could make it a nice option for travel.