Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Dior Electric Tropics: Rosy Nude & Rosy Tan Quints Review and Swatches

Dior always seems to get me - no matter what season, what launch, I always end up adding to my substantial collection of their 5 Colour Eye Shadow quints.

This summer the theme is Electric Tropics, and while the collection features the aptly named fluorescent nail polishes Aloha and Paradise Pink, the eye shadow quints are decidedly neutral. It does strike me as odd to see such neutral palettes featured in a collection called Electric Tropics - but hey, I love neutrals and so can't help but be pleased. Photos of quints taken in natural light, swatches on NC 40 skin, indoor lighting no flash.

Dior 5 Colours Rosy Nude (left) and Rosy Tan (right).

Dior 5 Colours Rosy Nude (left) and Rosy Tan (right).

Dior 5 Colours Rosy Nude

The lighter of the two quints, Rosy Nude consists of a pale pink satin, milk chocolate satin, warm white frost, golden beige frost and a iridescent peach with tiny gold flecks. Each colour in this quint is pretty, but fairly light. My one criticism of this quint is not having a darker accent colour to anchor the quad and make it wearable on its own without any additions. That being said, you could do a very pretty, sparkly pale eye and kick it up a notch with black eyeliner and loads of black mascara.

Dior 5 Colours Rosy Tan

The darker of the two, Rosy Tan consists of a warm white frost, golden frosted taupe, a pale pink/peach satin, a satin chocolate brown with tiny gold specks and a a satin beigey taupe. This quad is well rounded in terms of including a variety of tones.

General Comments

I will be the first to admit the two palettes are quite similar, so I don't think both of them are must haves. I purchased both because: a) I collect Dior quints and love shimmery neutrals, and thus feel obliged to have them both and b) Shoppers Drug Mart had an amazing promotion where if you spent $100 you received a $40 gift card towards a future purchase! Of the two I think  Rosy Tan is the better purchase because the palette offers more tonal variation, thus allowing you to create both light and darker, smokier looks. Because Rosy Nude is a predominantly light palette, you would have to add a darker shadow to work something more dramatic.

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