Belle of the Ball: Dior Palette Grand Bal Carnet de Maquillage

The Dior Palette Grand Bal Carnet de Maquillage. I do not own anything else that has that much bling to it. It does look grand for sure, with gold and silver tones running in the palette itself. It brings you back to the olden times when gestures were more grandeur, more romantic, and ever more stunning. I imagine my favourite romantic authors when I was a teenager writing about these. The rich colours and musky scents in a masquerade ball in one of Jude Devereaux’s or Judith McNaught’s novels.


The palette, when closed, is held together by the eye pencil. I think it is a very clever mechanism! Take the eye liner away, open it and prepare to be amazed by the glitz and glamour in the palette. The eye shadow duo is absolutely gorgeous to look at! The practicality in me asks if I’d use the gold and silver shadows much, but they are an eye candy.



There are 2 glosses in the palette, covered by a flip top lid. This is no stranger to Dior’s palettes, and I adore it that much more. This prevents powders from sticking onto the gloss and this little detail makes the palette that much more appealing. There are also 2 applicators in the palette, but I don’t usually use these. Most of the time, I chuck them out and use my own brushes instead. Below is a close up of the eye shadow. Look at the details.



The gold, when swatched, is surprisingly warmer and darker than what it looks like in the pan. The silver is not as light either. The gloss that looks white in the palette actually has little golden sparkles, and the red is sheer. The eye liner is surprisingly pigmented, and it stays on my lashline without smudging.


Natural day light

With flash


I will create a look using this palette, and I most likely will re-create the pictures from the press release. This palette is a treat for your eyes and if you love collecting limited edition items, this is a must have. However, the price point makes you do a double take, especially if you want to make the most out of this palette. I don’t use gold or silver eye shadows every day, probably only at night or on special occasions. So, no, I won’t be using this much (probably just the eye liner though). If you’re looking for an eye shadow palette, I do recommend looking at their Fairy Golds or Night Golds. That said, I have been adding some gold to my brown eye shadows and it makes me look so awake. In the end, it really depends on how you use it.

Have you checked this out yet? Which Holiday Collection caught your attention this year?


xoxo Lily