In a swirl of shadows and light, the Dior heroine leads the ball dance. She wears her glamour like a second skin. For the Christmas 2012 makeup collection, Tyen reinterprets the spirit of Dior grand balls with a contemporary elegance and a cheeky twist. They were a constant theme beating at the heart of monsieur Dior’s fashion and life. From the extravagant parties in Granville, his childhood home, which gave him a glimpse of his destiny in couture, to the Follies of the Parisian balls in the roaring 20s, the couturier was profoundly fascinated by transformation. From the catwalk to the red carpet, his ball gowns have become every woman’s desire. An 18th-century look, revived and modernised. Fleeting and flamboyant, the grand bal embraces the Fantasy of Christmas.
I wanted to paste the paragraph above because I thought it was romantic and explains how we get this collection very well. Anyway, shall we do some unboxing here at Chloe.Ash? I received some items from the Dior Grand Bal Collection and I thought I’d share a general overview before the product’s review proper. I have read reviews online before seeing these in person. I was a little skeptical with all the golden packaging but thought, well, it’s Dior, so it probably wouldn’t look el-cheapo, eh? And then, I remembered Chanel’s recent ad with Brad Pitt…well, anything CAN happen.
Let’s undress them and see how they look inside, shall we?
I am happy to report that the gold is not tacky at all. In fact, the packaging is luxurious and elegant, lavished with warm golden tones, heavy to hold, sturdy to play with. I have with me the star product of the collection, Palette Grand Bal Carnet de Maquillage (RM240), a Diorific Collection Grand Bal in Marilyn (RM104), a Diorific Vernis in Dior Lady (RM79) and a set of Gold Crystals Grand Bal False Lashes (RM99). The Dior 5-Couleurs Eyeshadow in Fairy Golds (RM200) is also part of this collection, and reviewed just recently.
The gold bar on your left that looks like hand weights is the lipstick. The white ball that looks like Christmas tree ornament is a nail polish. The Grand Bal palette consists of 2 eye shadows, 2 lip glosses and a pencil liner. The mechanism of this palette is very clever. More about it later 🙂 The one that caught my eye the most must be the set of false lashes.
This is no ordinary set of lashes you can get at your local Sasa. These golden Swarovski crystals, I find, are intricately designed to keep the lashes weightless, while the lashes look dramatic yet natural. Am I even making any sense?
I’ve already taken photos of the swatches, and I can’t wait to play with it further. I’m planning to recreate some of the looks in the press release, if possible. It would be fun! Now I just have to figure out how to tweak it to suit my eye shape.
The Dior Grand Bal Collection should be available at all Dior counters nationwide by now. Have you seen it? Or have you played with any of the products yet?
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