Dior Spring 2013 Cherie Bow Twinset Eyeshadows: Tried, Tested and….

It’s past midnight. The soy milk in my glass is empty. I stare at my computer screen. I hear crickets in my mind. Ugh! I was taught to keep quiet when I don’t have anything good to say. I have this awkward feeling writing a negative review, especially when I love Dior so much. Oh, oops! Did I give it away so soon? Oh well, here goes.




I was sent 2 shades: 840 Ballerina Pink and 060 Grey Sigh. The Twinset eye shadow is one of my lemmings because I was excited about the concept and it’s something new from Dior. One end of this pen is a sponge tip that picks up powder, and the other end is a thick pencil. This concept is not unlike the Shiseido Macquillage brow pencil I’m used to, where one end is a fine brow pencil, and the other end a sponge applicator with brow powder. This Twinset eyeshadow is just a fatter version.





I actually like this concept very much because it is very convenient, and I can just chuck this in my makeup bag and I’ll have a liner cum shadow. I find the powder to be like talcum. It doesn’t adhere to my skin very well. The powder is very light and airy, and there must be a base for it to stick to. That is why we have the other end of the pen. I use this thick liner as a base, applying it all over my lid before setting with powder. It actually applies very smooth without tugging my lids. This Twinset eye shadow is a bit on a sheer side, but pigmentation is buildable.




While the concept is there, the performance of the product is lacking. Even with primed lids, there is substantial sign of fading and creasing by the second hour. My lids are normal / oily (not too oily) and usually, Dior eye shadows stay on my lids for at least 4 hours even without any primer. That’s why I’m so disappointed. I LOVE how Grey Sigh looks on my lids, but I just can’t get it to stay fresh. I used the liner on my bottom lash line, and after a few hours, it’s completely gone. I think I applied it correctly, and the last time I checked, my makeup skill is a little above average >.< You can see how Grey Sigh looks on my lids here.

To be honest, I haven’t been using these much because after 3 tries and NOT getting them to work at all, I gave up. Is there anyone out there who don’t mind having these? Let me know. Maybe they will work better on you. I’m sorry, Dior. It’s not you. It’s my sometimes oily lids, I think. Still, I want these to work on me! Imagine the thrill of finally being able to try these babies, and then find out that they do not work at all. So sad 🙁 *sob* *pout* *wail* So, to complete the title, it should be “Tried, Tested and… Trashed Archived”. I don’t throw away makeup just because they don’t work, OK? Perhaps I can still use it if I know I’ll only be out for an hour. Eye makeup will stay fresh that way! Hahahaha 😀

Anyhoooo, I shall retire now… and dream about my version of the perfect Twinset 🙂

ps: Dear Dior, can you please try again with better formula? Pleeeeeeeeeeeease?


xoxo Lily


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  • Claire

    They look adorable, I wanted the grey one but after swatching it I was rather meh about it. The colour is still pretty but I think dupable 🙁 I really like the idea of those twin sets though, great swatches 🙂 I really hoped Dior would get better and better in 2013 but … oh well D:

    • I’m looking forward to testing out their monos, actually. The adverts look promising, but yet to launch. Yeah, this is a genuine disappointment, but kudos for the effort I guess

      • Claire

        they have an amazing blue shade shade, I am looking forward to try. and a taupish purple? haven’t seen them here but I wasn’t looking either, lol. I really hope they won’t be frosty, my dry lids hate that 🙁

        • I can’t wait to try it. I was told they can be used both dry and wet, and the colours are markedly different. We’ll see about that!

  • Chris @ My Fashion Trendencies

    That’s too bad that it didn’t work out. I like the concept, but not the execution.

    • Yes, great concept. It would’ve been awesome if it worked well 🙂

  • Parita

    Wow the grey one definitely looks gorgeous on your eyes! sad it doesn’t stay for longer and creases 🙁

    • I know right? 🙁

  • I think this is just not for oily eyelids. The idea is neat but I heard more complaints about the creasing part which is too bad.When the shadow and the liner are layered together they actually really look neat!

    • Yeah, I think those with drier lids might appreciate it, but then again, I don’t know if this is moisturizing. I think it’ll hold up better on normal lids…

  • Tracy@Beauty Reflections

    I don’t get why they decided to make these! It’s just such a 90s idea that never worked anyways!

    • Really? It’s a 90s idea? I didn’t know that… I thought it was cool but badly executed 😐

  • Too bad, I love the concept to. It seems like it would be easy to use and travel with. I’ve actually havnt heard anything positive about this product though. I know what you mean about giving a bad review, although its so very helpful to others! I think it gives you more credit though as a writer 🙂

    • Yeah, I’ve read pretty much all bad reviews about this product. I’ve written a few negative reviews before, but this one was especially difficult to write because I just heart Dior that much. LOL! That said, I’m glad I wrote it. I promised myself to be honest and frank in all my reviews 🙂

  • Ah shoot, what a shame. But I’m grateful for your honesty – you’ve saved many a beauty addict a bad buy. Well, you’ve saved me for sure since I doubt these would stay on my oily lids!

    • I’m glad I helped Annick 🙂

  • Hannah

    Actually, this kind of product is not new on the market. About 2 years ago, RMK launched a series of similar crayon-powder eyeshadow pencils which for some reason did not stir up quite as much interest in the beauty blogosphere as these Dior ones. Check them out here: http://www.rmkrmk.com/global/products/makeup/eyes/205060.html

    • I didn’t know about the rmk ones but they’re not as widely available as Dior. Probably one of the reasons why theirs is not mentioned often too?

  • I think these crease a little slower on me, but they do crease 🙁 I have a reader telling me she only needs to touch up once during a very long day (party after work kind of day) though, so I guess some people have better luck! I’d love to see Dior try again with a more solid formula!

    • It’s probably a combination of my lids and the humid weather, maybe? But I still think it only works on a small number of people. It would be great if the powder is also more pigmented 🙂

  • That’s so disappointing! Have you tried the Clinique version?

    • Clinique has a pencil and powder in one? I didn’t know that!

      • Not totally sure whether it is cream to powder, but I’ve heard it dries rather well. Will let you know if I check them out!

        • Cool! Let me know 🙂