The title says it. When I think smoky, I think grey, black, darker colours. When I opened this palette, I was trying to think how to associate smoky with it. The palette is of light salmon pink combination. If you’re familiar with Dior’s 3 colour smoky palettes, you’d know that all 3 shades are of the same family, and they usually look similar. In this case, all 3 colours are very similar, just with different textures.
As you can see, there is a Base shade, a Soft Smoky and a Couture Smoky in the palette. Base is the lightest shade, while Soft Smoky is a tad bit darker, and Couture Smoky is glittery. When using my finger to pick up the colours, I find Soft Smoky to be stiff and dry. I tried using an eyeshadow brush and the result is much better. I guess some shades are better picked up using a brush. Heh! Of the 3 shades, Soft Smoky has the least colour payoff, and I find the texture a little stiff. On my lids, the colour comes out too close to my natural skin tone. The other 2 apply beautifully, soft to touch and easily blended.
I created a look for you using this palette, to show you how it looks like worn. On my skin tone, these colours don’t show up much. If you’re much darker, or much paler, you might have a better chance of it showing up. So on my lids, you only see a very light wash of pink, and in some lighting, probably a glimmer of reflective glitter, but that’s about it. I used Base all over my lids, Soft Smoky at the outer half of my lids and Couture Smoky at the inner half of my lids. Because these shade are light, my eyes needed the extra definition. I used Chanel Notorious to shade where my socket is, so that there is some sort of definition, and less puffiness. I used grey to line my eyes and then used a shimmery grey powder to soften the line. For this, I used the Dior Twinset Eyeshadow in 060 Grey Sigh. Pinks and greys are complementary colours. They pair very well together. The final look is subtle yet elegant.
For the rest of my face, I used Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation, Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Pale Pink, and Dior Addict Extreme in Cruise on top of Urban Decay lip liner in Naked. Brows are filled using Shu Uemura hard brow pencil in number 5 Stone Grey. I was going for a pink look in general, but I warmed it up a little without being too overwhelming. I paired this look with a black dress and grey pearl necklace for the dinner I had to attend to later that evening.
I have a few of their 3 Couleur Smoky palettes and the texture of all the shades are amazing. Smoky Rose is a sheer nude palette, and in the end, they all look the same on my lids. However, I would wear Couture Smoky with thick black liner and bold red lips. It would brighten up my eyes, perfect for a classic look 🙂 So while I love Dior to bits, and I am openly affectionate about the brand, I can’t tell you to rush to get this… especially when it’s at RM158. There are many other shades in this 3 Couleur Smoky line, and if you haven’t tried it, I would tell you to get Smoky Khaki or Smoky Brown instead 😛
What do you think?