Dior Spring 2013 Cherie Bow Edition Smoky Rose 731 Is Anything But Smoky

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.

smoky rose 1

smoky rose 2

smoky rose 3


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.


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smoky rose swatch


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.


smoky rose look2

smoky rose look1


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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ˜›

What do you think?


xoxo Lily


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  • Parita

    Love Dior palettes..they look stunning..btw the shades in this one are quite similar to ones available in naked palette 1 πŸ™‚

    • I can’t recall any of the Naked shades being similar to this, actually. Naked is a much warmer palette. If I absolutely have to compare, then it’ll be the 2 lightest shades (Virgin and Sin) in the Naked palette. Virgin is more vanilla while the Dior base shade is more pink. Sin is less shiny / glittery than the Couture Smoky. Hope that helps.

  • Love this look, Lily! Very effortless and just plain pretty! PS: your brows look *fabulous* in these pics!! πŸ˜€

    • Thanks Becca. I think the brows look better when I use Shu Uemura hard pencil. I’m in love with this thing! Review up soon.

  • Tracy@Beauty Reflections

    Very pretty and elegant! I’ve never tried these before. To tell you the truth, I’m not a huge Dior eyeshadow fan. I find them a little too shimmery for me. But this one looks not so bad!

    • I love Dior eyeshadows. Giorgio Armani ETKs are much more shimmery. If you were to try, I’d suggest their quint in Earth Reflections 609. Gorgeous taupes and cooler browns, and the pink doesn’t look pink. More like glowy brightening powder. Oh, and not much shimmers at all πŸ™‚

  • I am, to be honest, not impressed with the Dior Spring collection this time around. If they had made the Smokey Rose palette a pink + grey/black I might have preferred that. I used it the other day with a black base and it is nice and elegant but for that sort of asking price, I’d expect something much much more. Sorry Dior, try again.

    • Yes! If there was a darker shade, grey black or even dark brown, it would have been great. Dior Spring this year is not very impressive… -_-

  • I’m usually a big fan of Dior shadows, but this time around, I’m just not that impressed. I would much prefer if they can add in a darker shade in this.

    • And I agree πŸ™‚

  • I haven’t tried the trios at all, but you definitely managed to make it look very pretty! I still have the feeling that spring isn’t really “our season,” but I’m trying to make the most out of it!

    • Thanks Sunny. Pinks and pastels really aren’t my thing, or our thing as you said, but you know it’s not too bad when you can make it work!

  • Wow beautiful! I havnt seen this yet.. That shimmering shade is gorgeous!

    • Yes the shimmering shade is beautiful. I haven’t seen a dupe for it but then again, I don’t have much pink in my stash.

  • Popblush

    It’s so gorgeous!! Love your overall makeup look. Very pretty!

    • Thanks for dropping by, Popblush. I’m glad you like the look. It is understated but pretty πŸ™‚

  • Liz

    Gosh darn it but that shimmery shade is so pretty. πŸ™‚

    I agree though and would also go for Smoky Brown, Nude or Khaki if given the chance. I actually really like the idea of having a nice trio of corresponding shades in different finishes. It’s sort of perfect if only the quality measure up.

    • The smoky khaki is beautiful without a dud in the palette. This glittery shade is the most beautiful. It’s so random but reading your comment made me think of plush owls with this glittery eyeshadow on. Lol!!