You would have seen all the swatches I did for you a few weeks ago, but these 2 were amiss. I skipped these two shades specifically because I was going to review them. They are Blue Denim and Khôl. Dior Diorshow Mono Backstage Eye Shadows retail at RM105 each and each pan contains 2.2grams of product. Compared to a Burberry single eye shadow which costs the same, Dior mono has less product (Burberry has 2.5g) and packaging wise, I’d prefer the heavy metallic feel of Burberry too. However, the texture is something completely different.
Do you notice something a little strange in the photo above? I didn’t notice it at first, then I thought it must have been my eyes. No, it’s not. I don’t know why, and I figured it might not be a printer problem because even the fonts are a little different. Both are made in France though, so I’m still a little puzzled. (Edited: Because these are press samples, DUH! Those you buy at Dior counters are all consistent) That aside, the packaging is what we are all familiar with. It is the classic dark blue case that is Dior.
Blue Denim is a multi dimension blue that is best applied wet. When it is used dry, I find that the blue is muddy and greyish. Khôl is a matte black that doesn’t look all black under sunlight. In fact, it looks like a soft black with a tinge of brown under the warm sun. When swatched dry, the texture is a little patchy and hard, but when used wet, it is opaque black and very smooth. I find that these 2 colours perform best when applied using a damp brush.
What I do is spritz my eye shadow brush with MAC Fix+ (or plain water) before dipping the brush into the pan. Do make sure the brush is not dripping wet, or you might spoil the eye shadow. I have used it wet quite a few times, and the eye shadow doesn’t harden when it dries again, which I think is very important. The reason I don’t usually use my eye shadows wet is because the area where I dip my brush into can’t be used dry anymore. I’m happy to report these Dior monos are good both wet and dry, and the texture doesn’t go haywire. Blending is also easy even when the colours are used wet. No complaints there.
Swatches above show very clearly how vivid the colours become when used wet. To be fair, the dry swatches are done without a primer, using my dry fingers with only one pass. I didn’t build it up, or blend it out. There is an advantage of the sheerness when used dry though. When I want the black to be less pronounced, then I’ll be sure to use it dry. However, I think I’ll be using them wet most of the time. They are gorgeous and they stay on forever!! Here’s how I wore it out the other night.
Blue Denim all over my lid, pulled out to lengthen my eyes, and down my lower lash line. It’s almost like drawing a more elongated eye shape – up and out 😉 Khôl was used near my lash lines to deepen and darken my eyes and to brighten the inner corners of my eyes, I used Giorgio Armani #23 Madre Perla. I blended out the edges using Chanel Notorious and I had to use some lashes because amidst the darkness, my natural lashes disappeared. (Note: Crappy glue job on my left eye, your right. Shows you how often I use lashes. LOL!)
Here’s the whole face…
Shite loads of concealer, NARS Deep Throat for blush and Dior Grège on my lips. Hair was done at the salon because I have no idea how to use hot curlers. Under dim light and crappy lighting at that dinner hall, I’d probably look like this…
Sick of me yet? LOL! That’s all I have for you anyway. Most of the photos taken were pretty bad, and these 2 were the best I’ve got. Bad lighting, kid crying, not in the mood, and I had to run.
How do you like Blue Denim and Khôl? What about the smoky eye I created using these 2 products? Have you checked out any of these Dior mono eye shadows? Have a good mid week guys! I kinda miss those curls….