Review: Dior 5 Couleur Eyeshadow Palette Montaigne

Montaigne is one of the new Dior 5 Couleur Eyeshadow Palettes launched for Fall 2014 and it is a permanent. If you have light to medium skin tone and you’re looking for a neutral palette for a very natural look, this is it.


Dior 5 Couleur Eye Shadow Palette Dior Montaigne


The new Dior eyeshadow palette is thinner compared to the older palettes, looks a little sleeker, but most of the features are kept the same, such as the blue and the Dior logo. They did away with the hologram at the front and added a colour code at the back. The price has gone up to RM225, so whether it is worth the price is really based on your own perception and affordability. Montaigne consists of 5 pinky brown / peachy neutrals which I think flatter most skin tones.


Montaigne Eye Palette


Isn’t it a beautiful neutral? Here’s a closer look.


Dior 5 Couleur Eye Shadow Montaigne


On my skin, the colours look light and subtle. To me, they are described as below.

Top left: A satin light pinky peach with slight golden sheen

Top right: Β A matte light beige

Bottom right: A satin dark leather brown which looks neutral

Bottom left: A satin light beige brown which pulls a tad bit grey and yellow at the same time

Centre: A matte warm brown that is the perfect crease shade

I swatched them dry on my arm without any primer underneath. Against my light skin tone, these colours don’t show up too much. I assume these will stand out more if you have darker skin tones.


Montaigne swatch


SinceΒ the lighter colours don’t show up very much on me, I need to use the darkest shade to create more depth. However, I do think this palette is great for those who might be afraid of making mistakes, still new to applying eye shadows or those who just want subtle definition on their eyes.Β I am a neutral fiend and I like this palette. Boring colours? Well, depends on how you look at it. I don’t wear bright colours often so there really isn’t a point in owning many. Neutrals however, are suitable for all occasions and you only need to change the colour of your lipstick to change the mood.

Have you tried any of these new palettes yet? Cuir Cannage is another neutral palette but it has much darker and more pigmented shades. That one seems to be the crowd favourite. I did a swatch fest for the rest of the palettes, so if you haven’t seen them, you can find themΒ here.


xoxo Lily


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  • Claire

    you know, I actually need some more neutrals. I get bored very easily so I have an excuse now to shop for all the kind of neutrals haha. I don’t find neutrals boring per se though, I just get bored easily … like with everything lol. have one of those new dior quints and still can’t make up my mind how I feel about them. this one is work safe though and I have to take a closer look next week.

    • Lily

      Which one do you have Claire? I have my eyes on Jardin but I really couldn’t justify the purchase.

      • Claire

        pied de poule. but idk, the shades are nice but I feel a bit meh. maybe I just have to use it a bit more and see how it goes.

        • Lily

          Oh I swatched that and it’s a great smokey eye palette! Saw some swatches done wet and the colours stand out even more πŸ™‚

  • shucheng lim

    Can you show us how the eye shadow palette looks on you?

    • Lily

      Yes of course. I’ll post it next week on my stash shopping post so stay tuned.

  • Bella

    This is sooooo pretty, and I’d also like to see a look on you. In the pan I like Cuir Cannage, but I don’t need it at all and the swatches of Montaigne are so much prettier.

    • Lily

      Cuir Cannage looks like many neutral palettes I have. Reminds me of the older palette Iridescent Leather actually. I’ll post the look on the next stash shopping post πŸ™‚

  • Hey Lily, Montaigne seems like a great work-friendly palette, or a perfect one for beginners! I think it’s great that Dior puts a mix of textures in these new palettes. It’s something that they previously didn’t do!

    • Lily

      I’ve always had good experiences with Dior palettes so I’m totally biased. Lol

  • Oh no, I wish I had not seen this! ;o (Lily….!)
    This reminds me of the vintage Brown palette from Dior that I loved to pans. The colors and the composition are almost identical.
    It is warmish but not to much, so beautiful! I’m adding this to my wishlist. πŸ™‚

    • Lily

      I think this will look lovely on you Lena! Definitely not too warm and it’s so soft and pretty πŸ™‚

  • Jaa

    Ahh… all these beautiful nude palettes are killing me! I really like this one a lot, Lily! I don’t know if I should thank you for introducing me to it because now I want it! LOL. I can never get enough of neutral palettes…. -__-“

    • Lily

      I’m a sucker for neutrals myself, Jaa. You really can’t have enough πŸ˜›

  • Liz

    Oh my god, now I want it. *___* Of course, another neutral palette is the last thing that anyone of us really needs, but that colour combination looks so soft and beautiful. I especially like the middle and bottom left shades!

    • Lily

      Great taste! The middle shade is awesome for the crease and the bottom left shade is beautiful on the lids πŸ™‚

  • I love, love, love Dior eye shadows — this reminds me of 030 Incognito! My only issue with it though is that there’s never enough contrast between the colours. There’s usually one medium colour and the rest kind of all meld together because they’re so pale.

    • Lily

      Incognito is cooler than this which is more neutral. This palette is made for tone on tone looks and that’s why there is less contrast πŸ™‚

  • It’s nice! It would be a great workhorse palette actually.

    • Lily

      Yup neutrals are usually like that but I like that this is a softer neutral πŸ™‚

  • I want Cuir Cannage but I don’t think it’s available in the US! WHAT THE HECK. This one is a little too light for my tastes, but I could see it being a really nice practical palette for those who prefer the neutral look all the time πŸ™‚

    • Lily

      Cuir Cannage is not available in the US??? That’s kinda ridiculous!!

  • Lily

    Hi Sara, it’s really up to you. I’ve always had really good experiences with Dior, and don’t mind splurging. Of course, nowadays, if I want to spend, I try to find something I don’t have in my stash. For Montaigne, you might want to swatch and try at the counter before purchasing. The palette is light, so you might want to see if you like the paler shades πŸ™‚

  • I have yet to try a Dior palette. I’ve been wanting to for ages, but some other beauty purchase always gets in the way. This has some great everyday colours, but I think when I splurge on a Dior palette, it’ll be for something more interesting. I have a million and one neutrals already! Not that that usually stops me haha

    • Lily

      Ah don’t we all have that neutral overload problem. Have you looked at Jardin? That one has a green theme but all the shades are ridiculous buttery and super pigmented. Worth checking it out if you like greens πŸ™‚