Friday, June 16, 2017

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Quints | Review, Swatches (Part 1)

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Quints Embrace Electrify Magnify Touch Dream Undress Matte Satin Review Swatches Photos

While Dior's Summer Care & Dare Collection seems to still only be available in Europe (major sad face), Dior's Pump 'n Volume Resort collection is here in full force, which includes a drop of an all new, reformulated range of Dior's ever-popular 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palettes ($62 for 0.24 oz.)! There are 12 new quints in the launch, and I've got 6 swatched and reviewed today. For Part 2 of the swatches + review, see here! Currently, 6 of the quints are available at Sephora, while all 12 are available at Bloomingdales and Dillards.
The new 5 Couleurs Eyeshadows have been redesigned by Peter Philips (of course), Dior's Global Creative Director of Makeup, in a really really stunning array of colours. My first impressions upon seeing them all in person and getting to play were that the pigmentation is really fantastic in all of them and that I am sooo excited that there are 6 matte quints and 6 satin / shimmer ones! Occasionally there's a pan that doesn't perform as strongly, but in general, all the palettes have great pigmentation. It is Dior's signature, soft, buttery, buildable kind of pigmentation that allows you to create softly blended looks as well as bold dramatic ones with ease. Let me be clear that the "softness" of the colour should not at all be interpreted as sub-par pigmentation - while these don't have 100% opaque, fully saturated payoff from one touch to the pan, that is not what they are intended to be. To anyone using them, I think it's immediately clear how high quality they are from the soft, buttery feel of the powders, the incredibly finely milled texture and the ease of application and the ease with which you can build up a strongly opaque colour from almost every single palette.

In all the eye looks below, I have used an eyeshadow primer (NARS Pro Prime Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base ($), which I use every day because I have very oily lids and there is almost no eyeshadow that will stay put if I don't use a primer. If you have issues with eyeshadows creasing, I highly recommend you get yourself a good primer such as the NARS one I mentioned or Urband Decay Primer's an invaluable item in my arsenal, and I would have to give up on wearing eyeshadow if I didn't use them because there's no point for me without a primer!

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Quints Embrace Dream Matte Review Swatches Photos

First up are my two favourites of this batch:

  • 627 Embrace (Matte): soft white, creamy peachy orange, light buff beige nude, rusty ochre orangey-red, twiggy deep brown
  • 757 Dream (Matte): soft light pink, taupey light mauve pink, cool lavender periwinkle, dusty soft mauve purple, deep blackened grape

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Quints Embrace Dream Matte Review Swatches Photos

The pigmentation in both Embrace and Dream is fantastic across the board. The powders are so smooth and soft - they are really a huge pleasure to use. I also think it's worth noting that a lot of brands have real formula problems when it comes to matte eyeshadows (ahem Chanel)...a lot of times mattes can come out chalky and poorly pigmented, and wow is that not at all the case with Dior's matte quints! I'll spoil the surprise and let you know that all of the 6 mattes in the new 5 Couleurs range perform this well when it comes to texture, pigmentation and blendability. Below are swatches and looks with both Embrace and Dream on the eyes!

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Quints Embrace Matte Review Swatches Photos

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Quints Dream Matte Review Swatches Photos

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Quints Touch Undress Matte Satin Review Swatches Photos

Next up we have the two nude quints:

  • 537 Touch (Matte): creamy white, soft powdery warm pink, soft powdery slightly cool pink, creamy beige nude, deep chocolatey brown
  • 647 Undress (Satin/Shimmer): white shimmer, soft pink pearl, soft nude pink matte, soft champagne gold shimmer, deep cool purple-leaning chocolate

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Quints Touch Undress Matte Satin Review Swatches Photos

Touch and Undress are very similar because they both emphasize, nude, skin-like tones so strongly, but I think that on the skin there are some noticeable difference. Personally, I prefer Touch because it performs a little better than Undress and I like the colours more. Undress has pigmentation issues with one of the pans - the pink pearl seems pretty stiff, and you really have to work to get and colour to show up, which is a pain. It's a shame because it would be a really pretty colour if it would translate onto skin better. Besides that one pan, all the individual shades in both of these quints perform very well.

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Quints Touch Matte Review Swatches Photos

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Quints Undress Satin Review Swatches Photos

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Quints Magnify Electrify Satin Review Swatches Photos

Lastly, we have the bolds (I accidentally flipped them in the swatches below, which is pretty obvious because the colours are so different):

  • Magnify (shimmer): soft lilac shimmer, white shimmer, deep grape-purple with slight blue duochrome shimmer, cool soft lavender grey shimmer, rich burgundy purple-red shimmer
  • Electrify (shimmer): white sparkle-shimmer, light coral pink shimmer, soft pastel sea green shimmer, turquoise blue shimmer, deep marine blue-green shimmer

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Quints Magnify Electrify Satin Review Swatches Photos

Of the two quints, Magnify performs best, with great pigmentation across the board. Electrify also has really solid performance, except the center shade (pastel sea green) takes some work to get normal payoff, and the darkest shade is slightly stiff and chalky feeling, although it doesn't take as much work to get good payoff on the lid from it. Electrify has an edge though because it includes a very interesting and unique shade which none of the other quads have - if you look at the first swatch on my arm, maybe you will be able to notice that is seems a little sparkly compared to the others. In person, it is a very beautiful, special, finely sparkly shade that is clearly different than all the normal shimmers that we've seen throughout this first batch of quints. I wish Dior would include more sparkly shades like this in its quints in the future because it's SUPER pretty! It's a beautiful shade that can be used in inner corners or on brow bone, and also is great as a topper for the entire eye look that gives it a lil extra oomph. Magnify is more wearable for me, but I was surprised by how wearable Electrify was's a really pretty colour combo for summer IMO and would look great on people with blue or greenish eyes!

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Quints Magnify Satin Review Swatches Photos

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Quints Electrify Satin Review Swatches Photos

Bottom line, Dior has really upgraded its lineup with the release of these new 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palettes . The old palettes did not have as good pigmentation and texture, and I also think the variety of colours and finishes is better with the new quints. Peter Philips continues to impress, although I'm still confused about what is going on with Dior because this release doesn't seem to be well coordinated at all! Of all the retailers, barely anyone has these online, and there hasn't been all that much press attention around them at all! They arrived very quietly to both Sephora and my local Saks counter. I'm hoping that these odd, poorly publicized releases are just the result of Dior's internal restructuring that's ongoing and that once that's finalized that we will start to get all the seasonal collections in stores and online in America again and that they will be well publicized so we don't have to do so much work to discover them and track them down! *And again, for Part 2, see here!*

xx Georgia Grace


  1. The swatches on Magnify (purple) make me so happy!! Glad to see Dior back in the shadow game with a new, improved formula. The only reason I haven't grabbed it yet, is because I got Viseart Amethyst (love!!!) , and I'll need to swatch Magnify in person to see if there's enough difference to justify the purchase. But I'll be looking forward to your swatches/reviews of the other kits (Katherine T.)

  2. Can't wait for part 2 of the palette swatches , really interested to see the other ones :)Thanks

  3. Hoping to have these up in the coming week or two! I've gotten a little behind due to lots of hectic happenings of late, but hoping to get lots of content up in the coming weeks :) xx Georgia Grace


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