Dior Holiday is arriving at counters, and (as usual for Dior), it is a large and complicated collection, with certain pieces only available at certain stores. The collection is called Cristal Boreale, and we’ll first look at what I did manage to swatch so far, then we’ll run through what else is still out there.
Attracting a lot of attention right now is the limited edition iridescent eyeshadow quint 089 Smoky Crystal. The promotional picture took my breath away — it looked like a warm neutral duo on top, a cool neutral duo on bottom, and what I hoped was a light purple in the center. In reality, the whole quint swatched much cooler than I expected (and that purple is strong!), and I knew this wasn’t the quint for me. Smoky Crystal is priced like all Dior quints: $56.
Last year for Holiday, Dior offered a pair of eyeshadow quads (warm and cool) in a magnetic-closure compact. This year there’s only one, and it is very warm. (Unless I somehow swatched an errant quad, the product photo is sort of misleading.) The official name of this product is Dior Black Cannage Eye Palette and it is $40. I don’t know if this information is useful to you, but according to the label, the shades are 682, 542, 519, and 929 iridescent shadows.
There’s also a “Deluxe Travel Palette,” which includes three pairs of eyeshadow duos, blush, powder foundation (which surprised me), a mini size Dior Iconic mascara, and a mini Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect, plus applicators and a mirror in a zip-closure case. I didn’t label the picture like I normally do because I’m not absolutely familiar with Dior nomenclature and I didn’t want to make a mistake.
Again, according to the back of the case, the shadows are iridescent 649, 062, 042, 959, 822, and 009. Now, I don’t speak Dior, but do these numbers correspond to shades available as singles?
The blush is Diorblush (Blush Poudre Couleur & Lumiere) Glowing Color Powder Blush 950. The powder is Diorskin Forever Compact (Teint Haute Perfection) Extreme Wear Makeup FPS 25 SPF PA++ in shade 030 — but what if 030 isn’t your shade? (Diorphiles? Can you explain?). The gloss is shade 257 (it’s a popular choice for these types of palettes).
All in all, I thought the textures and colors were nice, especially that pretty blush. The travel palette is $70.
But wait, there’s more! I haven’t yet swatched the most important item of the collection, the Cristal Boreale gloss pendant. Apparently back in the 50s, Dior asked Swarovski to create a crystal inspired by sunlight bouncing through Versailles’ Hall of Mirrors. There are four of those special Aurore Boreale multi-colored crystals on the pendant (and 48 other Swarovski crystals). The pendant contains Pink Crystal gloss and is $80.
There’s also apparently a special single eyeshadow: Cristal Boreale eyeshadow in Silver Gem. It’s embossed with a jewel pattern and it’s $30 — I haven’t seen this anywhere yet.
There’s a “Style Liner” eyeliner in 174 Sparkling Purple ($31), and two polishes: 782 Silver Purple (see Steph’s Closet’s gorgeous swatches) and 905 Black Sequins available only at Sephora (see AllLacqueredUp’s beautiful swatches). Both polishes are $20.
We talked about the “black cannage” eyeshadow quad; there’s also a “black cannage” lip quad — AND a “red cannage” lip quad, which is available only at Sephora. Like the eyeshadow quad, these are $40 each.
And there’s one more Sephora-only palette: the Dior Couture Silver Cannage Clutch. This clutch is $70. It contains DiorBlush 733 English Rose, the eyeshadow duo Nude Look — and what looks like a purple shadow is actually a plummy gloss: shade 483. There’s also a mini blush brush and a double-ended lip-and-eyeshadow applicator.
There’s also a mini brush set ($60), which contains a powder brush, foundation brush, what looks like maybe a domed eyeshadow brush, and a lip brush — all in a handy carrying case.