Dior's new 5-Colour Eyeshadows for the Spring 2012 New Look Collection ($59) finally arrived this week at Neiman Marcus. I had seen photos of many of the new palettes, but I hadn't seen a photo of Grège. Nevertheless, I was sure it would be filled with my colors with a name like Grège. I envisioned Armani greige - a hybrid of grey and beige, perfect colors. That's the way the name had been pronounced to me. I was so wrong. It turns out the word grège means the color of oatmeal. That's a perfect image for the colors in the palette.
I was able to snap some swatch photos when the sun was flirting with clouds. They aren't the best swatch photos I've ever taken, but they will have to do. I have no motivation to try for better ones because this palette isn't me. I don't look good in muddy colors, and three of the five shades in the palette are muddy on me. I recommend that you try this one before you buy. The colors might look great on you if your skin is warmer and darker than mine. On me? Too much mud!
I swatched in a clockwise order, starting at the top left in the palette and ending with the center beige shade. I applied each shade heavily with a sponge-tipped applicator. The muddy brown at the top left is wearable, but why bother? The white is an OK white, but I wouldn't reach for this palette to single out one shade. The silver grey is pretty - not distinctive, but pretty. The red-toned brown is a shade I will never ever wear. Red-toned shadows bring out the red in my eyes. The beige in the center is boring. It's the color of oatmeal - maybe putty. I can't imagine using it to accent anything on my face.
Most of the finishes are satin or softly shimmering. The two lightest shades (white and beige) are also the brightest.
I don't usually feature makeup I don't like. I decided to show you the Grège 5-Colour Eyeshadow Palette only because it's new. If your tastes are similar to mine, make sure you see it before you purchase. I'm sure someone out there will find the shades attractive. If you like these shades, I hope I was able to help you find your next makeup buy. I'm not sure what else I can say.
There are two palettes in the collection that are predominantly pink and blue. Neither attracted me. There's also one called Royal Kaki that I had ruled out. Now, I wish I had selected that one. An evening gown from the New Look Collection in 1947 sported the colors that were used in the Royal Kaki Palette.
I don't return makeup I've swatched/used, so I'll have to decide if I'm going to spend another $59. You'll know if and when I feature Royal Kaki here. What do you think of the shades in Grège? Do they excite you? Am I standing alone on my personal island of discontent?
Photos by Best Things in Beauty