For Summer 2013, Christian Dior brings us on a journey to Latin America, with its arresting array of colors. The collection, aptly named Bird of Paradise, embraces the vibrancy of nature in the tropics. Color palettes feature bright pigments and rich textures to celebrate the energetic vibe of summer.
One of the highlights of the collection is the Dior Nude Tan Paradise Blush & Bronzer Duo. This is the first time Dior has introduced a split-pan powder featuring a blush and a bronzer together. I loved that each of these are further split into 2 shades to create a multi-faceted look that is customizable to individual preferences. There are 2 color combinations available – Pink Glow (001) and Coral Glow (002). I believe only Pink Glow (001) is available in Singapore.
As you can see, the palette consists of a light and a medium shade bronzer; a light pink slightly shimmery blush and a medium pink blush. The powders are well pigmented, and I loved how the blusher blends together for a healthy rosy look (without being *too* pink) on me! They are finely milled, as you would expect for a luxury product. If I were to compare the texture with Guerlain’s Terracotta 4 Seasons (read my review here), Dior Nude Tan Paradise Duo is a true powder texture as opposed to a creamy consistency like Guerlain’s.
Here are the swatches…
I seldom rave about packaging, because to me, they are more a matter of aesthetics and taste than anything else. However, I really loved the magnatic snap closure that Dior has incorporated into this Paradise duo! That is so much handier than those clasp closures that have a tendency to destroy my nails! Even the plastic protective cover that goes between the powder pan and the in-built mirror is ridged around the edges so it stays in place and doesn’t slip off the moment you open the palette! Genius!!
The cherry on top of the cake is the luxe little kabuki brush that comes with the palette. It’s soft and fluffy, and comes with its own velvet casing that’s handy for your purse. I used it to apply the blush on my cheeks, and it worked beautifully!
This is actually the 2nd time in my entire life that I’ve bought a Dior palette. Unlike the first time, I expect to be getting plenty of mileage out of this Dior Nude Tan Paradise Duo! This is limited edition, and flying off the store-rooms even before they hit the shelves (just as the Dior Bird of Paradise Le Vernis duo – reviewed here). If you are even thinking about it, grab it before it’s all gone!