Focus & Attract this Summer 2017 with Dior’s Care & Dare Collection

July 24, 2017

Dior has an unusually vivid color palette this Summer, and the theme Care & Dare has a rather ubiquitous sense of joie de vivre.  The juxtaposition of carefree and cared-for, is absolutely nonsensical, but it is exactly the spirit of fun that makes this collection worth getting out of bed for.

Dior 5 Couleur Palettes Attract Focus for Summer 2017

I hadn’t planned on picking up any Dior initially, but I was intrigued by the new eyeshadow formula and been meaning to give it a try.  Whilst waiting for my flight home from Germany last month, I chanced upon it at duty-free and grabbed both of the Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palettes from the Summer 2017 Care & Dare Collection.  Today I’d like to share my personal impressions, swatches and makeup looks with you.

Dior 5 Couleur Palette 557 Focus

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette 557 Focus is 1 of 2 limited edition palettes for this season, and they are formulated using the “new-generation” technology.  Dior touts these as highly pigmented, with a high fidelity finish that is true to the color in the pan, and a non-powdery skin-like finish with spectacular hold.  High claims to be sure, and to be honest I’m not entirely convinced there was a quantum leap between these palettes and their predecessors.  It has taken Dior a long time, 3 years to be exact, to get from being stiff and yielding virtually no color (such as these and these), to where it is today.  But from my perspective, it has been small incremental changes along the way rather than an overnight revamp.  Comparing with last Fall’s palettes (here and here), there is not much noticeable improvement in pigmentation and texture.

Dior 5 Couleur Palette 557 Focus swatches

Between the 2 palettes available this summer, Focus is probably easier to wear, though with an interesting pop of yellow thrown in for good fun.  The shades from left to right are:

All the shades have a lovely easy to blend texture, and none overblended into obscurity the way some of the earlier Dior palettes were prone to.  I do wish there was a bit more variety in finishes and more multi-dimensional shimmers.  The yellow is key to the palette, but unfortunately lacked pigmentation and turned muddy when layered on top of the other shades.

Dior 5 Couleur Palette 557 Focus eye makeup look

For this eye look, I started with the light beige as a base color all over my lid.  Thereafter, I buffed the medium taupe into the inner 3/4 of my lid, followed by the bronze on the outer corner.  Added a dash of yellow to the middle, and as you can see the color disappeared into the background, and despite my best efforts, I simply could not get it to show up true to pan.  Lined bottom lash line with bronze, and finished with a pop of champagne in the inner corner.

And here is the full look in context:

Dior 5 Couleur Palette 557 Focus makeup look

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette 557 Focus is a beautiful neutral palette on its own, but we are never in short supply of neutrals.  It most reminds me of last Fall’s Parisian Sky palette [reviewed here], which is a cooler-toned palette and softer in intensity, and in contrast Focus makes much more sense for summer.

Now let’s turn to the other limited edition palette…

Dior 5 Couleur Palette 867 Attract

Dior 5 Couleur Palette 867 Attract was the very reason I was drawn to this collection, with its vivid pink and jewel-like hues.  It also reminded me of Trafalgar from Fall 2014 [reviewed here], which was coincidentally the last time Dior had widely marketed a formula revamp, and I had loved the palette.

Dior 5 Couleur Palette 867 Attract swatches

The swatches from left to right are:

Though the color story had initially reminded me of Trafalgar, having swatched the palette, they are quite different in personality.

Attract vs Trafalgar swatch comparison

Placed side by side, Attract does boast far stronger pigmentation than the older Trafalgar.  However, it is much more monotonal with all the shades bearing strong red tones, and the finish is also flashier, making the entire palette more difficult to pull off.

Dior 5 Couleur Palette 867 Attract eye makeup look

Generally speaking, reds make for a bold look, but they can be challenging to pull off.  I do wish there was a brown thrown in to break the monotony, and greater gradation in terms of light to dark because the 3 copper/bronze shades are quite similar in intensities.  For this eye look, I applied the medium-light copper to the inner half of my lid, followed by the dark bronze on the outer half.  Blended out in the crease with the lighter bronze, and added a pat of pink on the middle of my lid.  Lined the lower lash line with dark bronze and finished with a touch of frosted pink on the inner corner.

And the final look:

Dior 5 Couleur Palette 867 Attract makeup look

Since preparing this post, I have been reaching out for both Focus and Attract intermittently throughout the past weeks, and I must say individually the shades are lovely and the new formula is easy to apply.  But I really struggle to create an eye look with just Attract alone, preferring to add in my own black or dark brown into the mix.  Focus on the other hand is a pretty one has been seeing much more action, but we always expect that of a neutral palette.

Have you tried / purchased either of these?