Dior is the latest beauty house to reformulate its eyeshadow palettes, and looks set to bring us 13 new 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palettes this Fall 2014. Not all of them have been globally launched yet, but already all eyes are on that red palette – #876 Trafalgar!
Inspired by the daring colors found in Dior’s runway designs, Trafalgar breaks the stereotypical mould of soft moody hues for Fall, and packs a punch with a bold red, rich gold, and velvety plum. These remind me of rich brocades in a lady’s boudoir, all luxurious and sensual.
Dior palettes have been hit or miss with me in the past, mostly because of the lack of pigmentation and dry textures. And until recently, I had not experimented with red eyeshadows… and so Trafalgar was not love at first sight for me.
I was happy to note that Trafalgar sported improved color pigmentation over its predecessors. The 2 upper shades were still sheer, and did not apply smoothly. But I realized after playing with the palette and speaking with the Dior Backstage MUA, that they are designed this way for layering and not designed to be worn on their own. Left to right from top to bottom, the shades are:
Swatched accordingly from left to right:
Overall, in terms of textures, Trafalgar definitely feels much improved from older Dior 5 Couleurs. Nonetheless, it is still a far cry from the smooth silkiness of Chanel and the creaminess of Cle de Peau and Guerlain. Notwithstanding, I never apply eyeshadows with my finger, so the actual textures do not matter as much as the blendability and longevity of wear on my lids. In this aspect, Trafalgar exceeded all my expectations – it was a breeze to work with, the pigmentation was just nice (red not too red, highlighting shades were just sheer enough with subtle shimmers to layer up some magic!), and blending was effortless. I was also pleasantly surprised to find the shades stayed on my lids without creasing or fading throughout the day even when worn without primer.
And to demonstrate the wearability of Trafalgar, here are 3 EOTDs that I’ve been sporting to the office over the past week:
As I mentioned earlier, the pale pink is really designed to be layered with the other shades, and in this EOTD, I applied it all over my lid as a base. Then I took just a little dab of the red, and gently swept it on the center of the lid extending out to the outer corner. The combination of pale pink and red actually produces a cool medium pink! Next, I defined the outer corner of my eye and eye socket with the dark burgundy brown. I also lined my lower lash line with the burgundy. Finished with a dab of the shimmery ivory over the center to tone down the red even further.
For this next look, I played with the gold, and applied it all over the lid. Next, I took a very little dusting of the red and swept it just in the center of my lid keeping close to the lash line without going very far up. The russet gold topped with red produced a sort of coral shade! Then I deepened the outer corner and crease with the burgundy brown.
Before you think that the red is not pigmented at all because I used such a feather light touch of it in the previous 2 looks, I used a bit more red in this last one. Again, since I’m wearing this to the office, I kept things subtle. I applied gold all over the lid, and then added red to the center of the lid keeping close to the lash line almost like a liner. Next, I applied burgundy to the outer corner following the lash line, winging up and curving in slightly for a big more definition. Finally, I swept some pale pink from my inner corner up along the crease to blend, and dabbed on a bit of the pale ivory in the center above the red. I also lined the outer half of my lower lash line with a heavier dose of the burgundy to balance things out.
Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette #876 Trafalgar is one of the better palettes out of all the new reformulations (they are not consistent from my initial swatching attempts). Certainly if you are only in it for the red, there are other singles or multi-colored palettes that could be a nice addition to an otherwise neutral-only collection. On the other hand, Trafalgar has one of the nicest and most interesting color story that I have seen lately, and the shimmer shades work some magic when layered with the satin shades. It is also incredibly easy to work with a brush, and lasts all day without fading or creasing. The only thing giving me pause is the increased price (Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palettes now retail for SGD102 versus SGD95)…breaching $100 poses a sort of mental barrier to me, and I won’t be rushing out to collect them all. But do check Trafalgar out, get a BA to apply it on you if you’re uncertain, and fall in love!
I think red looks very good on your eyes! That palette is certainly gorgeous, the colors look amazing together! And, as always, i greatly appreciate all the different EOTD looks, it really helps to get an idea of the versatility of a palette.
I’ll have to at least swatch them (as soon as I get some free time to go to a Dior counter). I’ve been keeping my distance from Dior eyeshadows, in general, because of the poor reviews I’ve always read about them; just not worth the money, to me. But, maybe this palette could change my mind! I’ll have to see if I can rock a red eyeshadow 😉
Hi Sil long time no hear, so nice to see you around again!! Thanks for leaving me all your sweetness last night!! :* Trafalgar is stunning, and much more versatile than I had initially thought. It doesn’t impress with texture though, so when you swatch it, just keep that in mind!
Love that you did different looks for this review 🙂 I’m torn though. … Still not decided but that red! Love!
Take your time…. 😉
Trafalgar looks so nice on you, I am happy you were tempted after all.
I have to say I don’t see anything which was improved or changed by the new Dior formula. I found most of the eye shadows very dry or not very pigmented, Still I am eyeing Cuir Cannage, and maybe Montaigne. But I will try them first. The best one among the new ones I tried was also Trafalgar.
Thanks Sara. I wanted to create a bold look as befitting the palette, but there wasnt an opportunity (not without scaring the living daylights out of my boss and coworkers)… and i wasn’t feeling a very bold eye lately.
The red looks great on you. I still cannot decide which one to get.
hahahaa… take your time!
Hey Linda, thanks for sharing your thoughts and three looks!!! I certainly think this one is interested, but I am not too confident about pulling it off. I’ll have to see it in real life before I can make up my mind! It’s a bit of a bummer that they don’t seem consistent though. That is never a good thing…
Oh babe, you can pull of anything! Thee of thine smokey eyes and bold red lips!! Yes, it is a bummer indeed, I had my eyes on a few of them from their bold colors. But who knows, maybe they apply well with brushes too? Need to experiment more….
I am quite excited about these palettes and there are at least 3 i want. I will be starting with the more neutral ‘Bar’ though as i still want some from Chanel too. Great review as usual.
Oh can’t wait to hear your thoughts on these palettes. I love Chanel’s new Les 4 Ombres… I think they’re my fav eyeshadow formula at the moment (not a good thing for my wallet)!
Thanks for the look inspirations! I love how many looks this palette can do with such ease, particularly love the final more red look 🙂 I haven’t yet tested mine out, must do so asap!
Yes! I was surprised myself at how the red changes when layered! I wanted to do a more dramatic red look, but just hadnt had the chance yet (not unless i want to scare the sh*t out of my boss and co-workers!). Can’t wait to see you werk it!!