May marks the arrival of Summer 2014 collections, and since we are having a long Labor Day weekend, many have started landing at counters! It is so very convenient to be working downtown with shopping malls within easy access… so come sail with me into the sea of fresh releases! First stop for today, some initial thoughts and swatches of the Dior Transat Summer 2014 Collection!
Dior Summer 2014 Transat Collection is not slated to be out in Singapore until 1 May, so the official displays were not up yet when I went swatching yesterday. But the testers were available (albeit tucked away in a corner) at the TANGS Orchard counter, and I claimed first dips (or pretty near the first). In case you were wondering, Dior has a few different Summer collections this year – Transatlantique Edition was launched last month and available exclusively at Saks; the Transat Edition is the mainstream collection available worldwide. There are some similar items across the 2 collections, for example the manicure & decal sets and the Nude Tan Gold Shimmer Powder (reviewed here). However, the eyeshadow palettes and lip colors are all different.
There are two Dior 5 Couleur Palettes available – Atlantique (344) comprises of varying shades of blue, a brown to anchor the look, and a shimmery silver. The shadows all felt smooth to the touch, but not quite as creamy and smooth in application as Tenderness (874) from the Diorsnow 2014 collection (reviewed here). They also swatched somewhat powdery and a little on the sheer side. It took 3-4 swipes to get to the consistency shown in the swatches below, but I think it is manageable with a brush.
The other Dior 5 Couleur Palette Sundeck (564) is a medley of beige, gold, copper and browns. Sundeck felt a little creamier and better pigmented than Atlantique; and the pale gold (top left of palette) and russet gold (bottom left) packed some lovely shimmers. The top left beige shade is the sheerest of them all.
There are also 2 Diorshow Monos – Cabine (261) is a deep navy blue with bits of metallic sheen; and Pavillon (541) which is medium metallic coral. Both felt slightly softer to the touch than the 5 Couleur palettes, and the color pigmentation is similar to Sundeck.
Personally, the show-stoppers were the 2 Diorskin Nude Shimmer palettes.
If you remember, Dior produced 2 Nude Tan palettes last summer, each half blush half bronzer. This year, Dior has created a shimmery pink blusher – Rose (001); and a shimmery bronzer – Amber (002). I was most interested in Rose as early press images led me to believe it is a reincarnate of last year’s Nude Tan (reviewed here), which would not have been quite as fun; compounded by varying reports of it being beige/pink. So, I was very happy to find it swatches like this:
The 3 shades from left to right are – warm shimmery peach, light shimmery pink, and a very pale pink. Of course, they correspond to the darkest shade in the pan (the bottom left and top right quadrants that resemble beige in the pan), pink quadrants (bottom right and top left in the pan, and the letters N & F. In my excitement, I forgot to swatch the other 2 letters U & D, nor the combined blended swatch.
I was happily floating away in a tide of elation by this point that I swatched Amber, decided it was too orange on my skin, and forgot to snap a picture of it! Bad blogger!
There are also 2 Dior Addict Lipsticks and 2 Dior Addict Glosses that I will probably return to swatch another time. But before I leave you to your musings, let me flaunt my loot!
Oh yes, the Dior Backstage Box (reviewed here) somehow snuck onboard with the rest of my haul. Let me tell you, swatching when bored and hungry, is very dangerous! As is shopping with Winnie, the mistress of subliminal enabling! Will return soon to review those items separately! Au revoir ma cherie!! xoxo