Christian Dior usually is a brand I try to avoid and they make it quite easy, since they offer a range of rather plain and uninteresting products, at least in my opinion. I've never been really intrigued by anything, especially not their palettes. They clearly want to attract older women with their cosmetics, which is acceptable, as there are many other brands seeking for teenagers and young adults. And even more trying to rip off older women.
However, when the press images for their Spring Garden collection leaked, I went literally insane. I've never seen something so beautiful like this collection and that's a diehard Guerlain fan writing here. Dior clearly invested a lot of time in creating this line-up because I was really tempted to everything, but with my Hawaii and California trips coming up, I considered the pros and cons and eventually got the Garden Pastels five-colour palette only. Even though I'm still very tempted to get the Waterlily polish (which is scented, another pro).
This is my very first Dior product ever, I've once had a gorgeous berry gloss, which looked so awful on me, I simply had to return it. And ever since I haven't bought anything else because... I wasn't intrigued at all. The palette retails for 59$, which is the most I've ever paid for a palette. I was hunting for it when I met Chantal, we went to Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Lord & Taylor and some other place and it was basically sold out everywhere except at Nordstrom. Unfortunately, the expensive palette came with another price: a Dior SA telling us the story of her life. D'oh!
The palette is obviously green-toned (silvery mint, summer fir green, pastel golden yellow, teal turquoise) with the only exception of the core shade: a girly rose. I was surprised by how pigmented these glittery, shiny shades were, I bet the Spring Garden palettes range amongst the more pigmented and luxurious palettes, though, I wouldn't expect such good colour payoff from any other palette - or even Dior product. The eyeshadows have a buttery soft texture and none of them performed poorly at all, apart from the pastel yellow, which seems to be a little chunky. The other collection palette, violet-toned, had an even better pigmentation, that's why I was so tempted to get both and I might eventually return and it might accidentally hop into my cart, too. Who knows?
I've been really quiet about my latest project, which happens to be a new YouTube channel featuring nothing but short mini films about upcoming and past products featured on the blog. Even though I have a professional camcorder, that I hardly use because I don't know how to edit the files (but I'm still learning!), the videos shown were all taped with my DSLR, which I wish I could marry because it makes me happy whenever I use it, which is basically every single day.