I went to the Dior counter a couple of weeks ago to check out the new Les Rouges Or collection for the Holiday 2011 collection. My intent was to get the lovely Rouge Dior #961, Nocturne and the 5 Couleurs palette in #554, Couture Golds. Somehow, I ended up with Nocturne and #534, Rosy Nudes. I originally planned to take it back for exchange, but then I took a good look at Rosy Nudes and changed my mind.
Rosy Nudes is a lovely collection of shimmery, pearlescent golds and beiges set off beautifully with a deep, shimmery tan and highlighted with a multidimensional pale pink. The colors work perfectly together to create an understated and sophisticated eye.
Here's a shot of the palette taken outside in bright sunlight:
In the above shot, you can see the amazing sheen of each of these colors. Although the sunlight makes it hard to see the subtle variations in the three lightest colors, they are gradations of cream and beige and work in harmony to create subtle variations and contours on the lid. All of the colors in this palette carry a good deal of what I would consider "sheen" rather than shimmer. They gleam in the light without any hint of chunky glitter or overbearing frost. Instead, they catch the light and create a beautiful glow around the eye.
Here's another shot taken with flash, which shows better the slight variations in the colors of the palette.
On the skin, you can see how the gradations work together:
I had to swatch heavily for the colors to show up on the skin. They apply somewhat sheerly, but that's by design. When applied normally, they create a luminous look that is absolutely gorgeous.
Here are shots of my eyes (after a full day at work), showing how well the colors work together:
As you can see, despite the shimmery look in the pan, they apply as washes of light, with the accent brown giving just enough contrast to work perfectly in the crease. I also plan to play around with the brown across the lid, graduating out to the pink highlighter on the brow, and I'll have that look in a future EOTD post.
Bottom Line: I'm glad I was victim of a serendipitous mistake. I need more nudes in my collection, and the amazing finish and easy blendability of these colors make this 5 Couleurs palette a pleasure to use and to wear. Dior palettes can be found at major department stores and Dior.com.