I wasn't entirely enthralled with the reinvented/reformulated 5 Couleurs palette from Dior in Versailles, finding it too shimmery/frosty, so this time I picked up Montaigne (£42) which looked like a good mix of everyday neutrals.
It contains a satin light pinky peach with a golden
sheen, matte yellow toned cream, satin medium/deep brown, satin
beige/brown and in the centre a matte warm tan. The only shade I
find too warm is the centre shade.
Performance wise I'm not won over by
this, I have dry lids and find these shades are prone to highlighting
the dryness and they don't blend as easily as I would like. There is a
slight stiffness in application which results in noticeable edges rather
than a soft gradient.
Shown below you can see the hard edges (I used a Mac 217 to blend). The
shadows feel quite smooth and silky, with pigmentation on the subtle
side. Whilst these don't crease I do find that even with a base they do
fade a bit.
In terms of the finished look I think the colours are great to enhance
eyes rather than providing a lot of noticeable colour. However, the
blending is an issue for me, and whilst I can get cleaner edges with very careful colour build up and using
a more fluffy blending brush (like the Edward Bess Luxury eye brush) I think that for this
price range I shouldn't have to go to great lengths to get the best out
of the product, it should just perform well.
I bought this from John Lewis.