I know it’s very 80s, but I adore blue eyeshadow because I think you really CAN wear it in a pretty way! Reminiscent of the ocean and sandy beaches, the Dior 5 Couleur Eyeshadow Palette in #556 Contraste Horizon* ($62.00 CDN) is one of the prettiest summer palettes to wear thanks to that pop of magical blue. It might not make a lot of sense when you first see the colours in the palette, but when I decided to feature the blue on my lids, the other colours logically fell into place. I feel like all of us would be happier with more blue eyeshadow in the world.
There is one matte shade in this palette and it is the white. As inconsistent as it appears in my swatch, it was smooth and easy to work with as a base colour on the lid. The most pigmented shades were the two darkest shades, but the gold and mint green weren’t terribly difficult to work with.
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Dior Diorskin Star Studio Makeup SPF 30 in #021
Diorshow Brow Styler in #002 Universal Dark Brown*
Apply Benefit Cosmetics Stay Don’t Stray all over the lid as a primer. Apply the center matte white shade from the Contraste Horizon Palette* all over lid to act as a base to bring out the intensity of the blue we will place on top!
Apply the deep shimmery blue shade all over lid and really pack it on! Take a fluffy brush and blend out the blue evenly over lid and into outer V in circular motions.
Define the crease with the shimmery gold shade, blending well with the blue.
I wanted to add some depth to my eyes so I took the shimmery brown and added that to my brow bone. I don’t think that’s the true MUA way of doing things, but it turned out ok I guess?
These shadows can be used WET which I didn’t realize in my last review so using a damp smudgebrush, I lined my lower lash line with the mint green shadow which really gave a much stronger punch of colour!
Line lower waterline with Diorshow Kohl Pencil in #379 Pearly Turquoise*.
Apply Diorshow Mascara in #258 Pro Blue*.
Dioskin Nude Tan Tie Dye Edition in Coral Sunset*
Dior Addict Fluid Stick in #449 Ciel Rose*
Final Verdict: Oooh, I am a huge fan of this palette because I love each and every colour! Although I chose to make blue the center of attention, it is dark enough that it can be used as a way to “smoke” out an eye look . Initially, I thought the mint green shade would be lost on me and come out a white shimmery mess, but when applied wet it actually came out as mint green and is a fantastic transition shade when wanting to fade out the blue. I understand this may not be the palette for everyone, but maybe the fact that it’s limited edition will add to its lure and desirability?
Contraste Horizon is limited edition to the Tie Dye Collection and can be found at Dior counters across Canada.