Here is Bleu de Paris, part of the Dior New Look makeup collection.
Four eyeshadow quints are in the collection; the heart of each palette inspired by the colours of Monsieur Dior’s iconic New Look haute couture fashion designs of 1947.
These gentle centre hues are framed by four other shades.
Royal Kaki: A green tinged with a hint of yellow, which appeared as a grand evening gown, was the first shade to be “crowned” by Christian Dior, and is now reinterpreted as an eyeshadow accessorised by gold and pearl shades.
Rose Porcelaine: For Christian Dior, this was “the sweetest of colours”. A memory of his childhood home, it was one of his “favourite shades”. Its freshness is highlighted by a hint of elegant innocence in pastel and violet toned shadows.
Grège: Introduced in 1947, Dior created shades of white, brown or beige to go with each collection. In 1951, the natural element was revealed in a variation of brown named “Terre de France”. At the heart of the 5 Couleurs palette, it caresses the eyes with light, revealing their naked beauty, accentuated by warm tones.
Bleu de Paris: A tribute to the Versailles blue of Marie-Antoinette, it is reinterpreted in a soft version imbued with Parisian chic, by an eyeshadow in a gentle shade electrified by bewitching nuances.
I was delighted when I first received my press sample – the beautiful combination of shimmer, satin and matte finishes, as well as the cool blue-grey tones, really appealed to me.
The colour blue runs in the veins of Dior and this palette aptly represents the brand with its colour pans tinged with that calming hue.
Portrait of Marie-Antoinette from the Versailles Estate
The colours look like they were inspired by this portrait of the French queen; the nuanced tones certainly look similar~!
In the palette are:
- A shimmery charcoal with a hint of gunmetal
- A matte blackened navy
- A shimmery blue-silver
- A shimmery silver
- An iridescent powder blue; a very pale robin’s egg blue, if you will.
The complementary colours blend easily and work beautifully with one another. As with other Dior shadow quints, the five shades can be mixed and matched, used alone or layered.
The centre shade is quite intriguing, thanks to its subtle flash; it adds a little complexity to an eye look.
The matte shade swatches a little chalkily but it layers well over pencil eyeliners for intensity.
The three shimmery shades are richly-pigmented and apply smoothly. They can be a touch frosty (I was just a little heavy-handed in the photo above), so a light hand would be good for application.
As a whole, the colours show up nicely on the lids and last for quite a long time.
Above is the lovely Lisa’s Eldridge using this palette on her model for a beautiful smokey navy eye.
In Singapore, this palette retails at S$95 is part of the permanent Dior makeup collection. It’s a splurge but a worthwhile purchase, if you love blues and greys.
Image and video sources: Dior and Lisa Eldridge