Dior 441 GARDEN PASTELS 5-Couleurs Garden Edition Couture Colour Eyeshadow Palette Swatches, Review, and EOTD - Spring 2012

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It's all about pastels and gardens for this Spring season! Dior brings beautiful additions with their 5-Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in Garden Pastels. They also have a 5-Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in Garden Roses, which was previously reviewed.

What the Nordstrom Website has to say about Dior '5 Couleurs - Garden Party Garden Pastels' Eyeshadow Palette:

The legendary 5 Couleurs palette is reinvented as a charming collector's edition, with a rose-embossed palette. The two seductive color harmonies of this Garden edition are the object of everyone's desires.

The Garden Pastels' harmony floats between flowers and foliage, with its pale pink, buttercup yellow and luminous greens.

  • Featured in the Garden Party Spring Collection.
  • By Dior.
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Garden Pastels is an unconventional and pretty mix of frosty iridescent greens, blues, yellows, pinks... basically all of your favorite pastels. These swatch rather nicely, but are sheerer when applied to the eye. If you'd like color from these shades, the best thing to do is to put them over a colored base, such as a MAC Paint Pot or an Eye Pencil. When using, don't press too hard on the roses. I learned with the other palette from this collection that they will crumble if you're not careful!

My Nordstrom was sold out of this, but I was able to pick it up at Macy's. It's apparently the more popular of the two from this collection, so get it while you can!

For this EOTDI wanted to try and incorporate all of the colors of the palette. Also, I know this Spring is all about pastel and should be understated and light... blah blah... well, my eyes looked sick when I did that, so that is why I added the darker liner, which makes ALL the difference, IMO. Liner matters.

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I started out using UDPP as my base. I then took the middle pink shade and applied it as a base from lid all the way up to brow. Using a MAC 219 brush, I deposited the bottom right teal shade in the crease and a bit above, as well as underneath the eye. Then I took a MAC 239 and used the top right green shade on the lid, neglecting the inner corner of the eye. Using the Lancome Green Petal Le Stylo Waterproof Eyeliner, I colored in the inner corner of the eye top and bottom. I then used another MAC 219 brush to put the bottom left yellow shade over top. I used the top right white shade as a highlight.

Here is where things got hilarious. I decided right away that I wanted to use Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Sirin. I applied this and then added Le Metier de Beaute Anamorphic Lash Mascara in Jade and went to take the pics. It was just not "me". If that makes sense. I'm more of a neutral gal, but this set of shadows is sheer, and it NEEDED color! Back to the drawing board... enter Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Covet (my fave, tho I've never reviewed it... so ridiculous lol but I also used it here). I put Covet over top of Sirin and lined the bottom waterline. Fini.

On-Counter: Spring 2012, $59.00
Availability: Dior Counters Nationwide, Dior.com