This is likely my favorite Dior product of the year. I've loved me some 2011 Dior, but NOTHING has made me swoon like the Dior Garden Clutch.
The Dior Garden Clutch Makeup Palette for Glowing Eyes and Lips Eyeshadows and Lip Gloss will be released in two color harmonies - Milly Garden #001 (Nordstrom & Dior.com exclusive), and Granville Garden #002.
What the Official Press Release has to say about the Dior Garden Clutch:
The clutch is reinvented in with the Garden Party spirit in mind. Featuring a glossy light pink leather-like shell, adorned with a woven pattern & sealed by a “Rosebud” clasp and makeup must-haves for eyes and lips. Inside is a trio of delicate rose-embossed eye shadows, one shade of Dior Ultra-Gloss and one Lip Maximizer.
(left gloss, Dior Maximizer)
(right gloss, Dior Ultra-Gloss)
Granville Garden is a lovely mélange of shadows (a shimmery dark taupe brown, a frosty pastel pink, and a glimmering snow white) and gloss (a pastel pink Dior Maximizer and a peachy pink Ultra-Gloss).
The shadow shades may appear run-of-the-mill, but if you click the swatch photo to enlarge it you're going to be blown away by the intricate and luminous shimmers. They blend so nicely together and, impressively because they're so soft, have no fall-out (even on the white one!).
The glosses are pretty sheer. The arm swatch is a VERY heavy swatch to get the color to appear nicely. The Maximizer is my fave of the two, since it shows more color on the lips and also has a nice cooling effect. You can wear these together or alone, but I prefer alone because these are so glossy and slippery that I feel like it's a waste to layer and just rub everything around. Both shades pair well with the shadows.
The casing for the Dior Garden Clutch is a very light pink, reminiscent of pearls. My favorite part of the packaging is the snap closure of two roses. It's just so girlie and delicate. For the interior, the glosses are housed separately from the shadows, which I LOVE because I'm totally grossed out by the mess that is a lip palette. Usually, I can't stand to look at a lip palette after use, but this doesn't seem to get as messy, and once you close the door on the gloss it's tucked safely away. Far from my OCD.
There is a nice sized mirror and a decent applicator in there for quick touch ups, but I wouldn't recommend for your initial application. The palette has a serious heft to it and fits nicely in the hand.
For this EOTD I patted the pink color in the middle of the lid, used the brown for the crease and outer V, and the white color on the inner corners and to highlight. Easy, peasy. These shadows were so easy to work with that this was one of the quickest EOTD's that I've ever done! I used Urban Decay Corrupt for the liner, and Dior Diorshow Mitzah for the mascara.
Sorry for all of the photos, I couldn't decide!
On-Counter: Spring 2012, $75.00
Availability: Dior Counters Nationwide, Dior.com