Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Dior 3 Couleurs Smoky Ready-To-Wear Smoky Eyes Palette in 781 Smoky Brown Review Pictures Swatches

You know if there is a Dior shadow palette that includes taupe I'm gonna be all over it.  So when Dior came out with the 3 Couleurs Smoky Ready-To-Wear Smoky Eyes Palette in Smoky Brown I was all over that palette like white on rice.

Let's see.  Dior Shadows are soft has heck. Super silky and insanely pigmented. They are always packaged well and they last forever on the eyes.  Um yeah.  I had to have it.

So let's see whats so awesome about this palette, shall we?  The packaging = Awesome.  Slide back the top and a mirror pops up and the shadows are revealed.  Tres chic!  Oh yeah, and according to Dior "This three-color eye shadow harmony helps you create catwalk smoky eyes in three easy steps. The slide-out palette features an extremely blendable base that perfectly preps and colors the eyelid, while the eye shadows offer different effects: matte for a natural ready-to-wear style or shiny for a glamorous, couture style."

OK. Before I go forward let me explain a few things.
I will never ever be mistaken for a model so a "catwalk look" isn't what I need.  There was this one time back in 1998 when this dude approached me at a mall and asked me if I was a model tho.  He gave me his card and told me he was a photographer. He said I could do modeling and I should call him. Uh yeah. Right.  That totally reminded me of the scene in Fame where Irene Cara's character, Coco, is approached in a diner by a porno filmmaker (Steve Inwood) claiming to be a director. The rest of the story does not end well. 

Moving on.

So the Dior palette comes with a beautiful base color that is a satin finish and looks to be a cool beigey grey. (The swatches make it look warmer than it really is) Realistically one could use this as a base color and a highlight but it's slightly too dark for my fair skin to work as a highlight.  The shimmery taupe is just that. VERY shimmery and very pretty.  The matte brown is a wonderful liner and crease color (if using the taupe as an all over base color) it also works well in the outer V of the eye.  The matte shadow is soft and smooth and richly pigmented.  It is one of THE NICEST matte shadows I have ever used. It's not chalky and it covers evenly.  If all matte shadows were this nice I would own a ton of them.

Do you NEED this?  Well at $48 a pop it's not a MUST HAVE. Although the quality is excellent, you probably have similar colors in your collection already. However if one were to purchase through a specific store that may or may not be having a 20% off discount until the 2nd of November, then one might reason that $38.40 is a more tolerable amount to spend ($12 per shadow).  Just Sayin'


  1. I'm gonna try and remember only one thing from this article: "you probably have similar colors in your collection already" because I really really really can't spend any more money on makeup this year!! (Just got MUFE Smokey palette and UD Mariposa!!)

  2. This is quite pretty, and I love me some taupes too.

  3. I can't believe I'm about to do this: I passed on this. I thought the quality of these trios was subpar compared to the quints, the existing duos, and the singles.

    The shimmery shades in each of these trios was downright chunky on my skin, or sorely lacking pigmentation. A shame, really.

    And my captcha is "buttcall."

  4. Nice! I'll have to live vicariously through you because if it's $US48, it'll be almost $100 here in Australia. :(

  5. Ok, is nobody gonna ask what wonderful eyeliner your wearing, alrighty I'll ask, what is the nice eyeliner your wearing the Dior Smoky Brown look? Thank you!

  6. You just reminded me that I should wear my Smoky Khaki palette which is super pretty and has a very sparkly hit of taupe shadow in it. lol

  7. You ARE going to tempt me into buying one of these palettes, RIGHT?! Temptress!

    P.S. It looks stunning onyou!

  8. Musing on Beauty: When in doubt always ask me. I'll usually say you don't need it...but only b/c I know you need me to say it! LOL

  9. Joey: Wow. I'm not sure if you ran across a bad tester or what but the shadows I tested were all smooth and beautiful. Oh well. at least your captcha was awesome!

  10. olgiepolgie: OMG $100 no way! Yeah. you don't need this trio for THAT MUCH money.

  11. Misa: LOL that eyeliner is Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Liner in Smog!

  12. I just got Smoky Khaki today and loved it! But now after reading your post, I might have to check out the brown one too! Ahhhh! .. so hard to say no lol


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