Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Highlighters You Can't Have #1 - Dior Flower Blossom Floral Illuminating Powder - Review, Pictures, Swatches

image from nordstrom.com

Two years ago you were tortured with Taupe Eyeshadows You Couldn't Have.  Last year Blushes You Can't Have became the bane of your existence.  This year, In 2012, I intend to make you wish the world would end, as it would put a stop to seeing all the Highlighters You Can't Have!  Yes. In my ever sadistic and demented way, I have amassed a collection of 12 highlighters that are Very Hard to Find and/or Discontinued, hence the "You Can't Have" part of the series.  Each month I will reveal another highlighter from the past which will show you that makeup hoarding can be useful once in a while.  Some lucky readers will own one or two of the highlighters featured in this series, treat them as the gods that they are, because they had the foresight to buy said highlighter before it disappeared from the shelves.  I always welcome your curses and cries of agony over not owning any of the highlighters I feature this year.

To begin, I bring you what started this whole makeup collecting insanity in the first place.

The Dior Flower Blossom Floral Illuminating Powder



Dior Flower Blossom Floral Illuminating Powder was released in 2008. It was inspired by Victoire de Castellane’s “Diorette” jewelry collection.
OMG is this not the cutest thing ever? Of course I would probably put someone's eye out w/ that ring!

This pale pink pressed powder perfection of pearlescent pigment provides a pellucid painting to your profile. Alliteration is FUN!


The Dior Flower Blossom Floral Illuminating Powder provides a loverly pale pink, almost white luster. The powder emanates as a glow rather than a harsh metallic or glittery swipe across the cheeks.  The finely milled powder just barely rests on your skin and does not settle into fine lines or pores.  The result?  Sweet, innocent, splendor. 


Because powder is so finely milled, one is left with a very smooth luminosity without a glittery result. Not that glitter is bad, but if I'm paying money for Dior I don't want JUST glitter.  The glitter you see in the pictures is just overspray.


Now I think an issue with the Dior Flower Blossom Floral Illuminating Powder is that it is simply too beautiful to swatch or "mess up".  I'll be the first to admit that when I first purchased this I had no intention of ever using it.  But almost 4 years later, I open the case and notice that the pretty green and blue colors have faded...significantly. The Dior highlighter has lost some of it's mystique.  In it's heyday the colors were truly stunning and awesome.  Now it just looks faded.  So I went ahead and swatched it.

There.  Happy now?  I know I am. 

This is technically considered a palette by Dior, as the colors could be used for eyes and cheeks, however, the colors are so pale that most with lighter skin tones would only benefit from it. I find it only useful for the face as the slight green and blue shades simply so light they just don't show up on many skin tones. It reminds me of the Dior Moonray Eyeshadow quint, which happens to be the first ever high end makeup purchase I ever made.  Yeah. I was 13 and buying a Dior Quint.  And my parents wonder why I am so into makeup.  It starts early, people!  See the swatch below.



Was it worth waiting 4 years to try it?  No. But that's why I'm doing this series. So I can now use some of those DO NOT TOUCH highlighters I have collected over the years.



I hope you enjoyed this first installment of Highlighters You Can't Have. Stay tuned for more goodies at the end of every month!



35 comments:

  1. Oh no! I managed to keep my little heart from breaking during taupes you can't have and even during blushes you can't have. But, highlighter connoisseur that I am, I don't know how I'm going to keep from crying during every installment. You are the Worst. :)

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    1. Thank You! Your suffering means a lot to me! :-D

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  2. Oh so that's how you're gonna torture us this year?
    Well, I agree with the cat...

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    1. The cat is always right...so says the cat.

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  3. Ahahahaha, I love this series and your delight in torturing us!

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    1. Yay! I'm glad you love my sadistic nature!

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  4. 4 years? Damn, gurl. Well, looking forward to more torture!

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    1. I know. It was silly I waited this long. I'm wearing it again today!

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  5. Hmm, Are you goimg to use it? Don't you afraid of some skin illness after using so old product?

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    1. No. Not at all. Bacteria needs a dark warm moist environment to breed and live. Powder products, not matter how old, as long as they are kept dry, don't allow bacteria growth. 100% safe. :-D

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  6. oohhh nooooooo - I love this highlighter...are you serious? there is 11 more to come? Noooooooo! I am going to spend all my money trying to hunt them down on ebay - with all your other readers I guess - happy bidding :)

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  7. "I can haz highlighters" this is SO gorgeous

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    1. It's more fun to wear than to look at it all unused and stuff!

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  8. so beautyful powder :)You cat is the best hehe

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    1. His name is Cujo and he's a total jerk. But I love him none the less.

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  9. Oh, I love that one. I adore the little ladybug. I had no idea it was based on that ring - I should have known! And I'll have to check the color on mine...it's unused (obviously!) but I'm curious to see if it faded. Thanks for the info.

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    1. Let me know if yours has faded...I'm glad I am not the only one with this items sitting unused for so long.

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  10. Wow, 4 years! I dunno how you held out for so long...makeup like that just screams 'touch me' lol.

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    1. I hid it away so I wouldn't see it every day. I managed to not think about it but I didn't forget it. LOL! It's an illness.

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  11. That is gorgeous!!! Glad you are finally using it!! The only way I would be able to not touch something as pretty as that is if it was a back up!

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    1. I considered buying a backup but it was rather expensive and couldn't afford it at the time.

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  12. Ha, I love these posts of yours! I don't own any of these elusive-type of products so it's fascinating for me to read about. BONUS: the interesting comments that come afterwards :)

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  13. lol, that highligher is as old as my son.

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    1. I have one that is OLDER than my son! LOL!

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  14. I remember this one! But I didn't get it back then. I don't think I"d have been able to swatch it back in the day too - these days I'm a little more brutal about swatching :)

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    1. I'm the same way. Now I'm like a swatching maniac!

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  15. I was looking forward to seeing what this year would bring. I seriously doubt I'll have any of your choices but it's fun to read about them. I'm surprised it faded but maybe it will teach us a lesson about hoarding.... Or maybe not!

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  16. OMG I HAVE THIS!!!! Now I need to go dig it out and use it again! It was a total impulse buy one drill weekend at the Navy base. I don't even use highlighters much but it called to me, lol.

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  17. Hi, I have this one! And yes I didn't even swatch or use it at all. It was like you said, too pretty to use. Until one day I opened it up, and left a scratch on the surface by accident. :( it still there in my pile of makeup, nicely boxed up and not touched at all. Guess I should take it out and use it once and for all. :)

    Thank you for sharing this with us!

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  18. Okay... I owned (and still own) this gorgeous palette that I bought when I was 18(?) years old. It was my first highlighting powder palette, and the most beautiful one I had ever had. However, it suffered a very, VERY tragic accident. While I was travelling to Canada, the palette CRUSHED. The jewel, the ladybug, the flowers... Everything got quite ruined... I somehow managed to fix it up, but still... Not the same as before. I still keep it, but now, I never, NEVER take any of my makeup products with me without their respective box for some extra protection to keep them safe from whatever torment ahead...

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  19. I'm commenting so much later after your post but since I have this highlighter and I haven't touched it I thought to snoop around on the internet to see if it is any good! I think I only bought this because it looked so pretty but I think mine has faded too because it doesn't look like the promo pictures! Maybe it's time for me to use it...if I can convince myself to spoil its expensive exterior!

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  20. You should really buy one to look at and one to use =)

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