It was a cold March evening when I was innocently checking my e-mail. A message from Sephora popped up in my inbox, and I clicked on the message instantly. Hypnotized by the Sephora VIB e-mail I, as if in a trance, clicked through to the Sephora website. From there on out, details get a bit fuzzy.
I think I was sucked into the interwebz, through that series of tubes that it is made out of and transported to a magical on-line Sephora store. There I could gaze at all of the product I wanted. I would call out a search term like "Eyeshadow" and all of a sudden all the eyeshadows sold at Sephora would appear before my eyes. Having just splurged on an expensive lipstick, I was hesitant to buy another expensive item, but for some reason being in the electronic store placated me and removed all my inhibitions. I was shouting out search terms left and right. Instantly items from Givenchy, Dior, Guerlain, and Dolce & Gabbana were appearing before my eyes, looking seductive and inviting.
As if floating on a soft billowy cloud, I remember being transported to the Dior section of the Sephora Website. There, in flashing neon lights was the word "NEW". New is a word that hits me to the core. It arouses such feelings as euphoria, anticipation, excitement, and longing. The word "NEW" was shining right in front of me as it highlighted a Dior Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow in 8 individual colors. I had to click on the image to see more.
As I clicked, I was transported to a page that was dedicated to the Dior Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow. It was all I could see in front of me. At my feet were items I looked at prior to clicking on the eyeshadow, but the Dior had my attention at the moment. I stepped over the items I last looked at to get a closer look at the Dior eyeshadow.
There the dulcet tones of a familiar and comforting female voice spoke the words:
"A flawless wash of eye shadow color in eight matte, iridescent, and sensual shades. The Diorshow Mono Eyeshadows boast a unique wet/dry formula for a custom and professional finish. Sweep it across the eyelid with a dry brush for a subtle sophisticated look. For a bolder statement, wet your brush before application." As if an angel was whispering in my ear, I knew that this description was the one I had been looking for. I brushed my hands over the colored squares in front of me. As I went over each one, the name of the shadow along with a color description would pop up and entice me even more. I stopped on Choc Clair #564, described as a silver taupe shimmer.
TAUPE! The words echoed in my brain. TAUPE, Taupe, taupe taupe...I knew this was "THE ONE". I managed to carry the Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow in Choc Clair to a shopping basket in the Sephora electronic store. A few other items fell into the basket along with it, and the next thing I knew, I was sucked out of the website and found myself sitting in bed late at night. I decided that was THE LAST time I take Ambien and go shopping on-line. I managed to order makeup in a semi conscious dream state. Who knows what would show up in the mail. A few days later my package from Sephora arrived, and I was surprised to see I spend $29 freakin dollars on a single eyeshadow! But Ambien shopping will make buy stupid stuff. I have a Chief Moose coffee mug from the DC Sniper incident from several years back to prove it.
|Heavy swatch on left, light swatch on right. Used a foam tipped applicator to swatch|
While taking photographs, I reveled at the perfect neutral to slightly warm brown based taupe in the pan. The sleek navy blue and silver packaging, which all Dior products come in, was shimmering under the lights. I swatched the shadow with a foam applicator and reveled in the level of pigmentation. I was looking forward to wearing this shadow on my eyes.
That's where the reality of Ambien shopping hit me. The Dior Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow in Choc Clair, while pretty in its presentation, formula and packaging, was simply underwhelming. Applied dry using an eyeshadow brush, the result was sheer and almost nonexistent. Yes. This is a wet dry eyeshadow and I could amp up the pigmentation by applying it with a damp brush, but the overall color is unremarkable. It's nothing special....well it's special because it is taupe, but it's not $29 USD special.
|Diorshow Choc Clair as base and Dark brown from Dior quint Earth Reflection #609|
Do you NEED this? No. If you want one of the other colors and feel that the color is like nothing you have ever owned before, by all means, don't let me stop you from buying it. I just think that for $29, the shadow should look stunning DRY and wet. Know what I mean? There are far less expensive eyeshadows in this color out there. Sure, another shadow may not have the fancy schmancy Dior packaging, but who cares? It's not like you carry the eyeshadow around with you, showing everyone the packaging... Right? (Oh, please tell me you don't do this because that would be so weird!)
|Comparison between Diorshow Choc Clair and the lightest taupe from the Dior Earth Reflection Quint. Text in the picture should read Earth Reflection not the plural. Stupid Typos!|
You can purchase the Dior Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow for $29 USD from Sephora, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales and other retailers.
What are your thoughts? Stud or Dud?
What are your thoughts? Stud or Dud?