a Dior moment
It is time to complete our Dior mini-series dedicated to the brand's Backstage Eye Palettes with the third installment. This post will discuss a newer, limited edition release called the Rosewood Neutrals. Is it worth your time and money? Let's find out.
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About the Product
Packaging: sleek, modern, see-through packaging with the brand's logo imprinted on the shadows. In total, you get 10g/ 0.35 oz worth of product. This palette is portable and travel-friendly.
As always, my swatches are unedited (applied on dry skin; natural daylight)
Texture/Finish: you will find a variety of finishes in every Backstage Eye Palette. As I have said in my previous reviews, often time these labels are misleading, so I would recommend swatching shades in person (if possible) to see what every finish looks like up close. The palette offers satins with a few mattes and shimmers/metallics in the mix. All shadows are finely milled, silky to the touch, and fairly easy to layer or blend.
Shades: the Rosewood Neutrals is a plumy-rose color story. You can create soft everyday and sultry night-time looks with it. My only complaint is that the two darkest shades in the bottom row (far right) are pretty much identical and interchangeable once they are on the skin, so it would be nicer to have a different color instead. Shimmers are subdued and not as "bold" compared to mainstream eyeshadow brands.
Application: from my experience, the Rosewood Neutrals is incredibly user-friendly and intuitive. You can use both brushes or fingers (for shimmers), and the result will remain equally beautiful. As I have briefly mentioned in my other Dior posts, these shadows are quite forgiving and will work wonderfully for beauties of a particular age, as well as suit makeup beginners.
I do recommend using an eye primer with any shadows, including these. The eye primer present in the palette will do a decent job of leveling up the intensity of colors, however, you can also use any other primer that you already own and love.
Wear: on average, the wear time varies between 6-8 hours before you see noticeable fading which happens gradually and gracefully (no fall down, no major creasing).
Dior Backstage Eye Palettes are relatively new in my makeup collection, but I admit that they are the ones that I reach out for daily. I appreciate the subtlety, effortlessness, and impact of every color story that I have tried thus far. These palettes are created for different occasions and moods, so it is really up to you which one calls your name (the quality is good regardless). I also see why these Dior palettes are so popular among French and international makeup artists, being used on celebrity clients for red-carpet looks and other events. Now, if you prefer punchier and louder color stories, you might want to consider other options. In my opinion, these palettes would be best for beauties that want to create elegant eye looks that look modern, yet do not take up much time. I give this Dior creation an A rating.
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