Above: Dior Smokey Crystal 5 Colour Iridescent Palette 089
Colours from top left to bottom right: chrome silver (top left); shimmery silver taupe (top right); lilac (centre); shimmery charcoal (bottom left); and platinum (bottom right). Dior does not name their eyeshadows, so I named them based on my colour perception.
Dior’s Smoky Crystal 089 quint was released in October for the Cristal Boreale Holiday 2009 Collection and retails for $58 CAD. I picked this up a few weeks ago and I finally have a chance to play with it. Ever since I saw this quint in collection previews, I have been lemming for it and I go “visit” and play with it a the Dior counter and at Sephora. Admittedly, these are not the most unique colours in the world and a few of these in the quint look like some MAC colours, but I was in the mood for more silver and grays and I liked the token purple colour. Sephora was having a promotion that weekend so I picked it up.
I have had some trouble with the pigmentation of my Dior Night Butterfly 173 quint, but the Smokey Crystal 089 quint seem to be an improvement in quality. The colours in the quint are all in the cool family. All the shadows are shimmery but I do not find that they are chalky or chunky. In contrast these shadows feel very smooth and creamy. The shimmer is also subtle without big chunks of glitter or shimmer. According to Dior the iridescent quints are formulated with Wet Reflect™ technology, which creates a wet and high shine look. The pigmentation is decent and it is much better than my Night Butterfly quint, because I do not have to layer after layer to create opacity.
Above from left to right: Chrome silver; shimmery silver taupe; and lilac
Chrome Silver is the lightest colour in the quint but is nicely pigmented. It is metallic with a subtle shimmer. I find that this is a nice pure silver with a slight antiqued finish. This colour swatches on quite smoothly.
Shimmery Silver Taupe is a shimmery dark silver with a bit of yellowish tones. It has a metallic finish without being too frosty. It is one of the most pigmented and smooth colours in the quint. This colour reminds me of MAC’s Smoke and Diamonds and Stila’s Lil Diamond.
Lilac: This is a pinkish purple that is a bit sheer and is one of the lighter colours in the quint. It has a slight iridescent blue cast to it and is has a frosty finish. It is the only colour that I find “chunky.” This colour reminds me of MAC’s Lotusland.
Above left to right: Shimmery charcoal and platinum
Shimmery Charcoal: This is a dark blackened silver with a bit of blue tones to it. It is iridescent with a subtle frosty finish. This is the most pigmented, opaque and smooth colour in the quint.
Platinum: This is a cool toned metallic silver colour. It looks almost frosty white depending on the lighting. It looks the frostiest of the 5 colours. Although it is frosty, the shine is subtle and does not have obvious chunks of glitter or shimmer in it. Platinum is nicely pigmented and opaque. This colour reminds me of MAC Pigment in Platinum.