Average Rating 4.1/5
Review by Mojie
I bought this quint after being bowled over by Dior's Incognito quint. The colors in this quint are cool-toned and seemed like they would be flattering on my fair, neutral-cool toned skin (MAC NW20). The color combination looked perfect, plus I got this as a set that included a free small tube of Diorshow mascara, so it seemed like a no-brainer.
Unfortunately, as gorgeous as these shades are in the quint (they're about a shade lighter than they appear on Sephora), there's almost no difference between the four lighter shades (lavender, opalescent pink, white pearl and silvery taupe) on my lids. They all come off as a sort of semi-iridescent, shimmery, indefinable ethereal color. It's pretty, but it seems like a shame to have 4 colors (at this price, especially) that all look the same on my lids. The only color that shows up like it does in the pan is the gunmetal grey center color, which makes a lovely, gentle smokey shade that works well as a liner (not a dramatic liner, but a gentle one) or in a soft, subtle smokey eye.
The texture's also not up to par with the Incognito quint. While these are still smooth, they don't go on as velvety as the Incognito shades to, probably because of the higher level of shimmer in this quint. I'm finding that I end up with more shimmer than base color on my lids with all but the gunmetal shade in Moonlight.
Like Incognito, this is probably a palette best suited to someone with fair skin. The shades are very light and don't pack enough punch to really show up on someone with skin that's more than fair-medium. They barely show up on me and I'm definitely not dark skinned by any means.
In spite of my issues, I'll be keeping my Moonlight quint. It was expensive, especially for the effect I get, but I do like the angelic sort of ethereal look it gives. It's very understated, but I usually go for makeup that's not too bold, so while I wish it was a bit more pigmented and smoother, it's workable for me.
PROS: (1) make a pretty ethereal sparkle on the lids; (2) gunmetal grey shade makes a good, subtle liner or smokey eye.
CONS: (1) poor pigmentation; (2) lots of shimmer, but not much color; (3) all the lighter colors look basically the same on my eyes; (4) expensive; (5) not as velvety smooth as other Dior shadows I've tried.