Review of Christian Dior Dior Beauty Confidential by jennyb
I've always liked the idea of the Dior limited edition palettes, but this is the first one that's had colours that are practical and wearable for me. There are just two - a sparkly rosy-peach powder blush/bronzer/highlighter (similar shade to Nars Orgasm, but without the iridescence) and a sheer rose pink balm/gloss.
The packaging is really the star here though. It's a really heavy, substantial compact in mirror-polished stainless steel, about playing card-sized, with an mock envelope flap on top. Inside is a square of blush with a smaller rectangle of gloss tucked into one corner. A mini silver-handled blush brush is tucked down one side. At first I didn't understand why they'd printed what looked like meaningless squiggles into the blush. Looking at it in the mirror set into the lid though it clicked straight away. The squiggles are actually Dior's name and Avenue Montaigne address, reverse-printed into the blush so that you can only read them in the mirror. And the gloss is positioned exactly where the postage stamp would be, so the whole thing looks like a mini-letter. So cute!
The colours are very wearable for a pale complexion like mine. My only quibbles are that the both the gloss section and the brush are on the small side. You can't really expect a compact to pack a full-sized brush, and this one is adequate for touch ups at the most, but I think having a more practical-sized gloss has been sacrificed for the sake of the letter-style design.
This compact is not cheap at £35, and you could certainly buy a blush and gloss of comparable size and quality for half that, but the packaging is what you're paying for. It really is superb quality, and it's hard to see how they could have bettered it. Great colours for summer, and perfect for carrying around in your bag.