I have to admit to being pretty judgy on make up-the first time I try something I am either like 'love it' or 'hmmm hate it'. I have to admit I have found Dior pretty hit and miss from my last couple of purchases-I reviewed the Tie Dye blushers and was not impressed at all, the Backstage Eye Reviver palette was kind of disappointing and the Christmas limited edition palettes I sold in a blog sale.
But there is still just something about Dior and there are things I love, like the Rouge Dior lipstick formula-and the Rouge Dior Baume and the old formula eyeshadows before the reformulation at the end of last year are some of the very best out there.
I feel like I have reviewed so many neutral eye palettes recently-the aforementioned Backstage Eye Reviver, MAC Amber x 9 , Gucci Tuscan Storm, Charlotte Tilbury The Sophisticate and yet here I am with another one-the newly released 'Variation Nude' which seems to be part of the Tie Dye collection although it seems an odd fit.
Anyway, yes I know this is a bit of a ramble but basically I LOVE this palette. It was an instant hit!
Dior connoisseurs may think this looks quite like 'Rosy Tan' (now discontinued) but Variation Nude has a bit more depth and complexity to it and the top left shade is a softer beige rather than a pink.
The formula is just like the old Dior palettes-smooth, buttery, blends easily, lasts all day long and does not budge or crease and pigmented. The finish isn't glittery-although when I swatch it there is definitely complex microshimmer in all the shades when you see them in direct sunlight-but it is satin and metallic. I really like it.
I'm so relieved this Dior palette is back on point because I did really debate about buying it given my recent experiences with their newer palettes. If these shades had been in the Eye Revivor palette I would have been doing cartwheels.
Here are some swatches in direct bright sunlight-from left to right on my arm is from top left clockwise in the palette finishing with the centre shade at the end. The centre shade is the most beautiful pearly highlight.
And here are some in natural light.
Hooray for Dior on this one, this palette has definitely found a way into my nude palette loving heart!