The grand dame of Christmas make-up launches today: the Dior Golden Winter Christmas Look, a collection inspired by a midwinter’s night spent with dazzling company at the Palace of Versailles. The indulgent, jewel-like collection tells the tale of that enchanted evening with mother of pearl, golden reflections and rich pinks, presented in some absolutely beautiful vintage-inspired casing.
With products for the eyes, lips, face and nails, this comprehensive collection has an heirloom quality to it that stems from its royal inspiration. It’s wonderfully indulgent! We’ve taken a closer look at the collection to give you a feel for its couture magic. Take a look at our review, and let us know what you think in the comments below…
Diorific Perfumed Illuminating Powder
The star product of the Golden Winter collection is the Diorific Perfumed Illuminating Powder, a shimmering finishing powder presented in a smooth, heavyweight compact. It’s what Christmas make-up dreams are made of – it has such a timeless, vintage look.
The compact arrives in a velveteen pouch with a little pocket for the matching applicator brush. It’s a lovely touch that allows you to keep everything well-protected and together in one place.
The powder is available in two shades: 001 Rose d’Or, a pink-toned powder with shimmer, and 002 Perle d’Or, a beautiful champagne hue with shimmer (above). Each one is infused with flecks of mother of pearl for brilliant radiance.
The effect is subtle and completely luminous. Use it with the included brush as a more concentrated highlighter on the cheekbones and decollete, or use a with a large, fluffy brush all over the complexion for a brighter appearance. And a real coup for fans of Dior fragrance, the powder is infused with the delicate floral aroma of the iconic J’Adore!
Diorific Golden Winter Lipstick
The Diorific Lipstick is back for the Golden Winter collection with a new, sublimated formula amplified ever so subtly with a mother-of-pearl metallic sheen. The perennial favourite is once again packaged in that iconic golden, structured casing which is the perfect weight to be luxurious without being cumbersome.
Long-time lipstick fans will adore Diorific. It’s a firm, matte formula with a very high concentration of pigments that will remind you of lipsticks of old in the best possible way. It even has that nostalgic, powdery lipstick scent.
From left we have 038 Diva, pillarbox red; 041 Etoile, frosted, satiny nude; 042 Winter, raspberry brown; 043 Joy, cool rosewood; 045 Royale, mid pink with shimmer; and 046 Minuit, deep fuchsia with shimmer.
Diorific Vernis, those beautiful little baubles of nail colour, have made a return for this Christmas. Slightly bigger than the original Vernis (12ml as opposed to 10ml), they’re real statement pieces, and the formula is as pigmented and long-wearing as you’d expect. There are four shades to choose from: Winter, Royale, Minuit, and last year’s bestseller Marilyn, which makes a welcome return.
128 Winter is a completely on-trend, sheer white gold, which is sublime by itself or on top of other shades. It has a pearlescent finish shot through with fine golden shimmer that glistens beautifully and is semi-opaque in 2-3 coats.
751 Marilyn is a true, shiny ruby red with a lovely creamy finish. In one coat it has a pink-red tone, and in two it’s opaque and glossy.
775 Royale is a hot fuchsia shade with red-pink leanings. Smooth, glossy and opaque in 2 coats, it’s a great, fun-loving colour for party season.
995 Minuit is my very favourite. This complex deep plum has a smattering of pink and gold shimmer that looks breathtakingly gorgeous when the light catches it.
5 Couleurs Golden Winter Palette
There are two new colourways in the Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in the Golden Winter collection, the warm 5 Couleurs 634 Golden Flower and the cooler, deeper 5 Couleurs 644 Golden Snow. Golden Flower is beautiful daytime palette, and features a chunky, frosted gold in the centre to amplify the glamour for the evening.
From left, there is a pearlescent golden pink; white gold satin; chunky golden frost; metallic bronze; and a metallic chocolate shade with golden flecks. As usual, the quality is just beautiful. I particularly love that golden frost; it’s surprisingly easy to work with despite its somewhat loose texture, and requires little effort to create a knock-out eye.
The more dramatic of the two is 644 Golden Snow, which actually isn’t very golden at all! Rather, it is an ode to cooler metallic tones, from the very pale to the almost black. There’s a lot of range here for a palette of just 5 colours.
From left, there is a very pale pearly pink; frosted gold ( but not quite so chunky as the Golden Flower palette); frosted white; metallic lilac beige; and an almost black metallic colour with the most wonderful silver shift.