Dior 5 Couleur Grand Bal Eyeshadow Palette 524 Fairy Golds Review, Swatches and FOTD

November 17, 2012

This is another eyeshadow review for the Dior 5 Couleur Grand Bal Eyeshadow Palette in 524 Fairy Golds (Limited Edition) from the Grand Bal Holiday 2012 Collection. My compulsive makeup hoarding is getting a little out of control lately as I am completely engulfed by the waves of new eye shadows being released at the moment. But what could be a better time to shop than this festive time of the year?!

dior-grand-bal-2012-collection-5-Couleur-Eyeshadow-Palette-524-Fairy-GoldsBefore I start my review, please allow me to ramble about the sub-par service at various Dior counters. The SAs were either busy chatting or showed no interest in doing their jobs at 3 different counters I visited! Whilst most of the other cosmetic counters thrive to deliver the best possible customer service in such a competitive economy, it was such a let down experience from a premium beauty house like Dior.

Nonetheless, this did not distract me from buying this uber gorgeous eyeshadow quint. It’s a neutral eye shadow palette with some of the most beautiful sparkly shimmery shades I have ever seen – and that is what drew me in the most! I love a sparkly shade when it is done right. It needs to have the perfect spongy creamy texture (not gritty) and adheres without any fallout, and most importantly it needs to be sparkly in a grown-up way. And the color is important too, as it needs to be subtle but you can still see the color with some translucency so it doesn’t overpower the base eye color when you apply the sparkly shade on top.  This Dior quint ticked all the boxes.


Top Left: Shimmery champagne pinky beige

Top Right: Rusty gold with a sparkly finish

Middle: Silvery white with a sparkly finish

Bottom Left: Shimmery mushroom taupe

Bottom Right: Shimmery chocolate brown

All shades are rich in pigmentation, feel buttery soft and blend so well. As mentioned above, the two sparkly shades are exceptionally superior and rivals the Tom Ford which I thought were the best!




Upper Lid: Applied the beige color all over the eyelid, then I blended the light taupe color from the upper lash into the eye socket. The dark brown shade was only added to the outer-v, and I used my finger to pat the gold sparkly shade on the inner corner, and the silvery white shade on top for an ultra sparkly festive look!

Lower Lid: The white sparkly on the inner third, and the brown on the outer third.

It is worth nothing that I have been obsessed with highlighting and contouring lately, so I have used more-than-the-usual amount of base product to create a luminous complexion that also looks more defined.






Face: Laura Mercier Moisturizing Foundation (discontinued) mixed with Dr Jart+ Waterfuse Moist BB Cream.

Highlight & Contour: Prescriptives Contour Stick (discontinued) + Nars Copacabana Illuminator. YSL Touche Eclat for under eye concealing.

Blush: Chanel JC in Rouge

Lipstick: Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Supreme Shine SS BG 957 (reviewed here) + MAC Dazzleglass Glamour

Bottom Line: A perfect eye shadow palette for a touch of sparkly glamour this festive season.

I bought mine at David Jones for AUD$99. The Dior Palette can be purchased here in the US. You can also get this new collection including the palette here with free international delivery, and use the code GIFT10 for 10% off!

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Memoiselle November 17, 2012 at 2:29 pm

You’ve created a very beautiful eye look! Love the gradation 🙂
By the way do you have the Dior Golden Savannah from their Golden Jungle Collection? I like fairy golds but I am afraid that they look similar with what I have in my stash.


Reika November 20, 2012 at 11:36 am

Sorry darl, I don’t have Dior Golden Savannah..


Sandy November 17, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Thanks for sharing, Reika.


Aminah November 17, 2012 at 6:01 pm

I love this palette,and I do agree with you…I seem to be hoarding a lot more make up than necessary.><
Love the simple but classy look Reika!:D


Reika November 20, 2012 at 11:36 am

Thank you 🙂 Makeup hoarding is a serious problem! lol


Catherine November 17, 2012 at 7:36 pm

I love your blush *.* I have many Dior eyeshadows and love them for consistency and pigmentation but why do they all have to be soo shimmery 🙁


Reika November 20, 2012 at 11:37 am

Hi Catherine, I remember Dior has 1 or 2 beautiful quints in their permanent collection that are all matte.


Rola November 17, 2012 at 8:51 pm

The Chanel blush is pretty. I also like the colors on your eyes, very glamourous indeed.


faye lu November 18, 2012 at 1:50 am

beautiful pictures and swatches – the colours really pop on your eyelids.
as summer approaches, i’ve been a bit more adventurous with highlighting .. my current favourite is benefits watts up. gives a medium golden sheen without looking OTT =)


Reika November 20, 2012 at 11:37 am

Me too, I love Benefit highlighter. My old fav is the high beam!


Ameenah November 18, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Oh My! This is gorgeous! I need it!! xx



nawi November 18, 2012 at 8:16 pm

I intended to get this palette but after the sales lady put it on me I did not like it so much anymore it you hardly saw it on my eyes, especially the platina and gold, but now that I have seen it on you I am thinking maybe the sales lady did not know how to use it. Did you try the other palette night gold?


Reika November 20, 2012 at 11:38 am

I didn’t like night gold as much as fairy golds. When I layer some of the shades from night gold on my eyes, they ended up looking muddy on me..


Becca @ The Beauty Sample November 18, 2012 at 11:22 pm

Quite honestly, I was kinda starting to get tired of ALL the endless reviews I’ve been seeing for this collection and particularly, the Night Golds and Fairy Golds palettes. BUT, your review is making me *really* want Fairy Golds again–your pictures are always so lovely, Reika, and the shadows are absolutely STUNNING on you!! I want want want this!! 😛


nawi November 19, 2012 at 8:02 am

Dear Becca I do not understand why you would get tried of reading reviews of this collection?? I personally love ready the reviews and it helps me make a choice which products to get, so I am gratefull that so many people take the time and put in the effort to place reviews online!! And you do not have to read them if you do not want to thats the easy thing about the internet.


Chris El November 19, 2012 at 1:26 am

Love your look! I’m always looking for new ways to use my Fairy Golds palette which I absolutely adore. 🙂


Cindy November 19, 2012 at 7:46 am

This looks beautiful on you but I think I want the Night Golds!! Aaargh why is makeup so expensive in Australia! I hope its still available in the US 🙂


Reika November 20, 2012 at 11:39 am

You can get Dior makeup at http://www.feelunique.com Cindy. They are very reasonably priced.


Rowena November 19, 2012 at 11:08 am

Wow, love your make-up! I really want that Dior Eyeshadow Pallette now! 🙂


Jenni November 20, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Oh Gee! This palette is a gem in disguise – really need to check this out in person! the neutral colors and the formula look heavenly on you!


Christine@BrazenBeauty November 25, 2012 at 11:20 am

This is stunning on you. Let me say that I also really hate shopping at department store counters. It’s half the reason that I own more drugstore and brands that Sephora carries… I like to browse on my own. It seems like a most of the department stores counters I’ve ever been to that I am either a) patronized, b) ignored, or c) gushed over and never left alone to play with the make up. ERGH. So annoying.


Jessica December 12, 2012 at 6:45 am

I have to ask – WHERE did you find that rouge joues contraste??? I’m in the US, and I need it. Need. Thanks!


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