Making an Entrance with the Dior Grand Bal Carnet de Maquillage

by lyn on October 31, 2012 · 11 comments

in Dior, Eyeliner, Eyeshadow, Holiday, Limited Edition, Lipgloss

It’s no secret that I have an absolute adoration for seasonal makeup offerings, especially of the limited kind. Dior’s holiday collections are usually rather exceptional and beautiful to behold. The star product of this year’s collection comes to us in a shiny, golden compact.

dior grand bal

The Grand Bal Carnet de Maquillage palette was apparently inspired by 18th century young ladies holding dance cards. I’ve read about dance cards in erm, Victorian romance novels so the concept is not totally lost on me. But don’t you think it’s a rather strange item to take inspiration from?

Strange theme aside, the festive gold of the Grand Bal palette is quite lovely. I’ve been rather attracted to golds of late and am quite happy with the eyeshadows and lipglosses offered within. The clasp is locked by an eyeliner pencil but it feels a tad bit flimsy so I sometimes worry about it sliding out.

dior grand bal
dior grand bal

The eyeshadow duo reminds me of folds of fabric and the shades consist of a sparkly gold with a hint of peach and a shimmery champagne silver. The lipglosses are housed in separate wells with a gold hatch over them. Although the colours are rather shiny, I still find them wearable. I do like gold eyeshadows and usually use them to highlight the center lid. The consistency is relatively smooth for such shimmery shades and apply very well.

dior grand bal

I haven’t tried using the eyeshadows as a standalone though and have only used them to highlight or enhance regular browns or taupes. I don’t think I can carry off too much glitter and these shades do contain a fair bit of shimmer. If you are not into shiny eyes or lips, you’d likely have trouble with this palette.

dior grand bal

As mentioned earlier, the clasp of the palette is held together by an eyeliner pencil. The eyeliner is a standard dark brown colour and goes well with the rest of the shades within the palette. You can’t really go wrong with browns though. I do like the pencil a lot as it goes on very smoothly and doesn’t drag. It still smudges as my lids tend to get oily over the day but it lasts a little longer with an eye primer.

dior grand bal

Whilst I think the Grand Bal palette is an absolutely gorgeous piece and is a collector’s dream, I honestly don’t think a regular consumer will appreciate it as much. The colours are not what I’d call everyday colours but I can definitely see myself reaching for this during the festive season when attending parties or dinners. I suppose that’s what the palette is intended for… celebrations and special occassions.

The Dior palette retails at RM240 and will be available in November (very soon). Yes, it is expensive. However the quality of the palette is outstanding and if you are into collecting beautiful makeup pieces, you may be interested in owning a Grand Bal yourself.

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Lily October 31, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Lyn, I absolutely love the photos and the bokeh! What lens are you using? *drools*
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lyn November 3, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Hey Lily, Thanks! I shot with the Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 non-VC for Canon mount. It’s one of my favourites and I’ve been using it quite frequently since getting it early this year.


xin October 31, 2012 at 3:31 PM

it’s such a pretty palette, it’s also one of those you don’t need, but you just want it because it’s pretty
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lyn November 3, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Hi Xin, Definitely a nice-to-have palette but most palettes aren’t something you’d need anyway ;-) I’m quite impressed with this year’s holiday collections from most of the high-end brands.


Jacobin November 4, 2012 at 12:40 AM

Look’s so exquisite and divine! *_* I don’t know why but I have a thing for buying limited editions or special editions. :|
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lyn November 10, 2012 at 10:23 AM

I think we all have an addiction to limited editions ;-) This palette is really stunning and if you’re into shimmery shades, they are absolutely beautiful. Have you checked out Dior’s holiday collection yet? They have so many pretty things this season!


dom November 5, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Pray tell – what are dance cards? Love the pictures you took.
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lyn November 10, 2012 at 10:30 AM

It’s a card consisting of the dance programme at a particular ball or party. Ladies would fill out these cards with their intended dance partner’s name. It was all very organised and proper back then.


Sunny November 14, 2012 at 12:43 AM

Ahhh I really have to swatch this one! The counters I’ve been to don’t have any samples on display, but I’m so curious about it! Absolutely no idea what I want this kind of gold and silver eyeshadows for, but the packaging is absolutely lovely!
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lyn November 14, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Hello! Oooh, yes… this is a really lovely palette indeed! The gold and silver shadows are very smooth and I tend to use them as highlights. Or you can smudge the brown liner on your lids and then blend it out with the shadows, which creates a very pretty effect. But like I mentioned, it’s not an everyday palette and is likely appealing to collectors mostly. Also I actually like the rosy pink gloss a lot and I’m not even a lipgloss type of person :-)


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