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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.