Dior Grand Bal in 001 (Holiday 2012)

by PJ on Monday, November 26, 2012

in -Dior, 2012 Holiday, makeup, makeup - eyeliner, makeup - eyeshadow, makeup - lip color, makeup - lip gloss, stash focus

Dior Grand Bal Holiday 2012 Makeup 1


I was disappointed with the lack of the limited-edition star item in Dior‘s holiday 2011 makeup collection, and I had been looking forward to seeing what Dior was going to bring out for this holiday season. Dior’s holiday 2012 Grand Bal makeup collection features warm-toned shades for the eyes and rich reds for the lips. (It is good to see new Diorific lipsticks and nail colors.) The star item is the Grand Bal palette, and I decided to get it with my Boots points.


Dior Grand Bal Holiday 2012 Makeup 2


Dior Grand Bal Makeup Palette for Glowing Eyes & Lips (Eyeshadows, Eyeliner & Lip Gloss) in 001 (£60) comes in a sleek gold case. (It is available in one variation only.) It includes two eyeshadows, one eyeliner, and two lip colors. The eyeliner goes through the clasps. (The palette closes magnetically and not with the clasps.)


Dior Grand Bal Holiday 2012 Makeup 3


The two eyeshadows are gold-toned and silver-toned. They are moderately pigmented with a pearly finish. The gold has a slight depth while the silver works as a lightening shade.


Dior Grand Bal Holiday 2012 Makeup 4


The palette includes two lip colors (with a lid over them). One is a softly pigmented gentle warm red with very subtle shimmer and the other is a translucent pearly white with pale yellow-gold shimmer.


Dior Grand Bal Holiday 2012 Makeup 5


The palette also features a black eyeliner. It is unusual for an eyeliner to be included in Dior’s seasonal limited-edition star items, but it is a good addition to complement the two fairly light eyeshadows in this palette.

(I haven’t tested the eyeliner. The descriptions of the eyeshadows and the lip colors are based on the testing at the Dior counter.)

Overall I like the look of this palette. It is very glamorous, and the glossy and shiny gold packaging reminds me of the Gold Celebration palettes that YSL used to release for the holiday seasons.


Related posts:

Dior Minaudière in 002 Pink Golds (Holiday 2010)

Dior Cristal Boréal (Holiday 2009)

Dior Night Diamond (Holiday 2008)

DiorLight (Holiday 2007)

Dior Garden Clutch in 002 Granville Garden (Spring 2012)

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Leila Wednesday, December 12, 2012

At first, I never had any intention of getting this palette. Now, I’m wavering. Whilst these items are very lovely, I don’t tend to buy them, as they are highly priced for what they contain. I collect a lot of boots points too, but this year, spent a lot on the other collections – I bought both garden party quints with them!

I absolutely love this collection, I have one of the nail polishes and intend to get another. They’ll look very pretty out on display (to me, this collection is part cosmetic, part ornament). It’s all just so opulent. I suppose I want this to complete the collection more than anything.

Have you seen previews for the spring collection? It’s gorgeous! The clutches look very nice too, so who knows, I may get that instead.


PJ Sunday, December 16, 2012

Hi Leila,

Sorry for the late reply!

While I don’t think Grand Bal is one of my favorite seasonal limited-edition items from Dior, I definitely liked it enough to want to get it. (If I didn’t get it, I would probably regret it later.) But I can certainly see why this might not be the easiest decision.

I do like the overall look of the collection, and I would use “opulent” to describe it as well. The Diorific items look particularly glamorous.

I have seen Dior’s spring 2013 makeup collection, and I like the clutch palettes too. I will have to get one of them. :)

Thank you for sharing your thoughts again, and have a lovely week! :)


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