There is no doubt that an all in one face palette is really convenient when travelling - it saves on space, especially if you are travelling hand luggage only, and also on weight. The problem with a lot of all in one palettes is that options are very limited and I know that I won't wear the same makeup every night so it defeats the option of the palette if I end up taking more products. The answer to that (admittedly, first world) problem? This Dior Ultra Dior Couture Palette which offers both day and night looks in the form of six eyeshadows, two blushes, powder and four lip options housed in sturdy, yet stylish packaging! This is a travel exclusive palette so if you forget your makeup bag (which happened to my friend when we were travelling to Lanzarote for her wedding!), you can pick this up in World Duty Free and be covered for all options.
The packaging of the palette is padded patent black with silver Dior lettering on the front. It feels weighty, sturdy and luxurious. It is housed in a velvet pouch to increase the decadence, although I admit that I rarely keep pouches that some products are housed in! Inside the lid is a mirror with a removable sleeve, which gives suggestions for how to create looks using the products in the palette. There is a plastic insert, which covers all of the products and prevents transfer onto the mirror (or each other) and two brushes - I rarely use brushes that come with palettes but there are convenient if you don't have anything else with you.
In the centre of the palette is a large compact powder foundation, however given that my skin is so dry, I have been using this as a finishing powder rather than foundation. It adds a little coverage but is so finely milled that it isn't really detectable on the skin. If you were to use as a foundation alone, you could build up to add more coverage - I think it would be best suited to normal/combination skin as a foundation.
Having never tried Dior eyeshadows before, I was excited to use this palette. There are three matte shadows, two satin and one micro glitter. The formula is very smooth without being overly soft but they aren't what I would describe as stiff either. The pigmentation is moderate but that isn't a negative as they can be layered and blended - I know that a lot of people prefer when shadows aren't too pigmented as they find them easier to work with. The shade selection should work for all eye colours and skin tones as they are pretty neutral tones of champagne, taupe, cream, brown and black. I love that there is a matte black as this can be used instead of liner or to smoke a neutral eye up for evening wear. The micro glitter leans towards pink but can be used as a lid topper over other shadows. The formula is smooth, without any chunks of glitter so there is no need to worry about eye irritation and the glitter catches the light beautifully for a sophisticated glittery eye look. I think even those who shy away from using glitter would love this shadow as the formula is so smooth.
There are two decent sized blushes in the shades Rose Caprice and Why Not. The formula of the blush is a little stiffer than the shadows but they apply without any patchiness and can be layered evenly. Rose Caprice looks pretty bright in the pan but it isn't as stark on the cheeks - it just gives a flush of colour to make the cheeks look fresh. Why Not is a stunning peachy/coral toned blush that really lifts my medium skin and warms my complexion. The size of the pans is perfect - I have no problem getting my blush brush in there!
Finally, on the bottom row are four lip options: one Dior Addict Ultra Gloss in the shade Princess, which is a high shine, non-sticky gloss. There are two Dior Addict Lacquer Sticks in the shades Lazy and Hollywood Red. Lazy is a medium petal pink and Hollywood Red is a deep crimson. I really love the formula of these because they last longer than a regular gloss but they have a glossy finish, which I find flattering on the lips. Finally, there is a Rouge Dior Couture Colour Lipstick in the shade 964, which is a matte wine toned shade. This is a comfortable long-lasting formula so I think I'll buy a full size of this as it's the perfect autumn shade.
Overall, I think this a brilliant travel palette or if you just want to get to know Dior makeup without having to buy a number of individual products, this is a good option too. Available from World Duty Free and don't forget that they have a Reserve and Collect option so even if you aren't flying yourself, you can ask someone who is to collect your order for you and still avail of the discounts available.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this palette and all in one face palettes, in general! Are you a fan?
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