Nonetheless, it is a beauty of a palette and I am glad to review for you. The embossment is slightly reminiscent of the lace from Dior's last Spring collection but instead of a full lace pattern, we get rose embossments. Lovely, isn't it?
The only other brand to release a green themed palette this Spring was Lancome, and I reviewed the palette here yesterday. I thought this Garden Pastels palette would end up as my top eyeshadow pick for the season but Lancome's Vert Tendresse really swept me off my feet. As much as I love Dior's pastel theme, it does not translate as well on the eyes because the palette does not provide an "anchor" color. All the colors are high-shine metallics. Now, there is nothing wrong with a entirely shimmery eye but I find this palette looks overwhelmingly bright when worn without a matte brown or navy to balance out the pastel theme.
The shades in Garden Pastels have nearly frosty finishes with decent pigmentation, standard Dior fare. The pale pink, dramatic silver, buttercup yellow, luminous lime, and warm turquoise are a lot of fun to look at and to play with. The yellow and lime have the smoothest textures, while the silver is the most pigmented. The pink and turquoise boast high concentrations of glitter. I do not believe I would reach for this palette often but I have been toying with it recently to figure out which look I'll demonstrate in the tutorial, which I should have posted by next Sunday. Also, I will review my favorite piece from Dior's Spring 2012 collection this week. Edit: view the palette in action HERE!
Now for the swatches!
In the natural light/shade of my living room
Directly in front of a window, rather harsh lighting..
Out in the sunlight, where the metallic finish shines!
Bottom Line: If you enjoy slightly sheer but buildable metallic finishes, this eyeshadow palette may tickle your fancy. Even though it is very true to the garden party theme, it's only a "nice to have" product [in my opinion]. Garden Pastels has more pizzaz at first glance but I prefer the balance and versatility of Lancome's Vert Tendressese palette.