Dior's known for bringing out luxurious "gilded" makeup collections every holiday season, filled with golds, reds, and plush velvety colors. This year is no different.
Named "State of Gold", the 2015 Holiday Collection features rich late-Fall colors like burgundy, red, squash orange, and all manner of nuanced gold tones. Every product is a gift worth giving if there's someone special in your life you want to pamper.
There are the requisite gold compact Illuminating Pressed Powders; 001 (a light champagne gold) and 002 a rose gold. I love both but only picked up 002 as 001 has not reached stores yet.
Someone mentioned on Instagram that these are like collectibles to treasure and keep. I agree but I would also recommend using them cos they are gorgeous on the skin; more pearlescent than last year's and shot through with flattering gold rather than silver sparkles.
There are 2 cream shadows and 2 lip glosses which I won't speak of because they're not the standouts to me. There are also 2 pressed powder blushes which are shot through with lots of gold sparks. I'm not the biggest fan as there is so much gold sparkle in the formula that it would look quite dramatic on the cheeks. Both of the burnished orange-tones also look like they would work better on medium to tan skins and might be too orange on pale girls.
What I do highly recommend are:
- the two 5-Couleur palettes
- two of the 5 nail polishes
- both illuminating compact powders
- any of the 6 shades of Diorific Mat lipsticks
The 2 palettes come in variations of Fall tones. One accented with a beautiful sage green, the other a rusty brick red.
I like all the lipsticks. Fall and Winter are the best times for seasonal lip colors because instead of the more watery and translucent colors from Dior Addicts and Rouge Diors which are common in Spring and Summer, the brand tends to bring out rich satins and mattes in the Diorific range (which is my fave formula from Dior).
Plus - the ribbed gold cases are so vintage looking.
All 6 shades are gorgeous but the 4 I personally love are:
Fantastique - rich fuchsia
Fascinante - rich warm brown-rose
Fabuleuse - rich deep crimson
Troublante - dark burgundy red
As for the nail polishes, it really depends on your preference. But the two that I find a bit more special and worth picking up this season are
- 227 Gris Or - a dimensional oyster-gold that shifts slightly grey and rose depending on the light
- 001 State of Gold - a gold glitter topcoat; sounds bring but this deposits SO much glitter in one coat that I instantly fell for it. Use it as an accent on one nail or partially over another color. (If you paint over the whole nail, you will blot out most of the color beneath.)