Dior Diorskin Shimmer Star in Amber Diamond – Review and Swatch

Diorskin Shimmer Star in Amber Diamond

I’m a girl who frequently gets oily, who abhors shimmer and who until recently thought name brands were some terrible conspiracy theory. I am also a girl that completely lacks any and all willpower. This, combined with fabulous reviews, caused me to pick Dior’s Amber Diamond as one of my various birthday gifts, courtesy of my little sister Harmony. Let’s take a look at it, small we?

General Information:

Dior Shimmer Stars are currently available in two shades: 001 (Rose Diamond) and 002 (Amber Diamond.) This was gifted to me before I became friend(lier) towards pink blushes, and the shade that is most hyped of the two is Amber Diamond, so Amber Diamond it was. Both cost $44.00 USD and give you .35 oz of product. That’s a little bit less than twice the amount in a MAC Blush, fyi.

Packaging:

Diorskin Shimmer Star in Amber Diamond (Velvet Pouch)

Diorskin Shimmer Star in Amber Diamond (Case)

The packaging is sturdy, classic Dior blue and comes with the a black velvet pouch bearing the CD for Christian Dior. It’s rather luxe, though I must admit feels a bit bulky given the amount of product actually inside. Admittedly, it’s really fun to pull out when you want to feel fancy (which I often do.) Though I can’t really think of many opportunities where one would bring a highlighter on the go (except vacations.) That said, the huge mirror they include is super nice but there’s no brush so you’ll have to pack your own.

Color Accuracy:

As you may or may not know, the Shimmer Stars come in strips of 5 colors. Sephora and Dior do us the favor of giving us a color breakdown. From left to right Amber Diamond’s shades are  ivory, champagne, tan, bronze and  peach.  In the pan, it’s spot on.

Diorskin Shimmer Star in Amber Diamond (Open)

But…I think there’s a lot MORE to the actual product. That is, I think the official description really doesn’t do it justice.

Diorskin Shimmer Star in Amber Diamond (Swatched from Left to Right in Order)

Diorskin Shimmer Star in Amber Diamond (Swatch of All)

The ivory has a lot of beautiful gold duochrome and the bronze is more of a beautiful rose-gold. The only line that disappointed me was the peach, but I think a lot of its natural color got lost against my skintone. The combined color is closest to the second strip on me, but with lovely hints of the other colors.  If we’re not being too nitpicky, it’s an accurate representation and the product images are SPOT ON.

Pigmentation:

Hurr…this is a highlighter and shimmers are notoriously pigmented. I’ve seem them botched up, but for the most part this is a really lovely and pigmented color. All the shades show up at least decently if not more so.I was a bit afraid that it wouldn’t really show up on my skin – and for the most part the colors don’t. But it does what it needs to do – it highlights.

Application:

You’ve no doubt heard about how soft, buttery and smooth this product is. It’s not just hype! It really really is that great. Of course, buttery soft products can go powdery in the pan but that was pretty minimal hear. It’s so smooth that I can apply it with the coarsest of brushes (ELF’s standard Blush Brush) and it still gives me great results with minimal fallout.

Dior Amber Diamond Applied

I’d love to say that the lack of other-makeup was done to showcase how luminous and lovely the results of this product are; but the truth is I was just really lazy. It’s gorgeous and brings a natural glow wherever it’s applied. Which, in this case is my cheekbones.

Wear:

Amber Diamond has a fabulous wear time on me, even with oily skin. I’d say 5-6 hours minimum and it’s gone as far as 8. Oh, and did I mention i’ve totally worn this as eyeshadow? It stayed all day there as well – a 9 hour day. …A HOT 9 hour day.

Summary:

Do I love it. Yes. Is it kiiiiiiind of expensive? Yes. Do you need it? Maybe. I’ll admit it’s not an everyday use thing. But for certain looks it really comes in handy. And I SERIOUSLY encourage anyone who hasn’t tried to use this as an eyeshadow. It’s really glowy and pretty. The lovely results and superb wear time make this a great luxury item for yourself of a loved one.

Value: 4/5

Pricy initially; but lasts forever, yields great results and is a luxury brand.

Packaging: 4/5

Beautiful, protective but a tad bulky and no brush.

Color Accuracy: 9/10

This is one of the products that the company should hype MORE. Simple descriptions like ivory for a gold duochrome don’t cut it.

Pigmentation: 9/10

It’s a shimmer, so pigmentation was a given. Some shades (peach, tan) don’t show up as well on my skin as they do on others (paler others) but the overall product is well pigmented.

Application: 10/10

Soft, works with even the cheapest brush and has minimal fallout for a shimmer. Score!

Wear: 9/10

It withstood a hot day on primed lids and cheeks for about 8 hours total. Nuff said.

Summary: 90% (A-)

Highlighters. Yay? Or Nay?

<3 EA

 

 

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11 Responses to Dior Diorskin Shimmer Star in Amber Diamond – Review and Swatch

  1. Larie says:

    This one is really lovely and was always one I wished I could wear (parabens). I’m glad you got one – I think they’re discontinued now!
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    • Eden-Avalon says:

      Nope! This is still being sold. I think you’re getting it mixed up with the Diorskin Nude Glow in Aurora. Which, sadly, was LE.

  2. Shivani says:

    Is that your highest grade ever????????????????
    AN A???
    OMGEE LOL!
    <3 def going to look into this!
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    • Eden-Avalon says:

      ; w ; I really do tend to be a harsh grader. Even if I love a product, if I think it has bad traits i’ll report on them. But nooooo! I do not believe this is my highest grade ever. That distinction belongs to my DollyEye Grey contact lenses.

  3. Hrrrrnnnggghh… DIOR.

    DIOR.

    KHAAAAAAAN– oh. I mean– DIOOORRRRR.

    (Except in an excited tone.)

    Anyway, this is DEFINITELY under-promoted by the company. I just. Can’t. Unf.

    The colours. And they look so good on you!

    And… and I love highlighters now that I’m kinda’ working on contouring…

    The pretty has killed my capability to write. (Also the studying/writing for finals week. Haha.)
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    • Eden-Avalon says:

      The little picture on the right sidebar (or on my facebook…why aren’t you on my facebook?) Is me wearing it as an eyeshadow.

      I’m also trying to master contouring but it’s quite hard! What works on one person doesn’t work on another and all that.

  4. Celina says:

    Love this on you! I think I want to get the pink version :D
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  5. Love the way this looks on you!! This used to be my fave highlighter until I met the Gardenia one.
    Tracy@Beauty Reflections recently posted..New At The Drugstore: L’Oreal EverCreme Cleansing Conditioner

  6. So glad you got this! It flatters our skin tone so much! I have to try it as an e/s, thanks for the tip!<3
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  7. sara says:

    WOW! This one sounds amazing. I wish we had Dior here in my country.
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  8. Stacey says:

    I use to avoid anything shimmery too because of my oily skin, and I still am very lazy about highlighters. But seeing how high the rating score is, I’ll have to check this out!
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