Dior Diorskin Shimmer Star in Amber Diamond – Review and Swatch
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pricy initially; but lasts forever, yields great results and is a luxury brand.
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.
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.
Soft, works with even the cheapest brush and has minimal fallout for a shimmer. Score!
It withstood a hot day on primed lids and cheeks for about 8 hours total. Nuff said.
Summary: 90% (A-)
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