It’s My Instinct to Reach for Golden Browns: Dior Golden Browns Palette & Instinct Addict Lipstick

I like a good makeup challenge from time to time (like coral and reddish brown eyeshadows), but a lot of the time I prefer to stay in my comfort zone. Neutral smokey eyes with a lip color that doesn’t shout? Very me, and very Dior Golden Jungle! Have you seen their Golden Browns palette and Instinct Addict Lipstick?

If regular Dior pieces oozes luxury, Golden Browns Essentials for Radiant Eyes & Lips is practically the embodiment of it. I love the heftiness of luxury makeup, and Golden Browns is definitely one step ahead in the game! The packaging is made of metal, which holds fingerprints in the clearest way possible (believe it or not, the photographing session was completed with a pair of lab gloves). Once you open the compact, you get the panther eyeshadows on one side, and a flip top opens to the gloss. There are also two duo-ended applicators, with 3 sponge ends and one hair one. The overall visual presentation is quite stunning!

The eyeshadow side of the palette contains a beige (the sparkle you can see on the product photos is an overspray. Once it is scratched off, the shade just barely has a sheen), a mid-tone warm brown with a sheen, and a darker charcoal brown. Out of the three shades, the mid-tone brown has the best texture and pigmentation while the beige feels a bit powdery when swatched, and the charcoal brown needs some building up. Do note that these issues are not obvious on the lids though. They are more things that you observe when you swatch the shades.

The gloss is a pretty coral with some gold shimmer, but as it is rather sheer, it doesn’t do much to my pigmented lips. However, those who have less pigmented lips might be in luck! On me it looks and feels more like a balm with a bit of sparkle.

For my FOTD using this palette, I first lined my lash line with a black pencil liner (Urban Decay Zero) before blending it out with MAC 239. I then mixed the two darker shades together with 239 and applied all over my lids. I also added the darkest shade to my outer corners. After blending out the edges and highlighting my inner corners with the lightest one, I lined my eyes with a gel liner and applied quite a bit of mascara (Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum and Diorshow New Look Mascara are still my winning combo), that’s a simple smokey eye done! A quick dab of the gloss on my lips later, I was ready to zoom out of the door!

Despite the fact that the eyeshadows don’t swatch very impressively, they are pretty easy to work with. You can pick up individual colors with a brush like a MAC 239 if you are careful, but the medium shade is pretty tiny. They do blend easily however, and they don’t crease or fade on me after a long day. The color of the gloss more or less disappears on me, so what you see in the pictures is no different from my natural lip color. It is a bit tacky, but not greasy or sticky. I think Golden Browns is more like a collector’s item that is fabulous to look at and own, but you most probably have very similar items in your stash already (though then again, it’s Dior, and it’s panther print, so I can’t think of a reason not to adore it!).

“Wait Sunny, I think you mentioned something about instinct?”

OOO yeah! Since I was going out that day and didn’t want to carry the palette with me for touch-ups, I swapped my lip color to one of the four lipsticks in the Golden Jungle collection, Instinct Addict Lipstick.

The Addict Lipsticks have the same packaging as the Addict Extremes, only they are transparent and silver. There is hardly any smell I can detect, and the transparent part reflects light in an interesting way.

Instinct (#816) is a warm raisin/brick red with brownish undertone. The texture is very smooth and balmy, and it glides onto my lips like butter. It is sheer, but adds a decent bit of color to my lips. The finish is very shiny, so don’t be fooled by how the bullet looks!

Since it’s so smooth and balmy, Instinct only lasts about 2 hours or so on me, and if I drink or eat it wears off. The good thing about this formula is it reapplies easily. Even without a mirror I am not too worried about making a fool of myself. I can see them being great lipsticks for lipstick beginners (I was one really not so long ago)!

It’s not too much paired with the smokey eyes, and in general it’s a good one for autumn!

Have you picked up anything from the Golden Jungle collection? Is Golden Browns or Instinct something you would wear? How do you do a quick smokey eye?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

Disclosure: The products mentioned in this review are provided by the PR for my consideration. All opinions are honest and my own. I am in no way compensated for this review. I have always been, and will always be committed ONLY to my readers.

  • L e n a

    love this look and colors on you, Sunny! :)
    i think this collection is too warm for me but every season Dior catches my eyes regardless. 😉

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much Lena! I always hope to see a collection that has something for everyone, but you’re right about khaki being pretty warm-toned.

  • claire

    I love the eye look you did, especially the liner. That last pic is stunning!

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much Claire! I’m going back to using a good bit of liner again LOL

  • naomihing

    oh i have to say you look gorgeous in these pics

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much Naomi! Finally finding a spot in my house with even natural light definitely helped :)

  • Teri

    I saw golden browns on you that day and I really loved it! You look so pretty in the pictures!

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much Teri! You can most probably dupe the look with your stash too. Would love to see how it turns out!

  • Michelle

    I need some new Dior in my life. You look amazing as always!

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much Michelle! Yes you do need some Dior in your life! Stay tuned for more droll-inducing pieces! xx

  • Jacqueline

    Great fotd as always Sunny. I love a good neutral eye and bright lips. I wished the palette came with a more pigmented lip, I would have been all over it :)

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much Jacqueline! I know what you mean! I guess both of our lips are too pigmented for it to make a difference.

  • Larie

    I really don’t like palettes that contain eye and lip products for the same reason – you wouldn’t carry that around, and lip products need to be reapplied! The look you came up is very beautiful and natural, though!

    • Sunny

      Hey Larie, I know what you mean! I know that most girls back home need some eyeshadow touch-up throughout the day though (because it’s so warm and humid. Also for some reason primer isn’t something everyone has discovered). In that case I can see this being pretty practical!

  • My Lucite Dreams

    You look very Gorgeous! The palette is so beautiful, I totally agree this is more of a collectors item though. It’s great that they add another lid for the lip product. I love instinct and will definitely be checking it out. Btw I adored the coral and red eye shades I thought you did it very well and it looks beautiful and very current!

    • Sunny

      Thank you so much Taylor! Instinct is a really good one, and I bet it’ll look fantastic on you! xx

  • Memoiselle

    I find this eyeshadow are very good to work with too! I like the texture and it blends easily. :)
    PS: I like your top!

    • Sunny

      Yay I’m glad you like it too! PS: it’s actually another dress that I got last year lol

  • Dovey

    Hi Sunny, ohmygosh I love animal print anything! The fact that the leopard spot is bigger seems like it would be much easier to use than last year’s mitzah palette. I have a huge weakness for smoky eyes, and think that this combination looks gorgeous on your eyes; I think the slightly warm tones complement you beautifully :)

    • Sunny

      Thank you so much, Dovey! It is possible to pick out individual colors with a regular brush, so I’d say this one is actually pretty usable!

  • Peggy Timmermans Visagie

    The palette is very very pretty, love it! Lipstick coulour is a bit to dark for me though…but suits you well!

    • Sunny

      Hey Peggy, I know what you mean! On me this one is not over the top at all and I adore it :)

  • Joyce (bronzerbunny)

    Looking good sunny! :) very neutral and pretty. I don’t know why I never looked at this palette before!

    • Sunny

      Thanks Joyce! This one is great for a quick look. It might be really useful for an overnight trip :)

  • Isabelle

    Great look, love the eyes! I really like this palette, but I’d be so terrified to mess up the print.

    • Sunny

      Thank you so much Isabelle! I’ve used mine a couple of times and the print is just fine. As long as you don’t smear a finger/brush around I am pretty sure it’ll stay that way!

  • sataa

    You are so pretty , I love this look it’s very simple yet elegant. You post about a lot of high end brands and honestly at the moment I can’t afford them but I joined your blog because I LOVE your makeup looks they are so natural and you look so pretty, I am also learning this kind of makeup from your pics :)

    • Sunny

      Aww thank you SO much! I am all about looks people can sport easily, and I’m glad you enjoy them! xx

  • deijsprinses

    Love it my dear! That’s a great look!

    • Sunny

      Thanks girly! It’s so simple as well. Nothing tricky!

  • Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    You are so beautiful, Sunny!!! 😀

    • Sunny

      Thank you so much Becca! It’s so kind of you :)

  • BeautyReflections (@BeautyReflectTS)

    Sunny, you look amazing in this! You always look amazing! I like the idea of this palette. It’s nice and neutral!

    • Sunny

      Thank you so much Tracy! I was happy that the eyeshadows are easy to work with and don’t fade!

  • wheetnee

    I was looking at this palette instores the other day. Love your photos! The Instinct Addict Lipstick. looks realllly nice, but I just bought a Dior Smoothing Lacquer and that did some wallet damage.

    • Sunny

      Thanks girly! Keep me posted about how the Smoothing Lacquer works. I’ve always found it interesting-looking!

  • Em

    those colors look great on you! thanks for the review :)

    • Sunny

      Thanks Em! For my skin tone the colors are very easy to wear :)