What would you reach for to do a quick smokey eye? I’d use a cream/stick shadow all over my lids and blend some powder over it for more depth. This spring Dior has both steps covered with their Twin Set Eyeshadows, and I have Fishnet Black to share with you today!
Simple concept, but isn’t it genius? Theoretically-speaking this baby should be able to get your smokey eye covered on its own. Dior Twin Set Eyeshadows have a stick end for base, and a sponge loose shadow end to set the base as well as adding some sparkle. The eyeshadow stick is the twist-up kind, so you won’t have to waste any by sharpening it. The caps are of different sizes (snap the smaller one open for the eyeshadow stick, and the bigger for loose shadow), and in general I find the design pretty user-friendly!
The stick end of Dior Fishnet Black Twin Set Eyeshadow is a grayish black with silver sparkle. It takes a bit of building-up to look more black than gray on the lids, but the texture is not too hard and it glides on fine. A well-moisturized and prepped surface is what will make the end result nice and smooth. Otherwise it could seem a little patchy!
The powder end of Fishnet Black is a sheer gray with silver sparkle. Packing loose eyeshadow with a sponge end is probably the most mess-free way of using loose eyeshadows, but even then there is a bit of drop-down with this one. I would suggest you start from your eyes when you want to use Fishnet Black and hold a tissue under your eyes when you pat the loose powder on. That way you can clean it up easily before moving on to foundation and so on. Also, the rather big tip makes it less practical for navigating on the lower lash line. That’s why I opt for going over my lower lash line with a pencil brush and pressed eyeshadow instead.
Here is how it swatches. From bottom to top: stick end, loose shadow end, and layered together:
Do note that the swatch was done on unprepped skin, so the stick part looks a bit patchier than it really is.
While the idea of Twin Set Eyeshadows is practical, unfortunately I can’t seem to make Fishnet Black last too well on my lids. I have tried to use it on top of both of my primers (NARS Smudgeproof and UDPP) as well as going primer-commando, but in any case it would start creasing within a couple of hours. I have to stress that creasing is very personal, and the reviews I’ve read so far seem to be more positive about the lasting power. Again, it’s something you might have to try to know how it works for you!
This is how Fishnet Black looks on me. I actually appreciate the fact that it’s not really really black, because that would make it harder to pull off as well!
Bottom line: The idea behind Dior Twin Set Eyeshadows is pretty genius, but I wish Fishnet Black would last better on me. If you’re interested in the idea of doing a smokey eye with one product, these might be worth looking into. Creasing doesn’t seem to be the problem everybody experiences, and you might have better luck than I do!
Would you want to try Fishnet Black of any of the Dior Twin Set Eyeshadows? What are your go-to products for a quick smokey eye?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx