Diorshow Monos, or more precisely Diorshow Mono Wet & Dry Backstage Eyeshadows (RRP in Belgium: 31,88 euros) hit the stores here in Europe a little while ago. The line-up includes 18 shades (2 limited-edition ones will be available this summer, a bright blue and a teal), and they are supposed to have a natural finish when used dry, and intense when used wet. Today I have the swatches of Gris Montaigne (047) and Mordoré (653) for you. I also got to quickly swatch the entire line-up, so I will briefly go over my first impression in the post!
Diorshow Mono compacts come with a mirror, two sponge applicators, and a velvet pouch. The packaging material is consistent with the quints, and the Dior logo is embossed on the eyeshadow.
Each Diorshow Mono contains a healthy amount of 2,2 grams/0.007 oz).
Gris Montaigne is definitely one of the shades that are the most complex and harder to dupe (at least in my stash) in the line-up. Gris means gray, and Montaigne comes from Avenue Montaigne, which is where the Dior headquarters are.
Gris Montaigne looks very silver in certain lighting, but at a certain angle you see the green in it. The finish is very shimmery, and somehow metallic. It is more cool-toned, but not to the point that warm-toned beauties can’t rock it!
I swatched Gris Montaigne dry on the left, and wet on the right. It is very smooth and buttery soft. It is pigmented, but there is this underlying sheerness about it. You can build it up for it to be almost opaque easily, but the underlying sheerness doesn’t really go away. When swatched wet it is more pigmented, and the underlying sheerness comes through less.
Mordoré (it means bronze, which is a pretty self-evident choice) is a shimmery bronze that doesn’t lean too warm from what I can see. I think this gives it an edge, as a lot of bronzes are very warm-toned or contain quite a bit of red, which makes them less universally-flattering (I for one look ill with those). The shimmer in both Gris Montaigne and Mordoré is way prettier on the lids than swatched!
Mordoré has an extremely smooth, pigmented, and creamy texture. The color glides on opaque from the get-go,and it is a bit more intense when used wet:
I got to see and swatch the entire line-up several days ago, though I accidentally swatched a shade or two twice and skipped a shade or two. Anyhow, you can hopefully get a rough idea:
My general observation is that not all Diorshow Monos are created equal. Some are definitely more pigmented than others, though these swatches are done dry so many the ones that swatch sheerer have some potential. The two sparkling shades (Swan and Sequin, swatched next to each other on the first row) have a very similar texture to the ones I have tried in both Golden Savannah and Night Golds. They are very sparkling, but they don’t produce much subsequent fallout (if at all. Patting them on with fingertips is easier than using a brush,). I think those will be interesting to check out especially if you don’t already own a Dior quint that contains something similar, yet you like some sparkle!
I might check out more shades in the green family, as I have a soft spot for them, and from what I remember they perform well. It’s also nice to see Dior putting a fuchsia and a bright purple in the line-up. They definitely make things more fun!
Besides the Monos, this launch also includes Diorshow Art Pen (a liquid eyeliner. RRP: 35,82 euros ), Diorshow Flash Corrector (RRP: 31,29 euros), and Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara (RRP: 34,42 euros. Not pictured here). I ended up purchasing Diorshow Art Pen and got a mini sample Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara, so you can expect these to be reviewed soon as well!
What do you think? Are you interested in any of the shades, the new mascara, or maybe the eyeliner? I will be doing looks with these as soon as I can!
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx