Fluid eyeshadows seem to be having a moment. I know I said my eyes react to *Dior Dior Addict Fluid Shadows in my Cosmopolite preview post, but here’s the good news: I eventually figured out that’s not really the case. However, it’s not exactly smooth sailing from there so let’s get real!
From the tube to the wand, the packaging of Dior Dior Addict Fluid Shadows is very similar to that of Dior Addict Glosses. The finishes range from very shimmery to metallic.
The first thing you have to know is you need to scrape off as much product as you can before putting the wand on the skin. My eyes reacted to these because I was basically over-applying, and that caused the uncomfortable tightening sensation.
In terms of application, blending is not really a possibility with Dior Dior Addict Fluid Shadows. Do not attempt to use your fingers. Your best bet is to apply with the wand and use lighter strokes to diffuse the edges. Do not try to build this up in thin layers, as that very often removes whatever you managed to apply.
The good news is the formula lasts well, although do be very careful around water, as it rinses off incredibly easily. Since I am not ready to walk around with an unblended metallic eye, my favorite way of using this is actually transforming a more daytime-appropriate look into a more fun and sparkling one. I got the idea from my homegirl Noodles (follow her on Instagram!), who had a makeover with a Dior artist. You can pat this onto the center of the eyes as well as going over your lower lash line for more bling!
Out of the three shades I have, Eclipse (075) is the most difficult to work with. Whatever I do, this mid-to-dark gunmetal grey doesn’t want to apply or look right. Even on top of other eyeshadows, I can’t really soften the edges.
Dior Eclipse Dior Addict Fluid Shadow swatch:
You can probably tell from the swatches that it’s not a piece of cake to work with!
Dior Phénix Dior Addict Fluid Shadow performs a lot better. This yellow gold packs some micro-glitter, but there is no fallout!
Dior Phénix Dior Addict Fluid Shadow swatch:
Here you see Phénix patted onto the center as well as over the lower lash line:
It actually looks rather wearable this way!
Dior Univers Dior Addict Fluid Shadow (655) is my favorite from the bunch, partly because it’s a beautiful warm taupe, and partly because it’s the least fussy out of the three.
Dior Univers Dior Addict Fluid Shadow swatch:
Here you see Univers in the center and over the lower lash line on top of this look:
All in all, there is a way of making Dior Dior Addict Fluid Shadows work, but a lot of trial and error is involved in the process. While Dior gets credit for coming up with such a bold finish, realistically I would have liked to see a more user-friendly formula. After all, not all of us possess the skills of Peter Philips or do editorial looks frequently enough. I like how Phénix and Univers look on top of other eyeshadows. I just wish the formula would be more versatile!
Have you tried a liquid eyeshadow? So far my favorite is the Giorgio Armani version, but I think we will see more and I hope more companies will nail the formula soon!