Dior Summer Quints Part 2: Swatches + Comparisons

April 8, 2010
I was able to play around with my new Dior Summer Quints a bit more and find them amazing! Please note the swatches don’t do the actual product justice, these were swatched on a bare arm so the color on the lighter shades don’t show up as well with the flash washing it out a bit.
If I had to pick 1 quint for the summer, it would definitely be Ready-To-Glow, it just seems more unique to me. Although Crush Glow is equally gorgeous, I know I will get good use out of both! The pigment is medium-to-rich, texture easily blendable, finish is glowy and shimmery. The frost is definitely on the higher end, but I don’t find these overly frosty. That being said, I typically only use 3 shades at a time from a Dior Quint. Using all 5 just isn’t very practical for my eyeshape and skintone, although the concept is quite appealing. I simply cannot pull off that many shades at once on my small eyelid area.

Dior Ready-To-Glow 649 + Comparisons:

Dior Crush Glow 659 + Comparisons:

* Note for Lexi – I know you wanted a dupe for the center shade, I compared it to MAC at the counter today, it’s most similar to Paradisco, but the Dior is a lot more pigmented, and a bit lighter
– I tried to save my hand swatch, but it didn’t last the car ride home

I won’t be swatching the comparisons. It took a great deal of effort to find dupes because the colors just seemed so unique to me. The Dior Summer Quints all have a multi-dimentional quality which creates a “glow” like the names imply. YMMV depending on your screen, but I couldn’t find exact dupes for any of the Summer Quints, so I pulled what I thought was the closest in color family to provide a comparison and help you gauge the colors depending on your computer screen.

While $58 USD is pricey for an eyeshadow palette, if you factor in the convenience , quality, pigment and price per eyeshadow, it comes to about $11.60 for 1.2 grams. My MAC Eyeshadows range from 1.3 to 1.5 grams for $11.00 (pro-palette form) or $14.50 so if you think about the price in those terms, Dior isn’t really too bad. Overpriced, yes, but RIDICULOUSLY overpriced, no. (Then again, this is only my opinion.)

I didn’t see much else featured in this collection – they are featuring 3 of the Lip Polishes 001, 002 and 003 (which were a Sephora exclusive before) along with some of the new Addict Glosses. There is also a liptint/lipgloss charm in a heavy silver compact with chain. The tester unit wasn’t set up fully, and it seemed to have random testers put in the empty slots. My SA at Nordstrom said she hadn’t received everything yet and wasn’t sure when the rest would be arriving, so I’m not sure if there are any nail polishes or blushes featured with this collection.

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  • Hi Sabrina!

    Beautiful swatches. I am drooling over the Ready-To-Glow palette.

    I also must tell you how much I adore your blog! The amount of time and effort you put in is definitely appreciated, so thank you!

  • Anonymous

    I am loving the grey and brown colors in Ready to Glow. They seem mid-toned, not too muddy or dark, and the entire palette seems like it would combine well with all kinds of colors year round. My problem with winter palettes is that greys and browns are often too dark, or the palette has too many variations of grays and browns. I have Nars Fez, and Josie Maran's Natural Wonder Palette, so Crush Glow in not so appealing. Thank you so much for swatches!

  • Both of those quads are to die for! I especially like crush glow πŸ™‚

  • Wow.. does the silver in ready to glow have red shimmers in them? So pretty

  • Eileen

    These colors are so unique in that they are multi-tonal and look a bit different in different light. Glow is, indeed, the operative word. They have a life of their own and glow unlike any others I've seen. Your pictures do a pretty good job of capturing that effect. The other shadows you've grouped around the Dior, although gorgeous in their own right, look somewhat lack-luster in comparison. I got the Crush Glow and will go back to get the Ready to Glow. Originally I thought I had several dupes, but now I know there is nothing quite like these quints.

  • Thank you for the swatches.Great photos, as usual!

    I really like Crush Glow but it's not available at Dior counter near my home yet, have to wait.

  • Oh these are both so beautiful! I love the look of Crush Glow.

  • ohh perfect, so pretty πŸ˜‰

  • Sabrina,
    You are the bestest for doing that MAC dupe comparison for me!! I had Paradisco once but exchanged it because I felt it wasn't pigmented enough. Looks like if I were to choose between the two I'd go with "Ready to Glow" which reinforces my whole trust my gut insticts!

    okay so shopping list thus far:
    Chanel TI liquid
    Dior Palette Ready to Glow
    (hopefully I can just be satisfied with this for now!)

  • lvh75

    Wow, these swatches look absolutely stunning! I knew I was probably going to like the palettes from looking at the promo pics, but these swatches and awesome comparisons just completely sold me, I NEED to buy these ASAP! They would be unique in my collection, as I usually veer towards neutral/cool shadows, but these seem to strike a nice balance, between being light warm, summery shades to brighten the eyes, but not overly warm that they would look garish or orangey on me, I think. Can't wait to pick these up, thank you so much for the work to find comparisons, they are infinitely helpful in making purchase decisions for me!!!

  • sabrina, i am amazed at how many items you compared with these two quints! i thought crush glow 695 should have been a bit more pigmented than your finger swatches? no? i wonder why dior quints have become so sheer recently. i can't wear sheer makeup as they all show up the same on my skin for some reason.

    after looking at your comparison, i think that stila cloud is beautiful!

    i can't imagine you keep all these! i would have chucked some of my old stuff away. but i really appreciate your having such a wonderful collection and you are able to take time out to do comparison pictures. those pictures help a lot.

    have to say it again, "I love your blog!" It's seriously the best highend makeup blog. you know, I stopped visting some very big name blogs but sticking to yours as I can see how much trouble you went through and how much you love your makeup. Please keep doing this for us!

  • I just came across your blog and this is an amazing review!!!

    I ended up buying Ready to Glow, tried to resist but failed miserably.

    Now trying to track down Crush Glow but that seems quite impossible.