Dior Blue Tie for Fall 2011: Blue Tie Palette & Serum de Rouge Crystal

July 29, 2011

Dior’s Fall Collection this year is called Blue Tie with a heavy emphasis on deep rich navy blues for eyes and nails. The look featured for Dior is quite dramatic with an intense smokey eye and soft pink lips. The collection launched several weeks ago and I initially decided to pass on the entire collection. I can’t pull off navy on the eyes and I was already smitten with Chanel Blue Satin for the nails. The colors for lips are amazing (there are some amazing pinks and nudes) but did not seem like must-haves for me.
So how did I end up with items from this collection? Well, after I played at the counter and passed, I saw Karla Sugar’s Blue Tie swatches and knew I had to go back. The Serum de Rouge formula is among my favorites (I’m not sure why I haven’t written about them before) for lipsticks. They are truly moisturizing and make the lips glow and feel hydrated without having too much slip. The colors work well to enhance the lips while making them look completely luscious. I picked out Primrose Crystal 215 and Tea Rose Crystal 455.
The Blue Tie Palette in Smoking Blue 001 was kindly sent to me by Dior (a lovely surprise!). I would not have purchased this on my own since navy looks too sharp on my skin and especially given the reports of sheerness and chalky textures on KarlaSugar, Temptalia and  Beauty Moogle. The packaging is indeed stunning in a heavy silver mirrored compact complete with applicators and a swivel lid to protect the lip product from shadow debris. I was a bit weary of how this would perform, but a few beautiful look reviews gave me hope, especially from The RAEviewer, Lipstick Musings and Tiffany’s Makeup Story. Photos first and then my review at the bottom of this post.

My thoughts:
The Blue Tie Palette in Smoking Blue 001 has a quad of smoky colors in sheer matte navy-black, deep denim blue shimmer, deep charcoal with silver flecks and a metallic smoky grey. The lipgloss seems to be a lipstick-lipgloss hybrid and is a sheer petal pink without shimmer. When swatched on the back of my hand, the shadows barely showed up. The texture is indeed rather dry. I layered a primer (UDPP) on the arm and then swatched the shadows as heavily as I could with the sponge tip applicators. As you can see, they are still fairly sheer, especially the top left matte shade. I applied this on the eyes following the tips from the other vlogs and blogs. I was pleasantly surprised to find the color shows up better on the eyes (but only over a  well primed eye.) Still, the product looks so much prettier in the palette. The result for me was a soft smokey eye. If you’re scared of over-doing a smokey eye, then sheer-darks are the way to go because it will be virtually impossible for you to mess up your eye makeup. The colors are layerable for a medium-intense smoky eye. Still, the colors aren’t really me, I would not have purchased this palette on my own. It’s workable, but takes more effort than your average eyeshadow palette to get a decent application.

Primrose Crystal is a nude pink-beige and Tea Rose Crystal is a sheer brighter pink. I picked the most neutral of the options but really all of the colors in this collection are lovely. The colors I picked look sheer when swatched but they work well with your natural lip color to enhance the lips and they do show up. Karla’s swatches are a better representation of the true color (in my opinion). These are pricey at $32 but completely worth every penny. I love the twist-up and click feature. Makes these easy to use and non-messy. They are your easy swipe-and-go kind of lipstick and require no extra tweaking.

Did you try anything from the Blue Tie Collection? What were your likes/dislikes?

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  • The packaging is gorgeous!

  • I love the pretty packaging but the palette is really hard to work with. I really have loved other Dior palettes so this is such a shame.

  • I love Dior packaging! Its so gorgeous!

  • Those lipsticks look amazing, especially the peachy one.

  • Rei

    What a gorgeous collection just to look at! I can't pull off navy as well so I might give it a pass. Absolutely adore the new shades from The Serum de Rouge. Can you believe it retails for AUD$58 (USD$60) a tube in Australia! The most expensive lipstick I have ever came across…

  • I'm very sorry to say that I disliked this Dior palette. It looks so promising in the pan, but just didn't do it for me when I played with it at a counter. That said, I can't believe I passed over the Serum de Rouges!! Primrose Crystal is my favorite of the two you have. πŸ™‚

  • Thank you <3 And I'm so glad Dior sent you the palette to try! You deserve to be recognized for all your efforts.

  • Your pictures are beautiful! If I didn't already go out and purchase this palette, I totally would not lol

  • Fantastic pictures and review! It's too bad the eye palette didn't work for you, but I know I could not make navies work on my eyes, either. The lips look beautiful–I am especially drawn to Tea Rose. Thanks for yet another great post!

  • Beautiful! I 'm not one for pure navies either, but the palette colors do look lovely swatched

  • Gorgeous photos! I wasn't sure whether to get this palette when I saw it initially as I also don't wear navy or blues much. It's too bad the colors aren't as intense as they look in the pan. I may stop by & try out the lipsticks! Thanks for the detailed review πŸ™‚

  • I picked up Tuxedo, only, but I keep thinking I need to go back for one of those Serum de Rouges. I only have one, but I agree that it is pretty fool-proof and feels so good on the lips!

  • That is such a gorgeous post of pretties! I want that palette and I don't even wear blue/silver looks..

  • I'm not into navy either (hard colour for asian complexion to wear?) but I was tempted by the silver case packaging. They are releasing the other colour-way palette over here in the UK – but if the quality is the same as this then I'll pass!

    However, now you've got me looking at the lipsticks! That tea rose colour is beautiful.

  • Perhaps you could use a blue to line the lower lashline against warmer browns on the lid? I'm also an Asian, but with coloring at the opposite extreme, I can live in that kind of slate-y color, while browns and golds are hideous on me. However, I've found that I can use a rim of gold on the lower lashline, against a wash of something cool on the lid, to serve as a contrast (the reverse). Because there's a deliberate relationship with another color on your eyes, it's somehow less important that it clashes with your skintone. I'm not sure if I'm doing a good job explaining…

  • agree, navy blue is a very hard colour to pull off for most skin tones .. shame, the packing is so pretty. signature dior. thanks for sharing x

  • I need Tea Rose… it's so pretty.

  • Sabrina,

    Thank you for the review, especially the lip colors, since I only got the palette. The more I see them, the more I feel I need at least one, and the more I kick myself for passing them by the first time!

    I agree with you that the shadows can be a little difficult to work with due to their sheerness, but I ended up liking that because it does give a softly smokey eye. I don't know that I'll be using this palette for the more dramatic look I got at the counter because that just took too much time (and too much product). Plus, I have Lancome's Midnight Rush palette, which is much better suited to dramatic effects.

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I've been a big fan of yours forever, and I'm happy you dropped by!

  • ugh. I just noticed in my previous post I put "I totally would not"… I meant "I totally would NOW" … oopssss lol

  • Eileen

    Rouge SΓ©rum is one of my favorite formulas and after weeding out a lot of my "expired" lipsticks and glosses (yes, I toss after 18 mos.) I now have room for some new lovelies and this crystal sheer collection from Dior is very promising. Today I'll be swatching and, undoubtedly, purchasing πŸ™‚ As for the price, my lips are always in much better condition after wearing SΓ©rum, so if you think of it as a really, really beautiful lip treatment, it's not bad at all.

    As for the eye palette, like so many of you, I just can't wear a navy eye very well so that never even made a blip on my radar. It is sure to look lovely on some of you, though.

  • Sophia1105

    As always, thanks for the honest reviews of products. I've never had much luck with Dior. I am happy to see something of a navy theme for fall, I just prefer it in smaller doses. Your swatches do the product much justice.

  • So pretty! I love the rouge serums, I can't wait to get COral Crystal, I might have to pick up Tea Rose as well πŸ™‚