Dior Holiday 2016 Splendor Color Collection

October 10, 2016
Dior Holiday 2016 Splendor Color Collection - The Beauty Look Book

This year’s first look at holiday beauty highlights the Dior Splendor Color Collection and everything is simply stunning. I received pieces to play with a few weeks ago and have been dying to share the review with you. All items far exceeded my expectations although for me the best items are the two 5 Couleurs Splendor Eyeshadow palettes. They come with the most beautiful embossed sequins-like texture on the surface and every single color works for me in both palette (which is rare). I still have yet to see photos of all the holiday launches coming out this year, but out of the ones I have seen, this is the one I’m the most excited about.

In the collection for the US:

Up first are the eye shadows. The two 5 Couleurs Splendor Eyehadow Palettes which have beautiful shimmer shades. Smoky Sequins is the cooler toned version with greys and whites for a more traditional smokey eye and Precious Embroidery is more on the warmer plum side but still pulls neutral on my skin. The colors have a soft texture that melds in with the skin. They are easy to blend, easy to layer and stay put with medium pigment. If you use a damp brush it will intensify the pigment and shimmer.

Dior Holiday 2016 Splendor Color Collection - The Beauty Look Book

Dior Holiday 2016 Splendor Color Collection - The Beauty Look Book

I did a quick look with Smokey Sequins. It’s cool-toned but still easy to wear on my olive skin:

Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow in Infinity is a gold/bronze/taupe lovers dream come true. It has the perfect mix of gold, taupe, silver, bronze all in one for the all over shade you can wear alone on simple days to add a bit of color to the eyes. 
Dior Holiday 2016 Splendor Color Collection - Infinity

Next up are the Diorific Matte Velvet Color Lip and Cheek Fluids. I have not tried these on the cheeks as the texture and consistency seem best suited for the lips (at least on me). Pleasure 001 is a warm pink, Marvel 002 is a fuschia pink, Treasure 003 is a mauve lilac and Luxury 004 is a classic bright red. These have a unique formula which is best worn when layered. One swipe will give you a stain. I recommend applying in a couple layers and you’ll see full coverage on the lips. They dry to a matte finish but do not look or feel dry which I really liked. Once on the lips the staying power is excellent. They do have a soft scent like a makeup kind of scent but it’s not overpowering. They come in a stunning ornament-like bottle with a sponge applicator.

Dior Holiday 2016 Splendor Color Collection - Diorific Matte Fluid

Dior Holiday 2016 Splendor Color Collection - Diorific Matte Fluid Swatches

Dior Holiday 2016 Splendor Color Collection - Diorific Matte Fluid
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There are five Diorific lipsticks launching in the US for holiday. If you see press releases online you may see other shades, but I believe they are the colors Europe and Asia received. I have one of the Diorific Lipsticks in Golden and four of the Diorific Mat Lipsticks to share (the one I’m missing is the red matte). Formula is full coverage, smooth and flawless. The mattes have a soft weightless texture that’s almost airy like on the lips. They are scented with the regular Dior lipstick scent. The holiday ones come in special edition gold packaging. The mattes do have a soft very subtle luminous sheen. Note the flash on my camera makes them look a bit more glowy than they do in real life.

Dior Holiday 2016 Splendor Color Collection - Diorific Matte Lipsticks

Golden is a shimmering metallic gold. Ravissement is a medium bright pink. Charm is a peachy coral. Fascination is a classic plum.

Dior Holiday 2016 Splendor Color Collection - Diorific Matte Lipsticks

Dior Holiday 2016 Splendor Color Collection - Diorific Matte Lipstick Swatches

The Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer is repromoted for the US so if you bought it for fall you can shop your stash for the cheeks. I still think this is one of the prettiest most natural highlighters I’ve tried. Even though I have enough highlighters to last probably 100 lifetimes I think it’s a must. I’ve re-posted the photos from the Fall Collection review.

Dior Nudeskin Air Luminizer Powder

Dior Nudeskin Air Luminizer Powder swatch

Last but not least are the Diorific Vernis nail polishes. Dior makes some of the best polishes formula-wise. They have the best brush out of all the ones I own and the formula is glossy with rich smooth coverage. By now I’ve bought almost all the colors because they always work really well. For holiday they’ve brought back the little bauble style packaging. I believe some may be similar (or even repromotes) from previous years. My favorite is the red Splendor and the glitter Nova. I rarely find that I like glitters because they look chunky or are simply to glitzy for everyday wear. Nova is one I think is subtle enough to wear. It looks pretty layered over other shades too. Swatches below with two coats.

Dior Holiday 2016 Splendor Diorific Vernis Nail Colors

Nova is a like a party in a bottle with white crystal looking sparkles. Golden is a neutral warm metallic gold. Splendor is a perfect holiday red. Cosmic is a deep vamp purple with tiny gold flecks.

Dior Holiday 2016 Splendor Diorific Vernis Nail Colors
Dior is also bringing another GWP option for Beauty Look Book readers for a complimentary Rouge Dior Matte deluxe mini and J’adore Eau Lumiere deluxe mini with a $100 purchase at Dior.com. Valid 10/10-10/21 while supplies last with code BLBHoliday at checkout. Note that all $100 orders already receive a deluxe sized sample plus two minis so the code will get you extra goodies. 

Bottom line I love everything. Favorites for me are the eye products (palettes and single) and the repromoted
highlighter. I’m not a huge matte lip fan but the lip and cheek fluids
are really unique and the packaging is just so pretty I can’t help but
also fall in love with those. If you’re one who likes color for the lips there are lots of shades to choose from that are what I’d call modern classics. They’re wearable for right now and for the upcoming holiday season whether you like the traditional festive red or other brighter shades.

You can find everything now at Dior counters and online at Dior.com. If you’ve picked up anything from the collection already let me know what you thought!

Holiday collection provided courtesy of Dior for review.

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  • Joni Corak October 10, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    oh dear, I've not yet been enamored with many holiday sets, (except for the piece of art that is the clé de peau holiday shadow palette! ?) but Dior is going to really put a dent in my already sad wallet!! I love those eyeshadows, especially the embroidery one and the cream…. I'm not sure how I feel yet about all of the silver/gray/black shadow that everyone is doing this year, but that plummed up take is really beautiful! thanks for the swatches!

    • Sabrina October 12, 2016 at 5:21 pm

      I haven't even dared to look at holiday sets in depth because I'm seriously worried I'll fall in love with so may lol!

      This Dior Holiday collection is so pretty. Wish we received the patterned blush and highlighters in the US but I'm thrilled about the eyeshadows!

  • Zoe Mountford October 10, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    I love the look of everything! especially the eyeshadow palettes x

    Zoe Mountford x

    • Sabrina October 12, 2016 at 5:21 pm

      The eyeshadows are TO DIE FOR. Literally.

  • happyroach October 10, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    Dior's holiday collections are always so stunning! Really interested in the lip/cheek in pleasure 001 😀

  • alittlekiran October 10, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    The lip products look impressively pigmented! Great post, thanks for sharing xxx

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    • Sabrina October 12, 2016 at 5:22 pm

      Thanks!! Glad you liked the post, if you can tolerate a little bit of fragrance the Dior Lip products are really really good.

  • Corine October 10, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Oh dear… I am getting both quinta. It's beem awhile since I did that, oh… Also, the Mono Fusion, it is quite lovely!

    Can I ask you something, if it's not much trouble? I'll have to buy online so I can't see swatches in stores…

    How is the red polish compared to other Dior reds? I alteady have so many, Marilyn, Rouge 999, the new Red Glove one… Also, how is Cosmic compared to Nuit 1970 or Chanel Vamp? Is it a jelly / crelly? I have both and I can't really find any difference.

    • Sabrina October 12, 2016 at 5:24 pm

      Hi Corine – I won't have time to do comparisons. It's been a while since I've bought a Dior red, many of mine are older and discontinued but I don't have the ones you listed.

      Cosmic is a full coverage one-coat wonder. It's very very dark, almost black and opaque. Nuit 1970 is more of a jelly. Vamp is a lot lighter and more plum.

      Hope that helps some!

  • Liz Hammond October 10, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    I love the nailpolish pots! They're so pretty. I recently picked up a few products from Dior, including the creme de la rose lip balm and concealer. Also, I'm currently having an Urban Decay giveaway – you should come check it out! 🙂


  • Anonymous October 10, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    The matte velvet lip and cheek colors looks beautiful on you. Do they stay that comfortable looking or do they pull moisture out of lips like most liquid lips?

    Joni – I'm with you re most of the holiday releases. That Cle de Peau palette is so pretty, I bought two. The case is refillable too, so it'll be worth it to keep that art in use once I finish the shadows.

    • Sabrina October 12, 2016 at 5:24 pm

      The matte lipsticks stay comfortable, no drying as with MAC mattes (which I still love but find can be drying).

  • Amanda Hollingsworth October 10, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    You can tell Peter Phillips is in charge can't you? It's just all so cohesive and Christmassy, unlike Chanel's offering this Holiday. I do think the Fusion Mono is very, very similar to Burberry. I love the nail polish baubles very year. They just look so pretty on a dressing table and one year I even put them into Christmas crackers for the ladies at the Christmas dinner table. I still have my highlighter powder, like you I have enough of them to last to infinity and back. But I can see both the eye palettes being must haves, they are exquisite. Beautiful review Sabrina. Ravissement looks so pretty on you. Xx

    • Sabrina October 12, 2016 at 5:26 pm

      Thank you Amanda – I agree the Dior collection for holiday looks like a well coordinated cohesive collection with a well executed theme.

  • Leah Rose October 10, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    Everything is so pretty!

  • Grlnxdor October 10, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    I'm in love with the Smokey Sequins palette! I don't have anything like it. Your swatches are beautiful, Sabrina, and they really helped me make up my mind. Great review as always!

    • Sabrina October 12, 2016 at 5:26 pm

      Thank you! Glad this helped you 🙂

  • Joni Corak October 11, 2016 at 1:21 am

    oh I'm so jealous about the cle de peau. I put it on my Christmas list with a very clearly marked *will prob sell out soon!* next to it! are you going to be doing a review? I've seen some swatches but nothing detailed yet. I had no idea that it was refillable though, that's exciting! will the normal cle de peau shadows fit, or is it a magnetic, find-similar-sized-pans thing?

    but after reading your post, I only lasted two hours. I stopped by the mall and for the first time in forever, our Macys had the whole collection already! Now the proud (and broke) owner of the embroidery quint, infinity mono fusion, and two of the Dior rouge's because I hadn't tried them yet. pretty excited! 🙂

    • Sabrina October 12, 2016 at 5:28 pm

      Hi Joni, I most likely will not be reviewing the Cle de Peau palettes.

  • Tita Somoza González October 11, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Wonderfulf post. Thanks!

  • Men Perfume October 11, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Nice collection. I can choice 1 for my wife

  • Anonymous October 11, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    Hi! Great post and pics!! I noticed in the Dior promo ad the highlighter is golden and embossed in the same sequins pattern and there were two sequins embossed blushes, do you know if we're going to get this in the states?

    • Sabrina October 12, 2016 at 5:29 pm

      Hi – unfortunately the gorgeous blush and highlighters are not going to be sold in the US – I was so sad when I discovered this!!! We only got the fall highlighter as a repromote.

  • Amanda Hollingsworth October 13, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    I've just been to Dior on the way back from the Tom Ford launch. Apparently the Christmas highlighter is going to be new in a weighted compact in UK. Less product but a higher quality compact. Yippee! October 21st launch here! Xxx