The amount of times I’ve seen this palette popping up at beauty and backstage fashion events is too many times to count. After the Glamour festival I attended at the start of the month, I felt inspired to start up experimenting with makeup again. The next day I headed down to Manchester’s Selfridges and picked up a palette that I’ve been umming and ahhing about getting for months.
After reading great reviews on it from bloggers such as IntheFrow who’s opinion I trust, I thought how much of a good investment it was going to be: after all, it was only £36 for 2 shades of contour and 2 shades of highlight from Dior. Dior is not a brand that I’ve had much experience with in the past, I only own lipsticks from there and although I love them, I couldn’t say that their makeup is amazing simple because I hadn’t tried it.
When I first asked the lady at the Dior counter in Debenhams if they had it, she said no and suggested we go to Boots or Selfridges. The Dior Backstage collection is only available in limited stores or stocked fully online, which can be a little frustrating as you’re not 100% guaranteed to have it in your local Dior counter, but if you live near a city then hopefully it’s bound to be around somewhere. Touch wood!
When I saw it for the first time in real life my first thought was damn it’s a little smaller than I expected. After doing a bit of research, a Dior Bronzer on its own costs £35 and a highlighter costs £35 too, that adds up to £70 and you get probably around the same amount for only £36 which isn’t bad at all.
My first time actually using it, I was trying so hard not to brush out the pattern pressed into the bronzer and highlights. It was hard but I came to the conclusion that it’s going to happen sometime soon so I ended up getting as much product as I need onto my contour brush. In real life the dark contour shade looks very dark but after applying it, it seemed to suit my skin tone and define my cheek bones perfectly without leaving a solid contour line that’s obvious for everyone to see. The highlight is subtle and not sparkly or too out there, I’d say it’s noticeable but looks natural.
The lady at the counter explained to me how if the dark contour shade is too dark for me or I apply too much then I can use the bronzed shade next too it to cool it down a lil, and the same goes for the highlighters. I’ve only tried this once and it seemed to work well and gave me a glow as if I’ve just come back from Tenerife. It blends into my foundation perfectly too, and everything looks neatly put together and not too dark or too obvious. My skin is rather dry, especially in the winter season and it still looked amazing, so don’t worry it will dry your face out and go all patchy!
This palette allows you to effortlessly sculpt your face and define the face with professional customized intensity. It is inspired by the energy backstage at runway shows and offers shades that suit all skin tones (Dior is a very inclusive brand with over 40 foundation shades just in the Backstage collection). The palette is richly pigmented and very buildable, designed to be long wearing for a second-skin finish.
And lastly- would I recommend? I would recommend if you’re a fan of defining and sculpting your face otherwise there are other products that you’re better of spending your money on. If you want to discuss this further in the comments then I’d be happy to share other products with you guys! Do I think it was worth the money? Yes, and it is likely that if I run out I’ll be repurchasing but that’s only because I use it almost everyday.
Thank you for reading, if you have any questions about these palette or want to recommend anymore Dior products then please let me know in the comments!
Link to buy: Dior Backstage Contour Palette