Dior 5 Couleurs Eye Shadow Palette #876 Trafalgar from Fall 2014 Collection, Swatch, Review & FOTD

Before we drive to France to eat in our favorite restaurant in Strasbourg, get a drink and spend the night (birthday wish! ;-)), here is a quick review of one of the most talked palettes from Dior's Fall 2014 Collection, 5 Couleurs Eye Shadow Palette in #876 Trafalgar. 


Dior 5 Couleurs Eye Shadow Palette #876 Trafalgar 



Trafalgar is an absolute eye catcher. There are thirteen new palettes to be released this Fall and everyone who looks at the list, gets caught by this one. I remember thinking to myself "Oh that one with the red, I want it!". Trafalgar comes in a sleeker compact than its ancestors, I have already compared the old and the new compacts and ingredients in detail here. Since then I have heard that the new shadows are indeed new formulations and not just repackaging. I can't see the difference to the older formulation though and I already liked the older ones, so no issues there for me.


Dior 5 Couleurs Eye Shadow Palette #876 Trafalgar 

Here is Trafalgar up close, it has a shade combination which I haven't owned before, pink, pearly white, burgundy red, antique gold and a deep plum. It has something a little oriental and vintage about it. Dior Golden Flower from Holiday Collection had Antique Gold and Plum combination, which was lovely but Trafalgar takes it one step further by placing the "it-color" of this Fall right in the middle, burgundy...


Close-up: Dior 5 Couleurs Eye Shadow Palette #876 Trafalgar 

All the shades in Trafalgar are shimmery or metallic , with the exception of the red shade which is more of a satin. I think it is a good idea to keep this shade more tuned down in terms of shimmer because it doesn't need all that much to get the attention anyway. All in all I am a little disappointed by the top two shades which don't deliver the color pay-off I would expect from Dior Quints, but the bottom and center shades make it up for it. They are buttery, smooth and they have great color pay-off. 

Top left: A very light pink with pearly finish. It reminds me of the center shade from Dior's Spring Palette Pink Pompadour. It is rather sheer. I have yet to try to layer it on other shades in the palette but all the shades have their glow already, so didn't think I need to layer one more thing on top.

Top right: A light off-white with slight pink undertone and shimmery finish. This shade appears very close to the light pink once swatched and on the eyes they are almost identical. I used this one on the inner corner for a highlight and it worked wonderfully.

Bottom right: A deep brownish plum with satin to shimmery finish. it is pigmented and texture is very smooth but I wished it would be a little less shimmery, but it may be just me. This one is really very pretty and can be applied all over the lid on its own or combined with the red shade, it would sing!

Bottom left: A light antique gold with natural undertones and metallic finish. I like the fact that this one is not too yellow nor too green. The texture is again good and color pay-off is great.

Center: The jewel of the quad, it is a ruby red shade with slight pink shimmer and satin to matte finish. The color pay-off of this one is the best in the quint along with the plummy shade. This shade is a real stunner and don't worry, it is not that hard to wear it either ;-)



Swatch with studio lighting: Dior 5 Couleurs Eye Shadow Palette #876 Trafalgar 

I have worn Trafalgar yesterday and got a few compliments from hubby and at the counters. I think the end effect is lovely. Below I really went very easy on red and blended it with the gold. These can be worn for a full effect, more plum and more red. I actually have a few more ideas about how to wear it, I may post about it if you are interested. Here is a light day appropriate version...


In-action: Dior 5 Couleurs Eye Shadow Palette #876 Trafalgar 

And the whole look, I combined it with Rouge d'Armani #603 on the lips, Armani Cheek Fabric Sheer Blush in #306 Attitude on the cheeks. By the way for those who wonder, yesterday I went for a great Armani haul and you can see the products from Fall Collection very soon on the blog. 


FOTD: Dior 5 Couleurs Eye Shadow Palette #876 Trafalgar 

FOTD: Dior 5 Couleurs Eye Shadow Palette #876 Trafalgar 

Here is one last look to the stunner... #876 Trafalgar is now available in US and UK (Selfridges). It will be soon available in Europe too. In Germany I believe the release is on the 15th of August.

Dior 5 Couleurs Eye Shadow Palette #876 Trafalgar, this time upside down

Final thoughts: I was a little skeptical, two of the top shades are rather sheer and look almost the same, and the palette is more on the shimmery side with no matte. On the eyes though, this one is truly stunning. It is also very versatile, I can't think of all the the combinations it offers. Loving mine, can't wait to play with it a little more.


Which of the 13 new eye shadow quads are you eyeing? Do you like this particular combination of red, gold and plum?

36 comments

  1. Hach, ich muss meine unbedingt auch mal endlich ausprobieren, sie sieht toll bei dir aus!

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    1. Ich bin gespannt wie du den roten Lidschatten benutzt. Es gibt unendlich viele Möglichkeiten, und bin sicher dass du was kreatives vorstellst. :-*

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  2. Oh wow.. How beautiful is this one!! I can't wait to try this one out. Sooo stunning!

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    1. Hi Isabelle,
      it is really something different than all the ones I have, which is not easy ;-)
      It is definitely very nice, let me know how you like it after trying out.

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  3. this is one that I'm very interested in! I see the palette available in stores, but they haven't received the testers yet. Can't wait to try this out :-)

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    1. This one is definitely the most unique one. Try it out before you buy, just to make sure you like the iridescent shade (the top two ones) as well as shimmery deep shades. On the eyes it turns out they compliment each other nicely.

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  4. Happy birthday, Sara!! I love your blog and photos. You look gorgeous in anything and everything!!

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    1. LOL, thanks so much Nicole, very nice of you to say that. Xox

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  5. Sooooo gorgeous!! I think I'll be picking this one up for sure! Can't wait to see how you like the Armani collection, I picked up the Organica palette, and might go back to get one of the metallic liners, polish and perhaps even one of the lippies.

    Happy Birthday :)

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    1. Yes you might NEED this one ;-)
      Oh I am loving Organica, so gorgeous. I also love the Rosewood lipstick, passed on the blush but the nail polishes are gorgeous, the review should be up today.

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  6. Oooh, pretty! The red makes this palette quite unique- very sunset-like! Have a fabulous weekend, Sara! xo

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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    1. Hi Jen,
      yes, very sunset like and so matching to the Fall mood. These also remind me of falling leaves, gold, red, dark plum, lovely!
      Thanks, I hope you are having a good one too.

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  7. Happy birthday! Wow this is so stunning...

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    1. Thanks! Yes, another rabbit like shade, a Fall rabbit one ;-)

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  8. the color combination was so unique, I loved it! I actually like how the pink and white were on the sheer/iridescent side.. I think they complimented the other shadows well!

    www.lilting-grace.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Miss Louise,
      I just checked your eye look with this one too, loved how you nicely blended the shades, they look gorgeous on your eyes. Thanks for the inspiration and your comment :-*

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  9. Un vrai "coup de Trafalgar" !!! I'm crazy about this palette

    Paddychat

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  10. Happy birthday! :) this is like in The Hobbit, the birthday girl gives the presents (in this case a greatly anticipated review) :)

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    1. Hi Eszter,
      no not Hobbit, it is Robbit :-P
      I got to review all the rabbit shades for this fall and I am loving it. Thanks for your birthday wishes :-**

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  11. I'm in love with this palette! I guess Reds are not becoming a shock anymore in palettes as people are becoming more adventurous when it comes to makeup, a lot of experimenting to see what works, etc...no more fear of pinks+reds giving someone a sick/sad/tired look.

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    1. Hi NingNing,
      yes I think you are right, we become more and more accustomed to wearing blush shades on eyes, we also learned tricks to make them work ;-) After having hundreds of natural eye shadow palettes and many purples, I also want to experience more :-)

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  12. You look gorgeous, Sara! You always pull off colorful eyeshadows so well :).

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    1. Hi Carolyn,
      thanks so much :-* this time I went easy on that, really blended well. This red one is so dense, it can be worn to a real rabbit effect. I think blended like this we can all pull off the combination.

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  13. You wear this palette's colours so classically, Sara. I would love to see some other looks as I think this one is likely to be a purchase but I am quite nervous of that red. I really like the look of Bar in the promo photos as well as Pied de Poule and Cuir Cannage. But I can't have them all!!! Susan, London

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    1. Hi Susan,
      I think if you blend the red on the other colors, you can have nice subtle effects without getting the eye of the rabbit. I haven't tried Pied-de-Poule but I will do that soon, I tried to order Cuir Cannage but Selfridges canceled that out of my order, I am not sure why. They then sent it to some other friends. It seems they are having some issues with their new ordering system, anyway I will wait for these to hit the shelves in Germany because I would like to try them in person. Bar is nice but I don't think it is something that special. I would rather go for Trafalgar if I were you because I know you also have a large stash :-) I will keep you updated after trying the other two, have a great weekend. xox

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  14. I LOVE those colours: burgundy or purple, red, gold, plum...
    And they are very soft on you, not shocking colours or rabbit...
    What do you think about Pied de Poule?
    Good WE!
    Megaste

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    1. Hi Megaste,
      these could be worn to their shocking degree, three of the shades in the palette are really very pigmented. I blended them to demonstrate a day makeup, I will try to post some other ideas later on.
      I am yet to try Pied de Poule, which I will hopefully do this week, so expect a review very soon. Wish you a great WE too.

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  15. I LOVE this look! That red is amazing and I love how you placed it, perfect! :)

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    1. Hi Helene,
      yes it is amazing and the combination is lovely and creative, perfect would be the perfect word for it ;-)

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    1. Hallo Isa,
      in der Tat sind sie wunderschön!

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  17. Gorgeous, aaabsolutely gorgeous! And that goes for the palette AND for you :-)

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  18. Oh Sara, i was going to pass on this palette... red, really?!?!? And of course, i'm not a fan of the Dior formula and i heard these were hard in texture and not pigmented. But then i have to see your EOTDs.... and gosh now i'm dying!

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  19. Wonderful! Is the only makeup item on my Fall's wishlist up to now! that is saying much. I love burgundy eyeshadow and until now could not find one that has enough red on it, this quint looks like my dream palette. Too bad the two lighter shades aren't great too. Your look is lovely! great review :)

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  20. Gorgeous palette I bought this today after drooling over pictures on it online. I was worried about the red and burgundy shad would not be for me but after swatchting it, it was pure love. Love you look as we'll , will be trying it out soon. Thanks for the great review!

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