The Minaudiere looks like a perfect mini clutch bag/evening purse with its embossed patent leather exterior and gold clasp detail. It closes with magnets, not the clasps themselves. It fits perfectly in my hand (I have small hands) and is around four inches wide and two and a half inches tall. Just looking at it transports me back to a more glamorous era.
The eyeshadows are embossed with the hounds tooth pattern that appears on the outer leather and they are the perfect shades to create a smokey eye. There is a rich chocolate with a hint of plum and burgundy to it, a shimmery taupe and finally a light oyster pink, good as a highlighter. I'm not sure how much you'll be able to see of the latter shade because it has blended right into my skintone. The two lightest colours are very very shimmery, and they make the darker colour look almost matte in comparison. It's not, but it does have a lot less shimmer than the others and it did feel a little chalky and harder to apply when I swatched it.
I am not keen on the two lip glosses at all. In general I am not a massive fan of lip glosses but these have a lot of micro glitter in them, a big no no where I am concerned. In the swatches, you can hardly see the colours of them, just the glitter. I suppose Dior are thinking it's Christmas and Christmas equals glitter, but I would have preferred at least one of the shades to be a more pigmented non glitter gloss. A nice touch is that the glosses are separated from the eyeshadows by a little metal door to ensure that both stay in pristine condition and that there is no mixing of products.
I'm sorry that I can't give you more information on how the products actually apply but this is meant to be a Christmas present. Boots had one of their special advantage card points evenings last week and as my mum was buying some crazily expensive blood pressure/breathing machine (not entirely sure what it does), she had enough points to get the Minaudiere for me. It took much persuasion to be allowed to see and swatch it, but I hope the pictures and swatches will give you an idea as to whether or not you think it is worth £59.
|Swatches left to right: Eyeshadows from darkest to lightest, then the two lip glosses. Swatched in the order they are in the palette.|
Will any of you be adding this to your Christmas list?
The Dior Minaudiere is available nationwide for £59. If you want it, it might be worth waiting for one of the Boots Advantage Card Evenings where you get £12 worth of points for every £50 you spend.
Now back to the racing, and I think Mark Webber has blown his chances of being World Champion. He can only be saved by a crash and I'd feel bad if I wished for one, especially as Michael Schumacher had a very nasty one at the first corner.